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The time has finally come. All the hype, rumour and misdirection ends Thursday evening as Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft begins. My final mock draft is based on a combination of a team’s weak points, best player available, and prospect depth at position groups.

Let me know what you think of my Sportsnet Mock Draft 2.0 on (@AndyMc81) or Instagram (@andymcsports).

NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

1. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
Team needs: QB, OL, Edge

Pick: Joe Burrow (QB), LSU

No need to change this pick for Cincinnati. Rumour has it that the coaching staff is already sharing the playbook with Burrow as they get ready to make the Heisman Trophy winner their franchise quarterback.

Lock it in: Burrow comes home to Ohio as a Bengal.

Last Week: Joe Burrow (QB), LSU

2. Washington Redskins (3-13)
Team needs: Edge, OL, TE

Pick: Chase Young (DE), Ohio State

Could Washington entertain trade offers if a QB-hungry team wants to pay a king’s ransom to move up to second overall? Sure, but I wouldn’t. Young proved to be a different species of pass-rusher after breaking the Bosa brothers’ records at Ohio State.

With power, speed and agility, he can stuff the run and force offensive coordinators to gameplan specifically for him. To me, Young is the greatest overall talent in this draft class and the Redskins would be foolish to let him get away.

Last Week: Chase Young (DE), Ohio State

3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)
Team needs: CB, DL, Edge

Pick: Jeff Okudah (CB), Ohio State

In my Mock Draft 1.0 I had the jack of all trades/master of none hybrid defender Isaiah Simmons heading to the Motor City. While head coach Matt Patricia’s imagination on how to use him would run wild, the Lions instead decide to take care of their hole at cornerback.

Okudah is a set-it-and-forget-it Pro Bowl–level CB. He’s got the height (6’1”) to challenge taller receivers and the speed (4.48-second 40-yard dash time) to keep up with anyone, and is thick enough at 205-pounds to withstand punishment.

This is a safe, no-brainer selection if Detroit doesn’t trade down.

Last Week: Isaiah Simmons (LB, S), Clemson

4. New York Giants (4-12)
Team needs: OL, Edge, WR

Pick: Tristin Wirfs (OT), Iowa

Mekhi Becton’s flagged drug test in Indianapolis scares off the Giants old-school, conservative GM Dave Gettleman. Instead New York beefs up their offensive line with Wirfs, who’s started games on both the right and left sides at Iowa.

Wirfs lit up the combine drills and is arguably the most versatile of the four highest rated tackles in this 2020 draft group. The G-Men have some flexibility since Nate Solder is still under contract at LT, which means they can ease in their 6’5” rookie at RT.

Last Week: Mekhi Becton (OT), Louisville

5. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
Team needs:
QB, OL, S

Pick: Justin Herbert (QB), Oregon

The first shocker of the night! The wild card, of course, is how comfortable the Dolphins, or any other team, are with Tua Tagovailoa’s injury history. In this scenario, they forego the #TankforTua ideology, and 6’6″ Herbert is the choice.

Herbert’s an accurate thrower who can chuck it to any part of the field. His mobility and size combination reminds me of Buffalo’s Josh Allen. The Eugene, Oregon, native requires some quality coaching to improve on his decision making under duress and not staring down the targeted receiver. Miami can roll with Ryan Fitzpatrick under centre until Herbert is ready.

Last Week: Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Alabama

6. L.A. Chargers (5-11)
Team needs:
QB, OL, CB

Pick: Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Alabama

The Chargers unveiled their new uniforms Tuesday and now add the star power they desperately need in Tagovailoa. Behind the Rams in the Los Angeles market when it comes to popularity, the Bolts are fine red-shirting Tua as the future face of the franchise.

While the dynamic dual-threat QB fully heals from his barrage of college football injuries, he can learn behind Tyrod Taylor. The mobile journeyman veteran’s skill set is similar to Tua’s, making him the perfect mentor.

Personally, I feel Tagovailoa will burn out in the NFL because of his laundry list of ailments history. Two ankle surgeries, a concussion, wrist, finger, broken nose, and of course the major hip issue. There always seems to be something nagging the Alabama product.

Last Week: Justin Herbert (QB), Oregon

7. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Team needs:
DL, LB, CB

Pick: Derrick Brown (DT), Auburn

Carolina fills a glaring gap on the D-Line with the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Brown’s agility and quickness in close quarters are rarely seen from a 320-pound man. He won’t be an interior sack monster like Aaron Donald, but his natural power makes him a Day 1 difference maker.

Last Week: Jeff Okudah (CB), Ohio State

8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)
Team needs:
OL, Edge, TE

Pick: Jedrick Wills (OT), Alabama

I love this pick for the Cardinals. Wills played right tackle for the southpaw Tua at Alabama, but also possesses the athleticism to project as an LT or guard. The Crimson Tide standout is used to protecting smaller quarterbacks, and Arizona must keep the sub-5’11” Kyler Murray as clean as possible.

Building the offensive line makes a lot of sense here since the Cards already took care of wide receiver in the lopsided trade for DeAndre Hopkins.

Last Week: Andrew Thomas (OT), Georgia

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
Team needs:
CB, DL, OL

Pick: Isaiah Simmons (LB, S), Clemson

Arguably the most exciting defensive prospect in this draft falls into Jacksonville’s lap. Even though the club already has Myles Jack at linebacker and signed Joe Schobert in free agency, Simmons is the best player available. He can help insert some of the missing swagger back into the Jaguars defence as a multi-dimensional tool. An in-the-box safety, LB, blitzer, run-stopper, and coverage man, Simmons never needs to come off the field.

A concern for the 6’3” Clemson Tiger is whether coming into the league without a natural position will slow his ramp-up time. Especially entering this season, which will have limited off-season on-field interaction at best.

Last Week: Derrick Brown (DT), Auburn

10. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
Team needs:
OL, S, LB

Pick: Andrew Thomas (OT), Georgia

The Browns may target Iowa’s Tristin Wirfs since the front office is analytics focused and in-part evaluates talent using SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness) scores. Wirfs was first in this formula amongst this tackle class. However, in this mock he is off the board and Cleveland chooses an excellent consolation prize in Thomas.

Out of the widely considered “big four” OTs, Thomas is the most experienced left tackle. The 21-year-old started at LT the past two seasons at an All-American level and is the safest bet as a plug-and-play option. New GM Andrew Berry already addressed the right side of the line by signing free agent Jack Conklin, and finishes keeping Baker Mayfield safe by making this selection.

Last Week: Tristin Wirfs (OT), Iowa

11. New York Jets (7-9)
Team needs:
OL, Edge, WR

Pick: Mekhi Becton (OT), Louisville

The run on tackles continues as New York opts for the freakishly athletic Becton. This Louisville OT’s flagged drug tests at the scouting combine doesn’t scare off the Jets who elect to protect Sam Darnold and swing back for a WR in a later round.

At 6’7” and 324 pounds, Becton’s potential ceiling is the highest of any O-lineman in this draft… even if the bust potential is up there, too.

Last Week: Ceedee Lamb (WR), Oklahoma

12. Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)
Team needs:
CB, DL, WR

Pick: Ceedee Lamb (WR), Oklahoma

The Raiders definitely need to upgrade on the defensive side of the ball, but how can they let someone like Lamb slip away? Since all wide receivers are still on the board at this point, GM Mike Mayock can scoop up whatever flavour of playmaker he wants. The offence has to try to close the gap with the firepower of division rival Kansas City. A unit of Lamb alongside Tyrell Williams, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow starts to look pretty menacing.

This Oklahoma Sooner is the total package. Averaging an impressive 21.4 yards after the catch in 2019, Lamb’s reliable hands and ability to stretch the field or pull away in the slot earns him the top WR spot on my list.

Last Week: Henry Ruggs III (WR), Alabama

13. San Francisco 49ers (from 7-9 Colts)
Team needs: WR, CB, OL

Pick: Jerry Jeudy (WR), Alabama

Kyle Shanahan’s offence is primarily centred around tight end George Kittle and the wide-zone rushing scheme. However, this wide receiver corps is razor thin following the departure of Emmanuel Sanders. Deebo Samuel was exceptional last season and now Jimmy Garoppolo gets ankle-breaking Jeudy to target as well.

The Alabama junior is a diverse route runner with blistering speed (4.45-second 40-yard sprint) who can take the top off of any secondary. My only issue with Jeudy is his concentration drops.

Last Week: CJ Henderson (CB), Florida

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9)
Team needs: OL, RB, S

Pick: Josh Jones (OT), Houston

The necessity to keep Tom Brady safe trumps other positional needs. Josh Jones leads off the next wave of offensive linemen as a four-year LT in Houston under multiple systems. He has a solid foundation of techniques, but does need to improve on withstanding the bull rush. Jones should compete for a starting job on the left or right side immediately.

Last Week: Jedrick Wills (OT), Alabama

15. Denver Broncos (7-9)
Team needs: WR, CB, OT

Pick: Henry Ruggs III (WR), Alabama

There’s some chatter that the Broncos are angling to trade up to secure their receiver of choice. But if Ruggs falls to No. 15, then Denver can stand pat as the fastest WR at the combine is an excellent complement to the larger Courtland Sutton.

I’m not sold on Ruggs’ overall durability because of his slender, 188-pound frame and 5’11” height. To me he’s more of a Travis Benjamin type, who was a fourth round pick. In the short-term though, sophomore QB Drew Lock adds a speedy new toy.

Last Week: Jerry Jeudy (WR), Alabama

16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
Team needs: CB, DL, Edge

Pick: CJ Henderson (CB), Florida

The Falcons try to update their 22nd-ranked pass defence by selecting one of the top press-man corners in this draft. Henderson is lightning fast, and at 6’1” and 204 pounds he can hang with any receiver. Outside of some tackling concerns, Henderson is technically sound and should challenge for a starting role.

Last Week: Javon Kinlaw (DE), South Carolina

17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Team needs: CB, Edge, S

Pick: Jeff Gladney (CB), TCU

This looks like an excellent match of team need meeting talent. Gladney’s a bad man (I mean that in a good way!) as a hard-hitting tackler with a nasty demeanour. Despite standing just 5’10” he’s able to remain physical with taller receivers without drawing excessive penalties.

The Cowboys will have to be confident that Gladney’s past knee surgeries won’t be an issue moving forward.

Last Week: Xavier McKinney (S), Alabama

18. Miami Dolphins (from 8-8 Steelers)

Pick: D’Andre Swift (RB), Georgia

Miami requires assistance on defence, but elect to snag the first running back in Swift. He comes from the Georgia NFL RB factory that’s recently churned out stars like Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Todd Gurley.

The Dolphins get a polished three-down back who can run, catch and protect. Link Swift up with Jordan Howard, and all of a sudden this South Beach backfield is no longer a laughingstock around the league.

Last Week: Austin Jackson (OT), USC

19. Las Vegas Raiders (from 8-8 Bears)

Pick: Javon Kinlaw (DT), South Carolina

GM Mike Mayock probably would’ve preferred a cornerback here, but can’t resist defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. The Raiders inject explosiveness into their interior D-Line with the senior’s quick first step, quality hand attacks and powerful bull rush.

At first glance, Kinlaw’s stats at South Carolina seem average. However, he consistently drew double teams and his body is NFL ready at 6’5” and 324 pounds. If he works on improving his overall technique and lowering pad level, Las Vegas could be looking at a future Pro Bowler.

Last Week: Jeff Gladney (CB), TCU

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from 9-7 Rams)

Pick: Brandon Aiyuk (WR), Arizona State

The release of Marqise Lee on Monday means that wide receiver is going to be addressed at some point during this draft. Jacksonville will likely be peeking at running backs as well with all the swirling rumours about a potential Leonard Fournette trade. The Jags own 12 total picks and could always bundle some to take care of their slew of needs.

In this mock, the franchise decides to check playmaking receiver off their to-do list with Aiyuk. Compared to a young Emmanuel Sanders, Aiyuk is somebody you want to get the ball to quickly. His 11.1 average yards after the catch in 2019 — primarily out of slant formations — screams slot receiver, but his pull-away speed means this Sun Devil alum can be lined up anywhere.

I like the fit for the Jags with this smaller wideout (5’11”) as a complement to the larger D.J. Chark.

Last Week: Jaylon Johnson (CB), Utah

21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Team needs: WR, LB, CB

Pick: Justin Jefferson (WR), LSU

The Eagles wide receiver room is a wasteland of broken-down veterans and spare-part backups. Quarterback Carson Wentz rejoices as the front office finally provides him a tall, young, sure-handed weapon with straight-away speed.

Justin Jefferson has a nose for the end zone, scoring 18 touchdowns on 111 receptions for national champion LSU in 2019. While he struggles to separate when facing man coverage, the acrobatics to haul down any jump ball should give Wentz the confidence to lob it up to him without hesitation.

Last Week: Justin Jefferson (WR), LSU

22. Minnesota Vikings (from 10-6 Bills)
Team needs: WR, CB, Edge

Pick: A.J. Terrell (CB), Clemson

With the losses in free agency at cornerback, Minnesota should aggressively attack this position group in the NFL Draft. This 22nd pick is the one that came from Buffalo as part of the Stefon Diggs trade.

Terrell is a smart selection as the Clemson Tiger can be thrown into any scheme on inside or outside coverage. Mirroring abilities, quickness, and a long 6’1” frame allows him to keep close to any WR. Terrell can get a little handsy so that’ll have to be curbed in order to avoid the attention of officials early in his career.

Last Week: A.J. Terrell (CB), Clemson

23. New England Patriots (12-4)
Team needs: QB, OL, Edge

Pick: Austin Jackson (OT), USC

Offensive line depth gets the nod here as the retooling Patriots should ensure their new unproven QB remains upright. Austin Jackson’s a tad unpolished at 20 years old, but has all the potential in the world once his upper-body mechanics catch up to his smooth-sliding lower half.

It seems as though Bill Belichick is comfortable rolling with Jarrett Stidham as Tom Brady’s replacement, which means I’ll rule out picking a developmental quarterback until a later round.

Last Week: K’Lavon Chaisson (DE), LSU

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24. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Team needs: LB, CB, DL

Pick: Patrick Queen (LB), LSU

Patrick Queen may have started just one season in Louisiana, but is a supreme athlete and a physical tackler. He’s got elite sideline-to-sideline coverage and can knife through gaps and drop back to track receivers.

His lack of experience may result in some adjustment time; however, Queen owns all the tools to grow into an every-down linebacker.

Last Week: Kenneth Murray (LB), Oklahoma

25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Pick: Tee Higgins (WR), Clemson

The Vikings took care of cornerback and now shift their attention to an impact WR to fill the void of Stefon Diggs. Enter Tee Higgins, an athletic freak at 6’4” and 216 pounds. He’s been effective lining up at all three receiver spots, and delivered 25 TDs over the past pair of seasons.

I’m sure Kirk Cousins would enjoy slinging it to a Higgins and Adam Theilen combo.

Last Week: Tee Higgins (WR), Clemson

26. Miami Dolphins (from 10-6 Texans)

Pick: Ezra Cleveland (OT), Boise State

The Dolphins grabbed their future QB, then a stud RB, and now invest to help both on the O-Line.

Ezra Cleveland’s been rising up media draft boards the last few weeks. A three-year starting left tackle at Boise State, his crisp footwork keeps potential edge rushers to the outside. A weakness is upper-body strength, which leaves Cleveland prone to being pushed back into the pocket by powerful ends.

Overall, this is a solid pick that fills a void.

Last Week: D’Andre Swift (RB), Georgia

27. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
Team needs: Edge, OL, DL

Pick: Marlon Davidson (DL), Auburn

An off-season draftniks darling, Davidson’s disruptive nature as an exterior or interior pass-rusher lands him at the end of the opening round. My evaluation has the stout senior translating best to the inside of Seattle’s defensive line. Davidson’s power and sudden burst allows him to collapse pockets, and would be a nice addition to the Seahawks front seven.

Last Week: A.J. Epenesa (DE), Iowa

28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
Team needs: LB, OL, DL

Pick: Kenneth Murray (LB), Oklahoma

The cliché “non-stop motor” fits perfectly when it comes to Murray. A relentless pursuer of the ball carrier, he tallied 37 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in his three-year collegiate career. This Oklahoma Sooner is a complete roaming LB who can get after running backs, provide horizontal pass coverage, and also blitz when necessary.

I’m betting that Baltimore’s strong defensive culture will be able to initially mask Murray’s less-than-ideal off-the-snap reaction time.

Last Week: Patrick Queen (LB), LSU

29. Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Team needs: Edge, DL, OL

Pick: A.J. Epenesa (DE), Iowa

This is a terrific get for Tennessee at the 29 slot. Epenesa can rotate through the Titans’ 3-4 front as a run stuffer and power rusher who demands attention. Some work still needs to be done on becoming more elusive instead of seeking head-on contact.

Last Week: Marlon Davidson (DL), Auburn

30. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Team needs: WR, DL, LB

Pick: Jordan Love (QB), Utah State

I’m positive Aaron Rodgers would prefer my choice from Mock 1.0 or a different piece that can assist on another Packers Super Bowl run. Instead, the franchise decides on making succession plans at quarterback.

It would be tough for Green Bay to pass on Jordan Love — whose been compared to a raw Pat Mahomes — and not seek to repeat what they did for Brett Favre/Rodgers many moons ago.

I’m not that high on Love as his decision making, forcing of the ball, and sloppy footwork are red flags for me. But the flashes of talent are definitely going to entice some club to reach for him.

Getting coached up and drinking in the magic of Rodgers for a year or two is the right strategy if the Pack takes this Lambeau Leap of faith.

Last Week: Zach Baun (LB), Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

Pick: Trevon Diggs (CB), Alabama

San Francisco fans should be thrilled if the draft works out this way. In my scenario, the 49ers land a speedy weapon for Jimmy G at No. 13 and now a linchpin for the secondary. Richard Sherman is on the 18th hole of his career so adding another long cornerback in Diggs makes a lot of sense. It allows the rookie to learn from the veteran, while contributing right away.

With no pick until the fifth round after this, the Niners can now relax as they’ve already addressed a pair of their most obvious weaknesses.

Last Week: Ezra Cleveland (OT), Boise State

32. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Team needs: CB, DL, RB

Pick: Xavier McKinney (S), Alabama

The reigning Super Bowl champs grab the top natural safety to help strengthen their secondary. McKinney would look good next to Tyrann Mathieu and is able to rotate between both safety spots. At Alabama he showcased ballhawk skills, producing five interceptions and five forced fumbles over the last two seasons.

Last Week- Trevon Diggs (CB), Alabama

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‘He only gave us joy’: Argentinians pay tribute to Diego Maradona – Al Jazeera English

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Buenos Aires, Argentina — Amid boisterous chants to send off a football legend who had departed too soon, Wilson Cisnero leaned against a brightly painted brick building that had a simple, small sign he had pasted on it. “God is with God,” he wrote, punctuated with the number 10.

The 25-year-old had cycled two kilometres (1.2 miles) to the famed Buenos Aires neighbourhood of La Boca because, like many others, he did not know where else to go to when he heard that Diego Maradona had passed away.

Crowds gathered outside La Bombonera, the home of Boca Juniors, one of Argentina’s most celebrated football clubs, that counted Maradona as its star once.

“Argentina is Maradona,” said Cisnero, his devastation clear through his glassy gaze. “You look at all this disgrace with coronavirus and now this other disgrace,” he lamented. “Now soccer is left without its God.”

Wilson Cisnero stands in front of a sign that says ‘God is with God’ in memory of Diego Maradona in Argentina [Natalie Alcoba/Al Jazeera]

That same pain was written all over the faces of Argentinians on Wednesday, as the nation came to grips with his unexpected death. To the world, he was Maradona. To Argentina, he was “El Diego” – a kid who sprouted from the slums, dazzled on the pitch like no other, dominated the sport and delivered World Cup glory that has yet to be repeated in Argentina.

Maradona suffered a cardiac arrest at his home, north of the capital of Buenos Aires, on Wednesday.  He had recently undergone brain surgery, pushing concerns over his health into the news. He was 60 years old.

“It’s something you can’t describe,” said Rafael Bellido, 49, sitting on the steps of La Bombonera, next to his partner Marcela Reynoso, as they shared mate, a traditional Argentine infusion. “El Diego was the person who represented us the best,” he said. “When he was playing, and you were watching, and you wanted to curse, he would curse. He reflected us. In addition to all the things that he did on the pitch.”

“Now is the time when Argentine society needs to give back all the joy that he gave to us,” he added. “And how long he made us happy. A long time. Every time he touched the pitch. You can’t describe it.”

Marcela Reynoso and Rafael Bellido mourn Diego Maradona in Argentina [Natalie Alcoba/Al Jazeera]

As tributes rolled in from around the world, President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning, cancelling all his engagements as the government prepared to host a wake at the presidential palace. The government is expecting a million people to pay their final respects. Government buildings will be lit up in the colours of the Argentinian flag in his honour.

In a statement, Fernandez said it was Argentinians’ good fortune to have been able to live through the era of Maradona, to have seen his greatness and enjoyed his affection.

“I doubt that we will ever see another player like Maradona in every way, not only because of his technical qualities, but also because of that courage, that strength, that grit, which he showed every time he put on the jersey he had to defend. An exceptional player who only gave us joy,” he said.

“Maradona was a genuine man, he defended what he believed in,” the president added. “He is a good example of what ordinary Argentines are, so visceral. Above all that, I always stressed that he was never a fraud – he said what he didn’t like.”

By mid-afternoon, hundreds of people had gathered at the foot of the Buenos Aires obelisk, singing Maradona’s praises as a giant banner displaying his face rippled in the wind. Outside La Bombonera, the crowds burst into intermittent song and dance.

“Diego isn’t dead, Diego isn’t dead, Diego lives in the village,” the crowd would chant. Everyone had their own story, their own reason for being there and what he meant to them. His incredible highs and the lows that he also lived through, were theirs, too.

“There will always be critics,” said Reynoso. “The important thing is that he found his own happiness.”

Diego Covelo marks a sign in memory of Diego Maradona in Argentina [Natalie Alcoba/Al Jazeera]

Diego Covelo, who counts himself as a member of the Maradoniana Church, founded by fans in 1988, pasted a poster of Maradona in his Boca Juniors jersey on the stadium’s exterior. He and a few friends had been holding vigil outside the clinic during the football legend’s recent admission to hospital.

“If we were there during the good times, of course we’ve got to be there during the bad times,” said Covelo, 35.

Josue Mustafa, 24, saw children playing football on his way to La Boca and thought to himself: “”That is Maradona’s legacy.

That’s going to stay with everyone – in the young ones, and in people who are older.”

Blanca Salursi, standing under a giant mural of El Diego in La Boca, remembered seeing him play as a youngster in one of Buenos Aires’ shanty towns

“I also came from the slums, you come up from the bottom,” said the 60-year-old. And with a twinkle in her teary eyes as she turned to leave, she said: “Don’t ever forget that he was the best there was.”

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Alex Ovechkin mourns the passing of legendary soccer player Diego Maradona – Russian Machine Never Breaks

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin mourned the death of Diego Maradona on his Instagram Story, Wednesday. The Argentinan soccer legend passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack at his home, according to the BBC.

Maradona was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, bleeding in the skull, in early November and had surgery to relieve the pressure. His doctors said he had no complications from the operation and was recovering well, according to the AP. He was initially hospitalized for dehydration, anemia, and depression.

Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. The legend was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award along with Pele.

Ovechkin posted a photo of Maradona with the text “RIP.”

Maradona was the captain of Argentina’s 1986 men’s soccer team that won the World Cup. During the quarterfinal against England, the legend tallied one of the most famous soccer goals of all time. Entitled the “Hand of God goal,” Maradona touched the ball with his hand and scored. Referees should have given Maradona a yellow card, but they did not detect it and allowed the goal to stand.

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Maradona said after the game, according to Wikipedia, that the goal was scored “a little with his head, and a little with the hand of God”. The Argentines beat England 2-1 and went on to win the entire tournament. He would later be given the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

Ovechkin is a well-documented soccer fan. The Great 8 was an ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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During the run up to the tournament, Ovi got to meet Pele. He also attended games and took a photo in front of the World Cup Trophy.

While in Washington, Ovechkin has met some of the greatest current soccer players on the planet including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andriy Shevchenko, Gerard Pique, and Wayne Rooney.

Ovechkin has attended several Dynamo Moscow soccer games during the offseason as well.

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Report: Ravens Discipline Strength and Conditioning Coach for COVID-19 Conduct – Sports Illustrated

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The Baltimore Ravens announced on Wednesday night that they disciplined “a staff member for conduct surrounding the recent COVID-19 cases that have affected players and staff at the Ravens.”

Sources later told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Ravens disciplined a strength and conditioning coach “for not reporting symptoms and not consistently wearing a mask or tracking device.”

This comes hours after the NFL announced the Ravens-Steelers matchup that was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night has been postponed until Sunday afternoon

ESPN’s Adam Schefter originally reported that the Ravens had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID-19 this week. 

But by Wednesday evening, seven Ravens were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list with positive tests or close contacts following tracing, including running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and offensive linemen Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari.

Multiple Steelers players expressed their frustration on Twitter. 

The Ravens have lost three of their four previous games and were scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday before Thursday’s matchup. The Steelers enter the AFC North divisional matchup undefeated. 

While the Ravens were proactive with their internal discipline, they could still face penalties from the league.

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