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Football with feeling: Man City’s players shrug off Super League sideshow to take control once more

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Match statistics: Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City

As John Stones trudged from the Villa Park pitch having been sent-off shortly before half-time in Manchester’s City clash against Aston Villa, Pep Guardiola could be seen berating fourth official Anthony Taylor.

The Catalan repeatedly mimicked the challenge on Jacob Ramsey that his his centre-back had made, no doubt arguing that England international Stones was not deserving of a red card.

It took the best part of five minutes for Guardiola to finally retreat, with the threat of the title race being thrown back open looming over him.

This was a game where the result mattered; where City’s ultimate destiny could, if things went a certain way, be defined.

It was everything the Super League would have taken away.

Wednesday’s clash allowed City to move on from a whirlwind 48 hours that had been riddled with protests and U-turns, and get back to doing what they do best: winning football matches.

And though the visitors eventually came out on top, John McGinn’s goal for Villa after just 21 seconds showed just why fans fought so hard for the game they love.

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A defeat for City here would have left the door ajar for Manchester United to win their game hand and reduce the gap at the top of the table to five points. There would have been consequence for City’s failure.

Guardiola insisted in his pre-match press conference that success must be hard-earned, and these three points certainly were by the Premier League leaders.

They dug deep to turn the match around, led by the superb Phil Foden – a young man born fewer than 10 miles from the Etihad Stadium, who has wanted nothing else but to fight for trophies with his local club since he was a small boy.

He, along with his team-mates, have been forced to watch on as their futures have hung in the balance, both in terms of whether they remain in certain competitions as well as whether they can ever represent their national team again.

A wave of Foden’s fellow City supporters have threatened to turn their back on the club over their role in the Super League project and time will tell whether they will fully trust the decision-makers again. CEO Ferran Soriano finally wrote a letter of apology to the fans shortly before kick-off, but it may be a case of too little, too late.

At least, with City’s participation in the breakaway competition having ended 24 hours earlier, the first team was spared the vitriol aimed at Liverpool when they arrived at Leeds on Monday, or the fury that held up Chelsea’s team coach ahead of their game against Brighton a day later.

In fact, the only difficultly City’s bus driver faced was a tight turn into the Villa Park car park that saw the vehicle clip a gate on its way in.

Still, Sunday’s announcement has been unfair and unnecessary distraction for a team with so much to play for in the coming week, with the Carabao Cup final and the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain now appearing on the horizon.

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Ilkay Gundogan had admitted it had been “a tough 48 hours for the football world but they were ready to go” ahead of kick-off, but when McGinn scored after less than a minute, it looked like that might not be the case.

Foden levelled the scores after a brilliant team move started by goalkeeper Ederson that showcased the best of City on the pitch, before Rodri flicked in what proved to be the winner late in the first half.

City were left fighting for the three points until the final whistle, though the sending-off of Villa defender Matty Cash inside the hour mark at least balanced out the numbers again after Stones had been given his marching orders.

And while the result will not have pleased those who were hoping for a late twist in the title race, this was a game that should be celebrated.

It was a match that supporters fought for, and hopefully soon they will be back in stadiums to show why they remain the most important part of any club.

After two days of uncertainty, football results matter again.

City’s potential treble, therefore, will have plenty of meaning behind it, if they can pull it off.

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DK Metcalf’s Olympic trial: How to watch NFL star attempt to qualify for USA track and field team

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DK Metcalf's Olympic trial: How to watch NFL star attempt to qualify for USA track and field team

Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is one of the fastest players in the NFL and is as explosive an athlete as they come. We’ve seen his speed on the football field on numerous occasions in the NFL, but now the Seahawks and fantasy football star will be taking on a new challenge. He is going to attempt to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 meter dash.

Metcalf played track in high school but has focused on football in recent years. Still, that won’t stop the dynamic, chiseled athlete from taking a chance at qualifying for the 100 meter event for the Olympics. On Sunday in Eugene, Ore., Metcalf will be competing for an automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials, and that will be a true test of just how fast he is. 

This all came together very quickly, so naturally, NFL and Seahawks fans alike have a lot of questions. How can DK Metcalf qualify for the Olympics? What time will he have to run to be competitive in the fight for spots on the team? And what could his clocked time end up being?

Here’s everything you need to know about Metcalf’s upcoming 100 meter dash and how to watch the NFL star in action on the track.

MORE: Watch DK Metcalf’s track meet live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

How to watch DK Metcalf in USATF Golden Games and Distance Open

  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBC, NBC Sports
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com, fuboTV

Metcalf’s run and the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open will air on the NBC networks starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can watch the event live on NBC or NBC Sports or stream it live via the NBC Sports app. You can also stream the event live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

What is DK Metcalf’s 100 meter time?

Metcalf was a track athlete in high school, but he did not compete in the 100 meter dash. However, he was a part of a 4×100-meter relay team that posted a time of 41.51 seconds, a Mississippi state record. When taking the average speed of the runner per 100 meters into effect, Metcalf’s split would have been in the 10.38-second range for a 100 meter event.

According to Oxford High School track and field coach Chris Bush (via Yahoo Sports), Metcalf typically ran “low-10 splits” on his leg of the 4×100 relay.

In addition to his 4×100 relay success, Metcalf finished second in the 5A state championship in both the 110-meter hurdles (14.89 seconds) and the triple jump (46-feet, 5 inches), per Seahawks.com’s John Boyle. So, while he’s far removed from it, he was once a productive track star.

As far as how Metcalf’s NFL measurables compare, he clocked 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which converts to about a 11.83 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

However, that doesn’t count for the increasing speed he would pick up the longer he runs, so it’s more likely that Metcalf will be able to clock somewhere close to his top speed on the field. His two fastest plays of the year came when he reached a speed of 22.64 miles per hour (mph) while tackling Budda Baker against the Cardinals and on a six-yard reception where he logged a speed of 21.66 mph. That would make his potential 100 meter time fall somewhere between 9.88 and 10.33 seconds.

So, if Metcalf’s speed lives up to what he’s already put on tape, he will have a chance to qualify for the Olympics.

MORE: Who were the fastest players in the NFL in 2021?

How can DK Metcalf qualify for the Olympics?

American track and field athletes have until June 6 to hit the qualifying standards in order to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, which will be held June 18-27 in Eugene, Oregon. If Metcalf meets the qualifying standard of 10.05 seconds for the men’s 100 meter, he would move on to the Trials, where he would then need to finish top three in his event to make the Olympic team.

If Metcalf fails to automatically qualify for Trials, he’ll need to have one of the 32 fastest times overall to earn a spot (the 100-meter cutoff was 10.16 seconds in 2016 and 10.28 seconds in 2012). Eight men have already automatically qualified for Trials in the 100 meter, according to World Athletics, leaving 24 spots remaining.

2021 Olympics qualifying schedule

The USATF Golden Games and Distance Open are just one of the remaining qualifying events for Olympic track and field athletes this year. After May 9, there will be six more events to qualify before the U.S. Olympic Team Trails begin in late June. Opening Ceremonies for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled for July 23.

Date Event City, State
May 9 USATF Golden Games and Distance Open at Mt. SAC Walnut, CA
May 18 USATF Open AP Ranch, TX
May 22 USATF Throws Festival Tucson, AZ
May 23 adidas Boost Boston Games Boston, MA
May 25 USATF Invitational Prairie View, TX
May 29 Chula Vista Field Festival Chula Vista, CA
June 6 USATF Showcase Prairie View, TX
June 19-20 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field Eugene, OR

MORE: Inside DK Metcalf’s insane NFL Combine performance

What is the 100 meter world record?

Usain Bolt holds the world record in the 100 meter dash. Bolt clocked a blazing 9.58-second time in the 100 meter at the 2009 IAAF World Championships. Incredibly, that is 0.11 seconds faster than the next-highest finisher, USA’s Tyson Gay, who clocked a 9.69-second time just a month after Bolt broke the record.

Meanwhile, if Metcalf reached his peak calculated time of 9.88 seconds, that would tie for the 29th-fastest time in world history, and still a good 0.3 seconds off Bolt’s pace. If Metcalf finishes with any time 10.1 or below, he would be among the top 350 competitors in track and field history.

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Usain Bolt’s 40 yard dash time

Bolt ran the 40-yard dash at the 2019 Super Bowl. He clocked 4.22 seconds in the event, which tied the NFL Combine record held by current Giants receiver John Ross.

The impressive part of Bolt’s run? He did it while wearing sweats and sneakers and was just doing it for fun at age 32. Were he gave it his all, he almost certainly would have been able to break the 4.2 mark and dazzle NFL fans. But hey, settling for a record-tying performance isn’t half bad.

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Connor McDavid hits ‘impressive’ 100-point mark in Oilers’ 53rd game

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Entering Saturday night’s “Hockey Night in Canada” showdown with the Canucks, Connor McDavid had been downplaying how important scoring 100 points this season was to him.

“It’s a number,” McDavid said when he was sitting on 93 points; he had 96 Saturday morning. “If I get there, great. If not, it’s not the end of the world, either. The most important thing is our team is gearing up for the playoffs and making sure we’re firing on all cylinders in Game 1.”

Well, while he may not have been thinking about it, the smile on his face when he notched point 100 in the second period — his fourth point (goal, three assists) of the night — told a different story. The historic moment came in the Oilers’ 53rd game of the season as he assisted on Leon Draisaitl’s game-winning power-play goal.

“Honestly, it’s just impressive,” said Draisaitl, who hit his own career milestone of 500 (and 501) NHL points in the game. “I don’t think my English is good enough to find another word for it right now, but it’s incredible. I mean, I don’t know, we’ve played 50-some games, he’s at 100 points. It’s just very impressive and just, you know, fun to be a part of.”

“I think what it does, it just solidifies he’s one of the top players to ever play the game,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “The level that he’s played at this year, and just what he’s accomplished, it’s one of those years that you look at Wayne [Gretzky] or you look at Mario [Lemiuex], it’s one of those years where he’s taken his talents to another level that is just elite for the league.”

McDavid, who has 32 goals and 68 assists, became just the ninth player in NHL history to hit the century mark in 53 games, joining the likes of Gretzky and Phil Esposito. The last players to do it were Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr with the Penguins in 1995-96. 

“It’s special to be part of a group like that, obviously. Those are the game’s best players of all time so it’s special to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys,” McDavid said postgame.

“Four-point nights aren’t something that come regularly, I think. I was just trying to come in and play a good game, play like I can,” he said later, adding that he spoke to his parents and was surprised his mom was awake to see it. “My legs felt pretty good. I was able to get on the board on the first shift, that always helps. I think after the first one, it kind of crosses your mind, and I was fortunate to feel pretty good throughout the night and a couple of great shots from my teammates.”

After the Edmonton captain hit the mark, Twitter not only praised him but was also in awe of the moment.

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Blue Jackets, John Tortorella reportedly parting ways; five landing spots for the veteran coach

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John Tortorella’s contract with the Blue Jackets expires this summer and The Athletic’s Adam Portzline is reporting that the veteran coach will not be re-signing with the team. The Blue Jackets’ season ended Saturday with a 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.

“People talk about a shelf life. I don’t think there’s a shelf life for a coach, but what I believe in is, is it the right fit?” Tortorella said postgame on Zoom when asked if he’d like to return next season. “I think the fit of the coach and the players and personnel, I think that’s the most important thing and that’s something (Jackets GM) Jarmo (Kekalainen) and I have discussed very honestly. Very honestly. I get it. Am I the right fit? These are the things Jarmo and I have talked about.

“I think this will come to a solution very quickly here.”

Tortorella joined the club after it started the 2016-17 season 0-7-0 under Todd Richards.

“John Tortorella is an experienced National Hockey League coach with a proven track record of success,” Kekalainen said at the time of the hire. “He is a Stanley Cup winner, and we believe the right person to lead our team at this time.”

While he didn’t lead the Blue Jackets to a Stanley Cup, he did steer the team to four straight Stanley Cup playoff appearances beginning in 2016-17. The team also had one of the greatest postseason performances in NHL history when it swept the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Lightning in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.

This season, the club finished last in the Central Division with an 18-26-12 record. It marked the first full season in which the club finished under .500 with him at the helm. It didn’t help that the year started shakily with disgruntled forward Pierre-Luc Dubois wanting out of Columbus. He was soon sent packing, but the player for whom he was swapped, Patrik Laine, also seemed to struggle under Tortorella.

Tortorella will leave with a 227-166-54 record for Columbus. Across four teams (Lightning, Blue Jackets, Rangers and Canucks) he has posted an overall record of 672-541-37-132 record and holds the record for most wins among U.S.-born coaches.

While he noted that he joined the Blue Jackets as an older coach, it doesn’t sound as if the 62-year-old wants to hang up his whistle just yet. With that, here’s a quick rundown of five possible landing spots for the colorful coach:

New York Rangers

If David Quinn is shown the door, then could there be a return to Broadway for Tortorella? He did post an impressive 171-118-1-29 record and led the team to four postseason appearances — including a conference final in 2012. Oh, and guess who was captain for him during some of his tenure . . . the guy who was just named the team’s GM and president, Chris Drury.

Vancouver Canucks

Like Tortorella, Travis Green is not signed beyond this season and there could be a vacancy in the Pacific Northwest. The Canucks and Tortorella also have some history — one 82-game season that was, well, interesting, to say the least. Maybe the duo are due for a re-do?

Arizona Coyotes

Bench boss Rick Tocchet is also unsigned beyond this season and he could be shown the door after four seasons in the desert. Tortorella could fit here with the team’s mix of young and veteran players.

Seattle Kraken

All signs are pointing to Gerard Gallant heading to the NHL’s newest club but Tortorella could land here if GM Ron Francis wants to veer off course.

Dallas Stars

Could the Stars part ways with Rick Bowness after the team followed up their trip to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final by missing the postseason? Maybe. Tortorella does have some history with players like Joe Pavelski (Team USA).

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