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NHL Reverse Retro Sweater Rankings: Avalanche win the day –



The NHL released 31 fresh takes on old threads on Monday with a new series of sweaters that make up the Reverse Retro collection.

Generally speaking, they’re all pretty awesome — who doesn’t love a good reimagining of an old design? Of course, some are better than others. Here’s our take on where these new/old sweaters rank

1. True throwbacks: Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Carolina Hurricanes
The Avalanche, Wild, and Hurricanes went all-in on their throwbacks, paying homage* to their pre-relocation roots with Nordiques-, North Stars-, and Whalers-themed threads.

*Is there an argument to be made against these new/old sweaters, considering the relocation left behind some passionate hockey markets? Absolutely. But from a retro design standpoint, these win the day.

2. ’90s perfection: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues
Bold, bright, and everything we could want in a ’90s remix.

3. Local love: Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers

Flames fans’ cries for the return of Ol’ Blasty were rewarded, and the Senators’ new/old logo is revived in red.

The Sabres’ and Blue Jackets’ got the colours spot-on, while the Rangers really embraced their NYC roots.

4. Can’t mess with a classic: Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers
While these don’t exactly scream retro like some other teams’, the clean lines and fresh colour blocks are tough to argue against.

5. Deja vu all over again: Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals
It feels like the Lightning and Panthers reached all the way back in their closets for a pretty literal revival of their familiar look (not that we’re complaining!) while those Capitals sweaters have us channeling Rookie Ovi a la The Goal.

6. Nothing new: Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers
The throwback designs and clean lines are there, but all three teams could have done a little more to breathe new life into old threads.

7. Missed opportunities: San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs
When your primary colour is teal, it feels like retro is in your DNA — but the Sharks’ design doesn’t quite meet it.

The Maple Leafs, Canucks, and Jets, meanwhile, have some stellar throwbacks in their repertoire they could’ve revived, which makes these feel a bit underwhelming and leaves us wanting fresher takes.

8. A little underwhelming: Detroit Red Wings, Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars
The Red Wings’ fresh take is nice, but looks incomplete compared to the rest of the reveals.

And in all fairness to the Golden Knights, their designers are averaging about three new sweaters per year at this rate so we’re prepared to cut them some slack here.

9. Did you… even change anything?: New York Islanders
Is this a good-looking sweater? Absolutely. Is it the same sweater the Islanders have been sporting the past few seasons? Sort of feels like it, doesn’t it?

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Brawn: Understanding 'dynamics' of Grosjean crash key to improvements –



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F1 boss Ross Brawn says the FIA must work with Haas to understand the “dynamics” of Romain Grosjean’s crash in Bahrain to seek potential improvements to the sport’s safety.

Grosjean darted off course after a contact with AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat, but while the Armco should have absorbed part of the Haas’ energy, the Frenchman’s car was severed upon impact, with its survivor cell splitting the barrier open and igniting a massive blaze.

Brawn admitted to being stunned by the effects of the impact.

“It was a huge shock, as fire is something I’ve not seen in F1 for a very long time,” Brawn commented in his post-race debrief on the official F1 website.

“I was immediately thinking, what could have caused it as the fuel tank is so well protected?

“Obviously there’s oil in the car and there’s other fluids, but it was strange when I saw the fire.

“It wasn’t until I saw the severity of the accident you could understand why the fuel had escaped. So the first shock was just seeing the fire.

“Then when you see the seriousness of the accident, your first thoughts are with the driver. You immediately worry about the health of the driver.

“Seeing Romain jump out of the car was a massive relief,” added the Briton.

“Our producers didn’t put the footage out until they knew Romain was safe, which is our protocol.

“I think everyone is proud of the safety measures which have been developed over the last few years. The halo played a huge part.”

Speaking after Sunday’s incident, Brawn said a “deep investigation” would take place to analyse the circumstances and consequences of Grosjean’s crash.

“The FIA, working with the team, have to understand the dynamics of what happened in the accident to see if improvements are possible,” Brawn said on Monday.

“It was a pretty severe impact and there are limits as to what you’d be able to contain or control.

“But penetrating the barrier like that has to be understood. It also has to be understood why there was a fire and why the car broke in two.

“These are the things that the FIA will now take the time to analyse and work out what can be done better.

“Hats off to everyone involved, because the driver walked away from a huge accident. And the FIA did a super job getting everything back in shape so that we could run the race in as safe a way as possible.”

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DK Metcalf, Seahawks gash Eagles in Monday Night Football win –



PHILADELPHIA —DK Metcalf got extra motivation he didn’t even need.

Metcalf caught 10 passes for 177 yards, Russell Wilson threw for 230 yards and a touchdown and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-17 on Monday night.

Before the game, Metcalf said Eagles defensive co-ordinator Jim Schwartz, who coached Calvin Johnson in Detroit, compared him to the former Lions star.

“I’m getting a little respect, but you know I still got work to do. One of the defensive coaches came up to me and it kind of made me mad that he was like, `You know, I was in Detroit with Megatron but you’re not there yet,”’ Metcalf said. “In my mind, I’m not trying to be Megatron. I’m trying to be me. So I had a little chip on my shoulder the whole game.”

The Seahawks (8-3) moved one game ahead of the Rams in the NFC West. The Eagles (3-7-1) fell a half-game behind the Giants and Washington in the woeful NFC East.

Carson Wentz didn’t cede many snaps to backup Jalen Hurts but had another rough game. He was 25 of 45 for 215 yards, two TDs _ one in garbage time _ and one interception.

Seattle’s defence entered the game allowing the most yards in the NFL and most yards passing but held Philadelphia’s inept offence to 250 yards.

Metcalf was on the board when the Eagles took J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round with the 57th pick in 2019. Arcega-Whiteside has 12 career catches and was a healthy inactive before landing on the COVID-19 list. Metcalf, who was the final pick of the second round, had the best game of his rookie year in Seattle’s playoff win at Philadelphia last season and again showed why he’s one of the best receivers in the NFL.

Metcalf’s 52-yard catch on third-and-13 set up Wilson’s 1-yard TD pass to David Moore that gave the Seahawks a 7-0 lead.

“It’s kind of like coming home, a place that had a chance to draft me but they didn’t so I’ve got to make them pay,” Metcalf said.

Cornerback Darius Slay, who followed Metcalf in coverage, called it the worst game of his career.

“I lost every 50-50 ball. I let the team down. I gotta play better,” Slay said.

Chris Carson made it 14-0 when he bullied his way through Philadelphia’s defence on a 16-yard run.

“You know me, I saw that end zone so my game is physical so I wanted to get it in,” Carson said.

The Eagles didn’t get a first down until Wentz ran for 20 yards with under five minutes left in the first half. Wentz scrambled for 13 yards on third-and-5 to keep the drive going and tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Dallas Goedert to cut it to 14-6 at halftime. Jake Elliott missed the extra point wide left.

Elliott’s 42-yard field goal cut it to 14-9 in the third quarter. Jason Myers hit one from 44 yards to extend it to 17-9.

After a holding call on Cedric Ogbuehi negated a 17-yard TD run by Carlos Hyde, Myers connected from 33 yards. He hit another one from 39.

Richard Rodgers caught a tipped ball on a desperation heave by Wentz for a 33-yard TD in the final minute.

Trailing by 11, Eagles coach Doug Pederson passed up a field goal and went for it on fourth-and-4 from the Seahawks 15. Wentz’s pass went straight to Seattle’s Quandre Diggs as Goedert turned the other way on the route.

The Eagles got a huge stop on Seattle’s opening series. After a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties helped the Seahawks reach the 3, Derek Barnett stuffed Moore for a 5-yard loss on fourth down from the 2.

Barnett sacked Wilson on fourth-and-2 from Philadelphia’s 37 on Seattle’s second drive.


Wilson is 6-0 against the Eagles and the Seahawks have won seven in a row in the series.


Hurts took the snap on two plays. He completed a 6-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery on one and handed off on the other. Wentz was split wide on the running play and on the sideline for the pass.


The Eagles had minus-4 yards in the first quarter, matching their worst first quarter in the past 30 seasons (also minus-4 vs Minnesota on Oct. 7, 2018). The last team to have negative yards in the first quarter was Chicago with minus-1 against Philadelphia on Nov. 3, 2019.

The Eagles went three-and-out on their first five drives.


Both teams were missing their starting right tackle.

Seattle’s Brandon Shell was inactive because of an ankle injury. Ogbuehi took his spot.

Philadelphia’s Lane Johnson is sidelined for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Matt Pryor started in his place.


Seahawks: Host the New York Giants (4-7) on Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the Green Bay Packers (8-3) on Sunday.

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Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19 –



Formula One World champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said Tuesday.

The team issued a statement saying Hamilton was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit where he won the Grand Prix.

“But he up woke Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the team said. “Lewis, therefore, took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.”

Hamilton is in isolation in accordance with the health protocols in Bahrain.

“Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery,” the team statement said.

The 35-year-old Hamilton appeared to be drained at the end of the race in Bahrain.

Hamilton bumps fists with Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, president of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, after receiving a trophy on the podium for winning the race Sunday in Bahrain. He appeared drained at the end of the race. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters)

“It’s physical, this track has always been physical. We’ve got lots of high-speed corners so I was definitely feeling it,” he said soon after the GP. “I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn’t really quite sure how it would play out at the end.”

There is another race in Bahrain on Sunday — on Sakhir’s shorter outer circuit — before the 17-race season concludes in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton has a big lead in the F1 drivers’ championship with 332 points, well ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at 201 points and Max Verstappen at 189.

The Mercedes team said it would announce a replacement driver later in the week.

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