The Chosen One: Upcoming professional championships up for grabs

first_imgVegas built a team based on all-around decent players who were underrated or didn’t quite fit in with their past clubs. Collectively, those players created a formidable contender. Thomas has only one major win under his belt: the 2017 PGA Championship. He had historically good — not great —  outings at all majors, but he has seen steady improvement in the standings each year. At the end of the day, however, I think LeBron and his crew will overcome those obstacles and prove they are the best team in the league come June. This year, the Golden Knights are once again sitting atop the Pacific Division thanks to their offensive firepower from players like wingers Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty, and they are currently on a six-game win streak. Thomas is coming off a phenomenal season, during which he placed third in the FedEx Cup standings. At 26 years old, Thomas is nearing the prime of his career, so I expect him to have another big season on tour in 2020.  The Masters: Justin Thomas  With Tiger Woods playing inconsistently and Brooks Koepka returning from injury, I think Thomas has a prime opportunity to steal the Masters early in the PGA season. On paper, the Lakers have everything they need to win a title. They have superstars, shooters, hustlers, rebounders and defensive stoppers. But in reality, it seems like the team has relied a little too much on star duo.  We’ve already seen major sporting events in 2020 like the College Football Playoff and the Super Bowl, but aside from football, we still have a year full of championships to win in every sport, at every level. This week, I will make my predictions for the winners of the most high-profile remaining American sporting events this year — except for the upcoming March Madness, which I’ll dive into deeper in a couple of weeks. However, the Braves will have no easy path to the World Series, as a number of other prominent teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees will be hungry for titles of their own. It’s going to take a complete and flawless postseason with minimal injuries, but I think the Braves have what it takes to win it all this October. From a pitching standpoint, the Braves are once again stacked with a deep and trustworthy rotation, including Mike Soroka and Cole Hamels, and even bolstered their bullpen to give them depth at all positions. NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers  The Lakers have been Finals contenders since the day they acquired Anthony Davis, and so far, the Lake Show has lived up to the hype. With the second-best record in the league, the Lakers have looked formidable thanks to the duo of Davis and LeBron James, both of whom have put up highly impressive stats this season. The one major area of concern will be L.A.’s role players: The Lakers need players like guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso and Danny Green and forward JaVale McGee to play at an extremely high level to provide the necessary support for Davis and James. Founded just a couple of seasons ago, the Golden Knights have quickly emerged as one of the NHL’s most exciting teams. The Golden Knights started out their first season with a bang by making it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Last year, they had another solid season where they made the playoffs but were quickly eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. World Series: Atlanta Braves  One key player that has contributed to the Braves’ resurgence has been young outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who has put up massive numbers in his two MLB seasons. He and first baseman Freddie Freeman’s firepower should spearhead another deadly Braves offense this year.  In addition, the Lakers will have to deal with other stacked rosters like the hometown rival Los Angeles Clippers, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, as well as the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record. The Braves suffered through the rebuilding process for several years, but recently, the team has taken major strides. Last season, the Braves finished first in the National League East in front of the eventual World Series winners, the Washington Nationals, but they made a quick playoff exit after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Thomas is currently first in the FedEx Cup standings, first in top-10 finishes and fourth in scoring average. Stats like these allude to my prediction that this is the year Thomas takes his game to the next level and finally pulls out another major win. Defensively, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been outstanding. Other than him, however, stopping the puck has been an area of concern for the team. The Golden Knights might not have the most stacked team on paper compared to teams like the Boston Bruins or the Washington Capitals, but they will have to find ways to overcome those giants in the playoffs, and I believe they will. Stanley Cup: Vegas Golden Knights Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” runs every other Thursday.last_img read more

Edin Džeko among Five Best Players of the Premiership Season

first_imgThe famous sports portal Bleacher Report ranked the B&H national team player and member of Manchester City, Edin Dzeko, as one of the best five players of the pre-season Premiership players. Džeko from super replacing became a super starter in the team of citizens. Although they spent more than 100 million euros to get Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetić and Alvaro Negreda, B&H representative player is the person who had the greatest impact on the current preseason results of England.Džeko arrived at the Etihad in January 2011 and for the coach Roberto Mancini, Džeko was not always the favorite one. Despite the fact that in most of the games he was replacing, last season Džeko was the top scorer for City, scoring 14 goals in 31 games.Its preseason tour, City practically started with the American tour, where they met twice with another Premier league, Chelsea. In these two games Džeko scored three goals.After that, the B&H representative was presented very good in Asia, where his team won the Barclays Asia Trophy in two games against South China and Sunderland, thanks to goals scored by Edin Džeko.Džeko was brilliant even during the match against Milan for the Audi Cup and with his two goals, Džeko was declared the Player of the match.During the engagements in Villarreal, the current coach of the City Pellegrino based the game on a single attacker, Diego Forlan. Whether Džeko will be in the team of citizens, it remains to be seen. As it started, before him is a great season, much better than the last one.It should also be noted that among five players who have provided the most so far in the preparatory match are Nicklas Helenius from Aston Villa, Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simon Mignolet from Liverpool and Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United.(Source: read more

Lazio Offers a New Contract to Senad Lulić

first_imgThe members of the FC Lazio want to keep the Bosnian footballer Senad Lulić in the team. They will soon offer him a 2 year extension of the contract, up to 2019.Lulić arrived to Rome from the Suiss Young Boys in 2011. In 11 matches this season, he scored two goals, had three assistances and created 14 chances for his co-players. He had only 2 yellow cards.Italians commend Lulić on his strength, professionalism and tactics.The details of the contract should be completed in the next few weeks when Lazio and Lulić will extend their three year lasting cooperation.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

Zanzibar dump holders Uganda out of Cecafa Cup

first_imgNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Abdulaziz Makame and Mohammed Issa scored as Zanzibar ended Uganda’s Cecafa Challenge Cup reign with a 2-1 victory in the semi-final in Kisumu on Friday.Zanzibar, bidding for their first Cup in 22 years, will play Kenya in the final on Sunday.The tournament’s surprise packages took the lead in the 24th minute when midfielder Abdulaziz turned to fire in a loose ball after Ibrahim Ahmada’s corner.Six minutes later Ugandan striker Derrick Nsibambi levelled when he connected with a low cross from Allan Kyambadde to score his fourth goal of the tournament. Nicholas Wadada came close to adding a second for Uganda only for the Zanzibar keeper to punch the ball to safety.However, the 14-time champions, who had two defenders sent off in the quarter-final against Ethiopia, were again undermined by ill-discipline as defender Joseph Nsubuga was shown a straight red by the Rwandan referee for pulling back Ibrahim Ahmada inside the box in the 58th minute.Mohammed Issa converted the resulting penalty in the 58th minute to send the Zanzibaris into their deserved second final in five years.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

House passes $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan, will include new round of payments

first_imgThe House of Representatives passed on a $3 trillion stimulus bill late Friday, which would provide funding for state and local governments, and send a second $1,200 check to most American adults.Democrats passed the bill by a small 208-199 margin despite the opposition from Donald Trump, and Republicans. According to reports, fourteen Democrats opposed the bill, and one Republican voted for the bill.“The HEROES Act is a critical $3 trillion-dollar rescue for our front line workers, cities and states, our small businesses, and it creates the kind of modern day safety net I have been fighting for with so many brave allies in and outside the U.S. Congress,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro during floor debate on the legislation.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California called the rescue package a “Democratic political messaging bill” that had “no chance of passing the Senate.”  And the White House has threatened a veto of the bill as currently written.The bill has been criticized heavily by Republicans and declared “dead on arrival” by President Donald Trump.The bill made history as the largest relief package in U.S. history, which includes funding for state and local governments, coronavirus testing, and another distribution of payments to Americans. The rules for the $1,200 payment changed this time around. Single filers would still get $1,200 and $2,400 for joint filers, but filers would also be eligible for $1,200 per dependent, but filers can only claim three dependents for the money, according to Vox. It would also provide stimulus payments to immigrants, an idea that was opposed by the GOP and is not likely to become law.Additionally the bill will include:$200 billion for a “Heroes fund” that would provide “hazard pay” to essential employees such as front-line health care workers, $75 billion to beef up testing, $10 billion for emergency grants to small businesses through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program,  COBRA subsidies to workers who have lost their health insurance because they’ve been laid off, extension of weekly $600 federal unemployment payments through January and $175 billion to help renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related cost.last_img read more