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The Lions Tried To Stop Dalvin Cook With 10 Defenders, Gave Up 70-Yard Score Instead – BroBible

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Sunday’s victory over Detroit was never in doubt for Minnesota behind Dalvin Cook’s incredible afternoon. The Vikings’ third-year running back carried his team and the team of his fantasy owners for the second-straight week behind 206 yards rushing, 46 yards receiving and two touchdowns. His longest run of the day came in the fourth quarter and went for six. Cook took the handoff inside his left tackle, behind the lead block of a pulling right guard and went virtually untouched for 70-yards and Minnesota’s final touchdown of the day.

It was an impressive run that capped off an impressive day. However, upon further review, Cook’s big gain was assisted by a lack of tacklers on the other side of the ball. Only 10 defenders were on the field for the Lions before the snap.

If you look closely at right outside linebacker Jamie Collins, he noticed the missing man before the play happens and signaled over to the sideline.

It was a little bit too late. Kirk Cousins snapped the ball, and Cook went streaking to seal the 34-20 win.

The Lions are 3-5 with the loss, while the Vikings match their record with the win and tie for third place in the NFC North. Cook’s impressive day came on the heels of a four total touchdown game against Green Bay last weekend, and Minnesota seems to live or die by its running back. All three of the team’s wins have come on days where Cook breaks for over 100 yards. He has reached that numbers on four occasions this season, with one having come in a one-point loss to Tennessee in week three.

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Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney resigns after quick playoff exit – CBC.ca

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Greg Vanney, who led Toronto FC to respectability and then helped fill its trophy case, is stepping down as the Major League Soccer club’s head coach and technical director.

The club made the announcement Tuesday, in the aftermath of last week’s playoff loss to Nashville SC.

Vanney’s departure was not expected although delays in sorting out a new contract had raised questions. His current deal expires at the end of the 2020 season.

An emotional Vanney thanked his players, staff and TFC’s ownership, saying it was the right time to move on.

“I’m a builder. I like to build things and I like projects and I like big things,” he told reporters. “And this club is in a really really good place. There’s not a lot of building to do. It is an incredible club that is positioned, from where we started to where we are, to be great.”

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The father of four said his departure had nothing to do with money or other contract terms, calling it a “personal family decision.” He praised the club for its patience “while I worked through this entire process.”

Toronto says the search for Vanney’s replacement will begin immediately.

The 46-year-old Vanney, who also broke up in thanking the Toronto fans, said he had been mulling over his future for some time but especially after finally being able to spend some time with his family after the regular season.

He said he had not thought “a ton” about the future but wanted to spend time with his family and “regroup.” There are openings elsewhere, including the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Vanney is the longest tenured coach in TFC history, holding every coaching record, including games coached (250) and wins (112).

2017 MLS coach of the year

A finalist for coach of the year, Vanney led TFC to the second-best regular-season record at 13-5-5 in a difficult 2020 campaign. Forced to play all but four games away from BMO Field because of travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, injury-plagued Toronto limped into the playoffs losing three of its last four regular-season games.

The post-season ended quickly in a 1-0 extra-time loss to expansion Nashville.

Vanney originally joined TFC in December 2013 as the club’s assistant general manager and academy director. Named head coach in August 2014 after Ryan Nelsen was fired, Vanney inherited a 9-9-6 team that had never made the playoffs.

He turned [Toronto FC] into an MLS champion. More than that, he is of high character and a great family man.— Team president Bill Manning on Vanney

He took the club into the post-season in 2015 and went on to guide TFC to the MLS Cup final in 2016, 2017 and 2019, winning the title in 2017 on home soil.

Vanney also coached Toronto to the Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship in 2017, becoming the first MLS club to win a domestic treble. He was named MLS and CONCACAF coach of the year that season.

Toronto qualified for the playoffs under Vanney five of the past six seasons and captured three Canadian championships since 2016.

TFC president Bill Manning praised Vanney in a statement.

“I wish Greg nothing but the best in the future,” Manning said. “Back in 2014 he took over the head coach duties for a team that had never made the playoffs and turned them into an MLS champion. More than that, he is of high character and a great family man. I thank him for time well served for our club, his legacy here in Toronto is secure.”

Vanney had all three of his sons in TFC colours. His twins were part of the academy while his youngest boy was in the TFC Juniors program.

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Greg Vanney steps down as Toronto FC head coach – MLSsoccer.com

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Greg Vanney has stepped down from his position of Toronto FC head coach and technical director, the club announced Tuesday. 

Vanney led Toronto to a treble in 2017, winning MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship. He holds every coaching record in TFC history, including matches managed (250) and wins (112). He originally took charge during the 2014 season. 

“I want to thank Mr. Tanenbaum, the board of directors and MLSE for their unwavering support for the past seven years. I recognize that I have been extremely fortunate to work for one of the best ownership groups in all of sports. I also want to thank Bill [Manning] and Ali [Curtis] for their support and leadership and most importantly the relationships we’ve developed over the years,” Vanney said in a club statement. “Thank you to all of the TFC staff and players for the incredible experiences we’ve shared together during this journey. I’m forever grateful to each of you. Lastly, to the TFC Fans. You’re truly amazing and the memories and emotions from our biggest nights together will be cherished.”

Toronto did not have the reputation they enjoy today prior to Vanney taking over as head coach. The club failed to make the playoffs in their first eight seasons in MLS, then broke that streak in Vanney’s first full season. On top of the treble in 2017, Vanney helped guide the club to two more Canadian Championship titles and two more trips to MLS Cup.

They also got to the Concacaf Champions League final in 2018, losing in penalties. No MLS club has ever won that competition. 

“I wish Greg nothing but the best in the future,” said TFC president Bill Manning. “Back in 2014 he took over the head coach duties for a team that had never made the playoffs and turned them into an MLS champion. More than that, he is of high character and a great family man. I thank him for time well served for our club, his legacy here in Toronto is secure.”

Toronto will begin their search for a head coach immediately. 



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Who will get Hamilton's plum Mercedes drive at Sakhir? – F1i.com

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Lewis Hamilton’s unexpected positive COVID-19 test has thrown a spanner in Mercedes’ works, but it is also set to deliver a potentially career-defining opportunity to one lucky driver.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez are the Brackley squad’s official reserve drivers.

The Belgian races for the German manufacturer in Formula E, but the former McLaren charger – as an active driver who is also virtually acquainted with Mercedes W11 thanks to his simulator work with the team – is also race-ready for a call up.

Vandoorne, who scored his first FE win last summer in Berlin, is currently testing with Mercedes’ electric outfit in Valencia but is already due to travel to Bahrain once the test is completed.

Gutierrez’s lack of recent running in F1, or in any other qualifying category, has deprived the Mexican of an F1 superlicence which effectively rules him out a substitute role.

British fans would lave to see George Russell get his hands on a Mercedes and so would many others in the paddock. However, there’s no doubt that Williams would drive a hard bargain to release its young star, although in doing so it could reap a big marketing benefit if Russell later returns to Grove… a Grand Prix winner!

However, Williams needs Russell next weekend – and in Abu Dhabi – to try and improve its fortunes in the Constructors’ championship and leapfrog Haas in the standings, a feat worth a few million dollars in prize money.

There also the question of who, should Williams release Russell to Mercedes, would replace the Briton? Reserve driver Jack Aitken could theoretically do the job.

Finally, Mercedes could rely on the trusty talent of F1 super-sub Nico Hulkenberg. The experienced German who replaced COVID-infected Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll at Racing Point earlier this season, fits the bill in all respects, and would enjoy the chance to finally add that elusive podium finish to his massive track record in F1.

But the fact that the Hulk is not acquainted with the mighty Mercedes team, contrary to Vandoorne and Russell, is an obvious disadvantage for Nico.

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