The NFC West is arguably the best division in the NFL at the moment. Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks, the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals, and the Sean McVay-coached Los Angeles Rams have all outplayed the Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers in 2020.
The Seahawks and the Cardinals will go head-to-head for the second time this season on Thursday night. Pete Carroll’s boys will still be reeling from their 37-34 OT loss from a couple of weeks ago.
Will ‘DangeRuss get cookin’ tomorrow night or is it going to be another Kyler Murray – DeAndre Hopkins masterpiece? Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 11 Game Day predictions.
Seattle Seahawks gear up for crunch encounter on Thursday night
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 18, 2020
Pete Carroll and the Seahawks were having a stellar 2020 NFL campaign until their recent streak of bad results. Narrow losses to the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams have seen the Seattle-based franchise slip to 3rd in the NFC West Division table.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has fallen behind in the NFL MVP race after back-to-back sub-par displays. Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf will be crucial for the home team. However, Tyler Lockett was listed as ‘questionable’ in the latest injury report.
RB Chris Carson could also miss out on Thursday night’s game at the CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defense has been hit with multiple injury concerns to Quinton Dunbar, Shaquill Griffin, and Neiko Thorpe.
Will Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals make it 2-for-2
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 18, 2020
What a season it’s turning out to be for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. The former Oklahoma Sooners man has starred under coach Kliff Kingsbury in 2020.
K1 has thrown for 2,300+ yards and rushed for another 500+ more. He has more than 20+ touchdowns (passing and rushing) from 9 games.
He will be the difference-maker for the Cardinals on Thursday. Experienced wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald will be part of the supporting cast at Murray’s disposal.
But the major task at hand will be reserved for the Arizona defense. They will need to be at their absolute best to stop the devastating duo of Russ Wilson and DK Metcalf.
NFL Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals Injury Updates
Seattle – Out
CB Quinton Dunbar – Knee
CB Shaquill Griffin – Concussion/Hamstring
C Ethan Pocic – Concussion
CB Neiko Thorpe – Core
G Jordan Simmons – Calf
RB Chris Carson – Foot
G Kyle Fuller – Ankle
WR Tyler Lockett – Knee
RB Travis Homer – Hand/Thumb
Arizona – Out
OL Justin Murray -Hand
DL Jordan Phillips – Hamstring
DL Corey Peters – Knee
LB De’Vondre Campbell – Calf
TE Darrell Daniels – Ankle
S Charles Washington – Groin
TE Maxx Williams – Ankle
Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction
Seattle Seahawks 33 – 29 Arizona Cardinals
Based on their last meeting, it is safe to say that this game will be a little too close to call. But we’re going to go with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
After 2 disappointing losses on the trot, we feel Russell Wilson and his band of speedsters (including, but not limited to, DK Metcalf) are out to prove a point against their doubters.
The home team will be under pressure to bag a win and go back to the summit of the NFC West Division table. Unless, of course, Kyler Murray and D-Hop intend otherwise. You can’t afford to miss this clash of the NFC West Titans.
Source: – EssentiallySports
Scott Stinson: Blue Jays fans may not miss the Rogers Centre, but don't expect them to pay for replacement – National Post
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Could a similar scenario play out in Toronto? The specifics might be different but the end result the same: a big and complicated vision gets whittled down into more acceptable parts, and a lot of horse-trading ensues involving cost and land use and eventually a baseball stadium emerges at the end. Maybe it’s next to the Rogers Centre, maybe it’s somewhere else on the waterfront that is presently being imagined for better things.
The thing to remember as the process plays out is that Rogers has a baseball stadium that it already owns, and which it bought, at 15 years old, for less than five per cent of its construction cost. If it wants to replace it, that should be a project that is entirely up to Rogers management and its shareholders. The stadium gambit inevitably includes an appeal to public money to help with up-front costs, or tax breaks on the back end, or sweet land arrangements, or some combination of all three. Sure, that stuff benefits the team owners, but hey: New stadium! Outfield beer garden! Woo!
Already there are probably Blue Jays fans who are dreaming of a PNC Park North or an Oracle Park East — the lovely waterfront stadiums of Pittsburgh and San Francisco — and who would be fine if a few tax dollars went to that instead of filling potholes.
But that’s just the trap that the team owners set. Of course it would be nice if the Blue Jays replaced their fusty old dome. And if they do, the public should be willing to support it in one specific way, and one way only: by buying tickets.
Maradona's Manager Reportedly Says Football Icon Was Tired, Let Himself Die – Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Football legend Diego Maradona was tired and let himself die, Maradona’s manager and friend, Stefano Ceci, told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.
“Diego was always alone. Diego was tired, yes, he let himself die. He did not want to live anymore. Diego stopped being Diego when he turned 15: since he became Maradona, he was alone. I was living close to Diego for 20 years. Diego was a fragile and shy man. Diego’s personality was the opposite of Diego-footballer,” Ceci said, as quoted by the Italian media outlet.
The manager added that, two years ago, Maradona remained active and even played football with younger people, but, finally, family scandals exhausted him.
“In recent months Diego became very tired. I saw that something changed. Two years earlier, he played football in Dubai with people, who were 15-20 years younger than him. Chaos in the family bothered Diego, who never had peace,” Ceci said.
The iconic forward passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60 due to cardiac arrest. Clashes and riots engulfed Buenos Aires on Thursday as the authorities removed the casket with his body from public viewing for early burial. Maradona was buried at a cemetery in the Bella Vista residential area near Buenos Aires.
Best moments from Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley's win at The Match – Golf Channel
Score one for the underdogs!
Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley entered the latest iteration of The Match, The Match III, as betting underdogs to favorites Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning. However, Mickelson and the 25-handicap Barkley got the job done in convincing fashion, winning 4 and 3 on Friday at Stone Canyon Club in Oro Valley, Arizona.
“Two people thought this was going to happen: you and me,” Mickelson told Barkley as they walked off the 15th green.
After dropping the first hole, Mickelson and Barkley won four straight holes to take command. As Curry struggled with his game and Manning couldn’t do much to pick up the slack, the two went 4 down after 10 holes. In total, they won just three holes.
While there were still plenty of Classic Chuck shots to make things entertaining, Mickelson performed well as a player, coach and caddie to headline a strong team performance.
Oh, and the banter wasn’t “turrible,” either.
Here are some of the most memorable moments from the day:
To: Chuck, From: Tiger
Barkley’s golf ability and knack for self deprecation make him an easy target, so it’s no surprise that Tiger Woods’ needle found him.
Woods sent some gifts Barkley’s way before the match, including a reflective vest and airhorn.
The joke, though, was mostly on Tiger. Barkley didn’t need any of his presents early. He hit a nice baby draw off the first tee and didn’t miss a fairway until the fifth hole. And while Barkley did hit some foul balls later, the match was well in hand by then.
Mickelson put on his caddie hat right away after bombing a drive into the left rough at the opening hole. As Barkley sized up a wedge shot, Mickelson shot the flag with his rangefinder.
“70 yards,” Mickelson said.
Barkley clipped it a little thin, sending the ball well over the flag and rolling it onto the back fringe, some 80 feet away from the flag.
Mickelson then conceded that he over-clubbed Barkley on purpose.
“It was actually 55,” he said to Barkley. “I didn’t want to tell you that because I wanted you to be aggressive. … I’ve underestimated your ability.”
Pray for the zebras?
Steph Curry was easily the best dressed player on the course, and Phil Mickelson agreed: “I think he looks amazing.”
But Andre Iguodala, one of Curry’s former Warriors teammates who was part of the broadcast team, disagreed.
“How many zebras had to die for you to look fly?” Iguodala quipped.
Barkley’s Gary Player story
Speaking of outfits, Barkley’s all-black attire prompted a tweet from Gary Player.
“Glad to see that Chuck has channeled his inner Black Knight with his all black attire today,” Player said. “Let’s go Chuck & Phil.”
Barkley then mentioned that he and Player teed it up recently.
“One of the highlights of my life was getting to meet Gary Player about six weeks ago,” Barkley said. “I always wanted to meet him, we played a great round of golf and it was an honor and a privilege.”
Unsurprisingly, Player made some comments about Barkley’s weight during their round together.
“I’ll tell you what, he made me feel bad about being fat, though,” Barkley said. “He told me I need to get in the gym.”
Tiger and Gary weren’t the only ones making fun at Barkley’s expense. Barkley’s “NBA on TNT” colleagues – Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – joined the telecast from their homes.
“I’ve got $100,000 on Steph Curry,” O’Neal said to Barkley, who chunked his tee ball at the sixth hole amid the trash talk.
Finally, Mickelson had enough.
“I’m tired of your colleagues disrespecting you,” he said before handing a dozen Callaway golf balls with Shaq’s face logoed on them to Barkley.
Barkley’s next shot from the drop zone missed the green, as well.
“200,000 on Steph Curry,” O’Neal added.
“Where’s the hitch?” Kenny Smith asked Barkley as he walked toward the green.
O’Neal then had the best zinger of them all as Barkley lined up a birdie putt off of Mickelson’s tee shot.
“Chuck, if you can’t read words how you gonna read greens?” O’Neal asked.
Mickelson’s advice – “Quiet your mind, my friend” – paid off, though, as Barkley nestled one close to clinch the halve after Manning lipped out a short birdie try.
‘Strong, cocky move’
With Barkley facing a long birdie putt from the fringe at the fifth hole, Curry had a chance to chip he and Manning’s fourth shot close and put some pressure on.
However, he duffed it.
With the ball still in the rough, Mickelson decided to conceded the bogey to his opponents.
“That’s a strong, cocky move right there,” he said to Barkley, who ended up lagging one 4 feet past and setting up a Mickelson par make for the hole.
‘I bought it’
Who said the Super Bowl had the best commercials?
Here’s the ball flight we’re used to out of Chuck. Warning: It’s not for the shank of heart.
After Barkley declared the match basically over with he and Mickelson leading 3 up at the turn, the pair went 4 up after 10 holes. But Curry and Manning managed to get one back at the par-4 11th hole as Mickelson and Barkley spent some quality time in the desert.
Nice out by Mickelson, even if Barkley would later miss a putt for double bogey.
As for Barkley’s club toss? In Chuck’s words: Turrible!
Great – but meaningless – shot!
Not much went right for Curry and Manning on Friday.
Even this beauty of a bunker shot by Steph, at No. 12, resulted in a lost hole.
Great shot, but Curry still might not want to check his Twitter for a while. Better to let the plus-1 handicap skepticism die down first.
Block or charge?
And the winning putt…
Mickelson sealed the deal with this birdie make, but man, wouldn’t it have been great if Barkley had drained the game-winner instead?
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