YES YES YES | Bryan given all clear to return to wrestling

The WWE announced four-time Wold Champion Daniel Bryan has been given the all clear to return to in-ring action.

The WWE announced in a statement published on Wednesday, “Bryan underwent a full review of his medical history and received comprehensive neurological and physical evaluations independent of WWE.”

“It took extensive evaluations by leading neurosurgeons, neurologists and concussion experts, including Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Javier Cárdenas and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.”

“He was cleared by each doctor as well as WWE’s Medical Director, Dr. Joseph Maroon.”

In February 2016, Bryan retired from wrestling after suffering post-concussion seizures.

Bryan admitted he had lost count of the number of concussions he had suffered over his 16-year career.

Tests revealed Bryan had a lesion on the front of his brain, which is an abnormality to the brain caused by inflammation or cuts.

But as one of the doctors at Evoke Neuroscience explained to Bryan, a lesion isn’t actually a cut.

“I told him what happened and I said, ‘They found a lesion in the temporal-parietal region of my brain.’ He goes, ‘Wait, hold up, a lesion?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ And I don’t know what lesion means to you guys, a lesion to me means you have a cut. I have a cut on my brain. He goes, ‘No. Lesion, in medical terminology, is a very vague thing. It just means something is there. We don’t know what it is, so we call it a lesion in the temporal-parietal region of your brain,” Bryan retold on the Edge and Christian ‘Podcast of Awesomeness’.

Bryan has spent much of the past year meeting with top neurosurgeons in the quest of being cleared to return to the ring.

Every neurosurgeon Bryan met gave him the green light, yet the WWE refused to allow Bryan to wrestle.

In January this year, Bryan told Sports Illustrated that if he weren’t cleared by the WWE before WrestleMania, he would assume he would never wrestle for the WWE again.

But following their own investigation, the WWE have deemed Bryan fit to wrestle.

Focus now turns to whom Bryan will face at WrestleMania. One possible match up could see Bryan and Shane McMahon team up against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

Whatever the match up, fans across the world will tune in to see Bryan back in his briefs, defeating opponents with the ‘Yes Lock’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The week that was (Premier League Matchweek 29)

News

MEN uses tragedy as click bait

The football world was in mourning this weekend after Fiorentina captain Davide Astori sadly passed away aged 31. Heartfelt messages from colleges were published on social media for the Italian international, including one from Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon.

The Manchester Evening News however decided to use Astori’s death as click bait. Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian was a former teammate of Astori and the paper used the headline ‘Matteo Darmian woke up to some terrible news’.

The paper received backlash on social media for their actions.

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Henry says ‘yes’ to managing Arsenal

Thierry Henry admitted he would be willing to manage Arsenal if the club asked him to.

However, the Frenchman continued to support Arsene Wenger in the role but said he had never shied away from a challenge and if the club and Wenger wanted him to coach, he would be willing to step up to the task.

“Listen, I’m a competitor, you don’t back down from a challenge,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“We are hypothetically speaking before people jump ahead of everything, [but] I have never backed down from a challenge since I was young.”

Pipe bomb from Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte branded Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville ‘stupid’ after they described Chelsea’s display against Manchester City as ‘anti-football’.

Informed of the comments, Conte said: “The pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics. I think you must have knowledge to speak about tactics and not only to speak in a stupid way. You have to accept every criticism but I am not so stupid to play against Manchester City open and to lose 3-0 or 4-0.

Maybe if Conte’s side showed as much fight as their manager they would be challenging for the title instead of trying to secure a spot in the top four.

Results

Burnley 2-1 Everton

Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth

Southampton 0-0 Stoke

Swansea 4-1 West Ham

Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield

Watford 1-0 West Brom

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

Brighton 2-1 Arsenal

Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United 

Sir Alex Ferguson Award

 The Sir Alex Ferguson of the week is awarded to the best-performed team of the week.

 Swansea

Swansea moved out of the relegation zone following their big win over West Ham. The Swans looked relegation bound at the end of 2017, but the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal has changed the fortunes of the Welsh club.

The Swans have won four of their eight games in 2018 to ignite the hopes of an unlikely relegation survival.

The victory over West Ham saw Swansea jump up to 13th on the table, three points above 17th place Crystal Palace.

Jordan Ayew, Andy King, Ki Sung-yueng and Mike van der Hoorn all found the back of the net in the victory. Van der Hoorn’s goal was his first for the club.

Continued performances like this will see the Swans avoid relegation and could see Carvalhal named manager of the season.

Bebe of the week

Bebe is widely considered Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst ever signing. The Bebe award is given to the most disappointing team from the week.

Arsenal

The last time I wrote one of these articles, Arsenal had just beaten Everton and were my Sir Alex Ferguson of the week. Four consecutive defeats in all competitions have changed the entire dynamic of the club and the ‘Wenger Out’ movement has reached a level never seen before.

The Gunner’s latest defeat to Brighton leaves them in sixth position, 13 points behind fourth place Tottenham.

Arsenal’s only chance of qualifying for next years Champions League is by winning the Europa League, which will not be an easy feat. The Gunners will face AC Milan in the round of 16, which will not be an easy task given Milan have not lost a game in 2018.

Some Arsenal fans, such as Troopz from Arsenal Fan TV believe the club will sack Wenger if they are knocked out by Milan in the Europa League.

As Troopz said in his recent video on Arsenal Fan TV, “Every story has an ending and for Wenger his story ended five years ago.”

Player of the Week

Son Heung-Min

Son is pushing his claim to be regarded Tottenham’s second best players behind Harry Kane.

The South Korean netted both goals in the Spurs 2-0 victory over Huddersfield on the weekend. Both goals showed off Son’s array of abilities, with the first being a fine shot with this left food and the second being a header from distance.

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Son has now scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, making him the Spurs second highest scorer, behind Kane.

Sportdot goal of the week

Riyad Mahrez

A 96 minute equaliser from a free kick is the perfect way to get back into the fans good books. Mahrez’s sublime curling free kick was his first goal for Leicester since the closure of the January transfer window.

Mahrez’s was said to have sooked it up after his transfer to Manchester City was blocked. But by his celebration after the goal against Bournemouth, it appears he is happy to be at the club for the remainder of the season.

Retro clip

Premier League launch advert 1992

This is Sky Sports launch advert for the Premier League. Check out the bad haircuts and try naming some of the players.

 

NBA Sitrep – Nightmare for Timberwolves, Warriors strike back against Thunder and is Kawhi’s season over?

A weekly post wrapping up all the action from around the association over the last seven days.

Down, but not out.

As Jimmy Butler lay writhing in pain with his hands clasped around his knee, the Timberwolves season hung delicately in the balance.

With the possibility of a season-ending ACL injury looming, the diagnosis of a torn right meniscus was surprisingly good news.

Butler will undergo surgery and is expected to be available to return in the next four to six weeks, which sees him in a race against time to suit up for the Timberwolves first playoff appearance in 13 seasons.

Butler has been the stoic captain for the Timberwolves all season, guiding the budding stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins along Minnesota’s return to relevance.

Butler is averaging 22.2 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.9 steals per game, but his impact on the Timberwolves is far greater than his impressive stat line.

The Timberwolves currently sit fourth in the West with a 37-26 record, only one game behind the Spurs on the losses ledger.

Mystery surrounds Spurs and Kawhi.

What is going on with Kawhi Leonard?

We have seen the Spurs superstar for all of nine games this season, with a strained quad tendon hampering him for the entire campaign.

After attempting to make a brief return through December and January, Kawhi was shut down indefinitely by the Spurs and last week Popovich conceded the worst.

https://twitter.com/SportsQuotient/status/966453002373599233

There have been un-Spurs-like rumours about tension between Kawhi and the organisation, possibly misdiagnosis about the injury and the underlying truth that Leonard has actually been medically cleared to play.

Whatever the case, it seems unlikely that the Kawhi will take the court for the Spurs again this season, which is a massive blow for the playoff aspirations of Popovich and his men.

Warriors revenge on OKC.

The Warriors were blown off the court by the Thunder in their first two meetings of the season.

They lost the first contest back in November by 17-points and the second clash went from bad to worse as they were handed a 20-point loss by Westbrook and co.

The pair squared off for the third time on Sunday and the result was decidedly different.

After leading by just seven points at half-time, the Warriors buried the Thunder in a third-quarter scoring avalanche and ran out victors by 32-points.

Kevin Durant dropped 28 points on his former squad, while Curry chimed in with 21 of his own.

Westbrook and Paul George combined for 5-29 shooting, while the Thunder shot just 33% from the floor and 26% from beyond the arc.

The Warriors found their electric ball-movement once again.

And when Nick Young is doing this, you officially can’t beat the Warriors.

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Houston, we do not have a problem! The Rocket are rolling, Harden is the front-runner for the MVP, Chris Paul is wearing rodeo outfits to games, and Houston has won 12 contests in a row and sit with the best record in the entire league. All is well in Texas.

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The Miami Heat are barely clinging to their playoff spot after winning just 2 of their last ten contests. Over their last ten, the Heat have lost to the Cavs by 2, Sixers by ironically 6, Pistons by 4, Magic by 2, Rockets by 8, Raptors by 3, Sixers by 2 and Pelicans by 1 in overtime. They need a go-to clutch scorer down the stretch, because that kind of record in close games usually doesn’t belong to a playoff-bound franchise.

Heat Check

LaMarcus Aldridge

vs. Nuggets – 38 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

vs. Cavaliers – 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

After logging just 4 minutes and 0 points in the All-Star game last week, Aldridge was well and truly rested to begin the home-stretch of the regular season. He may not be the flashiest of players, but Aldridge deserves credit for the season he is piecing together. He has almost returned to his Portland form, averaging just under 23 points and 8 rebounds per game, becoming the staple of the Spurs offense with Kawhi on the bench.

Dejounte Murray certainly appreciates what Aldridge brings to the team.

Highlights

Bam Adebayo is making a habit of hurting rims feelings.

First Dame did this…

Then he reminded us what time it was.

Westbrook called game.

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Steph called range.

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Whoopsie Watch

Has Blake lost his superpowers since leaving LA?

Kelly Oubre just went all school-yard petty on Rodney Hood

https://twitter.com/MusikFan4Life/status/966928210096046080

The Kelly Oubre appreciation show continues…

NBA Sitrep – The All-Star game is back! Donovan’s dunking delight and the red-hot Utah Jazz

A weekly post wrapping up all the action from around the association over the last seven days.

Defense in the All-Star game?

This was the final play of the 2018 All-Star game.

For the first time in recent memory, the All-Star game was decided by defense.

Curry was locked up by LeBron and then Durant, leading to a desperation shot from DeRozen that was released after the buzzer.

Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145, while LeBron secured his third All-Star MVP with a 29 point, 10 rebound and 8 assist master-class.

Let’s get this straight, there were still stretches of the game where defense was minimal and the offense consisted of open dunks and deep three balls.

But overall, the defense was much better, the players seemed to slightly care and the result was a genuinely entertaining game of pick-up basketball between the world’s best.

The game wasn’t short on highlights either.

This Embiid and Westbrook rivalry is the gift that keeps on giving.

He couldn’t finish the move, but this was just sick by Kyrie.

Next year televise the draft, don’t let Fergie sing the national anthem and just scrap the ridiculous pre-show snore fest.

But other than that, give us more of the same.

The All-Star game is officially back!

Donovan the Dunk King

The All-Star game may have returned to former glory, but the Dunk Contest left much to be desired.

Donovan Mitchell took out the Dunk Champ crown, which was judged by basketball legends such as Mark Wahlberg and Chris Rock.

The only thing stupider than that would be to get DJ Khaled to judge as well.

Oh wait, they did.

There were a few decent dunks here and there, but overall it was another forgettable Dunk Contest.

Dennis Smith Jr. had the best dunk of the night in my non-qualified opinion. So basically, I should be a judge as well.

Larry Nance Jr. tried to spice things up with this double-tap throw down.

Donovan’s final dunk, which according to our esteemed judges handed him the win.

Booker takes out Three-Point crown

Devin Booker took out the three-point contest, which gave the Dunk Contest a run for its money on the disappointment scale.

Booker finished with a record 28 points in the final, eclipsing the previous record of 27 held by the Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

The most interesting point of note from the event.

The LA rims don’t seem to love Paul George as much as he loves the city.

Spencer Dinwiddie took out the Skills Challenge, becoming the first Nets player to win something in a very long time.

Joel Embiid was knocked out before the final, but not before he bent every rule to stay alive in the competition.

https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/965035868154224641

Technically after three attempts at the chest pass, you are free to advance, regardless of a miss or make.

Embiid is the first contestant in the history of the Skills Challenge to actually read the rules.

He also forgot to take the tag off his shorts.

Earlier in the weekend, the World Team rolled to an easy 155-124 victory over Team USA.

Bogdan Bogdanovic was named the MVP of the game, dropping 26 points along with seven triples off the bench.

Sweet, sweet music for Jazz

Back to the real basketball, where the Jazz have rolled off eleven straight wins to race into playoff contention.

After entering January five games below .500, the Jazz have knocked over the likes of the Warriors, Raptors, Trailblazers and Spurs on the way to their current 30-28 record.

Donovan Mitchell has upped his already incredible level of play, Rudy Gobert has anchored the defense superbly and the Jazz’s role players have provided the perfect complement to Mitchell’s instant offense.

In the Jazz’s comeback win over the Spurs last week, it was the relatively unknown Royce O’Neale who shut down Kyle Anderson and then Manu Ginobili to seal the win.

Moments earlier, Derrick Favors had blocked Manu Ginobili and saved the ball to give the Jazz possession.

It’s plays and efforts like these which have pushed the Jazz back up the standings and only one and a half games out of the eighth seed.

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standings - week 6

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The Utah Jazz may own the league’s largest current win streak, but Houston is right behind them with their own ten game win streak. Led by CP3 and Harden, the Rockets have leapt above the Warriors and currently hold the number one seed in the West. They have also set themselves up for the second half of the season by signing free agents, Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright to their roster.

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The Nets have lost seven straight games, and are just one from their last ten contests. Only one game currently separates the Nets from the likes of the Magic, Hawks, Kings and Mavericks in the win column, which will have the Cavaliers front office excited about the prospect of a high lottery pick (The Cavs will receive the Nets first-round pick, which was acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal).

Heat Check

Anthony Davis

vs. Pistons – 38 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks

vs. Lakers – 42 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 steals

A huge week for the Brow, who led the Pelicans to their third straight win and helped them cling to their playoff spot in the eighth seed. If New Orleans is to hold off the Clippers and Jazz down the stretch, Davis will need to continue to stuff the stat sheet on a nightly basis.

Highlights

The pass was nice and the finish was just nasty.

Westbrook wasn’t coasting into the All-Star break.

Back-to-back huge blocks by Jimmy Butler.

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Eric Bledsoe finishing with authority.

Jabari Parker putting two Hawks on a poster.

Whoopsie Watch

Dwight Howard – 0 / Orlando Rim – 1

Okafor with the thirteen-second violation!

Steve Kerr is so bored that he is now letting the players do his job.

https://twitter.com/Devin_Walker5/status/963267527643148290

The Give and Go (Ep.2) – Welcome to the Cavs 2.0

It’s all coming up rosy early days for the new Cavs outfit, with defense, smiles and wins aplenty. However, do the new additions catapult the Cavs back into the front-runner for the East and make them a genuine contender against the Warriors? (1:00). We then debate whether the Thunder have found the blueprint to beat the Warriors (11:20), before breaking down the Jazz’s ten game winning streak (19:40). Finally, we discuss the impact of Isaiah Thomas’ move to LA on Lonzo, the Lakers and IT himself (24:30).

NBA Sitrep – Fresh faces for Cavs, the fall of Porzingis and every other non-Cleveland trade

A weekly post wrapping up all the action from around the association over the last seven days.

Cavs hit Control-Alt-Delete

The 2018 trade deadline was seemingly quiet, so Koby Altman dialed up the phone and decided to spice things up a little.

What followed was an avalanche of trades resulting in a complete roster rebuild in the middle of February.

Only six other teams in the last ten years have dealt away six players in the same month as the trading deadline.

Cleveland became number seven and has given LeBron the pieces for what could possibly be his last title run with the Cavs.

Clarkson, Nance, Hood and Hill all made their Cavs debut against Boston today and the immediate results were promising.

The Cavs trounced the Celtics 121-99, but more impressive was the enthusiasm and energy displayed throughout the game.

George Hill had 12 points, Nance provided a spark off the bench, Hood dropped 15 and Clarkson left LeBron in raptures on the bench with his entertaining 17-point outing.

LeBron sat for the entire fourth quarter for the first time since late November in a clash against Miami.

Yes, it was only one game. But for a franchise that was limping towards the All-Star break broken and bruised, it was a much-needed dose of hope.

The after-thought trades

The Cavaliers held a monopoly over trade deadline talks, but there were numerous other deals that slipped through the cracks before the Thursday deadline.

Elfrid Payton and his hair made their way to the Suns for a 2018 second-round pick. The former first-round pick made his Phoenix debut on Sunday and finished with 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a loss to the Nuggets.

Emmanuel Mudiay joined Payton as another first-round point guard to find a new home before the trade deadline. Mudiay made his debut for his new club today, scoring 14 points and dishing out 10 assists for the Knicks.

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Jameer Nelson joined the Pistons, who also secured James Ennis from the Grizzlies. Former Clippers Brice Johnson and Willie Reed both departed Detroit, Johnson to Memphis and Reed to the Bulls.

Dante Cunningham joined the Nets, Noah Vonleh was shipped to Chicago and Sheldon Mac joined the Hawks as we start scraping the bottom of the trade deadline barrel.

Isaiah Thomas impressed in his debut game for the Lakers, scoring 22 points, dropping six assists and four three-balls along the way.

Thomas’ former teammate, Dwayne Wade received a standing ovation from the Miami faithful as he returned to his former playground.

Who shot Bambi?

You could almost hear a pin drop inside Madison Square Garden as Porzingis lay in agony, slamming his fist into the hardwood.

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An MRI confirmed the worst, Porzingis has torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.

He was having a career year, averaging 22.7 points and an NBA-high 2.4 blocks per game for the Knicks faithful.

With their captain fallen, the Knicks slight playoff dreams seem crushed along with the hearts of their loyal fans.

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standings - week 5

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The Utah Jazz are flying up the standings behind a nine-game winning streak that has seen them knock off contender after contender. The Pistons, Raptors, Spurs, Pelicans and Trailblazers have all fallen to the Jazz, who also just happened to hand the Warriors a 30-point thumping. The Jazz have the second best defensive rating in the league over their nine-game winning streak and are using their defensive calling card to make a genuine late push for the playoffs.

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The New York Knicks are 0-2 without Porzingis and are have slumped into a six-game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Knicks are likely to struggle for the remainder of the season with Porzingis looking on from the sidelines. It’s time to hand the keys to Frank Ntilikina and attempt to unearth another young talent to play alongside Kristaps when he returns next season.

Heat Check

Paul George

vs. Warriors – 38 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals, 6 three-pointers made

vs. Lakers – 29 points, 9 rebounds, 5 three-pointers made

vs. Grizzlies – 33 points, 8 assist, 3 steals, 5 three-pointers made

Is Paul George the best two-way player in the NBA right now?

It’s a contentious question, but George’s recent stretch has seen him dominate teams on both ends of the floor with a ‘Kawhi’ like tenacity. Westbrook may be the OKC’s Batman, but George is the perfect Robin to challenge the Warriors in the playoffs. The Thunder have handled the Warriors comfortably in both their regular season matchups, which is largely due to George’s ability to guard every Warrior on the floor. The Thunder may still be having a roller-coaster season, but George has certainly found his groove after struggling early days.

Highlights

Dunk of the Year. Giannis is just absurd.

He actually just jumped clean over a 6-foot-6 Hardaway.

It’s been a big week for Zach LaVine, who not only led the Bulls to a win over his former team, but also did this to Jakarr Sampson.

Moments after blocking Jimmy Butlers game-winning attempt, LeBron showed him how it was done with this step-back dagger.

Now would be the time to look away Julius Randle.

Here comes the Bam!

Whoopsie Watch

Cedi Osman with the wide open …

Someone is getting the dreaded call to Mark Cubans office this week.

No chair is safe around an angry Robin Lopez.

The week that was (Premier League Matchweek 26)

News

Munich Air Disaster 60 year anniversary

Manchester United held a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. More than 4,500 United supporters sat in the falling snow to attend the memorial at Old Trafford.

United manager Jose Mourinho and captain Michael Carrick laid wreaths to remember the 23 casualties of the crash, including eight of United’s ‘Busby Babes’.

Survivors Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg were present at the 40-minute service, along with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and director Michael Edelson who all gave readings.

Sooky Pep strikes again 

Pep is like that little whinny brat who has all the toys in the world, yet still finds something to whine about.

In their draw with Burnley, Manchester City had six substitutes on the bench instead of the standard seven. According to Guardiola, the reason City had one less substitute was because of an injury crisis at the club and a lack of depth in the squad.

Did it not occur to Guardiola that he could promote a player from the academy?

Under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour, City built the A$355 million City Football Academy that is considered one of the best academies in the world. Yet Guardiola insists he does not have the players to fill a seven man bench.

Former Manchester United captain and television pundit Gary Neville labelled the decision a “joke”.

“If you’re a youth team manager at Manchester City, ring him up and ask which kid deserves that boost. Who has been playing well this season and who has worked hard?”

“Forget the second team. Even if they played yesterday, bring one and put them on the bench. Bring a kid to travel with the team, help the kit man and put him on the bench to have the experience of being in a Premier League game. Give someone a boost at the club.

“If you’re the Academy or reserve team manager at Manchester City you must think ‘I’m wasting my time’. Forget the fact they’ve spent however much money, six players on the bench… to me it’s like a protest.”

Spot on Gary.

Eight is great for Swansea

Swansea’s revival under Carlos Carvalhal continued with an impressive display against Notts County in the FA Cup.

The Swans put eight past a helpless County in a display reminiscent of a FIFA game played on amateur difficulty.

Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer both scored braces, while Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and Daniel James all found the back of the net.

The Swans will hope to continue their scoring spree against Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

Results

Burnley 1-1 Manchester City

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Arsenal 5-1 Everton

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

Watford 4-1 Chelsea

Sir Alex Ferguson Award

The Sir Alex Ferguson of the week is awarded to the best-performed team of the week.

Arsenal

It seems like the dust has settled on the Wenger Out movement and all is well at Arsenal again.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his debut for the club and scored a lovely chip over the keeper (even though he was incorrectly called onside), while fellow new-boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan compiled a hat rick of assists.

But the star of the game was a man who epitomises Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey is a talented player who has shown glimpses of what he is capable of over his career. Ramsey’s inconsistency is a metaphor for the entire Arsenal team, but against Everton he was on fire.

The Welshman netted a hat-rick, which can only mean one thing. Three celebrities will die this week.

If you are not aware of what I am talking about here is a list of celebrities who have died after Ramsey has scored a goal.

Bebe of the week

Bebe is widely considered Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst ever signing. The Bebe award is given to the most disappointing team from the week.

Chelsea

Things are not looking good at Stamford Bridge. The champions are a shadow of themselves and the end looks near for Antonio Conte.

The Blues conceded four goals against a Watford side that had won two of their previous 10 matches in the Premier League.

Chelsea have now conceded seven goals in their past two fixtures – four against the Hornets and three against Bournemouth.

The Blues have been the butt of all jokes this week and even their on-loan star Michy Batshuayi has gotten into the act, posting the tear emoji on Twitter after the defeat.

But there is one man who would be happy with the current situation and that’s Judas himself; Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea fans started calling Mourinho Judas last year when Manchester United travelled to Stamford Bridge. But as Mourinho said at the time “Judas is still number 1” until someone betters his record of three Premier League titles at the London club.

Player of the week

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

How can you go past the Armenians performance against Everton. Mkhitaryan contributed three assist, which moves him up to eight for the season and also had 42 total passes at a success of 79%. To top it off, the playmaker got a 9.91 match rating on WhoScored.com.

If he can continue this type of performance, Arsenal fans will long forget Alexis Sanchez.

Sportdot goal of the week

There were so many incredible goals this weekend that it is difficult for me to choose one.

That is why I am letting you, the loyal reader decide on the goal of the week.

Here are the nominees:

  1. Danilo – Manchester City 

2. Lemina – Southampton

3. Izquierdo – Brighton 

4. Wanyama – Tottenham 

5. Salah – Liverpool 

6. Hazard – Chelsea  

Retro clip

Munich Air Disaster News Report

This is the BBC News report on the evening of the Munich Air Disaster on the 6th of February 1958.

 

 

 

NBA Sitrep – Blake to Detroit, injuries savage the East and a thriller in the Mile-High City

A weekly post wrapping up all the action from around the association over the last seven days.

Welcome to Detroit

Just months ago, the Clippers went all out to re-sign Blake Griffin as the face of their franchise.

Last week they shipped him and his $171 million dollar contract off to the Detroit Pistons and in doing so, signaled the end of Lob City.

Blake recorded a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds) in his first game with the Pistons, before dropping 16 points and 9 boards in his second game for the team.

The Pistons are 2-0 with Griffin in the line-up and have climbed to just half a game out of the playoff seeding in the East.

The Clippers are 1-1 since the departure of their superstar, with Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley both impressing in their debut game for LA (Harris had 24 points, Bradley tallied 8).

Nikola Mirotic was dealt to the Pelicans in a deal that saw Omer Asik (and his unattractive contract), Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson and a first-round pick join the Bulls.

Mirotic has been a spark-plug for the Bulls this season, averaging 16.8 points per contest and striking from beyond the arc at an impressive 43%. In his debut game, he put up 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Pelicans loss to Minnesota.

Team LeBron curse?

First DeMarcus Cousins and now Kevin Love and John Wall.

Team LeBron has been decimated by injuries, however the Pelicans, Cavs and Wizards have been left to deal with the real headaches.

Kevin Love suffered a fracture in his left hand that will see him miss six to eight weeks.

Love doesn’t require surgery, but will be racing the clock to return and re-integrate into the Cavs disheartened line-up before play-off action begins.

Fellow All-Star John Wall will also miss six to eight weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic cleanup of his left knee.

Wall banged knees with Dennis Smith Jnr in early November and has been bothered by the niggling injury ever since.

The Wizards are 4-0 since Wall’s surgery, which has put John and his teams ‘supposedly’ strained relationship back into the spotlight.

The Bucks will be without Malcolm Brogdon for six to eight weeks after he suffered a left quadricep tendon injury against the Timberwolves.

It’s been an up-and-down week for the Bucks, who saw Jabari Parker play his first game since February 2017, but then saw Giannis Antetokounmpo leave the court early after an ankle injury against the Nets today.

Giannis is expected to be available for selection in the Bucks next game.

Unleash the Beard

With Chris Paul and Eric Gordon on the sideline, James Harden had the spotlight all to himself as the Magic came to town.

60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists later and the NBA had its first ever 60-point triple-double.

Throw in four steals and a block and you have one of the most complete single game performances of all time.

It was the most points ever scored by a Rocket, the most by any player in the NBA this season and the ninth-time Harden has topped the 50-point barrier in his career.

Game of the Year?

There have been plenty of classics this season, but the Nuggets vs Thunder clash deserves its place amongst the top echelon of 2017-18 contests.

The Nuggets threw the first swing, posting an incredible 40-point first quarter that led them to a commanding 72-57 half time lead.

Jamal Murray was on fire, dropping 33 points and Steven Adams with this vicious step-back three.

https://twitter.com/ComedyWorIdStar/status/960320827941154816

Nikola Jokic played the role of Robin to perfection, working seamlessly with Murray and tallied his third triple double of the season (29 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists).

Enter Paul George.

George took over the game, dropping 43 points on ridiculous 73% shooting, culminating in a nasty step-back three to tie the game with mere seconds remaining.

Then come the finale, and what a finish it was.

Harris called game, Jokic called Westbrook out for falling asleep on the final play and Russell retaliated by shoving an overly eager fan.

https://twitter.com/jtylerconway/status/959306032282349569

What a game.

Sliders/Risers

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Photo credit: ESPN

Riser

No Wall, no worries.

The Wizards have knocked off the Hawks, Thunder, Raptors and Magic without their All-Star point guard and currently sit in the fourth seed in the East. Rumours of a rift between ‘Wall and Beal’ and ‘Wall and the entire Wizards team’ have been rife this season, which hasn’t been helped by the team’s success without their point guard. Despite Wall averaging 9.3 assists per game, the Wizards lead the league in assists since Wall’s absence began and the results speak for themselves.

Slider

The Miami Heat were always going to hit adversity at some point. For a team led by consistent, all-around effort and devoid of superstars, this slump was just par for the course. After falling to the Cavaliers by two points, consecutive losses to the 76ers and Pistons have seen the Heat slump from the fourth seed to the seventh seed. They are 4-6 over their last ten and will likely need to fend off the Griffin led Pistons if they want to hold onto their playoff spot.

Heat Check

CJ McCollum

vs. Clippers – 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

vs. Bulls – 50 points, 5 rebounds, 6 three-pointers made

vs. Raptors – 21 points, 2 assists, 1 block

vs. Celtics – 22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists

CJ McCollum had an average week, until you glance at his box score against the Chicago Bulls. He became the first player to reach 50 points in under 30 minutes since Klay Thompson scorched the Pacers for 60 in 29 minutes back in 2016. McCollum had 28 points in the first quarter, setting up his first career 50-point game and leading the Trailblazers to an easy win over Chicago.

Highlights

Mike Muscala, welcome to your Kodak moment.

Dwight making his second appearance for all the wrong reasons.

The Greek Freak added to his collection of game-winners with this dagger against the Knicks.

Al Horford called game with one of the rare highlights for Boston on Super Bowl Sunday.

As if he hasn’t made it obvious enough, Jaylen Brown is angry he isn’t an All-Star.

Whoopsie Watch

Nobody loves Lance more than Lance.

Except maybe for Nikola Jokic. This was Lance’esque.

This man is just living all our dreams.

 

ENGLISH FOOTBALL TRANSFER WRAP (WEEK 5)

Tommy Elphick – Aston Villa to Reading (Loan)

Luke Amos – Tottenham to Stevenage (Loan)

Leonardo Ulloa – Leicester to Brighton (Loan)

Justin Shaibu – Brentford to Walsall (Loan)

Harry Toffolo – Norwich to Millwall (Undisclosed/Market value: A$397,000)

Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona to Watford (Loan)

George Taft – Mansfield Town to Cambridge United (Loan)

Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool to West Brom (Loan)

Connor Mahoney – Bournemouth to Barnsley (Loan)

Charly Musonda – Chelsea to Celtic (Loan)

Caolan Lavery – Sheffield United to Rotherham United (Loan)

Boris Mathis – Everton to Northampton Town (Loan)

Baba Rahman – Chelsea to Schalke (Loan)

Ashley Smith-Brown – Manchester United to Oxford (Loan)

Anton Walkes – Tottenham to Portsmouth (Loan)

Ali Gabr – Zamalek to West Brom (Loan)

Adam King – Swansea to Mansfield Town (Loan)

Aaron Tshibola – Aston Villa to Kilmarnock (Loan)

Tim Cahill – Melbourne City to Millwall (Free)

Pascal Struijk – Ajax to Leeds United (Undisclosed)

Diafra Sakho – West Ham to Stade Rennes (A$15.9 million)

Tom Beadling – Sunderland to Dunfermline Athletic (Loan)

Tobias Figueiredo – Sporting Lisbon to Nottingham Forest (Loan)

Roque Mesa – Swansea to Sevilla (Loan)

Mauro Zarate – Watford to Velez Sarsfield (Loan)

Josh Tymon – Stoke City to MK Dons (Loan)

Joe Rodon – Swansea to Cheltenham Town (Loan)

Jack Harrison – New York City FC to Manchester City (A$6.35 million)

Jack Harrison – Manchester City to Middlesbrough (Loan)

Andrew Boyle – Preston North End to Doncaster Rovers (Loan)

Ahmed Musa – Leicester City to CSKA Moscow (Loan)

Marcus McGuane – Arsenal to Barcelona (Undisclosed)

Emerson Palmieri – Roma to Chelsea (A$31.76 million)

Dodi Lukebakio – Royal Charleroi SC to Watford (Undisclosed/Market value: A$4.76 million)

Diogo Jota – Atletico Madrid to Wolverhampton Wanderers (A$22.23 million)

Chiedozie Ogbene – Limerick FC to Brentford (Undisclosed)

Aymeric Laporte – Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City (A$103.21 million)

Tyler Walker – Nottingham Forest to Bolton Wanderers (Loan)

Todd Kane – Chelsea to Oxford (Loan)

Tin Plavotic – Bristol City to Barnet (Loan)

Thomas Anderson – Burnley to Doncaster Rovers (Loan)

Stephen Humphrys – Fulham to Rochdale (Loan)

Stephen Henderson – Nottingham Forest to Portsmouth (Loan)

Shayon Harrison – Tottenham to Southend United (Loan)

Sandro Ramirez – Everton to Sevilla (Loan)

Ryan Allsop – Bournemouth to Lincoln City (Loan)

Rolando Aarons – Newcastle United to Hellas Verona (Loan)

Reece Oxford – West Ham to Borussia Monchengladbach (Loan)

Reece Burke – West Ham to Bolton Wanderers (Loan)

Pontus Dahlberg – IFK to Watford (A$6.2 million)

Pontus Dahlberg – Watford to IFK (Loan)

Ovie Ejaria – Liverpool to Sunderland (Loan)

Olamide Shodipo – OPR to Colchester United (Loan)

Nathan Thomas – Sheffield United to Shrewsbury Town (Loan)

Muhamed Besic – Everton to Middlesbrough (Loan)

Moses Makasi – West Ham to Plymouth Argyle (Loan)

Monty Patterson – Ipswich to Wellington Phoenix (Loan)

Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund (Loan)

Matthew Willock – Manchester United to St Johnston (Loan)

Matt Penney – Sheffield Wednesday to Mansfield Town (Loan)

Martin Braithwaite – Middlesbrough to Bordeaux (Loan)

Marnick Vermijl – Preston North End to Scunthorpe United (Loan)

Louis Gray – Everton to Carlisle United (Loan)

Lloyd Jones – Liverpool to Lincoln City (Loan)

Lewis Grabban – Bournemouth to Aston Villa (Loan)

Lazar Markovic – Liverpool to Anderlecht (Loan)

Kyle Howkins – West Brom to Port Vale (Loan)

Krystian Bielik – Arsenal to Walsall (Loan)

Kasey Palmer – Chelsea to Derby (Loan)

Jon Flanagan – Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers (Loan)

Jeff Reine-Adelaide – Arsenal to Angers (Loan)

Jamie Sterry – Newcastle United to Crewe Alexandra (Loan)

Jacob Davenport – Manchester City to Burton Albion (Loan)

Jack Fitzwater – West Brom to Walsall (Loan)

Jack Colback – Newcastle United to Nottingham Forest (Loan)

Issac Success – Watford to Malaga (Loan)

Islam Slimani – Leicester City to Newcastle United (Loan)

Henri Saivet – Newcastle United to Sivasspor (Loan)

Harry Wilson – Liverpool to Hull City (Loan)

George Williams – Fulham to St Johnston (Loan)

Flynn Downes – Ipswich to Luton Town (Loan)

Eoin Doyle – Preston North End to Oldham Athletic (Loan)

Easah Suliman – Aston Villa to Grimsby Town (Loan)

Dylan Mottley- Henry – Barnsley to Chesterfield (Loan)

Didier N’Dong – Sunderland to Watford (Loan)

Costel Pantilimon – Watford to Nottingham Forest (Loan)

Chuba Akpom – Arsenal to Sint-Truidense (Loan)

Chris Martin – Derby County to Reading (Loan)

Benik Afobe – Bournemouth to Wolverhampton Wanderers (Loan)

Ben Stevenson – Coventry City to Wolverhampton Wanderers (A$794,000)

Ben Stevenson – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Colchester United (Loan)

Ben Marshall – Wolverhampton Wanderers to Millwall (Loan)

Ben Hall – Brighton to Notts County (Loan)

Andy King – Leicester City to Swansea (Loan)

Aleksander Mitrovic – Newcastle United to Fulham (Loan)

Ademola Lookman – Everton to RB Leipzig (Loan)

Mustapha Carayol – Nottingham Forest to Ipswich Town (Free)

Matthew Mills – Nottingham Forest to Barnsley (Free)

Mathieu Debuchy – Arsenal to St Etienne (Free)

Louis Dodds – Shrewsbury Town to Chesterfield (Free)

Ashkan Dejagah – Nottingham Forest (Free)

Tyler Roberts – West Brom to Leeds United (A$4.53 million)

Roy Beerens – Reading to Vitesse Arnhem (Undisclosed/Market value: A$2.38 million)

Papa Alioune Ndiaye – Galatasaray to Stoke City (A$25.40 million)

Oliver Giroud – Arsenal to Chelsea (A$27 million)

Matej Kovar – FC Slovacko to Manchester United (Undisclosed/Market value: A$80,000)

Lucas Moura – PSG to Tottenham (A$45.1 million)

Jordan Stevens – Forest Green Rovers to Leeds United (Undisclosed)

Jordan Hugill – Preston North End to West Ham (Undisclosed/Market value: A$4.76 million)

Joe Lolley – Huddersfield Town to Nottingham Forest (Undisclosed/Market value: A$794,000)

Jack Withers – Boston United to Swansea (Undisclosed)

Glenn Middleton – Norwich City to Rangers (Undisclosed)

Gary Madine – Bolton Wanderers to Cardiff City (Undisclosed/Market value: A$477,000)

Freddie Ladapo – Crystal Palace to Southend United (Undisclosed/Market value: A$395,000)

Angus MacDonald – Barnsley to Hull City (Undisclosed/Market value: A$1.6 million)

Andre Ayew – West Ham to Swansea (A$36.20 million)

Admir Mehmedi – Bayer Leverkusen to VFL Wolfsburg (A$12.70 million)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal (A$98.80 million)

https://twitter.com/Sporf/status/959120194365984769

*Market value’s courtesy of Transfermarkt.co.uk 

 

 

Boban > Blake

Blake Griffin is gone.

After just coming to terms with losing Chris Paul, Clippers fans now have to face the harsh reality of life without Blake.

This means life without State Farm and Kia commercials, life without never ending injuries, life without first-round playoff exits, life without whinging like babies and life without Kendall Jenner.

It’s a cold, bleak future for the baby brother of LA.

Except, there is a beacon of hope in the distance.

The Clippers have acquired Tobias Harris, who is averaging an impressive 18.1 points this season, in addition to Avery Bradley, one of the leagues premier defensive guards.

Neither of them are the shining light the Clippers desperately need though.

Just when all hope seemed lost, Stan Van Gundy relented and handed the Clippers the keys to their future.

Introducing Boban Marjanovic.

Casual NBA fans may have never heard of his name, let alone witnessed his incredible abilities, but Boban is the future of the Clippers next championship roster.

He is the hero that the Clippers don’t deserve, but the one they so desperately need.

Here are ten reasons why Boban will become the first Clipper to have his jersey raised up amongst the rafters.

To share the honour with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Taylor Swift.

10. Boban is an actual giant

Boban stands at 7-foot-3 tall, with a standing reach of 9-foot-7! To put that into perspective, thats a higher standing reach than Yao Ming and Wilt Chamberlain.

This means that he can basically put the ball into the basket without even leaving his feet.

9. Boban has big feet, big ears and even bigger hands

Boban has size 19 shoes, which is dwarfed only by the size of his ears, which is once again dwarfed only by the size of his hands.

Honestly, look at them!

8. Boban is already ready for those Blake Kia commercials

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Someone give this man an Oscar already!

7. Boban can dance

No words, just no words.

6. Boban is the most efficient scorer in NBA history

No, I’m not making this up.

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No player in the history of the entire NBA has been able to match Boban in points per shot attempts.

Nobody.

5. Boban can break a rim.

Alright, so it’s not as dramatic as a Shaq ring break, but it still counts.

4. Boban can make grown men wet their pants.

3. Boban is a three-time MVP

Boban won three straight Serbian League MVP awards between 2013-15.

Has Blake won an MVP award. No, didn’t think so.

Boban > Blake.

2. Pain is no barrier to Boban

Jordan may have had his flu game, but it pales into insignificance when compared to Bobans heroics.

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Boban had a broken foot, but still played for the Red Stars in the 2015 Serbian Championship and led his team to its first title since the 1997-98 season.

1. Get you a man who can do both

Boban is a man of many talents.

He can put in the work and finish with strength.

Or he can dazzle you with his skills and craftiness.

The dawn of the Boban era has just begun.

Remember the name.