The Vancouver Canucks looked to make it three wins in a row before the holiday freeze. Fresh off back-to-back victories against Vegas and Pittsburgh, it was a bold statement to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Here is what shook down.
The date was set for a December 23rd clash between the Edmonton Oilers and the hometown Vancouver Canucks. Head coach, Travis Green deployed a roster of what he thought would be capable of defeating Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
A string of three consecutive wins at home would be the perfect gift to the fans heading into the holidays — a surefire way to keep the team’s playoff hopes alive. Don’t forget that ownership, management and the coaching staff has promised that this is a playoff team.
Heading into what was bound to be a feisty battle, Vancouver sat four points back of the Edmonton with two games in hand, all while holding onto 10th place in the western conference. A bubble team at the Christmas break, but one that was deadset on proving they’re sticking around for the long haul.
The captain of the Canucks, Bo Horvat was going to be leaned on heavily to match up against Mcdavid and Leon Draisaitl. Keeping the Oilers two stars off the scoresheet would be vital to the team’s success. Was Horvat up to the task? Let’s find out.
Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre discusses lost fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov – MMA Fighting
For the past several years, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team have been stating their desire to fight UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre. However, things changed last year when Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, passed away due to COVID-19. Khabib fought one time after his father’s passing, a successful title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, and then announced his retirement right there in the cage. It was a decision that caught everyone off guard, including St-Pierre, who was doing French-language commentary for the event.
Khabib’s decision was perhaps more shocking than it should have been because in the lead up to UFC 254, Khabib’s team gave little indication of his intention to retire, talking about potential next fights. In fact, heading into UFC 254 the general assumption seemed to be that Khabib would defend his title against Gaethje and then look to set up a retirement fight against St-Pierre next, to hopefully leave the sport at 30-0 as tribute to his father’s dreams for him. But even if Khabib hadn’t retired, St-Pierre says there was no guarantee the fight would have happened anyway.
“It doesn’t mean I would have accepted,” St-Pierre said. “Everybody says, ‘Oh, when is it going to happen?’ I never said I wanted to do it. It depends (on) the conditions too. I could think about it seriously if the conditions are right in terms of the weight class and all that, but there’s no way I’m gonna go down to 155 now. I’m 39 years old and this is out of the window…
“We’re both about the same size. I’m not gonna lie. I wake up in the morning and I’m about 183 pounds. I’m sure he’s about the same weight as me if not probably bigger. So I think the weight class — it’s like a novelty fight, a superfight — you need to stipulate the rule maybe no weight class or maybe (that) you cannot be more than three percent different in terms of weight. I don’t know but there’s ways to do it. You don’t have to cut weight and damage yourself to do something like that.”
Historically, Khabib has shown little interest in competing outside of his weight division, however, the point is moot now as even UFC President Dana White has finally had to admit that Khabib’s retirement appears to be genuine. That means that fans can only imagine what a superfight between the two would look like, but St-Pierre has his thoughts on how he would have approached the contest.
“If in a hypothetical world this fight would happen, I think I would need to use all my tools,” St-Pierre explained. “I’m good at what I do and it’s not because I’m fighting Khabib that I’m gonna change my way of fighting. The way I fight, that’s how I’ve been successful all of my career. I think the mistake that a lot of guys are doing when they fight Khabib is that they change the way they’re fighting because Khabib is very known to be probably the best wrestler in the sport. (But) I’m good with the takedown, to mix it up. It’s not because I’m fighting Khabib that I’m not gonna mix it up with him. If I have a chance to put him down, I’m gonna try to put him down. I believe in my chance to put him down and I’m confident in myself. I think confidence is a very important piece of the puzzle in MMA to be successful and I believe a lot of guys when they fight a legend fighter status, part of that confidence and their skill goes out the window. That’s one of the mistakes I would not do because I know Khabib would not do it against myself.”
Unfortunately, the end of the Khabib-GSP superfight signals not only Khabib’s retirement, but likely also the last hope for one more St-Pierre fight. St-Pierre retired in 2019 after talks for a Khabib fight were summarily rebuffed by the UFC but has since lingered with the possibility of a return specifically for that fight. Now that Khabib has walked away, St-Pierre admits he’s not sure what it would be, but it would take something special to bring him back.
“If the UFC would want me back, it’s not me that would try to go and beg for a fight. ‘Hey please, can I come back?’ They’re gonna lowball the sh*t out of me!” St-Pierre said. “It would be the most stupid thing I could do. If they have an offer to make to me, an offer I cannot refuse, Dana knows where to reach me.”
Let it go. Dana White: If Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t want to defend title, ‘I won’t push it anymore’.
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Nate has some thoughts.
U and Dp just got choked on ur face the other day by a guy that ran off and didn’t want none especially wit me , how u gonna fight for a title?
I been here 14 years and no one can do me like that ever in life ..
lol lightweight division
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 25, 2021
He’s going to rebuild . . .
Ready to do it.
Listen I’m gonna shave your head while you’re sleeping… feb 13th Simon says bald is beautiful
— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) January 26, 2021
Thanks for clarifying.
I’ve taken a poireir leg kick before and that does not feel good
— Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) January 25, 2021
Remember when Nate fought for the lightweight title? Khabib fighting him would be . . . not good for Nate.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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Tom Brady is defying age — and belief – CBC.ca
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It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl without Tom Brady
For all the upheaval we’ve experienced lately in sports and in life, there remains a near constant: Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. The age-defying quarterback made it back for the fifth time in seven years by helping Tampa Bay upset Green Bay 31-26 in yesterday’s NFC championship game. Brady will now try to knock off Kansas City and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes after they stamped out Buffalo’s magical run with a dominating 38-24 win in the AFC title game.
We’ll have plenty to say about the Super Bowl matchup as the Feb. 7 game gets closer. But, for today, let’s just appreciate Brady.
This is the 20th Super Bowl matchup since Brady became an NFL starter in 2001 and, come two weeks, he’ll have played in 10 of them. He went 6-3 and won four Super Bowl MVPs with New England. And now, after just one year in his new conference, Brady owns as many NFC titles as fellow future-hall-of-famer Aaron Rodgers has managed in 13 years as Green Bay’s starter.
Did we mention Brady is 43 years old? Sure, he looked it at times yesterday, throwing three interceptions. But he also tossed three touchdown passes — the eighth time since the season started that he’s had at least that many in a game.
How wild is that for someone his age? Well, before this, there was exactly one instance in NFL history of a player past his 43rd birthday throwing at least three TD passes in a game. And that happened a half-century ago. George Blanda, who had transitioned from QB to kicker in his old age, came on in relief of Oakland’s injured starter and threw three TDs to beat Pittsburgh in Week 6 of the 1970 season.
Which is all to say, there’s no precedent for what Brady is doing right now. He’s not just defying age. He’s defying belief. Read more about how Tampa Bay and Kansas City reached the Super Bowl here.
The Edmonton Football Team’s head coach quit before he even coached a game. Scott Milanovich resigned today to, as the CFL team put it, “pursue NFL opportunities.” He’s reportedly joining the Indianapolis Colts as their quarterbacks coach after the guy who had that job was promoted to offensive co-ordinator. Edmonton hired Milanovich as its head coach after the 2019 season, and the 2020 campaign was wiped out by the pandemic. Read more here.
And in case you missed it…
A few more things from the weekend that you should know about:
Canada’s speed skaters can’t be trusted. Oh, they’re fine people and all. But they told us not to expect any medals from them at the long-track World Cup season opener in the Netherlands. Save for a two-week training camp back in the fall, the Canadian team had no opportunities to train on a proper oval since the pandemic hit, forcing them to resort to short tracks and outdoor ice to prepare for the shortened season. So of course they showed up to the Netherlands and promptly won five medals — including a gold by Ivanie Blondin, Isabelle Weidemann and Valérie Maltais in Friday’s women’s team pursuit. Read more about the haul and watch highlights here.
Reece Howden had himself a weekend. The 22-year-old Canadian won back-to-back men’s World Cup ski cross events in Sweden on Saturday and Sunday. He now has three victories and four podium finishes in seven races this season and sits atop the World Cup standings by a wide margin. Canada’s Marielle Thompson is second in the women’s chase after reaching the podium for the fifth time this season on Sunday. Read more about the women’s and men’s races and watch highlights here.
Conor McGregor got knocked out. The UFC’s biggest star hadn’t fought in a year and was making just his third appearance in the octagon since 2017. But he was expected to beat Dustin Poirier for the second time in his career and bolster his case for luring undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement for a megafight. Instead, Poirier spoiled McGregor’s (and the UFC’s) plans by dropping him with a flurry of punches to score a shocking second-round KO on Saturday night. Read more about the upset here.
Patrik Laine got traded. Winnipeg swapped him for another talented young player who wanted a change of scenery, sending Laine and Jack Roslovic to Columbus for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick. Laine averaged about 35 goals over his first four NHL seasons and is still only 22. But he’s wanted out of Winnipeg for a while and, with his contract set to expire after this season, the Jets didn’t seem all that interested in convincing him to stay. Dubois was the third-overall pick in 2016 and looked like a promising player the last two seasons. He scored 27 goals in 2018-19 and had 18 in pandemic-shortened 2019-20. But he asked for a trade after his relationship with fiery Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella soured. Read more about the deal and why Laine wanted a fresh start here.
Coming up on CBC Sports
Alpine skiing: The World Cup season continues Tuesday with a women’s giant slalom in Italy starting at 4:30 a.m. ET and a men’s slalom in Austria starting at 11:45 a.m. ET. Watch both two-run races live on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app.
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UFC 257 medical suspensions: Conor McGregor possibly out for six months – MMA Fighting
Conor McGregor may have headlined the first UFC pay-per-view of the year, but it could be a while before we see “The Notorious” in action again.
In the lightweight main event of UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, McGregor lost by second-round TKO to Dustin Poirier. His downfall was preceded by several stinging leg kicks and that was reflected in the official medical suspensions list from mixedmartialarts.com.
McGregor requires a negative result from an X-ray on his right tibia/fibula, or else he will be suspended for 180 days. Poirier was only handed a seven-day suspension for mandatory rest.
Two other fighters are also potentially facing six-month suspensions, lightweight Matt Frevola (right hand) and middleweight Andrew Sanchez (nasal, left tibia/fibula). Both require negative X-rays on their injured areas to avoid the maximum suspension.
See the full list of UFC 257 medical suspensions below:
Dustin Poirier: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Conor McGregor: Must receive clearance on negative result from X-ray on right tibia/fibula or no contest for 180 days; minimum suspension no contest for 45 days, no contact for 30 days due to TKO
Michael Chandler: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Dan Hooker: Suspended 45 days for TKO, 30 days no contact
Joanne Calderwood: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Jessica Eye: Suspended 45 days for left eye brow laceration
Makhmud Muradov: Suspended 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact
Andrew Sanchez: Must receive clearance on negative result from X-ray on nasal and right tibia/fibula or no contest for 180 days; minimum suspension no contest for 45 days, no contact for 30 days due to TKO
Marina Rodriguez: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Amanda Ribas: 45 days for TKO, 30 days no contact
Arman Tsarukyan: 30 days for left brow and scalp laceration, 21 days no contact
Matt Frevola: Must receive clearance on negative result from X-ray on right hand or no contest for 180 days; minimum suspension no contest for 30 days, no contact for 21 days
Brad Tavares: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Antonio Carlos Junior: Suspended 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact
Julianna Pena: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Sara McMann: Suspended 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact
Marcin Prachnio: Suspended 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact
Khalil Rountree: Suspended 30 days for left ankle pain, 21 days no contact
Movsar Evloev: Suspended seven days (mandatory rest)
Nik Lentz: Suspended 45 days for right eye brow laceration, 30 days no contact
Amir Albazi: Suspended 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact
Zhalgas Zhumagulov: Suspended 30 days for hard bout, 21 days no contact
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