ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 | Jersey Sports Zone
High school football in the Garden State has returned. With the 2021 season now officially opened, teams are turning the page on a turbulent 2020 season in hopes of playing full schedules and competing for real championships. Our team of MMJ’s have hit the ground running and will have new previews everyday leading up to the start of Week 1 on Sept. 3. Bookmark this page for all the latest on New Jersey high school football! 8/9: Don Bosco Prep A 2-3 season last year will fuel one of New Jersey’s most storied programs into the 2021 season. The Ironmen return a plethora of talent from a team that weathered through bumps in the road last fall. Junior five-star left tackle Chase Bisontis headlines a talented offensive line unit that will hold the fort for an offense that returns numerous skill position starters. Navy commit Timmy Hinspeter and Fordham commit Claudy Robinson are the two big names that will anchor this Don Bosco defense. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from Ramsey: 8/10: Seton Hall Prep 2020 was an up and down year for Seton Hall Prep and the surging Pirates have their sights set on stability and consistency in 2021. QB Jaden Craig – a Harvard commit – returns to lead the offense with Myles Thomason and Nick Dunneman, a group that will bring plenty of fireworks to the Kelly Athletic Complex. JSZ’s Jay Cook has more from the West Orange private school: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Seton Hall Prep athletics is proudly provided by “One on One with Steve Adubato!” 8/11: Wall The Crimson Knights not only emerged as the top team in the Shore but the top-ranked public team in New Jersey after a 7-0 record. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the story from the reigning Shore Conference champions. 8/12: St. Augustine After a 4-3 campaign in 2020, the Hermits look to reestablish themselves as Non-Public Group 4 title contenders. Northwestern commit Denis Jaquez, Army commit Brady Small, Kanye Udoh, Nasir Hill and Trey McLeer lead a loaded and experienced senior class for the Prep. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Hermits in Richland: 8/13: Rumson-Fair Haven Expectations are always sky high in Rumson. The Bulldogs are in the Shore Conference’s top division looking to earn their spot in the Shore’s top 4 and play for a conference title followed by their usual quest to go deep in the state playoffs. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis takes us to Rumson to preview the Bulldogs: 8/14: Notre Dame Sean Clancy is 15-2 (5-1 in 2020) during his first two years as Notre Dame’s head coach. Having to replace prolific two-way scoring threat Rickey “Pop” Spruill, the Irish will look to sophomore AJ Surace, son of Princeton University Head Football Coach Bob Surace, at the starting quarterback role. ND suffered a tremendous loss in the offseason when longtime strength and conditioning coach John McKenna passed away just weeks before training camp. Featured on our All Access coverage in 2020, McKenna’s presence is still felt and his spirit continues to motivate the program. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by Lawrenceville: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Notre Dame coverage. 8/15: Bergen Catholic Questions remained at the end of the 2020 season as to which team was No. 1 in New Jersey. Entering 2021, however, Bergen Catholic feels they have what it takes to be the best in New Jersey. Led by a defense with nine returning starters and an offense that looks to put up points in bunches, the Crusaders have aspirations of playing for a state championship in MetLife Stadium in just a few months. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Oradell-based non-public powerhouse: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/16: Timber Creek 2020 was an up-and-down year for the Chargers, who finished with a 3-4 record under first-year coach Brian Wright. With just a handful of starters returning, Wright is tasked with getting a young, but talented group up-to-speed in year two. Illinois commit Donovan Leary leads an intriguing mix of youth and experience as Timber Creek looks to get back into title contention in 2021. JSZ’s James Mooney has the story from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/17: South Brunswick South Brunswick’s first year in the newly formed Big Central Conference didn’t go as planned, as the Vikings won their first four games of the season before dropping three in a row to end 2020. John Viotto, entering his third season as head coach, will look to players like five-star kicking recruit and Rutgers University commit Jai Patel to lead the team in 2021. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp for the latest: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. 8/18: Millville Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen will lead the way for a Thunderbolts team hoping to contend for a sectional title in 2021. Nate Robbins enters his third year as Millville’s starting QB, while dynamic freshman Lotzier Brooks has all of Cumberland County buzzing. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Bolts: 8/19: Donovan Catholic The Griffins were a mere half-yard from a perfect 2020 season and an unofficial Shore Conference championship, but Dan Curcione’s team is ready to hit the reset button and challenge defending champ Wall for the top spot in the American Division and a chance to do damage both in the new Shore playoffs as well as the road to the Non-Public Group 3 state championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has more on the Griffins from Toms River: 8/20: Winslow Twp. The Eagles won five of their six games in 2020 to earn the program’s first winning season in a decade. Now Winslow is looking to keep the momentum going in 2021. Senior LB Emeril Mitchell will lead the way on defense, while QB Hamas Duren and RB Trey Thorpe should put up big numbers on offense. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the preview: 8/20: St. Joe’s (Mont.) It won’t be easy replacing reigning JSZ Zoneman Player of the Year Audric Estime, but St. Joe’s will lean on their new core of top talent to usher in the next generation of Green Knights. Joe’s, yet again, plays an incredibly tough schedule and will have to weather through the gauntlet if they want to compete for a state title in 2021. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiles St. Joe’s (Mont.): Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Joe’s (Mont.) is made possible by Rothman Orthopaedics. 8/21: Trenton Trenton was one team greatly affected by Covid-19 protocols. The Tornadoes not only shut down and rescheduled games, but were also forced to trim the roster down to less than 30 athletes, leaving many players confused and discouraged from participating in the offseason. New head coach Chris Franco brings his expertise over from prep powerhouse The Hun School. Franco is eager to restore a bit of normalcy back into one of Mercer County’s most beloved programs. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage. 8/21: St. Joseph Academy (Hammonton) Having to fight to keep their school open and playing without a home field, the Wildcats know about adversity. This season, St. Joe aims to retake its place as one of the top Non-Public teams in the state. Cohl Mercado, P.J. Williams, Bryan Butkus, Jahqir Haley and Ja’son Prevard will lead the way in Paul Sacco’s 40th season at the helm in Hammonton. JSZ’s Mike Frankel checks in with the Wildcats: 8/22: Holmdel The Hornets have had an amazing three-year run including last year’s 6-1 record. The price of that success is a daunting schedule in the Shore Conference’s Colonial Division. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis pays a visit to Holmdel and head coach Jeff Rainess: 8/22: Cedar Creek The Pirates will lean on a deep and experienced senior class to right the ship after finishing 3-5 in 2020. JSZ All-Zone WR JoJo Bermudez and company are hungry for a return to the postseason under second-year coach James Melody. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Egg Harbor City: 8/23: DePaul Catholic It’s a new year, and there’s a new head coach leading DePaul Catholic into 2021. Nick Campanile, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, takes the reigns of a surging Spartans program from John McKenna. The cupboard is certainly full this season. A trio of Division 1 recruits – A’Khoury Lyde, Q’yaeir Price and Eddie Conoran – anchor a defense with eight three-year varsity starters. DePaul’s usual pass-happy offense now goes to senior quarterback AJ Rodriguez. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Passaic County power: 8/23: Shawnee The Renegades look to get back on the winning track this season after finishing 1-6 in 2020. Four-year starting QB Matt Welsey leads a senior class with a lot to prove in 2021. Returning starters Dean Bialous, Fred McAneney, Ethan Krauss, and Luke Anderson will all see increased roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 8/26: Northern Highlands The excitement surrounding Northern Highlands football is as high as its been in years. The Highlanders return four valuable starters and leaders to the team in 2021: QB Enzo Arjona, RB/DB Nick Branca, WR/DE Ian Langan and OL/DL Charlie Johnson. Those four will look to lead Northern Highlands on their drive to win a second sectional title in three seasons. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview from Allendale: 8/26: Delran The Bears enter 2021 with a chip on their shoulder after a tough end to a Covid-shortened 2020 season. Rutgers-commit Kenny Fletcher, senior RB Zac Palmer-Smith, and junior QB Derek Namnun have the Bears ready to challenge for a sectional title. JSZ’s James Mooney has more from Delran: 8/26: Mainland The Mustangs return a young core ready to take a step forward after finishing 2-4 in 2020. Mainland will feature an exciting one-two punch on offense in junior RB Jabriel Mace and junior QB Marlon Leslie. Sophomore LB JJ Sinclair will be a name to watch on the defensive side of the football. JSZ’s James Mooney checks in from the Mustang Corral: 8/26: Union Following a tough loss to Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium for the North Group 5 Championship, 2020 didn’t go as planned for Union as the Farmers went 4-3 in a condensed season affected by Covid-19. Union will have to replace versatile athlete Desmond Igbonisun, now at Rutgers, luckily the Farmers can look to younger brother and defensive threat, Davison Igbonisun to make plays in 2021 before he joins the Scarlett Knights next year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story: 8/30: Lenape Despite ending the year with back to back losses, Lenape finishing 5-2 will once again be one of the premiere teams to watch in South Jersey. With players like Xavier Coleman now at Boston College and Tyler Davis off to University of Delaware, the Indians will look to players like Kylier Lightfoot and Kobi Ray-Reed to lead the offense. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story from training camp: 8/31: Kingsway The Dragons look to reload and refocus in 2021 with a strong group of underclassmen stepping into big roles both on and off the field. Juniors Darrell Brown Jr. and Nate Maiers will be impact players on both sides of the football for the Dragons. Sophomore QB Joe Lyons, junior LB D.J. DiPietro, and junior DL Demetrious Ransom will be some of the newcomers to watch this season. Kingsway opens the season with a road trip to Rutgers University, where they will take on Shawnee at the Rumble on the Raritan. JSZ’s James Mooney has the preview from Swedesboro: 8/31: Piscataway After being shut down for the entire 2020 season due to COVID, Piscataway has a clean slate as they look to build back. The Chiefs were a juggernaut just three years ago after a perfect 13-0 season. The road to rebuilding begins this Friday night when Piscataway hosts Phillipsburg. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a look at the 2021 Chiefs 8/31: Delbarton Delbarton’s 2020 team was arguably one of the best in program history. So, how will the 2021 rendition of the Green Wave respond? By setting their own standard. Stanford commit Pat Caughey anchors a defensive line with potentially three other Division 1 recruits: Chuck Nnaeto, Matt Gemma and Nigel McSween. Robbie Russo is in line to win the starting quarterback job and will have a reliable target in Nick Petrillo, one of the top returning pass catchers in the Super Football Conference. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Morristown-based private school: 8/31: Irvington Who is the top team in Essex County? Some will say Seton Hall Prep, but others will push for Irvington to hold that title. The Blue Knights’s 2021 campaign includes tough games against Union City, Wayne Hills, DePaul Catholic, Ridgewood and West Orange. That should prepare them for a deep playoff run. Two-way lineman Justin Evans-Jenkins is one of the top players in Essex County and will be a valuable leader for Irvington this season. The Blue Knights’ trio of national junior recruits – Adon Shuler, Nasir Addison and Famah Toure – bring top-end talent to a hungry team. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the preview on Irvington: 8/31: Red Bank Regional Shane Fallon’s father was a longtime athletic director and assistant football coach at Red Bank Regional in the late 1970’s. Now, the architect of the Rumson-Fair Haven football program comes back home to lead RBR into a new era. The Bucs had multiple shutdowns due to COVID but ended their 2-4 season with an upset win over Group 5 Hackensack. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis previews the Bucs from Little Silver: 8/31: East Orange A condensed seven game season put a cap on what could’ve been something special for East Orange. The Jaguars went 5-2 in 2020, outscoring opponents in their first three games 81-6. With most of their starters returning they will have much to look forward to in 2021. At the top of that list is six foot, two hundred pound, Temple University commit and defensive threat, Kyle Louis. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the full story: 8/31: Westfield No team scheduled to play was affected by Covid-19 in 2020 more than Westfield. Shutdowns led to a two game season in which the Blue Devils lost both games, a definite first for longtime Head Coach Jim DeSarno. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to the office of Jon Bramnick for sponsoring our Westfield coverage. 9/1: Middletown South The Eagles are coming off a 2-4 season but played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference highlighted by a 32-25 upset win over RBC. More than anything, Steve Antonucci’s team is grateful to have a full season in front of them including the return of their annual Thanksgiving clash with Middletown North. Jack Latore leads a hard-nosed defense and Tom Shorck is back under center on the offensive side of the ball. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has a preview of Middletown South: 9/1: Ramapo The expectations surrounding Ramapo football are always sky high. While the goal for a sectional title isn’t changing in 2021, the actual group they’ll be competing in is. The Raiders are anticipating a bump-up from North Group 3 to North Group 4 this season, meaning new opponents and challenges throughout the year. Senior captains Dylan Snee and Jack Remo will be valuable pieces to the defense, while Bergen Catholic transfer Jack Grusser comes back to play quarterback at his hometown school. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Raiders: 9/1: Eastern 2021 marks a changing of the guard for the Vikings as Lionel Bolen takes over the program in his first season as head coach. The former Eastern assistant was a standout at Rancocas Valley and played collegiately for Notre Dame. Bolen’s goal in year one is to change the culture after a 1-4 finish in 2020. The Vikings feature a ton of talent all over the roster with junior QB Walt Clymer Jr., senior WR/DBs AJ Brooks, Jasiah Davis, and junior OL/DL Aidan Clark playing huge roles this season. JSZ’s James Mooney has more with the Vikings in Voorhees: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. 9/1: Colts Neck After putting together a 7-1 season in 2021, Colts Neck got what they asked for – a major bump in competition. The Cougars are the newest addition to Shore Conference’s American Division, which features the conference’s best competition. Colts Neck will mix it up with Toms River North, Donovan Catholic, Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven in 2021 as they look to stake their claim as one of the top public schools in Central Jersey. Four-year starter Tommy Fallon returns under center and is surrounded by a senior-heavy team with plenty of varsity experience. JSZ’s Jay Cook previews the Cougars: 9/1: Hun 2020 was anything but typical for the Hun school. The nationally known prep powerhouse located in Princeton went 3-3 in a short season that restricted them to in-state play only. Prior to last year the Raiders had lost only four games in the three seasons, that included a slew of MAPL league championships. Things seem to be back on pace in Princeton and it doesn’t hurt when you have New Jersey’s number one ranked player, Rutgers commit Jacob Allen. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez stopped by training camp: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hun coverage
Tanner Mangum, Taysom Hill, More
We attempted to find every BYU play that made ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10. Ever.
ESPN’s daily SportsCenter broadcast is known for its popular Top 10 segment—the best 10 plays from around the world in one highlight reel, ranked from the impressive to the Herculean.
We set out to round up every time BYU has made the cut.
We found plenty of BYU #SCTop10 moments. The Cougars have even nabbed the no. 1 spot, the best moment in all of sports. Check out BYU’s jaw-dropping no. 1 play—and all the other BYU SportsCenter highlights we could find—below, listed in chronological order, beginning with the most recent. Know of a BYU SportsCenter Top 10 moment that we missed? Tell us.
Softball Meets Gymnastics
The BYU softball team capped off regular-season play this year with a mind-blowing catch by Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge (BS ’18). In the final play of the game, Alldredge chased a pop-fly foul ball straight into the BYU dugout, toppling head-first over the fence and finishing, legs straight in the air, in a perfect handstand. The stunt earned her the no. 4 shoutout on SportsCenter. Hear her tell BYU Sports Nation how she ran through the fence “like a dog.”
Fancy Glove Work
Facing Santa Clara in April, BYU baseball shortstop Daniel R. Schneemann (’19) made his way to no. 4 on SportsCenter with a beautiful sliding catch and glove toss resulting in two outs. Let’s break that down in slow-mo: Batter hits a grounder. Schneemann slides in to stop it and then—using his gloved hand—flips the ball perfectly to the BYU second baseman who gets the out at second, then whirls the ball to first base for a lightning-fast double play.
Outfielder Eric J. Urry (BS ’16) dove into the SportsCenter Top 10 in a 2016 matchup with Kansas. After the opposing batter cracked the ball far into the left field, Urry sprang forward, diving—glove first—to secure the catch. Both hat and sunglasses came off in the impact, but Urry rolled back to his feet like a champ, ball in hand. The game not only resulted in a win for the Cougars but also earned Urry the title of WCC Player of the Week.
Belly Flop Catch
You’ll have to watch this line-drive snag on Brennon R. Anderson’s (BS ’18) Twitter account. In this 2016 game against Arizona, Anderson made a split-second sprint sideways and launched, arm outstretched, to catch the ball—landing belly first in a cloud of dust. The play earned him the no. 6 spot on SportsCenter that night.
With only one second left on the clock, in a game tied 62–62, Lexi Eaton Rydalch (BS ’16) inbounded the ball and dribbled just past half-court in time to throw up a 45-foot buzzer beater. With the swish of the net, Rydalch clinched not only this 2016 victory over San Francisco but also helped her team to a 16-game winning streak and an undefeated season at home.
42 Yards of Perfection
Here it is: BYU’s no. 1 moment on SportsCenter. In the 2015 BYU football season opener against Nebraska—final quarter, final play of the game—BYU trailed, 27–28. Starting quarterback Taysom S. Hill (BS ’16) was out injured. With one second left on the clock, backup QB Tanner C. Mangum (BS ’18) took the snap and chucked up a 42-yard Hail Mary, which Mitchell B. Mathews (BS ’16), in triple coverage, pulled down in the end zone for the touchdown. The BYU reaction was priceless; even the ref got a hug. The play has also been memorialized in Legos.
Stiff-Arm for a Touchdown
In the September 2014 matchup with Virginia, Taysom S. Hill (BS ’16) took the snap and kept the ball, then proceeded to break tackles, weave through defenders, and stiff-arm his last challenger before the goal line. He rushed 15 total yards for the touchdown, and the Cougs carried on for the W.
Can’t Touch This
BYU baseball has thrown only seven no-hitters to date—games in which not a single BYU pitch was hit. The latest feat belongs to Cougar pitcher Kolton G. Mahoney (’15). His 2014 no-hitter against Nicholls State University found its way to no. 3 on the SportsCenter Top 10. On this unseasonably cold March day, Mahoney’s 90 mph pitches helped the Cougars to a 5–0 victory.
Celebrating with the Ref
Sometimes you make the SportsCenter Top 10 by having a little fun. In BYU football’s 2011 matchup against TCU, quarterback Riley K. Nelson (BA ’13) couldn’t hide his excitement after running into the end zone to secure a 2-point conversion. With the ref’s arms out, signaling the successful conversion, Nelson took that as an invitation for a hearty high-five. The act earned him placement on not only the SportsCenter Top 10 but also on the SportsCenter “Not Top 10”—where they rank plays good for a laugh.
In the final seconds of BYU’s 2011 matchup with Utah State, BYU was down by four. Quarterback Riley K. Nelson (BA ’13) fired the ball to John (JJ) P. Di Luigi III (’11) in the end zone. The ball slipped right out of Di Luigi’s hands but popped into the ready arms of wide receiver Marcus B. Matthews (BS ’14) for the touchdown—and a spot on the SportsCenter Top 10.
Yet another 2011 BYU football SportsCenter-worthy moment came in the season finale: the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Tulsa. At the 2-yard line, with only 20 seconds left on the clock, quarterback Riley K. Nelson (’13) faked a spike, throwing the Tulsa defense off, and threw a game-winning pass to wide receiver Cody T. Hoffman (’14).
And One More—Before BYU—for Fun
He wasn’t yet a Cougar when he made his appearance on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list, but we had to tack on this impressive run from Beau A. Hoge’s (’19) high school career the year before he played for BYU. In his senior year at Highlands High School in 2014, Hoge weaved down the field for a whopping 82 yards, making his defenders miss him a total of 12 times.
Medina’s Corey Tripp is No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10
Medina senior Corey Tripp jumped into the No. 1 spot on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with a powerful slam dunk.
Tripp ascended through the air and into television sets and cellular phones across the United States with a right-handed dunk over an Avon defender Tuesday night in the third quarter of a nonleague boys basketball game. Tripp started the play with a steal.
“Corey Tripp with the takeaway and behind the back [dribble], and if you do not think that that is Tuesday’s top play, you’re trippin’,” ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett said as he watched Tripp’s jam.
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett chimed in: “Wow.”
Tripp finished with 25 points, five assists and five rebounds in Medina’s 77-69 win.
“Corey had another dunk, almost exactly like that, at Mentor and then he had a windmill dunk the other day against Brunswick,” Medina coach Chris Hassinger said. “It’s kind of funny — we get excited, but this is kind of expected out of Corey because he is such a high-level player. It’s fun to see his progression because athletically he has grown so much from last year to this year with the things he can do and the things he is capable of. Not even the flashy stuff – just the way he scores. He is shooting 58 percent from 2s, and his midrange game – I have had college coaches tell me it is pro level.
“He is very skilled and, on top of all of that, he is a great person and kid. The college that gets him is going to be so blessed because of what a spectacular kid he is and how high tuned he is and how he treats other people.”
Hassinger said Tripp, who is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, has a scholarship offer from Cleveland State, and is drawing interest from other Division I and Division II colleges.
Medina Athletic director Todd Hodkey described Tripp’s dunk as “pretty amazing,” and said “the school and community are abuzz.”
Christian Howard contributed 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Bees (14-6).
Hoban tops Barberton
Colin Jaroch scored 14 points and Isaiah Young finished with 13 points to guide host Archbishop Hoban to a 71-48 boys basketball win over Barberton on Tuesday.
Thomas Crowe scored 11 points and Andrew Griffith and Logan Vowles chipped in nine points apiece for the Knights (16-5).
Jamair Blackmon, Tony Fox and Anthony Cook Jr. each scored 14 points for the Magics (8-5).
Senior Night wins
Norton and Canton McKinley each earned a boys basketball win Tuesday at home on Senior Night.
Phillip Wallace scored 21 points to lead Norton to a 65-47 victory over Norwayne (17-4). The Panthers (16-2) also received solid contributions from Tommy Reynolds (16 points), Collin Lucas (11), Larry Harper (eight) and Nolan Dobben (seven).
Kobe Johnson made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points to guide Canton McKinley to a 96-62 win over Wooster at Memorial Field House.
McKinley (13-5) made a season-high 18 3-pointers en route to its season-high point total. Brent Walker scored 18 points, Ronnell “Tae” Perie had 12, Vernon Smith added 11 and Amarion Herring nine for the Bulldogs, who outscored Wooster 30-6 in the second quarter.
The Hudson boys basketball team (8-10) entered the middle of the week riding a three-game winning streak, with two wins over Cuyahoga Falls and a victory over Brecksville.
Hudson’s David Gentry had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on Feb. 10 in a 49-47 win in overtime over visiting Falls. Tyler Miller added eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Explorers then topped visiting North Royalton 53-50 on Feb. 13 with Gentry scoring 18 points, Miller 13 and JD Taylor eight.
Gentry came through with another solid performance of 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists on Monday in a 52-29 win at Falls. Hudson’s Jack Whitman and Taylor combined for five 3-pointers and 18 points.
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Shaking my head at SportsCenter
There are three childhood habits that I have kicked or would like to kick. I’ve already nixed guzzling up to a handful of sodas a day and recently, I believe I’ve finally weaned myself off MTV programming although I fear I could somehow relapse. Growing up these were staples of my daily routine that I’ve eliminated and now my attention turns to not watching SportsCenter anymore.
For millions, it’s still a habit…. a bad habit. I wrote about ESPN’s gravitational pull awhile back, the gist of that article being that people nest on ESPN at times either too lazy, too busy, or too uniformed to find something better. You see it almost daily.
You’ll go to a sports bar and in the second quarter of an NBA playoff game on TNT, oddly all three televisions are watching a softball game on ESPN. When visiting friends or hosting friends, all too often SportsCenter is the program of choice. Not compelling enough where you need to stop your conversations to watch it, but something to have on in the background. For that reason, often it’s what I have on when I work. It’s a habit that has become ingrained in our behavior over decades and sadly, it’s become a bad habit as SportsCenter is all too often a shell of it’s former self.
Given this isn’t exactly a new development, you may be wondering, why rant about this now? Earlier in the weekend, Neil Best started to get my cynical juices flowing with this tweet below.
Extent to which @SportsCenter has evolved away from showing sports highlights to doing features, analysis and debate is startling.
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) June 30, 2013
I think most would agree with this, including those in Bristol. All too often SportsCenter is crammed with debate and commentary, usually centering around particular teams and personalities. I’ve actually had three people tell me over the last year that they purposely DVR PTI (on during work hours on the west coast) specifically so they don’t have to watch SportsCenter anymore. Think how jampacked of fluff SportsCenter has to be where suddenly a half day old PTI is your window into what’s going on in sports.
Historically SportsCenter is at its worst in June and July when only MLB is in season. This has led to programming boondoggles like TitleTown, 50 States In 50 days, and the god awful Who’s Now series. So what’s in store for this summer? Thus far it’s been a LeBron-a-thon and I’ll save you the suspense that if there is any contest, he’ll win.
Since the Heat won the NBA Finals on June 20th, I believe there has been a Heat/LeBron segment on every single nighttime SportsCenter. It’s been 10 days and we have more in store.
At first I accepted the LeBron segments. The Heat had won. They deserved some features and commentary and fine why not have these stupid panels of NBA analysts rehashing all things LeBron. That said, If the Spurs had closed out Game 6, you think the same craptastic panels would have been utilized to wax poetic about the Spurs? No way.
I thought maybe this could go on at most for a week, but it appears we’ll have to endure at least three more days as SportsCenter is doing a 6 day “LeBron In Chapters” series that is only half way done.
I don’t even know what the hell yesterday’s feature was by Jemele Hill, who to her credit replied to some criticism about the feature on Twitter. It had something to do with The Decision and how he might have matured since or something. It was riveting stuff that I’ll give you the broad strokes on the nearly 4 minute segment including the teaser and poll: LeBron was viewed as an asshole for The Decision and since he’s worked to get better at basketball he somehow learned to internalize his shortcomings after The Decision. Apparently it’s too unbelievable that a high paid athlete would be motivated to improve his game on his own. His championships were apparently born out of a realization that he was an asshole.
It was nothing new or compelling and I felt I should have been paid for watching it and LeBron should have paid to have an infomercial of himself aired (yes I know… change the channel).
So why was I watching enduring the 90 minute late night SportsCenter to start with? Quite frankly (Stephen A Smith voice), I wanted to watch highlights of what I thought to be a thoroughly entertaining game between the A’s vs. Cardinals.
The game in question was a delight to watch earlier in the day. A close game with multiple lead changes that included 5 home runs (back to back shots by the Cardinals), 3 goofy errors, 12 total runs, and a myriad of ridiculous web gems. Any description beyond that won’t really help my case but if you go to MLB.com, you’ll see some pretty stellar plays in a hotly contested game. In a nutshell, I considered it to be the most entertaining and exciting A’s game of the year and that includes some walkoffs and a pair of 18 inning+ games.
And even with said homers and web gems AND the fact that was a game between two of the six teams in MLB with 48 wins or more, somehow…. some way the entire game was not mentioned on SportsCenter. Did I mention this was a 90 minute SportsCenter?
In a 90 minute edition of SportsCenter with NO OTHER major pro or college sports in season, how could you snub what was one of the best games of the day?
Let’s look at what else got snubbed on a wide open sports Sunday:
– A 1 run walkoff win by the Red Sox over Toronto. How the hell does this happen?
– A 3-1 Angels win over the Astros.
– What looks to be a dandy of a game with the Royals pulling out a back and forth 9-8 win versus the Twins.
– A 1 run victory for the Cubs over the Mariners.
– The defending World Series Champion Giants snapping a 6 game losing streak against the Rockies.
– The entire AL West actually didn’t get a single highlight in the show.
You know what else was missing? SportsCenter’s Top Ten. I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU ANYMORE! YOU’RE A MONSTER!
How can there not be a Top Ten? Even Letterman never fucks that up. You can even sprinkle in highlights of games you didn’t show in the Top Ten and usually absolve yourself from the ire of pissed off fans.
Given 1/3 of baseball fans didn’t get to watch highlights of their teams on a 90 minute edition of SportsCenter on a day with no NBA, NCAA, NHL, or NFL, what filler was injected instead besides the LeBron puff piece?
– 5 minutes about Mark Sanchez. No really. 5 minutes. That’s enough time for probably half of those baseball highlights, but instead ESPN showed the butt fumble a handful of times and then talked about how he sucks, which I’m sure was a breaking news revelation that rocked people to their very core.
– A 2 minute montage of X Games Munich highlights.
– 4 minute teaser Sunday Conversation with Kevin Durant (why now?…no idea) hosted by… wait for it… Darren Rovell. Obviously we all want that more than walkoff baseball highlights right?
Playing devil’s advocate here, I am guessing a lot of these highlights were penciled into the late night SportsCenter that I’ve now analyzed in disbelief for the last 2 hours and they ended up being cut for additional NBA free agency coverage. With that said, I feel confident that most fans would have preferred game highlights to be kept in the rundown over the continued exaltation of LeBron, Rovell’s interview, X Games montages, and installment number 500 of butt fumble schadenfreude. The fact that a Red Sox walkoff and the Top 10 got axed too really raises an eyebrow.
At this point I feel as if our habitual reliance and loyalty to what once was a pillar of being a sports fan is being used against us. What was once something that nurtured our fandom is now harming our love for sports.
ESPN has and will get away with this, but they’re playing a dangerous game with their core viewership. FS1’s Fox Sports Live will BY FAR be the most important venture to keep an eye on in FS1’s rookie year. It’s not clear how FS1 will differentiate Fox Sports Live from SportsCenter. SportsCenter can be good if not great when it wants to be and that’s what is so frustrating as there has been a conscious decision to sacrifice quality in favor of self serving promotion and noise. That conscious decision has not gone over with many, but there hasn’t been a viable competitor to SportsCenter to embrace.
Fox Sports Live could be awful and that wouldn’t surprise me. (In fact, I’m strongly of the thought that Fox Sports Live will not compare well with SportsCenter for a litany of reasons.) That being said, if they embraced the high road and produced a product that didn’t make it a habit to ignore quality games, teams, and highlights in favor of a bucket of shit, then I’d be all for it. If there is good stories happening in the sports world, I’d like to see it, know about it, and be able to talk about it. If only there were such a show.
The most distressing point is that ESPN’s signature program has transformed over the years from one of its biggest assets to one of it’s biggest liabilities. Until now, it hasn’t hurt them but with FS1’s launch nearing, it will be interesting to see if they continue to dilute SportsCenter into the swill it all too often is.
Power-Ranking the Best Kinds of SportsCenter Top Plays | Bleacher Report
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SportsCenter isn’t perfect—even in their rundown of the top plays of the day.
You would think the greatest collection of sports plays would be a no-brainer initiative. Such an endeavor is far from objective though, and ESPN’s love for some pretty objectionable sports plays has us pretty sad—and bored.
It’s time to power-rank, once and for all, the kinds of plays that really get us hot and bothered as fans.
Here is a breakdown that features the kinds of plays that we hate up front and the kinds that we can’t get enough of at the top.
Some of these may never feature on the network and simply reflect the kind that we see far too often at the end of a hard day.
We all work hard for a living. The last thing we want in the world is more WNBA layups.
Of course, we could be wrong, but we doubt it. Tell us what you think is the worst type of Top Play featured on SportsCenter.
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Coming in at the 87,647th slot is lacrosse.
If it’s hard to follow a hockey puck on ice, it’s down-right impossible to see what’s going down on the lacrosse field.
It ends up looking like dozens of bros out to catch some butterflies, and I am not a happy camper. This past Saturday, Chelsea won the Champions League, and not one of the plays from that emotional game was featured on the late Top Plays.
However, I do remember seeing two lacrosse highlights.
I’m not sure if this is some kind of sick joke that the network is playing or a clever gamble that this sport will suddenly take over the nation like a Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin buddy film.
I may be down for this if they gave us less of these types of highlights and more of these.
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You know how I know it’s WNBA season? I find I watch far less SportsCenter than I would normally.
For some reason, SportsCenter really believes anything happening in the WNBA constitutes as an exciting highlight that you can’t live without.
Here is a breakdown of the top plays in 2011, any of which you might find at a local park featuring overweight athletes taking their Sunday pick-up game far too seriously.
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This video combines two magical things that SportsCenter goes crazy for: the Little League World Series and diving catches.
I am all for diving catches, but showing five a day tends to make them all blend together and look the same.
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Blake Griffin and his random acts of gravity defiance deserve the middle slot in the rankings. They sit comfortably in the middle for a very good reason.
For one, we have seen Griffin dunk just as much as we have seen Stan Van Gundy perspire. These things just get a little nauseating to look at.
However, there are times when a Griffin throw-down or another Clippers’ alley-oop deserves mention in a daily breakdown.
If only dunks could win championships, too.
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I know what some of you might be saying, but I like to refer to you people as “wrong.”
SportsCenter already has too many goals featured on the breakdown.
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I don’t count myself among the legions of hockeyheads that love this hard-hitting sport. However, even I can’t dismiss how amazing some of these saves truly are.
No human should be able to move as swiftly as some of these goalies.
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Let me get real with you all for just a second: Football games can be just as boring as any sport ever crafted.
Punters, timeouts, huddles and video reviews can slow a great game down. Watching some magnificent plays in highlight form handles all of those issues.
Trim away the fat and give us the Kate Upton of sports replays.
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Yes, may I have another.
Unlike Skip Bayless, buzzer beaters never get old. They arrive out of nowhere and keep you flummoxed for days afterward.
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Oddly enough, the plays I want to see a great deal more of are the “Not Top 10 Plays.”
Featured on Fridays, they are the embarrassing misses and bizarre moments captured throughout the week.
Now this tickles my fancy in the best way imaginable. Forget once a week, we need to see a few of these a day and kill off some of the lower-ranking highlights before they all force us into a boredom-induced coma.
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Number one with a bullet is JaVale McGee and anything he does with or without a basketball.
He is that rare athlete that is more an artist than he is a sports star. In fact, it may be the rarity of these moments that makes them so desirable.
Enjoy them like an expensive wine.
Also, I firmly believe there should be a video feed fixated on JaVale McGee the second he gets to the stadium, so we don’t miss one bizarre moment.
Follow me on Twitter, and we can fight about it.
ESPN designates ‘SportsCenter Top 10 Day’ by recognizing local youth athletes
Over the past month, ESPN has been traveling to the hometowns of young and amateur athletes whose plays have been featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the day, the #SCTop10. Today (10 October) has been designated ‘SportsCenter Top 10 Day’ by the sports network, to celebrate the people and places behind the plays.
‘SportsCenter Top 10 Day’ will kick off ESPN’s new and ongoing initiative to recognize those athletes that prove that greatness can happen anywhere, any time.
To date, nine athletes from across the country have been celebrated by ESPN in their hometowns, surrounded by their families, friends and local communities. Unique and custom public installations that pay homage to their #SCTop10 plays were revealed to the athletes as part of larger celebrations. ESPN worked with creative agency Preacher on the nationwide tour, which designated each town as ‘Home of SC Top 10.’
The tour culminates today with SportsCenter anchor John Anderson on site in Liberal, Missouri, for a live reveal with softball player Brooke Bearden during the noon ET hour of SportsCenter. As a senior at Liberal High School, Bearden suffered from a stroke but didn’t want to give up on her favorite sport. After months of rehab and unwavering positivity, she did the extraordinary and walked out onto the softball field surrounded by cheering teammates.
Throughout the day ESPN will air nine more vignettes featuring each of the athletes from #SCTop10 and their hometown commemorations. The young stars featured during SportsCenter on ESPN include Ashlynn Jolicoeur for her amazing outfield skills; Emery Dupes for her crowd-leaping volleyball save/dig; Henry Parrish, Jr for his electrifying touchdown run; Katie Starr for her over-the-fence catch; Jaila Roberts for her half-court game winner; Teddy Townsend for his buzzer beater face-off goal; Kyle Ginn for his pinch-hit home run; Fran Belibi for her incredible in-game dunk; and James Kahaleua for his unbelievable one-handed catch.
Aside from the tour activations, ESPN also put together a highlight video of the athletes and their Top 10-worthy plays.
“The reaction in every hometown we visited has been overwhelming,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice-president of marketing, ESPN. “To celebrate these athletes and their accomplishments, and to bring the ESPN spirit to their communities has been gratifying beyond measure. It illustrates the power and beauty of sports, and has been an inspiring way to kick off our #SCTop10 efforts.”
Moving forward, SportsCenter will continue to celebrate the next generation of Top 10 athletes with a rewards kit, including SportsCenter-branded memorabilia, which will allow athletes to share and archive their achievements, and digital assets they can share to commemorate their accomplishment on social platforms.
See some of the activations by clicking on the Creative Works box below.
Home of the SportsCenter Top 10 | Shortlist 2020
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Home of SportsCenter Top 10 gave ESPN a chance to reestablish the emotional bond that sports fans have long had with SportsCenter by bringing its iconic brand prestige to a more grassroots audience. As ESPN’s Director of Brand Marketing, Peter Mulally, noted, “the overwhelming support in each respective community reinforced why this initiative is so special to so many people.” But not only did Home of SportsCenter Top 10 energize small towns across America, it also helped pave the way for the SportsCenter brand to connect with an entirely new generation of athletes — bringing a young generation of cord-cutting Gen-Z sports fans closer to the original leader of the sports highlights.
Objective: For decades, ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter, has featured a daily segment highlighting the best plays from around the world called SportsCenter Top 10. This segment became a fan favorite by featuring plays from both the world’s biggest superstars as well as young, amateur athletes of all ages and from all corners of the country. SportsCenter Top 10 was the one-stop destination for the day’s most amazing athletic achievements and the crown jewel for those athletes who somehow managed to pull these incredible plays off.
But in recent years, a new wave of sports media brands began popping up and borrowing from the SportsCenter playbook. Suddenly there were hundreds of sports highlights channels, sometimes with millions of their own followers and fan-bases. For today’s young, amateur athletes, that meant more places for their plays to be seen and more people to see them. But for SportsCenter, that meant needing to find a new way of distinguishing SportsCenter Top 10 and winning back their place in the minds of today’s young athletes.
Strategy & Execution: SportsCenter needed to find a new way of rewarding today’s young athletes in a way that only SportsCenter could. Within the wider world of sports highlights, we saw an important distinction in not just helping these kids get individually famous, but rather in making these kids feel genuinely honored and part of a club. SportsCenter didn’t just want to just dole shout-outs. They needed to actually show up.
As we spoke with various high school athletes from across the country who had previously made it onto the show, we heard firsthand how these athletes were humbled by the fact that getting their plays featured on SportsCenter Top 10 became a source of pride for their teams and their towns. These kids loved feeling like a local hometown sensation. And this was a unique advantage for SportsCenter that simply wasn’t true of most other sports highlight channels.
This inspired us to set out and bring the bright lights of SportsCenter directly to the places where these athletes call home. By bringing ten different installations to ten different athletes in ten different towns throughout the country, SportsCenter was able to reward young, amateur athletes with a celebration that made them feel a part of something bigger than themselves.
Results: We launched Home of SportsCenter Top 10 on October 10th of 2019 (10/10) as a full-day celebration of our ten young, amateur athletes. We deemed it Top 10 Day and rallied the organization to showcase individual stories throughout the day, culminating in a special live segment of SportsCenter at a high-school in Liberal, Missouri.
We surprised softball player and recent stroke survivor, Brooke Bearden, with a celebration that her small hometown will never forget. Across ESPN and SportsCenter’s digital channels, we expanded the story as a way to introduce fans from around the world to all ten of our young, amateur athletes.
On social media, an outpouring of legendary college sports teams, beloved sports franchises and major professional leagues — everyone from Alabama’s football program to Major League Soccer to the New York Jets — all joined in on the #SCTop10 celebrations by submitting their own favorite plays and trying to get their own cities on the map. And after all the action culminated on October 10th, we continue to reward every young, amateur athlete who makes it onto SportsCenter Top 10 with their own personalized SportsCenter kit, tricked out with custom momentos to serve as a permanent reminder of their incredible athletic achievement.90,000 Russian goalkeeper included in the top ten players without a contract :: Football :: RBC Sport
Former goalkeeper of the football club “Zenith” Yuri Lodygin was among the ten best players in the world according to the Italian journalist Sky Sports Gianluca di Marzio.Also in the ranking was the ex-partner of the Russian goalkeeper in the club – defender Esekiel Garay
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Former goalkeeper of the Russian football clubs Zenit and Arsenal, Yuri Lodygin, was named one of the best players in the world without contractual agreements, according to the Italian Sky Sports journalist Gianluca di Marzio.He announced this on his official website.
Also in the rating was Lodygin’s former partner in Zenit – Argentine defender Esequiel Garay, whose last club was the Spanish Valencia.
Yuri Lodygin spent six years of his professional career as part of the St. Petersburg team – from 2013 to 2019. During this time, he played 111 matches for the Russian club, in which he conceded 96 goals. As part of Zenit, Lodygin became the champion of Russia in football in the 2014/15 season and the winner of the National Cup in the RPL 2015/16.In addition, he won the Russian Super Cup twice in 2015 and 2016.Lodygin set a Champions League record among Russian goalkeepers
In the domestic Premier League, the 30-year-old goalkeeper also played for Arsenal Tula, where he moved in 2020 from the Turkish team Gaziantep.In addition, the Russian goalkeeper of Greek descent has played for such teams as Olympiacos, Xanthi and Eordaikos. The 30-year-old goalkeeper also has 11 matches for the Russian national team, in which he conceded four goals, and three games for the Greek youth team.
As part of Arsenal in the last RPL season, he played only two matches, in which he conceded five goals. Lodygin’s agreement with the Tula team ended at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Anatoly Akulov90,000 The top ten defenders in NHL history
NHL commentators.com / RU Vasily Osipov and Sergey Butov represent the best players in each position. Today, there are ten of the best defenders ever to play in the NHL in history:
10. Al McInnis
His collection contains almost all of the most prestigious individual and team trophies. McInnis has not jumped through the ranks of the career ladder, having walked an honest path from the lower leagues, where he was recognized as the best defender, to the Norris Trophy in the 1998-99 season in the NHL with St. Louis.The Canadian won his only Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary, and his place in that championship team was so significant that there were virtually no other candidates for Conn Smythe as the most valuable player in the playoffs. At the international level, McInnis was fortunate enough to “live up” to Canada’s first Olympic gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, which looped through his remarkable career spanning three decades.
At the mention of McInnis, one of the first to come to mind is his killer click.The episode became famous when, after his throw, the mask of goalkeeper Mike Liuth split in two, who then drew a watershed between hard throws and Al McInnis throws, after which you want to sit in a quiet place and analyze your own life. The defender has won the NHL All-Star Shooting Competition seven times.
9. Vyacheslav Fetisov
Without a doubt, one of the best defenders of international hockey. His career in the NHL, which began, for objective reasons, already in his fourth decade, could not have turned out as bright as that of his peers from North America.However, Fetisov was still part of the elite club of NHL defense players, and two Stanley Cups in Detroit and his participation in the 1997 All-Star Game can be safely included in the evidence base for Fetisov’s inclusion in this list. He later won his third Cup, already as an assistant to the head coach of the New Jersey Devils, after which he was appointed coach of the Russian national team at the 2002 Olympics, and then for several more years led all Russian sports in a ministerial post.
However, he still became world famous for playing with the Soviet Union national team in the 1980s, when he was called the best defender of European hockey, celebrating first of all the first pass and positioning. Fetisov won everything that could be won and often more than once, ranging from three junior world championships to seven world titles to the holder of the 1981 Canada Cup to the title of two-time Olympic champion. Only a few managed to achieve such a kind of “Grand Slam” of world hockey – even Igor Larionov, Scott Niedermeier, and Joe Sakik.In the vote of the experts of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Fetisov entered the symbolic team of the 20th century.
8. Scott Niedermeier
One of the four Grand Slam winners mentioned above and little wonder Niedermeier learned a lot from Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov and other elite New Jersey defenders in the early 1990s x, when he was just starting his career in the NHL, which he later recalled many times. With outstanding skating and a flair for when to transition from defense to attack, Niedermeier was a showcase for the achievements of defensive hockey, of which the Devils were the main evangelists in the 1990s.Not everyone liked that hockey then and like it now, but one could not worry too much about the lack of results. “New Jersey” had it almost always.
Niedermeier was already a star in juniors and was drafted under a very high overall third for a defender. Over 18 seasons in the NHL, the Canadian has played more than a thousand matches and took part in the All-Star Game five times. Three Stanley Cups with the Devils, in which he earned the Norris in 2004, propelled Niedermeier to the top of the profession, but he proved his accomplishments were not solely the result of his team’s playing style.Following an exchange to Anaheim, Niedermeier led the team to its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2007 and won a Conn Smythe in the playoffs.
7. Brian Leach
Leach is sometimes ranked even higher than Mark Messier on the list of the best New York Rangers players of all time. There is no doubt that he was one of the strongest players of his generation. While cleaning his own territory at the gates with a red-hot iron, the Lich was aimed at strangers like few others.His 0.87 points average per game with the Rangers would have looked impressive at all times.
A combination of talent, skillful skating and puck handling made him a key defensive figure for the Rangers, who, with his arrival in the late 1980s, finally set out on a championship path that ended in the 1994 Stanley Cup. The Leach was voted the most valuable player in the playoffs that year. In addition, he was twice recognized as the best defender of the NHL at the end of the year and won a landmark victory for American hockey in the 1996 World Cup with the US national team.Leach is one of the five defenders who managed to score more than 100 points at the end of the regular season.
6. Larry Robinson
His name is mentioned nine times in the Stanley Cup – a fantastic achievement. However, even if you subtract Robinson’s victories as coach and scout, there are still so many championship rings left that there will not be enough fingers on one hand. However, Robinson himself appreciates non-game victories no less than game ones, and he is inclined to consider his main Stanley Cup the one that was won at the helm of the New Jersey Devils in 2000.Robinson is a whole era of Montreal and Canadian hockey in general, which began in the early 1970s and even peeked into the 1990s. Exceptionally mobile, although almost two meters tall – huge for those times – the defender, even with his dimensions, hinted at the beginning of a new era in the NHL.
In addition to six Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, he won the Norris twice and was voted Most Valuable Player in the 1978 Playoffs and also played in 10 All-Star Games. In 18 league seasons, Robinson has earned a record plus -730 in the NHL, so it comes as little surprise that Montreal, and then Los Angeles, where the defender moved, played him twenty seasons in a row. -off.At the international level, Robinson had a chance to play in the romantic times of the confrontation between Canada and the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s and to compete in the Canada Cup three times, winning his mini-series against the USSR with a score of 2: 1.
5. Paul Coffey
Arguably the most gifted defender in the world of hockey, Coffey was the lucky one to play alongside Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in their prime and remain in the limelight. Three Stanley Cups with Edmonton earned Coffey a first-class reputation, and a victory with Pittsburgh in the early 1990s cemented it.Coffey became a true gaming phenomenon in the NHL because he was one of the first defenders to pose a truly serious threat in the off-zone. They feared him when playing in the majority, a rare quick break did without him, and besides, he could and liked to score with a second pace, finishing off the shattered Gretzky or Jari Kurri of the opponent’s defensive orders.
Statistically speaking, defenders are dazzling on his behalf – well, who else could have scored eight points in one meeting, as he did in 1986? That year was actually a landmark year for Coffey, who managed to set the current record for the most goals per season for defenders – 48.His 138 points in 1986 is the second most-ever for a player in his role after Bobby Orr. Coffey played in the NHL All-Star Games 14 times, from 1982 to 1997, with a break in 1987 when the Game was not played. He has been voted the league’s best defender three times and has been with Canada in most of the iconic tournaments of his generation, winning the Canada Cup three times in the 1980s and 1990s.
4. Chris Chelios
In the entire history of world hockey, there have been few players as controversial as Chris Chelios.He was loved and hated at the same time, and he played hockey as much as he wanted, almost outplaying Mr. Hockey Gordy Howe himself in the number of seasons in the NHL – 26. It was generally very similar to Chelios, who did not know any authorities in hockey. The American spent his entire career, in fact, in three clubs – “Montreal”, “Chicago” and “Detroit” and left a deep mark everywhere. In the case of the Canadiens, it was the Stanley Cup and the Norris, with the Blackhawks he was named the best defender of the NHL twice, and with the Red Wings he also raised the Stanley Cup twice over his head.
Chelios hated to lose, which was broadcast not only in 2891 penalty minutes (he spent a little more than two days on the penalty box in his entire career), when his Greek roots reminded of himself, but also that the teams with Chelios in the composition of 24 times took part in the playoffs. He has played the most defensive player in the NHL (1,654 games) and has played in the All-Star Game 11 times. Chelios played on the international arena for over 20 years, and from 1998 to 2004 he was the constant captain of the US national team at all iconic tournaments, from the Olympic Games to the World Cups, which he won in 1996.Chelios was close to winning the 2002 Salt Lake City, but the Canadians stood in his way in the final.
3. Ray Burke
We say Ray Burke, we mean the Boston Bruins. And, of course, vice versa. Burke played 21 seasons of 23 in the NHL in Boston, and this is an astounding level of devotion to the colors of one club, even for the 1950s, not like the 1980s and even more so the 1990s. All the more surprising is what happened at the turn of the century, when Burke, after years of fruitless attempts to win the Stanley Cup for the Bruins, had a chance to be traded to Colorado, one of the strongest teams of those years.Having left for Avalanche, Burke finally made his dream come true in 2001, raising the Cup over his head, and then retired in disheveled feelings, but with a calm heart.
Burke was called a reference defender who knew how to do everything and at an exceptionally high level. He was good in all aspects of the game, and even in those where this is not expected from the defenders – so, he won the competition for the most accurate shot in the NHL in the All-Star Game eight times, which Burke never missed – just think about it – for all that time spent in the league.To this day, Burke is the most prolific defender in NHL history with 1,579 points. He was recognized as the best defender of the NHL five times and even in 2001, at the very end of his career, he lost only to Niklas Lidstrom in the voting for the Norris Trophy.
2. Niklas Lidström
While Czech Jaromir Jagr is often called the best European in NHL history, Swede Lidström, for even better reasons, can be considered the strongest defender from Europe in league history. The worthy son of the Triple Gold Club, which includes Olympic and World Cup winners and Stanley Cup winners, spent all 20 overseas seasons at one club, Detroit.And those were great years for the Red Wings, who, with Lidstrom in the squad, raised the Stanley Cup four times over their heads, and also made the playoffs every new year in a row. Every time Lidstrom was the conductor who punctured Krasnye Krylya tickets to the decisive stage of the season.
By far the best defender in the 2000s, Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy seven times, and even more impressively, he has been nominated 12 times in his last 14 NHL seasons. It was a defender-rock that anyone who had coached the Red Wings over the years could lean on (which they did regularly).It is impossible to remember that Lidstrom was frankly rude on the ice or made a monstrously ridiculous mistake – it was an airplane that, from the very beginning of his career, picked up cruising speed and did not slow down until the very last minute in the NHL, while continuing to amaze (like the first hat-trick in his life, made at the age of 40). Unsurprisingly, Detroit general manager Ken Holland called Lidstrom “the most irreplaceable player of the era.” And Holland, I must say, had someone to choose from before making such a statement.
1. Bobby Orr
Orr earned the title of best defensive player in ice hockey history not with eight Norris Trophies earned in a row from 1968 to 1975, or three Hart Trophies, or two victories in Stanley Cup. This is more likely a consequence of his main achievement – at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s, Orr revolutionized the whole defender position, changing the perceptions of millions of people about how backline players can and should act. Having started his career as a forward, Orr could grab the puck at his goal and, by dragging it across the entire area, create a moment for the outsiders.Today, few people will raise their eyebrows, although to this day there are only a few players who know how to effectively act at both ends of it, and in the late 1960s such a defender’s playful behavior was something unheard of, incredible, exciting and invaluable.
The Canadian Orr has brilliantly capitalized on the uniqueness of his game and already in 1979, at the age of 31, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming its youngest member at that time. Frankly weak at that time, “Bruins” with his appearance again turned into one of the strongest teams in the NHL, twice taking the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972, and in 1974 playing in the final.In both winning seasons, it was Orr who scored championship goals. Already at the end of his career, in 1976, he showed who he is on the international stage, when he was recognized as the most valuable player in the Canada Cup.
Clint Eastwood at 90: Top Ten Films of an Eternal Hollywood Icon
- Alexander Kahn
- Cultural Observer
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90- anniversary.Clint Eastwood in January 2020
American actor and director Clint Eastwood turns 90 on May 31. For the first time on the silver screen, he appeared in 1955 in an uncredited episodic role in the horror thriller “Revenge of the Beast”. His most recent (hopefully not the last!) Film, The Richard Jewell Case, was released last 2019. Over these six and a half decades, Eastwood’s filmography – an actor and director – has dozens of films that embody the most diverse sides of an outstanding cinematographer and a unique personality.
We bring to your attention the ten best – of our choice – paintings by Clint Eastwood. They are placed not in priority, but in chronological order, reflecting the evolution of the master.
A Fistful of Dollars, 1964, For a Few Dollars More, 1965, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , 1966
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“A man without a name” in the film “For a Fistful of Dollars”
The so-called “Dollar Trilogy” by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone opened the world not only to those who had already passed the fourth decade and for a decade fighting for recognition of the actor, but also approved a special new genre in cinema – spaghetti western.In a trilogy, although Leone did not originally conceive of it, these three films were united by the figure of the main character played by Eastwood, or rather the antihero – “The Man without a Name”, invariably silent, in his unchanging poncho, cowboy boots, wide-brimmed hat and with a cigarillo in his teeth.
And although the “Dollar Trilogy” was rooted in the most well-established Hollywood tradition – the western – Eastwood and Leone brought into the image of their hero a new attitude generated by the revolutionary 60s, which became an example of a new fashion, a new style, a new “cool “.The seemingly unrelated Western aesthetics of motorcycle cowboys Henry Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Easy Riders are a direct product of Eastwood’s style.
It was from The Dollar Trilogy – an initially provincial attempt by Italians to imitate classic Hollywood – that Eastwood became a true Hollywood icon.
In 2008, Empire Magazine named “The Man Without a Name” as one of the “Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.”
Where Eagles Dare, 1968
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Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in the film Where Eagles Don’t Fly
Classic action movie during the Second World War, in which an allied assault force led by British Major Smith (Richard Burton) and American Lieutenant Schaeffer (Eastwood) landed in the Nazi-occupied Alps to rescue an American general who had been captured by the Germans.Eastwood’s hero is no longer the impassive detached cowboy of the “Dollar Trilogy”, but he has the same courage of an outsider, abandoned in dangerous circumstances, in which he no longer becomes an anti-hero, but a hero.
“Dirty Harry”, 1971
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Clint Eastwood – police inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan in the movie “Dirty Harry”
Along with “Man without a name, “San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan, nicknamed” Dirty Harry, “is one of Eastwood’s most famous roles.The pursed lip, the same tweed suit and the same unchanging, ready to jump out of the Magnum holster at any moment. Harry Callahan is in an endless confrontation not only, and often not so much with the underworld, as with his corrupt incompetent bosses. The cynical cop, who does not trust anyone, laid the foundation for a whole series of similar films that followed him in American cinema, in the center of which are the same characters acting on their own, from their own ideas about the law and justice of the heroes.
“Play Misty For Me”, 1971
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Clint Eastwood – radio DJ Dave Garver in “Play Misty for Me”
The title of Eastwood’s directorial debut is translated into Russian in different ways: “Play me vaguely”, “Play me before I die.” In fact, “Misty” is the title of a classic piece by renowned jazz pianist Errol Garner, and in this first author’s film, Eastwood first showed his main musical passion in cinema – his love of jazz.Here, however, jazz is only a musical background, not the main theme. The hero of the film – radio DJ David Garner – falls into an insidious trap of his seductive listener. Eastwood himself is no longer a courageous hero, but a relaxed bohemian intellectual, a helpless victim of the dominant feminism that was gaining strength in the 60s and 70s.
Escape from Alcatraz, 1978
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Clint Eastwood – Alcatraz prison inmate Frank Morris
Alcatraz – an abandoned fort on a secluded island in the Bay -Francisco.The worst prison in America, from which it is impossible to escape. An inveterate repeat offender, intelligent and purposeful Frank Morris (Eastwood) gets there, and this is exactly what – the escape from Alcatraz – he intends to make. The very organization of the escape, based on a true story, is an exciting adventure. But the main thing in this, as, indeed, in most other films with Eastwood’s participation, is not the plot and not the adventures, but his hero. A person whose dignity and courage cannot be broken by any, even the most terrible circumstances in which he finds himself.
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Director Clint Eastwood and Charlie Parker Forest Whitaker on the set of Birdie
Again in Russian the name the pictures are translated literally – “Bird”, but in fact, in the Russian-language history of jazz, the nickname of the great saxophonist Charlie Parker is usually translated as “Bird”. Purely directorial work of Eastwood, in which he himself, as an actor – an infrequent case – does not even appear.Growing up in the 30s and 40s, Eastwood carried his love for jazz – the music of his childhood and adolescence – throughout his life. Moreover, he was able to convey this love to his son – a professional jazz double bass player Kyle Eastwood. “Birdie” is Parker’s biopic, and Eastwood and the leading actor Forest Whitaker have been able to masterfully convey the tragedy of a genius who has been trying all his short life to reconcile two passions – music and drugs. As a result, he lost his life, but the great music remained.
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With two Oscars – for Best Picture and Best Director for The Unforgiven.Los Angeles, March 29, 1993
And again a Western, a picture that the mature Eastwood director dedicated to his two teachers – Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, with whom he starred as an actor in both “Dirty Harry” and ” Escape from Alcatraz, “and several other films. The story of the retired former robber William Manny (Eastwood himself), who at first just for money, and the further, the more from an innate sense of justice, is sent to take revenge on villains, built, at first glance, according to all the laws of the classic American genre.But an experienced actor and director who has passed his seventh decade rethinks all the laws and clichés of a Western, cleans up the Hollywood gloss that has grown on him over the decades and turns the story into a reflection on age, honor, courage and heroism. Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director.
“Million Dollar Baby”, 2004
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With actress Hillary Swank in the movie “Million Dollar Baby”
Second – after “Unforgiven” – couple The main Oscars for Best Film and Best Director put Eastwood, who by that time had already become the patriarch of American cinema, on a par with such great predecessors as John Ford, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, David Lin, Elia Kazan and Steven Spielberg.For all the sentimentality of the story of a young boxer (Hillary Swank) who is struggling for success and an experienced trainer (Eastwood himself) reluctantly taking her under his wing at first, there is a twist in the film’s denouement that speaks a lot about the personality and views of Clint Eastwood himself. A convinced conservative, a man of right-wing views, in his picture he turns out to be a supporter of euthanasia, completely unacceptable for conservatives, but so merciful from a universal, humanistic point of view.
Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, 2006
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At the premiere of the film “Flags of Our Fathers” …Los Angeles, October 29, 2006
Dilogy about the Second World War, two films of unequal artistic qualities, but very important in the filmography of Eastwood the director (as an actor, he does not appear in either of the two films) pictures. In the center of the dilogy is one of the most terrible and bloody episodes of the Pacific Front, the battles for the island of Iwo Jima in 1945. The first film tells the story from the point of view of American soldiers, the second from the point of view of their enemy, the Japanese. The first becomes the exposure of the hypocritical machine of the state, which shamelessly manipulates reality to achieve its propaganda goals.The second is much more piercing in depicting fear, despair and the meaninglessness of war, especially since this look – extremely rare for American cinema – is a look from the side of the inhumanly cruel Japanese portrayed for decades.
Gran Torino, 2008
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A 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport at the world premiere of the Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino, which was named after him.December 9, 2008.
Like “Million Dollar Baby”, “Gran Torino” shows us the complex character of the hero that does not lend itself to unambiguous interpretation. And in the same way it reflects the contradictory political views and the humanistic type of personality of the director himself. Walt Kowalski, a Korean War veteran, retired Ford factory worker (77 years old at the time of filming Eastwood) lives in a mostly Asian suburb of Detroit. He lives alone, the dominance of endlessly outraged bands of emigrants both in his region and throughout the country, he is monstrously annoying.It is all the more annoying when one of them is trying to steal his treasure – “Gran Torino” in 1972, in the creation of which Kowalski took an active part. The transformation of perfectly justified rage and anger into progressively increasing understanding and empathy is an amazing process of overcoming stereotypes and affirming humanism and humanity.
On the eve of his 90th birthday, in an interview, Clint Eastwood said: “And at this age I intend to move on in life. I don’t want to stand still or go back.You never know when to stop. I love what I do. “
” Dubai is like Las Vegas in the NHL. Many will want to play here. “Yakupov – on the possible appearance of a hockey club in the Emirates
After a morning training session, Avangard forward Nail Yakupov spoke about expectations from the first match in the UAE in the history of the KHL.
After a morning training session, Avangard forward Nail Yakupov spoke about expectations from the first match in the UAE in the history of the KHL.
The KHL regular championship match Avangard – Ak Bars will take place on December 3 in Dubai and will start at 16:15 Moscow time. Live broadcast on the TV channel “Match. The game”.
– Have you been to Dubai before?
– Yes, I was here last year. I like it here. Now it is not as hot as in summer, you can spend a lot of time outside.I’m high.
– There is an option that a KHL club will appear in Dubai. We’ll have to fly far.
– A couple of times a year – it’s okay. It will be great if there is a team here. I think a lot of people would not mind playing it.
– Would you play for a Dubai club?
– I’ll finish the contract with Avangard, and then we’ll see.
– Is it possible to tune in to the match with Ak Bars in such a resort atmosphere?
– We know why we came. There is a task to take two points.Now there is time to rest, to be distracted, but tomorrow there will be a game for two points. Many people from the club have been preparing here for a long time to organize the match. This work cannot be underestimated.
– Bob Hartley said that it is better here than in Balashikha. Looking back at all the arenas you’ve played, will Dubai make it to the top 10?
– 100%. It will enter the top 3. It is new, good, made with high quality.
– Can you compare Dubai to Las Vegas in the NHL?
– Yes, very similar.
– But Edmonton is cooler, I guess?
– Edmonton is the best. It’s cold, the stadium is great. When you enter the arena after the street, you are already used to it.
– Soon Kirill Semyonov will return to you from the NHL.
– Will he definitely come? We haven’t been told anything yet. Well, they will bring him, we will play. Another player is additional competition for a place in the squad. New player – new expectations.
– Ice hockey is combined with figure skating here. Do you follow figure skating?
– I used to watch when Plushenko spoke.Not very good now.
– When a hockey player is told “skater” is it insulting or rather honorable that skating is good?
– Rather insulting. They don’t say that now. There are other offensive words.
– Which ones?
– Radish, diver, and others are already completely bad.
Moscow stick: Ovechkin approached the top ten NHL snipers | Articles
Alexander Ovechkin continues to move to the upper echelons of NHL snipers.The captain of the Washington Capitals scored two goals against the Carolina Hurricanes (2-0) this week and came in 11th place in the history of the regular season, ahead of the legendary Finn Teemu Selanne.
Now the 34-year-old Russian who closes the top ten Mario Lemieux is separated by four goals. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov also distinguished himself in the match against Carolina, who for the first time in his career did not concede a single goal in an NHL match. In addition, this game evening turned out to be extremely successful for Artemy Panarin.The New York Rangers striker scored 5 (2 + 3) points in the derby with the New York Islanders (6: 2).
Washington is confidently in first place in the Eastern Conference. He shares the lead in the entire regular season with the leader of the West table, St. Louis Blues. The Boston Bruins breathes in the back of the capital’s team, but so far this does not bother the Capitals and their main star. Ovechkin is not having his best regular season, with a negative utility score.But in his main specialization, the Russian still does not fall below a rather high bar – in terms of the number of goals scored, he is in third place this season. On account of Ovi 28 goals in 47 meetings. Only Czech David Pastrnyak from Boston and American Auston Matthews from Toronto Maple Leafs are ahead of him in the sniper table.
Historical indicators are also updated quite intensively. After the game with Karolina, Alexander Ovechkin scored 686 goals over 15 years in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky’s record has been repetitive with 208 goals left.
“I think not a single hockey fan stops admiring Alexander’s performance,” Jari Kurri, a five-time Stanley Cup winner, Gretzky’s partner in Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings, shared with Izvestia. – At an already elderly age, Ovechkin retains excellent physical shape, and due to considerable experience, he has become much wiser in terms of play. And, it seems to me, after winning the Stanley Cup, he became even more liberated, so he consistently scores at least 40 goals per season. And his famous shot is still dangerous, although everyone seems to know from what point it will be applied.If Alexander avoids serious injuries, as he has been doing for many years, he will keep the current performance bar for more than one season.
In addition to the recognized Russian stars of “Washington” in the person of Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, another of our compatriots in the ranks of the team – the Stanley Cup winner of the season before last – is gradually strengthening its positions. A native of Magnitogorsk, Ilya Samsonov has already won the 2016 Gagarin Cup in his native Metallurg, where, as a substitute under Vasily Koshechkin, he played several matches in the first round of the playoffs.And in 2017, the goalkeeper won the bronze medal of the youth world championship as the first number.
But, without ousting Koshechkin from the base, Ilya Samsonov left for Washington in the summer of 2018, having drafted him in the first round back in 2015. The Russian spent his first season overseas in the second most important championship – the American Hockey League (AHL). Samsonov made an excellent showing thanks to his performance for Hershey Bears, the Washington DC farm club. And already at the beginning of the current NHL regular season he was called up to the Capitals, for which he made his debut in October.
Since then, the Russian has played 13 matches in the starting lineup, losing only one of them. The victory over Carolina became the eighth in a row for Samsonov – a repetition of the record for the NHL rookie goalkeeper, set by Bob Mason in the 1984/85 season. Finally, the game against Karolina is the first for Ilya without conceding goals in the strongest league in the world.
– Samsonov proves that he has real character and is capable of becoming the main goalkeeper of Washington in the future, – Rafail Ishmatov, ex-head coach of the Russian youth team, noted in a conversation with Izvestia.- He went through a good school in Magnitogorsk and the youth team, trained side by side with such a master as Koshechkin, and this helped him quickly get used to overseas. It’s great that the guy played confidently in the farm club and calmly waited for his chance in the NHL, and when he got it, he managed to get hold of the opportunity to play in the main team. Usually people with this psychology achieve a lot.
The highest paid Russian hockey player continues to try to pull the New York Rangers into the playoffs.It was extremely important for the team to win the city derby with the New York Islanders, which are confidently in the top three of the capital division, ahead of the Rangers by 10 points. The resulting derby was won 6-2, which is surprising since the Islanders have one of the best defensive systems in the league. The team conceded only 117 goals in 44 games – fewer in the entire championship than the Dallas Stars (107 goals). Artemy Panarin scored 5 (2 + 3) points in this meeting – according to statistics, this is his best match in four and a half years of his career in the NHL.
This raised the Russian to third place in the list of scorers with 67 (26 + 41) points. Only a couple from Edmonton are ahead – Canadian Connor McDavid with 71 (25 + 46) and German Leon Dreiseitl with 70 (25 + 45) points.
“As expected, Panarin has become one of the leaders of the club and fully justifies his large contract,” Craig McTavish, ex-head coach of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and winner of the 1994 Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers, told Izvestia. – He is good both in team play and in moments when you need to show individual skill.Now Artemy is one of the main hopes of the club in the fight for a place in the playoffs.
Successful play this season led to Panarin being included in the NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on January 25 in St. Louis. Apart from Artemy, only one Russian will take part in it – Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Andrey Vasilevsky.
TOP-20 best CS: GO players of 2018
HLTV portal annually.org publishes the TOP 20 best players in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive discipline. For better understanding, we have added short comments and explanations to each player. There are players from the CIS countries in this top, so we could not ignore it.
20th place – Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså Team – North. His entry into the Top 20 came as a surprise to many. This year was not the best for his team. There were only victories at DreamHack Open Valencia and DreamHack Masters Stockholm.Although the team results were not the best, Valde showed fairly stable statistics and received one MVP star (Title of the best player of the tournament).
19th place – (Estonia) Robin “ropz” Kool Team – Mousesports. This guy is the most promising player in Eastern Europe for the second year in a row. His entry into the Top 20 was the natural result of strong individual work and serious team achievements.
18th place – (Norway) Håvard “rain” Nygaard Team – FaZe.For Rain, 2018 turned out to be a year of recession in terms of the TOP, since in 2017 he was the fourth. This is due to the disappointing team results. In 2018, his team changed players several times and this had a very negative impact on the team play. Nevertheless, Rain himself played very consistently and deservedly gets his 18th place.
17th place – (USA) Timothy “autimatic” Ta Team – Cloud9. For Avtomalchik and his team this year was very busy. At the beginning of the year, C9 win the Major tournament and become one of the strongest teams.Towards the summer, the team undergoes major changes and the team slips. One thing remains unchanged – the autimatic’s desire to win. Unfortunately, Cloud9 ends the year on a minor note, being only at the 14th position.
16th place – (Finland) Miikka “suNny” Kemppi Team – Mousesports. Finnish composure is what characterizes this player best. As it was written earlier, the year for the mice turned out to be successful. This is largely due to the good team and individual play of all its members, including SuNny.There is no need to talk a lot about the quality of his game – just go to his profile and see the statistics.
15th place – (USA) Jonathan “EliGe” Jablonowski. Team – Team Liquid. At the age of 19, this guy is not the first time to become one of the best players in the world. So, in 2017, he took 12th position in a similar rating. Despite this, only this year Team Liquid was able to become a team of the first “echelon”. This was facilitated by the lineup changes made at the beginning of last year.EliGe is not the kind of player who will amaze with unrealistic shooting, but the one who knows his job well and plays, rather, with his mind.
14th place – (Czech Republic) Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný. Team – Mousesports. Let me remind you that this is the third player of the Mousesports team. Speaking about Oscar, one can only repeat what was said about his teammates. The main difference is that Tomas has already entered the TOP-20 in 2017 at the 16th position. Oscar at the beginning of 2018 had some health problems, but even this did not become an obstacle to his skill.
13th place – (Denmark) Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth. Team – Astralis. It is pointless to list the team achievements of Astralis, since they have already become the best team in 2018 and the number of trophies they have earned over the past year exceeds ten. Speaking about the individual game of Xyp9x (Kzipniks or Khuryakh, as you prefer), we can only note that he played his role well (like everyone in his team). Best of all, his stability is evidenced by the fact that he takes 13th place in the TOP-20 for the second year in a row.
12th place – (Canada) Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken. Team – Team Liquid. The second representative of “Liquid Horses” in this Top. In the CIS, the Twistzz community was branded with the nickname “Handsome” for its well-groomed appearance and beautiful game. This year he made a splash in the North American scene, going from an unknown second-best player to the best player in North America in one year. Already for this I want to call him handsome.
11th place – (Slovakia) Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács.Team – FaZe. GuardiaN is another favorite of the CIS, but this time for its former merits. It was Kovacs who was the sniper at NaVi for many years. Years go by, but the Slovak is still good. Ladislav is a regular at this TOP: 2017 – 9th place, 2016 – 17th place, 2015 – 2nd place, 2014 – 11th place, 2013 – 10th place. Old GuardiaN continues to delight us with an excellent game.
10th place – (Brazil) Marcelo “coldzera” David. Team – MIBR. The nickname of this player is known to almost every xer.In 2017 and 2016 Cold was the best player and his team had no equal. These two years were the era of the Brazilian cop on the pro stage, and the main star was exactly Marcelo David. Everything has its end. So 2018 was the end of the SK / MIBR era. The Brazilians weren’t able to win anything serious this year, but Coldzera’s performance remained at a very high level. More recently, the Brazilians have restored the old championship roster, and we all expect Batya Cold to return to the podiums of major tournaments.
9th place – (Sweden) Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson.Team – Fnatic. It’s no secret that for a long time the Fnatic team was in a difficult position: changes in the roster, disappointing results and a lack of order in the team. The only thing that helped Fnatik stay afloat was the Swedish shooting. And now, 2018 has become a real reincarnation for the team. They got an experienced captain (Xist) and everything changed. We got good old Creemes, who shoots 30+ in important matches (not without quirks, of course).
8th place – (Denmark) Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander.Team – Astralis. Another Astralis representative in this TOP (Spoiler: everyone from Astralis will be here). Speaking about Gleyvych, it should be noted that this is a combination of a cool cap and an arrow. We have good captains who shoot poorly (Zeus, Bla1d, Golden), we have bad caps that shoot well (Adren, Niko (FaZe), Hobbit), but good caps who shoot well are very hard to find and in this regard, Astram was 100% lucky. Daddy Glayvych did his best this year and did his best.
7th place – (Denmark) Emil “Magisk” Reif.Team – Astralis. For Magisk, this year has become the year of an unreal take-off. Back in February, he was worried to tears because he was kicked out of OpTic Gaming, and now he is one of the best shooters in the world, also in the strongest team. In many ways, the arrival of Magisk was the impetus for the growth of Astralic. An unreal understanding of the game, complete with marksmanship, deservedly put Emil on the 7th position of this TOP.
6th place – (Canada) Keith “NAF” Markovic. Team – Liquid. The fate of Nafa is somewhat similar to the fate of the previous player.In February 2018, Naf unexpectedly moves from the stable Tier-2 team Renegad to Liquid. And as in the past, the team shoots: several victories at the world championships, a rise in the ratings, victories over the strongest teams. It was the transition of Nafa that revived the “Liquid” ones, which from the TOP-2 of North America turned into the TOP-3 of the world.
5th place – (Denmark) Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen. Team – Astralis. The fourth representative of the Astralis team. In 2013 – 18th place, 2014 – 16th place, 2015- 12th place, 2017 – 10th place, 2018 – 5. This statistic quite eloquently describes this player. Once again, there is no point in talking about team play and personal skill, since the team’s achievements speak for themselves. Separately, it is worth noting the high skills of Dup in clutch situations (1vs2, 1vs3).
4th place – (Russia) Denis “electronic” Sharipov. Team – Natus Vinsere. Since the beginning of 2018, everyone has called Elik the most promising player in Russia. This hitting the TOP-20 was his debut for Denis, but there are many years of work behind it.The individual abilities of Electronics and the experience gained from the most experienced players of the CIS, such as Andrey “Bla1d” Gorodensky, Dmitry “Hooch” Bogdanov, Danilo “Zeus” Teslenko, had an effect here.
3rd place – (Bosnia) Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. Team – FaZe. Niko is an example of purposefulness. Throughout the year, changes took place in his team and the results were unsatisfactory, but Niko played consistently at 100%, and at the end of the year he also took the position of in-game leader. He was second last year, third this year, but there is a huge difference.Last year his team was the strongest and they won one tournament after another, and this year there are very few trophies. Considering the not so successful year for trophies, getting Niko into the TOP-3 is already a huge success for the Bosnian.
2nd place – (Denmark) Nicolai “device” Reedtz. Team – Astralis. The best of Astralis, according to HLTV, was Batya-Devaysych. Until the last, it was not clear whether he was the second, or still the first. Sadly for the fans of Nicholas, and indeed of the Danish CS in general, he did not get the title of the best player.This is most likely due to the fact that personal statistics play an important role in the distribution of places, and not team achievements, otherwise it cannot be explained that the device did not become the first. In any case, there is no reason to worry about this – 2018 can rightfully be called the year of Astralis in the KS calendar.
1st place – (Ukraine) Alexander “S1mple” Kostylev. The HLTV edition specifically specified that during the calendar year s1mple was absolutely out of reach of its persecutors and its statistics “leave no room for discussion.”Compared to device, Alexander cannot boast of a large number of titles earned, however, in 2018 Kostylev won the fifth season of StarSeries, ESL One Cologne, CS: GO Asia Championships 2018 and BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen. During an interview with the portal s1mple said that he believes that he can play much better: “My main goal is to become a part of history. If the player constantly reminds himself of his goal and pursues it, then nothing or no one can stop him. I am sure that I have not reached my peak and can play better.I know what I need to work on, and I do it. ”
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America’s Cup | America’s Cup 2019. Top 10 Group Stage Players.
Sports Day by Day celebrates the top ten players in the 2019 America’s Cup group stage to watch out for because they define their teams’ play.Colombia’s midfielder Vilmar Barrios was told separately, so he was not included in this list.
Dani Alves (Brazil)
Unique footballer. After Neymar’s injury, Dani Alves became the captain of the Brazilian national team. The 36-year-old Brazilian took his team out of the group, announcing his departure from PSG along the way. However, this did not affect the psychological state of the player, and in the match with Peru (5: 0) he chalked up one of the goals, becoming the oldest Brazilian player to score in the America’s Cup in the last 96 years.This will not disappear and will quickly find a new club!
Dani Alves with an excellent goal today in the Copa America.
Bringing it forward from fullback, couple of one-twos and a superb finish.
So many great goals in this year’s tournament.pic.twitter.com/rlVuQumkjf– Simon Edwards (@SimonEdwardsSAF) June 23, 2019
Another Brazilian national is no less surprising. Despite the fact that he is fast, technical and talented, Everton still plays on home soil.Spartak closely watched the Gremio players. I tried to come to an agreement with Luan, signed Pedro Rocha, but about Everton at Spartak they said that the level was too low for the team. It happened two years ago. Now transfermarkt estimates the 23-year-old footballer at 20 million euros. Everton has already scored two goals in the America’s Cup.
Peru knocked Brazil out of Copa America Centenario, but it’s no match for the Seleção today: Everton Soares makes it 3-0 to the hosts #Brazil # CopaAmerica2019 pic.twitter.com/188norYI1J– Yankees-Rumors (@ Allrise_yanks99) June 22, 2019
Duvan Zapata (Colombia)
At Atalanta, the 28-year-old Colombian was lucky. Gian Piero Gasperini has successfully incorporated it into his schemes. In 37 league games in Italy, Zapata scored 23 goals. But at the America’s Cup it was discovered that the striker’s success lies not only in Gasperini’s coaching abilities, but also in Zapata’s real talent, which manifested itself later than usual. In the tournament, he scored two goals in 125 playing minutes.An excellent joker in the asset of another talented coach of the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz!
Columbia’s Zapata superb goal against Qatar. What an assist by James Rodriguez #CopaAmerica # CopaAmerica2019 #ThursdayMotivation #Columbia #Qatar pic.twitter.com/vNu1CL0rSn– Qasim Nadir (@QasimNadir) June 20, 2019
Lautaro Martinez (Argentina) 21-year-old Argentinayear old 9g America’s Cup as a substitute. After an unsuccessful start, Lionel Scaloni shuffled the scheme in a panic and in the match with Qatar found the best option 4-3-1-2.Martinez got into the game very well, scored the winning goal and will certainly continue to play in the starting lineup in the playoffs of the tournament. Who would have thought that the Inter striker would be Argentina’s savior and not be called Mauro Icardi?
Highlights: 🇶🇦 Qatar 0-2 🇦🇷 Argentina– EPLSL (@EPLSL) June 24, 2019
⚽️ Martinez 4 ‘
⚽️ Aguero 82′
Argentina overcome Qatar to progress to the quarter-final of the Copa America. # Argentina #Qatar #CopaAmerica pic.twitter. com / ofqjYn56Ax
Eduardo Vargas (Chile)
This guy seems to live his entire career only for the America’s Cups. In the last two tournaments (2015 and 2016), he has consistently become the top scorer – with four and six goals, respectively. This is despite the fact that the 29-year-old Chilean usually scores about the same amount in a whole club season. Now he has two goals on his account. This means that in the playoffs he will continue to upset the opponents.
Chile movement – Vargas goal #japchi pic.twitter.com/iKPqcnAMPt– De Analyserende Trainer (@Analysetrainer) 20 June 2019
Alexis Sánchez (Chile)
The Manchester United striker faces a tough challenge. He needs to sell himself. The season at Manchester United was a failure. But the rehabilitation started well. He has scored more in the America’s Cup 2019 than in the Premier League last season. But is that enough to keep the 30-year-old at the forefront of European football?
Match Winner 💪🇨🇱 @Alexis_Sanchez makes it 2 in 2 for Chile! How many goals will he score next season? Let us know 👇
pic.twitter.com/CefzOFZF6h– JD Football (@JDFootball) 22 June 2019
Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
After moving from Liverpool to Barcelona, the 32-year-old Uruguayan has dramatically changed his playing model. If in England Suarez acted all over the field, playing the peculiar role of Lionel Messi, single-handedly deciding the fate of matches, then in Spain he turned into a sensitive tip of attacks, not burdened with a large number of functions. At Barcelona he can afford it, but being a center is not enough for Uruguay.Before the America’s Cup 2019, Suarez lost weight, tuned in and led his team to victory. He has two goals on his account, but he is not going to stop there.
Soberbio remate de Suárez para Uruguay que empata frente a Japón. #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/Y6qo392Unp– Goles! (@SomosGoles) 20 Jun 2019
Jose Maria Jimenez (Uruguay)
Defenders are rarely praised in America’s Cup. However, the Uruguayan national team seems to be made for such exceptions.Previously, all the laurels went to Diego Godin, but at the America’s Cup – 2019 Jimenez deserves praise. The 24-year-old saved the team from defeat from Japan (2: 2) by scoring after a corner. With this ball, he caught up in goals with the aforementioned Godin. True, to score 8 goals for the national team he needed only 52 matches (Godin – 129).
Gimenez with the best goal line clearance 🔥 Arsenal and Man Utd need this guy! #AFC #mufc #Uruguay #CopaAmerica # CopaAmerica2019pic.twitter.com / Ij8iWETrZ6– Segun_thebook (@SSnetwoork) June 25, 2019
Darwin Machis (Venezuela)
Scored the fastest goal in America’s Cup history in the 21st century. The 26-year-old Venezuelan proves that not only Salomon Rondon scores in his team. He scored Bolivia in 1 minute 15 seconds. In addition, Machis is the first Venezuelan since 1993 to score two in the Copa America in one match.