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Sports News News24.com | Daily shot of Express-o – MyTwoCents

Sports News News24.com | Daily shot of Express-o – MyTwoCents

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Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images) johnnyrocket – MyTwoCentsDaily sports briefs | Liverpool are English champions for the first time in 30 years and they’ve set all sorts of records along the way.FOR THE RECORD!It’s official … after a 30 year wait Liverpool have been crowned Premier League Champions! Like a Pamela Anderson divorce we all knew…

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sports briefs | Liverpool are English champions for the first time in 30 years and they’ve set all sorts of records along the way.

FOR THE RECORD!

It’s official … after a 30 year wait Liverpool have been crowned Premier League Champions! Like a Pamela Anderson divorce we all knew it was coming but had to wait for the inevitable to be confirmed. Just how dominant were the Reds this season and what do they still have left to play for?

Earliest to seal title: Liverpool set the record for winning the title with seven games left in the season eclipsing Man United (2000/01) and Man City’s (2017/18) joint record of becoming champs with five games left.

Most home wins in a row: Liverpool are currently on 23 straight home victories, well ahead of Man City’s 20 straight home wins record.

Most wins in a season: Liverpool need 5 wins from their remaining 7 matches to beat Man City’s record of 32 wins in a season.

Most points in a season: The Reds need 15 points from a possible 21 to beat Man City’s record of 100 points in a season.

Biggest winning margin: The previous biggest winning margin was 19 points set again by Man City but Liverpool are on track to cover that as they are currently 23 points in the clear.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: While Arsenal’s 2003/2004 “Invincibles” team went unbeaten throughout the season, they “only” ended up with 90 points (26 wins, 12 draws) … Liverpool are 2 wins away from eclipsing that points tally with 7 games left. That shows how dominant Liverpool have been and they now have the opportunity of recording the greatest ever season. I reckon Jurgen Klopp will up for that.

BUT WAIT … THERE’S MORE!

Like a TV infomercial, the news for Liverpool fans just keeps getting better. Similar to the legendary Man United teams under Sir Alex Ferguson, all the building blocks are in place to ensure that this season will be no flash in the pan. Jurgen Klopp has a contract until 2024, all their key players (excluding Georginio Wijnaldum) have at least two years of their contracts remaining, there are some promising youngsters coming through in Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, there is money in the bank and a new £50mln training ground on the way. If you are not sold yet, pick up the phone now and start dialling because there is more … Liverpool have a few big name targets on their list for next season including the likes of Kylian Mbappe.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: No, I am not a Liverpool fan, but you have to admire greatness when you see it. If managed correctly, success breeds success and you have to ask yourself who wouldn’t want to join the current best club in the world?

ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGERS FOR NEXT SEASON?

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Pep Guardiola himself has acknowledged that his team failed to match the passion that Liverpool have exhibited this season. That said, anyone who has watched Man City this season knows that they are not as far off as the points differential in the league standings suggest … the table does lie … sometimes. Until this latest round of fixtures, Man City had the same goal average as Liverpool (+45) and while the title is decided by points and not by goal difference, it nevertheless reflects how dominant Man City have been vs most opponents. Pep knows that his team lacks the balance that Liverpool has and that starts with his defence. John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not top centre backs, the injury to Ayumeric Laporte and Man City’s subsequent defensive issues showed this loud and clear.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: If Man City can buy two top class central defenders, then they have the ability to push Liverpool all the way next season. Improving and rebuilding Man United and Chelsea will battle it out for 3rd but we see next season as another intriguing 2-pony race.





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Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to Karen Khachanov of Russia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Centre on 14 August 2019 in Mason, Ohio. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images johnnyrocket – MyTwoCentsDaily sports briefs | Harry Kane could do better than playing for Tottenham, Nick Kyrgios needs to quieten down and…

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Sports News Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to Karen Khachanov of Russia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Centre on 14 August 2019 in Mason, Ohio.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to Karen Khachanov of Russia during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Centre on 14 August 2019 in Mason, Ohio.

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sports briefs | Harry Kane could do better than playing for Tottenham, Nick Kyrgios needs to quieten down and there are worrying signs ahead of the proposed England v Pakistan series.

BUSTING OUT HIS KANE

Football pundit Paul Merson lit a little fuse under Jose Mourinho (which isn’t hard to do) this week when he suggested that star striker Harry Kane would soon move to another club as he would struggle to be as prolific under Mourinho’s defensive style of play. Mourinho took the bait, as expected, reeling off a list of strikers that have done well under him including Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Never ones to miss out on an opportunity to rail on Jose, we think Merson is right. Spurs are going backwards in a hurry and Kane, as one of the top strikers in the world, could certainly find a better home. Jose got the last laugh last night though, as Kane found himself on the scoresheet in Spurs’ 2-0 home win over West Ham.

KYRGIOS THE JUDGE AND JURY

Nick Kyrgios, who gets more attention for his antics on and off the court than from any success on it, has once again proclaimed himself the spokesperson for what is right and wrong in tennis. The focus of his ridicule continues to be Novak Djokovic who has provided him with plenty of ammunition of late it must be said.

Djokovic has made headlines for all the wrong reasons by hosting a charity tennis event in his home town in Serbia, flagrantly ignoring social distancing protocols resulting in himself and several others testing positive for Covid-19 in the process.

“Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake,” tweeted Kyrgios before following up with “Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols.”

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Djokovic rightly deserves criticism for his actions but that criticism doesn’t need to come from someone with zero credibility such as Kyrgios. Kyrgios represents all that is bad about sports – wasted talent because he is too lazy to practice but always has plenty of energy to disrespect everyone else associated with tennis including match officials, fellow pros, coaches, ball boys/girls and fans.

SEVEN MORE PAKISTANI PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE BUT TOUR STILL ON

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No less than seven more Pakistani cricketers have tested positive for Covid-19 this week bringing the team total to 10 but their chief executive still insists their summer tour of England will go ahead. “Will this be the first ever five-a-side Test series?” you might be forgiven for asking, or “how big is the Pakistan squad??” The good news is that the first test only starts on 4 August and that most of the infected players are in the white-ball team and not the Test team. “Only” one member of the Test team has tested positive so far.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: England should start making plans for a replacement series as there is a high risk of this virus spreading further into the team and coaches. Surely the same coaches for the one-day team would have been in contact with test team players? Watch this space.





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Daily sports briefs | Under-fire Novak Djokovic receives support, reports of unrest at Barcelona and Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup revelation.SERBIA PM DEFENDS DJOKOVICWhile Novak Djokovic continues to face a serious backlash following the handling of his disastrous Adria Tour event a few weeks ago, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (try pronouncing that) has come out…

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Daily sports briefs | Under-fire Novak Djokovic receives support, reports of unrest at Barcelona and Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup revelation.

SERBIA PM DEFENDS DJOKOVIC

While Novak Djokovic continues to face a serious backlash following the handling of his disastrous Adria Tour event a few weeks ago, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (try pronouncing that) has come out and defended the world No 1 in a public show of support. As most self-respecting sports fans already know, Djokovic among others tested positive for Covid-19 after his event with videos of a post-tournament party revealing a disturbing lack of social distancing exasperating the discontent of the public at his lack of responsibility. Brnabic though saw it in a different light … “He tried to do something good for the whole region. To put politics aside and help young and non-established tennis players, as well as to raise money for humanitarian purposes.”

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Novak probably did have good intentions but was extremely naive and ignorant to be involved in the post-match party and ignore social distancing rules. People’s lives were put at risk.

BARCA FALL OUT GATHERS STEAM – MYTWOCENTS HAS A SOLUTION!

With Barcelona surrendering their lead at the top of La Liga over the weekend to bitter rivals Real Madrid, things are not looking too rosy at the Camp Nou. Reports that major players including Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi had fallen out with manager Quique Setien forced Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu to take the unusual step of visiting the home of Setien on Monday in an attempt to restore some calm.

Dead man walking …

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: There are only 6 games left in the season and it’s unlikely that the Barca hierarchy would take the risk of changing managers at this late stage. We think that the situation could not be any worse and that a change, even now, is necessary. One of the best managers in the world is waiting in the wings … MAURICIO POCHETTINO! Players love him, he has experience and he comes from the same country as Lionel Messi. Poch would get Barca firing immediately.

FALDO FADES RYDER CUP

Golf legend and TV commentator Nick Faldo accidentally let slip on air that the Ryder Cup originally scheduled for later this year will be postponed until next year.

“Given these three victories since lockdown for three top American players, perhaps it’s just as well that the Ryder Cup has been postponed and won’t be held until next year.”

OOPS!

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: While the news will come as no surprise, Faldo can expect a wrap over the knuckles as the press release had yet to be made. Ultimately it was the players (who don’t get paid for the event) not wanting to risk their health without the atmosphere of the spectators and also the hosts, the PGA Tour of America, who weren’t keen on the $40mln hit to revenue a spectator-less Ryder Cup would have entailed.







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johnnyrocket – MyTwoCentsDaily sports briefs | Lionel Messi only the 22nd most valuable player in the world (really?!), the time Sir Alex Ferguson kicked Ryan Giggs out his office for requesting a car – and more!MESSI ONLY 22ND MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE WORLDThe latest list of player valuations will shock you … not because…

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MESSI ONLY 22ND MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE WORLD

The latest list of player valuations will shock you … not because of who tops the list but how low GOAT Lionel Messi ranks. Messi is the 22nd ranked most valuable player in the world according to data compiled by CIES Football Observatory! Certainly age plays a major factor in the valuations with Messi 33-years-old already. Kylian Mbappe is unsurprisingly the most valuable at £231m followed by Raheem Stirling at £173m, with Jaden Sancho (£159m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£152m) and Marcus Rashford (£136m) rounding out the top 5. Shockingly, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t even make the top 30 … again largely due to his age of 36.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: With the way players look after themselves these days, give me Messi and CR7 all day over Mason Mount 19th and Alphonso Davies (who???) at 9th. We think both Messi and Ronaldo have at least 3 quality years left in them.

THE TIME SIR ALEX KICKED GIGGS OUT FOR REQUESTING A CAR

In a story that ran in The Daily Mail, Ryan Giggs revealed the time he was kicked out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s office for asking for a club car as an 18-year-old. Most of Manchester United’s first-team players had a club sponsored car and Giggs felt that because he had played 25 games for the first team that he should ask for the same. Club captain Bryan Robson egged him on, suggesting he should ask the boss. Needless to say the meeting didn’t go too well with Sir Alex telling him he would be lucky to get a club bicycle and to get out of his office before he threw him out!

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: It didn’t take too long for Giggs to get the car he wanted but the story illustrates how Sir Alex managed to keep egos in check and the youngsters grounded.

DISSENSION IN THE RANKS REGARDING TENNIS’ PROPOSED RETURN

There is apparently a growing division in the ranks between the big 3, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (in no particular order!) and some of the lower ranked players regarding the return to competitive tennis. The top 3 are concerned about proposals that would limit the size of their entourage (to just 1) and would force them to stay in airport hotels, while the lower ranked players are eager to get back to competing ASAP in order to earn a living.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Both sides have a case but I would lean in favour of the lower ranked players. If safety protocols can be put in place the top players just need to suck it up and deal with it.

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A TRIBUTE TO CECIL AFRIKA

Although this isn’t breaking news, we felt it would be remiss of us not to honour the career of SA Sevens Rugby legend Cecil Afrika, who was sadly not able to retire on his own terms due to the season postponement caused by Covid-19. Afrika had planned to retire after the Olympics but since that was postponed to next year, his contract was not renewed. Afrika, has been a legend not only on the field but also off it, and will be sorely missed.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Hopefully SA Rugby will find a mentor/coaching role for Afrika and include him in their group for the Olympics next year. We wish him the best and thank him for his service.

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johnnyrocket – MyTwoCentsDaily sports briefs | Door opens for Rafael Nadal in GOAT race, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua agree to TWO fights, golfers lukewarm on microphones – and more!DOOR OPENS FOR NADAL IN GOAT RACENews of Roger Federer’s surgery ruling him out of tennis for the rest of the year AND Novak Djokovic’s reluctance…

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Daily sports briefs | Door opens for Rafael Nadal in GOAT race, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua agree to TWO fights, golfers lukewarm on microphones – and more!

DOOR OPENS FOR NADAL IN GOAT RACE

News of Roger Federer’s surgery ruling him out of tennis for the rest of the year AND Novak Djokovic’s reluctance to play in the US Open under the current overly strict protocols, has potentially opened the door for Rafa Nadal to get an edge in the race for most Grand Slam titles. That is if HE decides to play – the Spanish matador has indicated that he is currently not prepared to travel due to Covid-19 concerns.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Money will talk and the authorities will not want to risk holding a tennis major without any of the Big 3 involved. Arrangements will be made to make sure they are accommodated. As things stand, Federer has 20 Grand Slam titles, followed by Rafa on 19 and Novak on 17.

FURY/JOSHUA AGREE TO TWO FIGHT DEAL FOR 2021

The much-hyped Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua fight is on for 2021 … times 2! Both fighters agreed to a 50-50 money split on the first fight with a mandatory rematch with a 60-40 revenue share for the winner of the first fight. Details are still a little sketchy at this point but all indications are that the first fight will take place in Abu Dhabi.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: This is a fight all British boxing fans have been pushing for … my money would be on Fury as he is a significantly better boxer than Joshua. Fury still needs to get past Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight, but it seems that the Joshua fights will go ahead regardless of the Wilder result.

DROP THE MIC! GOLF IS BACK

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The PGA tour reopens with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas today. Players had been asked to wear microphones during their round as a way of enhancing the viewer experience and compensating for the absence of spectators at events. So far the request has been met with a lukewarm response from the players.

Justin Thomas has said that he is against the plan … “What I talk about with Jimmy [his caddie] and what I talk about with the guys in my group is none of anybody else’s business, no offence.”

Jon Rahm also flat batted the proposal: “Selfishly, because who I am and because I know how I am on the golf course, I wouldn’t support it, because there would need to be a 20- or 30- second delay. And I’m not the only one. A lot of people swear or cuss.”

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Fair enough. The players have to endure scrutiny from the cameras while trying to focus on a game that is tough enough as it is already to be worrying about what they say during a round. While the idea sounds like fun on paper, it would open up to a lot of controversy and overall be an unnecessary distraction.

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Conor McGregor (Getty Images) johnnyrocket – MyTwoCentsDaily sports briefs | Ballsy bettor stakes $1 million on UFC fight, Conor McGregor retires – again, ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme dominates headlines – and more!BALLSY BETTOR STICKS $1 MILLION ON UFC 250 MAIN EVENTAnd wins … easily! In the largest bet placed on an MMA event in William…

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Daily sports briefs | Ballsy bettor stakes $1 million on UFC fight, Conor McGregor retires – again, ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme dominates headlines – and more!

BALLSY BETTOR STICKS $1 MILLION ON UFC 250 MAIN EVENT

And wins … easily! In the largest bet placed on an MMA event in William Hill’s history, a US bettor put $1 million on Amanda Nunes to beat Felicia Spencer in the main event at UFC 250. At -600 (US betting lines which means you need to bet $600 to make $100), Nunes was a massive favourite. She ended up completely dominating the fight from start to finish and never looked in danger. The bettor made a profit of around $166k for his bravery.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: This is a common but risky strategy of backing the heavy favourite hard … just don’t get caught on the wrong side of a massive upset though! Think Japan beating the Boks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Ireland at the 2019 version … or Mike Tyson getting KO’d by Buster Douglas in Tokyo in 1990.

CONOR MCGREGOR ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM UFC

This would typically be massive news around the sporting world … the problem is that no one believes him.

Why not?

Because he has retired twice before only to return shortly thereafter. On Saturday night, during UFC 250, McGregor announced his retirement from the sport via Twitter saying there was nothing left for him in the sport.

“I had my goals, my plans, the season. I had everything laid out,” McGregor said.

“Obviously the world has gone bleeding bonkers at the minute. There’s f… all happening at the minute. They want to throw me up and down weights and offer me stupid fights. I don’t really give a f…. . I’m over it.”

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Fellow fighters, commentators and fans all seem to agree that this is Conor being Conor … looking for attention and trying to promote himself to get a decent fight. He is clearly frustrated at the lack of activity but that is partly his choice as he decided to stay low during the Covid-19 epidemic. He did leave the door open though with his final comments on the matter …

“We’ll see what the future holds. But for right now, for the immediate future, 2020, all the best to it.”

We think he will be back.

“BLACK LIVES MATTER” THEME CONTINUES TO DOMINATE SPORTING HEADLINES

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The “Black Lives Matter” movement continues to gather steam among the sporting world with several stars and icons adding their voices to the mounting calls for change. Lewis Hamilton called for all racist statues to be pulled down: “All statues of racist men who made money from selling a human being should be torn down! Which one is next?”

Anthony Joshua made a speech at a peaceful protest over the weekend while Michael Jordan called George Floyd’s death a tipping point.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: A potential power struggle is also looming between tone deaf Donald Trump and the notoriously conservative NFL over the right to “take a knee” during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who had previously been against the peaceful protest suggested he would know be open to it … naturally drawing the ire of Trump who blasted the idea on Twitter. This battle could get interesting.

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johnnyrocket – MyTwoCentsDaily sports briefs | Liverpool voted most popular team, Cristiano Ronaldo trains with rugby studs, NBA heads to Disney World – and more!LIVERPOOL THE FAIREST OF THEM ALLLiverpool have been voted the UK’s most popular team according to a poll conducted by YouGov. Further bad news for Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs,…

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LIVERPOOL THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL

Liverpool have been voted the UK’s most popular team according to a poll conducted by YouGov. Further bad news for Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Everton fans is that Liverpool’s lead over their rivals was almost as significant as their current EPL lead. Liverpool polled 8.3% vs 6% for the Red Devils followed by Chelsea with 3.1%, City and Arsenal at 2% and Spurs at 1.8%. Merseyside rivals Everton came in 9th with 1.4%. The study apparently took in 16 different metrics including the public’s perceptions of clubs’ management, players and coaches, fan culture, tradition, their record of success and even their style of play.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Most polls need to be taken with a pinch of salt as we don’t have details of the size and geographic location of the polling. That said, we doubt Jose Mourinho’s bus parking tactics would have done Spurs and favours in the survey!

CR7 TURNS TO RUGBY STUDS TO GAIN AN EDGE

Always dedicated to improving his game and finding an edge, Cristiano Ronaldo has started using rugby studs on his boots in training as he believes it will help him improve his fitness and pace on the pitch. The longer wider rubber studs grip the surface better than soccer’s metal studs, although it is unclear whether or not Ronaldo will be able to use the studs in matches or only for practice. Ronaldo is notorious for his meticulous fitness and nutrition methods – he has 6 meals a day and takes 5×90 minute naps to make up his 7.5 hours of sleep a day. Bizarre stuff but it seems to work!

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: The man is a machine and shows impressive dedication to his craft. There are very few athletes in the world who can match his application.

… AS HE HITS THE BILLION DOLLAR CLUB

CR7 has become the first footballer to earn $1 billion and just the third athlete after Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather to hit that figure while still actively competing, according to Forbes magazine. According to Forbes, $650m of his career earnings have come from salary with the balance coming from endorsements and image rights. He is the only athlete, along with Michael Jordan and LeBron James to have a life-time contract with Nike.

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MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Like any true sportsman, Ronaldo is driven more by trophies and accolades than by money … although there is no doubt that $1bn doesn’t hurt.

NBA HEADING TO DISNEY WORLD

The NBA is set to host the remainder of its season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World, according to a report in the New York Times. Games are expected to start on 31 July with the playoffs running until mid-October. The complex has more than a dozen courts with extensive media facilities making it the perfect venue to stage the resumption of the season.

MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Players will have access to a wide range of facilities, pools, restaurants and theme parks on offer which will all be otherwise closed to the general public. They will have a fantasy world all to themselves. To coin a phrase from a popular TV commercial … “what could go wrong?”

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