There is an axiom in sports that all die-hard fans embrace. Once a team has reached a level at which its coach is grumpy after a victory, that team has “arrived.”So it was with the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday in their 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings before a crowd of 15,251.On the back of their strong special teams’ play, the Blue Jackets improved to 5-1-0 this season, the best start in franchise history. The Jackets got two goals from their power play unit, and captain Rick Nash scored a short-handed goal during the penalty kill.It didn’t seem to be enough for coach Ken Hitchcock.“We didn’t play that well tonight,” he said. “We competed, but we didn’t play that well. We need better play if we’re going to get to the next level.”The energy was noticeably absent from the building at the beginning. At least a third of the stadium’s seats remained empty at the first drop of the puck. The subdued atmosphere wasn’t improved when L.A. right winger Dustin Brown kicked off the scoring with a shot from just outside the slot that beat Jackets goalie Steve Mason.This Jackets team, unlike many in the past, refused to head into the dressing room down a goal. With just under a minute remaining in the period, left winger Jason Chimera brought the puck out of Columbus’ end, sped through the neutral zone, and fired a slap shot from the left circle. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was too slow for it, and the Jackets went into the first intermission tied up.The Jackets never looked back.Mason continued to flash the kind of dazzling goaltending that made him the NHL Rookie of the Year last season, making 27 saves, many of the jaw-dropping variety.During one stretch in the second period, Mason made a series of saves on a flurry of opposing shots, including one in which he was caught out of position but made a diving recovery to cover up the puck in front of the net.Mason was quick to credit his teammates.“It’s extremely huge the way these guys are stepping up right now,” he said. “These guys are coming in and putting up a big effort and making my job easier.”Columbus’ Raffi Torres took some of the pressure off him with a rebound goal out of a scrum in front of the Kings’ net on the power play. He was assisted on the play by Derick Brassard and Kris Russell, who had just been signed to a contract extension by the club earlier in the day.Columbus was not finished yet.Down a man because of a cross-checking penalty on Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, Rick Nash decided to take matters into his own hands.  Jackets center Samuel Pahlsson deftly stole the puck away from a Kings forward and swept it to a waiting Rick Nash, just past the blue line. Nash raced up the ice and undressed the Kings’ Justin Williams with a deke to his left before letting fly with a backhand shot that beat Quick.“I noticed there was a forward playing defense, and I thought I’d try something. Luckily enough, it worked,” Nash said of the goal.Jakub Voracek finished the scoring with an empty-net, power-play goal with 1:11 left in the game.As Jackets fans stood and applauded their team’s victory, there was joy once more in Mudville as the sting of the Buckeye football team’s defeat faded from memory. read more

Moments after time had expired on the 2009 Ohio high school boy’s basketball championship game in March, the victorious Columbus-Northland Vikings lined up to shake hands with runner-up Cincinnati-Princeton. When Northland’s Jared Sullinger met Princeton’s Jordan Sibert in line, the teams came to a brief halt. Sullinger took a moment to console a dejected Sibert before the two left the Schottenstein Center court in different directions.Before ever playing for a state title, Sibert and Sullinger became friends. They gave two of the earliest verbal commitments to Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class. Last week, they officially signed their letters of intent, and along with four other high school seniors, joined what some consider to be the best group of recruits in the nation.Joining Sibert and Sullinger are DeShaun Thomas from Fort Wayne, Ind., Lenzelle Smith from Zion, Ill., Aaron Craft from Findlay, Ohio and J.D. Weatherspoon, Sullinger’s teammate at Northland.The group members, dubbed as the “Super Six,” have grown to know each other well.“I love the fact that they’ve got a good feel for each other,” coach Thad Matta said. “They’re very close, and they’ve communicated for the last couple of years in the process of the recruiting.”Matta has adapted a knack for bringing in highly touted recruiting classes during his career in Columbus. Including Sullinger and Thomas, he has signed eight five-star recruits since 2006, according to Rivals.com.Matta said even though they might be highly rated, he treats these players like all the others.“The one thing I always try to do with recruits, once they finish their senior year of high school, I go and sit down with them and just say, ‘Alright here’s how it’s going to be,’” Matta said. “‘It’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever been through before. It’s a completely different game. It’s a completely different level.’”This most recent class will draw comparison to OSU’s 2006 class that included four players now on NBA rosters. Matta is not ready to compare the two in terms of talent, but he said there is one thing both groups have in common.“I think we got in both classes what we needed,” Matta said. “When they rank recruiting classes, they need to rank it on, ‘Did the team get what they needed?’ For us, I think we got what we needed not only for this year but for the future of our program.”What is particularly encouraging about these recruits, Matta said, is the success they’ve had on and off the court.“We’ve got six great kids and six kids that I think truly understand what Ohio State is about athletically and academically,” Matta said. “You have three 4.0 students in the class. Every guy has played for a state championship, and three of them have won a state championship.”Among the three state champions is Sullinger. With all the hype surrounding the “Super Six,” Buckeye fans hope the next time he hoists a trophy, Sibert will get to join him. read more

first_imgSevilla’s Jesus Navas believes that they must be as focused as they were against Barcelona a few weeks ago, as the sides prepare to meet for the final of the Copa del ReyPreviously the two clubs met in March at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with Sevilla being denied a victory due to the late heroics of substitute Lionel Messi saving Barcelona from a near certain defeat with the sides settling for a 2-2 draw.Navas, who has previously won the Copa del Rey in both 2007 and 2010, believes that Sevilla must show the same level of intensity and attitude with the Rojiblancos looking to avenge themselves for their 2-0 defeat in the 2016 final.“I think we played a very serious game here a few weeks ago and we have to start with the same intensity and attitude.” Navas told FourFourTwo.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Manchester City defender is counting on his prior experience of winning the tournament for Saturday’s final.“Very much so. For the fans, and for us to be able to win another title, would be something very big. We have to be very focused, though, because we know that any detail can mark the game.” said the 32 year-old.The Spaniard disregarded the impact of Barcelona’s Champions League exit: “They have players who are very experienced and know how to disconnect from one match to another. It’s a final, and they’re going to play it with maximum intensity. We have to be very focused.”For the fans, Navas added: “That we’re going to give it our all in every game we have left in the league, and in this final. We’re going to give it our all in every game to go far and win the title for our fans.”last_img read more

first_imgGermany manager Joachim Low has revealed that the decision to drop Leroy Sane in favour of Julian Brandt was an extremely difficult choice and that it was so close between the pair that it could have been a “photo finish”The PFA Young Player of the Year was the shock omission from Low’s final 23-man squad for Russia after having performed superbly in the Premier League this season as Manchester City sealed the league crown with a 19 point lead over their nearest rivals.Despite having netted 14 goals and added 15 assists, Sane was dropped in favour of Bayer Leverkusen forward Brandt who fared worse this season with 12 goals and seven assists in comparison.“That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt,” said Low, according to the Evening Standard.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Draxler, Reus and Muller are set. Leroy has a huge talent.“He will be back again from September. He had not played in international matches yet.“It was a very close decision. If it were a 100-metre race, it would have been a photo finish.”On the bright side, Manuel Neuer was included in the final squad after having proved his fitness to Low and will now captain the national side once more ahead of the World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgThe draw for the fourth round fixtures in the Carabao Cup will be held on Saturday at 9pm, the Tottenham Hotspur official website confirms.The draw will be televised live on the English Football League highlights program on Quest.Spurs have made it to the fourth round draws after eliminating Watford on Wednesday night, thanks to a 4-2 penalty shootout win.The game which was held at the MK Stadium due to Spurs’ new home ground not being ready ended 2-2 after extra time before England international Dele Alli scored the winning penalty to send Mauricio Pochettino’s men through to the next round.Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea‘I’m not proud of it’ Kepa recalls EFL Cup final row with Sarri Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga confessed he was wrong to defy Maurizio Sarri’s orders to come off in February’s Carabao cup final.Nigeria international Isaac Success gave Watford the lead in the 46th minute before Dele Alli levelled matters for Spurs from the penalty spot.Erik Lamela scored what might have been the winner for Pochettino’s men in the 86th minute but Frenchman Etienne Capoue equalized for the Hornets in the 89th minute to force penalty shootouts.Tottenham next travel to the John Smith stadium where they will come up against Huddersfield Town this Saturday in the Premier League. The Spurs will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce after recording victories against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend in the league and Wednesday night’s win over Javi Gracia’s Watford.last_img read more

first_img State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, was joined in the Capitol rotunda by Lowell Fire Captain Shannon Witherell prior to the Michigan House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 memorial service on the House floor. House members invited first responders and members of the military as their guests during the ceremony, which marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The names of 14 first responders and servicemen from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony. Categories: News 11Sep Lowell fire captain joins Rep. Lyons for Sept. 11 ceremonylast_img read more

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