Masters Golf 2019

Masters Golf 2019 Live : The 2019 Masters is off and rolling with major champions all bunched .All of these world golfers are capable of going low on Friday to make the cut, As the year’s first major approaches, golf fans might care more about the answer to that question than they do about the status of their own golf.The 2019 Masters Tournament is the 83rd edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf’s four major championships to be held in 2019.

The 2019 Masters is off and rolling with major champions all bunched up at the top of the leaderboard and four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods very much in the hunt for another green jacket. Woods shot a 2-under 70, matching his first round score from each of his first three Masters victories. It falls in line with the way Woods has traditionally won these big tournaments, shooting in the low 70s on Thursday and then hitting the gas to go low on Friday and/or Saturday before defending a 54-hole lead on Sunday. The only problem is that, in 2019, the competition is much better than it was in 1997, 2001 or 2002. That first-round 70 has him hanging on with 10 other players just outside the top 10.

That top-10 status is important considering each of the last 13 Masters winners has come from the top 10 at the conclusion of the first round. So while Tiger’s score and his history suggest he’s got a chance to win this thing, there’s a lot of work left to be done by the time he gets to the tee on Friday afternoon for his second round.

The story of the afternoon was Brooks Koepka, who answered criticism of his weight loss in dominant fashion as he grabbed a share of the 18-hole lead late Thursday in his first Masters start as a major champion. After a mostly uneventful first nine, Koepka ran off five birdies in six holes to start the second nine and grab the tournament by the throat. But he’s not alone. Bryson DeChambeau was equally as impressive, holding T1 alongside Koepka after firing off four straight birdies to end his opening round with a 6-under 66.

In total, there are 20 players within four strokes of the lead. Thursday didn’t do much to sort out the top, but it did nearly eliminate several players we were watching heading into the week. Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth Paul Casey all played themselves out of contention. Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia all carded 1-over 73s. All of these world golfers are capable of going low on Friday to make the cut, but as they currently sit outside the top 40 on the leaderboard, it’s hard to imagine that any of them have a real shot to win.

So let’s turn our attention to the ones that do as we break down the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the 2019 Masters.
You let eight months pass between major championships, you can expect all sorts of questions to pile up before the world’s best tee off for real at Augusta National. Tiger’s redemption! Rory’s Grand Slam! Koepka’s waistline!

We had plenty before the season’s first major, and at the very least, Thursday provided partial answers.
Yeah, probably not. Unless you think a beefier Koepka could have improved upon Thursday’s sizzling 66, which gave him a tie for the lead after the first round. Koepka’s mysterious body transformation, in which he admits he subscribed to a daily 1,800-calorie diet and lost power as a result, raised all sorts of questions about the golfer’s ability to capture a first green jacket. But for one day he was back to the player who has won two of the last three majors. Actually he was probably even better, considering his best round at Augusta National before Thursday was three shots higher.
The Masters is more art than science, and to hear DeChambeau discuss everything from brain training to skipping a ball on the 16th hole at Augusta National, one might deduce that he can contend at the regular PGA Tour events all he wants, but perhaps he’s not yet ready for the big stage. Then came his opening 66 Thursday, which included six birdies on his final nine holes. It appears he’s onto something at Augusta as well. Although a winner of five tour titles, DeChambeau has only once finished inside the top 20 in a major. But his deft play so far here suggests he’s not going to disappear after one round.
For golf fans there’s nothing quite like the Masters. The first major tournament on the calendar is the only one played on the same course — Augusta National — each year. And it’s fast becoming a streaming tradition unlike any other.

Patrick Reed will try to win his second consecutive green jacket this week, while Tiger Woods is seeking his first since 2005. They’ll be up against the top five golfers in the world: Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. This year’s field also includes recent Masters champions Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.
Adam Scott was for a while tied for the lead after completing his first round at the US Masters on a big day for Aussies while Tiger Woods also produced a brilliant back nine to remind everyone of his threat as he aims to capture another major.

Scott’s place atop the leaderboard didn’t last, eventually slipping back to be tied for sixth at three-under, as Ian Poulter and Brooks Koepka made some big plays. Poulter ended on four-under after birdies on 15 and 16 but was soon overtaken by Koepka, who caught fire and sunk five birdies in six holes on the back nine to assume the lead at six-under.

Three consecutive birdies to Bryson DeChambeau saw the American make a stunning run to sit level with Koepka atop the leaderboard before a cruel, close call on the 18th prevented him from taking the outright lead.

His incredible approach shot hit the flag and bounced back out to finish inches from the hole before he tapped in for a fourth straight birdie to end at six-under and cap a remarkable day. It was agony and ecstasy all at once for the World No. 6.

The near-miss came after DeChambeau almost aced the 16th but the 25-year-old will still be thrilled with his astonishing opening round 66 — his lowest ever round at Augusta.

Islanders vs Penguins

Islanders vs Penguins Live : The Islanders host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series to start the Stanley Cup playoffs on the Penguins have enough of those to stay busy after Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, a Game 1, That Game 1 loss of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Penguins against the … Islanders keep Sidney Crosby in check in series opener vs.

It’s been a while since the Islanders have won the first two games of a playoff series. Actually, that’s a considerable understatement. It’s been 36 years, dating to the Islanders’ four-game sweep of the Oilers in 1983 to win the franchise’s fourth straight Stanley Cup.

The Islanders can snap that lengthy drought against the Penguins on Friday night at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum after winning Game 1 of the first-round series in overtime, 4-3, on Wednesday night.

“It’s been a good start so far,” right wing Jordan Eberle said after Thursday’s practice in East Meadow. “We’ve got a chance tomorrow to take a bit of a stranglehold on it and feel good about it. But we have to expect their best and be ready.”

The key to any playoff series is to improve game by game, and both teams have areas in which they’d like to do better during Game 2.

The Islanders, for the most part, played well within their defensive structure in the first and third periods and in overtime. But they got into a bit of a track meet with the Penguins in the second period and took three of their five penalties. Neither is advisable, given the Penguins’ offensive capabilities and their potent power play.

The Penguins rallied three times from one-goal deficits, including Evgeni Malkin’s power-play goal to tie it at 2-2 at 13:41 of the second period and Justin Schultz’s equalizer with 1:29 left in regulation and the Penguins skating six-on-five.

“I thought in the second period the game was pretty loose and they were just creating chances on the rush,” center Mathew Barzal said. “We’ve just got to limit it as much as we can. We know they’re going to get their chances. We know they’re going to get their open ice. We’ve just got to limit it as much as we can and take away space.”

The Islanders, particularly Casey Cizikas’ line with Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck and the defense pairing of Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech, limited the Penguins’ top line of Sidney Crosby between Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust to a combined three shots.

“They’re going to be coming at you,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “Their top players are going to be their top players tomorrow night. They rise to those occasions and we’ve got to rise with it. We can’t be comfortable. We just won one game. You don’t even pat yourself on the back.”

“We just didn’t do a good job of getting out of our own zone,” Crosby said. “If you’re spending half your shift there, you don’t have a lot of energy to go the other way. So we’ve got to execute coming out of our zone.”

To do that, the Penguins will need to improve how they handle the Islanders’ relentless forecheck.

“We knew they’d come at us with a heavy forecheck,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “They impose their physical presence and force turnovers.”

Game 1 had its chippy moments. Malkin and defenseman Scott Mayfield went off for roughing at 10:43 of the second period and Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and Brock Nelson traded roughing and slashing minors at 13:42 of the third period. It’s only natural for the physical nature of a playoff series to intensify after the first game.

Red-cheeked and swarmed with cameras, Bailey let out a sigh of relief. Less than 10 seconds had remained in regulation when the winger barreled down the slot and redirected a centering pass that clanged off the far post. “That was tough to shake,” Bailey said. “I was worried I’d have to see that one in my nightmares for a while.” Instead it was his putback goal, struck 4:39 into overtime of Game 1 in the first round against Pittsburgh, that lifted the Islanders to a 4–3 win at Nassau Coliseum. “Little bit of redemption,” Bailey said.

Buckle up, girls and boys, because here is what these playoffs hath wrought already: Four unanswered tallies by eighth-seeded Columbus against the runaway Stanley Cup favorites in Tampa Bay, two third-period goals to complete visiting St. Louis’s comeback over Winnipeg, and one puck that struck San Jose captain Joe Pavelski’s face before caroming into the Nashville net.

Then there was the instant classic along Hempstead Turnpike, where the Islanders survived 44 total shots from the Penguins and defenseman Justin Schultz’s game-tying strike with 89 seconds left—not to mention three torturous video reviews, including an anti-climatic delay confirming whether Bailey’s winner should indeed count—to take a 1–0 series lead.

That has been the Islanders’ way since Trotz stepped behind the bench last summer, quite possibly still stinking of victory champagne after capturing the ultimate prize with the Capitals. He inherited the NHL’s bottom-ranked scoring defense and promptly turned them into its stingiest, a transformation last achieved by the 1918–19 Ottawa Senators, who largely benefitted from a contingent of players returning from World War I. The Islanders, meanwhile, lost their captain and leading scorer to free agency yet still finished fourth in the conference, one point behind Washington for the division lead. “They didn’t flinch at all, which is good,” Trotz said.

It was this desire for resilience that led Trotz to invite Clarke to speak during training camp, as he had done with the Capitals prior to their magical run last year. The talk was long, eclipsing an hour and a half. But the players were hooked, Bailey included. Drafted in 2008 and debuting amid a 26-win debacle that season, the soft-spoken 29-year-old is now the Islanders’ longest-tenured member. How fitting, then, that it was Bailey who pounced onto a loose puck after Barzal’s backhander hit the post, pummeling the game-winner past goalie Matt Murray before hurling himself against the glass with both skates in the air, as though he were trying to touch the top of a mountain in a single bound.

Sharks vs Golden Knights

Sharks vs Golden Knights Live : The Sharks got off to a strong start and didn’t take their foot off the gas on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Golden Knights in Game. It may be the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights are only in their second season. Evander Kane and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each record a goal and an assist as San Jose Sharks top Vegas Golden Knights.

The San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will square off in a matchup that may well go down as the best of the entire 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. Who will win? Let’s break it down:

How they got here: They didn’t get it done until September, but the Sharks landed the prize of the NHL offseason in defenseman Erik Karlsson, giving them two of the league’s premiere offensive blueliners along with Brent Burns. He joined a veteran team primed for a Stanley Cup run this season, with players like Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, pending unrestricted free agent Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane, who was acquired last season.

Gustav Nyquist was added to the group at the trade deadline, and the Sharks finished the season second in scoring at 3.52 goals per game. One problem: They were 21st in team defense at 3.15 goals allowed per game, with the worst team save percentage in the NHL (.889). Still, the Sharks finished 46-27-9 (101 points), second in the Pacific Division.

Right behind them were the Vegas Golden Knights (43-32-7, 93 points), last season’s expansion darlings who lost in the Stanley Cup Final. They upgraded in the offseason too, with free-agent center Paul Stastny and a trade for Max Pacioretty; and made an in-season blockbuster for Ottawa’s Mark Stone. But inconsistent play, some expected regression and injuries to key players (including goalie Marc-Andre Fleury) left the Knights stuck in third place in the Pacific.

First line: Last season’s dominating top trio for Vegas — Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith — couldn’t quite recapture the magic this season, with just a 50.65 goals-for percentage. The better line for Vegas might end up being Stone, Stastny and Pacioretty, which has played just 154 minutes together but has a goals-for percentage of 60.00 at 5-on-5. The Sharks, meanwhile, don’t have a consistent top line this season. Currently, the line of Couture, Pavelski and Timo Meier (who broke out with 30 goals) might qualify. Advantage: Golden Knights

Depth: The Knights return many of the supporting players who helped them thrive in the postseason last spring, including Alex Tuch (52 points), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Ryan Reaves and Cody Eakin, who had a career year (41 points). The Sharks have players like Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc flanking Joe Thornton, and Barclay Goodrow and Melker Karlsson among their depth players.

Get live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 1 of the Sharks’ first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center.

The series is a rematch from last year’s second-round playoff series in which the then-expansion Golden Knights beat the Sharks in 6 games while advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Heineken Chinese Grand Prix

Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 Live :The annual petrolhead pilgrimage Heineken Chinese Grand Prix is heading back to Shanghai from April 12-14, as racing fans are called to the Shanghai International Circuit.Get tickets to the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix. Official Heineken Chinese Grand Prix  Ticket Packages include race tickets, a meet-and-greet with an F1 Legend more!

Formula One will celebrate its 1,000th world championship race this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, one of the sport’s newer tracks, but the milestone requires careful wording.The sport has often had a problem with anniversaries and this one is no exception.

The fact is that some of the 999 championship races have been questionable grands prix and several past race winners didn’t drive an F1 car.

From 1950 to 1960, 11 editions of the Indianapolis 500 were included as part of the championship even if very few F1 drivers crossed the Atlantic to compete as homegrown racers took all the points and raced to their own rules.

Bill Vukovich finished seventh in the 1953 F1 championship, and sixth in 1954, after winning the Indy 500 in those years but racing in no other rounds. His death in the 1955 Indy technically made him the first driver to be killed while competing in an F1 championship race. Yet Vukovich never drove an F1 car.

In 1952 and 1953 the world championship was run to Formula Two rules because there were not enough F1 cars to fill the grid after Alfa Romeo pulled out. That means that 26 races included in the championship tally since the first at Silverstone in 1950 did not actually feature F1 cars.

Hungarian driver Ferenc Szisz is generally regarded as the first winner of a grand prix, at Le Mans in 1906, while the Monaco GP, glamour race of the current calendar, dates back to 1929.

Silverstone, in central England, hosted grands prix in 1948 and 1949 before Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina won the first F1 world championship race there on May 13, 1950.Calling China the 1,000th F1 race would be similarly inaccurate since there have been numerous non-championship F1 races staged down the decades.

The last was at Brands Hatch in 1983 when reigning world champion Keke Rosberg stood on top of a podium that featured American Danny Sullivan and Australia’s 1980 F1 champion Alan Jones.

While it is often stated that only two women have raced in the F1 world championship, South African Desire Wilson won a round of the British F1 championship in a Wolf at Brands Hatch in 1980.

So the Chinese GP in 2019 will be the 1,000th race to count towards the official FIA drivers’ world championship standings?Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of the Shanghai International Circuit, while Cyril Abiteboul and Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester give the latest on the team and on the 2019 package.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: “We move onto China with caution, but also with a resolution to really get the season going. It’s a significant race for the team, for the wider Groupe Renault, given the importance of the Chinese market, and also for Formula 1 for its incredible 1000th Grand Prix.”

“There are a number of very important touchpoints for us over the course of the week. Our young Chinese Development Driver, Guanyu Zhou, will take centre stage in town and on track.”

“We look forward to seeing the passionate Chinese fans in Shanghai, and, on-track, we aim for an improved effort and results from both cars, which demonstrates our true ability across both car and driver pairing.”

Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director: “Shanghai is an interesting track. It can be a tricky place for striking the right downforce level as there are some high-speed corners and hairpins matched with two long straights.”

“It can also be interesting for variable weather and there have been a few very wet races there in the past. Shanghai brings a different set-up to Bahrain because we go from a circuit, which is difficult for the rear end to a circuit difficult for the front end.”

“Some corners in Shanghai – like the long Turns 1-2 combination, are very hard on the front tyres. Getting the car to turn in, without understeer or wearing the front tyres, is quite a challenge.”

Nico Hülkenberg: “China is a busier one away from track as Formula 1 continues to grow in popularity there. It’s the 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix and that’s quite special to be a part in.

The fans are usually very excited in Shanghai, which is awesome to see and makes it even more important for us to put on a show. Renault is a big market in China and there will be a lot of activities going on to harness that.”

Valencia vs Villarreal

Valencia vs Villarreal Live : Head To Head statistics, H2H results, preview stats and previous matches. Tim tamu lebih diunggulkan dalam prediksi Villarreal vs Valencia di leg pertama perempat final Liga Champions pada Jumat (12/4/2019). Villarreal vs Valencia: In today’s UEA EuropFa League, Villarreal meets Valencia at Estadio de la Cerámica.

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El Villarreal recibe hoy al Valencia en la ida de cuartos de final de la Liga Europa (2 p.m.) en un duelo entre los dos supervivientes españoles de la segunda competición continental.

El Valencia llega a este encuentro en su mejor momento de la temporada, tras un mal inicio de campaña en el que llegó a flirtear con el descenso.

Por su parte, el ‘Submarino amarillo’, donde actúa el porteño Carlos Bacca, no llega en su mejor momento al encuentro. En puestos de descenso, se encuentra luchando por la permanencia en el campeonato español.

Su mal camino en casa, no le ha impedido, sin embargo, mostrar una cara muy distinta en Europa, donde no ha perdido ninguno de los diez encuentros que ha jugado hasta ahora en la ‘Europa League’.

“Estamos a las puertas de una semifinal. La prioridad es mantenernos en Primera, pero vamos a afrontar la Europa League con las máximas garantías. No la vamos a tirar ni mucho menos”, advertía.

En otro encuentro de la jornada, el Napoli de David Ospina visita al Arsenal (2 p.m.), en un partido más que atractivo. Lindo reto para dos equipos que solo pelean esta temporada por la gloria europea.

Capitals vs Hurricanes

Capitals vs Hurricanes Live : The Washington Capitals will take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. with Game 1 of the Capitals-Hurricanes series on Thursday, April 11 in Washington at 7:30 p.m. The longest active playoff drought in the NHL officially ends tonight when the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

It feels like Christmas Day. That is, it must feel like what Christmas Day would feel like if Santa Claus had skipped your house for the last nine years.The Hurricanes, who were on an 80-point pace on Dec. 31, reeled off a 30-12-2 record in calendar 2019 to surge (literally and figuratively) into the post season. Their 46 wins and 99 points is the second-best regular season record in franchise history, trailing only 2005-06 (52 wins, 112 points). They will begin their playoff journey against the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who claimed their fourth consecutive Metropolitan Division title, while besting the Canes in all four games (three in regulation and one in a shootout) during their regular season matchups.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals look as strong as ever heading into the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. But the Carolina Hurricanes have been proving doubters wrong all season — and having lots of fun while they’re at it. Who wins this series? Let’s break it down.
The Capitals did slump at times — including a seven-game losing streak in mid-January — but had some dominant stretches too. The captain set the tone. Alex Ovechkin cruised to his second-consecutive Rocket Trophy, and eighth overall. Ovechkin’s 51 goals were 26 more than his closest teammate. The Caps began the season with nearly the same roster they ended with in June. They would add along the way — including depth defenseman Nick Jensen and veteran winger Carl Hagelin, a force on the penalty kill — but also lost some. They sent playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly to the minors, and lost top pairing defenseman Michal Kempny to injury late in the season.
Carolina, meanwhile, has been injected by new energy. In his first full season as the majority owner, Tom Dundon has been intimately involved in day-to-day operations while Rod Brind’Amour shined as a rookie NHL head coach. With elaborate postgame celebrations — which drew the ire of many traditionalists in hockey media — and a fast-paced game, the Canes improved attendance and clinched their first playoff berth in a decade, snapping the NHL’s longest postseason drought. The “Bunch of Jerks” had a bunch of fun. They also boasted a strong defensive structure. Young Finns Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho, plus captain Justin Williams, set the bar offensively.

When projected starting goalie Scott Darling faltered, Carolina benefited from surprise performances from both Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney.
Somehow, the defending champs look even more impressive this year. Maybe it’s because there is no longer a question of if the Capitals can win it all, or if they can beat Pittsburgh in a seven-game series – because both happened in the 2018 playoffs. So what is left is a well-balanced team with money players at every position, led by future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin.

Though he partied hard in the summer, Ovechkin won an eighth Rocket Richard Trophy, while a number of other forwards managed 20-goal campaigns. The power play ranked top-10 in the NHL.

On the back end, John Carlson played some of his best hockey ever and the defense did a good job at limiting shots. Adding Nick Jensen from Detroit at the deadline gave the unit some much-needed depth, and his steady hand will serve the team well as they run for back-to-back titles.

Though all the jokes about a “literal Stanley Cup hangover” didn’t end up coming true (the Caps started the season 5-3-2, including a 7-0 opening-night waxing of the Bruins), there is still a concern about just how physically taxing it can be to go through the NHL playoffs twice in a row. Does Washington have the horses to do it, especially with physical teams such as Columbus and the Islanders lurking in the division?

In net, Braden Holtby battled through his second straight subpar regular season, though he turned it on in the playoffs last year and guided his team to glory. Does that switch get flicked once again? If it doesn’t, can backup Pheonix Copley save the day?

Elsewhere, Washington has a pedestrian penalty-killing unit and does not do well on faceoffs. In fact, the Caps are the worst team in the league when it comes to draws, and every loss is magnified in the playoffs. Jay Beagle’s departure stings in that department.

No doubt Tom Wilson will play a big part of Washington’s post-season again, but which side of the line will he fall on? If the intimidating power forward spends his nights bashing opponents in the corners and scoring goals in front of the net, then the Caps will be tough to beat. If he’s suspended for yet another violent transgression, as he was in last year’s playoffs, then Washington is down a crucial player at the most inopportune of times. Given his reputation, Wilson will not get the benefit of the doubt in any sketchy interactions, so the right winger will have be on his (relatively) best behavior.

Flames vs Avalanche

Flames vs Avalanche Live : The Calgary Flames will play the Flames vs Avalanche 2019 Colorado Avalanche in what each expects will be a series full of speed and scoring opportunities in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs There may have been no worse draw Flames vs Avalanche for the Colorado Avalanche, contests, than the Western Conference best Calgary Flames. When the former Northwest Division foes have met this season.

The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche will be matching up head to head in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Which team will come out on top?
The Calgary Flames finished the season top in the Western Conference with 107 points. Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche squeezed themselves into the final wild-card spot due to their hot streak. The two teams will square off in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Calgary’s 107 point season marks the best Flames year since their 117 point performance back in 1998-89. The year might sound familiar, as it’s the same year they ended up winning the first and only Stanley Cup in franchise history. Perhaps that’s a sign for what’s to come for Calgary?

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The Avalanche, on the other hand, have entered the playoffs with a very hot hand. In the final 11 games of the season, they went 8-1-2 and zipped by the Arizona Coyotes to nab the final wild-card spot. Entering the playoffs on the right foot is always positive. Perhaps they can continue their strong play against the Western Conference’s top team.

It’s no secret that the Flames are the favorite to win this series. Heck, there are many people’s bets to win the Stanley Cup. However, in the NHL, there is so much parity. Anything can happen in the playoffs. Just a year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights went to the Stanley Cup playoffs and there were two sweeps in the Western Conference. Anything can happen.

Calgary’s goaltending will be a massive factor and the game-changing ability that Nathan MacKinnon possesses will make this a very interesting series. How do the teams stack up head to head? Let’s check it out.
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight at 5:00pm MT, with the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Tampa Bay Lightning set as the inaugural game. The Colorado Avalanche will begin their trek for that big silver thing on Thursday night at 8:00pm MT, going on the road against the Calgary Flames.

Grand Prix Hassan II

Grand Prix Hassan II 2019 Live : The 2019 Grand Prix Hassan II is a professional tennis tournament played on clay courts. It will be the 35th edition of the tournament and part of the 2019 ATP. The Grand Prix Hassan II is an annual men’s tennis tournament on the ATP Tour and is currently part of the ATP World Tour 250 series. The event is played on clay courts and was held annually at the Complexe Al Amal in Casablanca, Morocco through 2015, before relocating to Marrakesh in..

The Grand Prix Hassan II is the lone ATP Tour event held in Africa. Six of the past 10 editions of the event have been won by Spanish players, with defending champion Pablo Andujar claiming the title three times.

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev makes his Marrakech debut in 2019, and is joined in the field by fellow Top 30 stars Fabio Fognini, Kyle Edmund and Gilles Simon, who are all bidding to capture their first crown of 2019.

Here’s all you need to know about the Marrakech tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more.
After a week-long break for almost everyone except for lower-tier Davis Cup matches (no bigger action because of the 2019 reform), the ATP World Tour comes back with ATP 250 tournaments in Marrakech and Houston.

The Grand Prix Hassan II is famous for Moroccan wild card upsets. Last year, Lamine Ouahab–the man, the myth, the legend–managed to throw out Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round. The very same guy got to the quarterfinals back in 2015 (the tournament was played in Casablanca back then), defeating Guillermo-Garcia Lopez, the defending champion and a world no.24 at the time. Ouahab is out of shape but has some really uncanny shot-making abilities. In 2017, two of his compatriots, Amine Ahouda and Reda El Amrani also managed to win a match on their home soil.

However, this year the organizers decided to omit their home players from main draw wild cards, and the ones awarded are Alexander Zverev, Fabio Fognini, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (obviously the first two have a ranking that would allow them to make it to the entry list, they just decided to play in Marrakech after sign-up).

The first quarter of the draw features Alexander Zverev, who after a very poor Sunshine Double decided to play in Morocco for the first time. He opens against Denis Istomin, whose clay court performances have usually been dreadful in the past and will probably face one of Benoit Paire or Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the quarterfinals. Both the Frenchmen are expected to give the world No.3 a tough test.

The second quarter features Kyle Edmund, who was the runner-up here last year (lost to Pablo Andujar). The Brit caught some big form in March and with his big forehand very well suited to clay, he should be expected to do well here. The one who will try to stop him are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whom he can meet in the second round or probably Filip Krajinovic, who lost to just Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Sunshine Double. However, the Serbian might suffer from lack of rest as he’s still in the Sophia-Antiopolis Challenger, playing the final Sunday against Dustin Brown.

Gilles Simon‘s quarter should be down to a match between the aforementioned Frenchman and Fernando Verdasco, although clay-court specialists like Albert Ramos Vinolas or Jozef Kovalik might try to derail that blockbuster quarterfinal. Both Simon and Verdasco haven’t really played their best in a while, but they tend to do well on the red stuff.

The fourth quarter seems much more interesting, starting off with a great matchup between Pablo Andujar and Federico Delbonis in the first round. The Spaniard won this event last year (also 2011, 2012) and has just captured a Challenger title in Marbella (today he’s playing a final in Alicante) and Delbonis was a champion here three years ago. The winner is projected to face 2017 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber (who wasted five match points in the final against Borna Coric). On the other half, the big question is whether Fabio Fognini can get himself together and he’ll have to do it quickly as he faces a very tough opening opponent, Jiri Vesely.

As for Lamine Ouahab, the Moroccan got a qualifying draw wild card and he’ll face Adrian Menendez-Maceiras around 3PM GMT Sunday. If he wins, he’ll just need one more win to advance (his opponent would be Correntin Moutet or Eliott Benchetrit).

The Frenchman, who is working his way back up the rankings after knee surgery last year, edged a close battle 7-6(6) 6-3 against last year’s runner-up and will face Lorenzo Sonego in the last eight.

The Italian qualifier won by the same scoreline against Robin Haase while fourth seed Gilles Simon comfortably defeated Guido Andreozzi 6-2 6-2 and Taro Daniel saw off Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in three sets.

Bruins vs Maple Leafs

Bruins vs Maple Leafs Live : Toronto Maple Leafs matchup in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs seemed preordained for months. In what is becoming an annual occurrence in the Stanley Cup playoffs, The Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Boston Bruins in the first round. The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are two of the dominating teams in the Northeast division of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Eastern Conference.

This series has been locked in longer than any other and the anticipation for one of the best recent playoff rivalries has been brewing for weeks. In a rematch of last year’s first-round matchup, Boston and Toronto finished the regular season with the third- and seventh-best records.

In another format, perhaps these two teams would meet a little later on in the bracket, but who’s turning down a pressure-packed first-round meeting where the losing team has to head into the summer finishing well short of expectations

That phrase has haunted Maple Leafs fans since 2013, when the team squandered a three-goal third-period lead in Game 7 and fell to the Bruins in Round 1. It was Toronto’s first playoff appearance of the salary cap era and what followed was another lost journey into the wilderness as they rebuilt the roster from the ground up over three straight miserable seasons.

The arrival of Auston Matthews got Toronto back on track and after being eliminated by Washington in their 2017 playoff return, the Leafs again met their post-season rivals from Boston in 2018 over another seven-game series. This time, Toronto held a 4-3 lead heading into the third, when they melted away by again allowing four unanswered Bruins goals.

This year’s series has been locked in for a while now and the anticipation of it has led to much nail-biting in Leafs Nation. Is this the year they can finally move past Boston?

Toronto Maple Leafs X-Factor: Despite all the star power up front, Toronto’s MVP is its goalie, Frederik Andersen. He was in the running for the Vezina Trophy throughout the season, but a slow finish ultimately faded out his chance.

That’s what should be concerning the Leafs. He’s been remarkably consistent for them over three seasons, finishing twice with a .918 save percentage and wrapping up at .917 in 2018-19. This season and last, though, he’s finished the season slowly.

When Andersen is on his game he can steal a series and, when he’s doing that in conjunction with Toronto’s clicking offence, the Leafs become one of the NHL’s best teams. Through most of the season, Toronto was top-five in terms of 5-on-5 goals for percentage but a weak finish bumped them to sixth in the league, one spot behind Boston. When you consider that eight of the past 11 Stanley Cup champs have been top-five teams in this regard you can see why, when Andersen is on, Toronto is among the elite.

But if Andersen is off, everything changes. Not that last year’s seven-game loss to Boston was all on the netminder, but he did allow at least three goals against in five of those games and finished the series with an .896 save percentage. If his soft finish this season is indicative of similar playoff output, Toronto will be in trouble.

Boston Bruins X-Factor: We know the top line is a major key to Boston’s success and that Tuukka Rask can’t trip up against a robust offence. You also can’t pick just one defenceman or shutdown forward to slow Toronto’s attack because it’s spread out over a couple lines driven by elite players.

When Boston went on its 19-game point streak from Jan. 29 to March 9, David Pastrnak wasn’t in the lineup for 12 of those games and the Bruins didn’t miss a beat. While Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand continued to be point-per-game-or-better players in his absence, the support scoring from second-line centre David Krejci and winger Jake DeBrusk was a significant factor in keeping the train chugging.

Without Pastrnak, Krejci had six goals and 16 points and DeBrusk eight goals and 15 points in 12 and 10 games, respectively. The fact Krejci, at 32, is having one of the best offensive seasons of his career has been a boon to the Bruins. Coming off a 44-point season (in 67 games), that Krejci has managed to get back up over 70 points for just the second time – matching a career-high 73 points from 2008-09 – has breathed new life into Boston’s support scoring.

It’s worth pointing out that when Krejci is contributing to the offence, the Bruins have major playoff success. He recorded eight points in last year’s series win over Toronto and then was limited to two points against Tampa Bay in a five-game loss. In 2017, he was shutout in just three games as Boston was eliminated in Round 1. In their two Stanley Cup Final appearances back in 2011 and 2013, Krejci was Boston’s leading scorer.

If Krejci is rolling, linemate DeBrusk likely will be as well. DeBrusk also adds that heavy hockey element that many believe will be an issue come playoff time for Toronto. Boston is tough enough to beat with just the one line, but if this second unit is causing a physical hassle to the Leafs and contributing on offence it calls into question Toronto’s perceived advantage at forward. Since the trade deadline, the Bruins average more goals per game than the Leafs.

Chelsea vs Slavia

Chelsea vs Slavia Live : Chelsea travel to the Sinobo Stadium on Thursday night to face Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League quarter final. Chelsea vs Slavia will have a face-off on 11th April 2019 at the Sinobo Stadium. The Blues thrashed Dynamo Kiev 8-0 in the last 16 and face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals.

Chelsea will be hoping for another straight-forward passage through to the next round of the Europa League when they face Slavia Prague.

The Blues went 3-0 up against Dynamo Kiev in their Round of 16 first-leg clash at Stamford Bridge before going a step further and hammering them 5-0 in Ukraine.

Olivier Giroud bagged a hat-trick in that second leg – his ninth Europa League goal in nine games – and will be hoping to continue his impressive European form.Chelsea have been in turmoil in 2018/19 with boss Maurizio Sarri bearing the brunt of fan unrest.

However, three back-to-back Premier League victories have set the third-placed Blues on course for a strong end to the season.

Sarri will be desperate for success in the Europa League to solidify his position in charge, starting with the trip to the Czech Republic.

RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch the Slavia Prague v Chelsea game on TV and online.Chelsea have used the Europa League as a safe space this season.

Regardless of what has gone on in their turbulent Premier League campaign, they have always rocked up to European games with a fresh starting XI and a hunger to win.

Slavia Prague pulled off a mega result when they toppled Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate in the last round, but expect Chelsea to get the job done in a professional manner.It felt like a moment of arrival when, in the 119th minute of the Czech league leaders’ last-16 second leg against Sevilla, Ibrahim Traoré squeezed in their winning goal and completed a remarkable extra-time turnaround. They had needed to score twice after Franco Vázquez put Sevilla 5-4 ahead on aggregate. Few would back an underdog in that situation but Slavia have never been closer to shedding that tag.

“I would say it’s the strongest Czech team, on a club level, that I’ve seen for a long time,” says Martin Vait, a reporter for iSport.cz.

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Slavia are a side who keep on coming at you; one brimming with the team spirit and camaraderie for which the country’s most successful clubs are feted but also packed with quality. Their charismatic, baseball-capped manager, Jindrich Trpisovsky, uses Jürgen Klopp as a model. Accordingly Slavia play flexible, energetic football at a tempo far more consistent than most sides from the former eastern bloc countries tend to manage; it makes them a danger to Chelsea and it is the on-pitch incarnation of an ownership saga that has brought them back from the brink.

The club’s rise is inextricably linked to that of the 50-year-old Tvrdik, a former defence minister in the Czech government who at one stage had a reputation for hapless failure. For years he was nicknamed “Luftjarda” after a failed stint in charge of Czech Airlines. Tvrdik, though, has proved deceptively adept at operating a football club while playing the role of a borderline demagogue who – via Twitter and other means – has the club’s fans eating from the palm of his hand. Some of his contributions include tweeting a picture of three Slavia players naked in the team bath, as well as a photo that purportedly showed a list of Trpisovsky’s transfer targets, but the reality is more hard-nosed.

“I didn’t think he would be this capable,” Vait says. “I thought he’d be this wild, eccentric ex-politician who was trying to make his way in football. But he’s become really astute at what he does.”Tvrdik has a senior role in the catchily named Mixed Czech-Chinese Chamber of Mutual Co-operation. It is through the relationship between those countries that his role at Slavia crystallised; he is a long-term adviser to the Czech president, Milos Zeman, whose efforts to attract investment into the country from China bore fruit when the energy conglomerate CEFC took over Slavia three and a half years ago.

It extended China’s soft power interests across European football but seemed to have unravelled last year when the CEFC tap dried up, its reported debts of £13.3bn apparently having exhausted patience in Beijing. Tvrdik appeared to have his fingerprints on another bad job but Slavia were bailed out in November when Sinobo Group, a Chinese real estate development company, became the majority shareholder.

They have not looked back although, for supporters of a club traditionally seen as a refuge for intellectuals, liberals and dissidents, not everything sits easily. The link with Zeman, once seen as a progressive social democrat but nowadays an unashamed populist, leaves them there to be shot at where once that was the role occupied by Sparta, their historically more successful neighbours.

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On the other hand there is an inclination to enjoy the good times while they can. “There has always been a sentiment around Slavia that trouble is just around the corner,” Vait says of a club that flirted with relegation and financial crisis earlier in the decade. While Sinobo’s ownership appears to offer few long-term guarantees, perhaps it is time Slavia were able to live in the moment.

Chelsea certainly face a battle at the Eden Arena on Thursday night and will see how Miroslav Stoch, the Slovakia winger who made five appearances in a four-year stint at Stamford Bridge, has developed. “He was regarded as a sort of rebel player when he came in, perhaps a reputation of causing problems, but he’s proved people completely wrong,” Vait says.

Stoch, who may play through the middle, is 29 and in the form of his life. Trpisovsky’s penchant for rotation means few players are indispensable and the only one to fit that bracket clearly, the midfielder Tomas Soucek, is suspended. A glance at his teammate Alex Kral might distract Chelsea enough in any case; Kral bears a startling resemblance to David Luiz and operates with a similar intensity.