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Rafael Nadal Takes to Social Media to Seek Updates from the 2020 Italian Open Organizers

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Rafael Nadal Takes to Social Media to Seek Updates from the 2020 Italian Open Organizers

The 2020 French Open will get underway in a few days, while the king of clay is currently looking to conquer the 2020 Italia Open. Rafael Nadal is competing in an ATP tournament for the first time in seven months, and is just raging to go out to the court and open his account on the clay surface. 

Rafa has won nine times in Rome, which is a tournament record. The Italian Open serves as perfect preparation for Roland Garros, which is the ideal playing ground for Nadal. He’s the #2 seed in Rome and received a bye in the first round. 

Moreover, Rafa expressed his eagerness to get out on the court in a recent Instagram post. Rafa posted a photo of himself wearing a mask, and caption the image, “Waiting to know the time of my match tomorrow.”

Apparently the organizers hadn’t released his game schedule and Rafa just couldn’t control himself from expressing it on social media. Moreover, he was quick to update on the same when he got to know about his second-round fixture’s time. 

This time, he posted the same photo, but on Twitter! Rafa was swift to inform his fans about the much-awaited starting time of his second round fixture vs Pablo Carreno Busta. Rafa is the clear favorite in the all Spanish affair, but his victory won’t be straight-forward.

Moreover, Rafael Nadal did admit that he’s not in the best shape ahead of his Italian Open participation. “I am similar to always, maybe a little bit worse. I didn’t compete for the last six months,” he said

Novak Djokovic lauds Rafael Nadal in his latest press conference 

The 2020 French Open hasn’t yet begun, but Djokovic already knows who the #1 favorite is. Is there any doubt as to who he picked? I don’t think one might even pick anyone besides 12x Roland Garros champ Rafael Nadal!

In his first media appearance since his 2020 US Open disqualification, the Serb highlighted how Nadal is the obvious favorite regardless of his recent playing form. 

Let’s see how it turns out. Rafa obviously decided to stay on clay and practice. Surely that gives him more advantage, but even if he didn’t practice for that long on clay he would still be the number one favorite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because he’s just Rafa,” Djokovic said.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a practice session |REUTERS

Djokovic and Nadal are most likely to lock horns in the 2020 Italian Open final, but the Spaniard has a tough draw in his hands. Can Nadal put on a master class and clinch the La Decima? 

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Take Eagles over Bengals in Week 3

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Take Eagles over Bengals in Week 3

Congratulations, you won! How do I know this? Well, because everybody won. Last Sunday’s real upset was the fact that there was no upset.

If you follow the NFL closely, you know that statement alone is as shocking as a 14-point underdog winning outright. The Eagles closed as about 1-point favorites in most places yet fell to the Rams, 37-19. The Saints were favored by 4.5 in Las Vegas on Monday night but dropped to 1-1 after a 34-24 defeat.

Aside from that, Week 2 was as chalky as a blackboard. Ironically, the two biggest favorites came the closest to losing. The Chiefs closed around 9-point favorites and trailed the Chargers most of the game. The other close call came as my pick, the Titans, needed a 49-yard field goal in the final minutes to break a 30-30 tie and hold off the Jaguars, who fought valiantly as 8-point ’dogs.

Call it the free spot on the bingo card or call it a bye. However, that also means the pool of players in your contest was very unlikely to shrink much, if at all. As injuries mount at an astounding rate, let’s look at Week 3 options and keep our survivor entries off the season-ending IR.

Under consideration

Indianapolis Colts over New York Jets

With the highest spread on the board, the Colts (-11) will be a popular option against a Jets team that looks as if it’s headed for a new coach and a top-5 draft pick, two things to which their fans have become accustomed. The Jets are 0-2 and will be fighting for their season, as an 0-3 start will likely cook not only them but also Adam Gase’s chances of coaching the team (or any team) much longer. Picking against the desperate Jets is still likely a winning formula, but it might be best to save the Colts for a later date. They already have an unexpected loss on their ledger, so let’s stay away from the obvious choice here.

New England Patriots over Las Vegas Raiders

Cam Newton looks fantastic, and the Patriots (-5.5) seem to have landed on their feet in the post-Tom Brady breakup. However, the defense showed some leaks Sunday night in Seattle, and Bill Belichick teams are typically better later in the year, as opposed to the early weeks where they haven’t peaked. The Patriots are a good option, but better off saving them for some more favorable matchups in the coming weeks.

Cleveland Browns over Washington

Another tempting choice. Cleveland (-7) will have 10 days to prepare, coming off a Thursday night victory in which it ran for over 200 yards. The Browns dominated the Bengals in yards per play, keeping them at arm’s length the entire game but never pulling away. Not a bad choice, but you don’t trust the Browns and neither do I. Pass.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles should be able to handle the Bengals
Carson Wentz and the Eagles should be able to handle the BengalsIcon Sportswire via Getty Images

The pick

Philadelphia Eagles over Cincinnati Bengals

A classic get-right spot for a team that is probably grateful to be playing without a stadium full of (angry) fans. The Eagles (-4.5) certainly have flaws, but the Bengals are not the caliber of team that can expose them. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will show Joe Burrow looks he’s likely never seen, and that should confuse the rookie into a few turnovers. The Eagles will be focused and motivated, and they will take out two weeks of frustration on a Bengals team that will not be equipped to punch back. The Eagles are the pick to get you home for Week 3.

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Nuggets react after Lakers’ LeBron James complaints paid off big time

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The Nuggets may have the Lakers right where they want them — down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals — but a little help from the league wouldn’t hurt either.

The Lakers went to the NBA to complain that LeBron James wasn’t getting enough foul calls, according to the Los Angeles Times. Coach Frank Vogel said before Game 4 that they were “dealing with the fouls through the proper channels with the league.” Coincidence or not, James went on to shoot 14 free throws Thursday night — his second-most attempts in the playoffs — in the Lakers’ 114-108 win.

That didn’t go unnoticed by Nuggets coach Mike Malone.

“I’m going to have to go through the proper channels like they did to get some more free throws,” Malone quipped.

Malone went on to say that “this game had nothing to do with the [whistle].” The Nuggets got out-rebounded 51-39, letting the Lakers grab 12 offensive rebounds and score 25 second-chance points.

But the Lakers also out-attempted the Nuggets at the free-throw line 35-23. James went 11-for-14 at the stripe after going a combined 7-for-10 through the first three games of the series. He also provided some tight defense on Jamal Murray late, but only had two fouls called against him for the game.

“I think late in the game Jamal Murray attacked the basket a few times where it appeared to be contact,” Malone told reporters. “We’ll watch the film and send our clips in. We’ll reach out to the NBA and kind of make our points noted. … The NBA does a great job of listening. You hope that next game maybe some of those fouls are called.”

The Nuggets have trailed 3-1 in their first two series of the playoffs, only to come back and win in seven games both times against the Jazz and Clippers. But now they may be playing with fire one too many times against James and the Lakers.

“Yeah, LeBron is going to go get his. But we just have to look ahead and play through it,” Murray said. “Like I said, we’re a young team. We’re the younger team, youngest team, whatever we are. Look at where we’re at. We’re going to have to earn their respect if we’re going to want to prevail.”

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Joe Namath is starting to worry about Sam Darnold

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Joe Namath had some strong thoughts on his former team’s start to the 2020 season.

Speaking on The Post’s “Gangs All Here” podcast, the legendary quarterback criticized the Jets’ performance through their 0-2 start and also discussed current quarterback Sam Darnold’s mechanics.

In addition to pointing out the team’s inability to execute, the 77-year-old called on Darnold to “play better” and was reluctant to describe the third-year Jet as a “franchise quarterback.”

“In his third year, Sam is not without fault too,” Namath said. “I wasn’t without fault in my 12th year, 11th year. We made mistakes. Sam has got to play better too. … It’s a collective failure so far. It’s not just Sam not playing his football. I don’t know if there is a player on the team that can say they’ve played their best football at this point.

“Getting determined to change something in the work habits, the practice habits, but change is a constant and what they’ve been trying is not working. They need to get better, or they are going to be gone. It’s going to be a long season of frustration. They have got to change. I don’t know about their mental attitude, but they sure as heck have to change their execution failures and be more positive with how they are going about things.”

Namath also said he thought it was “too far ahead” to consider Darnold as the Jets’ franchise quarterback.

“I think that’s too far ahead. [Trevor] Lawrence is going to get picked by somebody,” Namath said of the Clemson star and presumptive No. 1-overall draft pick in 2021. “I don’t think we’re going to be the last-place team in the league. I’m certainly hoping not. As far as Sam so far, it’s a collective effort of failure.

“Some guys, if the running game is going better, the passing game will go better. You [have] got individuals on a series of plays making mistakes. One guy makes a mistake, and a play can break down. They all [have] got to play better. You know, this is the big leagues. If they don’t play better, they will be looking for a job. That’s just the way this sport is and [is] in most sports. Other sports too, that one-eyed monster, that tape you have after the game to look at, it doesn’t tell any lies, man. Each guy gets evaluated every single play, and if they’re not doing the job, then Mr. [general manager Joe] Douglas, they have to find other players.”

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