2018 Sports Update

What a start it has been to 2018, all round the sporting world it has been nothing short of pulsating.

Common Wealth Games

Gold Coast Australia played host to the 2018 common Wealth Games. And to everyone who was following they can second that the lived up to expectations and provided thrills and heartbreaks. As the host that was a lot of weight in regards to performance and the Australian outfit shower they where up for the task by racking the highest medal tally of the games with a total of 198

Formula 1

Danial Riccardo wins Chinese high stake Grand Prix for team Red Bull. With Sebastian Vettel dropped down to finish at 8th position after a disastrous accident with Verstappen. To add insult to injury defending champion Lewis Hamilton finished 5th but was promoted to 4th following a Verstappen penalty.

Tennis

Monte Carlo magic lives. With the Stars setting camp chasing after the title of clay court champion Monte Carlo proved to live up to expectations by producing a unique round of 16 which had all the top seeded players. All eyes where set on Nadal who was chasing after an 11th title on the clay soil. With impressive displays it was a Nadal and Nishikori final, experience seemed to be on Nadal’s side as he rushed through his opponent to clinch the title dubbing him the master of Monte Carlo.

Rugby

Sevens: 7’s rugby has set the rugby world flames, stealing the hearts of many at all ages. This short format has lived up to expectations and has also been inducted as an Olympic Sport. The 2018 series has been a slobber knocker with titles going back and forth and having only 2 countries successful in defending the cup on home soil (Australia and USA).

Now we are less than 100 days away from a second 7ns world cup in San Fransisco

Internationals: All Blacks vs France an old rivalry that always produces highlights and heart break where a hero can easy become a villain is set to kick off. This 3 match thriller will kick start on the 9th of June 2018 at Eden park and the last fixture on the 23rd at the New Zealand fotress Dunedin, It is set to play a huge role in setting the tempo for the world cup.

Football

EPL: Manchester City have been crowned 2018 league champions without even finishing the league even falling victim to a Manchester United riot. Manager Pep Guardiola and his men have shown great character and fortitude with an impressive bounce back.

Arsenal seek new Manager: With what seemed to be a controversial exit manager Arsene Wenger has stepped down after 2 decades of service. The unorthodox manager put Arsenal on the map with the unique style of play which has seen to be their trade mark, the only trigger to this exit is the failure to secure top spot on the EPL which to the dismay of the fans put a chip on the managers shoulder.

NFL

Mock Draftt: The 2018 NFL Draft has nearly arrived, so it’s time to take a look at the latest NFL mock drafts. You can find first-round predictions, the draft’s top players, as well as the order for the 2018 NFL Draft. Many expect Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to be a high draft pick.

This draft figures to be quarterback-heavy, with potentially four signal callers going in the top 10. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick could be selected in the top 5.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC: The Browns have to use the pick on a quarterback, and we think they’ll choose Darnold.
  2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Barkley was a star at the NFL combine. If the Giants want to stick with Eli Manning, Barkley will help extend his career.
  3. New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The Jets will continue toiling in mediocrity as long as they lack quality quarterback play. Rosen is an excellent consolation prize and seems capable of handling the New York spotlight.
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston):Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State The Browns selected a quarterback with their first pick. Given that the Jets seem likely to take a quarterback, they can also get a great positional player in Bradley Chubb.
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: Offensive line could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league. Allen did well in the Senior Bowl and followed it up with a strong NFL combine showing, showing why he’s such a tantalizing prospect.
  6. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: Even if Andrew Luck doesn’t end up playing again, Indianapolis’ offensive line needs to get better. Nelson is the best offensive line prospect regardless of position.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, DB, Florida State: He might not be a better player than Fitzpatrick, but he’s close and he’s a better athlete. Safety seems like the pick for Tampa Bay, if Chubb is on the board.
  8. Chicago Bears: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: The Bears need help at cornerback and wide receiver. With a lot of good but not great wide receivers available, the Bears pick the latest Ohio State star cornerback to come off the assembly line.
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: It could be either Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds here given the Reuben Foster news, but with Fitzpatrick still on the board, this seems like a big win.
  10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: A defense featuring Khalil Mack shouldn’t be as bad as Oakland’s was in 2017. Smith may be the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly.
  11. Miami Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: The Dolphins appear to be enamored with the Oklahoma star, and if he falls to 11, there’s an excellent chance Miami and coach Adam Gase pounce on the Heisman Trophy winner. Buffalo could possibly move up ahead Miami to grab him if Smith is off the board.
  12. Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: Sean McDermott had two great linebackers when he was the Panthers defensive coordinator. He gets his hands on another one in this Virginia Tech standout.
  13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DT Washington: Washington has its quarterback of the near future with Alex Smith. Secondary could be an option, but Vea fills a big hole in the middle of Washington’s defense.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texs-San Antonio: Secondary could be an option here but a pass rusher like Marcus Davenport is something Green Bay can’t really pass up.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Offensive line could be an option here but if Lamar Jackson is on the board, Arizona seems like the perfect spot to draft the Heisman Trophy winner.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Connor Williams, G/T: The Ravens have brought in a bunch of wide receivers recently, meaning it can look elsewhere and Williams could be a great guard next to former top pick Ronnie Stanley.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: The Chargers had the second-worst rush defense in the league last season. Payne will help them improve — look at the way he took over the College Football Playoff. Payne also was excellent at the NFL combine.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: Corner is suddenly a need for the Seahawks, following the exodus of talent at the position led by Richard Sherman. Derrius Guice could be an option, but cornerback is a more important need for Seattle.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: DJ Moore, WR, SMU: Defensive line could be an option, but wide receiver is also a need for the Cowboys. Moore has climbed throughout the draft process and is the athletic receiver Dallas is looking for.
  20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: Running back is a big need for the Lions, as they need to take some of the pressure off Matt Stafford. Guice should do just that. Sony Michel also could be an option here.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State: Offensive line is no longer an issue here for the Bengals with the addition of Glenn. Linebacker is the next biggest need, so look for them to target the athletic Vander Esch, who had a very strong NFL combine.
  22. Buffalo Bills: James Daniels, C, Iowa: Buffalo has lost it’s starting left tackle, left guard and center. Offensive line is a big need, so the Bills will targets the best center prospect in the draft.
  23. New England Patriots: Mike McGlinchey: A front-seven defender could be the move, but with Nate Solder gone, left tackle is a need. The mammoth Notre Dame tackle compares similarly to Solder, making him the perfect pick for the Patriots.
  24. Carolina Panthers: Justin Reid, Stanford, S: Carolina could go pass-rusher or wide receiver here, but the Panthers’ desperately need some youth at safety and Reid was an excellent player for Stanford
  25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College: The Titans selected a cornerback in the first round last year and could look to continue to improve their secondary. But an outside pass rusher could help improve the defense under new coach Mike Vrabel.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida: The Florida prospect is a little raw, but defensive tackle is a big need here for Atlanta.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: Coby Fleener has been a little disappointing, so why not get Drew Brees one more target for what will be the final act of his career.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: With Ryan Shazier’s injury casting doubt on his NFL future, linebacker becomes a position of need. Evans isn’t the prospect that Shazier was, but he, like many other Alabama linebackers, can be very good.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Jacksonville doesn’t have many needs outside of quarterback. But with a talent like Ridley sliding this far down the board, he’s just a little too good to pass up.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia: Wynn had a great senior season with Georgia and followed it up with a dominant Senior Bowl. Guard is one of the few areas the Vikings could get better after adding Kirk Cousins in the off-season.
  31. New England Patriots: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: He had some medical concerns at the combine, meaning he could anywhere. But he was one of the top players in the country last year and could be a steal at this point in the draft.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Billy Price, G, Ohio State, There aren’t a lot of holes here. Guard is one, given that it was the weakest part of the Eagles’ offensive line.

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