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“Joker Is On Fire”: Novak Djokovic Lauds Fellow Serbian Nikola Jokic Over His Sensational Performance in the NBA Playoffs

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"Joker Is On Fire": Novak Djokovic Lauds Fellow Serbian Nikola Jokic Over His Sensational Performance in the NBA Playoffs

Novak Djokovic is currently competing in the 2020 Italian Open and has breezed past the second round. Moreover, the Djoker is preparing for Roland Garros which gets underway soon, but that doesn’t stop him from praising a fellow Serbian athlete, who just made history in the NBA! 

Novak has always been an admirer of every other sport besides his area of expertise. Likewise, he has a passion for the NBA, and his Serbian friend Nikola Jokic is tumbling records with the Denver Nuggets. 

Jokic helped the Nuggets beat the LA Clippers in Game 7, and marked multiple records during the process. Nikola Jokic racked up 16.0 points, 22.0 rebounds, and 13.0 assists in the game, to record his second triple-double in a playoff Game 7. No player in NBA history has ever done it before. 

Moreover, he reached his triple-double tally in just three quarters, which is just insane, and a record all by itself. In addition to it, Jokic is also the first player in history to secure 15+ rebounds in a triple-double! Along with Jamal Murray, Jokic effortlessly propelled the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since the 2008/09 season. 

While all this happened in the NBA bubble, Novak Djokovic couldn’t help but take pride in his countryman’s accomplishments. He recently took to Twitter and lauded Jokic for his incredible performance in the playoffs. 

“Joker is on fire. Bravo for a phenomenal return in both series! Let’s move on (translated from Croatian),”  Djokovic wrote, after which he added a Joker emoji to depict their common nickname. 

Novak Djokovic comments on his GOAT status  

Djokovic has 17 majors titles, ranking third in the list of men’s players with the most Grand Slams. In the past decade, he’s been completely dominant. From 2011-2016, the Djoker conquered the Australian Open, winning five times out of his six outings at Melbourne. But has the recent US Open debacle lowered Djokovic’s status on the GOAT rankings? 

“I don’t know, I leave that to other people and their judgment,” Djokovic said. ”I try to be honest, transparent, and respectful, try to represent the right values in life and something I grew up with.”

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 16, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

The 2020 French Open will be a challenging surface, but it lies as a proving ground for the Serbian. He’s only emerged as champion in Roland Garros once, but he certainly has the capacity to repeat it. Will we see Novak Djokovic conquer Paris or will it be the same old story of Nadal clinching the title? 

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Brittany Matthews flips off Patrick Mahomes haters during Chiefs’ win

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Brittany Matthews flips off Patrick Mahomes haters during Chiefs’ win

Hi, haters, Brittany Matthews sees you.

As Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs torched Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens during “Monday Night Football,” 34-20, Matthews not only called out her fiancé’s critics on Twitter but flipped them the middle finger in an Instagram video.

“I LOVE when the s–t talking comes out! #4……. riiiiiiiight…” Matthews tweeted in response to Mahomes’ fourth touchdown pass of the night.

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In a separate tweet, Matthews continued, “No, let them keeping ranking him #4 in the league….. we love it.” On her Instagram story, Matthews also used emojis to mock ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” crew for unanimously picking the Ravens to beat the Chiefs.

Earlier this summer, Mahomes ranked No. 4 on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2020.” Ravens quarterback Jackson finished first, followed by Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams stud defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Matthews also appeared in an Instagram video on Monday night, in which she counted to four on one hand adding extra emphasis to the final number.

Mahomes, who got engaged to Matthews this month, finished Monday’s win over the Ravens with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for 385 yards. Matthews then wrapped her night with a Twitter mic drop.

“Guess what, people doubted us, we won, surprised? Nope,” she posted.

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NFL COVID-19 shutdown: Titans, Vikings close facilities after three players test positive

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NFL COVID-19 shutdown: Titans, Vikings close facilities after three players test positive

The Tennessee Titans have suspended in-person club activities after eight positive tests for coronavirus were disclosed Tuesday..

Three Titans players and five personnel officials returned positive COVID-19 tests, the NFL announced.

The Minnesota Vikings, whom the Titans defeated 31-30 on Sunday, have also put a halt to in-person activities.

MORE: Explaining the NFL’s COVID-19 policies

“Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans said in a statement. “Several tests have come back positive and [we] are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow [Wednesday].”

An NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) statement added: “On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives. The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.

“Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the NFL said in a statement. “All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”

ESPN reported the Titans’ facility will be shut down until Saturday, throwing their Week 4 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday into doubt.

The Vikings are scheduled to face the Houston Texans on Sunday.

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MLB Playoffs 2020: Yankees vs. Indians matchups

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MLB Playoffs 2020: Yankees vs. Indians matchups

The Yankees and Indians are set to meet in the postseason starting Tuesday for the first time since 2017, when the Yankees overcame a 2-0 series deficit in the ALDS and won three straight to advance to the ALCS, where they lost to the Astros in Joe Girardi’s final season as manager in The Bronx. This time around, the Yankees will be limping into the playoffs — losers of six of their last eight — and they were just 11-18 on the road. With the new wild-card series format this season, the entire best-of-three series will be played at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, where the Indians — who went 9-2 down the stretch — finished the season 18-12. The Post’s Dan Martin breaks down the matchups:

Yankees vs. Indians matchups

At the plate

Getting on base: DJ LeMahieu led the American League with a .421 OPS, while Aaron Hicks, not especially productive at the plate this season, has walked a ton and Gio Urshela has proven last year was no fluke, remaining one of the Yankees’ most consistent bats. If Aaron Judge is right, he’s hard to keep off the bases and Clint Frazier has started to live up to expectations, but Gleyber Torres took a significant step back. Cleveland is not in the postseason because of its lineup. Jose Ramirez kept the Indians alive nearly by himself. Francisco Lindor is coming off his worst season offensively, but Cesar Hernandez has been good.

Edge: Yankees

Power: Here’s where it gets scary for the Yankees: They hit 67 of their 94 homers at home — and they won’t be able to take advantage of that in this series. Two of their best hitters all season were LeMahieu and Luke Voit. LeMahieu had an OPS of 1.265 at the Stadium, compared to .769 on the road, while Voit was 1.127 vs. .735. They also can’t afford another five-game homer-less streak, like the one they endured the final week of the season. Judge and Giancarlo Stanton missed time with leg injuries, and though Judge has shown glimpses, neither slugger has approached his typical power output of late, nor has Gary Sanchez, who may not even start Game 1. Cleveland managed to have just one player reach double-digit homers and that was Ramirez with 17. Carlos Santana, the switch-hitter who hit 34 homers a year ago, was a mess most of the season and hit just .199. Franmil Reyes is dangerous, but hasn’t been as good with Cleveland as he was with San Diego.

Edge: Yankees

Yankees vs. Indians MLB Playoffs 2020
DJ LeMahieu, Jose RamirezN.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg; Getty Images

On the basepaths

These are station-to-station teams, so neither will rely much on speed.

Edge: Even

In the field

Infield: The Yankees’ infield defense was shaky all season, with Torres struggling in his transition back to shortstop. Urshela remains excellent at third, but the Yankees were burned by errors late in the season. Sanchez hasn’t been much better behind the plate than at it, which is why Kyle Higashioka should play an important role, likely behind the plate in Game 1. On the other side, while Roberto Perez hasn’t hit, he’s still an excellent catcher, while Santana and Hernandez are very good at first and second base, respectively.

Edge: Indians

Outfield: Neither team shines defensively in the outfield, but if the Yankees have the improved Frazier in left, Hicks in center and Judge in right, that’s an advantage over Jordan Luplow, Delino DeShields and Tyler Naquin.

Edge: Yankees

Bench

With the 28-man postseason roster and no off days, pitching is at a premium. The Yankees could have Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman off the bench, as well as the versatile and speedy Tyler Wade. And if Sanchez isn’t in the lineup, he is dangerous as a pinch-hitter. Cleveland can use Mike Freeman all over the field.

Edge: Yankees

On the mound

Rotation: Gerrit Cole will go against Shane Bieber in the opener, matching two of the best starters in the game. Though Cole put up eye-popping numbers a year ago with Houston, Bieber led the AL in wins (8), ERA (1.63) and strikeouts (122) in this abbreviated season. It will be Bieber’s first postseason appearance. Masahiro Tanaka, typically at his best in the playoffs, will face Carlos Carrasco in Game 2, with Zach Plesac going for the Indians if the series reaches a third game. Plesac had a 1.66 ERA in his last six starts, a stretch similar to the one J.A. Happ had late in the season for the Yankees. The veteran left-hander would likely get the ball in a deciding game for Aaron Boone, who also said he’d decide his catcher “day-by-day.”

Edge: Indians

Bullpen: The Yankees have more marquee names in their pen, and Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton have been excellent from the left side, with Chapman overcoming a slow start after recovering from COVID to give up just one run in his final 11 appearances. But he’ll also have to shake off his last playoff outing, when he gave up a series-clinching homer to Jose Altuve in the 2019 ALCS. Chad Green has been mostly solid, but Adam Ottavino has been inconsistent. The Yankees figure to also have Jonathan Loaisiga and perhaps Deivi Garcia and Jordan Montgomery in relief as well. While the Indians can’t match the Yankees’ star power, Brad Hand converted all 16 of his save opportunities and James Karinchak struck out 53 batters in 27 innings.

Edge: Even

Manager

In his third year at the helm, Aaron Boone is looking for his first World Series appearance in The Bronx. For better or worse, he kept a steady facade amidst a wildly inconsistent year from his team. Like his team, Boone’s success will be determined by what happens in the postseason. And instead of facing off against Terry Francona, it will be Sandy Alomar Jr. Francona is in the postseason bubble, but won’t be in the dugout due to health concerns. He missed time initially due to gastrointestinal issues before having a stent inserted after blood clots were discovered.

“Right now, I’m just like that mariner that is driving that boat with a captain sleeping back there in the background,” Alomar said. “It’s OK. We are here to help, and we’re glad that we are.”

Edge: Yankees

Intangibles

The Yankees have plenty of postseason experience and are healthier than they’ve been most of the season, but they don’t have home-field advantage to rely on. And their play over the last week of the season hardly inspired confidence. Cleveland is hot, though their lineup is shaky and they won’t have Francona.

Edge: Indians

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