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Though there is no debate over who the best player to wear that number is, there are 98 other numbers with more than one worthy candidate. That is where the “NHL’s Who Wore It Best?” comes in.

NHL.com writers and editors have cast their votes, each selecting his or her top three for each number, with the top vote-getter receiving three points, second place receiving two points and third place receiving one point. 

Candidates will be debated, and the winners revealed, in a weekly, five-part series first airing on Sportsnet, NHL.com and League platforms each Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and re-airing each Tuesday on NBCSN (5 p.m. ET) and NHL Network (6:30 p.m. ET). NHL.com will provide the list of winners each Friday at 5:30 p.m ET following the premiere of each episode, beginning this week. 

Today, we look at Nos. 60-46:

[RELATED: Who Wore It Best? | Nos. 99-81 | Nos. 80-61 | Nos. 45-31]

No. 60 — Jose Theodore 

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 1996-2006; Colorado Avalanche 2006-08; Washington Capitals 2008-10; Minnesota Wild 2010-11; Florida Panthers 2011-13

Career stats: 286-254-39 with 30 ties, 2.68 GAA, .909 save percentage in 648 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Theodore had four seasons with at least 30 wins, including in 2001-02, when he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. That season, he went 30-24 with 10 ties, and among goalies to play at least 25 games, he led the NHL with a .931 save percentage, was fourth with a 2.11 GAA, and tied for second with seven shutouts.

Fun fact: Theodore wore No. 37 in his NHL debut on Feb. 21, 1996, but wore No. 60 in every other game of his NHL career.

Others receiving votes: Markus Granlund, 31 (0-14-3); Jason Demers, 11 (0-1-9); Vladimir Sobotka, 5 (0-2-1); Mikael Backlund, 2 (0-1-0); Kevin Poulin, 2 (0-0-2); Mark Stone, 1 (0-0-1); Chris Driedger, 1 ( 0-0-1); Collin Delia, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Jose Theodore’s best work for his five NHL teams was in 2001-02 with the Canadiens, winning the Hart and Vezina trophies while not just surviving, but thriving in the goaltending cauldron of Montreal.” — Dave Stubbs, NHL.com columnist 

No. 59 — Roman Josi 

Seasons worn: Nashville Predators 2011-present 

Career stats: 413 points (109 goals, 304 assists) in 632 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Josi has been one of the NHL’s most steady defensemen since he entered the League in 2011-12, but this season he reached another level. The 29-year-old established himself as one of the favorites for the Norris Trophy as the League’s top defenseman by setting NHL career highs in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65) while ranking third in the League in average ice time (25:47).

Fun fact: Josi wore No. 90 (his birth year) for Bern in the National League, Switzerland’s top professional league, before coming to North America in 2010-11. That season, he wore No. 33 for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League, but he has worn No. 59 since making his NHL debut Nov. 26, 2011.

Others receiving votes: Jake Guentzel, 36 (0-18-0); Tyler Bertuzzi, 11 (0-0-11); Chad LaRose, 8 (0-1-6); Tom Fitzgerald, 1 (0-0-1); David Karpa, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “It’s a good thing Josi wears No. 59 instead of a more popular number. It sets him apart, like his play does, and gives him some attention, like his play should more often.” — Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com columnist

No. 58 — Kris Letang 

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 2006-present

Career stats: 537 points (127 goals, 410 assists) in 808 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: A three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017), Letang was particularly valuable during their run in 2016, when he had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 23 playoff games and led the NHL in average ice time (28:53, minimum 10 games played). The 33-year-old defenseman has played in the All-Star Game six times and was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2012-13 and 2015-16.

Fun fact: Letang is the only player in Penguins history to wear No. 58.

Others receiving votes: David Savard, 35 (0-16-3); Robert Kron, 11 (0-2-7); David Desharnais, 3 (0-1-1); Jeff Petry, 2 (0-0-2); Patrick Bordeleau, 1 (0-0-1); Connor Carrick, 1 (0-0-1); Kevin Rooney, 1 (0-0-1); Oliver Kylington, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Letang has at times been overshadowed by his future Hockey Hall of Fame teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. However, that should not take away from the fact he’s one of the elite defensemen of his generation.” — Mike Zeisberger, NHL.com staff writer

Video: DET@PIT: Letang hammers slap shot for PPG

No. 57 — David Perron 

Seasons worn: St. Louis Blues 2007-13, 2016-17, 2018-present; Edmonton Oilers 2013-14; Pittsburgh Penguins 2015-16; Anaheim Ducks 2016; Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 

Career stats: 550 points (223 goals, 327 assists) in 850 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Perron has scored at least 20 goals five times in the NHL, including last season, when he had 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 57 regular-season games and 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 26 playoff games to help the Blues win the Stanley Cup for the first time in their 51-season history. With 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists) in 71 games before this season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the left wing was on pace to surpass his NHL career high of 66 points he set with the Golden Knights in 2017-18.

Fun fact: Perron has worn No. 57 for each of his NHL teams, but he initially wore No. 39 with Pittsburgh after being acquired in a trade with Edmonton on Jan. 2, 2015, because Marcel Goc was already wearing No. 57. However, the Penguins traded Goc to the Blues later that month, and although Perron kept No. 39 for the remainder of that season, he resumed wearing No. 57 for the 2015-16 season.

Others receiving votes: Tyler Myers, 40 (2-17-0); Tommy Wingels, 6 (0-0-6); Blake Comeau, 5 (0-0-5); Trevor van Riemsdyk, 4 (0-0-4); Steve Heinze, 1 (0-0-1); George Parros, 1 (0-0-1); Gabriel Bourque, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Perron has more speed and better skill than many think, but what tips this in his favor is that over the past three seasons, he has learned to impact nearly every game he plays.” — Tim Campbell, NHL.com staff writer

No. 56 — Sergei Zubov 

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 1995-96; Dallas Stars 1996-2008

Career stats: 771 points (152 goals, 619 assists) in 1,068 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: After finishing in last place in the Central Division, the Stars acquired Zubov in a trade with the Penguins on June 22, 1996, a move that would help catapult them to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1999. Zubov, who also won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994, ranks second among Russia-born defensemen in points behind Sergei Gonchar (811) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

Fun fact: Zubov wore No. 21 in his first three NHL seasons with New York, then wore No. 3 (his number with the Soviet Red Army team) and No. 56 during his one season in Pittsburgh. He wore No. 56 during his 12 seasons with the Stars, who will retire it at some point next season. 

Others receiving votes: Erik Haula, 30 (0-14-2); Kailer Yamamoto, 7 (0-2-3); Magnus Paajarvi, 4 (0-0-4); Claude Giroux, 3 (0-1-1); Erik Gustafsson, 3 (0-0-3); Nikita Kucherov, 2 (0-1-0); Marko Dano, 2 (0-0-2); Kevin Fiala, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “A Hockey Hall of Famer and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Zubov was one of the most talented offensive defensemen of his generation.” — David Satriano, NHL.com staff writer 

No. 55 — Larry Murphy 

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 1990-95; Toronto Maple Leafs 1995-97; Detroit Red Wings 1997-2001

Career stats: 1,217 points (288 goals, 929 assists) in 1,615 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Murphy won the Stanley Cup twice each with Pittsburgh (1991, 1992) and Detroit (1997, 1998) while wearing No. 55. A skilled offensive defenseman, Murphy ranks fifth in NHL history among defensemen in points and is fourth in assists. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Fun fact: Murphy wore No. 5 with the Los Angeles Kings, and No. 8 with the Washington Capitals and Minnesota North Stars. However, with each number already being worn when the Penguins acquired him in a trade with Minnesota on Dec. 11, 1990, he opted for No. 55 and kept it for the rest of his NHL career.

Others receiving votes: Sergei Gonchar, 33 (2-13-1); Keith Primeau, 8 (0-3-2); Mark Scheifele, 8 (0-1-6); Ed Jovanovski, 7 (0-0-7); Niklas Kronwall, 3 (0-0-3)

Analysis: “He was ahead of his time. He was a unique player and often would allow you to go into the corner first. He made great teams better.” — Keith Jones, NBCSN analyst 

No. 54 — Adam McQuaid 

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2009-18; New York Rangers 2018-19; Columbus Blue Jackets 2019

Career stats: 73 points (16 goals, 57 assists) in 512 games

Voting points: 45 (14-1-1)

The skinny: Although McQuaid never had more than 15 points in a season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman still played a key role for the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Fun fact: McQuaid wore No. 27 with Providence of the American Hockey League, but he chose No. 54 after being called up because Steve Begin was already wearing No. 27 for Boston.

Others receiving votes: David Jones, 32 (3-10-3); Paul Ranger, 14 (0-3-8); Bobby Ryan, 5 (1-1-0); Cam Fowler, 4 (1-0-1); Charles Hudon, 3 (0-0-3); Daniel Briere, 2 (0-1-0); Brett Pesce, 2 (0-1-0); Oskar Lindblom, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Adam McQuaid was one of those defensemen many people took for granted until he was out of the lineup, then you really missed him.” — Pete Jensen, NHL.com senior fantasy editor

No. 53 — Jeff Skinner 

Seasons worn: Carolina Hurricanes 2010-18; Buffalo Sabres 2018-present

Career stats: 465 points (258 goals, 207 assists) in 720 games

Voting points: 53 (15-4-0)

The skinny: The left wing won the Calder Trophy in 2010-11 after leading all NHL rookies with 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 82 games. Skinner has scored at least 30 goals four times in his 10 NHL seasons, including in 2018-19, when he had a career-high 40 in his first season with Buffalo. 

Fun fact: Skinner has worn No. 53 since he played in junior with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, and he recently donated $53,000 to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Others receiving votes: Bo Horvat, 26 (3-4-9); Derek Morris, 20 (0-8-4); Shayne Gostisbehere, 9 (0-3-3); Nikolai Khabibulin, 3 (1-0-0); Casey Cizikas, 2 (0-0-2); Zdeno Chara, 1 (0-0-1)

Analylsis: “Skinner made solid contributions in Carolina and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2010-11, but he really hit his stride that first season in Buffalo.” — Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com staff writer

Video: BUF@VGK: Skinner backhands puck home in 3rd

No. 52 — Adam Foote 

Seasons worn: Quebec Nordiques 1991-95; Colorado Avalanche 1995-2004, 2008-11; Columbus Blue Jackets 2005-08

Career stats: 308 points (66 goals, 242 assists) 1,154 games

Voting points: 53 (15-4-0)

The skinny: One of the leaders for the Avalanche when they won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, Foote provided size (6-foot-2, 220 pounds), toughness (1,534 penalty minutes) and stability as a stay-at-home defenseman. During Colorado’s championship run in 2001, Foote (28:22 per game), Ray Bourque (28:32), and Rob Blake (29:26) carried the load on Colorado’s back end (no other Avalanche defenseman averaged more than 16:15 per game).

Fun fact: Foote is the only player in Nordiques/Avalanche history to wear No. 52. 

Others receiving votes: Mike Green, 40 (4-14-0); Craig Rivet, 11 (0-0-11); Jonathan Ericsson, 5 (0-0-5); Dave Andreychuk, 2 (0-1-0); Dave Lewis, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Foote was fearless and relentless, an essential piece of the Avalanche teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001.” — Jon Lane, NHL.com staff writer

No. 51 — Brian Campbell

Seasons worn: Buffalo Sabres 1999-2008; San Jose Sharks 2008; Chicago Blackhawks 2008-11, 2016-17; Florida Panthers 2011-16

Career stats: 504 points (87 goals, 417 assists) in 1,082 games

Voting points: 51 (15-3-0)

The skinny: A skilled offensive defenseman, Campbell had three seasons with at least 50 points, including an NHL career-high 62 (eight goals, 54 assists) in 83 games with Buffalo and San Jose in 2007-08, when he was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team. 

Fun fact: Campbell wore No. 44 when he played junior for Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League, who retired it on Nov. 2, 2017. However, he wore No. 51 through all 17 of his NHL seasons, including in 2009-10, when he helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years. 

Others receiving votes: Valtteri Filppula, 35 (3-11-4); Frans Nielsen, 18 (1-4-7); Andrei Kovalenko, 6 (0-1-4); Jake Gardiner, 2 (0-0-2); Ryan Getzlaf, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “Campbell was an excellent, but underrated, player for 17 seasons. He had the kind of speed that plays well in any era, and that speed became even more useful as his career went along.” — John Kreiser, NHL.com managing editor

No. 50 — Corey Crawford 

Seasons worn: Chicago Blackhawks 2006, 2008, 2010-present

Career stats: 260-162-53, 2.45 GAA, .918 save percentage in 488 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0)

The skinny: Sometimes overlooked as a key part of Chicago winning the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015, Crawford fell one first-place vote short of being the fourth unanimous selection in the 50s. During the Blackhawks run in the 2013 playoffs, he went 16-7 with a 1.84 GAA, .932 save percentage and one shutout. In the 2015 playoffs, he was 13-6 with a 2.31 GAA, .924 save percentage and two shutouts. 

Fun fact: Crawford is the fourth goaltender in Blackhawks history to wear No. 50, but the only one to play more than two NHL games. 

Others receiving votes: Antoine Vermette, 29 (1-10-6); Jordan Binnington, 21 (0-8-5); Jonas Gustavsson, 4 (0-0-4); Chris Mason, 2 (0-0-2); Adam Pelech, 1 (0-0-1) 

Analysis: “Crawford falls under the radar among NHL goaltenders, but the Blackhawks don’t win the Cup in 2013 and 2015 without him.” — Tracey Myers, NHL.com staff writer

Video: ANA@CHI: Crawford robs Henrique with his pad

No. 49 — Brian Savage

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 1994-2002; Phoenix Coyotes 2002-04; St. Louis Blues 2004; Philadelphia Flyers 2005-06

Career stats: 359 points (192 goals, 167 assists) in 674 games

Voting points: 46 (12-4-2)

The skinny: Selected by Montreal in the eighth round (No. 171) in the 1991 NHL Draft, Savage scored at least 20 goals in five of seven seasons from 1995-2002 before his career was slowed by injuries. 

Fun fact: Savage wore No. 17 at Miami University and No. 14 when he won the silver medal with Canada at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, but he wore No. 49 for his entire NHL career. 

Others receiving votes: Michael Leighton, 21 (2-6-3); Joe Juneau, 17 (4-2-1); Victor Rask, 12 (0-3-6); Samuel Girard, 6 (0-1-4); Rich Peverley, 4 (0-1-2); J.T. Brown, 3 (1-0-0); Ivan Barbashev, 2 (0-1-0); Matthew Lombardi, 2 (0-1-0)

Analysis: “From an eighth-round pick to ‘Mr. October’, Brian Savage had a career full of noteworthy highlights making him the best to wear No. 49, specifically becoming the first player to score a Canadiens’ hat trick at the Bell Centre on Oct. 7, 1996.” — Rob Reese, NHL.com fantasy editor

No. 48 — Daniel Briere 

Seasons worn: Buffalo Sabres 2003-07; Philadelphia Flyers 2007-13; Montreal Canadiens 2013-14; Colorado Avalanche 2014-15

Career stats: 696 points (307 goals, 389 assists) in 973 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Briere overcame his size (5-foot-9, 174 pounds) to become a consistent producer in the regular season, scoring at least 60 points five times in his 17 NHL seasons, including a career-high 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists) with Buffalo in 2006-07. But the center was always at his best in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring 116 points (53 goals, 63 assists) in 124 postseason games. In the 2010 playoffs, Briere led the League with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 23 games to help Philadelphia advance to the Cup Final. 

Fun fact: Briere was the first player in Sabres history to wear No. 48. 

Others receiving votes: Scott Young, 30 (2-10-4); Tomas Hertl, 20 (0-5-10); J.J. Daigneault, 5 (0-1-3); Shea Weber, 2 (0-1-0); Brendan Lemieux, 1 (0-0-1); Tyler Kennedy, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Danny Briere always played far bigger than his 5-foot-9 frame. There was a fearlessness to his game that allowed him to create and produce, especially in the biggest moments.” — Adam Kimelman, NHL.com deputy managing editor

No. 47 — Torey Krug 

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2012-present

Career stats: 337 points (67 goals, 270 assists) in 523 games

Voting points: 51 (15-3-0)

The skinny: Krug made an immediate impact as a 22-year-old rookie by scoring six points (four goals, two assists) in 15 playoff games during Boston’s run to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The 5-foot-9, 186-pound defenseman has had at least 40 points in six of his seven seasons since, including an NHL career-high 59 (14 goals, 45 assists) in 76 games in 2017-18.

Fun fact: Krug wore No. 44 at Michigan State and with Providence of the American Hockey League. However, with that number being worn by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg when he joined the Bruins late in the 2011-12 season, he was assigned No. 47.

Others receiving votes: Alexander Radulov, 32 (3-10-3); Marc-Andre Bergeron, 8 (0-2-4); Hampus Lindholm, 7 (0-1-5); Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 3 (1-0-0); John Grahame, 3 (0-1-1); Rich Pilon, 2 (0-1-0); Andrew MacDonald, 2 (0-1-0); Leo Komarov, 2 (0-0-2); Stephan Lebeau, 2 (0-0-2); Viktor Kozlov, 1 (0-0-1); Claude Lapointe, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Torey Krug’s willingness to play with a controlled recklessness all over the ice while delivering in the offensive end makes him among the most exciting players to watch, and the most exciting to ever wear No. 47.” — Shawn P. Roarke, NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial

No. 46 — David Krejci 

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2007-present

Career stats: 686 points (207 goals, 479 assists) in 911 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0)

The skinny: Krejci set an NHL career high with 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists) in 82 games in 2008-09, his second full season, and tied it with 20 goals and 53 assists in 81 games in 2018-19. During the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the NHL with 12 goals and 23 points to help Boston win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972.

Fun fact: Krejci wore No. 23 while playing for Providence of the American Hockey League, but that number was being worn by Paul Mara when the Bruins called him up, so he was assigned No. 46 and has worn it ever since.

Others receiving votes: Jared Spurgeon, 28 (0-11-6); Andrei Kostitsyn, 13 (0-4-5); Roman Polak, 13 (0-3-7); Mark Giordano, 3 (1-0-0)

Analysis: “Perpetually underrated, Krejci was one of the biggest reasons the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 (in addition to Tim Thomas). As former coach Claude Julien used to say: As Krejci goes, so go the Bruins.” — Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com staff writer

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Nadal's 5 Best Roland Garros Moments – ATP Tour

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With 12 titles to his name, Rafael Nadal is the most successful player in Roland Garros history. Apart from leaving an indelible mark in Paris, he has provided countless memorable moments throughout the years.

ATPTour.com takes a look back at five of his biggest highlights at this event.

To Paris On Crutches
Two injuries delayed Nadal’s Roland Garros debut. In 2003, he hurt his right elbow while training in Manacor. The following year, he picked up a stress fracture in his left foot during his win in Estoril against Richard Gasquet.

Nadal’s agent, Carlos Costa, convinced Nadal to visit two of his sponsors at 2004 Roland Garros. Although the trip was only for a couple of days, the former No. 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings believed it would be good for Nadal to familiarise himself with the surroundings and discover the charm of Court Philippe Chatrier.

The teenager boarded a plane with his crutches and made his way around the tournament on them. For his introduction to Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal went to the top of the stands with Costa.

“We went to watch a Robredo match and [Nadal] was only able to stay there for 10 minutes,” Costa recalled. “He couldn’t be in the stands instead of on the court. That was when I realised he was a champion.

“On the street, without me asking, he told me he couldn’t be there any longer. He said that he was broken because it wasn’t his turn to win, that he would have to win when he played there for the first time.”

On 5 June 2005, Nadal climbed into one of the boxes in the stadium to celebrate with this team after beating Mariano Puerta 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 to win his first crown in Paris. The critics labelled him as the favourite, but the victory was still extraordinary for the 19-year-old.

“I told you I would do it!”, Nadal shouted to Costa when it was his turn for a high-five in the stands.

Zidane & The First Title
Rafael Nadal collected his first Coupe des Mousquetaires from the hands of Zinedine Zidane, the French football legend and Real Madrid’s current manager. For Nadal, well-known for his love of football, it was hugely exciting to receive his first Roland Garros trophy from Zidane.

Back in the locker room, Nadal was drinking a soft drink. He had a short conversation with Jaime Lissavetzky, then-Secretary of State for Sport in Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s government in Spain. Later, still dressed in his green sleeveless t-shirt and white pirate pants he had worn in the match against Puerta, the player sat on a wooden bench with the trophy as his team continued to recall moments from the match.

Two special guests then approached Nadal to congratulate him and have their photo taken with him: 1977 Roland Garros champion Guillermo Villas and Gustavo Kuerten, former No. 1 and three-time champion in Paris (1997, 2000, 2001).

Mats Wilander, another three-time champion in Paris (1982, 1985, 1988) also asked for a photo. The Swede had been the last player to win the tournament on his first attempt before Nadal accomplished the feat.

But nobody in the room, not even Nadal himself, could imagine on that afternoon that they had just witnessed the birth of the best tennis player of all time on clay.

Monday Final
With Nadal looking to break the record for most titles won in Paris with his seventh Roland Garros crown, rain pushed the end of his 2012 final against Novak Djokovic to Monday.

The match was delayed that evening in Paris as Nadal led Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2. However, the Serbian was in the midst of a comeback after winning eight consecutive games from 0-2 in the third set.

Nadal was unable to sleep that night or calm the butterflies in his stomach as he lay in his room. It was almost midnight and Nadal was still restless, his mind on Djokovic’s comeback.

In a desperate attempt to relax, Nadal opened his computer and started watching Dragon Ball, the successful cartoon series inspired by Akira Toriyama’s manga. He managed to stop his mind from churning and was able to fall asleep.

Heavy rain meant the match was restarted on Monday at 13:00. Nadal won back the service break in the fourth set and prevailed 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 to win his seventh Coupe des Mousquetaires, surpassing Bjorn Borg’s record to become the most prolific winner in the tournament’s history.

“Call An Ambulance!”
After holding the Coupe des Mousquetaires for the ninth time at 2014 Roland Garros by defeating Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4, Nadal climbed into his team’s box to celebrate. When he reached Toni Nadal, his uncle and coach, the Spaniard covered his mouth and whispered into his ear that he needed an ambulance.

“He had been having cramps since the third set and he asked me to call an ambulance,” Toni explained. “I spoke to Angel Ruiz Cotorro [Nadal’s doctor] because he told me he didn’t have any saline solution. Afterwards, he went to see the doctor and he got better.

“Rafael was worse than Djokovic because he had cramps. Playing for an hour with cramps makes you hesitant all the time. You know that you have to run more than normal, that you have to be cautious. And that’s why the match required a few moments of brilliance. He knew that if we didn’t win it in the fourth set, it would be difficult to do so in the fifth.”

Nadal reiterated this when he spoke to journalists after the match.

“This was the French Open in which I’ve suffered the most physically,” Nadal said. “There have been moments when I felt very empty, very tired. I don’t know what would’ve happened in the fifth set. I guess I would’ve tried to find strength from somewhere, but I was really in a bad way and very much at my physical limit.

“Passion, motivation, the desire to win… All of that keeps you on court with the mentality that you want to do it. I don’t know what it was, but for whatever reason, I managed to handle it. I was able to suffer and find solutions. I coped with the physically difficult moments with very high-quality tennis. In one way or another, I found a way to win this title.”

A Replica Of The Coupe Des Mousquetaires
To celebrate Nadal’s 10th title at 2017 Roland Garros, a historic moment in the world of sport, the tournament decided to present him with a replica of the Coupe des Mousquetaires with “Rafa Nadal’s Tenth” engraved on it, something that has never been done for any other champion.

The tournament organisers had decided that the Spaniard should be the first player of all time to keep a Coupe des Mousquetaires, having won it on 10 occasions.

Normally, Roland Garros champions pose with the trophy after the final and the next day at an iconic part of the city, but the one they take home is a small replica. However, the tournament organisers decided to make a life-size replica of the Coupe des Mousquetaires that Nadal could display it in the museum of the Rafa Nadal Academy.

In addition, Roland Garros wanted to recognise Nadal’s 10th victory with a couple of special moments during the ceremony. Firstly, the fans in the stands held up cards to form an enormous mosaic that read “Bravo Rafa”, together with a huge 10 in reference to his 10 titles at the tournament. Toni Nadal was also given the honour of making a surprise appearance on court to present his nephew with a special trophy, breaking from the usual protocol.

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Athletes and notable names from the world of sports are speaking up as protests continue following the death of George Floyd last this week in Minneapolis.


Als RB Wilder leads CFLers message against racism and police brutality

Montreal Alouettes running back James Wilder Jr. posted a video to social media Tuesday of a number of CFL players sharing a message against systemic racism and police brutality.

“Called on some of my brothers all round the CFL to openly stand with me against Systemic Racism and Police Brutality. WITHOUT hesitation they STOOD!!! Now WE call on YOU to Proudly stand with us!!!! SILENCE IS VIOLENCE!!!!! #STANDTOGETHER

Among the CFLers to share the message were Adam Bighill, Henoc Muamba, Mike Reilly, Zach Collaros, Dacid Casarrubias, Bo Levi Mitchell, Shawn Lemon, Cody Fajardo, Dylan ynn, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Timothy Flanders, and Trevor Harris.

Toronto Argonauts receiver Juwan Brescacin also posted a message on social media, saying “we need to reach one common goal together which is equality.”

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Nick Arbuckle joined the conversation on Tuesday as well.

“An entire half of my family shares the same skin colour as George Floyd, who was murdered by the police in Minneapolis last week. My wife is Black and our beautiful newborn daughter, Aaliyah, is biracial,” part of the statement read. “Even with Aaliyah being biracial, which comes with its own challenges, she will undoubtedly be viewed as Black in America when it comes to the justice system, school applications, police interactions, and everything else where prejudice and racism exists.

“That’s one of the things that has made it most difficult to find the words to express during these times.”


Struble: Being silent doesn’t ignite change

Defenceman prospect Jayden Struble, selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, shared a powerful message on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Struble said he’s angry with how many black lives have been taken without any consequences.

“To start I wanna say that I’ve been angry for a while now. Angry that I keep seeing innocent black lives taken at such a rate that the news seems incomplete without another victim,” said Struble, who is African American. “I’m angry that time and time again this country lets us know that black lives are disposable without any consequence. Angry that the “every man is equal” slogan proves to be just a slogan in this country.”

The 18-year-old went on to support the protests in North America and criticized people who are referring to the rioters as “thugs.”

“First of all these people rioting are not thugs, they’re not criminals, they’re not lower than you,” he wrote. “They are people so broken down by years of systematic racism, and discrimination, in a country who stands for freedom and equality. They’re people who have watched brothers and sisters, friends, and/or other people of colour be beaten, killed, and belittled, asking for help and justice, without the slightest hint of support or change. Peaceful protests got us NOWHERE. So before you u label people thugs, think about where this country could be if people in power listened, helped and implemented change.”

Reach Struble’s full statement below.


Woods joins the conversation

Tiger Woods took to Twitter Monday night to speak out for the first time since Floyd’s death.

“I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement,” Woods said. “They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”

Woods condemned the looting that has taken place in some areas, stating he learned from the Los Angeles riots in 1992 that “education is the best path forward.” 

“We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods we live in,” Woods said. “I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.”


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Veteran Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba joined the conversation on Tuesday.


Marner: Now is the time to listen with intent

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner and goalie Frederik Andersen was two of many professional athletes and organizations to participate in #BlackoutDay on Twitter on Tuesday.

“I’ve been searching for the right thing to say – but I realize that now is the time to listen with intent, understanding and learn how we can help,” wrote Marner.

Andersen added shortly later: “Humanity can be incredible, and people have the capacity for so much more. Let’s all fight racism and hate and unite with compassion, respect and love.”  


Stamkos makes a statement

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos took to Twitter Tuesday morning regarding the death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests in the United States.

“I have watched, I have listened and now I am ready to speak. Since the senseless killing of George Floyd, I have had a hard time trying to articulate a way of expressing how I truly fell. Am I scared? Do I feel a sense of guilt being a white man? Am I part of the problem if I remain silent,” Stamkos wrote. ” I have watched and listened to the peaceful gatherings of people in protest and I have nothing but compassion and respect for that. I have also watched the looting and the riots. I certainly don’t approve of those action, but as many of YOU have opened my eyes to, I see that these action may be coming from real pain and suffering. I can at least try to comprehend that.”  

The 30-year-old went on to say that he’ll continue to educate himself on the issue pf racism and encourages others to step up and speak up against it.

“I know that we don’t have all the answers right now, but I believe we can come together and continue this fight for change and a better tomorrow.”


Trouba Talks

New York Rangers defenceman Jacob Trouba says “as a privileged white male, it’s easy for me to live in this country,” and that even though it’s important to speak up when it comes to racial injustice, it’s “equally important to listen.”

“It’s been tough for me to find the words to say, so I haven’t. I’ve been listening. Educating myself. Letting others educate me before I speak. I thought I understood, but I didn’t. As a privileged white male, it’s easy for me to live in this country.

“I’ve always heard about the pain and fear of others but I don’t know if I ever truly sat with it and tried to imagine. I know that I will never know what it’s like. And now I know that as important as it is to speak up, it’s equally important to listen.

“Talk with your friends about racism, Black and White. Start conversations, self-reflect, listen, and engage. Black lives matter.”


Chargers coach Lynn discusses racial injustice: ‘I don’t want to just put [a statement] out there because it’s the right thing to do. I want change.’

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn shared his thoughts on George Floyd’s death and the ongoing protests, and racial injustice to LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Times Tuesday, saying he’s ‘pissed off’ and wanted to do more than put out a statement.

“I’ve read some good statements,” Lynn told the LA Times. “I read Brian Flores from the Dolphins and I agree 100% with him. I read Doc Rivers’ statement and those guys spoke from the heart. I think statements are needed to bring awareness to the situation. But I want to do something too. I don’t want to just put [a statement] out there because it’s the right thing to do. I want change.”

“I haven’t done anything to make this a better place for my son. I remember having the talk with him when he was 16 about how to handle police and then at age 30 I called him up and just had the talk with him again because I’m so scared. I want to do something but to be honest with you, I don’t know what that is.”

“How do we effect that type of change? Where’s the accountability for that kind of [expletive]? That’s where I’m at right now. I’m angry, I’m pissed off and I don’t want to just put out a pretty statement.”


MLB memo on addressing injustice

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued an internal memo to all MLB employees on Monday concerning the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the subsequent protests around the United States. Manfred said baseball wants to be part of the solution.

 “Addressing injustice requires action. Together we must bring about change. Baseball wants to be part of the solution,” the memo read.

A number of teams released statements Tuesday morning including the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets .

“Racism and silence in the face of it cannot be tolerated,” the Brewers statement read. The Brewers also said they are committed to working with their community to effect meaningful and lasting change.

“We stand with our state, our city, and community. We hope to be a part of positive change in our society,” the Mets statement read.

Former Toronto Blue Jays and current New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman retweeted the Mets’ statement with the caption BLACK LIVES MATTER.


American international RB Yedlin shares emotional message on Twitter

American international and Newcastle United RB DeAndre Yedlin shared an emotional message on Twitter Tuesday after the death of George Floyd.

Yedlin, who has represented the United States in international soccer, said his heart goes out in solidarity to George Floyd and his family, and “all of the countless number of victims that have had their lives taken at the hands of meaningless police brutality.”

 


Monty Williams validates Suns players’ feelings amid civil unrest 

Monty Williams validates Suns players’ feelings amid civil unrest

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams provides insight into the conversation he had with Suns players to express his support for their feelings about injustice.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino stepped into the debate about Bundesliga players who protested during matches against the death of George Floyd, saying Tuesday that they should be applauded and not punished.

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was booked for taking off his jersey during a Bundesliga match so he could display a T-shirt emblazoned with “Justice for George Floyd.”

Dortmund teammate Achraf Hakimi and Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie carried the same messages on their body at the weekend in a technical breach of the game’s laws that led to the Germany soccer federation saying it was considering a disciplinary case despite expressing pride in their actions.

Floyd, a black man and former community college basketball player, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and stopped pleading for air. His death has sparked protests across the United States and in other countries.

“For the avoidance of doubt,” Infantino said, “in a FIFA competition the recent demonstrations of players in Bundesliga matches would deserve an applause and not a punishment.”

Infantino’s comments were published in a statement by FIFA and were set to feature in a letter to all 211 member associations. The statement also urged leagues to apply “common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.”

The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on equipment.

European football’s governing body will also overlook that rule to allow Floyd tributes in continental competitions it oversees.

“Football is a sport which encourages tolerance, inclusion and justice,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said. “These are the same values being espoused by those showing solidarity to George Floyd.”

UEFA is hoping to resume the Champions League and Europa League in August after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“If a player in our competitions were to display a message or act symbolically to ask for equality for human beings,” Ceferin said, “the circumstances around the event should be taken into account in line with UEFA’s zero tolerance against racism.”

The English Football Association has already said it will adopt the stance urged by FIFA. The Premier League is due to resume on June 17 and clubs have been showing solidarity with Floyd.

Players from Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle have been pictured this week in training taking a knee as part of anti-racism gestures.

“Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the laws of the game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case by case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context,” the FA said earlier in a statement when asked about players’ tributes to Floyd.

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