Real Madrid eyes Juan Mata

first_imgReal Madrid is reportedly preparing a bid for Manchester United’s Juan Mata to take him back to the Santiago Bernabeu.The Express reports that the Spanish midfielder, who started his career with Los Blancos but failed to graduate from Castilla, could return in January.Mata joined Valencia from Real Madrid team B before heading to Chelsea.The 29-year-old was a surprise omission from Jose Mourinho’s squad in the loss 1-0 to Chelsea last weekend.Zinedine Zidane could make a move to add a fresh identity to his squad with a potential bargain in the horizon.Mata’s contract with the Red Devils expires next summer.last_img read more

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Preview

first_imgHoltby will start at goalie. Game is at Capital One Arena. First Puck drops at 7:30 PM. Please follow and like us: Starting Lines: De Haan-Van Riemsdyk Siegenthaler-Carlson Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson Slavin-Hamilton Pesce-Faulk Photo Credit: Washington Capitals Orlov-Niskanen Here we go again! The Washington Capitals once again find themselves in a decisive Game 7 scenario. The Carolina Hurricanes battled back in Game 6, but the Capitals are in clincher mode right now. A victory at home would seal the series. The Caps lead the playoffs at home in shooting percentage and power play. This could be enough to knock out the Canes once and for all. Foegele-Wallmark-Maenalanen Vrana-Kuznetsov-Hagelincenter_img Orpik-Jensen Burakovsky-Eller-Connolly For Washington: Mrazek is starting at goalie. Fortunately for the Caps, the home team has won every game this series. The Capitals have now played 128 playoff games since Ovechkin first made the playoffs in 2008, tied with the Blackhawks for second most in this time span. The team knows Game 7 well, and are prepared to continue the fight as they return to familiar territory. Only time will tell how this team can come through and play on in the next round. Bishop-McKegg-Brown McGinn-Staal-Williams For Carolina: The first-round against the Canes has been a slugfest from start to finish. While the Caps took the first two at home, Carolina has been unforgiving on their home ice. With many injuries and a questionable call against Ovechkin’s late goal in Game 6, momentum has shifted from the Capitals. Still, they fight on and are ready to go the distance. It would not be so easy to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions after all. Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby have been playing their best hockey in ages. However, most of their secondary has not been scoring. Evegeny Kuznetsov in particular needs to step up his game. Perhaps tonight’s home stand would offer a chance for him to shine. Stephenson-Dowd-Smith-Pelly Niederreiter-Aho-Teravainenlast_img read more

Hamilton drives it like he owns it

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s father always told him to ‘drive like you stole it’ but there was never any question about who owned Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix.The Mercedes driver did not start on pole, that honour denied him by team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in Saturday qualifying, but the Briton knew he had something special going on.Hamilton feels at home in the United States, where he spends time with singer girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and friends in Los Angeles, and won the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas in 2012.As he took the chequered flag for his 10th win of the season, and fifth in succession, the championship leader entered the record books as the British driver with most Formula One wins — his 32 now one more than 1992 champion Nigel Mansell.“Once I got past Nico it was really just about controlling it,” he told the crowd in a podium interview with 1978 champion Mario Andretti, the last U.S. driver to take the title.Later, once he had tried Andretti’s black Stetson sheriff’s hat for size, he told reporters: “Before the race there’s a lot you can do to really understand what opportunities could come up and in different scenarios, how you approach it, and I felt very much on top of that as I have done for quite some time.“I just went into the race with the belief that I could win it,” he added.“I went into the race thinking I need another race just like 2012 and it was just like that. I was catching him through exactly the same points at which I was catching Sebastian (Vettel in 2012).“There wasn’t a moment in the race when I didn’t think that I would get him. Once I was past, as I said, I was able to relax for a second and really try to manage the tyres.”The move, when it came, was on the 24th lap — a fitting number since the win sent him 24 points clear of Rosberg with two races remaining and a maximum of 75 points available.It could still be that he ends up with 11 wins and no title, a casualty of the new rules that allow double points for the final round in Abu Dhabi, but on Sunday he was not thinking of that.Instead, Hamilton was fizzing with the excitement of another win on the continent where he took his first two victories in his debut 2007 season.The manner in which he took the lead, an aggressive swashbuckling pass through the inside as Rosberg braked early and went slightly wide into turn 12, was the mark of a true champion.“I had been planning that for many laps and just never really got close enough,” said Hamilton.“The opportunity was there and I knew there was a big head wind into that corner. All weekend there’s been a head wind into turn 11 and today it turned around, so it was a head wind into 12. So braking there was really strong.“I felt really confident going into there, I had the slipstream and I pulled out, out-braked him. But it was really important that I didn’t lock up and out-brake myself and go wide,” he added.last_img read more