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NHL’s Top Talent Compared to the NBA’s Dominating Inside Presence

 

The National Hockey League is filled with the best hockey players in the world. From great goalkeeping, defensemen, forwards and centers. But who are the top players? If judging by goal scoring, then Boston’s Brad Marchand is at the top of the list. His 37 goals lead the league. Not to be overlooked though would be Sidney Crosby (35 goals), Vladimir Tarasenko (34) and even Evgeni Malkin (33). Perhaps a better way to find the best is by points total. Again, Marchand leads with way as he has 42 assists to go along with his 37 goals. Connor McDavid is tied with Marchand at 79 points by way of 55 tallied assists. Netminders play a large part also. Sergei Bobrovsky, Devan Dubnyk, Braden Holtby and Cam Talbot lead the league in wins, with Bobrovsky near the top in save percentage.

 

Over the years, the position of center in the NBA has undergone a drastic change. No longer are the days of posting up inside, back to the basket. But big men aren’t completely out of style. Al Horford and DeAndre Jordan are two of the best center in the NBA. The young Karl-Anthony Towns has also immediately risen toward the top. Marc Gasol remains steady with Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside both physical forces. But top of this list has to be DeMarcus Cousins. Attitude aside, Cousins offers a complete game, from an inside presence with the ability to shoot the three. While his defensive skills could use improving, his offensive talent rises way above the rest.

Jose Aldo’ s Legacy Ruined?

Jose Aldo is the true featherweight champion of the world, but it seems that UFC fans around the world are very upset with him. It was recently announced that Jose Aldo was forced to pull out of UFC 189 due to a rib injury. Unfortunately, fans are now questioning whether or not Jose Aldo is afraid of Conor McGregor. However, true MMA fans know that Jose Aldo isn’t afraid of any man.

Yahoo! Sports recently published a story that questions Jose Aldo and his legacy, but I strongly disagree with the article. Pulling out of UFC 189 does not ruin Jose Aldo’s legacy, and here’s why. Jose Aldo has consistently fought and defeated the best fighters in the featherweight and lightweight division. Jose Aldo has not lost a fight in nearly 10 years, and he’s never been defeated in the UFC. Unfortunately, Conor McGregor has fooled the fans into believing that he is better than Jose Aldo. While Conor McGregor is a talented fighter, he has never been tested against an opponent like Jose Aldo.

According to Handy, Jose Aldo has long been regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, and he will eventually face McGregor in the future. However, Conor McGregor needs to get past Chad Mendes first. If McGregor beats Mendes, Jose Aldo will be waiting for him. Hopefully, Conor McGregor can beat Chad Mendes though.

Matt Landis: Notre Dame Lacrosse Superstar

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As the 2015 NCAA Lacrosse season drew to a close, one player stood out and far beyond the pack. Matt Landis led his team’s defense to nearly shutout the Albany Great Dane’s Lyle Thompson, who gained only a single goal from 11 attempts in the final game of the season. He is credited with being the most effective player for Notre Dame, leading to the college’s victory, final score: 14-10.

His heroic drive this season did not go unnoticed. He received 4 top-level awards for this season: Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, he was nominated for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award, named the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the year for college lacrosse, and finally Landis landed the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week, recognition of his victorious defense against Lyle Thompson. Matt Landis is the first player in defense to win the Epoch/LM Player of the Week, this year.

The William C. Schmeisser Award is named after William C. “Father Bill” Schmeisser, who was a coach and before that a player in the early 1900s, for Johns Hopkins University. All this has fulfilled the promise of his performance above and beyond, noted throughout the year. He has remained steadfast and driven in helping Notre Dame earn the number one seed in the ACC championship. What Landis holds for Notre Dame’s future in lacrosse is yet to be seen. This is only his junior year at the college. His senior year should prove to be most interesting, to say the least.