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‘Lewandowski doesn’t need to train anymore’ – Nagelsmann says Bayern star can’t get any better

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'Lewandowski doesn't need to train anymore' - Nagelsmann says Bayern star can't get any better

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski cannot get any better so only needs to train to keep fit, according to RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.

Lewandowski scored a career-best 55 goals in 47 games as Bayern won a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble last season.

The 32-year-old will be expected to play a key role once again as the Bavarian giants go in search of a ninth straight league title in 2020-21.

Nagelsmann believes Lewandowski is at a point in his career where he can simply focus on keeping himself fresh for the demands of the season, a luxury players at Leipzig cannot afford.

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“With all due respect, Robert Lewandowski doesn’t really have to train anything anymore,” Nagelsmann told RB Live.

“He can do everything. He just has to train in such a way that he’s fresh and ready for the weekend.

“In addition, we can no longer pick from the top shelf of internationally coveted young players. At this point, [Borussia] Dortmund and Bayern are ahead of us. Therefore, we will not be able to catch these teams if things go normally.”

Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga last season and, after losing attacking duo Timo Werner and Patrik Schick, Nagelsmann simply hopes his young squad does not go backwards.

“If we were fifth or sixth, it would be disappointing for everyone involved. I put this pressure on myself,” he said.

“You have to take into account the performance gaps with young players. There will be point losses and you will find it difficult to get to the top.”

Leipzig signed Ademola Lookman from Everton last summer after the attacking midfielder spent the 2018-19 campaign on loan at the club.

But the England Under 21 international made just one start in the Bundesliga last season and Nagelsmann has challenged him to step up the fight for a place in the team in the coming season.

“He is very dissatisfied with his situation. He has to be convinced that this is the right path for him, even if the first year didn’t go so well,” he added. 

“If he’s not, he’s not going to get a performance explosion.”

Bayern will open the new Bundesliga season at home against Schalke on Friday, with Leipzig’s first game against Mainz scheduled for Sunday.

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How Jamal Murray ended up the in ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Rosebud motel

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How Jamal Murray ended up the in 'Schitt’s Creek' Rosebud motel

The Canadian television sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” swept the Emmy Awards last Sunday, becoming the first show ever to win all four acting awards and Outstanding Comedy Series in the same year.

Meanwhile, a former resident of the famed Rosebud Motel around which the popular series revolves was playing Sunday in the Western Conference Finals.

Denver Nuggets breakout bubble star and native Canadian Jamal Murray lived in the famed motel in Hockley Valley, Ontario for two years, according to the Toronto Star.

Schitt’s Creek stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, his son Dan Levy and Annie Murphy snared Emmys for the portrayal of the down-on-their-luck Rose family in Season Six of the Pop TV series, which rose to popularity in the U.S. via Netflix.

Jesse Tipping, who serves as the president of the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy and Orangeville Prep, bought the motel in 2011 to house recruits for his basketball program in 2011.

Murray and Kyle Alexander, who is on a two-way contract with the Miami Heat and appeared in one game for them in the bubble in August, both lived in the motel while a part of Tipping’s academy.

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Murray later attended Kentucky for one year before being drafted No. 7 overall by the Nuggets in 2016. Alexander, a 6-11 forward, went undrafted after playing four seasons at Tennessee.

Murray has averaged 26.9 points and 6.6 assists in the playoffs in the Orlando bubble to lead the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals, where they trailed the Los Angeles Lakers, 3-1, entering Saturday’s Game 5.

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What channel is UFC 253 on tonight? PPV schedule, start time for Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa

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What channel is UFC 253 on tonight? PPV schedule, start time for Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa

The UFC 253 main card on Saturday night is headlined by a title matchup of unbeaten middleweight fighters in Israel Adesanya (19-0) and Paulo Costa (13-0).

Such a high-profile clash between UFC competitors with still-unblemished records is uncommon and should provide the winner a superstar reputation. It will accompany another title battle — Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Błachowicz for the light heavyweight crown is the other — on the main card.

MORE: Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight belt against Paulo Costa on Fight Island, only on ESPN+ 

Non-title main card matchups include Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval (flyweight), Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks (women’s bantamweight) and Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks (featherweight).

There are six prelim bouts scheduled to take place before the pay-per-view portion of the night begins.

Here are the full details for watching Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa and the rest of UFC 253:

What channel is UFC 253 on tonight?

Viewing options for UFC 253 can be split into two parts: the prelims and main card. Cable subscribers can watch prelim fights on ESPN2 or on the WatchESPN app at no added charge. The main card, meanwhile, is a pay-per-view event exclusive to ESPN+. In order to watch those fights, one must pay for a subscription to the ESPN+ streaming service.

  • UFC 253 prelims TV channel: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
  • UFC 253 main card channel: ESPN+

What time does Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa start?

Coverage for UFC 253 begins on TV at 7 p.m. ET, when early prelim action gets underway. There are six prelim fights scheduled, and they will be stretched out for about three hours.

The UFC 253 main card starts at 10 p.m., but the Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa headliner might not begin for a couple of more hours, perhaps as late as 12:15 a.m. ET.

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Early prelims: 7 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: ESPN+

How much does UFC 253 cost on PPV?

While the prelims for UFC 253 are free to watch on TV or via WatchESPN for cable subscribers, the event requires a pay-per-view purchase AND ESPN+ subscription to watch. The PPV price for UFC 253 is $64.99 for current ESPN+ subscribers, while new subscribers can pay a bundle price of $84.98 for UFC 253 and an ESPN+ annual subscription.

UFC 253 fight card

Main card

  • Israel Adesanya (c) vs. Paulo Costa for Adesanya’s Middleweight title
  • Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Błachowicz for vacant Light Heavyweight title
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval; Flyweight 
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Sijara Eubanks; Women’s Bantamweight 
  • Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov; Featherweight 

Prelims

  • Brad Riddell vs. Alex Da Silva; Lightweight 
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews; Welterweight 
  • Shane Young vs. Ľudovít Klein; Featherweight 
  • William Knight vs. Aleksa Camur; Light Heavyweight 
  • Juan Espino vs. Jeff Hughes; Heavyweight 
  • Khadis Ibragimov vs. Danilo Marques; Light Heavyweight 

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Warriors Star Lauds Jimmy Butler For Bringing Out the Best in Teammates

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Warriors Star Lauds Jimmy Butler For Bringing Out the Best in Teammates

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat have taken a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference. They are just one win away from making an appearance at the NBA Finals after six years! But at the start of the season, most people were skeptical of Butler’s decision to join Miami.

Honestly, at that point in time, leaving Philly looked like a poor decision. However, Jimmy Buckets proved his critics wrong and is leading the Heat to an amazing postseason run.

Moreover, there was a narrative going on that Butler was locker room cancer. In reality, Jimmy just wanted his teammates to work hard like him.

NBA stars Draymond Green and CJ McCollum came forward to support Butler after the Game 4 victory. “They said he was a bad teammate because he wanted to win. Smh… He found a group that want to win just a bad. He actually made that group want to win as bad as him. Found some Indians that just needed a chief. It’s fun to watch.”

“I love it! Everyone doesn’t respond the same when they’re challenged by a teammate! We have no problem challenging guys. The key is to back it up w/ work & allow people to challenge you too. Jimmy does both and he empowers his teammates & lets them flourish. Same thing D does.”

Like Green and McCollum pointed out, Jimmy is a guy who wants to challenge his teammates to bring out the best in them. Sometimes, it can rub people in a wrong way like what happened with KAT and Wiggins in Timberwolves.

At the end of the day, Butler’s team is on the edge of making the NBA Finals, while his previous teams are still struggling to make significant strides.

Jimmy Butler: The recipe for success?

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (bottom) battles for a loose ball against Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (left) and forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the second half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Looking back at Butler’s teams in the last few years, he has played for the Bulls, Timberwolves and 76ers. Since Butler left them, the Bulls are on the road to rebuilding. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are a lottery team and have the #1 pick in the draft.

The only team that has had a little success is the 76ers, who made the Playoffs this year. But they were swept by the Celtics with little to no effort in the opening round.

Currently, Butler is averaging 20.8 points, coupled with 2.0 steals in the Playoffs. If he continues these productions, the Heat might win their first NBA title since 2014.

What do you think? Will Jimmy Butler carry the Heat to the Finals?

Aikansh Chaudhary


A vivid follower of Basketball, Cricket, and Football. Started writing as a passion now it is my bread and butter.

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