The Football Writers' Association will announce the 2017 Footballer of the Year on Monday - and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes one of his players would be a deserved choice. He was one of five Chelsea players voted for during the process, with a record 17 men all having a least one nomination, including one Championship star.
Washington defended aggressively on Boston guard Isaiah Thomas , who scored 53 points in Tuesday's 129-119 overtime win. In their 593 playoff games all-time that preceded this series against the Wizards, the Celtics allowed 38 or more points in the first quarter 10 times, according to stats guru Dick Lipe.
The playmaker lofted to Raheem Sterling on the left, who crossed into the mixer, and Martin Kelly headed straight to Silva who fired home. Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne were relieved with their dominant second half after only scoring one goal in the first.
We went to Chicago knowing we were going to win those games, not hoping", said guard Avery Bradley, who also scored 24 points for the Celtics. "This whole group remains confident in everybody, from the first guy to the last guy", Thomas, who shot just 1-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc but was ideal at the free-throw line, going 11-for-11.
He is one of the most versatile secondary players in this draft. The Green Bay Packers took an additional 20 hours to make their first selection in this year's NFL Draft , but the shared sentiment in the Lambeau Field draft room Friday night was the long wait was worth it.
The home team ahs won every game in this series, suggesting a Game 7 could be on the horizon. "We obviously gave them life when they got that first goal ". Braden Holtby has been everything but consistent . "FLEU-RY!" and might've planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
And Mourinho, who lost to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for the first time in 13 meetings in the Premier League, refused to criticise the Spain global for his performance at The Emirates. The Spaniard again saved strongly from a stinging Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot from long range, which took a deflection on route to De Gea's goal. I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates, they were crying.
And, although Spurs (460) and Liverpool (452) have had more chances, or shots at goal , in total than City this season (445), when it comes to what statisticians Opta call "big chances" [defined as a situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score , usually in a one-on-one situation or from very close range], City are out in front with 67.
For years I've used this space to hail Lionel Messi as the world's best soccer player. "We keep racking up the points and we're happy". If we think it will be easy, we are mistaken. "He knows and he understands well that until now he has always played 50, 60, or 70 games a season". "I am in debt to Madrid and the Bernabeu - I owe them a night in the Champions League like the one I took away from them".
The win over Klitschko was Joshua's third defense of the title and also gave him the WBA crown. Klitschko (64-5) dominated the division for close to a decade before losing his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts by a unanimous decision to Tyson Fury in November 2015.
The Raptors went through a 1-for-13 shooting slump and scored only three points in a six-minute stretch. Kyle Lowry sat out with an injured ankle. "The doctors will have something to say about it", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. Some think Lowry just puts too much pressure on himself to perform when the lights come on, and when he misses his first couple of shots to start a game, his confidence seems to go right out the door.
The 32-year-old striker, who has tasted glory at the game's highest level as a World Cup and European Championship victor with Spain, gave critics of his work rate the flawless riposte to inspire Swansea's recovery, which now stands at seven points from their past three games to climb out of the bottom three with two fixtures left.
Louis Blues, desperate to avoid elimination in Game 5 Friday night, quieted a streaking Preds offense and did just enough against Pekka Rinne to stay alive in the Western Conference, claiming a 2-1 win and sending their 3-2 series back to Nashville.
I know not to take the Warriors seriously, to always downplay the significance of what they're doing, because they're always smiling - like when they skipped off the court in Game 3 after largely crushing Utah's playoffs dreams. The trio of Curry, Durant and Green has been too much for the Jazz. 2 Game 3 tied 78-78. What is left for the Jazz to play for? "I can't say enough about the team that beat us".
The Red Devils have not lost at home since September in all competitions but Herrera has warned that there is no room for complacency as Celta are very much alive in the tie. The England worldwide has been in good form with a particularly eye-catching performance in the Red Devils' 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo in midweek.
The 34-year-old made 23 saves and assisted on Calle Jarnkrok's empty-net goal that sealed game six, the netminder's third point of the playoffs. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was under fire all night. The Blues put seven shots on Rinne in the first 3:20 and limited the Predators to five shots on net in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead to the locker room.
Here's a link to the video of the Mourinho press conference. I think Eric and Daley they played again absolutely amazingly. "Marcus (Rashford) gave their defenders lots of problems, they stopped him sometimes with lots of fouls, so for me the spirit was unbelievable and the first half was really good".
The 21-year-old said he apologized to referee Monty McCutchen, who was talking to Olynyk at the time of the incident. Oubre said Friday that he retaliated against Olynyk because of repeated hits by the Celtics center. They're getting stops on defense, and the offense is functioning as an individual unit to find the open man. But we all feel like we are the better team, even to start the series.
Thursday marked the second time in Thompson's 13 drafts as the Packers' general manager that the team did not make a first-round selection. The Packers received the first pick of the second round in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, who moved up to No.
The time was 1:58 am. Hicks said he was pointing at teammate CC Sabathia. The other time was June 19, 2001, when the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres each had 20 in a 15-inning game. The good news for the Cubs is that Lester has been a lot better at home where he has produced a 1.50 ERA in three starts this season. Luis Severino had a similar line for NY, bouncing back nicely from a shaky start against Toronto last Monday.
Paul Stastny , son of Czech hall of famer Peter Stastny, scored the only goal for St. Louis while Allen finished with 15 saves. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and had an assist. James Neal and Mattias Ekholm served a total of six minutes in the penalty box, forcing Nashville to play 3-on-5. "We have to be ready to match their desperation on Sunday and we will".
The teenager limped off the field as he was substituted late on with what appeared to be a knee problem, but Mourinho appeared to be confident that the damage was not too severe as he lavished praise on his lead striker. Mourinho is expected to rotate his side against Arsenal and Young would have been in-line to replace Antonio Valencia at right-back but the United boss may now have to come up with an alternative plan.
The draw has been kind to Sharapova - the frailties of the sport's leading lights mean she has not yet faced a top-30 player - but she is playing exceptionally well after 15 months free of competition . The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam victor has yet to drop a set and powered past Estonia's Kontaveit, ranked 73rd, for a 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final win.
Raheem Sterling's cool finish in the 82nd minute was followed by Nicolas Otamendi's diving header in stoppage time as City leapfrogged Liverpool on goal difference. The Gunners boss remains under pressure following a string of disappointing results and, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season, another protest is planned before the United game by those fans who want to see change.
And when they found out Edmonton would be without two of its best defencemen in Game 6, they had to believe they were 60 minutes away from putting the Oilers away for good. "It's just a matter of time before they fall", Laviolette said. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Oilers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -125 to win.
Cleveland went 14-4 against Detroit a year ago but had lost four of its first five against the Tigers this season. With a full day of rain and cold temperatures expected on Thurday, the Tigers postponed their scheduled game against the Cleveland Indians at 9:25 a.m., nearly four hours before the scheduled first pitch.
According to a report from Real Madrid , Carvajal's suffered a grade 2 hamstring injury in his right leg, and that means he'll likely be out for 3-4 weeks of action. "We have to do something impossible and being Atletico Madrid we might be capable of it". "They played like a team that did not believe they could go to the Bernabeu and win - they were cautious, poor with their passing and there was no belief in their body language".
Former Cronulla Sharks chairman Damian Keogh has broken his silence following his arrest over drug possession. Chief executive Lyall Gorman says the club could not have gone from wooden spooners in 2014 to premiers past year if there was discipline, alcohol, or drug issues in the club.
VINCENT KOMPANY says Manchester City took a huge step towards Champions League qualification after thrashing Crystal Palace 5-0. When you play against Manchester City you can't afford those, they will punish you as we saw today. Palace's third consecutive defeat means they are still anxiously looking over their shoulders at the teams below them although they remain six points above third-bottom Swansea City who are in action tomorrow at home to Everton.
The Briton twice pulled out of a rematch with Klitschko in the aftermath before eventually being stripped of his belts and then announcing his retirement, which has proven to be short-lived. "You look at the performance of Anthony Joshua which was courageous, heroic and very, very exiting - but the difference in how they handled Klitschko was vast and Tyson was far superior".
The Rangers have now lost three times this postseason after giving up a goal after their opponent pulled their goalie. Nashville was coming off of a 4-0 drubbing of the Chicago Blackhawks. "We haven't won in Ottawa yet". Just 33 seconds later, Pyatt gave the Senators their first lead since Game 1 when he deflected a side-board pass from Zack Smith between the pads of Lundqvist with his back to New York's net.
In the other semifinal, Ajax defeated Lyon 4-1 in Amsterdam in the first leg on Wednesday . Manchester United are yet to move into "top gear" in their Europa League campaign, according to the former England manager Glenn Hoddle. Marcus Rashford's curling free-kick was all that was required to see off an average Celta, and Hoddle believes the standard of opposition in European football's second-tier competition has not tested United so far.
The striker's goal sealed a 1-0 win in the Europa League semi-final but many were surprised he stepped up over the £89m Frenchman. "Last year we scored three goals away against Atletico Madrid to go through (in the Copa del Rey) and their defence is very strong, and this year we won 2-1 at the Bernabeu and they are nearly in the Champions League final".
My dad can watch it, but not my mum. "I would rather she not be there". Joshua expects a tough fight and saying, it will be one of the defining fights of his career when he faces the Ukrainian in front of the largest British boxing crowd for almost 80 years.
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