The defending scoring champion is coming on strong at just the right time of the season, scoring eight points in his past four games before Friday night as the Vancouver Canucks ran up a 3-1 record over the past week, which included ending Detroit’s NHL-record 23-game home winning streak on Thursday. And to think last Sunday’s NHLPA players’ poll had the Canucks as the league’s most overrated team.
The Angels’ newest first baseman may have three most-valuable-players awards, two World Series rings and a 10-year, $254-million (U.S.) contract. But he is still not The Man. At least that’s the opinion of the man himself, who doesn’t like the team’s new billboards – describing Pujols as ‘El Hombre’ – out of deference to St. Louis Cardinals legend, and long-time friend, Stan (The Man) Musial.
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Without even throwing a pass, the Heisman Trophy winner picked up his first victory as a professional quarterback Friday – when he officially measured 6 feet 2 3/8 inches at the Combine. Draft guru Mel Kiper had previously said the hype surrounding the prospective second overall pick would subside if he came under 6 foot 2, noting that only four NFL starters were under that mark last season. And we all know how much height has hindered the career of 6-foot-0 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
Give Manny credit – at least he’s learning. “God has given me a second chance and I’m not going to waste it,” he told ESPN on turning up at A’s camp Friday. “My arrival in Oakland is not a coincidence, it’s a God-incidence.” After seeing what playing the God card has done for Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin, surely it’s worth a shot for an aging 39-year-old slugger.
The Porto striker was unimpressed with good ol’ British banter during Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Manchester City, claiming chants of ‘You’re not incredible’ smacked of unsporting behaviour and threatening to report the club to UEFA. Good job the fans didn’t question his ability to turn green, too, otherwise Hulk might have got really mad.