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Connor McDavid is having a season for the ages
The Oilers famous person all however ended the races for hockey’s two greatest particular person awards final night time when he scored a hat trick and added an help in Edmonton’s 6-1 blowout of Winnipeg. That gave him 12 factors in his final 4 video games, and an unimaginable 81 factors in 46 video games this season.
With solely 10 video games left, McDavid has opened up an virtually insurmountable 15-point lead over teammate Leon Draisaitl within the NHL scoring race. To place that in perspective, the hole between McDavid and Draisaitl is bigger than the one between Draisaitl and the participant in 14th place (Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau). Barring a disaster (and even which may not matter), McDavid goes to win his third Artwork Ross Trophy — and his first since going back-to-back in 2016-17 and ’17-18.
McDavid additionally appears to be like like a lock for his second Hart Trophy. Enjoying on a weak Edmonton crew has damage his MVP probabilities previously (most voters wish to see massive particular person numbers translate to crew success), however that is probably not a difficulty this 12 months. The Oilers rank twelfth general with a strong 28-16-2 report, and so they’re just about assured of constructing the 16-team playoffs for the primary time since 2017 — when McDavid gained the Hart.
McDavid is up to now above his contemporaries this season that he must be in comparison with all-time greats. If he maintains his present tempo of 1.76 factors per recreation by means of the tip of the season, he’ll turn out to be the primary participant since Mario Lemieux 20 years in the past to supply at that prime a price whereas taking part in no less than 40 video games. Within the final 50 years, solely 12 gamers have finished it: Wayne Gretzky (11 instances, lol), Lemieux (8, additionally lol), Mike Bossy (2), Phil Esposito (2), Jari Kurri (2), Bobby Orr (1), Jaromir Jagr (1), Steve Yzerman (1), Bryan Trottier (1), Pat Lafontaine (1), Adam Oates (1) and Bernie Nicholls (1). Fairly good firm.
The checklist of men with no less than two Hart and three Artwork Ross trophies is even shorter: Gretzky (9 Harts, 10 Artwork Rosses — and, no, these usually are not typos), Gordie Howe (6 and 6), Lemieux (3 and 6), Esposito (2 and 5), Stan Mikita (2 and 4), Bobby Hull (2 and three) and Man Lafleur (2 and three). This additionally looks like a superb time to say that McDavid is 24 years outdated.
A Canadian Olympic gold medallist thought he may die from COVID-19. Alexander Kopacz, who gained the two-man bobsleigh occasion in 2018 with pilot Justin Kripps, spent a number of days within the hospital final week after experiencing extreme signs. The 31-year-old’s lung issues bought so dangerous that he “was saying goodbye to lots of people” as he feared the worst end result. Fortunately, a drug helped flip his respiration round and Kopacz is now again at house — although nonetheless hooked as much as oxygen as he continues to recuperate. Watch Kopacz talk about his experience and what he’s learned first-hand about COVID-19 here.
The NHL will quickly be making virtually $1 billion US a 12 months from broadcast rights. A number of weeks after signing a reported $400-million US per 12 months take care of ESPN for the majority of its American rights, the NHL introduced as we speak that Turner Sports activities purchased the remainder for a reported $225M US per 12 months. Collectively, that greater than doubles the NHL’s present American offers with NBC and Disney, which pay a mixed $300M/12 months and expire after this season. Add the ESPN and Turner cash to the $350M US that Rogers pays yearly for the unique Canadian rights (primarily based on the present change price), and the NHL can be pulling in about $975M US from broadcasters starting subsequent season. Read more about the Turner deal here.
The Champions League semifinals kicked off as we speak. Awkward: three of the 4 groups had been concerned within the ill-fated try by 12 of soccer’s richest golf equipment to primarily overthrow the Champions League and set up their very own Tremendous League. As the one semifinalist that wasn’t in on the failed coup, Paris St-Germain could be the sentimental favorite over the three Brutuses: Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Actual Madrid. The semis are two-leg combination contests. Actual Madrid vs. Chelsea started at 3 p.m. ET as we speak, and PSG vs. Man Metropolis goes tomorrow. The return legs are subsequent week. A brand new champion can be topped after the ultimate on Might 29 as a result of Bayern Munich misplaced within the quarter-finals to PSG, the crew it beat in final 12 months’s ultimate.
Let’s speak about Chadwick Boseman’s sports activities films. In case you missed it, one of the crucial surprising moments in Oscars historical past occurred Sunday when Anthony Hopkins upset Boseman for the Finest Actor award. Boseman, who died final summer time of most cancers on the age of 43, had a few 95 per cent probability of profitable primarily based on the betting odds, and the truth that the Academy moved Finest Actor to the tip of the present (after Finest Image) means that it thought Boseman was a lock too. The flip of occasions was virtually as inconceivable because the plot of Draft Day, the 2014 Kevin Costner automobile during which Boseman performs a linebacker who will get picked first general — one thing that hasn’t occurred within the real-life NFL draft since 1988. Boseman, as at all times, is excellent, however the film is not actually price watching except you’ve got one way or the other run out of content material to eat forward of this Thursday’s draft. A better option could be 42, the 2013 Jackie Robinson biopic starring Boseman. It has its flaws, nevertheless it’s a extra becoming showcase for a talented and fascinating actor who can be missed.
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