The Baltimore Ravens will keep Ray Lewis on the field at least for one more game. The Ravens beat Indy 24-9 to advance in the NFL playoffs. It was an instant classic as Ravens stadium was electric for Lewis’ final home game.The Ravens defense held the Andrew Luck led Indy professional football team to only three field goals. The best player on defense was not Lewis but was Paul Kruger who had 2.5 sacks and a pass defense. Kruger was in Indy’s backfield pressuring Luck the entire game. Lewis did contribute with a team leading 13 tackles including one for loss.On offense, Joe Flacco had a fantastic game with a quarterback rating of 125.6 including two touchdown passes and 282 yards in the air. Anquan Boldin exploded in the second half with five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.One concerning thing for the Ravens was Ray Rice, who fumbled twice. Rice has not fumbled all season and was benched for a short time in favor of Bernard Pierce. Pierce had 103 rushing yards, who has surpassed 100 rushing yards in the past two of three games.The offense played great in the second half and did not give Indy much of a chance to keep pace. Jim Caldwell did a great job calling plays and mixing up the offensive line with the absence of Jah Reid. Caldwell called plays that started Flacco on the move giving the offensive line more time to block.The Ravens have a very hard game next week having to travel to Denver to face the Broncos who are coming off a bye week.Please follow and like us:
The Baltimore Orioles have recalled Kevin Gausman and designated Ramon Ramirez for assignment. Gausman was at Class-A Aberdeen while the Orioles were waiting for his option time to be over. Gausman is scheduled to start today. Ramirez will have to clear waivers in order to stay in the Orioles organization.Here is the Orioles press release. Orioles recall RHP Kevin Gausman from Class-A AberdeenRHP Ramon Ramirez designated for assignmentThe Orioles today announced that they have recalled RHP KEVIN GAUSMAN from Class-A Aberdeen and designated RHP RAMON RAMIREZ for assignment. Gausman is expected to start today’s game at Boston.Gausman, 23, is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA (28.0IP, 12ER) in five starts for the Orioles this season.Ramirez, 32, made one scoreless appearance for the Orioles (1.0IP, BB, 2K) after having his contract selected on June 30.Please follow and like us:
Welcome back hockey fans! It feels like its been forever since Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals raised the Stanley Cup. Tonight is the night that the banner is raised into the rafters of Capital One Center.The hockey writers for MSB got together today discuss the upcoming season and who we all think will be winning each division, conference, MVP, and Stanley Cup.Atlantic DivisionAlex- Tampa Bay LightningAnsh- Toronto Maple LeafsChris- Tampa Bay LightningCarina- Boston BruinsMatt-Tampa Bay LightningWes- Boston BruinsMetropolitan DivisionAlex- Washington CapitalsAnsh- Washington CapitalsChris- Washington CapitalsCarina- Washington CapitalsMatt- Pittsburgh PenguinsWes- Columbus Blue JacketsCentral DivisionAlex- Nashville PredatorsAnsh- Winnipeg JetsChris- Winnipeg JetsCarina- St. Louis BluesMatt- Nashville PredatorsWes- St. Louis BluesPacific DivisionAlex- San Jose SharksAnsh- San Jose SharksChris- San Jose SharksCarina- Edmonton OilersMatt- San Jose SharksWes- Las Vegas Golden KnightsStanley Cup FinalsAlex- Capitals over SharksAnsh- Lightning over SharksChris- Lightning over SharksCarina- Capitals over BluesMatt- Predators over LightningWes- Bruins over Golden KnightsHart Memorial Trophy (MVP)Alex- Connor McDavidAnsh- Auston MatthewsChris- Nikita KucherovCarina- Connor McdavidMatt- Steven StamkosWes- Evgeni MalkinPlease follow and like us:
When the teams last met on February 19, the Pirates jumped out to a twenty point lead and never looked back en route to a 90-75 beat down of the Hoyas. In that game, Seton Hall went 11 of 25 from beyond the three point arch and out-rebounded the much bigger Hoyas 38-20. Georgetown couldn’t stop Myles Powell who scored thirty. Regardless of this, ESPN’s match-up predictor gives the Hoyas a 58% chance of winning. Contain Powell. Another thirty point game from him will spell trouble for the Hoyas. Win the rebound battle. The Hoyas are the bigger team and cannot get handled on the boards like they did in the last game. Stop the three and shoot the three. On the season, Georgetown is the better three point team. That did not show in their first game. It needs to on Saturday. Output from the starters. In their loss to Creighton, the offensive stars seemed to take the night off. They will need to be back for this game. On Saturday evening at 6:30 P.M. take on Seton Hall, who, at 7-8 in the conference are currently tied with the Hoyas for fifth in the Big East, making this a big game for both teams. Patrick Ewing and the kids from Georgetown still feel that they can make the NCAA tournament. “We’ve definitely been talking about it,” Ewing said in, “We’ve been talking about our [Big East tournament] seeding and what our goals are, and our goal is to try to make the NCAAs. So we have to finish the season strong.” Please follow and like us: Keys to the game for the Hoyas: With three Big East games left on the schedule, the Hoyas find themselves just a half game back from third place in the conference and a third seed in the Big East Tournament. There are seven teams within two games of Xavier for third place. The Hoyas’ roller coaster conference play has continued over the past week with a shocking win over Villanova, a loss to Creighton followed by a convincing win against Depaul on Wednesday Night. “Our problem is we’ll have a great game today and then exhale and take a step back for the next one, and we can’t do that. Especially going down the stretch” said Coach Patrick Ewing after their latest victory.
Hofstra and Georgetown will be meeting for the ninth time on Saturday with the Hoyas holding a 5-3 series lead. The two teams were supposed to meet in Hempstead last season but the game was cancelled when Georgetown was stuck on their team bus on a New Jersey highway for approximately 18 hours during an ice storm. On Defense, the Pride are led by Junior Ryan Kinnard, who has nine forced turnovers on the year. The Hoyas’ Defense is fronted by the duo of Sophomore Gibson Smith and Senior Patrick Aslanian. The two have combined for eighteen forced turnovers on the year. In the cage, Georgetown Sophomore Owen McElroy has save 44 saves on the year for a .500 save percentage. Sophomore Bobby Casey mans the pipes for the pride, with a save percentage of 56%. On offense, the Hoyas are led by Senior Daniel Bucaro and Junior Jake Carraway. Bucaro, returning to his home state of New York has scored thirteen goals and added seven assists on the season. Carraway continues his strong season, having already score twelve goals and seven assists this year. Hofstra is led by Junior Ryan Tierney with eleven goals and two assists. Suddenly, Georgetown’s recent tough loss against Towson looks much more impressive as the Tigers went on to defeat the number one team in the country, Loyola. After surviving a scare versus Mount Saint Mary’s on Tuesday 13-11, the Hoyas will look to get back on track at Hofstra at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday. The Pride are coming off of two straight one point loses and are looking to pull the upset. This promises to be a close game, as Inside Lacrosse’s computer prediction gives the slight edge to the Hoyas, 13-10. The Hoyas may struggle with faceoffs as the Pride ranks 30th in the nation with a 52% faceoff win percentage. In contrast, the Hoyas are winning faceoffs at a 41% clip. The Hoyas will need to cause turnovers and win ground balls to gain extra possessions. Thus far, Georgetown has not excelled in either area. If you want to check the game out, you can watch on laxsportsnetwork.comPlease follow and like us:
Top Performers: Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) Friday: Constant rain at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium has postponed the Friday night matchup between the Potomac Nationals (6-9) and Winston-Salem Dash (7-8). After 15 games, this is the best start in modern Sens history (since 1987). Harrisburg is 4-0 against divisional opponents. Eric Campbell recorded the only RBI for the Aviators, a first inning RBI single. He finished with three hits on the evening. Tanner Anderson (1-1) suffered the loss despite six innings of two-run ball (one earned). The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning games with a 30-minute break between games. • RF Brandon Snyder (2-4, HR, RBI, R; 1.0 IP, 3 K) Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast League) Friday: The Hagerstown offense utilized a six-run sixth to vault them over the Kannapolis Intimidators 13-4 at Intimidators Stadium Friday night. • LF Yadiel Hernandez (3-4, 2B) • CF Andrew Stevenson (2-4) • 2B Luis Rengifo (3-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) Friday: The Senators game scheduled against Reading was postponed due to weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, May 26 at 4:30. Top Performers: Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels) Grizzlies starter Paolo Espino (1-1) suffered the loss while Salt Lake righty Griffin Canning (1-0) earned the victory. He dazzled for six scoreless frames, striking out six. Former Fresno reliever Matt Ramsey finished the ninth for the Bees. On Capitol HillTyler Mapes earned the win going the first five innings. Mapes threw 83 pitches, 55 for strikes. He struck out five and walked one. Taylor Guilbeau followed with a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Jordan Mills pitched two innings and allowed a walk but then retired six straight batters. Aaron Barrett went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his third save. Thursday: After scoring 33 runs in the past two contests, the Fresno Grizzlies (8-6) went quiet in the finale, falling to the Salt Lake Bees (4-9) 12-1 Thursday night. Brandon Snyder supplied the only Grizzly run, a towering clout to left field in the seventh inning. He has gone deep in back-to-back nights while Fresno has now homered in 14 straight games to start the season. Friday night’s game vs. the Dash will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20th at Northwest Federal Field, with first pitch of game one scheduled for 5:00pm. Friday: The Fresno Grizzlies (9-6) left the Las Vegas Aviators (13-3) grounded Friday night with a 3-1 victory. Las Vegas came into the evening with a four-game win streak, but the Fresno pitching staff made sure it didn’t get to five. Henderson Alvarez III tossed four strong innings before handing the ball to the bullpen. Dakota Bacus (2.0 IP, Win), Vidal Nuno III (2.0 IP) and Jimmy Cordero (1.0 IP, Save) continued the outstanding work, not allowing a hit or run while punching out five. FilibustersTres Barrera had his hitting streak snapped at nine games with going hitless Thursday night. The staff was backed up by a Jacob Wilson first inning bomb and fifth inning sacrifice fly. Jake Nollalso added an insurance single to center in the eighth. Wilson’s homer was his PCL-leading eighth and continued the Grizzlies home run streak to 15 games. The scoring was highlighted by a three-run homer from KJ Harrison to plateRhinesmithand Gilbert Lara. The Suns added one more from Vickers’ double to put them in front 8-0. The Suns have scored double-digits for the second time this season already, following scoring 11 Sunday April, 14 and Monday, April 15. Prior to that, the last time the Suns had scored at least 10 in back-to-back ball games was May 6-7, 2017. Hagerstown also set a season-high in hits, with 17 on the evening. Justin Connell hit a base knock to score Vickers before Israel Pineda dribbled a double up the middle to score Wilson. After a Kannapolis (4-10) mound visit, Gilbert Lara kept the inning going with an RBI base hit followed by a KJ Harrison 2-run double to put the Suns in front 10-4 with just one out in the inning. • 1B Eric Campbell (3-5, RBI) With the GavelLuis Garcia, Adrian Sanchez, and Ian Sagdal all had two hits and at least one RBI. Tyler Goeddelalso had two hits. Drew Ward, Rhett Wiseman and Tyler Mapes all chipped in with a hit. The Senators seven hits in the second is second most in an inning this season. Potomac got five innings of shutout relief out of the bullpen, as RHP Frankie Bartow allowed four hits and struck out three over three frames, while LHP Carson Teel allowed just one hit over two innings in his Carolina League debut. The 2018 30th round draft pick tripled in the second, doubled in the third and homered in the seventh to set up a dramatic at-bat in the ninth. On a 3-2 pitch, he was called out on strikes to end the hopes that he would hit Hagerstown’s (7-8) first cycle since John Kehoe did so May 18, 1996 at Hickory. Turning PointTrailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, the Senators had one on and one out when Tyler Mapes came to the plate. He lined a 1-0 pitch to left for a base hit and the flood gates opened. The Sens had six straight hits and then a two-out double by Rhett Wiseman to cap the five-run rally. The bullpen shut down any chance of a Kannapolis rally in this one. Chandler Day breezed through three innings, fanning four and allowing just one hit. Following that, Jared Brasher and Aaron Fletcher combined for a scoreless ninth to end the game. From staff and wire reports: The next Senators home game is today, Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. against Reading. The 13-2 Senators send LH Ben Braymer to the hill and he’s opposed by RH Ramon Rosso for the 6-6 Reading Fightin Phils. Potomac (High-A Carolina League): Salt Lake’s offense buzzed all evening, tallying 11 hits with three leaving the park. Luis Rengifo (solo), Jared Walsh (solo) and Cesar Puello (2-run) were the recipients of the dingers. Bo Way and Wilfredo Tovar both knocked in a pair of runs with extra baggers for the Bees. • LF Cesar Puello (3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB) With the game tied 4-4, the first five Suns (8-8) batters to come to the plate in the sixth reached base safely. Juan Pascal and Trey Vickers led things off with back to back singles before Cody Wilson reached on a throwing error from pitcher Johan Dominguez (L, 0-1) that plated Pascal and sent Vickers to third. Winston-Salem carried the five-run lead into the final frame and turned to LHP Kevin Escorcia after three-shutout innings from RHP Alec Hansen. Escorcia struck out the first man that he faced, but then walked Banks and gave up a single to 3B Anderson Franco. With men on second and third base and one out, RF Gage Canning took a called third strike, while SS David Masters got Potomac on the scoreboard with a two-out, two-run single. 2B Osvaldo Abreu followed with a double, which put the tying runs in scoring position and brought the potential tying run to the plate. The Dash went back to the bullpen and brought in Ledo, who quickly gave up an RBI single to Freeman. Freeman’s single pulled Potomac within two runs, but Agustin lined out to right field on the first pitch from Ledo, which ended the game. • RHP Tanner Rainey (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) The Dash got off to a quick start, as DH Luis Robert hit the second pitch of the game over the centerfield wall for his league-leading sixth home run of the season. RHP Nick Raquet (L, 1-2) allowed at least a run in each of the four innings that he pitched, as the Dash plated one run on a two-out double from 2B Tate Blackman in the second inning, two runs on a double by CF Tyler Frost in the third inning, and the club’s final run of the night on an RBI double from 3B Yeyson Yrizarri in the fourth frame. Raquet allowed five runs on 10 hits over four innings in the loss. ON THAT FRES-NOTE: With Jacob Wilson‘s home run in the bottom of the first, the Grizzlies have now homered in 15 straight games to start the season. Wilson leads the PCL with eight homers and 23 RBI. The Seattle Mariners set an MLB record by recording a homer in 20 straight contests to start the 2019 season. Jackson Stoeckinger added two scoreless innings from the pen before handing the ball to Leif Strom. Strom struggled a bit in the ninth, walking the bases loaded and allowing three to score, but the Suns held on to win, with Jhonatan German closing the door for the final two outs. Thursday: SThe Senators scored five runs on seven hits in the second inning and the pitching staff combined to retire 19 of the final 20 Reading Fightin Phils in the Sens 5-3 Thursday night. The win was the Senators fourth straight and improved their record to 13-2. Reading fell to 6-6 with the loss. Tyler Mapesearned the win going five innings and three relievers combined to shut down the Fightin Phils. Luis Garcia, Adrian Sanchez, Ian Sagdal and Rhett Wiseman all had run scoring hits in the second inning. LHP Kyle Kubat (W, 2-0) dominated Potomac throughout his six-inning outing. The left-handed starter surrendered just three hits over the quality start and saw just two Potomac baserunners reach scoring position. DH Cole Freeman was hit by a pitch in the first inning, but Potomac stranded him at third base, while Agustin walked to begin the sixth inning, but was erased on a line drive double play off the bat of CF Nick Banks . Thursday: In his second game in the South Atlantic League, infielder Trey Vickers finished a single shy of the cycle, leading the Hagerstown Suns to a 10-5 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium Thursday night. Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals) • RHP Tanner Anderson (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) Harrisburg (AA Eastern League): • 3B Jacob Wilson (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB) The scoring overshadowed an incredible start from righty Francys Peguero (W, 1-1). He finished working five innings, fanning seven Intimidators and allowing just four hits without surrendering a run. ON THAT FRES-NOTE: With Brandon Snyder’s home run in the bottom of the seventh, the Grizzlies have now gone deep in every game this season (14). Infielder Jacob Wilson leads the club with seven longballs. The Seattle Mariners set an MLB record by recording a homer in 20 straight contests to start the 2019 season. The scoring did not end there. Justin Connell doubled to bring home Jamori Blash and then Vickers’ triple plated Connell in the second to double the Suns’ lead. • RHP Griffin Canning (6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) Please follow and like us: Thursday: Down 5-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Potomac Nationals (6-9) scored three runs with two outs and had the winning run at the plate, but RHP Luis Ledo (SV, 2) got LF Telmito Agustin to fly out to right field, as the Winston-Salem Dash (7-8) picked up a 5-3 victory. Potomac had just three hits over the first eight innings, and then tallied four hits in a span of five batters in the ninth frame. Hagerstown (Low-A South Atlantic League): • Bullpen (5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K) (One side comment from the author, call these guys up Nats!) Connell made another splash for the Suns. With Cody Wilson on the base paths, the left fielder launched a homer, his first of the season to bring Hagerstown within one in the top of the third with one out. The left fielder finished the day three-for-six with a double and a homer. He drove in three of the Suns 13 runs on the night. Hagerstown led-off their scoring spree in the first. After a Cody Wilson triple, Israel Pineda grounded into a double play that plated the centerfielder. In the next at-bat, Kannapolis (4-9) starter Davis Martin (L, 1-1) threw a wild pitch that allowed Jacob Rhinesmith to score and cap-off the inning with a Suns 2-0 lead. Connell, Harrison and Lara all finished with multiple RBI on the night in the rout of the Intimidators. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. Tomas Alastre(W, 2-1) earned the win, tossing five frames, while allowing all four Kannapolis runs. Top Performers: Fresno Grizzlies (Washington Nationals)
Please follow and like us: The Washington Redskins have signed running back Peyton Barber to a two year deal worth $300 million with $600k guaranteed.In his early years Barber played at Milton High School rushing for 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior year alone. After graduating high school Barber enrolled into Auburn University where he played two seasons totaling 1,071 Yards for 13 touchdowns. After only two seasons with Auburn, Barber declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. After not being drafted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Barber just to be released for final roster cuts. The following day the Buccaneers signed barber to the practice squad where he didn’t see playing time until the week 12 of the season. After four seasons with the Buccaneers Barber joined the free agent market where he was soon signed by the Redskins.The Redskins have been adding a lot of depth to the running back position this off season and of course not everyone is here to stay but it will definitely be a competitive run in preseason to see who can keep their position and who will lead the position next season. The running back position hasn’t been the only focus of Ron Rivera and the Redskins recently as they also traded quaterback Kyle Allen from the panthers recently so I think we have much more to see in this off season with the Redskins. Want to keep up to date with all the Redskins move follow our twitter accounts and feel free to interact with us were always ready to talk sports!
How to watch, live stream NFL preseason gamesThere are a few ways to watch NFL preseason games, some of which are different than the methods used in the regular season. In addition to local broadcasts on TV, a handful of national TV presentations were scheduled on NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network thoughout the preseason. The Week 1 national preseason games were limited to NFL Network, which either requires a cable subscription or a membership with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.As for games that aren’t nationally televised, NFL Game Pass — available for $99.99 per year — is the only way to watch live out-of-market NFL preseason games. The service also provides replays of every game in a condensed, 45-minute presentation.NFL Game Pass also includes access to the NFL Films archives and live radio broadcasts of each game. It can be streamed on pretty much any mobile device, computer or Smart TV. Yes, all Week 4 NFL preseason games are stuffed into one night of action because, upon the conclusion of the 2019 preseason, roster cuts will be a priority for all 32 teams. But we like to think the NFL scheduling all Week 4 preseason games for Thursday night is also a way of saying, let’s get this over with and move on to the regular season.If you’re wondering whether your NFL team is playing Thursday night, the answer is yes. With kickoff times ranging from 7-10 p.m. ET, there are 16 games scheduled for Thursday. At the end of the night, all 32 NFL coaches hope to have the information they need to proceed with roster cuts and, eventually, construction of their practice squads. MORE: Watch select NFL preseason games with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Because teams are looking for roster-cut related info, starters will play little-to-no snaps in Week 4 of the preseason. When Saturday’s deadline for roster cuts arrives, each team will have had to cut 37 players. Frankly, those guys are the ones who will get the most playing time Thursday night, and their performances will be virtual auditions for potential employment with another team.Below is all you need to know about the Week 4 NFL preseason games scheduled to be played Thursday night, including TV channels and kickoff times.NFL preseason schedule Week 4: What games are on today?Two Week 4 NFL preseason games will be available to a national TV audience. The other 14 games will be available only to local audiences and NFL Game Pass subscribers.The Panthers will host the Steelers in a game that will broadcast live on NFL Network with a kickoff time of 7 p.m. ET. Upon the conclusion of that game, NFL Network also will broadcast Chargers at 49ers beginning at 10 p.m. ET.Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.GameTime (ET)TV channelsMinnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills7 p.m.WKBW, KMSPPittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers7 p.m.NFL Network, KDKA, WSOC, fuboTVIndianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals7 p.m.WXIN, WKRCAtlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars7 p.m.WJAX, WUPAPhiladelphia Eagles at New York Jets7 p.m.WCBS, WCAUDetroit Lions at Cleveland Browns7:30 p.m.WEWS, WJBKNew York Giants at New England Patriots7:30 p.m.WNBC, WBZBaltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins7:30 p.m.WBAL, WRCTennessee Titans at Chicago Bears8 p.m.WFLD, WKRNTampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys8 p.m.KTVT, WTSP, WFTVKansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers8 p.m.WTMJ, KCTVLos Angeles Rams at Houston Texans8 p.m.KCBS, KTRKMiami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints8 p.m.WVUE, WFORArizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos9 p.m.KTVD, KPNXLos Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers10 p.m.NFL Network, KPIX, KABC, fuboTVOakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks10 p.m.KING, KTVU2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC East | AFC West | AFC North | AFC SouthNFC East | NFC West | NFC North | NFC South
“I got drafted by Detroit in the year 2000,” said Kronwall, the 29th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. “Three years later, I got to wear the jersey for the first time. It was an incredible honor knowing all the history and all the great players that have worn that very same jersey before me.”As one chapter ends, another begins.Thank you, Nik. pic.twitter.com/G2vNzBMDAx— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 3, 2019Over the 38-year-old Swede’s career, he scored 83 goals and recorded 349 assists. He was regularly featured as a top-four defenseman on outstanding Red Wings teams that included legendary players such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit made the postseason for 25 consecutive years from 1990-91 to 2015-16. Though Kronwall did not appear in the playoffs in 2004, he spent most of his career helping keep the Red Wings competitive in the later years of the dynastic run.No. 55 gained notoriety as one of hockey’s most efficient — and clean — body checkers, often stepping up the ice to hit unsuspecting forwards as they carried the puck out of their own zone in open ice. These types of hits were well-known enough that they were affectionately nicknamed ‘Kronwalled’ by fans and broadcasters around the league. Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall announced his retirement Tuesday after 15 NHL seasons. He will join Detroit’s front office staff as an advisor to general manager Steve Yzerman.Kronwall and the Red Wings made the announcement via a video on Twitter in which Kronwall thanks the organization, its training staff, his family, teammates and fans. Kronwall also reflects on a career spent entirely with the Red Wings. Moving forward, Kronwall will advise Yzerman as the latter embarks on his first full season at the helm in Detroit. Yzerman was named GM in April after spending the last decade building one of the league’s elite teams in Tampa Bay.As Kronwall’s NHL journey as a player ends, he said his best memory as a Red Wing was when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008.”We’re gonna get back there,” he said in the video. “I just won’t be a player when it happens next time.”
“This picture is 40 years old today. It was taken in Rio de Janeiro, when we met each other in person. How young we were…. I wish you a very speedy recovery, King @Pele,” said the Argentine great, currently the coach of Mexican second-division club Dorados.The picture shows an 18-year-old Maradona, his face aglow, watching Pele, then 38, play the guitar.The two players are often cited as rivals for the title of greatest footballer of all time, fueling the larger and never-ending rivalry between Brazil and Argentina.Pele, now 78, returned to his native Brazil Tuesday after being hospitalized six days in Paris for a severe urinary infection. Exiting the airport in a wheelchair, he was taken to a hospital in Sao Paulo, where he was placed under observation.Pele, the only footballer to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), has suffered from increasingly fragile health in recent years.In 2014, he was hospitalized in intensive care for another urinary tract infection, for which he had to undergo dialysis.