The County Championship returns on Thursday and Essex remain the team to beat but how are the other sides in Group 1 shaping up? ESSEX Overseas players: Peter Siddle (Australia), Simon Harmer (South Africa) Ins: None Outs: Rishi Patel (Leicestershire) Story of last season: For the second season running - and the third in the last four - Essex ended the campaign with a trophy in the cabinet. In domestic red-ball cricket, they are quite simply the team to beat and doing so is far easier said than done. In the strangest of summers last year, it was business as usual for Essex on the field; the Bob Willis Trophy replaced the County Championship and four wins and a draw in the South Group secured the Eagles their place in the Lord's final. Somerset pushed them close but, ultimately, a draw was enough to see Essex crowned champions, courtesy of their higher first-innings total. County Championship 2021: How it works What's changed? Not a huge amount, … [Read more...] about County Championship preview – Group 1: Can Essex make it three title wins in a row?
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Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields put on a show Tuesday at the Buckeyes' pro day, but a sampling of the two-year starter's 2021 NFL Draft stock has been mixed from two prominent ESPN analysts. After Dan Orlovsky relayed a question of Fields' work ethic from supposed NFL people in the know and Todd McShay dropped the Ohio State quarterback to a projected No. 11 overall pick, third-year Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day adamantly defended his signal-caller Friday morning. "Yeah, first off, I read some of the things that were said in the last few days and ... I don't understand where any of that's coming from," he said on Morning Juice with Brandon Beam and Bobby Carpenter via 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio. "This is a guy who, after that Clemson loss (29-23 on Dec. 28, 2019, in the College Football Playoff semifinal), he took that personally — you know, coming off of that field, the last game ending in an interception. And all that he did for the next … [Read more...] about Ryan Day responds to criticism of Justin Fields
The 2021 NHL trade deadline is Monday, April. 12 at 3 p.m. ET. There were a flurry of deals over the weekend, so let’s take a look at who’s left and who might be dealt before this afternoon. Mattias Ekholm , D, Predators (30 years old / signed through 2021-22 / $3.75M cap hit): As Juuse Saros keeps juicing the Predators’ win-loss record, defensemen like Ekholm keep slipping down various “trade bait” boards. It makes sense that the Predators might get cold feet about trading Ekholm, as he checks oh-so-many boxes. Blueliners as defensively adept as Ekholm simply don’t hit the market (trade or free agent) very often. When given the opportunity, Ekholm’s also revealed some offensive upside, too. Combine those skills with his bargain cap hit and the notion that you can get two playoff runs out of his current deal, and it’s easy to see why he’s so sought-after. And he might just end up too valuable for the Predators to trade. Rickard Rakell , LW, Ducks (27 years old / … [Read more...] about NHL Trade Deadline: Players who could be on the move Monday