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The face of the Rugby World Cup could look like this

SAINT-ETIENNE: World Rugby boss Alan Gilpin has confirmed that France captain Antoine Dupont will be allowed to wear a protective face mask if he is picked to return to his home Rugby World Cup.

Dupont, widely regarded as the best player in the world and the marketable face of the tournament, suffered a devastating facial fracture in the 96-0 romp over Namibia in Marseille.

The halfback has undergone an operation to repair the damage but France has been coy regarding his timeline in returning to play.

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"At the moment it's hypothetical, there haven't been any direct discussions with the French team around a mask for Antoine," Gilpin told reporters on Wednesday.

"The laws and rules are very clear on face masks... a maximum thickness of five millimeters. And what's important is that it can't be hard covering material."

Another France star, Imanol Harinordoquy, donned a memorable Phantom of the Opera style face protector while playing for Biarritz in 2010.

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Imanol Harinordoquy of Biarritz wears a face protector in 2010.

French media has speculated that Dupont is targeting the quarter-finals for a return, with defending champions South Africa looming as the most likely opponent in Paris on October 16 (AEST).

Dupont referenced a naval battle board game in signalling his desire to return to the park.

"Touché mais pas coulé," Dupont wrote in French - "Hit but not sunk" - before adding "Show must go on," in English.

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Former Wallabies loose forward Stephen Hoiles said France would do anything in their power to get their talisman back on the field.

"I've got a mate who's played in something similar, like a Perspex one, and it's been done," Hoiles told Stan Sport's RWC 2023 Central.

"Stranger things have happened and you'll look as weird as you have to, to get through a game. He's so important to this French side and they're a genuine World Cup contender.

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"I'd be sticking with Dupont even if you couldn't pick him until the World Cup final. He's that good. I would keep him in that squad."

Stan Sport's Nick McArdle then asked Hoiles whether Dupont would have any reservations about wearing a mask from a looks perspective.

"No, I don't think he'd be worried about the scar on his face when he's got a chance to hold the William Webb Ellis Cup," Hoiles replied.

"So even if he dropped down - let's say he's a nine or a 10 - surgery in this day and age he'd still be between a seven and a nine.

"I think there's enough French women or men out there that probably find him attractive. If he's a six or seven, he'll still be popular."

France's next match is against Italy on October 7 (AEST).

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New Zealand's 'Gandalf' to eclipse All Blacks icon

SAINT-ETIENNE: Sam Whitelock will enter rarefied air on Saturday (5am AEST) when he surpasses All Blacks icon Richie McCaw as New Zealand's most capped Test player.

Whitelock was named on the All Blacks bench for the must win game against Italy and will play his 149th Test when he takes the field in Lyon.

The 34-year-old made his debut in 2010 - replacing Brad Thorn against Ireland - and was a pivotal player in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup triumphs.

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Richie McCaw and Sam Whitelock at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The lock will then rank behind only Wales great Alun Wyn Jones (170 caps) on the all time world list.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster was asked why he didn't give Whitelock a start in the milestone match, with Scott Barrett and Brodie Retallick preferred in the run on side.

"I don't think it takes the romance out of it," Foster said.

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"This is a credit to Sam, every game he is achieving something new at the moment. He equalled a record last week, he's going to beat it this week. He's got 150 coming up and then he's the most capped All Black in World Cups. Every day is a bit of a statement of something he's achieving.

"We will do all our celebration of that achievement after this game. Right now what the team needs to achieve is bigger than the individual."

All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala said the venerable Whitelock was "sort of like the Godfather" but that wasn't his only nickname.

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"I've heard Gandalf before."

The All Blacks have never lost to Italy - who beat the Wallabies last year - but are taking no chances with their selection.

Apart from suspended prop Ethan de Groot, New Zealand had a full hand to pick from and welcome back four key players from injury.

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Centre Jordie Barrett (knee) and flanker Shannon Frizell (hamstring) start while captain Sam Cane (back) and prop Tyrel Lomax (leg) are on the bench.

Ardie Savea will continue to lead the team.

"We're expecting a lot of emotion out there and to have the likes of Dane (Coles) and the two Sams (Whitelock and Cane) on the bench to come on and bring a slightly level headed approach in that last part is going to be important to us," Foster said.

Italy are coached by former All Blacks fullback Kieran Crowley.

And in classic Kiwi fashion, the Taranaki man is familiar with the Barretts.

"Our neighbouring farm is with the Crowleys, Alan and Susan Crowley, Kieran's brother," Jordie Barrett explained.

"We have great family ties with the Crowleys."

Italy (2-0) are ahead of New Zealand (1-1) in Pool A and Crowley has rearranged his key backs for the fixture.

Tommaso Allan will start at fullback, Ange Capuozzo on the wing and Paolo Garbisi at five-eighth.

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Mark Telea, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea (c), Dalton Papali'i, Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu'ungafasi

Reserves: Dane Coles, Tamaiti Williams, Tyrel Lomax, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Cam Roigard, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown

ITALY (15-1): Tommaso Allan, Ange Capuozzo, Juan Ignacio Brex, Luca Morisi, Montanna Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney, Lorenzo Cannone, Michele Lamaro (c), Sebastian Negri, Federico Ruzza, Dino Lamb, Marco Riccioni, Giacomo Nicotera, Danilo Fisichetti

Reserves: Hame Faiva, Ivan Nemer, Simone Ferrari, Niccolo Cannone, Manuel Zuliani, Toa Halafihi, Martin Page-Relo, Paolo Odogwu

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Test stars call for truth to come out after Eddie 'betrayal'

SAINT-ETIENNE: Former Test stars are urging Wallabies coach Eddie Jones to give a direct answer on his dealings with Japan as the ugly fallout from the failed Rugby World Cup campaign continues.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Jones interviewed for the Japan coaching job before the World Cup and he has not explicitly denied those claims.

"I think Eddie needs to directly come out and say 'no, I didn't do a Zoom interview with Japan' or 'yes, I did'," former Wallabies back Morgan Turinui said on Stan Sport's Between Two Posts.

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"We need to know... that he is truly committed."

All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens described it as a "horrific" look.

"The timing of it just looks horrible," Mehrtens said.

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"He's coming in again with that patriotic sort of flag waving and... until people know, they're going to assume or speculate, that, yeah, it might have been about jumping ship sooner than that (2027) and going there (Japan), which looks awful in the context."

Jones signed a five-year deal with Rugby Australia in January after being head hunted by chairman Hamish McLennan.

He has won just one of seven Tests in charge and the Wallabies are set to miss the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

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"He has a standing offer to go back there (Japan), has had for years," Turinui said.

"Maybe it has hurt more because of... the sort of parochial nature of the appointment. In the last six months (Jones) donned the Akubra, put the R.Ms on, talked about being Australian, what it means to be Australian, going to Arnhem Land. And so maybe that feels more like a betrayal than a coach discussing what other options there might be, if we hadn't gone down that whole narrative.

"It's gone from smash and grab... it's been chaotic the way the media has been dealt with, the way the World Cup campaign has been discussed and presented and selected and players were informed.

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"It's the least organised I've ever seen an Eddie Jones environment."

Jones infamously admonished reporters at Sydney Airport before the World Cup, telling them to give themselves "uppercuts" after a perceived "negative" line of questioning.

"There's been some really bizarre things this year and some of it I thought maybe it's entertainment, maybe there's a strategy there," Turinui said.

Turinui played under Jones, as did Stephen Hoiles, who also urged Jones to shed more light on the damaging Japan links.

"I think we're owed the right to find out what the truth is because there's two sides of the story here at the moment," champion Randwick coach Hoiles said on Stan Sport's RWC 2023 Central.

"I think once the truth comes out, I think that's when it's time to make your decision on who is best to lead the country, based on the results and the fact that he (Jones) picked a young squad and none of us were overly confident that we were going to be successful with that squad.

"The squad that Dave Rennie had, I think would have done a much better job at this World Cup, but Eddie tried to make significant change.

"Sure, it's all backfired. He's done it. He's rushed things. He hasn't been able to make the changes that we needed in a short period of time, but he's on a long-term contract and the game can't afford to be paying out any other coaches...

"I'd really like to sit back and let the dust settle and get this campaign out of the way and then find out what actually is going on because for the last 10 years he's (Jones) been involved heavily with Japanese rugby union.

"He's still director of rugby at Suntory (Sungoliath), has been the whole time...

"We don't know if this Zoom meeting was purely for his aspirations to coach Japan or was he simply taking calls to help them find a coach?

"We don't know yet. And you know, I can understand why the CEO has to say 'I'm backing the coach' because that's what the coach is saying at the moment. We'll get to the bottom of it. As rugby supporters, we deserve to get to the bottom of it."

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Fittler makes sudden call to quit as NSW coach

Brad Fittler has quit as coach of the NSW Blues just days after pitching to the NSWRL board in a bid to receive a new contract.

Fittler was offered an extension to remain in the role after meeting NSWRL bosses last week, but on Thursday he told them he was walking out on the job.

The decision also comes just days after the prospect arose of Fittler and Phil Gould linking up in an official capacity, which Gould addressed on Nine's 100% Footy on Monday.

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Gould is the most powerful figure in rugby league, so the thought of him taking on a Blues role may have spooked NSWRL bosses.

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"The board understands and respects his decision," said NSWRL chairman Paul Conlon.

"Freddy was a legend as a player and returned to coach the team at a time when his state needed him.

"He enjoyed immediate success and his series win in 2021, which included record scorelines in Townsville and Brisbane, will go down in NSW Blues history.

"He also contributed through other programs including his Hogs motorcycle rides in regional NSW which played a big part in uniting the state.

"He holds a special place in NSW rugby league history."

Fittler said he "loved doing the job" and would "always love NSW".

Since taking on the job in 2018, Fittler won three series and lost three. He lost the last two series 2-1, with Billy Slater becoming Queensland coach and coming up trumps in consecutive years.

The NSW coaching staff has changed enormously since the completion of this year's series, with Greg Alexander, Paul McGregor, Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus and now Fittler all stepping down.

Gould explained on 100% Footy how talk of he and Fittler combining forces at the Blues had come about.

"He has never really asked for much in his life and he rang me last week to say Greg Alexander was stepping down from his role [and] that he would like me to get involved with the Blues," Gould said.

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"I think it is only simply to talk to him and whatever he needs.

"He really didn't explain to me what he wants me to do.

"I am certainly not chasing a job, I am not looking for a job.

"He was talking about a paid position — I am certainly not chasing a paid position with NSW Rugby League.

"He is yet to be appointed, that comes this week.

"He spoke to me about his plans for other people he is going to bring into the coaching staff and inner sanctum around Origin.

"It is important for the Blues because they have lost two [series] in a row. You can't go on like that — they have to get a win. He needs a win."

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Cleary's reply to 'arrogance' claim draws cheers

Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary has responded to suggestions his side is arrogant as he attempts to win a third premiership in a row.

The Panthers copped backlash last year for their post-grand final celebrations when James Fisher-Harris said "Parra are our sons" and that his side are "the greatest Penrith team ever".

However, Cleary said he was surprised at the claim when asked during the 2023 NRL grand final press conference. 

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"That's a surprise that that's the perception, yes," he replied bluntly.

The coach's response then brought about cheers from the fans present which triggered Cleary to explain why he believes his side are the opposite. 

"I think the fans just answered that. I like to think our team is extremely humble in the way that they approach their football," he said.

"Every day they turn up to work regardless of whether we won or lost and try and get better. I think that's humility rather than arrogance."

Cleary was also asked about Panthers' blocking play of kick chasers, a tactic that's come under scrutiny since Penrith's dynasty begun.

The coach responded saying "I don't know" about why the tactic is discussed before having a shot at critics. 

"I think maybe everyone just reads their notes on the previous year and what they spoke about during that week," he said.

Panthers co-captain Isaah Yeo explained it'd only be an issue if the referees intervened, expressing his belief that it's within the rules.

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"Yeah I think so, if they were blowing penalties then you'd probably say not," he said.

"It's a weird one. I guess it's an easy write up, I feel (the media) try and find something each year and that seems to be the one this year, same as last year.

"It doesn't change our focus, we're just going out there on Sunday to play our best game so I don't think much changes with us."

Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters was also asked about the blocking tactic but didn't have a problem with it. 

"(We're) certainly aware of it, but Penrith do it very well, that's probably what everyone's whingeing about ... they do it better than anyone else, so good on them," he said.

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'They know jack': Ford icon rips Supercars bosses

Ford Supercars legend Dick Johnson has let rip at category management for not sending both models of the Gen3 car overseas for pre-season wind tunnel testing.

The 2023 Supercars season has been dominated by the new Chevrolet Camaro, which only once from 23 races this season has failed to cross the line first.

Cameron Waters officially won the first race of the season for Ford at Newcastle in March, but he only inherited the win after the Red Bull Triple Eight pair of Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney, who finished first and second, were disqualified.

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Johnson's eponymous team has the Mustang's only on-the-road win of the season, which came via Anton de Pasquale in the Sunday race in Townsville in June.

Dick Johnson at the 2019 Newcastle 500 Supercars event.

But even that win should have an asterisk – de Pasquale had a significant tyre advantage having retired from the Saturday race. Camaros filled the next six positions.

Ahead of the season, Supercars conducted a series of straight line runway tests to assess the downforce levels in an effort to ensure neither model has any advantage over the other.

But season trends suggest the Mustang is harder on its tyres than the Camaro, leading to an earlier loss of grip than the Camaro.

Ford's global motorsport boss Mark Rushbrook warned earlier this year the brand - which is the only one of the two brands to directly support the category - would "evaluate" its participation should the issue persist.

Anton de Pasquale driver of the #11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT during the NTI Townsville 500, part of the 2023 Supercars Championship Series at Reid Park on July 09, 2023 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Next weekend's Bathurst 1000 is Supercars' longest race of the year, and its marquee event.

The race will be held for the first time on Dunlop's softer tyre, which Ford teams are concerned will exacerbate the issue. 

Johnson said the straight line testing, which the category calls the VCAT (Vehicle Control Aerodynamic Testing), is unreliable and has too many variables.

The category has reportedly agreed to take the cars overseas for wind-tunnel testing, a step Johnson, a three-time Bathurst 1000 champion said should have been taken before the season had even started.

"Obviously there is an imbalance between the two, there's an application in to get something ... for Bathurst, because we can't have it being a one sided bloody story," he told Wide World of Sports.

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"We're not asking for anything special. We just want a level playing field like they promised us.

"You'll never get everything right until such time as the cars go into a wind tunnel, which they are going to do.

"But, this should have been happening before the bloody season even started."

Without a full-sized wind tunnel in Australia, the category has previously said the VCAT testing is the best and most reliable method to determine aerodynamic parity – a claim Johnson vehemently disputes.

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"They think they know everything and they know jack shit," he said.

"You can't run up and down the bloody runway with so many variables with bloody wind and varying drivers and varying all sorts of things. You can't.

"You can't do that and hope you're gonna get a plausible bloody result."

Ahead of next weekend's Bathurst 1000, the category announced the 13 Mustangs would be allowed to run new door and rear quarter panels on the car, which the category says will shave 5.84kg of weight and lower the centre-of-gravity by 1.31mm.

Further tweaks may yet still be made.

Supercars was contacted for comment.

Practice for the Bathurst 1000 begins on Thursday October 5, before the 60th anniversary of the Great Race on Sunday October 8.

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Bowler stunned as wicket overturned for bizarre reason

New South Wales batter Daniel Hughes was the beneficiary of a bizarre incident in which he had his wicket overturned in the Marsh Cup.

Hughes was opening the batting for the Blues as they set about chasing Tasmania's 198 in their one-day fixture at Junction Oval in Melbourne.

It was in the very first over of the chase, with NSW already on 0-5, when Hughes nicked a Riley Meredith delivery to be caught behind.

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The Tasmanian players appealed and the umpire gave it out, but Hughes stood at his crease pointing to something behind the bowler.

Tasmanian bowler Riley Meredith had no idea the towel had fallen out.

The umpire turned around to see a white towel lying on the turf, and replays showed the rag had fallen out of Meredith's pants while he was running in to bowl.

Fielders often keep a towel tucked into their pants to use to wipe the ball between deliveries and overs.

But if it falls out during a delivery, and distracts the batter, the rules state the ball should be called dead.

Upon realising what had happened, the umpire ruled a dead ball and Hughes was permitted to remain at the crease.

Daniel Hughes of New South Wales raises his bat after making a 50 against Tasmania.

The Cricket Australia commentators noted Hughes made the decision to still play at the ball even after the towel fell out.

"Very late from Hughes, but he did certainly take that backing-away motion," one said.

The other commentator pointed out, "he should have just backed away and not played a shot, he shouldn't have swung at the ball. He should have walked away, which he's well within his rights".

Hughes was on 4 at the time of the bizarre incident, and went on to score 58 as the Blues won by six wickets.

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Rugby's desperate $1.6m offer to Origin star

Rugby Australia has made Roosters star Angus Crichton a two-year $1.6m offer just days after the Wallabies were reduced to their worst ever World Cup performance.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Crichton has been offered a package deal between the governing body and the Perth Super Rugby franchise the Western Force for 2024 and 2025.

The Roosters will already lose Joseph Suaalii to rugby at the end of the 2024 season on a $1.6 million a year deal.

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Crichton is contracted to the Roosters until the end of 2024, but has been given the club's permission to explore a return to the 15-man game, in which he shot to prominence as a schoolboy. 

Crichton's departure would free up some salary cap room for the tri-colours, who are in the midst of extension negotiations with Siua Wong and Terrell May.

Angus Crichton in action for the Roosters against the Knights.

Crichton attended prestigious Sydney private school Scots College, where he was a first XV star. He also made the Australian schoolboy side.

He got his first taste of league in 2014, playing a handful of games for the Roosters' lower grade teams before returning to rugby.

But at the end of 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Rabbitohs for 2015 and made his first grade debut in 2016.

He spent three years at the Burrow before moving to the chooks for the 2019 season.

Following confirmation of Suaalii's pending defection, reports emerged the Roosters were considering releasing him from the final year of his contract.

The reports prompted Rugby Australia to go public with their desires to lure not only Crichton, but Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

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Fans walk out on Wallabies early

"This is how league treat their players – Joseph (Suaalii) was the hottest star in league a month ago, now they don't want him," Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said in May.

"If you're an aspiring cross-code star remember this is the treatment you could get. I told league not to be punitive, and that's exactly what they have done.

And of Robinson: "I rate Trent, but I wonder how he can coach in an environment like that when there is such a ruthless attitude towards young players".

"Trent would do well as a rugby coach."

After the loss to Wales resigned the Wallabies to a World Cup group stage exit, Rugby Australia announced they would conduct a review into their elite program.

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'You little liar': What Johnson whispered to Ponga

Shaun Johnson has revealed what he whispered to Kalyn Ponga moments after the Knights fullback "robbed" him of the Dally M Medal.

Johnson sat atop the leaderboard for most of the latter half of the season, and was hot favourite to win the top gong at Wednesday's ceremony in Sydney.

But as Ponga - who led the Knights to a 10-game winning streak at the end of their season - climbed up the leaderboard, even Johnson conceded in an interview on the Fox Sports coverage that he feared he would be overtaken.

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In round 26 - the last game both men played for the regular season - Johnson polled enough to shoot out to a five-vote lead.

But in a thrilling finish, Ponga was handed the maximum six votes for Newcastle's win over Cronulla, pushing him ahead of Johnson by one to clinch the medal.

Shaun Johnson speaks to Kalyn Ponga before the Dally M winner was revealed.

The pair were standing side by side with the rest of the NRL Team of the Year winners on stage when the Dally M was revealed, and they could be seen sharing a word.

"I said to Kalyn up there, 'did you play the last two rounds?'," Johnson later revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald.

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"He said, 'I didn't play the last one', and I was like, 'neither did I'.

"When they gave me my points [for the last game], I asked him, 'how well did you play? Did you kill it?', (and) he said, 'I played good, but I didn't kill it'. I was like, 'OK'.

"Then six points popped up, and I was like, 'bro, you killed it, you little liar'."

While no one could argue Ponga's incredible form at the back end of the year, Johnson played five more games throughout the season and was more consistent for the Warriors.

Johnson may also have been a victim of playing in a more rounded team, whereas Ponga stood out in most appearances for the Knights.

Ponga was the only Knights player in the top 20 vote-getters, while Johnson was joined by teammate Addin Fonua-Blake who polled 44.

Johnson's fiery teammate Jazz Tevaga took to Instagram on Wednesday night to blast the Dally M system.

"Congrats Kalyn but everyone knows it. SJ was robbed," the post read.

"This is almost as bad as that forward pass."

Tevaga was referencing a Reece Walsh forward pass that led to a Broncos try in the preliminary final.

While there's a faction who do believe Johnson was robbed of the medal, the man himself could not agree.

"I wasn't [robbed]," Johnson said.

"Kalyn had a great year, he was the centrepiece of the Knights going on their run, and it was a really special run they went on. If there was going to be a person I thought was going to get it, it was him.

"As the night goes on, and they string you along, your heart gets racing, and I was like, 'maybe I am a genuine chance of winning it'.

"At some point in the night I started caring about it."

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'Terrifying' issue for iconic gymnast after Games shock

This time a year ago, the Paris 2024 Olympic Games was not a realistic goal for gymnastics great Simone Biles.

An official practice ahead of the 2023 US Classic gymnastics competition in August was the first event the seven-time Olympic medallist attended since the Tokyo Games in 2021, where she had pulled out of the women's team final and four subsequent individual finals to prioritise her health.

She has gone on to compete in three events since, including the 2023 US Championships in late August where she won an unprecedented eighth all-around crown. While fans have witnessed the same elite execution on Biles' part, getting her mental preparation has been anything but easy.

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"I didn't know if I was ever going to be able to compete again because there were multiple times this year where I was in the gym and I was like, 'I'm actually terrified of this full-in, like I'm not doing it again, never going to do it'," Biles told

"And then I was like, 'You know what? I'm just going to come back another day, another day'."

Biles, the face of the US Olympic movement going into Tokyo, is taking a more low-profile approach to the sport this time around. She has only begrudgingly mentioned her goal is to make it to Paris 2024, choosing instead to focus on the process and take things one event at a time.

The American star headlines the five-woman US team that will compete at the 2023 world championships in Belgium during the first week of October. Biles' appearance will be her sixth at the event, the most ever by an American woman.

The meet will be held in Antwerp, where Biles won the first of her five world all-around titles as a 16-year-old prodigy. A full decade later, she will return looking to become the most decorated gymnast in history.

"The girls on the team really helped me with that because they were like, 'No, Simone, just come in. Come on'. And I'm like, 'OK, you're right. I can't give up now because then I'll forever be afraid of it'," Biles explained.

"I, at least, knew that if I were to walk away from the sport, I could come in the gym and at least do a full-in, a double-double, or triple-double and I'd be good," explained Biles. "I feel like right now, if I walk away, I know that I can do that, so that helps me."

Biles has seven Olympic medals (including the 2016 Olympic title) and 25 world championship medals, 19 of them gold. Her 32 combined medals is tied with Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union for the most ever at the sport's two signature events.

The newlywed 26-year-old Biles will be heavily favoured to have the record all to herself by the end of the meet.

She has dominated in her comeback following a two-year break after her appearance in the pandemic-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics was plagued by a bout with a mental block known as " the twisties".

"We've just been trailing along the journey and seeing what's to come, which is very rare for us because usually we have a set plan like... we do my short-term and my long-term goals, but this year, I think I'm even shocked by myself doing Classics, [US] Championships, now, here, world trials," Biles said.

"I think it's just a bunch of surprises and I kind of like it because I have expectations, but I won't be let down if I don't achieve something."

Biles said she's slowly building towards an appearance in Paris next year.

"I think mostly it was [thinking about] in 10 years, whenever I look back, do I want to have any regrets? Do I want to be watching say Worlds or Paris on the TV and be like, 'Wow, if I would have just gone into the gym and just put a little effort in…' Because I will always get to do whatever I want to do after my career is over," she added.

"But I won't be able to do my career forever."

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'How is he a rookie?' Dally M controversy explodes

Legendary Tigers fullback Garry Jack has slammed the shock snubbing of boom youngster Jahream Bula at last night's Dally M awards.

Bula was hot favourite to win the rookie of the year award after a superb maiden season at the back of a terrible Tigers team.

But he was pipped by Panthers winger Sunia Turuva in one of the biggest surprises on a controversial night.

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The Mole: Sunia Turuva of the Panthers poses after winning the 2023 Rookie of the Year during 2023 Dally M Awards.

"As an old Tigers fullback myself, I honestly don't know what more Bula could have done," Jack told Wide World of Sports.

"I was just so impressed with the kid, he came from nowhere and wasn't just scoring and setting up tries.

"He was saving tries regularly, and when you are playing in the worst defensive side in the comp, that's not easy to do because they are coming at you every week."

Jack also questioned Turuva's qualifications to be classed as a rookie. The 21-year-old winger debuted for the Panthers in 2022 but remained eligible for the Dally M Rookie of the Year award under the criteria due to the fact that he played less than five first grade games last year.

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Jahream Bula pictured in action for the Wests Tigers in 2023

"He played a few first grade games last season… he played Test football for Fiji last season… how is he a rookie?" Jack asked.

"A rookie is a rookie - he should be ineligible.

"And he was playing on the end of the best backline in the comp - scoring tries in that Penrith team isn't hard."

Jack was also baffled by the major award winner, Kalyn Ponga, arguing Shaun Johnson should have taken out the top gong.

"He's a terrific player but missed a fair chunk of the season through injury," he said.

"Shaun Johnson was terrific for the Warriors every week and the game he didn't poll and points in late in the season, he was superb."

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Magpies spring selection surprise after GF 'heartache'

Collingwood has confirmed Billy Frampton will replace key forward Dan McStay in the grand final against Brisbane, making Saturday the first ever final of his career.

McStay was heartbreakingly ruled out of the big dance after he suffered a high-grade medial strain in his knee, in their one-point preliminary final win over GWS.

The Magpies confirmed Frampton, who has played 15 games in 2023 since being traded from Adelaide, will play the first final of his career and his biggest on Saturday.

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"I'm comfortable to say to the footy world that Billy will play," coach Craig McRae said on SEN on Wednesday.

"I told him yesterday afternoon and we're excited for what he can do for us.

Craig McRae is preparing for his first grand final as Magpies coach, against his old side Brisbane.

"He can play second ruck so he gives us good flexibility for our team.

"For every heartache story there's an opportunity and Bill gets that."

What time will the grand final start?

The opening bounce of the grand final is set for 2.30pm (AEST) on Saturday, September 30.

What is the venue for the grand final?

The grand final will be played at the MCG, after returning to Melbourne in 2022.

Before that, during COVID-19, the 2020 grand final was held at the Gabba in Brisbane, while the 2021 grand final was held at Optus Stadium in Perth.

Lloyd calls for Magpies star to step upGrand final umpires

Matt Stevic will umpire his 11th grand final alongside Simon Meredith, who is umpiring his seventh.

Hayden Gavine and Robert Findlay will umpire their first grand finals, making up the four field umpires.

Andrew Stephens has been named as the emergency field umpire.

The four boundary umpires are Ian Burrows (10th grand final), with Christopher Gordon (seventh grand final), Matt Tomkins (fifth grand final) and Michael Barlow (second grand final).

Adam Wojcik will officiate his fifth grand final as goal umpire with Angus McKenzie-Wills in his maiden grand final.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Lachie Neale of the Lions poses for portraits with the Brownlow Medal during the 2023 Brownlow Medal at The Gabba on September 25, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Head-to-head

This season

The Lions beat the Magpies in both their home-and-away meetings this season.

In round 23, Brisbane beat Collingwood by 24 points at Marvel stadium.

Magpies midfielder Tom Mitchell (31 disposals) and veteran Scott Pendlebury (31 disposals) starred, while Brisbane small forward Charlie Cameron kicked four goals.

Earlier in the year, the Lions again defeated Collingwood by 33 points at the Gabba. Brisbane goal sneak Charlie Cameron booted an impressive six goals, while Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos collected 38 disposals.

Last meeting in a grand final

The clubs last met in a grand final in 2003, where Brisbane completed their three-peat, overcoming Collingwood by 50 points. form

Both Collingwood and Brisbane earned the week off before their preliminary finals, after wins in the qualifying finals.

Collingwood snuck home against Melbourne by just four points at the MCG in their qualifying final.

Two weeks later, they snatched victory from the seventh-placed GWS Giants by a single point, going one better than 2022, when they lost to Sydney by one point in the preliminary final.

Meantime, the Lions convincingly beat Port Adelaide at the Gabba by 48 points to secure their home preliminary final.

Key forward Joe Daniher booted five goals in the victory.

They then went on to defeat Carlton by 16 points in the preliminary to book their spot in the last Saturday in September.

Odds (Sportsbet)

Collingwood $1.73, Brisbane $2.11 (correct at time of publishing, 11.25am Thursday, September 28)

Grand final tickets

Tickets have sold out.

Recent AFL grand final history

2022: Geelong 20. 13. (133) defeated Sydney Swans 8. 4. (52)

2021: Melbourne 21. 14. (140) defeated Western Bulldogs 10. 6. (66)

2020: Richmond 12. 9. (81) defeated Geelong 7. 8. (50)

2019: Richmond 17. 12. (114) defeated GWS Giants 3. 7. (25)

2018: West Coast Eagles 11. 13. (79) defeated Collingwood 11. 8. (74)

2017: Richmond 16. 12. (108) defeated Adelaide Crows 8. 12. (60)

2016: Western Bulldogs 13. 11. (89) defeated Sydney Swans 10. 7. (67)

2015: Hawthorn 16. 11. (107) defeated West Coast Eagles 8. 13. (61)

2014: Hawthorn 21. 11. (137) defeated Sydney Swans 11. 8. (74)

2013: Hawthorn 11. 11. (77) defeated Fremantle 8. 14. (62)

2012: Sydney Swans 14. 7. (91) defeated Hawthorn 11. 15. (81)

2011: Geelong 18. 11. (119) defeated Collingwood 12. 9. (81)

2010 (replay): Collingwood 16. 12. (108) defeated St Kilda 7. 10. (52) final entertainment line-up

Pre-match entertainment


- Mike Brady (retiring legend parade)

- William Barton

- Jess Hitchcock

- Kate Miller-Heidke (national anthem)

Half-time entertainment

- Mark Seymour and the Undertow

- Kate Miller-Heidke 

What happens if there's a drawn result?

In the event of a draw at the end of ordinary time, additional time will be played to crown a winner.

If scores are even at full-time, a six-minute break will occur before two three-minute halves (plus time on) are played to determine a result. At the end of the first additional period, the teams will change ends without a break.

If scores are still tied after the completion of both halves, the process will be repeated until a winner is declared.

Both clubs will receive 10 interchanges for each half (excluding the medical substitute). Any leftover interchanges from each half will not carry over.

Team runners may only head onto the field after a goal, during an extended stoppage in play or at the conclusion of the first half as the players change ends.

Dan McStay has been ruled out of Collingwood's grand final against Brisbane.Norm Smith Medal

The Norm Smith Medal is presented to the player judged to be best on ground in the grand final. The honour is decided by an independent panel of football experts through a 3-2-1 voting structure.

The Norm Smith Medal cannot be shared between multiple players. In the event of a tie, a count-back-like situation of the higher votes received will determine a winner.

This year, it will be presented by 2003 winner, Brisbane's Simon Black.

2022: Isaac Smith, Geelong

2021: Christian Petracca, Melbourne

2020: Dustin Martin, Richmond

2019: Dustin Martin, Richmond

2018: Luke Shuey, West Coast Eagles

2017: Dustin Martin, Richmond

2016: Jason Johannisen, Western Bulldogs

2015: Cyril Rioli, Hawthorn

2014: Luke Hodge, Hawthorn

2013: Brian Lake, Hawthorn

2012: Ryan O'Keefe, Sydney

2011: Jimmy Bartel, Geelong

2010 (replay): Scott Pendlebury, Collingwood

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Callum Ah Chee of the Lions celebrates during the 2023 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Lions and the Carlton Blues at The Gabba on September 23, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Premiership cup presentation

If Collingwood win the flag, Pies legend Peter Moore, father of current captain Darcy Moore, will present the cup to coach Craig McRae and his son.

If the Lions get the ultimate glory, their three-time premiership coach and Australian football legend Leigh Matthews will do the honours.

Meantime, two-time Geelong premiership coach Mark 'Bomber' Thompson will present the Jock McHale medal to the winning coach.

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'They are all men': Push for great to be Immortal

As rugby league icon Karyn Murphy prepares her side for Sunday's NRLW grand final, there are renewed calls for the Jillaroos legend to be honoured as the first female Immortal.

There are currently 13 Immortals, Clive Churchhill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson, Andrew Johns, Dave Brown, Frank Burge, Mal Meninga, Dally Messenger and Norm Provan. 

Murphy played 27 tests for Australia over 14 years when participation was self-funded and served as the team's captain for 13 of those years.

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After retiring from professional rugby league and finishing her career as a distinguished police investigator, Murphy spent seven years leading the NRL's integrity unit.

In August 2022, Murphy became the Gold Coast Titans' director of female rugby league and signed on as the club's NRLW head coach.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: NRLW coach Karyn Murphy and Evania Pelite pose during a Gold Coast Titans NRLW media opportunity at Cbus Super Stadium on August 25, 2022 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Titans have undergone an astonishing transformation under Murphy in 2023, going from wooden-spooners to grand finalists and potentially premiers, if all goes to plan in the decider.

As the Titans' CEO Steve Mitchell accepted Murphy's latest accolade, the 'Champion of Sport' award at the Gold Coast Bulletin Women of the Year Awards, he called for Murphy to be recognised as an Immortal.

"We currently have 13 Immortals in the NRL, who have all made extraordinary contributions to the game, but they are all men," he said.

"It is time we had a female Immortal and Karyn is added to this group.

"There is arguably no person who has been more influential to the female game of rugby league than Karyn.

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Pandemonium as Titans make history

"She represented the country for 15 years as a passion, when there was no support, and continues to inspire the next generation of female athletes."

Speaking on Wide World of Sports' NRLW Weekly, fellow women's rugby league trailblazer Ruan Sims backed the proposal.

"The work that Karyn Murphy has done, and her team, in the background to make this a reality speaks for itself, it shows," she said.

Murphy was named NRLW Coach of the Year at Wednesday's Dally M awards.

The Titans meet the Knights in the NRLW grand final at 3.55pm (AEDT) on Sunday 1 October at Stadium Australia.

Following the match, the medal named in Murphy's honour will be awarded to the player judged best afield.

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Lloyd hits back at captaincy call on 'stupid' Swans star

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd lashed Swans star Callum Mills for a "stupid" Mad Monday act, but says he doesn't deserve to lose the captaincy.

Mills, 26, is in danger of missing the start of next AFL season after tearing the rotator cuff in his shoulder while wrestling a teammate at post-season celebrations.

The Swans on Wednesday said they were "disappointed" in the skipper as the club confirmed he had surgery to fix the injury.

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Reports claim such an operation can take up to nine or 12 months to properly recover, which could almost end Mills' 2024 campaign.

"This is as bad an injury as I can remember from something as foolish as this," Lloyd told Footy Classified on Wednesday.

Callum Mills of the Swans holds his head as the Swans leave the field with his team at half-time during the 2022 AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 24, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

"You're messing around, you're having a wrestle on Mad Monday.

"You can cop football injuries that put you out for that long, but it's hard to remember something so serious from something so stupid from a captain of a footy club."

Veteran AFL journalist Damien Barrett suggested the incident was serious enough for Swans coach John Longmire to consider stripping Mills of the captaincy.

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It was a suggestion that left former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire seeing red.

"You reckon he doesn't feel bad enough now?" McGuire said in defence of Mills.

"It happens... I know what you're saying, it is hard for the club. You slam your head against a wall (in frustration)."

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Lloyd, while highly critical of Mills over the incident, agreed with McGuire.

"He's made a mistake on the day, but not enough to lose the captaincy," Lloyd said.

The AFL world appears split on whether Mills should be condemned for the incident, or let it be brushed off as an accident.

"What's not acceptable? They're having a muck around wrestle with a mate having a drink," St Kilda great Leigh Montagna told Triple M radio.

"I'm not validating it, but I don't want to get caught in this hysteria and go down this path that it's inappropriate. It's not deliberate and accidents happen.

"That can happen in anything. You could be playing social basketball with some mates over summer and you fall over."

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'Incredible' comeback denies minnows World Cup first

Three Namibian yellow cards has allowed Uruguay to recover from a terrible start to win an absorbing Rugby World Cup pool A match 36-26.

It's only Los Teros fourth ever win at a Rugby World Cup, and extended Namibia's tournament-record losing run to 26 matches dating back to 1999.

Despite playing their fourth game in only 18 days, and fielding a depleted team, the Namibians raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first 11 minutes, and then took a 20-12 lead into half time.

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Max Katjijeko of Namibia  reacts after during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Uruguay and Namibia at Parc Olympique on September 27, 2023 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

But the yellow cards in the second half helped Uruguay claw back the deficit and take the lead for the first time in the 54th minute and hold on.

“We had to win,” Uruguay captain Andres Vilaseca said. "Uruguay only had three wins in history — today we got the fourth.

“The whole union needed the win. We play for our country and for the region. We are growing at such a fast speed with Chile and Argentina.

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"We have been working very hard since the 2015 World Cup. I am so happy for the group.”

Uruguay head coach Esteban Meneses said his players were "incredible".

One of Namibia's yellows, to replacement prop Des Sethie on the hour mark was upgraded to red. But the game finished 14 on 14 after Uruguay received a late yellow card.

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Namibia gave away 16 penalties, six in the scrum alone which caused one yellow card, while the other two yellows were for dangerous upright tackles.

“These are things that cost you in test rugby,” Namibia coach Allister Coetzee said.

“There is nothing you can do — you can’t hide about it if you are not up to it. But I must commend the team for playing until the end. Defensively, there were errors in technique in being too upright. It is quite difficult to swallow but in the end Uruguay deserved to win.”

Uruguay was the fresher team — a third game in a comfortable 14 days — but it was stunned from the kick-off. Namibia scored inside the first minute when Santiago Arata's errant pass was intercepted by Gerswin Mouton, who sprinted 60 metres unchallenged to score between the posts.

Tjiuee Uanivi of Namibia leaves the field after receiving a yellow card from Referee Mathieu Raynal, as a 8-Minute window for a TMO Bunker Review begins during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Uruguay and Namibia at Parc Olympique on September 27, 2023 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Namibia pulled further away in the 11th when it churned through the phases and Richard Hardwick put wing JC Greyling away down the left flank for an easy finish in the corner. Tiaan Swanepoel converted from the sideline on a perfect six-for-six day off the tee.

After battering the line, Uruguay got themselves on the board on the 20-minute mark when flyhalf Felipe Etcheverry got an offload away to fullback Baltazar Amaya to barge over.

A Swanepoel penalty made it 17-5, then Uruguay received a kickable penalty but Etcheverry set up a corner lineout which Los Teros mauled. Backs Vilaseca and Nicolas Freitas joined in to drive hooker German Kessler over.

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Etcheverry converted from the touchline but Swanepoel added another penalty shortly before half-time, and another at the start of the second period for 23-12.

Namibia was 33 minutes from history when it all started to fall apart. Tighthead prop Johan Coetzee was sin-binned in the 48th for collapsing a scrum for a third time in the game. Uruguay exploited the man advantage to pour on 14 points.

Namibia's seven-man scrum held but Amaya grabbed his second try when he rounded Greyling and dived over scrumhalf Damian Stevens to plant the ball in the right corner.

Five minutes later, Uruguay took the lead for the first time in the match in spectacular fashion. Scrumhalf Arata picked up loose ball and stepped two defenders on a weaving run to the posts for a stunning solo try.

After 55 minutes, Uruguay led by three at 26-23.

Coetzee returned to the field but matters got worse for Namibia when captain Tjiuee Uanivi was yellow-carded for a dangerous upright tackle and, moments later, teammate Sethie followed him to the sin-bin after catching Bautista Basso in the face with his forearm.

Bautista Basso of Uruguay celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fifth try during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Uruguay and Namibia at Parc Olympique on September 27, 2023 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Sethie’s card was upgraded to red, the second red for Namibia in this tournament.

A crossfield kick by Felipe Berchesi found Basso for a simple finish but Swanepoel's fourth penalty lifted Namibia within seven points for a grandstand finish.

It evaporated when Berchesi slotted a penalty to deny Namibia a losing bonus point.

Uruguay replacement flanker Eric Dosantos became the fourth player yellow-carded in the match for another upright tackle on Adriaan Booysen.

Both teams finished with the most points they have scored in a Rugby World Cup match. Namibia goes home while Uruguay has one more pool game left against New Zealand next week.

"All the players and staff want to play against them, it is a very good opportunity to play against New Zealand," Meneses said.

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Judge summons former Spain women's coach

Former Spain women’s national team coach Jorge Vilda has been summoned to appear before a judge in the probe involving former football federation president Luis Rubiales for kissing a player on the lips after the team won the Women's World Cup title last month, court officials said.

Vilda and two other federation officials were summoned to appear as investigated parties. They are expected to be in court on October 10.

Three national team players had already been summoned as witnesses. Spanish news agency EFE said they were Alexia Putellas, Irene Paredes and Misa Rodríguez.

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Spanish state prosecutors have accused Rubiales of sexual assault and coercion for kissing Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent during the awards ceremony after the Women's World Cup final in Australia.

Spain women's coach Jorge Vilda.

According to a sexual consent law passed last year, Rubiales could face a fine or a prison sentence of one to four years if found guilty of sexual assault. The new law eliminated the difference between “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault,” sanctioning any non consensual sexual act.

Vilda was replaced as coach not long after the World Cup final. He was among those accused of allegedly trying to convince Hermoso to back Rubiales after the kiss.

Rubiales eventually resigned and the players ended their boycott of the national team after being given some guarantees of change within the federation. Some federation officials have already been fired as a result.

Members of a new committee involving players, the federation and the government met for the first time on Thursday morning AEST.

Víctor Francos, Spain’s Secretary for Sports and president of the Higher Council for Sports, said the “very positive” meeting helped lay out all the demands made by the players and will lead to a document making the changes official.

“There was a general agreement about the document and we should be able to sign it in the next few days,” Francos said.

“I'm very happy for the players, because they deserved this. They've shown tremendous professionalism despite all the pressure and the concerns that surrounded them. I'm happy for Spanish sports. Whoever thought this would go away was mistaken.”

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Maroons' huge Billy coup as Origin future confirmed

Queensland legend Billy Slater has agreed to coach the Maroons for at least another three years.

The rugby league icon took his time coming to a decision on his coaching future, but has put pen to paper to do the State of Origin job until the end of the 2026 series, he confirmed with Wide World of Sports.

Slater, 40, took the reins in 2022 and has won the shield in both Origin series he's coached to date.

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But despite that success he had, up until now, refused to guarantee his future, and had even been linked with a move to clubland to take over the Storm from Craig Bellamy.

Maroons coach Billy Slater and Blues coach Brad Fittler embrace after game three of the State of Origin series.

"I've just got to make sure that it works. Selfishly, I'd love to coach on, that's the easy answer, but I'm a husband, I'm a father, I run a small stud farm, we do that ourselves as a family," he told Wide World of Sports' The Billy Slater Podcast in August.

"I've got to make sure that everything works and I can commit that time to the Queensland rugby league team."

Interestingly, both Origin coaches were off-contract at the conclusion of this year's series.

Blues coach Brad Fittler remains so, although he's reportedly signed on to do the job again after meeting with the NSWRL this week.

It means Slater and Fittler look certain to square off again in 2024, where the latter will be desperate to get one back on his Queensland nemesis.

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Grand final umpire hits back at Brownlow furore

The Brownlow Medal voting process has been defended by the most senior umpire in the AFL grand final ahead of his 10th straight decider.

Criticism surrounding the umpires' vote intensified after Brisbane midfielder Lachie Neale claimed a shock win on Monday night to claim his second medal.

Matt Stevic, who was selected as one of the four field officials for Saturday, rejected talk the process should be changed, stating the the vote should be kept with the umpires to protect the sanctity of the award.

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"I've been (umpiring) 20 years, there's commentary every year about those things, so respectfully, I don't really take much notice at all," Stevic told media on Wednesday.

"Every game we discuss, we debate and we arrive at three players … we go through a pretty thorough process every game and we do that each and every week.

"We are the only four out there in the heat of battle. It's a wonderful seat in the house, you don't get too much chance to just enjoy it, but it's a unique position.

"So our perspective in that regard is quite unique in terms of what we see and in terms of player impact and that sort of thing … it's a unique award by us guys."

Officiating has come under the microscope over several non-calls in both preliminary finals despite the new four umpire system, lauded by the AFL.

"There wasn't anything to call it for … we don't umpire the game differently at different points in the game," AFL football boss Laura Kane said.

"Game state, momentum, score lead changes – that's for the coaches to worry about. We officiate the game the same for every minute."

Alongside Stevic, fellow veteran Simon Meredith (469 games, seven grand finals) and grand final debutants, Robert Findlay and Hayden Gavine will officiate the decider.

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'Wasn't going to go': Ponga's Dally M admission

Kalyn Ponga is the toast of the NRL after taking out his first Dally M Medal at Sydney's Royal Randwick on Wednesday night.

But the Newcastle superstar wasn't even going to go to the event, in what would have been an awkward situation for the organisers at the end of the ceremony.

The 25-year-old had no excuse not to attend the event, living a couple of hours up the road in the Hunter city and with the Knights out of the running for the premiership.

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But, luckily, an NRL official intervened at the last minute and insisted Ponga make the trip down.

Dally M Medal winner Kalyn Ponga speaks to Nine's Today.

Players who finish high in the Dally M vote count, or who are selected in the teams of the year, are often tipped off by the NRL that they should attend the ceremony.

"I wasn't going to go yesterday, to be honest," Ponga revealed to Nine's Today on Thursday morning.

"When I woke up in the morning I actually sent the NRL an email saying I didn't want to go. I just wanted to sit at home and watch it on the couch.

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"But I had to last minute get ready, and my mum... she can get ready pretty quick.

"I didn't know I was going to win, and I thought it would be nice to sit at home and watch it from the couch.

"But once I knew that maybe I was going to be in contention, I thought if I'm going to win this it would be special to take Mum.

"She's been there the whole journey of the last five years, and she deserves to be there."

While most NRL and NRLW players arrived on the green carpet with their partners in tow, Ponga melted hearts by taking his mother to Royal Randwick.

The night could not have ended any better for the pair, as the Knights fullback stormed home late in the Dally M count and polled a maximum six votes in round 26 - his last game for the season - to pip Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson by one.

"I had an early season holiday and while I was over there I decided that I wanted to stop letting people down and start making people proud," an emotional Ponga said while accepting the medal.

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Ponga almost retired from rugby league due to repeated concussions earlier this year, but a trip to Canada to consult specialists got him back on the field and his career back on track.

But it's more likely he was referencing an incident in August last year when he was busted in a toilet cubicle with teammate Kurt Mann.

Ponga had been named co-captain of the team that year. Newcastle's previous captain, Mitchell Pearce, had relinquished the leadership role after his own off-field scandal, and Ponga looked in danger of going down the same path.

"I let a lot of people down over the last year but something I wanted to do was make people proud," he told Today on Thursday.

"It probably hasn't sunk in yet, I haven't time to reflect on the night and the occasion and the year I've had.

"I guess once I knew that I was fine (from concussion) I just put my head down, I had a lot of belief around me, a lot of my teammates, staff, family, they all believed in me."

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Maxwell bowls Aussies to pre-Cup consolation win

Glenn Maxwell returned from injury to help Australia snap its five-match losing streak with a 66-run win over India in their third and final ODI as both teams finalised preparations for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

India had already won the series, which finished 2-1 to the hosts.

All-rounder Maxwell claimed 4-40 in 10 overs of spin as India was bowled out for 286 in 49.4 overs in an unconvincing pursuit of Australia’s 7-352 after the visitors chose to bat first.

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“It is nice to get some momentum going into the ODI World Cup. I have put in a lot of hard work to get fit," Maxwell said.

“The idea was to chop and change with Mitchell Marsh (who didn’t field or bowl). We will be as flexible as possible and that will be the role of all-rounders in the World Cup.”

Glenn Maxwell of Australia  celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli of India.

Marsh’s 84-ball 96 with three sixes and 13 fours had earlier helped Australia rectify its batting issues and fellow opener David Warner (56 in 34) also scored his third successive half-century. No.3 Steve Smith (74 in 61) and No.4 Marnus Labuschagne (72 in 58) piled on the runs in an impressive batting display by Australia's top order.

Skipper Rohit Sharma, back in charge after resting the first two games, top scored for India with 81 in 57 and Virat Kohli scored 56 runs at close to run-a-ball pace.

Opting to bat on a calm wicket, Australia got off to a rollicking start. Marsh and Warner added 78 in 49 balls for the first wicket, with Warner scoring 50 off only 32 deliveries.

Marsh rallied after Warner was out caught behind and added another 137 runs for the second wicket with Smith.

At 1-215 in 27.5 overs, Australia was in a strong position. Marsh fell short of his hundred — caught off Kuldeep Yadav (2-48) — but reconfirmed Australia’s batting plans for the World Cup.

Tanveer Sangha of Australia celebrates the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja.

Mohammed Siraj trapped Smith lbw in the 32nd over and Australia was down to 3-242. Jasprit Bumrah (3-81) dismissed Alex Carey (11) and bowled Maxwell for five runs.

Australia was down to 6-299 in 42.3 overs as Cameron Green holed out off Yadav for nine. But Labuschagne held one end together and his innings included nine fours as Australia crossed the 350-mark.

In reply, Sharma opened with Washington Sundar (18), who was auditioning for a World Cup role.

Sundar looked uncomfortable but Sharma started like he had never been rested, scoring 50 off 31 balls. The duo added 74 before Sundar was caught by Labuschagne off Maxwell in the 11th over.

Sharma hit five fours and six sixes, and added 70 in 10 overs with Kohli as India looked to be putting together a base for the tough chase.

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But Maxwell dismissed Sharma against the run of play – a stunning one-handed caught-and-bowled – and as the asking rate crept up, Kohli holed out off Maxwell. The all-rounder, returning to international cricket after a long injury layoff, also bowled Shreyas Iyer for 48 runs to claim India's numbers 1-4 batters.

When Maxwell dismissed Iyer, India was down to 249-6 in the 39th over with the game out of reach.

Ravindra Jadeja indulged in some glorified batting practice to score 35 runs as Australia wrapped up proceedings with plenty to spare.

Both teams now head into the one-day World Cup, hosted by India and starting October 5 in Ahmedabad with defending champions England taking on 2019 runner-up New Zealand.

Five-time champion Australia will take on two-time champion India in Chennai on October 8.

When a young five-year-old girl from the Royong region of Thailand started out on her journey into combat sports, few would have foreseen where we are 20 years later. Inspired by her father, Stamp Fairtex originally got into fighting to help protect herself from bullies, but through hard work and ability quickly developed into a generational talent. In her formative years, it was only a lack of competition that halted her progress – but that all changed at the age of 18 when she moved to Pattaya to join the famous Fairtex Gym. It was here she would have the opportunity to hone her skills across a range of sports, from her original Muay Thai to kickboxing, and MMA. Her rise from here was nothing short of incredible, winning the ONE Championship Atomweight Kickboxing World Championship on debut in 2018, and following that up in her second fight by claiming the Muay Thai crown at the same weight. Stamp was ONE’s first two-sport world champion and had achieved the feat in her first two fights, at the age of 21. It was a meteoric rise, but her trajectory has not always been upward. Consecutive losses in 2020 saw Stamp lose both her kickboxing and Muay Thai world titles – but it has been her reaction to those losses that have defined her championship credentials. Her surge into MMA was impressive – winning five out of her first six bouts – but it was the ONE Atomweight Grand Prix that really signaled her intentions in the cage. Winning that crown got her a shot at world champion Angela Lee, and while she may not have claimed the belt that night it could have been so different had she been able to capitalise fully on a brilliant liver shot in the first round.  Now she has the chance of MMA redemption in the form of the interim strawweight title when she faces Ham Seo Hee this week at ONE Friday Fights 14. Taking on the experienced 34-year-old will be no easy task, but title history awaits – and the prospect of a superfight against undisputed champion Xiong Jing Nan. Stamp has already rewritten the history books, and has her sights firmly set on further chapters in the future.  ONE Fight Night 14 comes live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore on Saturday September 30. Fight fans in the MENA region can watch action BeINSPORTS from 3.00am MECCA, or through ONE Championship’s official YouTube channel and on 
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ONE Friday Fights 34 is in the record books and what an incredible night it was – with Rodtang and Superlek living up to all the hype and giving us the biggest Muay Thai showdown in five decades. Now is the time to relive the most spectacular moments from the night…. 1. Superlek drops Rodtang Bleeding from two cuts on his heads opened up by Rodtang elbows in the first round, Superlek came firing back in round two and dropped the ONE flyweight Muay Thai World Champion with an elbow of his own. It would be the turning point of the fight and one that helped Superlek go on to get the victory. 2. A fast start to the night The opening fight of the night kicked things off in spectacular style with Lito Adiwang overwhelming Adrian Mattheis in their strawweight MMA clash. Twenty-three seconds was all it took to get the job done on a short night’s work for Thunder Kid. 3. Suakim elbow out of nowhere Iran’s Saman Ashouri really needed a win in this one after two straight defeats in ONE. He had started well, looking aggressive and picking his shots well, but as the round progressed it would be Suakim who would turn the fight on its head with a vicious right elbow and straight left combo that brought this one to an early conclusion.  4. Trindade makes his mark  If Portugal’s Miguel Trindade was out to make an impression on his debut, he certainly did. Facing dangerous Thai star Sibmuen, he got on the front foot in this catchweight Muay Thai battle. First to the punch throughout the first round, Trindade would eventually finish things in the first round with a flurry of knees and punches – rounded off with a left hand to the body. 5. A star is born Songchainoi went into this one with three straight wins in ONE, but against the experience of Jomhod, some thought he would have a real test on his hands. Explosive and powerful from the outset Songchainoi was in dominant form, knocking his foe down three times in the second round – ending things with a stunning front kick and right hand combo. 
Muay Thai’s biggest fight in five decades didn’t disappoint as Superlek scored a historic win over Rodtang in an instant classic – but MENA fighters went 0-3 in Bangkok. In front of a capacity crowd at the Lumpinee Stadium, Superlek overcame adversity to defeat the ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion in a three-round thriller. After Superlek missed weight, the title was not on the line but that didn’t detract from what was always going to be an incredible spectacle. Flyweight kickboxing champ Superlek had started well, using his trademark kicks to chop at the legs, but it was Rotang’s elbows that would do the real damage – opening up two sizeable cuts on his opponent. Momentum shifted in the second round however, with Superlek controlling distance well and finding a home for well placed knees and elbows of his own eventually dropping the champion in what would be the turning point of the fight. Further pressure in the third round helped Superlek to a unanimous decision win – and fans wondering what might come between these two men again in the future. Iran-born Amir Naseri put on a brave display in the co-main event but was unable to break down the constant pressure of Seksan. ‘The Man Who Yields to No One’ threw power shot after power shot, but Naseri took everything thrown at him – but ended up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision.  Seksan aimed with vicious intent from the outset, but Neseri remained composed, finding his range well with elbows of his own. Both men showed the scars of battle at the end of three rounds with both eyebrows of Neseri bleeding significantly, while a huge haematoma had formed on the forehead of the Thai fighter – but he was still able to get his arm raised.     Algerian standout Akram Hamidi was unable to get what would have been the biggest win of his career as he dropped to a unanimous decision against Prajanchai. The Thai fighter is the current interim strawweight Muay Thai world champion, but looked right at home during his kickboxing debut.  Hamidi showed flashes of his ability throughout the contest, but Prajanchai was always one step ahead and almost finished the fight with a blistering left hook at the end of the second round which left Hamidi on the canvas and thankful to hear the bell. The third round saw both men trying to pour on the pressure, but it was the variety and speed shown by Prajanchai that guided him to victory. It was another tough night for Iran’s Saman Ashouri who slipped to his third consecutive ONE defeat. He had started promisingly against Thailand’s Suakim, looking to close the distance and not afraid to let his hands go. However as the bout progressed, and Ashouri continued to move forward, Suakim would counter with a vicious right elbow, followed up with a big straight left to end things in the first round. Elsewhere, it was two youngsters who really caught the eye. First it was 23-year-old Songchainoi who produced a stunning display to KO veteran Jomhod in the second round. Portugal’s Miguel Trindade went one better – the 22-year-old stopping Sibmuen in the first round with an aggressive display of accurate hand and knee strikes.
The UEFA Champions League is the most-watched annual sporting event in the world. With the new limited-edition Big Bang e Gen3 UEFA Champions League get ready for goals, as you switch on your watch to see the UEFA Champions League logo appear, and set up the competition app to follow the action live. Easy, efficient, simple and the best way to stay connected to the game no matter what, where and when! Hublot & UEFA Champions League – an eight-year story Hublot loves football, and has enjoyed a successful partnership with UEFA, most notably having been partners with the UEFA EURO™ for the last four competitions (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) and with the UEFA Champions League since 2015, keeping time for the most memorable moments in the history of football. Created 68 years ago and rebranded the UEFA Champions League in 1992, the 2023/24 season has just begun. Don’t miss the chance to follow the season’s 125 matches directly on your wrist. Big Bang e Gen3 UEFA Champions League Issued in a 200-piece limited edition and showcasing the UEFA Champions League legendary blue color in Hublot’s iconic ceramic, the Big Bang of the digital era represents its third generation, five years after the launch of Hublot’s first connected watch. The improved, large high-definition screen grants you access to every single moment of the match, at the heart of the action. From your wrist, and on the UEFA Champions League dial, you will automatically enter “match mode” once the match begins. A countdown will start 15 minutes before kick-off, providing information on the line ups. Kick off the football season in style with the #BigBangE Gen 3 UEFA Champions League! Get ready for the goals as you switch on your watch to see the UEFA Champions League logo appear. #UCL #HublotLovesFootball— Hublot (@Hublot) September 20, 2023 During the course of the match, you will be able to keep track of half-times, additional time, goals scored (with the official adidas matchball animation) mentioning the relevant player’s name, yellow and red cards and goal attempts. The watch follows the entire match right through to the final score. If any action has been missed, the wearer can replay any of the key moments using the “replay” mode and scrolling through with the crown. The 44mm micro-blasted and polished blue ceramic case of this high-tech timepiece houses a Qualcomm® Snapdragon WearTM 4100+ processor and features eight different sensors and GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Heart Rate Monitor and NFC payment connectivity. The Big Bang e Gen3 UEFA Champions League is, of course, compatible with both Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems, as well as water-resistant to 3 ATM and endowed with an all-day battery life with a two-hour charging time from empty to full.
Senior sport business execs from the Middle East and beyond are set to connect at the 2023 Sport Industry Forum. Established in 2014, this high-level sport business forum brings decision makers together to advance the sports sector in the region. The forum is an opportunity for sport business professionals to listen to inspirational speakers – international and regional. It provides an invaluable opportunity to do business. The Forum is held alongside the NBA Abu Dhabi Games and is officially supported by Department of Community Development Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Held at The WB Abu Dhabi by Hilton on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on October 4-5, more than 200 senior-level attendees are expected from government, brands, federations, clubs, rights holders, event organisers and venues owners/operators. A highlight this year is H.E. Sheikh Suhail Bin Butti Suhail Al Maktoum, Executive Director of the Sports Development Sector at the General Authority of Sports, who will present the UAE’s national sports strategy at the Sport Industry Forum 2023. Speeches and interviews take place throughout the two days from the likes of Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, Minnesota Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson, Saudi Sports For All Federation CEO Shaima Al Husseini and Executive Director Community Health Sector – Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre H.E Dr. Omniyat Mohammed Al Hajeri, among many others. Registration is still open at Attendance is free for government, federations, clubs and brands, with separate packages on offer to rights holders/agencies and vendors/suppliers. Sport360 spoke to Sally Corander – Founder of INTERACT, organisers of Sport Industry Forum – about next month’s edition. Q: What is the Sport Industry Forum and why was it launched? Corander: “The Sport Industry Forum was established in the UAE. We launched it in 2014 with the support of Dubai Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Sports Council. “There weren’t many conferences in the region at that time and so we saw the opportunity to launch a forum that was relevant to the challenges in sports in the region. Our aim was, and still is, to advance the sports sector in the UAE and across the region. It’s wonderful to see such incredible growth in sports in the last 9 years and very exciting times ahead.” Q: What is the mission for Sport Industry Forum? Corander: “The mission is to drive positive change. We pride ourselves on our content being hugely relevant to the region. “We are based in the region and understand the industry challenges which may be unique to other countries. “The Forums encourage open-and-honest debate and attendees are very much encouraged to get involved in the discussions. We summarise the main points from the 2 days of discussion and we feedback to government after the event.” Q: Please tell us about the line-up for 2023’s edition Corander: “We’ve got an amazing line-up of speakers for 2023’s edition. “We are absolutely delighted to have an exclusive presentation and interview with HE Sheikh Suhail Al Maktoum from the General Authority of Sports who will present the UAE sports strategy. “Following HE Sheikh Suhail’s session, we have senior Government representatives from education and health; H.E. Mohammed Al Hashimi, Executive Director – Student Wellbeing Sector, Emirates Schools Establishment and H.E. Dr. Omniyat Mohammed Al Hajri, Executive Director – Community Health Sector, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, Vice Chairwoman, Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Academy “The forum is alongside the NBA Abu Dhabi Games and both CEOs from the franchises are speaking. They will take part in unfiltered interviews telling their remarkable stories – from how their early life shaped their careers, overcoming adversity, the importance of workplace culture, to growing women’s sport and the biggest lessons they learned in business. “A delegation of NBA executives and sponsors will be joining us. “We have speakers from Saudi; Saudi Sports For All Federation’s CEO, Shaima Al Husseini and Saudi Triathlon, Chairman, Eng. Ali Samih Magboul. Regional brands are represented including Mubadala, Etihad and Spinneys – they will talk about why they invest in sport and what their strategy is for the future. “And we have a featured interview with former Man Utd footballer, Dwight Yorke, aka the smiling assassin. Winner of the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Intercontinental Cup and League Cup. “Chris Brown, Founder and CEO of the Mina Cup UAE, Gareth Mordey, General Manager EnrichME at Cognita Schools and Mags Byrne, former CEO of Sunderland FC and MD of EStars will get the conversation going on how to best engage the next generation in sport and physical activity on their panel. “There is a lot of content and lots of passionate sports business professionals attending. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and having some great discussions! “Business development is hard work and securing meetings with potential clients is not easy.  The Forum makes this enjoyable! “It’s a meeting place for the sports industry, for participants to be inspired but to also meet the right people and do business.” To register, visit Sport Industry Forum 2023 partners include: Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau, DCD Abu Dhabi, Ethara, Musco Lighting, Qantara Sports, CSM Live, Cruyff Institute, Flair Event Services, Sport360
ONE Friday Fights 34 might be delivering the most anticipated main event in Rodtang v Superlek, but Akram Hamidi and Prajanchai might just steal the show – here are five reasons not to sleep on this one. 1. Supporting a MENA superstar 24-year-old Akram Hamidi will be flying the flag for his home nation of Algeria when he takes to the ring on Friday evening. He is one of the biggest prospects the MENA region has when it comes to combat sports – and this is going to be the biggest test of his career to date. 2. A opponent of real pedigree, but a chance to chase gold This might be only the second fight for Hamidi in ONE, but in Prajanchai, he is going up against one of the best in the business. The current interim strawweight Muay Thai world champion, and former undisputed title holder Prajanchai may only be 28-years-old but has a wealth of experience with over 400 fights to his name – and is eyeing a shot at Joseph Lasiri to get his title back. 3. Fireworks guaranteed A devastating left hand gave Prajanchai a KO win in his last outing, but when you look at Hamidi’s record, his last four bouts read TKO, KO, KO, KO. He goes out to finish fights, and this Friday will be no exception. 4. A master of the body blow There’s nothing quite like a stoppage caused by a shot to the body. A blow delivered with such brutal intent it renders a fully conscious opponent unable to continue through debilitating pain. Hamidi has turned this into an artform – whether with his hands or knees. His accuracy when attacking the body is a sight to behold – and with thee body attack stoppages in his last four fights he has the results to back it up. 5. A North African showdown in the future? Current king of the strawweight Muay Thai division is Joseph Lasiri. The man who KO’d Prajanchai to take the title, but was unable to double up the gold when taking on flyweight king Rodtang in his last outing. So what next for the Italian with roots in Morocco? A win for Hamidi and the prospect of a title fight with so much North African interest would command the attention of millions.  ONE Friday Fights 34 comes live from the famous Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok on Friday September 22. Fight fans in the MENA region can watch the first half of the card on BeINSPORTS from 3.30pm MECCA. The other half of the card is broadcast on ONE Championship’s official YouTube channel and on   
Rory McIlroy will return to Dubai in search of a third DP World Tour Championship title and fifth Harry Vardon Trophy at the final Rolex Series event of the 2023 DP World Tour season. The reigning European Number One currently leads the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex, thanks to his two Rolex Series victories earlier this season at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic and Genesis Scottish Open. The World Number Two has been at the top of the rankings since the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play in March and is excited to tee it up at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19, 2023. The famous Earth Course has proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Northern Irishman, who has won the DP World Tour Championship twice and finished top of the season-long standings in 2012, 2014, 2015 and most recently in 2022, etching his name alongside England’s Peter Oosterhuis as a four-time winner of the prestigious title. The 34-year-old currently leads Ryder Cup teammate and defending champion Jon Rahm by 2,155 points. The Spaniard announced his return earlier this season to celebrate 15 years of the event, which has evolved into a world-class sporting and social event showcasing ‘The Greatest Players on Earth’ as the top 50 golfers available on the DP World Tour tee it up in Dubai. McIlroy said: “Playing at the DP World Tour Championship is always an amazing experience. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a lot of success in Dubai and at this event in particular. “The fans have been great, it’s amazing to have that support out there for us. When you have the top 50 golfers from the DP World Tour, you know it is going to be a fantastic competition. I’ve won here on a couple of occasions and I would love to be right there come Sunday with both trophies to my name.” Fans can once again witness the drama unfold as the Race to Dubai Presented by Rolex reaches a dramatic conclusion in the United Arab Emirates and Europe’s Number One is crowned. The reigning Race to Dubai champion is back!Looking forward to welcoming our two-time champion @McIlroyRory to the Earth course in November 👊Want to see Rory in action? Secure your tickets here:— DP World Tour Championship (@dpwtc) September 20, 2023 Following record weekend crowds last year, free general admission tickets are now available at, with a range of early bird hospitality options to suit every golf fan at the Earth Lounge and Championship Chalet selling fast. The DP World Tour Championship offers a fantastic day out for all, combining world-class golf with an array of exciting activities and experiences. The vibrant village ensures an incredible atmosphere, featuring dedicated activations for children, free golf lessons for all ages, Ladies Day celebrations, trick-shot shows, large screens for enhanced viewing, and engaging sports activations. Fans seeking an elevated experience can choose from a range of premium hospitality options. The Championship Chalet, situated on the 18th green, offers an exclusive vantage point to observe the thrilling conclusion of each round. The Earth Lounge, overlooking the 16th green, provides a chic and comfortable setting to relax and enjoy the action. Additionally, the bar on the 17th creates the perfect ambiance with refreshing beverages to take in the action up close. To secure free tickets for the 2023 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and explore the various ticket options, including premium experiences, please visit After sellout crowds in 2022, don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event.
It is a fight we have been anticipating for so long, two modern greats will collide as Rodtand and Suplek meet at ONE Friday Fights 34 – here are five reasons you need to be watching. 1. A Muay Thai matchup for the ages The term ‘must-watch’ is a highly overused one, but in this instance it probably underplays things – this fight is much bigger than that. Two modern-day warriors will finally collide in a bout to settle once and for all who is the better man.  2. Champion vs Champion ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang will defend his belt against current ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion and #1-ranked flyweight Muay Thai contender Superlek – with 26lbs of gold on the line – do we need to say more? 3. Can Superlek end the streak? Superlek is a once-in-a-generation fighter Rodtang is not only a long-reigning champion, but he has gone 14-0 in his ONE Muay Thai and kickboxing career. You can trace that record right back to 2018, and the list of those who have tried and failed is like a who’s who of the sport. The likes of Jonathan Heggerty and Joesph Lasiri are current world champions who didn’t manage to get past ‘The Iron Man’ – and now there is a new challenger ready. Superlek has only lost once  – and since then has been perfect in the last seven outings – including three huge stoppage finishes in his last three. 4. A clash of styles We all know that styles make fights and this one adds perfectly to the overall narrative. Rodtang isn’t called The Iron Man for nothing – physical, aggressive, and explosive – he is the epitome of a modern-day warrior. Opposite him will be the technical mastery of Superlek. When you have been practicing Muay Thai from the age of eight – especially with the teachers he has had, then there is a chance you could be a bit special, and Superlek is absolutely that.  5. Watch a little bit of history Superlek, is 135-29 overall, while Rodtang boasts a record of 271-42-10. These are generational athletes and we are lucky to be witnessing two such exceptional practitioners of the sport at the same time. Combine this with the fact we have serious gold on the line, and it all takes place in the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, and we have the recipe for a very special night. Don’t miss out.  ONE Friday Fights 34 comes live from the famous Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok on Friday September 22. Fight fans in the MENA region can watch live on BeINSPORTS from 3.30pm MECCA.   
ONE Friday Fights 34 comes our way this weekend with a spectacular card in store, headlined by the mouth-watering prospect of Roteng and Superlek headlining. However fans in MENA will have plenty to cheer with no fewer than three fighters competing at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, here’s our guide on who to look out for. Amir Naseri – Catchweight (140lbs) Muay Thai Iran-born Amir Naseri returns to the ONE ring for the first time in almost a year this week. Raised in Tehran, he moved with his family to Malaysia at the age of eight and it would be here that he would transition from kicking football to bags as his love of Muay Thai developed.  To further his career he later moved to train in Thailand just over a decade ago, ending up a student at the world-renowned Tiger Muay Thai. His pedigree is excellent, a five-time Muay Thai world champion, he was also only the second non-Thai to emerge champion from the famous Omnoi Stadium in Thailand. After two defeats in ONE he’s now looking to kick start his career – and a win this week over  Seksan Or Kwanmuang who carries a 5-0 ONE record into the fight – would do just that. Akram Hamidi – Strawweight Kickboxing Algerian 24-year-old Akram Hamidi is looking to build on the blistering start to his ONE career.  He picked up a second-round TKO on debut against Jomhod Auto MuayThai – a devastating left hook to the body doing the damage.  With a 29-1-4 overall record as a professional kickboxer, he now gets to take on arguably his toughest task to date. On Friday night he will stand across the ring from the current interim strawweight Muay Thai champion in Prajanchai PK Saenchai. One of the most highly rated fighters in the world today, Prajanchai’s style is a real crowd pleaser – and alongside Hamidi, this could be one for the ages.   Saman Ashouri – Catchweight (140lbs) Muay Thai Iran’s Saman Ashouri will take to the ONE ring for the second time in his career, when he takes on Thailand’s Suakim Sor Jor Thongprajin.  28-year-old Ashroui will be looking to claim his first win with the organisation following a debut defeat back in March. He was knocked out in the second round that night by Yodlekpet “The Destroyer” Or Atchariya and will be looking to bounce back in style this week with a statement win. ONE Friday Fights 34 comes live from the famous Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok on Friday September 22. Fight fans in the MENA region can watch live on BeINSPORTS from 3.30pm MECCA. 
- Paul Suttor
Fittler’s abrupt resignation leaves Blues in state of disrepair with no coach keen to take on poisoned chalice

It’s a sad state of affairs for the Blues that they seemingly have no plan B or coaching succession plan at the ready following Brad Fittler’s decision to walk away from a one-year extension offer. 

Club coaches don’t want the gig because it’s a hiding to nothing unless they achieve the virtual impossible of keeping full focus on their NRL team while also preparing the Origin side for victory. 

Particularly if their club team does not fire on all cylinders, they will cop not so subtle reminders from the board which pays the lion’s share of his salary that it might be a good idea to give the representative side hustle the flick.

Apart from Wayne Bennett’s end-of-season Maroons rendezvous three years ago when he stepped in at the last moment during the pandemic-delayed season, there hasn’t been a club coach who has juggled state duties since Ricky Stuart lost back-to-back series in 2012-13. 

Fittler’s abrupt departure on Thursday after thumbing his nose at a one-year deal, exposes the Blues’ lack of foresight. 

There is no clear choice to take over. 

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Even though he expressed zero interest when asked midway through the season, Craig Bellamy would be the best option for the Blues.

Every coach has their price – he has been trying to get the coaching bug out of his system for the past few years with his annual period of contemplating retiring. 

If he really is heading for the Storm retirement lounge at the end of next season, he could help ease his way out of the club ranks by making the transition to Origin coaching, juggling the gigs in 2024 before concentrating solely on NSW duties the following year. 

Money would not necessarily be the motivating factor for Bellamy – taking over from Fittler would be more a case of removing a glaring stain on his resume.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Blues coach Brad Fittler looks on during a New South Wales Blues State of Origin squad training session at Ignite HQ Centre of Excellence on June 02, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Blues coach Brad Fittler. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Bellamy coached the Blues between 2008-10 and went back to Melbourne with his tail between his legs after managing just two wins from nine matches, ending with a clean sweep at the height of the Maroons dynasty. 

He said he felt conflicted having to coach against his club stars – Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Greg Inglis – at Origin level and even though the likes of Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Xavier Coates are modern-day Melbourne Maroons reps, Bellamy seems at least slightly more mellow about his pursuit of perfection. 

On the Spinal Tap scale, he’s dialled it back from 11 to 10.5.

When asked about the Blues gig in June after Fittler had lost his second straight series inside two games, Bellamy gave a firm “no” to questions about his interest in the role.

“Freddy is NSW coach and that’s how it is and how it should be. He’s still got a game to go and a job to do and hopefully they will get a win.”

Times have changed – they got that win in the dead rubber but Fittler is no longer in the post so Bellamy, and other coaches for that matter, don’t have to be polite by expressing interest in a job that was not yet vacant.

An experienced coach like Bellamy, rather than the Blues’ past two appointments of legendary players in Laurie Daley and Fittler, is the way forward for NSW. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm and Storm coach Craig Bellamy talk during a Melbourne Storm NRL media session at Gosch's Paddock on May 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

A Billy Slater vs Craig Bellamy coaching match-up would be an Origin dream. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Fittler, for all his many detractors, actually did a decent job to win three of his first four series in charge but the eccentricities and seemingly relaxed approach did not seem as charming when Billy Slater transformed Queensland into a clinical machine and the Blues failed to meet their intensity over the past two series. 

He had been at odds with the NSWRL executives over the direction of the Blues program and had lined up the Blues’ most successful coach of all time in Phil Gould to be part of his off-field staff next year if he had been reappointed.

After he made his case to the board last week and they failed to reach a resolution at their board meeting on Wednesday, the writing was on the wall that the two parties were not aligned and Fittler walked.

“I loved doing the job and NSW and I will always love NSW,” he said in a statement issued by the Blues.

NSWRL chairman Paul Conlon paid tribute to Fittler despite the abrupt parting of the ways.

“The board understands and respects his decision,” Conlon said. “Freddy was a legend as a player and returned to coach the team at a time when his state needed him. 

“He enjoyed immediate success and his series win in 2021, which included record scorelines in Townsville and Brisbane, will go down in NSW Blues history. He holds a special place in NSW Rugby League history.”

Queensland Rugby League boss Ben Ikin announced earlier on Thursday that Slater had agreed to a new three-year deal but he will now be coming up against a new coach in 2024.

It’s a total clean-out for the Blues with Fittler’s main advisor, Greg Alexander, and assistant coaches Paul McGregor, Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus already confirming they would not be back.

Stuart is the other current NRL coach who has already been tossed up as a potential option for the Blues. 

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Raiders Coach, Ricky Stuart speaks with Jack Wighton of the Raiders following the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

At the same time as Bellamy was being questioned by the media after Origin II, Stuart didn’t totally close the door shut on a potential NSW return but with Canberra facing a rebuilding season ahead following the loss of former Dally M Medal winner Jack Wighton, adding the Blues burden to his workload would be tricky for Sticky.

Penrith’s dual premiership-winning coach Ivan Cleary assisted Fittler for the Blues’ Origin III win over Queensland in Sydney in July to avoid a clean sweep although he is also unlikely to put his hand up.

And why would he? Penrith are potentially about to lift their third straight Grand Final trophy and with the nucleus of their team signed up for the next few seasons, they have the opportunity to register a rare dynasty.

The NSWRL could look to the unemployed coaches line to pluck out someone like Michael Maguire, Geoff Toovey or Trent Barrett but they each come with baggage from their previous stints in clubland.

Whoever they appoint, the Blues need to have a clear succession plan like the Maroons have in place with Smith and Johnathan Thurston on Slater’s staff. 

The NSW coach’s position should be sought after and considered a privilege but as the years go by it’s becoming seen more and more as a poisoned chalice.

- The Roar
Rugby World Cup week 4 teams: Pollard’s first Test in 13 months, big names return for All Blacks ahead of must-win clash

Australia is all but out of the World Cup with one game still to play against Portugal while there are still some important matches elsewehere to determine the make up of the quarterfinalists.

Eddie Jones will name his team Friday, around 6pm AEST, to play in Saint Etienne on Monday AEST.

While All Blacks coach Ian Foster has brought back several big names and included all three of his star playmakers in his side side to take on Italy in their must-win clash in Lyon.

Eddie Jones has some decisions to make as to whether he uses his wider squad against Portugal. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Uruguay vs. Namibia, OL Stadium, Lyon (1.45am AEST, Thursday)

Uruguay coach Esteban Meneses has made four changes to his starting XV from their 38-17 loss against Italy, with two in the forward pack and two in the back-line.

Diego Arbelo replaces Ignacio Peculo in the front-row, Carlos Deus replaces Manuel Diana in the back-row and Bautista Basso replaces Gaston Mieres on the right wing, while Felipe Arcos Perez will make his RWC debut, replacing Tomas Inciarte in the centres.

Namibia coach Allister Coetzee has made seven personnel changes to his starting XV from their last game against France, with four in the forward pack and three in the back-line.

Johan Coetzee and Gerswin Mouton will be the only two players to have started all four matches at this tournament.

Uruguay (1-15): Mateo Sanguinetti, German Kessler, Diego Arbelo, Felipe Aliaga, Manuel Leindekar, Manuel Ardao, Santiago Civetta, Carlos Deus, Santiago Arata, Felipe Etcheverry, Nicolas Freitas, Andres Vilaseca (c), Felipe Arcos Perez, Bautista Basso, Baltazar Amaya.

Replacements: Guillermo Pujadas, Facundo Gattas, Reinaldo Piussi, Juan Manuel Rodríguez, Eric Dosantos, Agustin Ormaechea, Felipe Berchesi, Juan Manuel Alonso.

Namibia (1-15): Jason Benade, Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Johan Coetzee, Adriaan Ludick, Tiaan De Klerk, Prince Gaoseb, Tjiuee Uanivi, Richard Hardwick, Damian Stevens, Tiaan Swanepoel, JC Greyling, Danco Burger, Alcino Izaacs, Gerswin Mouton, Cliven Loubser.

Replacements: Louis van der Westhuizen, Desiderius Sethie, Haitembu Shifuka, PJ Van Lill, Max Katjijeko, Adriaan Booysen, Jacques Theron, Andre van der Bergh.

Japan vs. Samoa, Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (5am AEST, Friday)

Samoa head coach Seilala Mapusua has made four changes to his side for their Pool D match against Japan, with Taleni Seu and Sa Jordan Taufua coming into the back-row, Ed Fidow starting on the right-wing and Alai D’Angelo Leuila coming in at centre.

Japan (1-15): Keita Inagaki, Shota Horie, Jiwon Gu, Jack Cornelsen, Amato Fakatava, Michael Leitch, Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno (c), Yutaka Nagare, Rikiya Matsuda, Jone Naikabula, Ryoto Nakamura, Dylan Riley, Kotaro Matsushima, Lomano Lemeki.

Replacements: Atsushi Sakate, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, Warner Dearns, Kanji Shimokawa, Naoto Saito, Seungsin Lee.
23 Tomoki Osada.

Samoa (1-15): James Lay, Seilala Lam, Paul Alo-Emile, Chris Vui (c), Theo McFarland, Taleni Junior Agaese Seu, Fritz Lee, Sa Jordan Taufua, Jonathan Taumateine, Christian Leali’ifano, Ben Lam, Alai D’Angelo Leuila, Tumua Manu, Ed Fidow, Duncan Paia’aua.

Replacements: Sama Malolo, Jordan Lay, Michael Alaalatoa, Steven Luatua, Alamanda Motuga, Melani Matavao, Neria Fomai, Danny Toala.

Ian Foster has brought regular captain Sam Cane back via the bench. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

New Zealand vs. Italy, OL Stadium, Lyon (5am AEST, Saturday)

The troops are back, with Ian Foster naming a strong side, including three playmakers in his matchday squad, to take on Italy at OL Stadium in Lyon on Friday.

Richie Mo’unga will start at fly-half, with Beauden Barrett once again named at fullback. Damian McKenzie will come off the bench.

Regular captain Sam Cane has been named on the bench, with Shannon Frizell, Dalton Papali’i and Ardie Savea to start in the back-row.

Brodie Retallick starts alongside Scott Barrett in the second-row, with Sam Whitelock offering experience off the bench.

Nepo Laulala starts at tight-head prop, with Tyrel Lomax making his return via the bench.

Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has added Dino Lamb, Stephen Varney and Luca Morisi to his starting XV as he named his match-day 23 for the Pool A game against New Zealand

Niccolo Cannone moves to the bench with Alessandro Garbisi and Lorenzo Pani dropping out of the squad.

New Zealand: Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulaua, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett, Shannon Frizell, Dalton Papali’i, Ardie Savea (c), Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga, Mark Telea, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan, Beauden Barrett

Replacements: Dane Coles, Tamaiti Williams, Tyrel Lomax, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Cam Roigard, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown

Italy (1-15): Danilo Fischetti, Giacomo Nicotera, Marco Riccioni, Dino Lamb, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Michele Lamaro (c), Lorenzo Cannone, Stephen Varney, Paolo Garbisi, Montanna Ioane, Luca Morisi, Juan Ignacio Brex, Ange Capuozzo, Tommaso Allan.

Replacements: Hame Faiva, Ivan Nemer, Simone Ferrari, Niccolo Cannone, Manuel Zuliani, Toa Halafihi, Martin Page-Relo, Paolo Odogwu.

Argentina vs. Chile, Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes (11pm AEST, Saturday)

Michael Cheika has made 11 changes to his starting XV from the team that defeated Samoa 19-10 in their previous match, with Marcos Kremer, Guido Petti, Eduardo Bello and Juan Martin González the only four players retaining their places in the run-on team.

Kremer and González will become the only two Los Pumas players to start in all three games at RWC 2023 with Kremer having played every minute of their campaign so far.

While four players could make their RWC debut, Cheika has named three of Argentina’s five most capped players of all-time in his starting XV in Agustín Creevy, Nicolás Sánchez and Tomás Cubelli.

Argentina (1-15): Joel Sclavi, Agustín Creevy, Eduardo Bello, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Pedro Rubiolo, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Marcos Kremer, Facundo Isa, Tomas Cubelli, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Imhoff, Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), Lucio Cinti, Rodrigo Isgro, Martín Bogado.

Replacements: Ignacio Ruiz, Mayco Vivas, Francisco Gómez Kodela, Matias Alemanno, Joaquín Oviedo, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Santiago Carreras, Juan Cruz Mallia.



Fiji vs. Georgia, Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (1.45am AEST, Sunday)





Scotland vs. Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille (6am AEST, Sunday)





Australia vs. Portugal, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne (2.45am AEDT, Monday)





South Africa vs. Tonga, Stade de Marseille, Marseille (6am AEDT, Monday)

Handré Pollard will play his first match for South Africa since the 25-17 defeat by Australia in Adelaide in August 2022, having missed their last 16 Tests. He comes into the side at the expense of Manie Libbok, who drops to the bench.

Pollard, 29, missed out on selection for the original RWC squad after picking up a calf injury in May but was called up as a replacement when hooker Malcolm Marx was injured.

The flyhalf, who kicked 22 points in the Rugby World Cup 2019 final win over England and is South Africa’s record RWC points scorer with 162, made a 30-minute comeback appearance for Leicester Tigers against Sale on 15 September.

Pollard’s inclusion is one of 12 changes to the Springboks’ starting line-up after their defeat by Ireland, with second-row Eben Etzebeth, captain Siya Kolisi and number eight Jasper Wiese the only players to retain their spots in the pack, while the whole backline has changed.

South Africa (1-15): Ox Nche, Deon Fourie, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Marvin Orie, Siya Kolisi (c), Duane Vermeulen, Jasper Wiese, Cobus Reinach, Handre Pollard, Makazole Mapimpi, Andre Esterhuizen, Canan Moodie, Grant Williams, Willie Le Roux.

Replacements: Marco van Staden, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Jaden Hendrikse, Manie Libbok, Jesse Kriel.



- The Roar

Brisbane five-eighth Ezra Mam used to watch YouTube highlights of Benji Marshall for inspiration and now he intends to play like him in the NRL grand final against Penrith on Sunday.

The 20-year-old, who made the Dally M team of the year at No.6, has made his mark this year with razzle dazzle and a steely defensive approach.

Marshall, who won the 2005 decider with Wests Tigers while showcasing a flick pass for the ages, was a player Mam idolised.

“I would go on YouTube and watch all the clips of Benji playing. He was such an exciting footy player,” Mam told AAP.

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“There was that famous flick pass but I just loved how electric he was. He had so much footwork and he knew how to use it.

“Benji had real X-factor and flair about him and wasn’t afraid to show his skill. That’s how I play and I won’t be changing that on Sunday.

“I back my skill and most of the time the bounce of the ball goes my way.”

Former Broncos half Scott Prince was Marshall’s halves partner in 2005 at the Tigers. Prince was asked if he could spot the similarities with Mam.

“I do. Jokingly, I think Ezra can tackle better than Benji and I. He is not afraid to get his shoulder in and get involved in terms of defence,” Prince said.

“He certainly has that (Marshall) flair and ability to score points and dictate terms.

“Ezra is in good form and hopefully he continues that.”

Prince said the Marshall “care-free factor” could be a negative, but added that Mam was a quick learner.

“I remember Benji used to do his little play from the scrum and hit the girl in row three (of the grandstand), and I can tell you the forwards weren’t happy,” Prince grinned.

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“That is something Ezra needs to learn but he has an old head on his shoulders. He knows when to complete a set and when to put the flair on and put it away when the team needs him to.”

Darren Lockyer was the last No.6 six to win a premiership with the Broncos in 2006.

“I looked up to Karmichael Hunt and Darren Lockyer. I tried to take bits from their game and add it into mine,” Mam said.

“I have seen lots of vision of the 2006 grand final and there are reminders all through the clubhouse. It has been a long time but I want to bring another premiership back here at Brisbane. I am confident we can do it.”

- The Roar
AFL grand final teams: Lions’ Payne-ful call on defender, Pies make shock sub call

Brisbane have made the heartbreaking decision to keep an unchanged line-up for the 2023 AFL grand final, with defender Jack Payne unable to earn a recall despite passing all fitness tests in his recovery from an ankle injury.

Payne had missed just one match for the season before being ruled out of the Lions’ preliminary final with the injury, sustained during their qualifying final win over Port Adelaide.

While the injury was significant enough to put his grand final hopes in jeopardy, Payne reportedly passed all fitness tests during the week, but the Lions opted to retain replacement key defender Darcy Gardiner, who held star Carlton forward Charlie Curnow to just eight disposals and a goal in the preliminary final.

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That was just Gardiner’s third match of the season after shoulder and leg injuries delayed his start to the year, before the form of Payne in defence kept him in the Lions’ VFL team.

It is expected veteran Jarryd Lyons will once again be the Lions’ substitute.

Collingwood have made a surprise selection swing of their own, recalling forward Jack Ginnivan into the starting 22 after spending the first two finals as the team’s sub. Patrick Lipinski has been omitted but is expected to be named sub when final teams are announced an hour before Saturday’s grand final, according to reports.

As was confirmed by coach Craig McRae on Wednesday, the knee injury sustained by Daniel McStay in the Pies’ thrilling preliminary final win over GWS has seen him replaced by swingman Billy Frampton, for his first senior appearance since the final home-and-away round.

Jack Payne.

Jack Payne. (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Grand final teams


B: 28 Nathan Murphy, 30 Darcy Moore (c), 38 Jeremy Howe

HB: 4 Brayden Maynard, 17 Billy Frampton, 3 Isaac Quaynor

C: 22 Steele Sidebottom, 10 Scott Pendlebury, 37 Oleg Markov

HF: 23 Bobby Hill, 41 Brody Mihocek, 5 Jamie Elliott

F: 31 Beau McCreery, 2 Jordan De Goey, 7 Josh Daicos

R: 46 Mason Cox, 35 Nick Daicos, 25 Jack Crisp

I/C: 6 Tom Mitchell, 14 Darcy Cameron, 32 Will Hoskin-Elliott, 33 Jack Ginnivan

Sub (not yet confirmed): 1 Patrick Lipinski

EMG: 9 John Noble, 18 Finlay Macrae, 36 Harvey Harrison

Brisbane Lions

B: 37 Brandon Starcevich, 31 Harris Andrews (c), 27 Darcy Gardiner

HB: 26 Conor McKenna, 35 Ryan Lester, 18 Keidean Coleman

C: 6 Hugh McCluggage, 5 Josh Dunkley, 15 Dayne Zorko

HF: 23 Charlie Cameron, 30 Eric Hipwood, 4 Callum Ah Chee

F: 16 Cam Rayner, 3 Joe Daniher, 33 Zac Bailey

R: 46 Oscar McInerney, 9 Lachie Neale (c), 7 Jarrod Berry

I/C: 2 Deven Robertson, 11 Lincoln McCarthy, 28 Jaspa Fletcher, 44 Darcy Wilmot

Sub (not yet confirmed): 17 Jarryd Lyons

EMG: 29 James Tunstill, 32 Darcy Fort, 40 Jack Payne

- News

Ivan Cleary insists it was no surprise grand final foes Brisbane finished the season as the side standing between Penrith and a historic NRL title three-peat.

The Broncos lost all but one of their final six games last season to drop from the top four and finish the season in ninth place on the ladder.

But Kevin Walters’ side put the competition on notice when they travelled to Penrith and upset the reigning premiers 13-12 in the opening round of the 2023 season.

The Broncos did not looked back after their round-one upset victory, remaining entrenched in the top eight and finishing the season alongside Penrith as one of two premiership heavyweights.

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After three seasons missing the finals, the Broncos’ return to heavyweight status did not shock Cleary.

“I honestly thought that would happen,” Cleary said. “If you saw the way they played last year, there was obvious potential.

“When the sides lined up in round one, I thought when you looked at their side, there wouldn’t be a better roster in the comp and that’s exactly how they’ve played.

“They’ve probably improved as the season’s gone on. 

“The Broncos have been a successful club for a long time. Yes, they’ve had a little bit of a down period but that pretty much happens with everyone. It was no surprise.”

For Penrith, the round-one loss to Brisbane confirmed early cause for concern, the clearest since the Panthers’ resurgence in 2020.

The first-start loss marked the only time since 2019 the Panthers had finished a weekend outside the top eight.

The Panthers had lost to Super League champions St Helens in the World Club Challenge the previous month, and went on to fall to Parramatta in round four for a 1-2 record.

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“It was definitely a difficult start to the year for us,” Cleary said.

“They (the Broncos) had been obviously training very hard through their pre-season.

“It’s none of my business but they were probably looking back at last year and thought that was an opportunity lost. 

“They really started this year with a bang and we felt it. Then we got a couple of other teams that were a bit similar. We felt like we were playing grand finals back-to-back early in the season.”

The Panthers bounced emphatically back to form in round five with a big defeat of Canberra, and are now 80 minutes away from becoming the first side in 40 years to win three consecutive grand finals.

After their shaky start, Penrith learned to be patient on the road back to the decider.

“We worked a couple of things out, we felt like there were some parts of our game that we were trying to evolve but it was probably a little bit too early,” Cleary said.

“As the season’s gone on, we’ve got some wins in the bank and we were able to evolve like we wanted to. Not too much but just enough.”

- The Roar
RWC News: Ex-Wallaby skipper shocked by Eddie’s ‘alarming’ disaster class, league legend’s bizarre call for NRL to buy rugby

Straight-shooting former Australia Test captain Stephen Moore says Eddie Jones must come clean on the Japan job and the Wallabies coach should fall on his sword if he has been interviewed.

In France watching the World Cup, the 129-Test legend has been dismayed by the Wallabies’ dire performance under Jones, with their record loss to Wales following Fiji an intolerable low for the two-time champion team. 

Moore played at three World Cups, captaining the Wallabies to a loss to New Zealand in the 2015 final – a far cry from the current tournament with Australia set to miss the quarter-finals for the first time.

Moore told AAP that Jones’s link to Japan was the latest event in some “alarming behaviour” shown by the 63-year-old, who replaced Dave Rennie in January.

“I was excited when Eddie came in as he’s been a good coach for a long time, but I didn’t expect it to go this poorly,” 40-year-old Moore said.

“Certainly some of the decisions that have been made and some of the behaviour has been a little bit alarming and very different to the type of Eddie that I would have worked with very early in my career and that’s been really disappointing.”

Moore said Jones’s position was untenable if he had been looking to join Japan less than a year into his five-year Australian contract.

“If that’s accurate, I just can’t see how we can continue with that,” Moore said.

“Japan are looking for a coach and they’re in the process of recruiting a coach so Eddie is either going for it or he’s not.

“Whatever his involvement is, we need to hear that and if it’s accurate that he’s been engaging with Japan … I can’t see how he can continue to coach Australia. 

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“As a player, I would find that very difficult.”

Putting his hand up to help, Moore said the problem went beyond Jones, laying the blame at Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan and his board with seemingly reactionary decisions and empty rhetoric.

He used the rapid appointment of Jones without the knowledge of the then CEO and the multi-million dollar deal for untested youngster Joseph Aukuso-Suaalii as examples.

“The coach piece is one part but the big picture has lacked any kind of checks and balances or strategy throughout over the last three or four years,” said Moore, a CEO of an insurance brokerage in Brisbane

“There seems to be a lot of captains picks in many different areas, there doesn’t seem to be any real governance around some of this stuff … there’s a lot of things going on that are very unconventional.

Eddie Jones, Head Coach of Australia walks through the tunnel at half-time following the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Australia at Parc Olympique on September 24, 2023 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Eddie Jones, Head Coach of Australia walks through the tunnel at half-time following the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Australia at Parc Olympique on September 24, 2023 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

“It’s the member unions’ role is to make sure that we have the appropriate governance in place to ensure we’re going in the right direction and there’s consensus around decisions being made.”

Moore wanted to see solid strategy to solve the game’s woes, whether that involved centralisation or cutting Super Rugby teams, and a renewed focus on grass roots.

“For some time there’s been lack of a strategy or a long-term vision for the game at every different level; at the Wallabies, at the grassroots, club rugby, Super rugby, the third tier, I can’t put my finger on any type of direction we have for that stuff.

“We need to build a governance model, a high-performance model, a grassroots system that is going to be the best in the world – that’s what we should be aiming for and at the moment, we’re kidding ourselves if we think what we’re doing is going to get us there.”

Daley’s call for league to buy rugby

NSW rugby league legend Laurie Daley has said the sport should “buy” rugby union to ward off the threat of AFL – a bizarre idea shot down in typical style by ARL boss Peter V’landys.

“Rugby league should buy rugby union,” Daley said on the Big Sports Breakfast radio show. “I think they can co-exist. They can have good competition, and skills are transferable. [The NRL should] own rugby union. I think in 20-25 years time, AFL is a massive threat.

“I just reckon if we were closer together, you’re not in competition and you can utilise those skills. They’re transferable to either code. You can stop the raid of talented players at junior level, going to AFL.”

Vlandy’s responded on the Footy Talk podcast. Well, the first rule in business is that you always buy an asset, not a liability. So I guess that idea would be off the table straight away. Tell Laurie, you don’t buy liabilities, you buy assets.”

Australia World Cup set for expansion

World Rugby’s chief is backing a move to 24 teams for the next World Cup in Austrlaia.

While the change from 20 teams is not yet set in stone, WR CEO Alan Gilpin has briefed media that it is likely to happened following the impact of smaller teams in France.

There have been some batterings – notably Nambia’s 96-0 defeat to France, but Gilpin told the UK Telegraph:

“I personally believe you’ve got to do it, you’ve just got to commit to it and then you invest in the high-performance programmes of the teams that are likely to be those four-to-six teams.

“Chile had a tough match against a very strong England side who played some great rugby at the weekend. Chile played brilliantly against Japan the first game in this World Cup. Portugal, I mean, how amazing have Portugal been in this tournament? In the Rugby World Cup for the second time; Chile for the first time. And so on. The signs are very positive.”

Gilpin acknowledged a 24-strong pool stage would be more “awkward” given it would need to feed into either an eight or 16-team knockout round. The tournament length of seven weeks would also need to be considered.

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Mizuno Commemorates Scott Rolen with Very Limited MZP-527

Mizuno has wowed us yet again with their limited edition release for the month of July. Mizuno pulled out all the stops to honor Hall of Fame inductee, third baseman Scott Rolen. Rolen was a Mizuno guy for the vast majority of his 17 year MLB career. That Mizuno leather helped him add 8 Gold Glove awards to his mantle throughout his time in The Show.

Mizuno knew they had to do something special when creating the Pro Limited MZP-527 to commemorate Rolen’s HOF career. This 11.75″, natural cork colored beauty they reincarnated for this “Legend Drop” is the epitome of a classic ball glove.

The biggest appeal to the MZP-527 is undoubtedly the retro look. Since 2005, Mizuno gloves have featured their iconic run bird logo. For the first time in nearly two decades, the “Big M” graces a ball glove again. Appearing on both the wrist and the I-web, the Big M logo is iconic and will surely bring many of us back to a simpler time.

While the look is iconic, the MZP-527 is far from just a beauty queen. Made in Mizuno’s legendary Haga factory, the craftsmanship is unparalleled. That elite-level attention to detail is paired with Deguchi steerhide leather, some of the best steerhide available in the world.

The MZP-527 represents the “restomod” of ball gloves. In the car world, a restomod is a classic car that has been restored but with modern technology. Think a ’69 Mustang with a brand new engine and modern infotainment system. The MZP-527 brings that same concept to the diamond. This timeless look from the early 2000s is paired with all of the best modern materials, technology, and techniques Mizuno has continued to master over the years.

The attention to detail extends well beyond build quality. Each glove features this limited palm stamp – the day Scott Rolen will be enshrined in Cooperstown. The throwback nods continue past the Big M logo and extend to the “Made in Japan” pinky stamp as well as the “Limited Edition” stamp on the thumb. Both are period-correct to the time when this glove would have been worn by Rolen himself. Even the model number represent Rolen’s career. The 527 breaks down to the third base position, 5, combined with the number most closely associated with Rolen, 27.

The Pro Limited MZP-527 will release on Mizuno USA on Sunday July 23rd to coincide with Rolen’s inauguration ceremony. The MZP-527 won’t come cheap with a price tag of $600 but does represent of one the best retro glove releases we’ve seen and something truly special from Mizuno. Even with the high price tag, the US will only be getting 27 units (17 in Canada) so they won’t last long.

This classic beauty contrasts nicely with the absolutely wild KM Flow pitchers piece Mizuno dropped last month. Stay tuned as the limited releases from Mizuno are going to keep coming.

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- Ben Masi
Mizuno Drops EXTREMELY Limited KM Flow Glove

Mizuno is synonymous with unmatched quality. Their Haga, Japan factory is the stuff of glove lore. The folks over at Mizuno have once again reached into their Haga bag of tricks and pulled out a limited edition release unlike any other we’ve seen.

Enter the Kenta Maeda Flow. This 12″ pitchers piece is one of the most unique we have seen in a while and certainly one of the most unique we have seen from Mizuno here in the US.

The most noticeable feature is the “flowing” welt pattern on the back. While this is said to help with shape and break in, it also just flat out looks cool.

To add to that “cool factor”, Mizuno made the back a high-grade red and black suede. This suede back is paired with a tried-and-true Prexy Kip leather palm and accents.

The web on the KM Flow is also only available in the States through this limited release. The Honeycomb web adds eye-catching detail while retaining the closed web to hide pitches. A killer combo.

When we say this drop is limited, we mean it. There will be 16 available in RHT and only 2 available in LHT. If you want one, don’t hesitate.

A limited edition, Made in Haga release comes with a price tag to match. The Mizuno KM Flow will run you $550. An undeniably steep price tag but for an undeniably special glove.

This glove is AVAILABLE NOW on Mizuno’s website and won’t be the only limited release we will be seeing from Mizuno this year.

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Just a heads up, we’ve been churning out some new video content, including new Locker Tours with Bobby Witt Jr. and Miggy Rojas among others. They’re on our YouTube channel right now and more will be incoming over the next few weeks. Subscribe for notifications, we’re about to hit 40K on there! We’ll be sharing shorter clips on Instagram and TikTok.

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- Ben Masi
Wilson Releases Two 2024 Aso’s Lab A2Ks

Wilson has released a handful of special edition gloves under the “Aso’s Lab” umbrella in the past. These represent new patterns or modifications developed in large part by Wilson Master Glove Craftsman Shigeaki Aso. This release features two models – one pitcher and one infield – that draw from the success of Wilson’s relatively new 1810 outfield pattern.

A2K 1723SS 11.75″ Infield Glove

The 1723SS was designed for infielders who wear their gloves with two fingers in the pinky stall. The redesigned wrist strap is made to hug the players hand. This fit is intended to lock the glove on while ranging for ground balls to the glove or backhand side. The finger stalls have also been altered to better accommodate a two-in-the-piny grip. SuperSkin was added to improve longevity and the black SnakeSkin accents add a little extra flair to the 1723SS.

A2K B23 12″ Pitchers Glove

The new 12″ B23 pitchers pattern takes all of the same custom internal queues from the 1810 (and now the 1723). The result is a glove for the bump with the same two-in-the-pinky fit. The B23 also features a finger hood shifted to the middle finger to allow for the intended grip glove while not tipping pitches.

The B23 also boasts a new web we saw at Spring Training this year. Wilson calls this closed web the Swordsman Web. A black SnakeSkin leather inlay is accented by the white stitch on this Aso’s Lab model for a clean look.

Both Aso’s Lab models from Wilson are available now for $400 but supplies are likely limited.

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- Ben Masi
New Balance to Drop Shohei Ohtani Game Model Glove

New Balance is making waves in baseball. They have always been one of the best options for cleats but their partnership with The Unicorn, Shohei Ohtani, is propelling them to new heights. Enter the A2KSO17. A glove crafted for the most special player on the planet will be available to the public in limited quantities this summer.

The A2KSO17 is the culmination of a partnership between New Balance and Wilson, two of the most recognizable names in sports. Working with world renowned glove craftsman Shigeaki Aso, Ohtani developed a glove that’s as unique as he is. This glove is an A2K at its core. Featuring Wilson staples like Tan Pro Stock Select leather and double palm construction, the A2KSO17 will feel familiar to those who have handled A2Ks.

Another Wilson feature is their iconic SuperSkin material that wraps from the thumb around to the pinky. SuperSkin is still considered the gold standard in glove synthetics. It’s lightweight, durable, and water-resistant making it ideal for the rigors of a 162 game season.

Shohei and Aso worked to tailor this glove to Ohtani’s exact specifications. The fingers of the A2KSO17 are long and based off of an outfield model while the pocket was widened to decrease the likelihood of tipping pitches. The wrist strap and a modified palm liner were added to ensure a secure fit that would limit movement on the hand as much as possible. The liner looks to have the same (or a similar) texture as SuperSkin. Ohtani also prioritizes stiffness in his gloves. Aso included high-grade wool inserts in the thumb and pinky to achieve Shohei’s desired outcome.

One of the most unique features is the New Balance 574 shoe embroidered on the modified wrist strap. New Balance says this is a “nod to his relationship with New Balance extending well beyond baseball”. The company is passionate about their athletes leaving a legacy both on and off the field.

We will continue to provide updates on the glove as they become available. Needless to say, we are excited to see the continued growth on the diamond from New Balance.

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- Ben Masi
Talking Gloves with #7 Overall Pick Nick Gonzales

Nick Gonzales was a one man wrecking crew at New Mexico State University. After walking-on, he posted a career average of .399 with an OPS of 1.249. In the COVID shortened 2020 season, Gonzales hit .448 with 12 bombs in just 16 games for the Aggies. This absurd start helped solidified his draft stock for that June. The Pirates drafted the second baseman 7th overall in the 2020 draft and he now sits at #5 on the Buccos’ Top Prospect List.

2023 Spring Training via @pittsburghpirates on IG

Gonzales is primarily a second baseman but has been spending more time on the left side at third base and shortstop. Nick has been with Rawlings since being drafted and has no plans on switching. The first question that prompted was…

“Heart of the Hide or Pro Preferred?”

Nick’s response was an interesting one. He said “I really like to get both a Pro Preferred and a Heart of Hide to break them in at the same time and see which one I prefer for that year. I have definitely used Heart of Hide more since it seems to break in quicker.” You often see guys on one side of the debate or the other but Gonzales simply goes by feel after they’re worked in a little.

The next question relates to glove pattern. Being a second baseman in college, Nick grew accustom to a shallow pocket that emphasized a quick transfer. Since being drafted, Nick has used the iconic TT2 pattern from Rawlings. The shallow pocket with a thumb to middle finger close was ideal for the slick fielding Gonzales.

But, with more time being spent on the left side, Nick wanted to change it up.

He said “I have always used the TT2 and never tried anything else. When I move over to the other side of the infield playing SS and 3rd, I wanted something with a bigger pocket. For this season, I switched to the 200 pattern to give a little extra depth” Gonzales did retain the 11.5″ length from the TT2 with the switch to the 200 pattern, however.

Pictured above is the Pro Preferred offering he designed for the 2023 season. The PROS204-7KC adds a little more flash than we’re used to seeing from the usually understated Gonzales. He broke his “classic” mold by adding the red accents, the Speed Shell back, and even the V web. While louder than his go-to all tan TT2 from years past, this combo works perfect for the AAA Indianapolis Indians and ties in beautifully with the Pirates red accents if he gets the call this year.

For his Heart of the Hide, Gonzales went with all neutral colors. Black, brown, and blonde always work well and adding the mesh was a nice touch for some weight savings.

This PRO204-2HB is the same base pattern as his Pro Preferred, just in Heart of the Hide steerhide and with an I-web. I asked Nick about the design process for his gloves since these are a little different than what we’ve seen in the past. He said “This year, I tried to have some more flash on my glove. I went with a little bit of red and the non-leather back to change things up. But I try to find what is simple but looks really good”. While some guys go all out with a theme, like our first Talking Gloves piece with Jon Duplantier, Gonzales just finds a color combo he likes and rolls with it.

The ‘Nicky G” stitched on the thumb is pretty self explanatory. “Keep Hammering”, however, is a phrase I hadn’t seen before. When he’s not on the field, Gonzales often finds himself in his truck listening to some Zach Bryan (dude has good taste) on his way to go hunting. “Keep Hammering” is a quote from his favorite bow hunter that resonated with him. He said he adds it to his glove as a reminder to push through the tough days and to always keep working. A simple but important mantra as Gonzales says “Everyday is a new day and an opportunity to get better and learn from yesterday’s mistakes.”

Arizona Fall League 2022 via @youngbucspit on IG

As always, a big thank you to Nick for taking some time to answer our questions and talk gloves! Make sure you shoot Nick a follow on IG and let us know who else you’d like to see on our next Talking Gloves post!

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- Ben Masi
Talking Gloves with Phillies #2 Prospect Mick Abel

Mick Abel, former 15th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, has made the climb up the Phillies prospect list and landed at the #2 spot. The 6’5″ right-hander out of Oregon has a commanding mid-to-upper 90s fastball with a glove game to match. Mick took some time to show off his two Nike SHADO Elite Js for this year and answer a few questions for us.

@philsplayerdev on IG

Abel put together two super clean gamers for 2023. The first is an all black two-piece that adds a red liner and baby blue accents. A subtle look that came together beautifully. The second features a gray base with black binding, welting, and laces. The Double V web and pop of red on the Swoosh/liner make for a winning combo.

The Q and A

Q: Growing up in Oregon, what does it mean to be a Nike athlete?

A: “It means the world to me. I always wore Nike growing up, so it’s a dream come true.”

Q: Do you put anything special on your gloves? (Someone’s name, a date, a bible verse, etc)

A: “I wrote “CP” on my gloves for this year. My close friend and teammate Corey Phelan passed away during the fall after battling cancer, and this is a way I can keep him with me on the mound.”

Q: What’s the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make since being drafted?

A: “Biggest adjustment has been my routine on days I’m not pitching. Always have to stay on top of my routine to stay healthy and in a good spot mentally.”

Q: Biggest piece of advice you would give your younger self?

A: “I would tell myself to control what I can control on the mound. Don’t worry about what’s out of your hands or else the game will speed up on you quick.”

Make sure to show Mick some love and shoot him a follow on IG. Let us know down below any other questions you’d like to see us ask in our Talking Gear Series!

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Ranking all 20 World Baseball Classic Uniforms (Even Great Britain)

As the World Baseball Classic gets underway, we get a look at all the new uniforms, and of course we have opinions. These uniforms will be ranked both from visual aesthetics and design as well as by the history and meaning behind these designs. Not every WBC uniform is created equal, so don’t expect us to pull any punches.

#20 – Great Britain

Great Britain looks like they remembered they needed jerseys the night before. They slapped the most boiler plate block font on it, and the font itself is too small for the jersey. A lot of countries used a solid color jersey with block font, and even amongst a number of jerseys with the same idea, Great Britain stood out for its blandness. Its like they didn’t expect to qualify.

#19 – Nicaragua Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Nicaragua’s uniforms, they just aren’t that special. The jersey works well with the Nicaraguan flag, and the font feels like something we would see on an MLB jersey. While they are only one spot above Great Britain, they are leagues ahead of what the Brits are donning in the tournament this year. Overall, I take no issue with Nicaragua but a lot of the other countries went above and beyond this basic style of uniform. Bonus points for Juan Montes’ mustache, that guy deserves an MLB contract just for that handlebar.

#18 – Chinese Taipei Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

I want to preface this section with an acknowledgement that many people are upset with the WBC calling this nation Chinese Taipei rather than Taiwan. I will be using that name due to that being their official name in the tournament and using “CT” logos for Chinese Taipei on their uniforms.

That being said, I went back and forth on whether or not I liked these. The overall design is actually pretty good. I really liked that they took their old logo and added laces to the “C.” The issue I have is that these are screen printed jerseys. If your national team is playing on baseball’s biggest international stage, pony up for the stitched jerseys. The screen print looks like a travel ball team.

#17 – Panama Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

These are at the top of my list with the more basic block letter jerseys. Having “Panama” outlined in two colors adds a nice level of depth to the text. One of my favorite parts of the jersey is having the “Fedebeis” logo on the left side of the chest, giving the Panamanian professional baseball league some exposure. Like many of these jerseys, they’re not bad, I just expected better.

#16 – Colombia Photo courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

Colombia may be a little low, but this is all opinion. The jersey does a good job of featuring the two most prominent colors on the Colombian flag. The Adidas jersey looks particularly nice with the white and blue piping on the ends of the sleeves. The pants feature a red “C,” which is the Colombian baseball logo. The red “C” looks out of place as its not featured anywhere else on the jersey or pants. This uniform reminds me of the Boston City Connect jerseys, and I think that’s what lost it points in my eyes. I never loved those unis, and the yellow is just a little too bright for my taste.

#15 – Mexico Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

I went back and forth about these uniforms so many times. I really like the font. The overall design falls under the category of big block letters on the front with the first letter big on the hat which definitely hurt its rankings. It is also a near carbon copy of their previous uniforms. At the end of the day, I like the overall look of the Mexico unis, but they aren’t in the top tier.

#14 – Canada Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

​​Canada’s uniforms are similar in style to Mexico’s but have a couple of things that bumped them up in the rankings for me. The biggest thing for me is seeing that Canada used a logo on the hat rather than a big “C”. Canada Baseball has its own logo, a maple leaf with a baseball whipping around inside it, and that set it apart for me. These uniforms also get credit due to the fact that they were a big step up from their old uniforms in 2017, both simplifying the design while making it crisper and generally more Canadian.

#13 – Dominican Republic Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

The Dominican Republic may have been one of the most conflicting uniforms I looked at while putting together these rankings. On one hand, their white jerseys are absolutely gorgeous. Simple, classic, elegant, exactly what you want a jersey to be. On the other hand, the gradient jerseys look like a 13U travel ball team that just found out that their distributor could do gradients. It just does not work and honestly looks low effort. So its a split decision on these due to the alternates.

#12 – USA Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

I’m going to catch a lot of flack for putting the US as low as I am, but I’m an impartial journalist. Deal with it. While the logo on the front is an absolute classic and I love the look of it, we’ve used it for years and its now a little dated. It was a good look while it lasted, but the lack of updates sends it way further down my list than most would have expected.

#11 – Czech Republic Photo courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

The Czech jerseys are a solid all-around uniform. Everything about the design is well done, I genuinely have zero complaints about what they did here. Two aspects in particular really stood out to me. The first is the usage of the native name “Česko”. Its a nice nod to their heritage and country’s history that was kept simple and well done. The second thing I liked, they put the “CR” for the Czech Republic in the shape of a home plate on the hat.


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Maybe I ranked these jerseys a little too high, but how can you not want the plumbers and firemen to win it all.

#10 – Puerto Rico Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

Puerto Rico is back at it with the grey and white Adidas uniforms, and they are very similar to the ones worn in previous years. Similar to Korea and the white Dominican uniforms, they are for the most part simple and pleasing. The grey uniforms in particular really butter my bread. The white ones, however, I don’t love one certain aspect of. There is a blue silhouette of the Cape San Juan Light and a shore line that just looks a little goofy for my taste. Overall though, these are a perfect #10 spot, the ideal middle-of-the-pack uniform.

#9 – Korea Photo courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

At one point in time Korea was my #1 uniform in these rankings. The designer understood what colors the human eye likes seeing together, and it works for me.

#8 – Israel Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

Israel, with a design by Warstic, put together one of the most gorgeous blue pinstripe jerseys I’ve seen, and the definitive third-best pinstripes in the Classic. To me, these uniforms look like a combination of the Blue Jays and Cubs home uniforms, and I love it. The thing about these jerseys I really love is putting the Star of David on the hat. I prefer something other than a letter on the hat, and the Star of David for Israel is absolutely perfect.

#7 – Venezuela Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

I love these blue and gold uniforms from Venezuela. These colors are tough to combine, but Venezuela made it work for me. They are at #7, though, because they are screen-printed! For the WBC, the Venezuelan boys deserve better.

#6 – China Photo courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

China has the coolest logo in the WBC. The “C” in China is designed to be a dragon, which standalone is so freaking cool. It gets so much cooler when you look at what dragons symbolize in Chinese culture. In China, Dragons are associated with power and strength. In a tournament to decide who dominates the world in one of the most widely played sports in the world, a symbol of power and dominance goes astronomically hard.

But again, a screen-printed jersey is a no from this guy. You may get tired of me using that as a reason to dox points, but I refuse to compromise on this. They’re terrible.

#5 – Australia Photo courtesy of the Australia Baseball

Australia! Good work on these designs. These New Balance jerseys in white and green have a great look, and they did a fantastic job of incorporating the stars in their flag on the hat without mixing the color schemes between the jersey and flag. I put Australia at the #6 spot because of the small design on the lower right side of the jersey. Though hard to see, I was able to get a look at it while watching one of their games, and this is a mixture of aboriginal symbols. There is a rightward-facing arrow that is a hunting boomerang, and a circle surrounded by smaller circles that represent stars. This tribute to the native population of Australia is perhaps one of my favorite design elements used in the Classic this year. You might ask then, why are they not in the top three? Say it with me, NO MORE SCREEN-PRINTED JERSEYS. I hate them, automatic no.

#4 – The Netherlands Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

At number five we have the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They took a massive step up this year from their previous jerseys. They moved away from the black unis toward white uniforms with navy pinstripes. The big change, however, was the hat. They moved away from the “NL” logo to a crown that works absolutely beautifully with the navy hats. The Netherlands draws a lot of uniform inspiration from its national football team, which famously dons orange kits. Something small but cool is a patch on the sleeve. The Kingdom of the Netherlands includes small tropical islands like Aruba and Curaçao, and players from these islands are able to put a patch on their sleeve that advertises their home island’s tourism industry.

#3 – Cuba Photos courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

Cuba stayed with their signature style. Cuba in script with a number on the lower left side, as well as a two-color sleeve and body combination. This year, however, they did something unique. They switched from blue to red text for the country name, and the big difference was the addition of a white star in the tail of the script writing. This star was added as a call to their national flag, which has a white star within a red triangle. This is a great addition, and small changes like that really make a big difference. In line with that, they also switched from a simple “C” on the hat to a C with a star, again a nice call to their flag. Lastly, the gradient fade on the sleeves, unlike the Dominican usage on the entire jersey, looks good to me since its used sparingly. It’s a great design element, not a great design.

#2 – Italy

After doing some research and looking into the Italian jersey, it may be my favorite in the tournament, but after excessive polling of people I was hanging out with I decided it shouldn’t be in the top spot. Out the gate, the script “Italia” on the front is too clean. It looks so nice. You may be thinking to yourself, why on God’s green Earth are their uniforms blue and not red, white and green? Both their national baseball team and national football team, known as the Azzurri (the “Blues”), use blue uniforms, and it dates back to the early days of the Kingdom of Italy. This is a connection to the crest of the House of Savoy, which was used on the flag of the Kingdom of Italy at the time. Italy has kept this tradition going, and I am absolutely about it. That level of tradition being kept over a century rocketed the Italian jersey up into the top three.

#1 – Japan Photo courtesy of the World Baseball Classic and the MLB

Japan did some amazing work putting together their jerseys for this years World Baseball Classic, so I am naming them the inaugural winner of the WBC Look Good Play Good Award. Congrats, gentlemen. Japan’s main uniforms are Mizuno pinstripes. Japan stuck with the Samurai Japan font and overall look. Japan very effectively took their old uniforms and just improved them. Instead of overhauling the design, they improved the color scheme. Previously, the only two colors were white and navy. This year, they changed the pinstripes to a red and navy helix.

They outlined the letter and numbers in a cream/gold color, and they added a solid navy piping around the collar and buttons. They also switched up the hats, which now have a red J and red stitching with a cream brim and outline on the J. One of the best moves was relocating the Japanese flag to the sleeve from the chest. These uniforms are classics. And guess what, I said I wasn’t going to compromise on my hatred of screen-printeds, but here we are. I’m doing it. Maybe I’m a hypocrite. Maybe these jerseys are just that good. Maybe during this tournament, I’m realizing that I have feelings for Lars Nootbar. Whatever the reason, these are taking home the cake for the 2022 World Baseball Classic uniform rankings.

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- Ben Masi
Bobby Witt Jr.’s Wilson A2000 1785 (April GOTM)

Wilson gave us a good look at Bobby Witt Jr.’s A2000 1785 during their visit to Royals Camp and it didn’t dissapoint.

Witt went with the 1785, an 11.75″ model from Wilson featuring a laced post web and gap welt. A classic blonde base is accented by a wild camo strip on the pointer finger. Blonde, white and royal are a killer combo and Witt doesn’t miss with this one.

If you like this one as much as we do, you’re in luck. Witt’s A2000 will drop as Wilson’s Glove of the Month for April. Keep an eye out on IG and your local GOTM dealer for this release.

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- Ben Masi
Rawlings Drops ColorSync 7.0 Heart of the Hide Line

The popular ColorSync line from the folks over at Rawlings is back for its seventh iteration. This glove line features eye-catching designs that boast a Rawlings patch that matches the glove instead of the iconic Red Label.

This drop every year produces some of the most unique offerings from Rawlings. They released 11 gloves in total and here are a few of our favorites.

My favorite by far is this red and tan 11.5″ PRO204W. Not only does it have the iconic wingtip design, but the tan leather features a topographical print to pair with the tan leather patches.

This 11.5″ PRO934 is another flashy meets classy combo pairing a camel base with white and baby blue accents.

For the outfielders, this black and blue 12.75″ PROMT27 adds just the right amount of pop to the stealthy black base.

Our guys on the bump weren’t left out by Rawlings either. This 11.75″ PRO205 with hand sewn welt (also now live on the custom builder) and baby blue/pink accents just works.

All of these are available now on Rawlings website for $300.

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BAN vs NZ | Twitter reacts to Ish Sodhi's heroics in New Zealand's comfortable 86-run win
The second ODI between Bangladesh and New Zealand ended up in the favour of the Kiwis as they defeated the Tigers comfortably by 86 runs in Mirpur. With the first ODI called off due to rain, the Black Caps took a lead in the series with Ish Sodhi playing a starring role with a six-wicket haul.
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BAN vs NZ | Twitter reacts to Tamim Iqbal rendering DRS useless with unusual change of heart
All batsmen have the tendency to safeguard their wicket, but the introduction of technology has ensured they fall victim, even when the umpire declares them secure. Tamim Iqbal perfectly exhibited how proficient DRS has become when he walked off as soon as the Black Caps opted for a review.
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BAN vs NZ | Twitter in awe of Ish Sodhi's joyful hug with Hassan after Bangladesh revoke Mankad appeal
Cricket has widely been known as a gentleman's game with the spirit of sports a central debate in its modern practice. The topic flared up once again on Saturday in Mirpur, albeit with a largely happy conclusion, as Ish Sodhi joyfully hugged Hasan after Bangladesh forgave his dismissal.
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BAN vs NZ | Twitter reacts to Khaled Ahmed's unprovoked aggression failing to impact Nicholls
In cricket, bowlers have often resorted to unyielding aggression to both assert dominance and bolster their own confidence. One such incident unfolded in the second ODI between in Mirpur where in an attempt to unsettle the opposing batsman Henry Nicholls, Khaled Ahmed took a violent approach.
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WNCL 2023-24 Points Table: Women’s National Cricket League 2023-24 Team Standings

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Points table for the Women’s National Cricket League 2023-24 (WNCL 2023-24), which is scheduled to be played from September 22, 2023 to February 23, 2024 in Australia.

Women’s National Cricket League 2023-24 Points Table # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L Tie T Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 South Australian Scorpions SAU-W 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +1.642 +1.642 10 10 2 Western Australia Women WA-W 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +1.513 +1.513 5 5 3 Queensland Fire QUN-W 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 +0.275 +0.275 5 5 4 New South Wales Breakers NSW-W 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -0.275 -0.275 5 5 5 Tasmania Women TAS-W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 6 Victoria Women VCT-W 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -1.513 -1.513 0 0 7 ACT Meteors ACT-W 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -1.642 -1.642 0 0

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Marsh One Day Cup 2023-24 Points Table: Australian One Day Cup 2023-24 Team Standings

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Points table for the Marsh One Day Cup 2023-24 (Australian One Day Cup 2023-24), which is scheduled to be played from September 24, 2023 to February 25, 2023 in Australia.

Marsh One Day Cup 2023-24 Points Table # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Western Australia WAU 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +0.916 +0.916 8 8 2 New South Wales NSW 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +1.895 +1.895 4 4 3 Victoria VCT 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0.628 +0.628 4 4 4 South Australia SAU 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.440 -0.440 0 0 5 Tasmania TAS 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -1.213 -1.213 0 0 6 Queensland QUN 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -1.240 -1.240 0 0

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Minor League Cricket 2023 Points Table: MiLC 2023 Team Standings

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Points table for the Minor League Cricket 2023 (MiLC 2023), which is scheduled to be played from August 4, 2023 to October 2, 2023 in United States of America (USA).

Minor League Cricket 2023 Points Table Atlantic Conference Southern Division # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Atlanta Lightning ATL 10 10 7 7 1 1 2 2 +1.680 +1.680 16 16 2 Atlanta Fire ATF 10 10 6 6 3 3 1 1 +1.271 +1.271 13 13 3 Ft Lauderdale Lions FLL 10 10 5 5 3 3 2 2 -0.254 -0.254 12 12 4 Baltimore Royals BAR 10 10 4 4 5 5 1 1 +0.425 +0.425 9 9 5 Morrisville Raptors MOR 10 10 2 2 4 4 4 4 -0.256 -0.256 8 8 6 Orlando Galaxy OLG 10 10 1 1 9 9 0 0 -2.477 -2.477 2 2 Eastern Division # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 The Philadelphians PLP 10 10 6 6 1 1 2 2 +0.773 +0.773 14 14 2 New Jersey Stallions NJS 10 10 6 6 4 4 0 0 +0.474 +0.474 12 12 3 New Jersey Somerset Cavaliers NJSC 10 10 5 5 4 4 1 1 +0.299 +0.299 11 11 4 New England Eagles NEE 10 10 5 5 4 4 1 1 -0.092 -0.092 11 11 5 Empire State Titans EST 10 10 3 3 6 6 1 1 -1.679 -1.679 7 7 6 Manhattan Yorkers MAY 10 10 2 2 7 7 1 1 -1.269 -1.269 5 5 Pacific Conference Central Division # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Dallas Mustangs DMU 10 10 8 8 2 2 0 0 +1.395 +1.395 16 16 2 Michigan Cricket Stars MCS 10 10 6 6 3 3 1 1 +0.986 +0.986 13 13 3 Chicago Kingsmen CHK 10 10 4 4 3 3 3 3 +0.368 +0.368 11 11 4 Lone Star Athletics LSA 10 10 5 5 4 4 1 1 +0.184 +0.184 11 11 5 Dallas Giants DGI 10 10 5 5 4 4 1 1 -0.059 -0.059 11 11 6 Houston Hurricanes HOH 10 10 4 4 6 6 0 0 -0.155 -0.155 8 8 7 St Louis Americans SLA 10 10 2 2 7 7 1 1 -1.179 -1.179 5 5 8 Chicago Tigers CHT 10 10 2 2 7 7 1 1 -1.621 -1.621 5 5 Western Division # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 East Bay Blazers EBB 10 10 8 8 1 1 1 1 +0.851 +0.851 17 17 2 Silicon Valley Strikers SVS 10 10 6 6 3 3 1 1 +0.301 +0.301 13 13 3 Golden State Grizzlies GSG 10 10 4 4 6 6 0 0 +0.090 +0.090 8 8 4 Seatle Thunderbolts SET 10 10 4 4 6 6 0 0 -0.011 -0.011 8 8 5 Social Lashings SOL 10 10 4 4 6 6 0 0 -0.370 -0.370 8 8 6 San Diego Surf Riders SDR 10 10 3 3 7 7 0 0 -0.754 -0.754 6 6

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CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division One 2023 Points Table and Team Standings

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Points Table for the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division One 2023, which is scheduled to be played September 18, 2023 to October 28, 2023 in South Africa.

CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division One 2023 Points Table # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Western Province WEP 3 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 +3.238 +3.238 11 11 2 Dolphins DOL 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 2 +0.146 +0.146 8 8 3 Titans TTS 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +4.740 +4.740 4 4 4 AET Tuskers TUS 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +2.191 +2.191 5 5 5 Warriors WAR 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 -0.000 -0.000 2 2 6 DP World Lions LIO 3 3 0 0 2 2 1 1 -3.445 -3.445 2 2 7 Rocks ROC 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 -4.740 -4.740 2 2 8 North West Dragons NWD 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -0.407 -0.407 0 0

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CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division Two 2023 Points Table and Team Standings

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Points Table for the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division Two 2023, which is scheduled to be played September 16, 2023 to October 20, 2023 in South Africa.

CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Division Two 2023 Points Table # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Knights KTS 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 +1.466 +1.466 13 13 2 South Western Warriors SWD 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 +1.094 +1.094 7 7 3 Limpopo Impalas LIM 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 -0.050 -0.050 6 6 4 Border BOR 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 +0.622 +0.622 5 5 5 South Africa Emerging SA-E 3 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 +0.441 +0.441 5 5 6 Northern Cape NC 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 +0.260 +0.260 4 4 7 Mpumalanga Rhinos MPR 3 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 -1.077 -1.077 4 4 8 Eastern Storm ES 3 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 -2.274 -2.274 4 4

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Kuwait T10 Emerging 2023 Points Table: KCC T10 Emerging League 2023 Team Standings

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Points table for the KCC T10 Emerging League 2023 (Kuwait T10 Emerging 2023), which is scheduled to be played from September 16, 2023 to October 27, 2023 at Sulaibiya Cricket Ground, Kuwait.

KCC T10 Emerging League 2023 Points Table Group A # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Chennai Fire Boys CFB 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +5.154 +5.154 4 4 2 Global Champs GC 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +1.900 +1.900 4 4 3 Al Hajery XI ALH 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +0.300 +0.300 4 4 4 Al Muzaini Exchange Company ALM 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -1.943 -1.943 0 0 5 Karavali United Cricket Club KUCC 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -2.650 -2.650 0 0 6 Mumbai Warriors MW 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -3.708 -3.708 0 0 Group B # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 CECC-B CEC-B 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +2.210 +2.210 4 4 2 MEC Study Group MEC 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +1.800 +1.800 4 4 3 Centurion United CU 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -0.091 -0.091 2 2 4 Xent XEN 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -1.150 -1.150 2 2 5 Toyota TGS TGS 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.786 -0.786 0 0 6 Rayan XI RAY 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -1.698 -1.698 0 0 Group C # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Marafie Bengal Tigers MBT 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +1.007 +1.007 4 4 2 Osmani CC OSM 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 +0.050 +0.050 2 2 3 Blue Squadrons BS 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -0.500 -0.500 2 2 4 Winners FXP FXP 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -1.041 -1.041 2 2 5 Arab Islamic Insurance AII 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -2.782 -2.782 2 2 6 Lexus LEX 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -0.463 -0.463 0 0 Group D # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Phoenix Cricketers PC 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +0.900 +0.900 4 4 2 Renegades K REN 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +0.432 +0.432 4 4 3 Gujarat Lions GL 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 +0.137 +0.137 2 2 4 Yousef Cricket Club YCC 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 -0.032 -0.032 2 2 5 Chiplun Strikers CS 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -0.581 -0.5.81 0 0 6 Al-Rashed International
Shipping Co ARI 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 -0.692 -0.692 0 0

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KCC T10 Challengers Cup 2023 Points Table and Team Standings

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Points table for the KCC T10 Challengers Cup 2023, which is scheduled to played from September 21, 2023 to October 27, 2023 at Sulaibiya Cricket Ground, Kuwait.

KCC T10 Challengers Cup 2023 Points Table Group A # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Seazen Challengers SZN 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 +2.655 +2.655 4 4 2 MG Warriors MGW 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +8.771 +8.771 2 2 3 SBS CC SBS 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 +0.058 +0.058 2 2 4 SLRCC SLRCC 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -2.500 -2.500 0 0 5 Noor Academy NCA 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -2.550 -2.550 0 0 6 Al Sayer ASR 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -8.771 -8.771 0 0 Group B # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Cochin Hurricanes COH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +1.264 +1.264 2 2 2 Gujarat Cricket Club GCC 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0.658 +0.658 2 2 3 Stack CC XI STX 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0.242 +0.242 2 2 4 Afghan XI AFG-XI 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.242 -0.242 0 0 5 GAT GAT 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.658 -0.658 0 0 6 KRM Panthers KRM 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -1.264 -1.264 0 0

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Oman D20 2023 Points Table: Oman D20 League 2023 Team Standings

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Points table for the Oman D20 2023 (Oman D20 League 2023), which is scheduled to be played from September 26, 2023 to October 10, 2023 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1), Oman.

Oman D20 League 2023 Points Table # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L Tie T Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Ruwi Rangers RUR 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +5.200 +5.200 2 2 2 Qurum Thunders QUT 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +3.650 +3.650 2 2 3 Azaiba XI AZA 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0.350 +0.350 2 2 4 Amerat Royals AMR 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0.050 +0.050 2 2 5 Bousher Busters BOB 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.050 -0.050 0 0 6 Ghubrah Giants GGI 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.350 -0.350 0 0 7 Khuwair Warriors KHW 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -3.650 -3.650 0 0 8 Darsait Titans DAT 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -5.200 -5.200 0 0

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ISL 2023-24: FC Goa announce 25-member squad for 2023-24 Indian Super League

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FC Goa announced their 25-member squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24). Headlining the team is the experienced Head Coach, Manolo Marquez, who is accompanied by his team that comprises Benito Montalvo, Gouramangi Singh, Asier Rey Santin and Jose Carlos Barroso.

In the goalkeeping department, FC Goa is fortified by the presence of Dheeraj Singh, Arshdeep Singh and Hrithik Tiwari.

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Standings

The defensive lineup, which includes Sanson Pereira, Sandesh Jhingan, Carl McHugh, Narayan Das, Leander D’Cunha, Odei Onaindia, Boris Singh, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama and Jay Gupta, showcases a strong mix of both Indian and international talent.

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In the midfield, the Gaurs boast a dynamic roster featuring Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Ayush Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Rowllin Borges, Paulo Retre, Victor Rodriguez, Brison Fernandes and Muhammed Nemil.

Rounding out the team are the attacking forces, Noah Sadaoui, Carlos Martinez and Devendra Murgaokar.

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Transfer Live News and Updates

FC Goa squad for ISL 2023-24

Head Coach: Manolo Marquez

Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Hrithik Tiwari

Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Sandesh Jhingan, Carl McHugh, Narayan Das, Leander D’Cunha, Odei Onaindia, Boris Singh, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Jay Gupta

Midfielders: Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Ayush Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Rowllin Borges, Paulo Retre, Victor Rodriguez, Brison Fernandes, Muhammed Nemil

Forwards: Noah Sadaoui, Carlos Martinez, Devendra Murgaokar

Midfielder and Indian international Brandon Fernandes is the team’s captain. The leadership group additionally comprises Sandesh Jhingan, Odei Onaindia and Carl McHugh.

Also Check: ISL Transfers Window – All completed signings for ISL 2023-24

This season’s FC Goa squad for the ISL features as many as eight homegrown players from the state of Goa. Hrithik Tiwari, Leander D’Cunha, Saviour Gama and Brison Fernandes continue their development with the Club’s Senior team after rising through the ranks from the Developmental side.

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ISL 2023-24 Points Table: Indian Super League 2023-24 Team Standings

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Points table for the tenth season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24), which is scheduled to be played from September 21, 2023 in India.

ISL 2023-24 Standings # Team Played P Won W Draw D Lost L GF GA GD Points Pts 1 Mohun Bagan Super Giant 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 1 +3 6 6 2 Odisha FC 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 +2 3 3 3 Kerala Blasters FC 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3 3 4 Mumbai City FC 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3 3 5 East Bengal FC 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 Jamshedpur FC 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 FC Goa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Hyderabad FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 NorthEast United FC 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 -1 0 0 10 Bengaluru FC 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 3 -2 0 0 11 Punjab FC 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 -2 0 0 12 Chennaiyin FC 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 -2 0 0

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Dream11 ECC T10 2023 Points Table: European Cricket Championship 2023 Team Standings

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Points table for the Dream11 ECC T10 2023 (European Cricket Championship 2023), which is scheduled to be played from September 25, 2023 to October 21, 2023 at Cartama Oval, Cartama, Spain.

ECC T10 2023 Points Table Group A # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Spain SPA 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 +4.040 +4.040 8 8 2 France FRA 4 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 +5.541 +5.541 6 6 3 Isle of Man IM 4 4 2 2 2 2 0 0 -2.027 -2.027 4 4 4 Greece GRE 4 4 1 1 3 3 0 0 -2.581 -2.581 2 2 5 Czechia CZE 4 4 0 0 4 4 0 0 -3.867 -3.867 0 0 Group B # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Belgium BEL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 2 Bulgaria BUL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Croatia CRO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 4 Guernsey GSY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 5 Jersey JER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 Group C # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Denmark DEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 2 Estonia EST 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Italy ITA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 4 Serbia SER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 5 Sweden SWE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 Group D # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Austria AUT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 2 Finland FIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Hungary HUN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 4 Ireland XI IRE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 5 Turkiye TUR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 Group E # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Cyprus CYP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 2 England XI ENG-XI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Malta MAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 4 Romania ROM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 5 Switzerland SUI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 Group F # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Germany GER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 2 Luxembourg LUX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Norway NOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 4 Portugal POR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 5 Scotland XI SCO-XI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0

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ISL 2023-24: Chennaiyin FC extend partnership with ACKO as associate sponsor for fourth consecutive year

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Chennaiyin FC have renewed their long-standing association with ACKO as the team’s associate sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.

An important facet of the partnership will be the naming of the B Stand at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, which seats one of the club’s loyal fan groups, to the ‘ACKO Stand’.

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“We are delighted to have ACKO by our side for another season. Their commitment to fostering talent at the grassroots level and bringing fans closer to the club has been commendable. We are excited about embarking on a journey to accomplish shared milestones in the upcoming season,” commented Chennaiyin FC Vice-President Ekansh Gupta.

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“We are glad to extend our partnership with Chennaiyin FC and support this beloved football team. We are looking to build on our association from previous years and increase further engagement with the fan groups of CFC. This collaboration underscores ACKO’s unwavering commitment to foster trust and genuine connections with the city and its people. Chennai remains a pivotal market in our expansion journey and this partnership continues to be a key ingredient of weaving ourselves into the cultural fabric of the city,” Nitin Khanna, Senior Director, Marketing at ACKO opined.

Chennaiyin FC are scheduled to play their second match of the Indian Super League 2023-24 season against NorthEast United FC in Guwahati on Friday.

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Asian Games 2023 Medal Tally Country Wise

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Medal Tally for the Asian Games 2023 (Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games), which are scheduled to be held from September 23, 2023 to October 8, 2023 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

Asian Games 2023 Medal Tally Table Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total 1 China 53 29 13 95 2 South Korea 14 16 19 49 3 Japan 8 20 19 47 4 Uzbekistan 5 6 11 22 5 Hong Kong 5 4 10 19 6 India 3 3 6 12 7 Indonesia 3 1 5 9 8 Taiwan 2 3 3 8 9 Thailand 2 0 5 7 10 Iran 1 4 5 10 11 United Arab Emirates 1 1 3 5 12 Tajikistan 1 1 1 3 13 Macao 1 0 2 3 14 Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 15 North Korea 0 3 2 5 16 Kazakhstan 0 2 7 9 17 Mongolia 0 2 4 6 18 Malaysia 0 2 2 4 19 Vietnam 0 1 5 6 20 Brunei Darussalam 0 1 0 1 20 Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1 22 Philippines 0 0 2 2 23 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1 23 Bangladesh 0 0 1 1 23 Kuwait 0 0 1 1 23 Lebanon 0 0 1 1 23 Singapore 0 0 1 1 23 Turkmenistan 0 0 1 1

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Asian Games Men’s T20I 2023 Points Table and Team Standings

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Points table for the Asian Games Men’s T20I 2023, which is scheduled to be played from September 27, 2023 to October 7, 2023 at ZJUT Cricket Field, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Asian Games 2023 T20 Points Table Group A # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Nepal NEP 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +13.65 +13.65 2 2 2 Maldives MLD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Mongolia MON 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -13.65 -13.65 0 0 Group B # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Japan JPN 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +0.686 +0.686 2 2 2 Hong Kong HK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Cambodia CAB 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 -0.686 -0.686 0 0 Group A # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 Malaysia MAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 2 Singapore SIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0 3 Thailand TL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 0 0

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AFC Champions League 2023-24: Mumbai City FC’s home fixture against Al Hilal shifted to Navi Mumbai from Pune

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Mumbai City FC have shifted their group stage home fixture against Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League 2023-24 from Pune to Navi Mumbai, the club announced on Tuesday.

The match was initially scheduled to be hosted on November 6 at Pune’s Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium but has been moved to Navi Mumbai’s Dr DY Patil stadium and will be held on the same date.


You asked, we heard – #TheIslanders’ AFC Champions League home fixture 🆚 Al Hilal SFC will be played at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai! 📍

🎟 Pre-registrations for tickets begin on Friday, September 29 at 11 AM ⏳#ACL

— Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) September 26, 2023

Mumbai City FC lost their opening group stage fixture 0-2 in the AFC CL against Iran’s FC Nassaji Mazandaran in Pune while Al Hilal played their first AFC CL 2023-24 match against Uzbek club Navbahor FC which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Al Hilal are the most successful club in the AFC Champions League history and have an array of stars in their side that includes Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorer Neymar, Aleksander Mitrovic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ruben Neves. The Saudi Arabians will thus be a tough test for the Islanders who began their Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24) season with a 2-1 win at NorthEast United FC.

Before the match against Al Hilal in Navi Mumbai, Mumbai City FC travel to Navabhor and Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League looking to bounce back after the defeat in the opening fixture and enhance their chances of qualifying for the next round.

The pre-registration for tickets for the home game against Al Hilal begins on Friday, September 29 at 11 AM.

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Rugby World Cup 2023 Points Table and Team Standings

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Points table for the Rugby World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to be played from September 8, 2023 to October 28, 2023 in France.

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Rugby World Cup 2023 Points Table Pool A # Team P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 France 3 3 0 0 150 25 +125 1 13 2 Italy 2 2 0 0 90 25 +65 2 10 3 New Zealand 2 1 0 1 84 39 +54 1 5 4 Uruguay 2 0 0 2 29 65 -36 0 0 5 Namibia 3 0 0 3 11 219 -208 0 0 Pool B # Team P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Ireland 3 3 0 0 154 32 +122 2 14 2 South Africa 3 2 0 1 102 16 +86 2 10 3 Scotland 2 1 0 1 48 35 +13 1 5 4 Tonga 2 0 0 2 33 104 -71 0 0 5 Romania 2 0 0 2 8 158 -150 0 0 Pool C # Team P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Wales 3 3 0 0 60 34 +26 2 14 2 Fiji 2 1 0 1 48 47 +1 2 6 3 Australia 3 1 0 2 50 37 +13 2 6 4 Georgia 2 0 1 1 15 35 -20 0 2 5 Portugal 2 0 1 1 8 28 -20 0 2 Pool D # Team P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 England 3 3 0 0 132 22 +110 2 14 2 Samoa 2 1 0 1 53 29 +24 1 6 3 Japan 2 1 0 1 54 46 +8 1 5 4 Argentina 2 1 0 1 29 37 -8 0 4 5 Chile 3 0 0 3 22 156 -134 0 0

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- Abhinav Kumar Singh
ISL 2023-24: Odisha FC unveil TUTO as new partner

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Odisha FC announced that it has entered into a one-of-a-kind partnership with UK-based goalkeeping gloves manufacturer brand – TUTO, during the ongoing season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24).

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Points Table

Club General Manager Abhik Chatterjee spoke about the partnership, said, “We are thrilled to partner with TUTO in our first foray into a high-performance equipment collaboration that will benefit all our goalkeepers. This will cover the senior men’s team, women’s team, reserve team and youth teams.”

“We will also look to enable TUTO to expand their footprint within Odisha so that budding goalkeepers have access to their products,” he added.

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Fixtures; Full Schedule, Date Time and Venue

Simon Bowsher, TUTO on the collaboration with Odisha FC said, “TUTO is delighted to join forces with Odisha FC as a technical partner in goalkeeping. We pride ourselves on the performance of our GK product and look forward to supporting the club at all levels with access to TUTO goal-keeping gloves.”

“We’ve worked extensively with some of the country’s leading keepers for several years, and we’ve witnessed the growth and interest in Indian Football firsthand,” he added.

“I’d like to thank the team at Odisha for choosing TUTO and look forward to working closely with their extended distribution network to introduce TUTO to all of India’s goalkeepers,” he said.

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- Abhinav Kumar Singh
ISL 2023-24: Bengaluru FC signs Sun King as Official Lighting Partner

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Bengaluru FC, on Tuesday, announced a partnership with Sun King as the club’s Official Lighting Partner. This collaboration will see Sun King integrating the football team’s brand across its marketing collaterals and product packaging.

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Points Table

Embarking on a partnership until July 2024, Sun King is set to illuminate the experiences of Bengaluru FC fans with a 360-degree campaign launching soon. The comprehensive campaign will not just limit itself to vivid marketing collateral but also offers Bengaluru FC aficionados a golden opportunity to meet their favourite players.

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Fixtures; Full Schedule, Date Time and Venue

“Aligning with Bengaluru FC represents a significant milestone. This partnership mirrors our shared values and drive for excellence. We eagerly anticipate the luminous journey ahead,” expressed Surabhi Sharma, Asia Marketing Lead at Sun King.

Also Check: ISL 2023-24 Transfer Live News and Updates

“Over the years, we’ve continuously strived to reduce the carbon footprint that Bengaluru FC leaves behind on the planet, and our association with Sun King is another step in that direction. We’re looking forward to collaborating with Sun King in a big way this year, and I’m eager to see all the possibilities this partnership holds,” said Darren Caldeira, Bengaluru FC’s Director of Football.

Also Check: ISL Transfers Window – All completed signings for ISL 2023-24

The Blues, who began their 2023-24 Indian Super League campaign in Kochi last week, travel to Kolkata to face Mohun Bagan Super Giant on Wednesday.

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- TSN Staff
Unleashing the Power of Bet365: A Comprehensive Guide for Indian Punters

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Bet365, established in 2000, has grown to become a leading player in the world of online casinos. Its rich history is marked by consistent growth and technological advancements, solidifying its position as a reputable gaming platform. Bet365 is especially revered among Indian punters for its user-friendly interface, diverse gaming options, and impeccable customer service. This online casino has successfully gained the trust of Indian gamers, underlining its commitment to providing a secure and enjoyable gaming experience.

Navigating the Bet365 Website

The bet 365 official site narrates a tale of meticulously curated design and seamless navigation. Elegant yet straightforward, the design exudes a sense of professionalism and reliability. Key sections are neatly organized, allowing users to effortlessly access the casino, live betting, and poker areas. The Terms & Conditions page is a comprehensive guide to the website’s policies, ensuring transparency and fostering trust among users. Language options are diverse, catering to an international audience with support for multiple languages including English, Spanish, German, and more. The site navigation is intuitive, making it a breeze even for the less tech-savvy users to navigate through different sections. In essence, Bet365’s website upholds its reputation, offering a user-friendly platform that beautifully marries functionality and design.

Welcome Promotions for New Clients

Bet365 extends an enticing welcome bonus to its new Indian clients, enhancing their initial betting experience. On making a minimum deposit of INR 500, new players are entitled to a 100% deposit bonus up to INR 20,000, credited as bet credits. This bonus is subject to a wagering requirement of 12 times on settled sports bets with odds of 1.40 or higher. It’s important to note that the bet credits are non-withdrawable and must be used within 90 days of account creation, post which they expire. In addition, Bet365 India runs seasonal promotions, allowing players to partake in a variety of games and tournaments with enhanced odds and cashback offers. These promotions often have their own set of terms and conditions which are clearly outlined on the promotions page. Always worth keeping an eye on, these offers add an element of thrill and excitement to the gaming experience at Bet365.

Sports Betting Services

Bet365 India offers an extensive sportsbook, covering over 30 different sports, making it one of the most comprehensive platforms for sports betting. This wide range caters to a diverse group of punters, with cricket, football, and horse racing proving particularly popular among Indian users.

Sports Betting ServicesSports Betting Services

From traditional match outcomes to more nuanced bets such as player performance or over/unders, there is a type of bet to suit every punter’s preferences. The live betting feature is another drawcard, allowing players to place bets during the course of a game, further enhancing the thrill of the wagering experience.

Additionally, Bet365 provides live broadcasts of a significant number of matches, allowing users to watch and bet simultaneously, a feature highly appreciated by enthusiasts. In terms of odds, Bet365 offers some of the best odds in the market, often surpassing its competitors.

This, combined with the breadth of sports and betting options available, underscores why Bet365 is a top choice for sports betting among Indian punters.

Cricket Betting

Cricket, the heartbeat of India, finds impressive coverage on Bet365, making it a mecca for cricket enthusiasts. From domestic leagues like the IPL to international tournaments such as the World Cup, every cricketing event is well represented. The betting markets offered are extremely diverse, featuring ‘Top Batsman’, ‘Man of the Match’, ‘Total Runs’, and many more. With some of the most competitive odds in the industry, Bet365 ensures you get the best value for your bets. The thrill of predicting the outcome of your favorite cricket matches is amplified on the Bet365 India platform, making it an exciting destination for Indian punters.

Kabaddi Betting

Kabaddi, a sport deeply engrained in Indian culture, is prominently featured on the Bet365 platform. The online betting site offers extensive coverage of major Kabaddi events, both domestic and international. Punters can explore a vast array of betting markets, including ‘Top Raider’, ‘Top Tackler’, and ‘Match Winner’, among others. Bet365 is known for providing competitive odds, ensuring bettors receive maximum value. This comprehensive offering makes betting on Kabaddi on the Bet365 site a thrilling experience for enthusiasts of this traditional sport.

Casino Games of Bet365 

Bet365’s online casino is a treasure trove of gaming excellence, offering an extensive selection of games including online slots, table games, and live dealer games. Designed to cater to a wide array of preferences, the casino flaunts an average Return to Player (RTP) rate of around 97%, a figure which is quite impressive in the industry.

From classic card games like blackjack and poker to the hypnotic spin of the roulette wheel, the diversity of the games is truly remarkable. The slots section is particularly noteworthy, with a range of themed titles to keep the excitement levels high. When it comes to providers, Bet365 partners with industry giants like Microgaming, Playtech, and NetEnt, ensuring high-quality and immersive gaming experiences.

Live dealer games offer the ultimate blend of authenticity and convenience, transporting players into the thrilling world of real-time casino action. Whether you’re an enthusiast of classic casino games or seeking the thrill of live casino gaming, Bet365’s online casino promises a world-class gaming experience for every Indian punter. With its combination of variety, quality, and generous RTP rates, it’s no wonder Bet365 is a favorite among Indian gamers.

Bet365’s Crash Games

Crash games at Bet365 are an adrenaline-rush wrapped in a game of chance, attracting Indian punters seeking high-octane thrills. They inject an element of suspense in every round, with players betting on an ever-increasing multiplier that can ‘crash’ at any moment. The tantalizing question – to cash in early with a lower payout, or to hang in there hoping the multiplier doesn’t ‘crash’? The exhilaration of defying the odds, the thrill of quick decisions, and the satisfaction of a timely cashout make the crash games at Bet365 a pulsating affair. So, if you enjoy living on the edge, these games will have you on the edge of your seat!

Payment Methods Accepted by the Bookmaker

Bet365 ensures a seamless experience for Indian punters by offering a variety of deposit and withdrawal methods. These include:

Credit/Debit Cards (Visa, Mastercard) E-wallets (Skrill, Neteller) Bank Transfer

The minimum deposit sum is generally ₹500, but this can vary depending on the method used.

As for withdrawals, they typically range from ₹1000 to ₹2,00,000 daily, subject to verification processes. The processing time for withdrawals is usually up to 24 hours for e-wallets and 2-5 working days for card payments and bank transfers.

This flexibility in transaction methods and limits, paired with reasonable processing times, makes Bet365 a convenient platform for Indian punters to carry out their financial transactions.

Mobile App of the Bookmaker 

Bet365’s official gambling app is a user-friendly platform that puts the full spread of Bet365’s services right at your fingertips. The app’s sleek design and intuitive interface make it easy to navigate, ensuring a seamless experience for users. All the services available on the Bet365 website, including sports betting, casino games, and live dealer games, are accessible via the app. Moreover, the app offers unique advantages such as instant notifications and the ability to bet on the go, enhancing the convenience for the users.

To install the Bet365 app, users need to have an iOS or Android device with the latest updates for optimal performance. The app can be downloaded directly from the Bet365 website or from App Store if you use an iOS device. Once installed, simply log in with your Bet365 account to access all the services. This app encapsulates the Bet365 experience, making it a must-have for any dedicated punter.

How To Start Gambling With Bet365 Quick Guide to Bet365 Registration for Indian Users

Registering on Bet365 is a straightforward process that opens the door to an exhilarating world of sports betting and casino games. This quick guide will walk you through the steps of creating your Bet365 account, putting you one step closer to placing your bets on your favourite sports and games. Note that this guide is specifically tailored to the needs of Indian users.

Visit the Bet365 website or download the app on your device. Click on the ‘Join Now’ button usually located at the top right of the page. Fill in the required details in the registration form. This includes your country of residence (India), personal information (name, birthdate), contact information (email, contact number), and address. Create a unique username and a strong password for your account. Make sure to remember these details as you’ll need them to log in. Choose a four-digit security number. This is crucial for account recovery in case you forget your login details. Select ‘Indian Rupees’ as your currency of choice. Review the Bet365 terms and conditions, and tick the box to indicate your agreement. Click ‘Join Bet365’ to complete your registration. Verification Of the Account

After registering your Bet365 account, it’s crucial to complete the ID verification process to access the withdrawal feature. This process is in place to ensure the security of your account and comply with legal regulations. Here’s a step-by-step guide for Indian users on completing the ID verification process on Bet365:

Log into your Bet365 account. Navigate to the ‘Services’ menu, usually located at the top right of the page. Select ‘Members’ from the drop-down menu and then ‘My Account’. From there, select ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC). You’ll be redirected to the KYC page where you’ll see two options: ‘Upload Identity Document’ and ‘Upload Address Document’. To verify your identity, click on ‘Upload Identity Document’. Upload a scanned copy or photograph of either your passport, driving license, or Aadhaar card. Make sure all details are clearly visible. To verify your address, click on ‘Upload Address Document’. You can upload a scanned copy or photograph of a recent utility bill or bank statement that clearly shows your full name and address. Once you’ve uploaded the necessary documents, click ‘Send Verification Documents’. Bet365 will review your documents, and you’ll receive a confirmation email once your account has been verified. Customer Support Service

Bet365 offers exceptional customer support to ensure a smooth and satisfying experience for its users. Customers can reach out through several channels, including live chat, email, and telephone. The live chat feature is available 24/7, offering instant help to resolve any issues. On average, response times are impressively quick, typically within a couple of minutes. For less urgent queries, users can send an email to the customer support team. Although the response time can be up to a few hours, the replies are comprehensive and helpful. Additionally, telephone support is available for users who prefer to verbalize their concerns. Despite the method chosen, Bet365’s customer support demonstrates a commitment to providing prompt and efficient service, reinforcing its reputation as a user-centric platform.

Is Bet365 Worth Your Attention?

Indeed, Bet365 is definitely worth your attention. It’s a comprehensive platform that caters to all your betting needs, offering exceptional services and features. Below is a brief table listing the pros and cons to give you a clearer picture:


Wide variety of betting options Verification process can be time-consuming User-friendly mobile app Efficient customer support Multiple deposit and withdrawal methods The platform is safe and secure


High betting odds

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Gulf Championship T20I 2023 Points Table: Gulf Cricket T20I Championship 2023 Team Standings

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Points table for the Gulf Championship T20I 2023 (Gulf Cricket T20I Championship 2023), which is scheduled to be played from September 15, 2023 to September 24, 2023 at West End Park International Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar.

Gulf Championship T20I 2023 Points Table # Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts 1 United Arab Emirates UAE 5 5 4 4 1 1 0 0 +1.592 +1.592 8 8 2 Oman OMN 5 5 3 3 2 2 0 0 +1.110 +1.110 6 6 3 Qatar QAT 5 5 3 3 2 2 0 0 -0.503 -0.503 6 6 4 Bahrain BAH 5 5 3 3 2 2 0 0 -0.518 -0.518 6 6 5 Kuwait KUW 5 5 2 2 3 3 0 0 -0.391 -0.391 4 4 6 Saudi Arabia SAU 5 5 0 0 5 5 0 0 -1.292 -1.292 0 0

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NFHS Network's Top 10 Plays of Week 6

Ahead of the Friday night action around the country, USA TODAY High School Sports is heading back to the film room to check out the NFHS Network’s Weekly Top 10—a fast-paced highlight reel of the best moments from the network’s live games from the past week.

The featured teams of Week 6:

10. West Orange High School — New Jersey 

9. Saraland High School — Alabama 

8. Clarke Central High School — Georgia

7. Hartselle High School — Alabama 

6. Olathe North — Kansas

5. Willis High School — Texas

4. Camas High School — Washington

3. Union High School — Virginia 

2. Thompson High School — Alabama 

1. Orange High School – New Jersey

Now, let countdown…begin!

More: USA TODAY HSS Super 25: Week 5 rankings

For the high school football fans out there looking to live-stream or watch their favorite teams on-demand—or even check out a top national game—head here.

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USA TODAY HSS Super 25 football schedule: Week of Sept. 25, 2023

The latest USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 has been released, which now shifts the focus to the matchups this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

It’s another solid round of gridiron action, too, including a tough California battle between No. 1 Mater Dei (Sanat Ana) and perennial Super 25 contender Servite (Anaheim).

Across the map, an undefeated Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) team awaits No. 16 Colquitt County, while No. 18 Washington (Massillon, Ohio) takes on D.C. power St. John’s. 

Here’s the complete Super 25 schedule.


HSS Top 5 Stars of the Week

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- Barry Werner
Ohio coach resigns after racist, Anti-Semitic language probe

Brooklyn High School (Ohio) coach Tim McFarland resigned on Monday after a scandal created when his players used the word “Nazi” in a game against Beachwood High School, a Cleveland suburb that has a heavily Jewish population.

“This is not the first time Beachwood student-athletes have been subjected to antisemitic and racist speech,” Beachwood schools superintendent Robert Hardis said. “We always hope it will be the last.”

The Brooklyn players were using the word throughout the first half but stopped after the break when Beachwood threatened to pull its players.

Per WKYC, Brooklyn City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ted Caleris acknowledged he found out about what happened “late Friday night” after the game.

According to the superintendent, McFarland told him the “Nazi” audible call had been in his playbook “for multiple years” and “was not specifically designed for the Beachwood game.”

Caleris could not verify if it was used during any other games in the past.

He released this statement Monday:

“The Brooklyn City Schools accepted the resignation of Head Football Coach Tim McFarland on Monday morning, effective immediately, in light of an incident where the coaching staff used a designated play-call referencing the word “Nazi” at this past Friday night’s football game with Beachwood High School. Coach McFarland expresses his deepest regret about the matter, and offers his sincerest apologies to the Beachwood and Brooklyn School Communities. The Brooklyn City Schools echoes this regret, and apology as well. As stated, this hurtful and harmful speech will not be tolerated, in any form, by Brooklyn City Schools leadership. While to the district’s knowledge the language was not directed to any single individual, the Brooklyn City Schools acknowledges that using such offensive language in the first place was utterly and absolutely wrong.

“Notwithstanding what has happened, the Brooklyn City Schools family is choosing to learn from this matter, and hopefully, to grow as a result. Already, the Brooklyn City Schools has been contacted by the Anti-Defamation League of Ohio, who among others, we will hope to use as a resource for our school district going forward to promote understanding and tolerance.”

No further updates have been given at this time.

Brooklyn’s next game is at home on September 29 against Independence (Ohio).

Beachwood will travel to Trinity (Garfield Heights, Ohio) for a game on Saturday, September 30.

USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 football rankings as of Sept. 26, 2023

For the second straight week, there was a shift among the top 5 teams in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25, but merely a minimal shakeup compared to the bottom half of the rankings.

The methodology: the HSS staff creates the Super 25 rankings while considering various data points, including strength of schedule, prospects, the more traditional stats—did the team win or lose?—as well as overall point differentials.

USA TODAY HSS Super 25: Week 5 1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. St. Frances Academy (Md.) 20-7 | PR: 1

2. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Record: 6-0 | Last Result: def. Silverado (Nev.) 55-0 | PR: 2

3. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Miami Central (Fla.) 31-28 | PR: 3

4. Duncanville (Texas)

Record: 4-0 | Last Result: def. Cedar Hill (Texas) 76-0 | PR: 5

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Record: 4-0 | Last Result: DNP | PR: 4

6. Buford (Ga.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Marietta (Ga.) 30-3 | PR: 6

7. North Shore (Houston, Texas)

Record: 4-0 | Last Result: def. Beaumont United (Texas) 49-7 | PR: 7

8. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Record: 3-1 | Last Result: DNP | PR: 8

9. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)

Record: 4-1 | Last Result: DNP | PR: 10

10. Kahuku (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Record: 6-1 | Last Result: def. Nanakuli (Hawaii) 56-7 | PR: 11

11. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Record: 4-1 | Last Result: def. Treasure Coast (Fla.) 42-6 | PR: 12

12. Central (Miami, Fla.)

Record: 1-2 | Last Result: lost to Chaminade-Madonna (Fla.) 31-28 | PR: 6

13. DeSoto (Texas)

Record: 4-0 | Last Result: def. Waxahachie (Texas) 42-35 | PR: 13

14. Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Parkview (Ga.) 30-20 | PR: 14

15. Westlake (Austin, Texas)

Record: 4-0 | Last Result: def. Lake Travis (Texas) 20-14 | PR: 15

16. Colquitt County (Ga.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Cedar Grove (Ga.) 50-42 | PR: 16

17. Columbus (Miami, Fla.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Miami Northwestern (Fla.) 24-7 | PR: 18

18. Washington (Massillon, Ohio)

Record: 6-0 | Last Result: def. Middletown (Del.) 41-7 | PR: 21

19. Centennial (Corona, Calif.)

Record: 3-2 | Last Result: def. Liberty (Ariz.) 42-35 | PR: NR

20. Belleville (Mich.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Franklin (Mich.) 35-3 | PR: 19

21. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Record: 2-1 | Last Result: DNP | PR: 22

22. Walton (Marietta, Ga.)

Record: 4-0 | Last Result: DNP | PR: 23

23. Chandler (Ariz.)

Record: 5-0 | Last Result: def. Highland (Ariz.) 24-22 | PR: 22

24. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah)

Record: 6-1 | Last Result: def. Riverton (Utah) 55-12 | PR: 25

25. Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.)

Record: 4-1 | Last Result: lost to Centennial (Calif.) 42-35 | PR: 17

On the rise… Sierra Canyon (Calif.) Carrollton (Ga.)


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- Kristian Dyer
Micah Robinson on why he picked TCU: 'It's a perfect fit for me'

Last week, four-star forward Micah Robinson committed to TCU. The class of 2024 recruit is now a foundational piece head coach James Dixon.

With a strong offer list, Robinson says TCU has a system that is ideal for his skillset. It is also close to home as Robinson from Texas, although he is in high school along the East Coast.

A 6-foot-6 forward who plays at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia), Robinson, is a four-star in the 247Sports Composite, Last week, he picked TCU from a final four that included: LSU, TCU, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

“Coach Dixon loves to get out and run in transition, I believe they’ve been top five in transition the past couple (of) years now, and I feel that’s one of the strengths in my game, whether it comes from me getting the rebound and initiating the break, or me running the wings,” Robinson said.

“I feel like I’m really effective in transition with my ability to finish at the rim, make plays for others, and shoot the ball. Also, I really like how coach Dixon runs his system, it’s a lot of 4-out-1 in and he really lets his guys have freedom. And with my versatility, I can fill all spots on the perimeter so I feel it’s a perfect fit for me!”

He joins a TCU program that went 22-13 (9-9 Big 12) last year. The program has made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in the last two seasons under Dixon.

In previewing his commitment to TCU, Robinson said the program had a special feel among his four finalists.

“A lot of things stood out to me about TCU, of course, one (thing) being it’s the ‘hometown’ school, but also just their consistency in making me feel like a priority to them. The coaching staff seems invested in how they can help develop me to help me get to where I ultimately want to go” Robinson said. “But they also see all the things I bring to the table to help the team’s overall success as well!”
USA TODAY High School Sports Top 5 Stars of the Week: Sept. 25, 2023

One-handed grabs were the theme of an incredible week in high school football, with these five receivers headlining the talent show.

Standing-O to the following:

– Jeremiah Smith, Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)

– Adron Walker, First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.)

– Keo Fleeks, Wichita Falls (Texas)

– NiTareon ‘Nitro’ Tuggle, Northwood (Nappanee, Ind.)

– Matthew Machalik, Palmerton (Pa.)

Note from the HSS team: To possibly have an athlete featured in our weekly selection, DM the highlight videos to USA TODAY High School Sports on Instagram or Twitter.


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2024 National Recruiting Rankings: Updated top 25 teams

Here are the complete updated top 25 teams as of Sept. 25, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

(Editor’s Note: These rankings will be updated every Monday morning.)

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- Logan Newman
2 girls score in Coronado HS football game and the coach has a message for 'keyboard warriors'

With long histories in athletics, Coronado High School (Calif.) seniors Emilia Alpert and Lindsey Balsley set their eyes on the gridiron, and both accomplished a significant achievement for their football careers on Friday.

Each scored in Coronado’s game against Mar Vista (Imperial Beach, Calif.), as Alpert rushed in a one-yard touchdown and Balsley nailed an extra point to help the Islanders take the 37-6 win and improve its record to 3-3.

Both girls are multisport athletes, according to The Coronado News. Alpert has done horseback riding since childhood and is captain of the rugby team with goals of playing it in college, while Balsley was a double medalist in the CIF San Diego Section Track and Field Championship Finals and plays soccer and volleyball.

Alpert, who plays both running back and inside linebacker, wanted to play a team sport rather than the equine sport. She started playing football as a junior, using her rugby experience to play the physical game.

Balsley hadn’t planned on joining the boys football team, but she showed out during the Powderpuff game last year. She stepped up to punt and, as head coach Kurt Hines described to the Coronado News, “booted the heck out of a ball.” He offered her a spot on the football team.

They joined the football team and haven’t missed a beat.

Hines posted videos of their scoring plays from Friday:

So proud of them!

— Coach Hines 🇺🇸 (@CoachKurtHines) September 23, 2023

Unfortunately, after the girls scored and got some notice on social media, Hines saw negative attention going their way. He posted a strong message to Twitter about the difficulty of being in the position to accomplish what they did, imploring the “keyboard warriors” to stop “hating on young women and young men.”

“Anyone that’s ever played the game understands how hard it is to get any points on the board,” he said. “If you find yourself hating on young women and young men on social media and you are an adult, you gotta figure something out.”

See his full message below:


To all Jackwagon. keyboard warriors who are living in their mother’s basements, STOP hating on young men and young women who are doing great things!

— Coach Hines 🇺🇸 (@CoachKurtHines) September 23, 2023

Given that Hines has been a coach for 26 years, it’s safe to say he has a pulse on the game and its nuances and challenges— so we’ll cede to his opinion on this subject.

- Logan Newman
2 California and Arizona teams faced off and the result skewed heavily to Cali

Ahead of this weekend’s college football game between the University of Southern California and Arizona State University, two of the top California high school teams faced off against two of the top Arizona teams. In what may be a precursor to the result of USC vs. ASU this weekend, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) and Centennial (Corona, Calif.) took down Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.), respectively.

We’ll start with Sierra Canyon vs. Saguaro because this game was brutal. Saguaro is a historically dominant team that once again reached the Open Division championship last year, but with the departure of head coach Jason Mohns at the end of last season, there has been some transition. Nevertheless, between the classes of 2024 and 2025, there are seven three-star players on the Sabercats, who entered the evening 3-1.

No matter. It was a 63-6 beat-down in which the Trailblazers took a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and continued racking up points through the third quarter. Wyatt Becker, ranked a three-star QB by 247Sports and four-star on the 247 Composite Ranking, had twice as many total touchdowns (8) as he did incompletions (4) as he finished the game 18-22 with 364 yards, seven passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, according to Dan Lovi of the Los Angeles Daily News.

According to ArizonaVarsity, Saguaro’s worst loss previously had been 65-0 in 2011. Friday’s game comes close.

Across Los Angeles County, past Anaheim, and into Corona, No. 17 Liberty was putting up a much better fight against Centennial. The Lions took a 35-21 lead over Centennial at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and it looked like they may hold on to beat what is widely regarded as a top-3 team in California.

Arizona’s optimism quickly turned as Centennial drove down the field in less than two minutes, with four-star QB Husan Longstreet connecting on a deep pass to three-star receiver Cory Butler, and then Cornell Hatcher ran in a 17-yard touchdown.

Hatcher has been playing absolutely out of his mind this month. Against No. 2 Bishop Gorman two weeks ago, he rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns. This week, he one-upped himself and practically dragged Centennial to a win, rushing for 300 yards and four touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.

He scored that 17-yard TD to cut the deficit to a single touchdown. He punched in a one-yard touchdown that cut Liberty’s lead to one point after a missed PAT. And then he punched home the game-winning 13-yard run that preceded a two-point conversion, leading the way for 21 Centennial points in the fourth quarter alone.

With his rushing and tough fourth-quarter defense that caught an interception midway through the fourth and then iced it at the end, the Huskies eked out the victory and improved to 3-2, with their two losses coming against top-2 teams in the Super 25. Liberty’s loss is its first of the season.

As for USC and ASU, who will meet in Tempe on Saturday night? There’s definitely a chance it’ll look more like the Saguaro-Sierra Canyon game than that of Liberty-Centennial. Southern California will look to go 3-for-3 this weekend.


61-yard field goal! Keelen Anderson sets Wyoming state record

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61-yard field goal! Keelen Anderson sets Wyoming state record

Kicking is a rather thankless job. You’re expected to make the PATs. You’re expected to make most of the field goals. If you miss, people are upset, and if you make, the reaction is typically (with the exception of game-winners) more of a “that’s what was supposed to happen” in place of “excellent kick!”

One of the exceptions came with weekend when Keelan Anderson of Cheyenne South (Wy.) School stepped onto the field for a historic attempt.  He had drilled a field goal of 57 feet just weeks ago, but this was longer. This was for the Wyoming state record.

After two steps and a kick, the ball sailed 61 yards and just through the uprights to break the record that had stood since 1982, according to Matt Atencio of WyoSports.

Keelen Anderson drills it for. 61(!) yards out!!! That’s a Wyoming state record

— Matt Atencio (@MattAtencio5) September 23, 2023

On the sideline, the coaches went crazy, without worry that South was now trailing 49-9. Moments of accomplishment deserve celebration and jubilation. Looking beyond the rankings and recruiting, isn’t that what youth football is all about?

To put that the kick perspective, the ball sailed 183 feet to reach its destination. Only 14 times in NFL history has there been a longer field goal, and nine other times has an NFL field goal traveled 61 yards.

MaxPreps put together this excellent guide in 2020 that outlines the longest field goals of each state’s high school history. It is possible that some have become outdated since its publication, but for the sake of perspective, 24 other states had seen a field goal reach 61 yards.

Anderson has a 4.5-star kicker ranking on Kohl’s Kicking, and it’s easy to see why given as he has both tied and broken the Wyoming record in the month of September. Don’t be surprised if more universities start to look into the 5-foot-11, 150-pound kicker.

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The NFL returned to our screens on September 7th, and it did so with the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs in the midst of an incredible streak. Patrick Mahomes and Co. have reached at least the AFC Championship game in each of the last five seasons, winning three of them. They have converted two of those three Super Bowl appearances into Lombardi’s, with their most recent coming back in February when they rallied from ten points down at halftime to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since then, football fans had to wait seven months for their fix as the NFL wound down for its annual hiatus. Luckily for them, online sites such as Joe Fortune have a plethora of football-related games on their website such as Gridiron Glory. Many NFL fans played that particular game throughout the close season as a thrilling way to wind down without their weekly dose of football. That was until the first Thursday in September, anyway.

That’s when the Chiefs raised the curtain on the new campaign by welcoming the Detroit Lions to Arrowhead Stadium. Many had expected the hosts to get the victory however it was the visitors who sprang the shock, just as they did when they defeated the Green Bay Packers on the final day of last season. Andy Reid’s men have rallied since though, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in a repeat of the clash we saw in the divisional round of last year’s playoffs.

With the Missouri-based outfit in the midst of an impressive streak of their own, that got us thinking: What are some of the other top streaks in NFL history? Well, we’ve dug out four of them, so let’s take a look.

New England Patriots reach eight straight AFC Championship Games

The New England Patriots are known for their sustained success and throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, they established themselves as one of the greatest dynasties in American sporting history. Led by quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, the Boston-based outfit reached four Super Bowls throughout the 2000s, winning three of them. However, it wasn’t until the 2010s that they would flex their muscles once and for all.

Between 2011 and 2018, the Pats reached eight straight AFC Championship games, a streak that was unheard of in the world of football. Of those eight games, they reached the Super Bowl on no fewer than five occasions, including three in a row at the culmination of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons. They lifted the Lombardi in three of those five games and it’s an era of dominance that is yet to be matched.

Buffalo Bills reach four consecutive Super Bowls

Between 1990 and 1993, the Buffalo Bills accomplished a feat that no team before or since has done. They reached four consecutive Super Bowls. However, inexplicably, they lost all four. They would first succumb to the New York Giants in dramatic fashion, missing a last-gasp field goal that would have seen them run out victorious. Then, they were handily dispatched by the Washington Redskins and twice by the Dallas Cowboys.

Their streak was a testament to their grit and determination as well as their innovative no-huddle offense. They were led by Hall of Famers such as Bruce Smith, quarterback Jim Kelly, and Thurman Thomas, who all played key roles in their success. The Bills have not reached the Super Bowl since these four appearances however, with Josh Allen at the helm, perhaps a maiden Lombardi isn’t too far away.

Patriots complete Perfect Regular Season

The 2007 New England Patriots redefined what it meant to be perfect. Led by Brady once more, the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season, becoming the first and only team in NFL history to do so. They continued to dominate in the postseason as well and headed into Super Bowl XLII as heavy favorites. Unfortunately for them, they hadn’t banked on the brilliance of Eli Manning, who managed to mastermind a 17-14 victory, a result that remains one of the biggest upsets in the history of American Sports.

Brett Favre starts 297 consecutive games

When Brett Favre was drafted as the 33rd overall pick of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, not too many eyebrows were raised. The Georgia-based outfit didn’t even know the quality of player they had on their hands, and they shipped him off to the Green Bay Packers in just his second season. However, the Falcons’ loss was the Packers’ game.

Throughout a 15-year stint, the former Southern Miss Golden Eagle would develop into one of the finest quarterbacks to ever take to the gridiron. He was named MVP in three straight seasons in the mid-to-late 90s as well as leading the Packers to a first Lombardi in 29 years in 1996. Throughout his incredible run at Lambeau Field, he would embark on a run that would see him start 297 consecutive games.

His streak began in 1992 shortly after being drafted by the Packers and it ran right up until his final season in 2010 with the Minnesota Vikings. During that time, he established himself as a true Ironman of the NFL and proved to be one of the toughest athletes of all time.

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America is home to several incredible sporting bodies that fans all around the globe follow closely. Included in these are the NBA (National Basketball Association), NFL (National Football League), MLB (Major League Baseball), and the NHL (National Hockey League).

In the USA, teams active in these bodies are often called franchises. And, as with any sport, some teams excel, while others fall far short of the glory they seek. Whichever case is true for a franchise, their fans typically cheer them on through thick and thin.

In some cases, however, even fans have a hard time justifying their support. This occurs when teams go through incredible losing runs. Other times, fans proudly proclaim their chosen team after a solid winning streak.

To separate the best from the worst (or possibly just the least lucky), here are the franchises from these sporting organisations that have the most and least wins.

National Basketball Association (NBA)

The position of most championship wins in the NBA is held by two teams: the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Both franchises have won 17 championship titles, with the Lakers being the only ones to win a championship consecutively across the last four decades.

As of the start of 2021, the Lakers had recorded a total of 3,888 wins. These comprise regular season, playoff, division titles, and championship wins. The Celtics, however, had only recorded 3,848 wins under the same categories and timeframe.

While this shows that the Lakers are (technically) the team with the highest number of wins, the Celtics became the first team to win a 17th championship in 2008.

When it comes to losing, no franchise in the NBA has done it as well as the Philadelphia 76ers. The team had recorded 2,853 losses by 2021 across regular season games and playoffs.

The only team coming close to the losses of the 76ers is the Sacramento Kings. This franchise has also raked up an astonishing number of losses: 2,716 by 2021. The Kings are also known for a losing streak that lasted 15 seasons.

National Football League (NFL)

The NFL comprises some of the most loyal fans and incredible franchises in sports today. However, no franchise is perhaps as supported or loved as the Green Day Packers. This could be why the team holds the title for most wins in the NFL and has some very high-earning players.

The team has won 834 games across season wins, playoffs, Super Bowls, championships, and division titles. Among these wins are four Super Bowl victories and 13 NFL Championships—more than any other franchise in history.

Aside from the Packers, the Chicago Bears hold the second most wins, with 817 by the start of 2021. Included in these are nine NFL Championships and a single Super Bowl win.

Unlike the Packers and Bears, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are certainly not a franchise you’ll consider winners. They have recorded 435 losses, including a 14-season losing streak. These consecutive losses are the longest losing streak in NFL history.

The next biggest losers second to the Buccaneers are the Detroit Lions. Recording 439 losses across regular seasons and playoffs, they have also suffered a losing streak of ten seasons—coming just behind the Buccaneers.

Major League Baseball (MLB)

When it comes to Major League Baseball, no team stacks up to the New York Yankees. The franchise, which is known internationally and is regularly recommended by experts who have reviewed over 5,000 sites related to gambling, has an incredible track record.

The franchise recorded 10,709 wins across regular seasons, post-season, division, and World Series titles. Among these are 27 World Series titles, giving the team the most title wins in MLB history.

The San Francisco Giants, who technically have more overall wins at 11,345 across all games, come second based only on World Series titles. As of 2021, the team has eight titles and is tied with the Boston Red Socks.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, the Philadelphia Phillies have accumulated over 11,150 losses. This shocking number makes them the team with the highest losses despite the fact they have also won two World Series titles and pennants.

Likewise, while the Atlanta Braves have claimed 17 pennants and three World Series titles, their total losses are just under 11,000. However, the team’s losses tend to come in waves, as they have never had a significant losing streak.

National Hockey League (NHL)

The NHL is home to some of the most formidable franchises in American sports, who put everything on the line to ensure their victories. Among these, none competes as hard as the Boston Bruins.

Winning a total of 3,506 games across seasons, playoffs, and championships by 2021, the Bruins are a force to be reckoned with. They also hold six Stanley Cup wins, tying them with the Chicago Blackhawks for the position of fourth most wins in the NHL.

Hot on their tails, the Detroit Red Wings also have an incredible number of wins. The Red Wings have recorded 3,443 victories. Of these, 11 have been Stanley Cup wins, making them the team with the third most wins in history.

On the other end of the scale we have the Arizona Coyotes, which have recorded more than 2,300 losses and have yet to win any major title. The team is known for their 18-game losing streak during the 2022/2023 season.

The Florida Panthers have fared only slightly better, registering total losses over the 1,500 mark. Like the Coyotes, they have never won any significant title other than an Eastern Conference title win in 1996. Their longest losing streak, in 1998, saw the franchise defeated 13 times before they finally turned things around.

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The start of the NFL season is fast approaching with defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs kicking off proceedings of September 7 against the Detroit Lions.

With excitement levels beginning to rise ahead of the new season we’ve decided to put together a betting guide to the opening week of NFL fixtures.

If you’re a football fan with a penchant for betting or just a dedicated fantasy football coach looking to pick the best team read on to find out how to find value and make the most of the NFL odds week 1.

Chiefs to Return to Winning Ways

Sometimes when a team has reached the top of their sport there is an inevitable drop off in form and fortunes the following season. The chances of that happening in the opening weekend for the Kansas City Chiefs look exceedingly slim though.

Not only do the team have a steely resolve and an elite winning mentality but they also have a good solid period of rest in their legs. To say the Chiefs were running on fumes when they lifted the Lombardi Trophy would be an understatement.

The rest between that showpiece event and this season’s opener then will have done wonders to the collective unit. Expect the Chiefs to start their campaign with a convincing win over the Detroit Lions.

Rams to Improve

Last season was a disappointing one all round for the Los Angeles Rams who put up a more than meek attempt at defending their Super Bowl crown. In sports reporting though there is little room for grey despite football being a sport that is a far way from black and white.

Believe what you read in the papers and listen to on the radio and you’d be forgiven for thinking the Rams are one of the worst teams in NFL history and are destined for another season in the doldrums.

Dig a bit deeper however and you’ll find a team that was plagued with injuries to key players last season and subsequently lost a lot of morale, succumbing to more than their share of bad luck. This time around a healthier roster combined with a new attitude and determination to prove their critics wrong the LA Rams will improve.

They’re currently long odds to beat Seattle on the opening week but we wouldn’t bet against them causing an upset.

Eagles to Lash Out

The Philadelphia Eagles went into their Super Bowl clash against the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this year almost with a belief that they would be returning with the Vince Lombardi trophy. Instead they left empty handed after coming up against a resolute and Patrick Mahomes inspired Chiefs side.

That defeat will have stung and the Eagles will have spent those long offseason months licking their wounds and plotting their comeback. On opening week they face the New England Patriots who usually have a well drilled defense under Bill Belichick.

That defense will find itself coming under heavy pressure from a stacked offense that will be looking for a statement win to start their campaign.

Panthers Falcons Stalemate

We Americans don’t like ties but unfortunately we might not have much of a choice when the Carolina Panthers come up against the Atlanta Falcons on opening week. In terms of talent the Falcons just have the edge but not by much.

Opening games of the season can be stodgy affairs too with teams taking a while to adjust to the pace and pressure of an NFL game. Don’t be at all surprised then to see both teams starting out slowly in a slug fest that goes the distance and in to overtime.

Ravens are Bankers

Finally we finish off with a sure thing that should, we repeat, should, be the one result on your betting slip that you don’t have to worry about. That’s because the Baltimore Ravens are the overwhelming favourites to beat the Houston Texans.

According to the majority of bookmakers and pundits the Texans are all set to be the NFL whipping boys this season and whilst the Ravens aren’t amongst the best teams in the league they still should have more than enough to see off the challenge of a beleaguered Texans side.

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Many towering skaters have played in the league, but who is the tallest NHL player ever?

Tallest NHL player ever

For a sport that requires quick movements up and down the ice, it may be surprising to find out that there have been a handful of tall players who have excelled in the NHL.

Although the 10 tallest players in NHL history will not be regarded as the greatest players ever, some were able to impact the game for many years.

10. Andrej Sustr – 6’7”

Andrej Sustr went undrafted in the 2013 NHL Draft before signing a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Lighting. Sustr has spent parts of eight seasons in the NHL, the majority of them with the Lightning. He has registered 69 points in 361 games played.

Sustr did not play in any NHL games during the 2022-23 season and was recently traded to the San Jose Sharks in the offseason. It is unclear whether the 32-year-old defenseman will stay in North America or head to Europe to finish his career.

9. Ben Bishop – 6’7”

Ben Bishop, the tallest goaltender to ever play in the league, played in over 400 games in the NHL during his 11-year career.

Bishop had three seasons where he collected at least 35 wins, all of which came while with the Tampa Bay Lighting. One of his best seasons came during the 2018-19 regular season, where he led the league in save percentage as a member of the Dallas Stars.

8. Jamie Oleksiak – 6’7”

A 30-year-old defenseman from Toronto, Ontario, Jamie Oleksiak is one of the tallest active players in the NHL. He had his best season, collecting 25 points in 75 games, for the Seattle Kraken this past year.

Prior to being selected in the 2021 expansion draft by the Kraken, Oleksiak played for the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. The 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft has played over 500 games in his NHL career thus far.

7. Hal Gill – 6’7”

Hal Gill had one of the longest NHL careers for someone his size, playing 1,108 games across 16 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Boston Bruins but also played for the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Predators, and Flyers.

Gill played in over 100 postseason games, and in 2009 won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also on the United States team that won the bronze medal in the 2004 Ice Hockey World Championships. Gill finished his NHL career with 36 goals and 184 points.

6. Vladimir Mihalik – 6’8”

Vladimir Mihalik played the fewest NHL games of anyone on this list, appearing in just 15 games. Mihalik was drafted 30th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft but did not make his NHL debut until 2008.

During the 2008-09 season, he played just 11 games, finishing with three assists. He would go on to play four more games the following season before his NHL career came to an end. Mihalik currently plays in the highest-level hockey league in Slovakia at the age of 36.

5. Joe Finley – 6’8”

Joe Finley was another player who had a short stint in the NHL. Despite being drafted 27th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2007, Finley would play just 21 games. His first five games came as a member of the Sabres, while the final 16 came with the Islanders.

Finley spent the majority of his hockey career playing in the AHL for various teams. After his final AHL season in 2015-16, Finley went to Finland to finish his career and retired three seasons later.

4. Elmer Soderblom – 6’8”

Elmer Soderblom is a 6’8” winger currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings. The 22-year-old was drafted in the sixth round by the Red Wings in 2019.

Soderblom made his NHL debut at the start of the 2022-23 season and scored five goals in 21 games. He spent the season splitting time between Detroit and the team’s AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.

3. John Scott – 6’8”

John Scott made huge headlines in 2016 when he was voted by the fans to be in the All-Star Game. Scott ended up scoring two goals to help his Pacific Division team win the championship and was chosen as the most valuable player of the event.

Although he did not have immense speed or skill, Scott’s strength and physicality kept him in the league for eight seasons. He finished his career with 11 points in 286 games.

2. Tyler Myers – 6’8”

Tyler Myers has played over 900 games so far in the NHL. He began his career with the Buffalo Sabres, where he was coached by one of the best hockey coaches ever, Lindy Ruff.

Myers currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks and is entering the final year of a five-year, $30 million contract he signed with the team in 2019.

1. Zdeno Chara – 6’9”

Zdeno Chara is the tallest NHL player ever, standing at 6’9”. Not only is Chara tall, but he was also a great player in the league for many years. He was the captain of the Boston Bruins for 14 seasons and went on to have a 24-year career in the NHL.

Chara won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is given to the league’s best defensemen, in 2009, and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011. Chara was also the recipient of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for the 2010-11 season. He would go on to play 1,680 games throughout his career before retiring in 2022 at the age of 44 years old.

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- Ernesto Cova

Shooting — and especially three-point shooting — has become a must in today’s pace-and-space game, which is why having one of the best NBA shooters in 2023-24 puts their respective teams in a privileged position. And while every team still needs to play some defense to go the distance, this is an offense-oriented league.

Top 10 NBA shooters in 2023-24

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top-10 best shooters in the league ahead of the upcoming season, considering either volume, efficiency, or even form.

10. Kevin Durant

Our list of the best NBA shooters in 2023-24 starts with a proven veteran whose game keeps aging like a fine wine. Even if he’s struggled with injuries lately, Kevin Durant is still one of the most efficient scorers in the game, and his shot is just smooth and beautiful to watch.

Durant is one of the few guys who could legitimately shoot 50/40/90 from the floor year in and year out. He’s so good at getting to his spots, and his shot is usually money from all three levels. A guy his size shouldn’t be able to move and shoot the rock like he does.

9. Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey hasn’t fully embraced his potential as a sniper yet, but he’s been extremely efficient when he’s actually dared to pull up from beyond the arc. He’s coming off shooting 43.4% from three-point land, which was the fifth-best in the league.

Maxey has the potential to be one of the most complete and explosive scorers in the league. Perhaps he’ll finally take that leap forward this season.

8. Joe Harris

It’s been a while since Joe Harris was a factor on the court because of all the injuries. Nonetheless, the shot is usually the last part of the game to fade, and Harris has been one of the top-notch three-point shooters in the game for years now.

Even in limited action, Harris was quite solid for the Brooklyn Nets last season, shooting the rock at the eighth most efficient clip in the league at a whopping 42.6% from three. If you’re only good at one thing, you better be very good at it.

7. Luke Kennard

The fact that Luke Kennard got paid to such a big contract has one justification and one justification alone: He’s a very good three-point shooter. Even so, he doesn’t-bring that much more to the table, which is why he hasn’t been on the floor as often as one would think for a guy making that much money.

Being a solid three-point shooter can get you a lot of money in today’s game, and chances are his contract will be a huge liability under this new CBA. Even so, he was elite from beyond the arc last season, knocking down 49.4% of his attempts.

6. Buddy Hield

Even though Buddy Hield didn’t break out as the dominant scorer some thought he’d be when he was wreaking havoc in Texas, he’s made a name for himself in the league for the way he can get hot and knock down shots from beyond the arc.

Constantly tangled up in trade talks, it’s hard to think of a team that wouldn’t benefit from Hield’s sharpshooting skills. He was second in three-pointers made last season (288) all while shooting 42.5% from beyond the arc, the ninth-highest percentage.

5. Seth Curry

Seth Curry is no longer just Dell Curry‘s son and Stephen Curry‘s brother. It’s been a while since he established himself as one of the best shooters in the NBA, making a name for himself and getting himself a lot of money in the process.

Curry’s sweet jumper, wrist flick, quick release, and high arc might be in his genes. He’s obviously not as impactful as Steph, but that three-point shooting of his will grant him a roster spot for years to come.

4. Desmond Bane

Desmond Bane was one of the most improved players in the league last season. He put his head down, didn’t do a lot of talking — unlike every single one of his teammates on the Memphis Grizzlies — and just let his game speak for itself.

Bane is now considered one of the best shooters in the league, and that ability granted him one of the biggest contract extensions in his draft class. His wingspan continues to lead to multiple jokes, but his shooting is definitely on point.

3. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard stole most of the headlines when it became public that he wants to leave the Portland Trail Blazers once and for all. But besides being in the news cycle 24-7, he also happens to be one of the top shooters in the NBA currently.

Truth be told, Lillard is actually the most efficient shooter when it comes to knocking down shots from 30+ feet, even ahead of Stephen Curry. Also, his ability to come up huge in the clutch makes him the kind of player who could elevate every single contender.

2. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson seems to be the only guy who could go out there and break most of Steph Curry records on any given night, all while taking just a couple of dribbles. Simply put, he’s 1B to Stephen Curry’s 1A when it comes to the greatest shooters of all time.

Thompson has perhaps the most beautiful and mesmerizing shooting form this game has ever seen. He may not be the same player he used to be before those injuries, but his shot continues to be money, and he could play for another decade just out of shooting.

1. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry isn’t only the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the game, he’s also one of the greatest point guards of all-time. Even if he’s not your average pass-first guy, he changed the way the game was played, even for defenders.

Curry has to be guarded across the whole court. He can pull up from — literally — anywhere, and he’ll shoot over 40% from three despite taking over ten triples a game. He’s the most efficient and dominant volume shooter we’ll ever see.

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It’s going to be quite challenging for football fans this year to determine the best linebackers in 2023. There are excellent players at that position throughout the league.

In fact, there are even a few of the best NFL linebackers currently that could end up being among the greatest linebackers in NFL history. These are the guys who have to play sideline to sideline, defending the pass and the run with equal efficiency.

Best linebackers 2023

In other words, most teams need to make sure they are well covered at this position, leading to a ton of competition when trying to think about the best linebackers in 2023. Unfortunately, we couldn’t mention all of the ones who warrant recognition.

However, we were able to whittle our list down to the 10 best linebackers in the NFL heading into the 2023 season.

10. Bobby Wagner

For Bobby Wagner, age continues to be nothing more than a number. Despite missing out on the Pro Bowl last year, his career-high six sacks helped Wagner to earn All-Pro recognition for the ninth time in his illustrious career. He continues to play at such a high level that the Seahawks are bringing him back where he belongs this season after a one-year stint with the Rams.

Wagner is poised to lead a linebacker corps that has some serious talent. Even if his days of being the best linebacker in the league are over, Wagner is still one of the elite linebackers of his generation and still qualifies among the 10 best linebackers in 2023.

9. Matt Milano

Even if Buffalo’s offense gets most of the attention for the team’s recent success, the Buffalo defense contributes as well, and Matt Milano is a big reason why. He’s been a key leader in the middle of the defense for a long time but finally got the recognition he deserves last season when he was named to the Pro Bowl and the First-Team All-Pro team.

The former fifth-round pick is still a little easy to overlook because he doesn’t put up a lot of flashy numbers. But his leadership skills and ability to play sideline to sideline are unquestioned. He also had three sacks in Buffalo’s two playoff games last season, doubling his output during the regular season. These are Milano’s prime years, so he should have another great season as the leader of the Buffalo defense in 2023.

8. Demario Davis

While he’s one of the oldest starting linebackers in the NFL, Demario Davis also figures to be one of the best linebackers in 2023. The 34-year-old finally earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season. But he’s also been an All-Pro for the last four years and has been one of the league’s elite linebackers throughout his time in New Orleans.

Davis has started all but one game over the last decade, collecting at least 90 tackles in each of those seasons. He also has 36 career sacks, including a career-high 6.5 last year, which isn’t too bad for a middle linebacker. While his age remains a lingering question to some extent, Davis has shown no signs of slowing down just yet.

7. C.J. Mosley

C.J. Mosley fell off the radar for a little while after signing with the Jets. He played just two total games in 2019 and 2020. But it’s safe to say that he’s back after amassing 326 total tackles over the past two seasons, including over 200 solo tackles.

After a three-year drought, Mosley got back to the Pro Bowl and back to receiving All-Pro honors in 2022. He’s now the leader of a defense that has a chance to be one of the best in the league this season, especially if Mosely can continue to play at a high level despite now being in his early 30s.

6. Shaquille Leonard

A flurry of injuries limited Shaquille Leonard to just three games last year. His absence was surely felt by the Colts. But he’s not someone who should be forgotten after one injury-plagued campaign.

This is a guy who led the league in tackles as a rookie and was a First-Team All-Pro in three of his first four seasons in the league. If he proves to be healthy in 2023, Leonard should have no problem reclaiming his status as one of the NFL’s elite middle linebackers.

5. Roquan Smith

All it took was leaving Chicago and joining the Ravens for Roquan Smith to finally get to the Pro Bowl and become a First-Team All-Pro in 2022. Despite splitting his season between the two teams last year, Smith posted career-highs in tackles, sacks, and even interceptions.

Now that he’s settled into Baltimore and has a long-term deal, Smith should be ready to enjoy one of the best seasons of his career in 2023.

He’s only 26, so he should be approaching the peak of his career this season.

4. Fred Warner

Among middle linebackers in the NFL, they don’t get much better than Fred Warner. He’s been a First-Team All-Pro selection twice in the last three seasons.

It’s a mystery why he wasn’t selected for that same honor in 2021 when he amassed a career-high 137 tackles. In any event, he controlled the middle of the field for an outstanding San Francisco defense last year, collecting 130 tackles while also defending 10 passes and making two sacks. While the 49ers have plenty of talent on that side of the ball, Warner is the heartbeat of one of the best defenses in the NFL right now.

3. Haason Reddick

The Eagles struck gold when they signed Haason Reddick before the 2022 season. All he did for them was collect 16 sacks during the regular season and another 3.5 sacks over three playoff games. Despite playing for three different teams over the last three seasons, Reddick has tallied 39.5 sacks during that stretch, becoming one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers.

Somehow, he didn’t make his first Pro Bowl until last season. But the former first-round pick appears to have come into his own and is living up to his promise, which should make him one of the best linebackers in 2023.

2. T.J. Watt

Just one year removed from winning Defensive Player of the Year, T.J. Watt still qualifies as one of the top linebackers in the NFL. Injuries limited Watt to just 10 games and 5.5 sacks last season, but that figures to only be a temporary setback for him.

After all, this is a player who had at least 13 sacks in four consecutive seasons prior to last year, including the 2021 season when he set an NFL record with 22.5 sacks. He also led the league in sacks, tackles for loss, and quarterback hits in both 2020 and 2021. Assuming Watt is fully healthy in 2023, he should quickly get back to playing at an elite level and giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares.

1. Micah Parsons

It’d be impossible to list anybody but Micah Parsons as the best linebacker in the NFL right now. While he didn’t win Defensive Player of the Year honors last year as many thought he could following a spectacular rookie season, there was no drop-off in his game from Year 1 to Year 2.

Parsons had 13.5 sacks in 2022 after collecting 13 sacks as a rookie. He also recovered three fumbles last year, one of which he turned into a touchdown. For the season straight season, Parsons was named a Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro selection. He’s still just 24 and set up for another monster season in 2023, making him one of the leading candidates to be NFL Defensive Player of the Year this season.

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- Warren Lee

Goalkeepers. The one position on the pitch which sticks out more than everyone else. It’s been said that you have to be mad to be a keeper, after all, they play with their hands and not their feet. Across the history of Major League Soccer, the league has developed a few great shot-stoppers and even attracted a few too. Let’s review some of the best MLS goalkeepers of all time.

Ranking the best MLS goalkeepers of all time 10) Tim Howard, (MetroStars, Colorado Rapids)

The unmistakable sight of Tim Howard. He wore the goalkeeping gloves for the best part of 15 years for the US national team. During this time, he proved himself with the MetroStars and took a sabbatical in England playing with both Manchester United and Everton before returning to MLS with the Colorado Rapids.

Despite never winning MLS Cup, he was named the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2001 and to the All-Star team on three different occasions. Interestingly, he was named the MVP of the 2009 All-Star game when his Everton team drew 1-1 with the MLS representative team.

9) Donovan Ricketts, (LA Galaxy, Montreal Impact, Portland Timbers, Orlando City)

No conversation about the top GKs ever in MLS would be complete without Donovan Ricketts. The Jamaican keeper lifted the MLS Cup in 2011 with the LA Galaxy in his only major career trophy.

Yet, that didn’t stop Ricketts from being one of the best shot-stoppers throughout his career as he won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year twice. Notably, one of those awards was earned in 2013 when he also got an impressive 14 clean sheets for Portland Timbers.

8) Matt Turner, (New England Revolution)

The current Arsenal reserve keeper wasn’t always a reserve. If he had stuck around at New England Revolution and got the club back to winning ways, he could have been one of the greatest goalkeepers in MLS history.

He earned the Goalkeeper of the Year accolade in 2021 as the team romped to the Supporters’ Shield. He was an agile player capable of stopping any opposition attack. If he returns to Major League Soccer soon, he could yet improve his stature on future lists like this.

7) Zach Thornton, (MetroStars, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA)

Zach Thornton is a man who has dedicated his life to US goalkeeping. Even after a 16-year playing career tenure in Major League Soccer, he spent multiple years as a goalkeeping coach at multiple franchises.

He won both the Eastern and Western Conference championships with Chicago Fire and Chivas USA respectively and was named the Goalkeeper of the Year in both 1998 and again in 2009, showing his quality throughout a long career.

6) Andre Blake, (Philadelphia Union)

Unlike a few players on this list, Andre Blake has stuck with one team for the entirety of his career to date. Philadelphia Union fans will hope he stays with them forever given his ability to keep the team in games with his skill between the sticks.

A three-time Goalkeeper of the Year, Blake has yet to win anything other than the 2020 Supporters’ Shield. Blake will be the catalyst for a Union title run for sure, or maybe he needs to trash loyalty and contribute to a team better befitting his quality shot-stopping.

His 15 clean sheets in 2022 helped the team get to the MLS Cup final and is the joint second-highest for a single season alongside Jimmy Nielsen.

5) Tony Meola, (MetroStars, Kansas City Wizards, New York Red Bulls)

As the only goalkeeper to win the regular season MVP award, Tony Meola should be held in exalted terms with the best MLS players ever, not just in the keeper category.

After all, he defined what it was to be a good shot-stopper in 2000 by keeping 16 clean sheets for the Kansas City Wizards, a record that still stands as the most in a single season.

4) Tim Melia (Real Salt Lake, Chivas USA, Sporting Kansas City, FC Dallas, D.C. United)

This Major League Soccer journeyman keeper is still an active keeper at Sporting Kansas City, however he doesn’t play quite as much as he used to. After all, he is now 37 years old and he’s picked up a niggling hamstring injury. His past accolades speak for themselves as he was named the 2017 Goalkeeper of the Year and kept 13 clean sheets in the following season.

He also became somewhat of a penalty specialist as he kept out the highest percentage of penalties faced at 40%, saved 14 of the 35 to date. Nick Rimando might have saved more but Melia has a better save rate.

3) Jimmy Nielsen, (Sporting Kansas City)

Despite only playing four seasons in Major League Soccer, the Danish keeper took America to his heart as he made over 120 appearances for Sporting Kansas City. He was named an MLS All-Star twice, won the Eastern Conference twice, was named in the Best XI, and lifted the MLS Cup in 2013. It’s fair to say he did a lot in a small amount of time.

Nielsen had two marvelous campaigns at the end of his career as he kept 13 clean sheets in 2012 and then bowed out in the title-winning campaign with 15 shutouts, the latter of which allowed him to be named the Goalkeeper of the Year.

2) Brad Guzan, (Chivas USA, Atlanta United)

Despite starting his MLS career at the ill-fated Chivas USA franchise, Brad Guzan has gone from strength to strength during his time between the sticks. However, even with Chivas USA, he still managed to become the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007, as he kept 13 clean sheets.

After playing for Aston Villa, Hull City, and Middlesbrough in England, Guzan returned to the US to become the number-one keeper at Atlanta United. In 2018, the team lifted the MLS Cup and Guzan followed it up with 14 MLS clean sheets in 2019 as Atlanta won both the US Open Cup and the Campeones Cup.

1) Nick Rimando, (Miami Fusion, D.C. United, Real Salt Lake)

Nick Rimando might be the closest answer when speculating who tops a list of the best MLS goalkeepers of all time. Rimando played for Miami Fusion and D.C. United but was best known for his 13 seasons with Real Salt Lake where he made over 400 appearances for the club, only retiring in 2019.

He holds a remarkable MLS penalty record having saved 22 of the 81 he faced, a whopping 27.2% success rate of them. Yes, that’s the highest number of saved PKs of any keeper to have played a substantial amount of games. He was paramount to helping D.C. win the MLS Cup in 2004 and then with Salt Lake again in 2009 when he was named the MLS Cup final MVP.

Honourable mention

There might be a collective of players you’re thinking about, particularly a few keepers who’ve played well in the Premier League. Brad Friedel was a great player at Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Aston Villa. However, he only played one season in Major League Soccer, making it hard for him to be considered as one of the best MLS goalkeepers of all time.


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- Ernesto Cova

It’s not a coincidence to see some teams that struggled to compete last year having several guys on the worst NBA contracts 2023-24 list. Teams that don’t spend smartly rarely fare well, and sometimes, they even need to get rid of valuable draft assets just to get those salaries off their books.

Worst NBA contracts in 2023-24 ranked

The new CBA pretty much punishes teams trying to stack several superstars, so teams will now think twice or thrice before spending big bucks on players who may not be worthy of those contracts.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at those players who have already managed to convince their respective teams to give them way more money than they should’ve gotten.

10. Deandre Ayton – $30.2 million

There’s a big chance that Deandre Ayton lives up to that contract, which is why he’s number 10 on this list. Simply put, it’s up to him to be the Phoenix Suns’ x-factor, embrace his role as a potential defensive anchor, and put in some effort on both ends of the glass.

Ayton has the potential to be a legit two-way star, and Frank Vogel has often brought the best out of his big men. The big question is whether he’ll be motivated enough after it was more than evident that he didn’t want to play there, at least not for coach Monty Williams.

9. Evan Fournier – $18.7 million

It’s crazy to think that a player who should be making the veteran minimum is actually making $18.7 million to sit at the end of the bench, but that’s the case with Evan Fournier. Truth be told, it was hard to blame Tom Thibodeau for getting him out of the rotation.

Fournier makes a lot of money, yet he doesn’t play defense, create for others, or and is not an efficient scorer. His contract has been a liability for the New York Knicks for so long now, and they may need to attach a valuable draft pick to move him at this point.

8. Mike Conley – $24.3 million

Mike Conley has been a borderline all-star for the better part of his career, a respected veteran who has made his teammates better every time he’s been on the floor. But that doesn’t mean he should be making $24.3 million at this point in his career.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will need to make some tough decisions if they reach the midpoint in the season and they’re underperforming again. That could lead to a trade or a buyout, as other teams could be interested in him at the right price.

7. Jerami Grant – $27.5 million

Jerami Grant just signed one of the most baffling and mind-boggling contracts in recent NBA history. The Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a five-year extension worth $160 million, and that’s after he had already turned down a four-year, $112 million contract.

There’s simply no way that Grant will be able to live up to that contract, and no one will absorb that deal if the Blazers want to trade him somewhere down the line. It’s not that he’s a bad player, but that’s a superstar money.

6. Kyle Lowry – $29.6 million

Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat were a great fit on paper, but he’s mostly struggled since arriving in South Beach. Father Time may have caught up to him already, as he’s dealt with multiple injuries, and he’s not a prolific scorer anymore, either.

Lowry is a veteran, and he could and should still have a place and a role in this league. But that huge contract has been more of a liability than an actual asset for Pat Riley and the Heat since he arrived, and they’ve tried to move him multiple times already.

5. Tobias Harris – $39.2 million

There’s a big chance that Tobias Harris‘ deal will go down as one of the ultimate worst contracts of all-time. Philadelphia 76ers fans have urged the team to try and move on from him way too many times already, but it’s been impossible.

Harris is by no means a scrub or a bad player. He’s durable and has had some big games, and he can contribute as a rebounder as well. But a guy making this kind of money should be a perennial All-Star and All-NBA player, and he’s never been either.

4. Gordon Hayward – $31.5 million

It’s getting usual to see Gordon Hayward‘s name when we discuss bad contracts. Once again, he’s got one of the worst NBA contracts in 2023-24, being signed for a whopping $31.5 million next season despite constantly missing time with a never-ending string of injuries.

Hayward was one of the league’s rising stars before all the injuries got to him. It’s a shame that his promising career got derailed by things he simply cannot control. Then again, he’s made more than a fair amount of cash over the years, so he may have no complaints.

3. Ben Simmons – $37.8 million

There’s absolutely no doubt that Ben Simmons could be worth almost $38 million and even more. He’s got the potential to be a two-way superstar, one of the best defenders and playmakers in the game, and he’s still young and could have a long and successful career.

However, we’re talking about a guy who’s love for the game has been questioned multiple times. He can’t seem to stay healthy, and he’s still under contract for years, so his deal might turn out to be a major liability instead of an asset if he doesn’t get back to the floor soon.

2. Fred VanVleet – $40.8 million

If we talk about overpaid NBA players in 2024, then we have to talk about Fred VanVleet. Yes, he’s posted solid numbers over the past couple of years, but he’s done that while also taking a lot of shots on a losing team. He plays defense, but is he worth almost $41 million a year?

The Houston Rockets know he might not be good for long, so they included a way to get rid of him soon if things don’t work out in his first season. That alone speaks volumes of how potentially bad his contract could be. No hate to VanVleet, who’s a good player, but $41 million should get you more than ‘good.’

1. Rudy Gobert – $41 million

The Minnesota Timberwolves will spend a lot of luxury tax money, and they may not even make the playoffs next season. Pairing Rudy Gobert with Karl-Anthony Towns was a questionable gamble, and it didn’t exactly pay off in their first season together.

Gobert is the 13th-highest-paid player in the league, yet he cannot defend on the perimeter or score from beyond five feet. He’s an elite rim protector and rebounder, but the league is perimeter oriented and he’s gotten exposed in the playoffs every single year he’s been in the league.

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- Ernesto Cova

The 2023-24 NBA season will be an entertaining one for fans and players, and especially for those highest paid NBA players in 2023-24. With a new CBA, some major changes are coming to the association, and some stars will get a lot of money after signing big contracts in prior years.

In 2023-24, some players will be set for a huge payday. From NBA champions to big stars trying to win that elusive title, plenty of players will be getting some serious money when the next season starts.

Top 10 highest paid NBA players 2023-24

As the years go by, players get more money and next season we’ll see some historical numbers when it comes to salaries in the NBA. These are the 10 highest-paid players for the 2023-24 NBA season.

10. Kawhi Leonard, $45,640,084

We start off this list of the highest paid NBA players in 2023-24 with Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers superstar who will be in his fifth season with the Californian team. The forward had a tumultuous 2022-23 NBA season, dealing with injuries again and missing a big chunk of the campaign.

Leonard is set to make $45,640,084 next year, per Spotrac, in a season full of high expectations for him. The Klaw played in 52 games last season, averaging 23.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. After joining the Clips in 2019, Kawhi holds big expectations, and many think this is his final chance to win an NBA championship in Los Angeles.

9. Damian Lillard, $45,640,084

Damian Lillard became been man of the hour in the NBA after he requested a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers. The talented point guard is still on the trade block at the time of writing, as the Blazers and Miami Heat keep working to complete a deal.

Like Leonard, Lillard is set to make $45,640,084 next year, but it remains to be seen which team will be paying his salary when the 2023-24 season starts. Dame played 58 games this past season, averaging 32.2 points, 7.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds, earning All-NBA honors.

8. Giannis Antetokounmpo, $45,640,084

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the three best players in the NBA at this point, and his contract should show that. As the owner of one of the largest contracts in NBA history, Antetokounmpo will get $45,640,084 next year, the same as Lillard and Leonard.

A two-time NBA MVP, NBA champion, and Finals MVP, Antetokounmpo is one of the premier talents you can find in the league. The Greek Freak comes off a season where he averaged 31.1 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 63 games with the Milwaukee Bucks.

7. Paul George, $45,640,165

Besides Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers have another superstar with a huge contract, Paul George. The veteran swingman has had the chance to become the No. 1 option on this team, doing a solid job but never reaching the NBA Finals with the Clips.

PG13 is one of the best yet most underrated players in the league, but not by the Clippers. George is set to receive $45,640,165 next season, where he’ll try to help Kawhi Leonard reach a new level and compete for that elusive NBA championship. In 56 games last season, George posted 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

6. Kevin Durant, $46,407,433

The controversial Kevin Durant is set to get a huge paycheck next season in the deal that he initially agreed to with the Brooklyn Nets. The Phoenix Suns will pay $46,407,433 to KD this upcoming campaign, hoping that the 34-year-old is able to bring them to the promised land.

Durant is in a different scenario with the Suns, and he carries big expectations coming into this season. This will be his first full season with the team, and everybody will be waiting to see what he’s able to do with the overpowered Suns. Durant managed to play 49 games in 2022-23, posting 29.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

5. Bradley Beal, $46,741,590

Another Phoenix Suns player, Bradley Beal is set to start a new chapter in his career after the Washington Wizards shipped him to Arizona in a blockbuster deal. As part of his five-year, $251 million deal, Beal will make $46,741,590 in 2023-24.

The shooting guard is in a privileged position to win the NBA championship with the Suns, but they still need to prove that they’re ready to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy. In 50 games last season, Beal posted 23.2 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. With all due respect, this could still go down as one of the worst contracts in NBA history.

4. Joel Embiid, $47,607,350

The reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid is ready to defend his throne against the rest of the league and set to hit a big payday. Embiid is tied with other two players on this list, earning $47,607,350 next season.

The big man knows he carries big expectations on his shoulders, especially after his disappointing performances in the playoffs. Embiid played 66 games last season, averaging 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists. It’s clear why he has one of the biggest contracts in the NBA currently.

3. LeBron James, $47,607,350

Arguably the greatest player of all time, LeBron James has never been the highest-paid player in the NBA during his career. Even so, he’s managed to become a billionaire while still in action, making history in the NBA. He’s also set to have one of the largest NBA salaries in 2024.

The King is set to make $47,607,350 next campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, who will try to return to winning ways and win another championship next year. James averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 55 games in 2022-23.

2. Nikola Jokic, $47,607,350

Love him or hate him, nobody can deny that Nikola Jokic is one of the best players in the NBA right now. After a magical 2022-23 NBA season, the Serbian big man earned a lot of respect around the league, and is also set to make a lot of money starting next season, being second among the players with the largest NBA salaries 2023.

Jokic has one of the largest contracts in NBA history, making $47,607,350 in 2023-24. He’ll try to taste glory again with his Denver Nuggets. The Joker and co. know they have a target on their back, and none of that will stop their championship defense next season. Jokic averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists last season.

1. Stephen Curry, $51,915,615

Following a tumultuous 2022-23 NBA season, Stephen Curry is ready to bounce back and compete for another title with the Golden State Warriors. The point guard will have the largest salary in the NBA next season, making $51,915,615. He will become the first player in NBA history to get over $50 million per year in NBA history, topping our list of the highest paid NBA players 2023-24 .

Curry is still a terrific talent, and having him on the roster will always give the Warriors championship hope. The Chef is trying to add more silverware to his collection, and after a season full of changes, he’s set to take the Warriors back on track and compete for a championship again. In 56 games last season, Curry posted 29.4 points, 6.3 assists and 6.1 rebounds.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

One factor that fans may not want to overlook ahead of the new NFL seasons is what teams will have the best offensive lines in 2023.

Unlike some of the other football positions, offensive linemen need to work as a unit in tandem with one another. It’s not always enough to have one or two good players at that position. The best teams in the NFL this year could be the teams with the best offensive lines in 2023.

Ranking the best offensive lines in 2023

But what teams have the best NFL offensive lines currently? This took a little bit of work because we had to consider things like depth, star power, and experience, not to mention the offensive lines that don’t commit a lot of penalties or fouls in football games.

Taking those factors into account, we came up with a ranking of the 10 offensive lines in the NFL heading into the 2023 season with the expectation that these could end up being some of the best teams in the league this season.

10. 49ers

The quarterback situation might be unclear for the 49ers, but whoever plays that position should be well-protected. Left tackle Trent Williams is still the best in the business and anchors the entire line.

The rest of the line is still young, but Colton McKivitz and Jake Brendel have performed well enough to earn extensions with the team. Veteran Jon Feliciano is also around to provide depth, flexibility, and leadership.

9. Broncos

Admittedly, the offensive line has been an issue for Denver in recent years, including last season when Russell Wilson was sacked a league-high 55 times. However, left tackle Garett Bolles to an injury in Week 5 explains some of the team’s struggles.

The Broncos also threw some money at the problem this offseason, signing Ben Powers at left guard and Mike McGlinchey at right tackle. With those two on board and Bolles healthy, they are in much better shape. If youngsters Quinn Meinerz and Lloyd Cushenberry can take a step forward, Denver’s offensive line has the potential to be something special.

8. Ravens

The Ravens better have one of the best offensive lines in 2023 if they want to keep the highest-paid player in football on his feet. Fortunately, center Tyler Linderbaum had a great rookie season after being selected in the first round of last year’s draft. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley is a former Pro Bowler while Morgan Moses is solid at right tackle.

Even if the Ravens lack elite talent, they are solid at the three most important positions. Likewise, Kevin Zeitler gives them an experienced guard next to Moses on the right side. Baltimore also has good depth on the line, although left guard remains a question mark heading into the season.

7. Packers

Even if they’re no longer protecting Aaron Rodgers, the Packers still have a talented offensive line. David Bakhtiari’s resume speaks for itself, he just needs to stay healthy.

The Packers have also used a lot of draft capital on the offensive line in recent years. Left guard Elgton Jenkins has been to the Pro Bowl twice in the last three years, so that side of the line is in excellent shape. Green Bay also has talented pieces with Josh Myers, Jon Runyan, Zach Tom, and Sean Rhyan to fill out the rest of the line.

6. Chiefs

With such a valuable commodity at quarterback, the Chiefs need to be strong up front. While they lost Orlando Brown Jr. at left tackle in free agency, they replaced him with Donovan Smith, who is also a Super Bowl champ and has over 120 career starts.

The left side of the line also includes Joe Thuney and Creed Humphrey, who were both Pro Bowlers last year. Meanwhile, right guard Trey Smith is starting to come along while the Chiefs paid big money to right tackle Jawaan Taylor to solidify an offensive line that was a huge liability just a couple of years ago.

5. Browns

Thanks to one of the top offensive lines in the NFL, Nick Chubb has been able to run wild in recent years. That’s probably not going to change for the Browns in 2023.

Right tackle Jack Conklin is an above-average performer while left guard Joel Bitonio is among the best linemen in the league right now. Right guard Wyatt Teller is nearly as good, going to the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons.

The Browns also seem to have a keeper at center with Ethan Pocic getting an extension earlier this year. Finally, at the all-important left tackle position, the Browns have former top-10 pick Jedrick Wills, who is starting to gel with the rest of the unit.

4. Cowboys

The Cowboys always seem to have a talented offensive line, and the 2023 season will be no different. Left tackle Tyron Smith and right guard Zack Martin have a combined 16 Pro Bowl selections. Center Tyler Biadasz also earned his first Pro Bowl selection last year.

Of course, the Cowboys also have high expectations for left guard Tyler Smith, their first-round pick in 2022. Obviously, age is starting to become a concern for Martin and Tyron Smith. But the Cowboys have dedicated several draft picks over the past couple of years to the offensive line, so they have plenty of depth.

3. Lions

Detroit’s success in 2022 was partly because of a strong offensive line. When he’s been healthy, Taylor Decker has been one of the most reliable left tackles in the NFL and boasts nearly 100 career starts. At the other tackle position, Penei Sewell is a budding star, as the seventh overall pick in the 2021 Draft went to the Pro Bowl last year.

Meanwhile, center Frank Ragnow, another former first-round pick, has been to the Pro Bowl twice in the last three seasons. The Lions have also done a good job of building depth among the interior positions of their offensive line to strengthen that unit even more.

2. Falcons

While the Falcons face a lot of questions heading into the new season, they should have one of the best offensive lines in 2023. Atlanta has three first-round picks projected to start in left tackle Jake Matthews, right guard Chris Lindstrom, and right tackle Kaleb McGary.

Both Matthews and McGary are rock solid on the outside while Lindstrom is one of the best in the NFL at his position. Even rookie Matthew Bergeron was a second-round pick with first-round potential. He played left tackle in college at Syracuse and should be an asset right away at guard.

With center Drew Dalman entering his third season in the league, the Falcons should be able to push people around up front.

1. Eagles

The Eagles have set a great example for other teams to follow when it comes to building a strong offensive line. They have veterans Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce at right tackle and center, respectively. Those two provide a lot of experience and leadership but both are also coming off one of their best seasons, which is a big reason why Philadelphia went to the Super Bowl last year.

The Eagles also hit the jackpot in the seventh round a few years ago when they drafted Jordan Mailata, who is now one of the best left tackles in the league. It’s at the guard positions where the Eagles are a little younger but still have tons of talent. Landon Dickerson was an All-American in college and is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection in his second year in the league. Philly has another former Alabama lineman at right guard in rookie Anthony Steen.

Obviously, he’s far from a sure thing. But since the Eagles have above-average players at the other four offensive line positions, they can roll the dice with a rookie and still have the best offensive line in the NFL.

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- Justin Gincauskas

With the league increasing the salary cap to $83.5 million for the upcoming season, it is time to look at the highest paid NHL players 2023-24 will have.

Highest paid NHL players 2023-24

When looking at the largest NHL salaries currently, an argument could be made that many of the league’s best players deserve to be paid more. Compared to other major North American sports leagues, the NHL is well behind in terms of the amount the league pays its top players.

Many of the NHL’s current greatest players are on this list, but there are a few that may come as a surprise. There are also a lot of young, up-and-coming stars who will surely add their names to this list in future years when it is time to negotiate new deals.

For now, the players on this list will carry the largest cap hit entering the 2023-24 season.

10. (Tie) Carey Price and Jonathan Huberdeau – $10,500,000

Carey Price will be 36 years old by the start of next season, but it is currently unclear how much of Price we will see in 2023-24. Price did not suit up for any game in the league last season, and only appeared in five games the year prior.

Price is entering the sixth year of an eight-year $84 million contract he signed with the Montreal Canadiens back in 2017. Jonathan Huberdeau has the same dollar amount and years on his contract but will be heading into the first season of his deal in 2023-24.

Huberdeau had a disappointing season with the Calgary Flames last year. He went from 115 points in 2021-22 to just 55 points last season. With the contract kicking in this upcoming season, he will need to have a bounce-back year to prove that the deal was not a mistake for the Flames.

9. Mitch Marner – $10,903,000

Mitch Marner is one of the younger players on this list at just 26 years old. He currently has two years left on his six-year $65,408,000 contract he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Marner is coming off another strong season where he had a career-best 99 points. His 69 assists were tied for the fifth most in the league this past year.

He should be in for another big deal after the 2024-25 season, especially if he is able to crack the 100-point mark over the next couple of years.

7. (Tie) John Tavares and Drew Doughty – $11,000,000

Two players who have each played over 1,000 games in the league are also two of the highest paid NHL players in 2023. John Tavares and Drew Doughty will each be carrying an $11 million cap hit into next season.

Tavares is the current captain of the Maple Leafs and is locked in with the team for the next two seasons. He signed a seven-year $77 million deal with Toronto in 2018. Tavares averaged a point per game last season, collecting 80 points in 80 games played.

Doughty also signed his current contract in 2018, except his was for eight years and $88 million with the Los Angeles Kings. Last season, Doughty had 52 points in 81 games. He will not become a free agent until after the 2026-27 season at the age of 37.

6. David Pastrnak – $11,250,000

David Pastrnak had the best season of his career so far in 2022-23.

The 27-year-old Bruins winger scored 61 goals, the second most in the league. Pastrnak also surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time. His 113 points were tied for the third most in the NHL as he finished second in Hart Trophy voting.

Pastrnak was rewarded during the season with an eight-year $90 million contract extension that he signed in March. The new deal, which kicks in this upcoming season, will keep Pastrnak in Boston through the 2030-31 season. The contract features a full no-movement clause for the first five years.

5. Erik Karlsson – $11,500,000

Erik Karlsson’s contract is steep, carrying a cap hit of $11.5 million for the next four seasons. However, he did make the contract look better by having the best year of his career this past season.

Karlsson had 101 points in 2022-23, which was the most among defensemen by a wide margin. He also led all defensemen in goals and assists. His 76 assists alone would have been enough to put him in a tie for first in points by a defenseman this past season.

Karlsson’s record year led to him winning the Norris Trophy for the third time in his career and his first as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

4. Auston Matthews – $11,640,250

Auston Matthews signed a five-year $58,195,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2019. He carries a cap hit of $11,640,250 heading into the final year of the deal.

Matthews did not have his best season in 2022-23, registering only 85 points after reaching 106 the year prior. However, it was still the second most points he has had in a season in his career so far.

Matthews will surely be motivated to have a career year this season as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2023-24 season.

3. Artemi Panarin – $11,642,857

A 31-year-old left winger, Artemi Panarin will be one of the highest paid NHL players in 2024.

Panarin has played the last four seasons with the New York Rangers. He signed a seven-year $81.5 million contract with the team during the 2019 offseason. The deal includes a full no-movement clause.

Panarin played in 82 games last season and had 63 assists. He has surpassed the 90-point mark in three of the previous four seasons, notching 92 points this past year. Panarin’s contract runs through the 2025-26 season.

2. Connor McDavid – $12,500,000

It is fair to say that Connor McDavid should be number one on this highest paid NHL players 2023-24 list. McDavid has been the best player in the NHL for many years now and is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in league history.

McDavid had the best year of his career this past season, becoming just the sixth player in NHL history to reach 150 points in a season. He led the league in points with 153, goals with 64, and assists with 89. McDavid has already reached 850 career points while playing in less than 570 games.

McDavid is entering the sixth year of his eight-year $100 million contract he signed with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2017. He will surely become the highest paid player in the league once it is time for his next deal.

1. Nathan MacKinnon – $12,600,000

Nathan MacKinnon enters the 2023-24 season as the highest paid player in the NHL with a cap hit of $12.6 million.

This upcoming season will mark the first year of his eight-year $100.8 million contract extension he signed with the Colorado Avalanche last offseason. The deal contains a full no-movement clause and will keep him under contract through the 2030-31 season.

MacKinnon has proven to be one of the most consistent producers in the league. Last season, MacKinnon finished fifth in the league in points with 111. He has averaged more than a point per game for six straight seasons and will be just 28 years old when the season begins.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

Even though it’s often overlooked compared to the other football positions, we thought it was important to look at the best offensive linemen in 2023 before the start of a new NFL season.

Obviously, this is a largely thankless position with offensive linemen taking the blame when something goes wrong but getting little credit when they do their job. That gave us even more reason to take a closer look at the top offensive linemen in the NFL. 

Best offensive linemen 2023

But who are the best NFL offensive linemen currently? That’s not an easy question to answer because there are so many great linemen in the league right now, including a few guys who will likely be considered among the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history one day.

We took a close look at our options and came up with a list of the 10 best offensive linemen in 2023.

10. Andrew Thomas

There were definitely some growing pains for Andrew Thomas early in his career. A couple of minor injuries have tripped him up along the way too.

However, he’s coming off a breakout season, announcing himself as one of the best young tackles in the NFL. Outside of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, he might be the most important player the Giants have on offense. Thomas was a Second-Team All-Pro last year and is still only 24. There is a chance he has an even better season in 2023.

9. Tristan Wirfs

As a rookie, Tristan Wirfs played a key role in helping the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. Since then, he’s continued to prove himself to be one of the best young offensive tackles in the NFL.

Wirfs has earned a Pro Bowl invitation and All-Pro selections in each of the past two seasons. When he got hurt late last season and missed Tampa’s playoff game, the Bucs undoubtedly missed his presence. But as long as he’s healthy in 2023, Wirfs should continue to perform at a high level and be one of the best offensive tackles in the league.

8. Quenton Nelson

Unfortunately, Quenton Nelson is coming off a down year in 2022. While he still went to the Pro Bowl, last year was the first time in his career that he wasn’t named an All-Pro. To be fair, he played on a bad team in Indianapolis last season, so it was hard for him to stand out.

However, Nelson is still the highest-paid guard in the NFL and should have no problem bouncing back in 2023. He’s definitely not someone you want to bet against.

7. Chris Lindstrom

For most fans, Chris Lindstrom is a newcomer among the NFL’s elite offensive linemen. He was drafted in 2019 and has gotten a little lost in the shuffle while playing for the underachieving Falcons throughout his career. But after going to the Pro Bowl and being a Second-Team All-Pro selection last year, Lindstrom is on the radar.

He’s played well enough for the Falcons to give him a five-year, $105 million extension earlier this year. Lindstrom figures to anchor Atlanta’s offensive line for a long time, and as long as he can live up to that contract, he’ll be among the NFL’s top offensive linemen in 2023 and beyond. 

6. Jason Kelce

Even if he’ll be 36 by the end of the season, Jason Kelce still looks like he’ll be one of the best offensive linemen in 2023. He certainly holds the title of the best center in the NFL after being a First-Team All-Pro selection in back-to-back seasons and five of the last six years.

For a guy who has mulled retirement in recent years, Kelce is still performing at a high level. It’s no surprise that the Eagles ended up having such a great season in 2022 with someone like Kelce anchoring the offensive line. With 176 games under his belt, he’s still going strong and among the elite offensive linemen in the NFL.

5. Joel Bitonio

On the heels of his fifth straight trip to the Pro Bowl last season, Joel Bitonio is undoubtedly among the top offensive linemen in the NFL heading into the season. After all, who do you think is helping to pave the way for Nick Chubb and Cleveland’s potent rushing attack?

Bitonio has played a key role in the Browns being able to run the ball so effectively in recent years. He’s also been an All-Pro in five straight years, including First-Team selections in back-to-back years. With Bitonio still in his prime, he’ll be among the NFL’s best offensive linemen this year.

4. Zack Martin

For nearly a decade, Zack Martin has been a key factor on one of the best offensive lines in football. He’s entering his 10th season with the Cowboys and is still among the best interior offensive linemen in the game. Over his first nine seasons, Martin has been to eight Pro Bowls and been a First-Team All-Pro six times.

In fact, Martin has been a First-Team All-Pro selection in four of the last five seasons. Even in his 30s, Martin is maintaining a high level of play and continues to be a big reason why the Cowboys have such a strong offensive line year after year.

3. Laremy Tunsil

It’s taken a little bit of time, but Laremy Tunsil has finally worked his way among the best offensive linemen in the NFL. He had some struggles early in his career with the Dolphins. However, Tunsil has taken his game to another level since being traded to the Texans.

He’s become a bright spot during Houston’s rebuilding process, earning a Pro Bowl invitation three times in the last four seasons. Even after a thumb injury limited him to just five games in 2021, Tunsil bounced back and had another dominant year in 2022. He looks to be in his prime right now and is poised for another good season in 2023.

2. Lane Johnson

Age doesn’t seem to be much of an issue for Lane Johnson, who should be one of the top offensive linemen in 2023. A year ago, Johnson earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection and returned to the First-Team All-Pro for the first time since 2017. Needless to say, he was a huge part of helping the Eagles get to the Super Bowl, helping to lead a strong rushing attack and keep Jalen Hurts protected.

Late in the 2022 season, Johnson set a new NFL record by going 26 consecutive games without allowing a sack. That record says everything you need to know about how good Johnson is at this stage in his career.

1. Trent Williams

For a long time, Trent Williams has been one of the top offensive linemen in the NFL, and that’s not going to change in 2023. To be fair, he’ll be 35 at the start of the 2023 season. But Williams has also been a First-Team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons on top of going to the Pro Bowl in 10 of the last 11 years.

There’s been no decline in his performance even after 163 career games. Obviously, Williams was ejected from the NFC Championship Game the last time he was on the field. But that should just inspire him to come back and have another great season in 2023 while helping the 49ers return to the promised land.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

With an almost endless list of great wide receivers in the NFL these days, it’s appropriate to look at the best wide receiver corps in 2023.

After all, the top teams in the league will usually have multiple wide receivers who are capable of doing some damage. Compared to other football positions, depth is key at wide receiver, which is why exploring the top wide receiver corps in the NFL is worth exploring.

Ranking the best wide receiver corps in 2023

But what teams have the best NFL wide receiver corps currently? That’s not necessarily an easy question to answer. However, we took a closer look at the top wide receiver corps in the NFL heading into the season and came up with a ranking of the 10 best wide receiver corps in 2023.

10. Buccaneers

Obviously, the Bucs have benefited from having Tom Brady over the past few seasons. But Brady also benefited from the dynamic duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Evans and Godwin have such distinct skill sets that they complement each other better than most wide receiving duos. Outside of Russell Gage, the Bucs don’t have a clear third option. It’s also fair to say that Evans and Godwin haven’t quite lived up to their potential over the past couple of seasons. But they still make up one of the top wide receiver groups in the league right now.

9. Raiders

Davante Adams alone is enough to give the Raiders one of the best receiving corps in football. He’s just that good and makes things a little easier for the receivers around him.

While Mack Hollins is gone, the addition of Jakobi Meyers should give Las Vegas a viable no. 2 receiver who can hurt teams that focus too much on Adams. The Raiders will also benefit if they can get a full season out of Hunter Renfrow, who’s more than capable of doing some damage out of the slot. With Keelan Cole and Phillip Dorsett also on their roster heading into 2023, the Raiders have plenty of depth behind Adams.

8. Vikings

Any team with Justin Jefferson is going to be stacked at wide receiver. He’s already looking like he could become one of the greatest wide receivers ever.

Of course, the receiver playing opposite Jefferson is no longer Adam Thielen, as he’s been replaced by rookie Jordan Addison. But Addison has big-time potential while K.J. Osborn is a solid part of the supporting cast. The Vikings are also hoping that Jalen Reagor or one of the other young receivers on the team can give them a little more depth at wide receiver.

7. Bills

Believe it or not, Josh Allen doesn’t do it alone, and he’ll continue to receive help from one of the best wide receiver corps in 2023. Presumably, Allen has patched things up with Stefon Diggs, who has averaged nearly 1,400 receiving yards and close to 10 touchdowns per season since coming to Buffalo.

Meanwhile, Gabe Davis might be one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL. He’s amassed 20 touchdown passes over his three seasons in the league and has been a model of consistency. Yet, the Bills still need some depth beyond those two stars. They brought in Trent Sheffield to play that role while hoping that rookie Justin Shorter and second-year receiver Khalil Shakir can provide a surprising boost.

6. 49ers

Regardless of who plays quarterback for the 49ers this year, they are going to have one of the best wide receiver corps in 2023. Deebo Samuel has certainly established himself as one of the most dynamic receivers in the NFL. Brandon Aiyuk isn’t far behind, as he’s coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his young career despite playing with multiple starting quarterbacks last season. Jauan Jennings has also found a way to make his presence felt over the past couple of seasons.

The 49ers also have Danny Gray and Ray-Ray McCloud on their roster as potential X-factors in the passing game.

5. Chargers

Justin Herbert couldn’t put up the impressive numbers he does without great wide receivers around him. The problem for the Chargers in recent years has been getting Mike Williams and Keenan Allen healthy at the same time. If those two are able to get on the field together, the Chargers have a duo that will be hard to stop.

Just for good measure, they added Quentin Johnston in the first round of this year’s draft and Derius Davis in the fourth round. Also, don’t forget that Joshua Palmer had over 700 receiving yards in 16 games last year. If Palmer continues to develop and the two rookies contribute, the Chargers will be one of the deepest teams in the NFL at wide receiver.

4. Eagles

It’d be impossible to understate the profound impact A.J. Brown had during his first season in Philadelphia. He played a huge role in the growth of Jalen Hurts in 2022 and getting the Eagles to the Super Bowl. It also helps to have a former Heisman winner like DeVonta Smith have a breakout season with nearly 1,200 receiving yards. If we were limiting ourselves to receiving duos, Brown and Smith would have a strong case for being near the top.

However, the Eagles still need to get a little more from their other receivers. Quez Watkins is yet to fully take flight, although the addition of Olamide Zaccheaus could help to give the Eagles a third productive wide receiver.

3. Seahawks

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett might be one of the most under-appreciated wide receiver tandems in the NFL. Somehow, both have only been to one Pro Bowl each. Yet, they continue to produce impressive numbers year after year.

They must be good because they helped Geno Smith have a brilliant 2022 campaign that got the Seahawks to the playoffs. Most teams would love to have that duo at wide receiver. The Seahawks have a chance to get even better in 2023 after using a first-round pick on Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Two years ago, Smith-Njigba was the third wide receiver for Ohio State behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and had an amazing season for the Buckeyes. He could do the same this year, helping give Seattle a dangerous receiving trio.

2. Dolphins

Thanks largely to the arrival of Tyreek Hill, the Dolphins now have one of the most dynamic wide receiver groups in the NFL. There were questions heading into last season about whether Hill could continue to perform at a high level without Patrick Mahomes delivering the football. But Hill was arguably better with Tua Tagovailoa.

Miami also has Jaylen Waddle, who had over 1,300 receiving yards in a breakout season last year. Hill and Waddle might be the most dangerous receiver tandem in football right now. The key for the Dolphins in 2023 will be integrating Braxton Berrios into the team and perhaps getting more out of Cedrick Wilson to give them more depth in addition to having an amazing tandem in Hill and Waddle.

1. Bengals

Nobody is disputing that Joe Burrow is a great quarterback, but it’s clear that his job is a little easier given the talent the Bengals have at receiver.

Despite coming off a down season in 2022, Ja’Marr Chase is on a shortlist of the most talented receivers in the league right now. Meanwhile, Tee Higgins would be a no. 1 receiver on most teams, yet he’s a no. 2 receiver on the Bengals. Don’t forget about Tyler Boyd, who has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt and is quite dangerous as Cincinnati’s no. 3 target.

Beyond that trio, the Bengals drafted two wide receivers this past year, including fourth-round pick Charlie Jones, who has great hands and surprising athleticism, making him someone to watch closely in 2023, as the best receiving corps in the league could get even better.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

Who are the highest paid NFL players in 2023? Over this past offseason, some of the biggest contracts in NFL history were signed, leading to some changes in the highest paid NFL players in 2023 compared to last year.

That could lead to some surprises when it comes to the top NFL salaries currently. After all, the best players don’t always make the most money.

Highest paid NFL players 2023

Of course, with the highest-paid NFL players in 2023, teams usually don’t have to worry about using the franchise tag. On the other hand, if these players don’t work out, it could result in one of the largest NFL cap hits ever.

But putting all of that aside for a minute, let’s countdown the players who are set to make the most money in the NFL during the 2023 season.

T9. Matthew Stafford, $40 Million

The Rams giving Matthew Stafford a four-year, $160 million extension before last season might be the perfect example of a team paying a player for his past accomplishments rather than his future promise. Stafford surely deserves to be compensated by the Rams for winning that Super Bowl. But even before he got hurt last year, he showed that he’s not a $40 million quarterback anymore.

The Rams were just 3-6 in his games last year. Even the year they won the Super Bowl, Stafford led the league in interceptions. He might have won it all two seasons ago, but the Rams are still paying a turnover-prone quarterback a lot of money in 2023.

T9. Daniel Jones, $40 Million

A year ago, it seemed impossible that Daniel Jones would one day rank among the 10 highest-paid NFL players. Frankly, it’s still hard to understand how he can be making $40 million per season.

Even if he helped the Giants win a playoff game last year, Jones only had 15 touchdown passes. To his credit, Jones has reduced his turnovers and become a competent game manager who can make plays with his legs. But that’s not exactly the type of quarterback who warrants this kind of salary.

T9. Dak Prescott, $40 Million

If he could just stay healthy, Dak Prescott would probably be worth his $40 million salary. He missed five games last year and played in just five games during the 2020 season.

Of course, even in 12 games last year, Prescott still led the NFL with 15 interceptions. In his defense, Stafford wasn’t around to play a full season either. When he’s at his best, Prescott earns his $40 million salary. But the Cowboys know all too well that’s not always the case.

8. Josh Allen, $43 Million

With the six-year extension that Josh Allen got before the 2021 season, he’s set to make $43 million this year. For a player who was so lightly recruited out of high school, it’s probably far more than he ever expected to make as a professional athlete.

Of course, if Allen can deliver a Super Bowl win to the Bills, folks in Buffalo will look at his salary as a bargain. His contract runs through the 2028 season, although given how good Allen has been, even Bills fans are starting to get impatient.

7. Patrick Mahomes, $45 Million

It’s crazy to think that Patrick Mahomes is only the seventh-highest-paid player in the NFL this season. He’s undoubtedly the best player in the league and is a two-time MVP and two-time Super Bowl winner.

However, Mahomes is the only player on this list who got a 10-year contract. The whole contract could be worth as much as $503 million when all is said and done, so the annual salary Mahomes makes isn’t that big of a deal.

6. Deshaun Watson, $46 Million

This is probably the year we found out for sure if Cleveland’s investment in Deshaun Watson was worth it or not. Remember that the Browns gave up three first-round picks for Watson and then gave him a five-year, $230 million contract.

While it’s been surpassed several times over, it was the largest contract and most guaranteed money in league history at the time. After sitting out a year and a half and going through off-field issues brought on by himself, Watson didn’t look like he was worth $46 million in 2022. The Browns can only hope that changes in 2023 and beyond.

5. Kyler Murray, $46.1 Million

It’s safe to say that the Cardinals didn’t get their money’s worth from Kyler Murray last year, and they probably won’t get it again this year. Murray was just 3-8 before a torn ACL sidelined him for the rest of the season.

It’s now unlikely that he’ll be able to play a full season in 2023. But after signing a five-year, $230.5 million deal prior to the 2022 season, Murray is still Arizona’s long-term quarterback, which means they won’t have to rush him back from his injury, especially since the Cardinals aren’t set up for success this year, even if Murray were healthy.

4. Russell Wilson, $49 Million

He was so bad in 2022 that it’s almost easy to forget that Russell Wilson has one of the top NFL salaries currently. At this time last year, the Broncos had just signed Wilson to a five-year, $245 million contract, believing he was the last piece of the puzzle that could deliver them another Super Bowl win.

Unfortunately, Wilson’s first season in Denver was a disaster from Week 1. The silver lining of his contract is that Wilson still has a few years to turn things around and put that season behind him. But if that doesn’t happen, this could end up becoming one of the worst contracts in professional sports.

3. Aaron Rodgers, $50.27 Million

As a four-time MVP, Aaron Rodgers better be one of the highest-paid NFL players in 2023. His salary is part of a three-year, $150.8 million deal he signed prior to the 2022 season.

Just like the players ahead of him on this list, Rodgers was at one point the highest-paid player in league history in terms of annual income. Of course, it’ll be the Jets who are paying Rodgers in 2023. Between his new team, his salary, and his track record, Rodgers is arguably under more pressure than any other player in 2023.

2. Jalen Hurts, $51 Million

After a brilliant 2022 season that ended with a trip to the Super Bowl, the Eagles had little choice but to give Jalen Hurts a big-money extension. Hurts got a five-year deal worth $255 million.

At the time, it was the biggest annual salary ever given to an NFL player, although that record didn’t last long. Of course, $51 million is still a ton of money for a player who has only been in the league for three seasons and was a second-round pick. The Eagles also made Hurts the first player in franchise history to receive a no-trade clause, meaning the Eagles are committing their future to him.

1. Lamar Jackson, $52 Million

For a while, it looked like Lamar Jackson might not even play for the Ravens in 2023. After Baltimore slapped the franchise tag on him, Jackson requested a trade after long-held negotiations failed to accomplish anything.

However, the two sides finally agreed to terms in late April with Jackson receiving a five-year, $260 million deal. That means Jackson is making $52 million per season, making him the highest-paid player in league history.

Jackson had the fortune of signing his contract less than two weeks after Hurts signed his new deal, allowing the former MVP to one-up Hurts and earn a little more money. The only question is how long Jackson will remain the highest-paid player in the NFL.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

While fans often like to focus on the greatest players in MLB history or the best teams in baseball history, what about the worst MLB franchises?

Traditionally, what have been the worst teams to support in MLB? The teams that aren’t going to be found on the World Series winners list and the ones that suffer long droughts between playoff appearances or even winning seasons.

Worst MLB franchises of all-time

Rather than only focusing on the best of the best, we wanted to spend a little time on the worst of the worst. We looked back through baseball history to find the least successful MLB teams and the worst MLB franchises.

It wasn’t as easy to distinguish the worst of the worst as you might think. That said, here is our list of the five worst MLB franchises in baseball history.

5. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have had a few tough breaks over the years, as MLB has forced the franchise to switch divisions on multiple occasions and even move from the American League to the National League. But that doesn’t excuse the team’s lack of success.

The Brew Crew has been around since 1969 and has only reached the World Series one time, losing to the Cardinals, who are now their division rivals, in 1982. Other than that, the Brewers haven’t come close to a championship other than two trips to the NLCS.

For what it’s worth, the Brewers haven’t exactly been a basement dweller throughout their history, Milwaukee has only one season with 100-plus losses. But until things picked up in the late 2010s, the Brewers rarely made the playoffs or had to be taken seriously inside their division.

With the Brewers being among the teams lacking a World Series title, they edge out teams like the Marlins and Nationals that have also had a subpar history for the no. 5 spot on our list of the worst MLB franchises of all time.

4. Colorado Rockies

As one of the youngest franchises in baseball, it might be a little unfair to consider the Rockies among the worst of all time. But with so little success in their first 30 years, it’s hard to omit Colorado.

Surprisingly, the Rockies made the postseason in just their third season of existence, far better than most expansion franchises. They also had a miraculous run to the 2007 World Series. But Colorado’s success more or less ends there.

Playing in Coors Field has made it hard for the Rockies to develop pitchers and attract top free-agent pitchers, and that has made it hard to win consistently. But excuses aside, the numbers say that the Rockies are among the least successful franchises ever. If you take away the 2007 season, Colorado has won just three postseason games – not series, games. In nearly two-thirds of their seasons, the Rockies have finished either last or second-to-last in the NL West, which equates to a lot of disappointing seasons.

3. San Diego Padres

Until the last few years, the Padres were a small-market club that didn’t spend a lot of money and didn’t win a lot of games. To be fair, San Diego made it to the World Series in 1984 and 1998. But those were isolated incidents with the Padres failing to build off that success and continue to be a contender in the NL West.

Even with legendary players like Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, and Trevor Hoffman in the Hall of Fame as members of the Padres, the franchise has struggled to find consistent on-field success.

Keep in mind that during their first 11 years as a franchise, the Padres lost at least 89 games 10 times and had four seasons with at least 100 losses. Outside of back-to-back division titles in 2005 and 2006, the 21st century has also been filled with losing seasons and several last-place finishes until the Padres started spending money.

While it looks like San Diego is trying to turn things around, this is still one of the worst MLB franchises historically.

2. Texas Rangers

A lack of a championship heading into the 2023 season puts the Rangers on our list of the worst franchises ever. Texas was painfully close when the Rangers reached the World Series in both 2010 and 2011. The 2011 World Series, in particular, was theirs for the taking. But because the Rangers fell short and have struggled to compete consistently throughout their history, they have to be considered among the least successful teams.

The early part of the franchise’s history when they were the Washington Senators also counts against the Rangers. In 11 seasons as the Senators, they lost 100-plus games four times and 90-plus games eight times.

The franchise was born in 1961 and didn’t reach its first postseason until 1996 and didn’t win a postseason series until 2010. Even if things have turned around since 2010, it was half a century of futility before that.

1. Seattle Mariners

Oddly enough, the franchise that is tied for the all-time single-season wins record is also the worst franchise in MLB history. Seattle won 116 games in 2001, only to lose in the ALCS in just five games.

The Mariners then proceeded to have a playoff drought that lasted until 2022 when the MLB playoffs expanded. It’s tough to reconcile that type of history and that long of a drought.

The early days of the Mariners weren’t particularly good either. They lost 90-plus games in four straight seasons after their inaugural season in 1977 and didn’t reach the postseason for the first time until 1995. In fact, outside of four playoff appearances between 1995 and 2001, Seattle’s history has been one long playoff drought with the Mariners failing to make a meaningful impact on baseball history outside of the 2001 season.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

For fans preparing for the upcoming NFL season, it’s important not to forget about the best kickers in 2023. We often think that NFL games come down to quarterback play or winning in the trenches.

Surely, there are football positions more important than kicker. But countless NFL games every year are decided by a field goal or less, meaning kickers often play a pivotal role in winning and losing games.

Ranking best kickers in 2023

In other words, the top kickers in the NFL are a huge asset for their teams. But who are the best NFL kickers right now? Well, there tends to be a lot of fluctuation from one year to the next when it comes to the top kickers in the NFL. While it wasn’t easy, we came up with a preseason ranking of the 10 best kickers in 2023.

10. Graham Gano

Even at age 36, Graham Gano still qualifies as one of the NFL’s best kickers. He’s come back strong and aged like a fine wine since missing the entire 2019 season due to injury.

Gano connected on 31 of 32 field goals in 2020 and 29 of 32 last season. He’s kicked in the NFL for 13 seasons and made close to 85% of his field goals. With just four PAT misses over the last three seasons, Gano has proven that he’s still very much at the top of his game.

9. Jason Myers

As the NFL’s reigning scoring leader, Jason Myers certainly belongs among the league’s top kickers heading into 2023. Myers also made the Pro Bowl last season and was an underrated factor in Seattle’s surprising run to the playoffs.

Earlier this year, the Seahawks rewarded him with a four-year extension, cementing his future in Seattle. For his career, Myers is hitting nearly 86% of his field goals, which is no small feat for a kicker who’s been in the NFL for nearly a decade.

8. Tyler Bass

Kicking in Buffalo isn’t an easy job. There is usually wind and rain, sometimes snow. But that’s why it’s even more impressive to see Tyler Bass become one of the NFL’s best kickers during the early part of his career.

In three seasons with the Bills, Bass has made nearly 86% of his field goals, convincing the Bills to give him a four-year extension earlier this year. Even during his rookie season in 2022, Bass showed an ability to fight against the strong Buffalo winds and handle the pressure of kicking for a team with championship aspirations, making him one of the best kickers in the league right now.

7. Jake Elliott

Just a few years ago, Jake Elliott made less than 75% of his field goals, making his future in the NFL a little uncertain. But he responded to that by going to the Pro Bowl in 2021 and helping the Eagles reach the Super Bowl last season.

He’s turned things around in a big way and could be considered among the best kickers in the league right now. Keep in mind that Elliott was a rookie with the Eagles when they won the Super Bowl in 2017. He’s also a perfect 15 for 15 on field goals in the playoffs, making him a kicker the Eagles can trust while they chase another Super Bowl in 2023.

6. Younghoe Koo

If he didn’t play for the Falcons, it’s possible that Younghoe Koo would get a lot more credit and publicity for being one of the NFL’s best kickers. To his credit, he still managed to lead the NFL in points in 2020 and made more than 90% of his field goals in 2020 and 2021.

Even if his accuracy dropped a little last season, Koo has still made 89% of his field goals in his career. He’s even 20 for 25 on field goals over 50 yards, showing plenty of range. Plus, Koo has only missed two PATs over the last two seasons, as he almost always makes the kicks that he’s supposed to make.

5. Matt Gay

Matt Gay set an NFL record this offseason for the largest free-agent contract ever given to a kicker. He was a Pro Bowler and arguably the top kicker in the league two years ago when he helped the Rams win the Super Bowl. Last year, he made over 90% of his field goals and missed just one PAT for the second straight year.

That allowed Gay to land a four-year, $22.5 million deal from the Colts this past offseason. Obviously, expectations are high for him now that he’s signed a big contract. But there’s no reason to think that Gay won’t continue to excel in Indy.

4. Daniel Carlson

The Vikings must be kicking themselves (pun intended) for releasing Daniel Carlson just two games into his rookie season. The Raiders have given him a fair chance and been rewarded, as he’s blossomed into one of the NFL’s top kickers. Carlson has led the league in points twice in the last three seasons while making 88% of his career field goal attempts.

He only missed one PAT and three field goals in 2022, setting up Carlson to be among the best kickers in 2023 once again. He’s already proven that he can handle the pressure of big moments, which is why the Raiders have made him one of the highest-paid kickers in the league.

3. Harrison Butker

The Chiefs have won two of the last four Super Bowls thanks to some big-time kicks from Harrison Butker. When the Chiefs have had close games, he usually delivers. Oddly enough, Butker took a slight step backward in 2022, only converting 75% of his field goals during the regular season. But he obviously didn’t hold back the Chiefs during the playoffs.

Plus, Butker is hitting over 88% of his field goals during his career and also led the NFL in points in 2019. Also, don’t forget that he had the NFL’s longest field goal last season, hitting from 62 yards. There’s no reason to think he won’t be one of the best kickers in 2023 and able to come through for the Chiefs when they need him.

2. Evan McPherson

After just two seasons in the league, Evan McPherson has already made it clear that he’s one of the NFL’s best kickers. Don’t think that Cincinnati’s recent success isn’t at least somewhat tied to McPherson, who has already come up with some huge kicks for the Bengals, including going 19 for 19 on field goals and 12 for 13 on PATs during the playoffs.

Over his first two seasons, McPherson has converted 84% of his field goals, so there is still some room for improvement. But he’s handled the pressure of being a placekicker in the NFL far better than most young kickers in the history of the game, which is why his future in the league is so promising.

1. Justin Tucker

There is already a strong argument that Justin Tucker is one of the greatest kickers in NFL history, so there is no question he’s the best kicker in the game heading into the 2023 season. He currently owns the all-time record for field goal percentage, making over 90% of his field goals, and the longest field goal in NFL history at 66 yards.

There is nobody more reliable at kicking field goals or more capable of hitting field goals from long range. It’s why Tucker has been a First-Team All-Pro selection four times in the last seven years and a Second-Team selection in the other three years during that span.

He’s a virtual lock to make the Pro Bowl every year and a virtual lock on PATs, missing just five of them over the last five years since the distance was moved back. No other kicker in the game can claim that, which is why Tucker still stands alone as the best kicker in the NFL.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

It’s important for fans to remember that there are three phases in football, which is why we wanted to explore the NFL’s best special teams in 2023.

Offense and defense are important, but special teams plays a key role too. The top special teams in the NFL will inevitably play a key role in determining what teams are legitimate championship contenders. 

Ranking the 10 best Special Teams in 2023

Much like penalties in football, the strength of a team’s special teams unit gets overlooked when evaluating teams. In a way, a special teams unit transcends all other football positions, creating new positions with different skill sets.

But what are the best NFL special teams currently? We took a closer look at the third phase of the game so we could rank the NFL’s best special teams in 2023.

10. Texans

The Texans may not be a contender, but they figure to have one of the NFL’s best special teams in 2023. Ka’imi Fairbairn had an overlooked 2022 season and was one of the best kickers statistically in the league last season.

Likewise, punter Cameron Johnston was easy to overlook on a losing team last season but makes Houston sound at that position. Plus, the Texans have high hopes for rookie Tank Dell, who is small but shifty and might be able to provide a spark in the return game.

9. Seahawks

Seattle was one of the top special teams in the NFL last season, helping the Seahawks in their surprising playoff journey. Placekicker Jason Myers is among the most underrated in the league while Michael Dickson is a reliable punter.

Once again DeeJay Dallas will handle both punt and kick returns and should provide a spark in that area, even if the Seahawks don’t need him as a running back. Plus, the Seahawks are deep defensively with veterans like Julian Love and Devin Bush set to be backups, which should make their coverage units strong.

8. Chargers

After coming to the Chargers, Cameron Dicker proved to be one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL, even if he’s not the best long-range threat. The Chargers also found success with JK Scott as their punter last season.

Those two should be solid if unspectacular for Los Angeles in 2023. In the return game, the Chargers will rely on rookie Derius Davis to handle both punt and kick returns. While there is some inherent risk with that, Davis has unquestioned speed and was Special Teams Player of the Year in the Big 12 last season for TCU, so he does come with a lot of promise.

7. Patriots

Few coaches pay attention to special teams as closely as Bill Belichick does, which is why the Patriots always have one of the best special teams units in the NFL. Belichick always makes sure that his backups can play on coverage teams and get the job done.

Meanwhile, the Patriots have one of the best return men in the game in Marcus Jones. As a rookie last year, Jones led the league in punt return yards and earned First-Team All-Pro honors as a returner. He will give New England a huge advantage on special teams.

However, there are questions in the kicking game with New England drafting placekicker Chad Ryland and punter Bryce Baringer this year. The two rookies will compete with Nick Folk and Corliss Waitman, respectively. Of course, it’s hard to doubt Belichick’s eye for special teams talent, which is why nobody should be surprised if the Pats find two reliable players with Ryland and Baringer.

6. Jaguars

The Jaguars should feel much better about their special teams with Brandon McManus added during the offseason. While he’s coming off the worst season of his career since his rookie year, McManus is a proven commodity who’s capable of bouncing back.

Jacksonville also has Logan Cooke, who has been one of the most consistent punters in the league over the last handful of years. Of course, Jamal Agnew was a Pro Bowl replacement as a kick returner last season and was a spark in the playoffs last season despite a costly fumble. The Jaguars also have Christian Kirk and JaMycal Hasty on their roster, so they are quite deep in the return game.

5. Falcons

Even with some unknowns on their roster, the Falcons know they have two standout special teams players in placekicker Younghoe Koo and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Koo is close to automatic inside 50 yards, so if the Atlanta offense can get to the 35-yard line, they should get points out of a drive.

Meanwhile, Patterson has nine career kickoff returns for a touchdown. Punter Bradley Pinion is solid while the punt return position looks unsettled into the season. But with Koo and Patterson, the star power on Atlanta’s special teams is hard to match.

4. Raiders

With the way Daniel Carlson kicked the ball last season, Las Vegas should have an excellent special teams unit in 2023. Carlson was one of the top place-kickers last season while punter AJ Cole also had a strong season. He was top five in net punting distance, largely because he prevents teams from returning punts in the first place.

That’s an underrated part of a strong special teams unit. It’s in the return game where the Raiders have some uncertainty. Las Vegas signed DeAndre Carter away from the Chargers to be the team’s punt returner. The Raiders will also roll the dice with rookie Tre Tucker on kick returns after using a third-round pick on the wide receiver from Cincinnati.

3. 49ers

The 49ers took a little bit of a risk by drafting kicker Jake Moody in the third round of this year’s draft. Not every team with championship aspirations relies on a rookie kicker. But they know what they’re getting from punter Mitch Wishnowsky. Also, Ray-Ray McCloud is coming off a career-year as the team’s punt and kick return and is one of the most dynamic return men in the league.

Rookie Ronnie Bell also gives them another option in the return game. While the 49ers aren’t a sure thing, if Moody works out, San Francisco should have one of the best special teams in 2023.

2. Colts

There aren’t high expectations for the Colts in 2023, although they should be solid on special teams. Indy made a bold move in free agency by signing Matt Gay away from the Rams. The Colts also brought in Isaiah McKenzie to give their return game a boost. While McKenzie has had an up-and-down career as a wide receiver, he’s always a threat in the return game.

Plus, Dallis Flowers averaged over 31 yards per return on kickoffs as a rookie in 2022. Rookie Josh Downs could also factor into the return game, giving the Colts plenty of depth there. The only question is if punter Rigoberto Sanchez can bounce back from last year’s torn Achilles and get back to being one of the top punters in the NFL.

1. Ravens

With Justin Tucker as their placekicker, the Ravens have a huge edge over the rest of the league in terms of their special teams. Late in games when a field goal can tie or win the game, any kick within 60 yards will make Baltimore feel confident about converting. That’s not something that every team can say.

The Ravens also saw punter Jordan Stout have a fine rookie season in 2022. With plenty of room for improvement, he could be among the league’s top punters in 2023. Finally, Devin Duvernay gives them a return threat on both punts and kickoffs. He had a kickoff return for a touchdown last season and averaged nearly 12 yards per punt return, giving Baltimore a spark on special teams. 

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- Bryan Zarpentine

Just like any other year, there will be a lot of competition when it comes to the best cornerbacks in 2023.

It’s a position that seems to attract players with big egos who take pride in being the best. That’s at least part of the reason why it’s hard to distinguish between the top cornerbacks in the NFL year after year.

Ranking the 10 best cornerbacks in 2023

Who are the best NFL cornerbacks currently? Well, we created a long list of contenders before narrowing it down to the top 10.

Of course, we know there is a lot of room for debate among the corners on this list. But here is our list of the 10 best cornerbacks in 2023.

10. Charvarius Ward

It’s no coincidence that Charvarius Ward played for one of the best defensive teams in the NFL last season after signing with the 49ers. Of course, the San Francisco defense would have been good without him, but Ward clearly helped take the 49ers to a new level with his coverage skills.

He’s obviously not one of the highest-paid corners in the league, nor does he have the resume of the other top corners in the league. But he was an underrated part of Kansas City’s success for several years and has continued to excel with the 49ers, which is why Ward deserves to be mentioned among the NFL’s top corners.

9. James Bradberry

Despite becoming something of a scapegoat in the Super Bowl last season, James Bradberry still needs to be mentioned among the best corners in the NFL right now. Keep in mind he was a Second-Team All-Pro last year, playing a pivotal role in helping the Eagles get to the Super Bowl in the first place.

That controversial penalty in the Super Bowl aside, the Eagles knew what they had in Bradberry, which is why he got an extension this offseason. He should be ready to put that penalty behind him and have another strong season in 2023.

8. Stephon Gilmore

More than a decade into his career, Stephon Gilmore refuses to go away. Now with the Cowboys, Gilmore will be playing for his fourth different team in four years this season. Yet, he still figures to be one of the best cornerbacks in 2023.

Gilmore missed some time in 2020 and 2021, but he came back strong in 2022, playing 16 games for the Colts with two interceptions and 11 defended passes. As a five-time Pro Bowler, Gilmore brings a wealth of experience to the table that few corners in the league can match. Keep in mind that he’s still only a few years removed from being the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2019, so there is still every reason to believe Gilmore belongs among the top corners in the NFL.

7. Trevon Diggs

Teams finally figured out not to throw the ball toward Trevon Diggs last season after he collected 11 interceptions in 2021. Of course, Diggs still had three picks and 14 defended passes in 2022 on his way to being named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season.

It seems like Diggs has been around a lot longer than he has, but he only has three seasons under his belt. That means he should be entering his prime years and is poised for another impressive campaign in 2023.

6. Marshon Lattimore

It’s a little tempting to forget about Marshon Lattimore after a kidney injury limited him to seven games last season. But there’s no reason to think that he’s not capable of getting back to the same level he was before the injury.

After all, Lattimore has been to four of the last six Pro Bowls and is just two years removed from signing a $97.8 million extension with the Saints. When he was fully healthy two years ago, Lattimore collected 19 defended passes and averaged close to 15 defended passes per year during the first five seasons of his career. He’s very much in his prime right now and Lattimore should prove that in 2023.

5. Darius Slay

For a long time, Darius Slay has been one of the best corners in the NFL. He’s gone to five of the last six Pro Bowls and played a huge role in Philadelphia’s success last season. Slay is good for at least a couple of interceptions every year and impressed with 14 defended passes in 2022.

Even in his early 30s, Slay is showing no signs of aging and will continue to be among the NFL’s elite at his position in 2023.

4. Jaire Alexander

Coming off an injury-plagued 2021 season, Jaire Alexander proved last season that he’s still among the elite cornerbacks in football. There is also little doubt that he’ll be one of the best cornerbacks in 2023 if he can stay healthy.

Alexander finished last season with a career-high five interceptions and 14 defended passes, making teams pay for thinking he had lost a step after his injuries in 2021. Obviously, he was left off the All-Pro Team in 2021 because of the injuries. But Alexander quickly got back to that level last year and should have no problem maintaining that level this season and beyond. 

3. Patrick Surtain II

As the son of a three-time Pro Bowler, Patrick Surtain II has a lot of work to do get out of his father’s shadow. However, he’s well on his way to doing that just two seasons into his career.

Surtain has already amassed 24 pass deflections and six interceptions over two seasons, earning First-Team All-Pro honors last year. He looks the part of a top-flight cornerback with his size and physicality, which is why Surtain played such a big role on a great Denver defense last year. We’re expecting more of the same from him in 2023, especially since he’s only 23 and should have his best years ahead of him.

2. Jalen Ramsey

There’s little doubt that Jalen Ramsey will go down among the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history. He’s been to six straight Pro Bowls, helped the Rams win a Super Bowl, and is also the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history. Obviously, Ramsey’s track record speaks for itself. But he’s still only 28 and very much in his prime right now.

Being traded to the Dolphins in March means a change of scenery and some new challenges for Ramsey. However, playing with a new team should give Ramsey a lot to prove in 2023, which is why he still figures to be among the elite corners in the league this year.

1. Sauce Gardner

After just one season, it’s not a stretch to call Sauce Gardner the best cornerback in the NFL. Not only did he win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last year but he was also a Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro. That’s what happens when you lead the league in defended passes with 20. Gardner stepped out of college and immediately played at an elite level. He has a chance to be even better in 2023 now that he has a year of experience under his belt.

It’ll be interesting to see if teams are cognizant of avoiding him this season. But even if they don’t, it’s clear that Garner is up for the challenge and figures to be one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL for a long time.

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- Bryan Zarpentine

Both before and after the upcoming NFL season, there is bound to be a raging debate about the best safeties in 2023. Even compared to other football positions, safety takes on extra importance because they are the last line of defense.

Fittingly, we are seeing a generation of incredible safeties throughout the NFL.

Ranking the best safeties in 2023

With so many great safeties in the league, it’s not easy to distinguish the best NFL safeties currently. In fact, some of the top safeties in the NFL could end up being remembered among the greatest safeties in NFL history.

While we were a little worried to leave someone out, we wanted to try putting together a ranking of the 10 best safeties in 2023.

10. Tyrann Mathieu

He may not be the same old Honey Badger from his younger days, but Tyrann Mathieu still deserves to be mentioned among the league’s top safeties.

Even in his early 30s, the undersized Mathieu turned in an impressive campaign in 2022, starting all 17 games for the Saints while racking up eight defended passes and three interceptions. The guy can still get after it, bringing the same tenacity he did during his younger days. Keep in mind Mathieu has been a Pro Bowler in two of the last three years, so he’s far from finished in the NFL.

9. Budda Baker

Just because he’s projected to play for a bad team in 2023 doesn’t mean that Budda Baker still can’t be among the league’s best safeties. His resume speaks for itself with Baker being selected to the Pro Bowl five times in the last six years.

He’s been a constant in the Arizona secondary since he was a rookie, and now the Cardinals need him more than ever. There’s only been one season in which Baker didn’t have at least six defended passes. That part of his game goes along nicely with 7.5 career sacks and seven career interceptions. He doesn’t have the same physical presence as some other safeties, but he can do everything else that the NFL’s top safeties do.

8. Kevin Byard

Throughout his career with the Titans, Kevin Byard has been so consistent and reliable that it’s almost easy to forget that he’s one of the best safeties in the league. He’s started every game for Tennessee for six consecutive seasons and has collected at least four interceptions in five of those six seasons.

Somehow, Byard has only been selected to two Pro Bowls in his career, so he surely doesn’t get the credit he deserves. However, he’s barely 30 years old and is poised once again to be one of the NFL’s best safeties in 2023.

7. Jordan Poyer

It took until his 10th season in the league, but Jordan Poyer finally went to his first Pro Bowl last year. Somehow, it took an injury to his running mate Micah Hyde for everyone to discover just how good Poyer has been this whole time.

To be fair, he was also a First-Team All-Pro in 2021, showing further proof that Poyer belongs among the NFL’s elite safeties. Poyer’s only drawback is that he’s 32, so it’s possible that he’ll start to slow down a little or show signs of aging. However, he’s still playing at a high level and remains a big part of the Buffalo defense heading into the 2023 season.

6. Micah Hyde

Just when he was finally starting to be recognized as one of the top safeties in the NFL, Micah Hyde suffered a neck injury in Week 2 last year that cost him the rest of the season. But if he’s healthy in 2023, there’s little doubt that Hyde will quickly get back to being one of the top safeties in the league.

He’s just one year removed from collecting five interceptions and 10 defended passes during the 2021 season. Of course, Hyde’s contributions to the Buffalo secondary extend far beyond statistics, and that will be obvious if the Bills have a resurgent year on that side of the ball with Hyde healthy in 2023.

5. Antoine Winfield

Thanks to his father being a three-time Pro Bowler, Antoine Winfield entered the NFL in 2020 with huge expectations. It’s safe to say that he’s more than lived up to them three years into his career.

He started every game as a rookie when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl and has only gotten better from there. Winfield isn’t quite the tackling machine that some of the elite safeties in the league are, but he’s not that far either.

In three short seasons, he’s collected nine sacks and 15 defended passes, which means he’s covering a ton of ground and making plays all over the field. Winfield went to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2021 and it shouldn’t be long until he goes again, as he’s become a leader and an invaluable part of the Tampa defense.

4. Talanoa Hufanga

Just two years into his career and it’s already safe to put Talanoa Hufanga among the best safeties in the NFL. His hair and Polynesian heritage – not to mention the fact that he hails from USC – make it impossible to avoid comparisons to Troy Polamalu. At this rate, Hufanga could end up having just as good of a career as Polamalu had.

Hufanga made his first Pro Bowl last season and was also named a First-Team All-Pro. He’s quickly become an invaluable part of one of the best defenses in the NFL. To think that he was drafted in the fifth round a few years ago makes him an absolute steal. Keep in mind that he’s still only 23 and should only get better in 2023 and beyond.

3. Justin Simmons

Despite only playing 12 games last season, Justin Simmons finished with six interceptions, tying him for the league lead. Combined with his seven defended passes and three forced fumbles during an abbreviated season, Simmons was named a Second-Team All-Pro for the third time in four seasons.

Playing on a losing team in recent seasons has made it easy to overlook him as an elite safety. But Simmons is truly one of the great athletes in the league and still appears to be in his prime.

Remember that Denver’s defense was one of the best in the league last year despite the team’s poor record. Simmons was a big part of that after missing the early part of the season and he should continue to be one of the NFL’s best safeties in 2023.

2. Minkah Fitzpatrick

Since the day he arrived in Pittsburgh, Minkah Fitzpatrick has been on the shortlist of the best safeties in the NFL. He’s coming off arguably the best season of his career, earning Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors for the third time.

Fitzpatrick also grabbed a career-high six interceptions last season, tying him for the league lead. His length and athleticism allow him to cover a ton of ground in the defensive backfield while Fitzpatrick isn’t afraid to do the dirty work close to the line of scrimmage. He’ll undoubtedly be one of the best safeties in 2023 as he continues to play at a Pro Bowl level.

1. Derwin James

If you could create a safety in a lab, he would probably look a lot like Derwin James. He has the size, physicality, and instincts to play the position at a high level. It’s a shame that he played just five total games between the 2019 and 2020 seasons due to injury, stunting his development a little.

But he’s gotten right back on track over the past two seasons, earning Pro Bowl invitations in both seasons. James has actually collected more sacks than interceptions over those two seasons while racking up at least 115 tackles each year, making it clear that he’s among the elite safeties in the NFL right now.

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- Warren Lee

Throughout the annals of Major League Soccer, there have been some fabulous teams who’ve gone on to win the MLS Cup and etch their name in American Soccer history. But today, we’re looking at the complete opposite as we list 10 of the worst teams to have played in the division. It’s nothing personal, however, as they were just so bad they were the worst MLS teams of all time.

Worst MLS teams of all time

So, these clubs sort of earned a spot in the history books too, albeit through unwanted history.

FC Cincinnati, 2020

Ok, so some of the earlier teams from Major League Soccer infancy get the recognition that with fewer teams and fewer fixtures, there were only so many chances to get points on the board.

However, in 2020 FC Cincinnati couldn’t argue that case. There were 25 other teams to try to defeat yet this team, managed by Jaap Stam, couldn’t get going. They amassed a total of 16 points as they comfortably finished last in the overall standings.

Tampa Bay Mutiny, 2001

Long before Inter Miami CF and Orlando City there was the Tampa Bay Mutiny. The team was famous for winning the inaugural 1996 Major League Soccer season and even signing the iconic Carlos Valderrama, one of the greatest MLS players, shortly after.

However, the new millennium wasn’t kind to the Mutiny as the team won just four games in the 2001 season and finished with 14 points. Subsequently, the owners didn’t want to keep the club (amid financial issues) and after they couldn’t sell it to any potential suitor, they ceased playing in the league altogether.

MetroStars, 1999

Another one of the lowest MLS points totals sits with the MetroStars. The team that would become the New York Red Bulls struggled in 1999 as they couldn’t replace the departing Giovanni Savarese.

This led to just four wins in the season, culminating in a lowly 15-point tally.

Chivas USA, 2005

Guadalajara, a team from Mexico, thought it would be a good idea to have a splinter cell team in California. Thinking that a team north of the border would benefit all parties.

For most of their existence, Chivas USA showed up on multiple articles lists of naming and shaming bad MLS teams.

It started on a bad note as their inaugural season in 2005 saw them finish rock bottom of both the conference and overall standings with just 18 points. While they stuck at it, the team eventually folded after the 2014 season.

Dallas Burn, 2003

A few years before re-branding to the FC Dallas name, Dallas Burn endured a scolding season in which every opponent seemed to get the better of them. The Burn was so bad that almost every other team in the Western Conference finished with a positive goal difference because the Burn conceded very heavily. Ouch!

They ended up with -29 and rock bottom in the standings. The LA Galaxy finished one place above them but with a 0 goal difference. Yowza, that’s the ultimate worst MLS team of all time contention.

New York Red Bulls, 2009

The season before Thierry Henry joined the New York Red Bulls was a tragic old year for the franchise. The team endured a 13-game winless run which included six defeats in a row as they became the definition of a bad MLS team.

They needed a talismanic striker as they also finished the 2009 season as the team with the fewest amount of goals with just 27 scored in 30 games.

DC United, 2010

Well before Wayne Rooney dreamed of relocating to America, DC United was out there at RFK Stadium, struggling.

The 2010 season was a poor year all round in the league as the team finished bottom of Major League Soccer but surprisingly made it to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup.

DC United, 2013

Three years on, DC United wasn’t much better off. Still playing their football at the dreadful RFK, the team didn’t have much to cheer as they finished bottom of all 19 clubs, again.

Supporters did however get to see MLS icon Dwayne De Rosario score eight goals for the club, however.

Toronto FC, 2012

Hang on, isn’t Toronto supposed to be one of the best teams in MLS history? That’s what attracted the superstars to Canada in 2023. Well, yes they won the 2017 MLS Cup. But five years before they were performing like one of the worst MLS teams of all time.

The team started the season poorly, losing its first nine games and ended pretty badly too with no win in its last 14, winning just four matches between the two ends of the campaign. Torsten Frings, a former German international, was supposed to star in this team but seldom changed the proceedings.

San Jose Earthquakes, 2018

The San Jose Earthquakes endured a torrid season in which they struggled to keep pace with all of the other teams in both the Western Conference and wider Major League Soccer.

Despite Valeri Qazaishvili and Chris Wondolowski scoring 10 goals each, the team still won a lowly four games all season (from a 34-game season), accumulating a somber 21-point tally.

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