The Vegas Golden Knights have secured their newest big catch: Alex Pietrangelo. The Golden Knights won the bidding for the veteran defenseman, who was largely viewed as the the prize of this year’s free agency class, by offering him a seven-year contract worth $61.6 million — an average annual value of $8.8 million.
The deal makes Pietrangelo, 30, the fifth-highest-paid defenseman in the NHL. He comes from St. Louis, where he spent the first 12 years of his career after being drafted fourth overall by the Blues in 2008. Since then, Pietrangelo has established himself as one of the best and most respected defensemen in the league, earning three All-Star nominations and finishing top-five in Norris voting three times — including last season.
He also took over as captain of the Blues in 2016 and was the first player to hoist the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2019.
Pietrangelo has been linked to Vegas since the start of free agency (the market opened last Friday) but word of the signing still came as somewhat of a surprise thanks to the magnitude of the deal — it’s the biggest contract handed out in a down market this offseason — and because the Golden Knights are in a tight spot against the salary cap.
In fact, the signing put Vegas over its offseason cap limit, which meant it needed to quickly make a corresponding move in order to free up cap room before the league can approve the signing and make it official.
After agreeing with Pietrangelo, Vegas quickly agreed to trade newly expendable defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in 2022. Schmidt, 29, is signed at a $5.95 million cap hit through 2025. The Golden Knights had little leverage in that deal and the Canucks were willing to help them out of a crunch in exchange for good value.
The Golden Knights have existed only since 2017 but the team already has a well-earned reputation of being aggressive, bold bidders on the player acquisition market to improve immediately, and this signing is just the latest example of that. Vegas has made it to at least the Western Conference finals in two of its first three seasons and clearly the front office is trying to capitalize on the current window and put the roster over the top, even if they have to pay for that aggressiveness later.
Lewis Hamilton overtakes Schumacher with record 92nd F1 win – Al Jazeera English
Lewis Hamilton powers to victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix to become Formula One’s record all-time race winner.
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has become Formula One’s record all-time race winner with a dominant 92nd career victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver took the chequered flag a huge 25.592 seconds ahead of second-place team-mate Valtteri Bottas on Sunday, and 34.5 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for his eighth win of the season.
Hamilton had equalled Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record 91 wins at the previous race at the Nuerburgring.
He also took an extra point on Sunday for the fastest lap to extend his huge championship lead to 77 points over Bottas with just five races left in the coronavirus-affected season.
Hamilton is within reach of equalling Schumacher’s record of winning seven championships.
He took a record-extending 97th career pole position, starting ahead of Bottas and Verstappen on a track being used for the first time in F1.
“I only ever dreamed of being where I am today,” he said after the race and a long hug with his father Anthony, who managed his early career.
“I didn’t have a magic (crystal) ball when I chose to come here (Mercedes) – and all we have ever tried to do is make the most of it every single day. We are all rowing in the same direction.
“I have got my dad here which is amazing and my step-mum Linda – and Roscoe (his dog) – so it’s a very special day. It’s going to take time to sink in, but I was still pushing coming across the line.”
On the team radio, he emotionally told Mercedes that it was “such an honour to work with you” and his race engineer Peter ‘Bono’ Bonnington replied, saying: “It’s the same here, an honour, genuinely.”
After the race, Hamilton added: “I really owe it all to these guys for their teamwork, continually innovating and pushing the barrier ever higher every year.”
He had cramp, he said, in his right calf in the closing stages of the race.
“Lifting my foot down the straight, it was pretty painful. I could feel it pull, but I had to get through it. It is what it is.”
His Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff, who has helped guide Hamilton to five of his world titles and the team to an unprecedented six in a row, said: “Who would’ve thought when we started this project in 2013? It’s almost a surreal number of wins.
“From Lewis, it’s his absolute passion and energy and its everything he puts into the sport – and the talent and the ability. He’s just standing out.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished fourth with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly fifth at the Algarve circuit near Portimao that was hosting Portugal’s first Grand Prix in 24 years.
Sainz was sixth with Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo eighth and ninth.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel took the final point for Ferrari.
Lance Stroll, who missed the last race and then tested positive for COVID-19, was the only retirement of the afternoon with the team reporting floor damage.
Georges St-Pierre calls Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 254 performance ‘masterful’ – MMA Fighting
Saturday’s show in Abu Dhabi served as the culmination of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s career as the UFC lightweight champion announced his retirement following a dominant second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje. “The Highlight” was viewed by many as a difficult stylistic challenge for Nurmagomedov due to his mixture of power-punching and All-American wrestling, but Nurmagomedov defeated him as he has every other opponent he’s fought.
“GSP” was watching and afterwards he heaped praise on Nurmagomedov’s denouement in an interview with ESPN.
“It was a masterful performance,” St-Pierre said. “As close as you get of a perfect fight against a very, very tough threat in Justin Gaethje. A lot of people, including myself, was thinking that maybe Justin Gaethje is the answer to Khabib. Maybe Justin Gaethje will be the perfect nemesis to Khabib because of his pedigree in wrestling and in striking.
“However, Khabib did the—I would not say the unthinkable because Khabib is undefeated and he’s so good—but nobody would think that Khabib would do a performance [that] seemed so easy for him. It was just amazing.”
Indeed, as soon as the bell sounded, Nurmagomedov was as aggressive as ever. Nurmagomedov didn’t just rely on his trademark wrestling, he stood and tested Gaethje’s striking before eventually taking the fight to the ground. St-Pierre marveled at Nurmagomedov’s submission transitions, calling the sequence that led to the fight-ending triangle choke “beautiful.”
St-Pierre, 39, had his fair share of memorable wins during his run at the top of the UFC welterweight division, but even he was impressed with how Nurmagomedov handled Gaethje.
“He beat Justin everywhere,” St-Pierre said. “He threatened him standing up, he threatened him with his wrestling on the ground. Even at the end of the first round, Justin was in bad, bad, bad position.
“Justin looked like he was overwhelmed, it looked like he was panicking, like he didn’t know what to do. The threat was coming from everywhere. From under, from over, from everywhere. It was just a masterful performance.”
Given how good Nurmagomedov looked on Saturday, it may have come as a surprise to some that he chose to retire when it’s likely he could continue competing at a high level for years to come. Nurmagomedov, 32, said that part of the reason that he chose this moment to retire is because of the recent passing of his father and coach, Abdulmanap. That loss is something that St-Pierre believes Nurmagomedov used for extra motivation.
St-Pierre didn’t expect Nurmagomedov to retire, though it’s a decision that he fully supports.
“I was surprised he retired because I thought he do—Everyone in the media says he wanted to do 30-0,” St-Pierre said. “That’s his choice, what a great way to finish a career. He left an incredible legacy. One of the best to ever do it, maybe the best to ever do it.”
Watch St-Pierre’s full post-UFC 254 interview with ESPN below:
ATS Picks: Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions 10/25/20 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions – Sports Chat Place
Detroit Lions (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (1-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -3 — Over/Under: 56.5
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The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons meet in week 7 NFL action from Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a matchup of two teams needing a win.
The Detroit Lions will look to pick up another big road win after improving to 2-3 on the year with a 34-16 win over Jacksonville last time out. Matthew Stafford has thrown for 1,240 yards, 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 60.7% passing while Adrian Peterson has rushed for a team-high 285 rushing yards with a pair of TDs and D’Andre Swift has 158 rushing yards and 3 scores. Kenny Golladay has a team-high 224 receiving yards on 14 catches with a pair of touchdowns while Danny Amendola has 208 receiving yards. T.J. Hockenson has a team-high 17 receptions for 197 yards and 3 receiving TDs while Marvin Jones and Swift each have 100+ receiving yards. Defensively, Tracy Walker leads Detroit with 35 total tackles including 28 solo tackles while Duron Harmon has a pair of INTs for Detroit’s defense. Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara each have a pair of sacks for the Lions as well this season.
The Atlanta Falcons will look to build off of their first win of the season coming in the form of a 40-23 win over Minnesota last time out. Matt Ryan has thrown for 1,843 yards, 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 65.2% passing while Todd Gurley II has a team-high 422 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs. Brian Hill also has 161 rushing yards while Calvin Ridley leads Atlanta’s receiving group with 546 receiving yards and 5 TDs through the air. Julio Jones has 23 grabs for 350 yards while Russell Gage and Hayden Hurst each have 200+ receiving yards with Hurst logging 3 receiving TDs. Defensively, Deion Jones and Foyesade Oluokun each have a team-high 40 total tackles and an interception with Oluokun recording 29 solo tackles as well. Grady Jarrett also has a team-high 2.5 sacks this season.
Detroit is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Atlanta is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 20-7-1 in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record. Detroit is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This isn’t a game I’m rushing to the window to bet if we’re being honest, but maybe Atlanta’s first win carries some mojo here or maybe it’s a flash in the pan as Detroit’s been the better team for much of the year. Instead of trying to figure out a side, I’m going to side with the over. I think this could easily be a 33-30 or 30-27 game whichever way it ends up going and I just don’t trust the defenses between a pair of offensive clubs. Give me the over.
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