The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase final: Gretzky, Ovechkin battle it out in ‘NHL 20’

first_img7:41 p.m. — Not much is known about the gaming skills of either of these players. Ovi is apparently more of a “Call of Duty” and “Fortnite” fan, while Gretzky has played “NHL 20” before but only a handful of times. Ovechkin’s teammate, John “JohnWayne” Casagranda, definitely has the upper hand in terms of skill over everyone else though. He was the runner-up at the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship.EXCITED FOR GAMEDAYThe great one vs great 8 showcase tonight at 8pm ET on not be more excited for this opportunity!!!— John Wayne🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Johnwaynee90) April 22, 20207:22 p.m. — Was there really any other choice?Which jersey should Ovi rock for the first game of The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase tonight? 👀🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 22, 20207:21 p.m. — Did Ovechkin get any sleep?Can’t wait to play the Great One in NHL 20 tomorrow!!! huge honor and will be lots of fun and more important help people !!! stay safe and stay home fans….miss you guys!!!— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) April 22, 2020 Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin announced in a joint press release last week that they’d be facing off in EA Sports’ “NHL 20” to raise funds for two charities: the Edmonton Food Bank and MSE Foundation’s “Feeding the Frontlines” fund based in Washington, D.C. The matchup pitted the pair in a best-of-three series — that didn’t go the distance — on Xbox with the games live-streamed on the Capitals’ Twitch channel.Ovechkin partnered up with John “JohnWayne” Casagranda, a member of the Capitals esports team and the runner-up at the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship, while Gretzky teamed up with his 19-year-old son, Tristan.  MORE: Gretzky looks forward to the day Ovechkin breaks his goals recordThe two teams played out an absolutely epic first game, with Team Ovechkin scoring a five-on-three shorthanded goal with two seconds left on the clock to send it to overtime. In the end, it was The Great One and Team Gretzky taking the first game with a winner in the extra period. The second game saw Team Ovechkin dominate, with Gretzky ultimately opting to end things in a tie in, because, in the end, the real winners were the charitiesSporting News had all the action as The Great One and The Great Eight squared off. The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase: Final scores, highlights from NHL 20 matchup(All times Eastern.) 9:20 p.m. — That does it for the Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase. The series ultimately ended in a tie, but more importantly, thousands of dollars were raised for charity. Second Game9:18 p.m. — 4-1, Capitals. Tom Wilson with two goals to give team Ovechkin an insurmountable lead — and what’s this? Instead of a decisive shootout, the two sides have agreed to end things as a tie. Gretzky says he’ll match half of the $16,000+ donations raised during the stream to support COVID-19 relief in the Edmonton area. He was clearly fatigued at the end there, which probably led to his decision to call things a tie. Call it a tie!Ovi strikes back in round two and both parties pack it in for the evening.🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20209:09 p.m. — The Oilers have cut the deficit in half, trailing 2-1 at the end of the first. They still need at least two more goals to prevent overtime. 9:04 p.m. — Dmitry Orlov makes it 2-0 Capitals. A fan in the crowd holds up an “Orlov for Mayor” sign. Gretzky laughs sadly. If Ovechkin’s team wins this game, it’ll go to a decisive shootout to determine the winner. “I traded the wrong son.” 😂🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20209:00 p.m. — Not a good start for the Oilers, as their goalie, Grant Fuhr, gifts it to Ovechkin on the doorstep.”Guess who?” Ovi asks. Gretzky buries his head in his hands. He does not want to lose this game.Guess who? @ovi8, that’s who!🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:55 p.m. — Some technical difficulties have delayed the start of the second game a bit. In the meantime, Gretzky gets a call from his daughter, Paulina who is engaged to the former No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson. First Game8:45 p.m. — Just like that, the Oilers score the game-winning goal. Gretzky is stoked, while Ovi is clearly not happy.Gretzky has requested a two-minute break before the next game starts while the charitable donations have surpassed the $12,500 mark.8:42 p.m. — Gretzky’s running commentary has been easily one of the best parts of this game — and it’s been a good game, too. Still tied 4-4. The format will be continuous overtime until someone scores.8:34 p.m. — OVECHKIN HAS SCORED WITH TWO SECONDS LEFT ON THE CLOCK TO SEND IT INTO OVERTIME! Not only that, but his team was also shorthanded on a five-on-three. What an incredible first game this has been. THE DRAMA.THE INTRIGUE.WE’RE IN OT!🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:30 p.m. — The Oilers have tied it! It was Kevin McClelland with the goal; even in “NHL 20,” his 80s mullet is breathtaking. But then, THE GRETZKY’S SCORE AGAIN! Two goals in no time at all to snatch back the lead. Edmonton takes a one-goal lead with just two minutes left. 8:27 p.m. — The Gretzky’s think they just tied the game, but the referee waves it off due to goalie interference! Gretzky is furious.”Where’s the challenge button? How do I challenge?” he asks. The Capitals lead 3-2 with less than ten minutes left. 8:25 p.m. — Just over a minute into the third, Ovechkin gives his team the lead with a Nicklas Backstrom goal.”That’s what I’m talking about, Backy!” he screams.Things are getting chirpy…🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:22 p.m. — Team Gretzky nearly scores on a five-on-three shorthanded breakaway but Holtby makes another big save. He’s been outstanding so far this game. A few minutes later, Team Ovechkin ties it up once again via an Ilya Kovalchuk goal and it’s 2-2 heading into the final period.”I’m so tired,” Gretzky quips.OVI WITH KOVYYa just love to see it!🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:17 p.m. — Gretzky’s son, Tristan, is starting to get annoyed at his father’s lack of faceoff wins.”Faceoffs don’t matter,” Gretzky replies. “When you’re 60 years old it’s hard to see the TV.” 8:15 p.m. — Despite the Gretzky’s continued domination, Ovechkin has tied it up on a breakaway. The score is 1-1 heading into the second period and then the Gretzky’s score again just a few minutes into the second period; they now lead 2-1. Ovi with a little help from the hockey gods! 😂🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:10 p.m. — Gretzky has scored! And with who else but his own in-game character. Wayne is absolutely ecstatic.”If you go to the net, good things happen,” he says. The Oilers lead 1-0 with less than 6 minutes left in the first period.On the board first: 9️⃣9️⃣!🎮— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:09 p.m. — The puck drops and IMMEDIATELY the Gretzky’s are all over Ovi and JohnWayne. Holtby has been forced to make at least three good saves to keep things scoreless.”We’re playing for the pride of all of Canada right now,” Gretzky says.Pregame8:04 p.m. — The stream is now underway. Gretzky, who has a solid crowd of fans supporting him from his home, declares “I’m awful at this.” Ovi, who was holding his son Sergei, initially leaves his microphone on mute before telling us he’s excited. Gretzky says he’s “so nervous.” This should be interesting. last_img read more


first_imgThe victorious Termon ladies.As the year draws to a close the Donegal Sports Star Awards committee monthly review for November highlights many more successes for the county with the history making Termon Ladies side who won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Club title heading the list.Others to receive national recognition last month were Mark English and Karl Griffin who won their respective senior and junior Irish ‘Athlete of the Year’ awards last month.Also expected to be among the nominees for the Donegal Sports Star Awards at the end of January is 12-year-old Marykate Finnegan from Rossnowlagh who won three gold and a silver medal at the WTKA-WKA Unified World Championships in Carrara, Italy. Other highlights from November include Illies Golden Gloves club woman Sadie Duffy who was a judge at the World Elite Women’s Boxing Championships in South Korea and in the ring Twin Towns BC’s Donna Barr won her third national title. Four members of the Magee family helped Ireland qualify for the European Mixed Team Badminton Championships while in motorsport Pettigo’s Kevin Eves was shortlisted for the Billy Coleman Award. Three former Donegal Sports Star Award winners also hit the headlines with national awards going to Triathlete Aidan Callaghan and Triona McMenamin (water sport) while Pauric McKinney was honoured for becoming the first male to complete 25 consecutive Irish Cross-Country Final races. All are again expected to be in contention when the 39th annual awards take place on Friday January 30th.The Termon senior ladies side made history by becoming the first team male or female from the county to win an All-Ireland club adult title after a brilliant second half performance against Cork side Mourneabbey in the final in Tuam where ‘Player of the Match’ Geraldine McLaughlin scored 3-8 in the 3-12 to 1-13 victory. It was a marvelous month for Termon who had defeated the mighty Donaghmoyne in the Ulster Final and Killerin-Clonberne (Galway) in the All-Ireland semi-final. After that game McLaughlin and full-back Emer Gallagher were named on the Gaelic Life ‘Team of the Week’.Towards the end of November Mark English was named Athletics Ireland ‘Athlete of the Year’ at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin after his fantastic bronze medal at the European Championships in Zurich in August. English also picked up the ‘Track & Field’ award and another for being a member of the Irish relay team in Zurich. At the same Athletics Ireland event Donegal Town’s Karl Griffin was named ‘Junior Athlete of the Year’ following his outstanding performance at the World Championships in Oregon, USA.Pettigo’s Kevin Eves was shortlisted for the Billy Coleman Award, which gives elite young drivers the chance to progress to the next level motorsport outside Ireland and the Magees Chloe, Sam, Joshua and their niece Rachel Darragh helped Ireland qualify for the European Mixed Team Championships by overcoming Norwary, Slovakia and Bulgaria in Dublin. At the start of the month there was success for Letterkenny 24/7 members at the Triathlon Ireland Awards in Dun Laoghaire. Aidan Callaghan took gold, silver and bronze in his age group category. Gavin Crawford took a gold for his achievement in National Duathlon Series and National Duathlon Championship and a silver for the Sprint Championships in Newry. John Cannon was presented with gold for winning his age group in the National Aquathon. Fin Begley was a silver winner for the National Duathlon Series and Ulster Triathlon Championship. Other winners were Lisa Dalton with silver for the National Sprint Championship and Nicholas Fowell took bronze for the National Middle Distance Championships.Another Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon member Triona McMenamin was named Irish Water Safety Sports Person of the Year in Dublin Castle. In 2015 she came home with eight Masters medals from the World Lifesaving Championships in France. She has also coached and managed national and international teams. Letterkenny AC’s Shauna McGeehan won the Women’s Ulster Novice Cross-Country Championships in Killinkere, Co. Cavan. There were also gold medals in Cavan for Cranford AC juveniles Oisin Kelly (U-11) and Johnny McGroddy (U-13).Letterkenny AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn and Ruairi Finnegan (U-23) both finished sixth in their respective races at the National Inter County Cross Country Championships in Dundalk. Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin was 10th overall in the women’s race. McGlynn was subsequently named on the Irish team for the European Cross Country championships.In Basketball the St. Eunan’s College U-19 team secured their place in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Schools Basketball.At the begninning of November Brett McGinty lost in controversial circumstances at the European Junior Championships. The 16-year-old who fights out of the Oakleaf Club in Derry appeared to have done enough to have won the contest but instead it was the hand of his Croatian opponent who was raised at the end of the contest. In darts Donegal men John Flood, John Murray and Sean Wilson were members of the Irish darts team that lost narrowly 15-13 to Northern Ireland in Larne in an international friendly. Donegal’s Neil McGee was named the Ulster GAA Writers’ Player of the Year at the annual banquet in Bundoran. Jim McGuinness was named ‘Personality of the Year’ and Donegal took the ‘Team of the Year’ award. St. Eunan’s were crowned Donegal senior football champions after defeating reigning title holders Glenswilly 0-9 to 0-6 at McCumhaill Park. Following the controversy over the score at the end of the Ladies Ulster Intermediate Final there was defeat for Four Masters against Monaghan Harps in the replayed decider at Garvaghy.Meanwhile in the Junior Final at Celtic Park there was also defeat for Carndonagh against St. Dympna’s from Tyrone on a score of 2-13 to 3-7.The St. Eunan’s U-16 side won the Division 1 League title overcoming Ardara on a 2-15 to 0-5 scoreline in Glenfin. Cloughaneely lifted the County Intermediate Football title with a 0-15 to 0-8 win over Buncrana at the O’Donnell Park and just a day later defeated Derry’s Castledawson in an Ulster quarter-final at OwenbegFanad Gaels won their first ever Reserve Championship silverware winning the final against Cloughaneely at the O’Donnell Park by 2-8 to 0-12. St. Michael’s U-16s reached the Paul McGirr Ulster semi-final after a super 0-13 to 0-7 victory over Carrickmore in Dromore. The Ardara Club were presented with the Ulster Club Maith (Governance) Award. In the middle of November St. Eunan’s Reserves made it a championship double for the club by winning the County Final replay against Dungloe. One of the younger members of the Termon Ladies team Lauren McElwaine, a Loreto Milford student, was named on the Ulster Colleges All-Star team along with Aine McMenamin of St. Eunan’s and Marie O’Reilly, Creeslough both students of Loreto Convent LetterkennyThere was huge disappointment for both St. Eunan’s and Cloughaneely who lost their respective Ulster Senior and Intermediate semi-finals. Eunan’s went down by 1-9 to 0-8 against St. Enda’s Omagh in Celtic Park while in Clones it was a 2-16 to 1-8 defeat for Cloughaneely against Warrenpoint. Milford’s Marty Barrett was presented with the Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football Association Volunteer Award at the annual provincial LGFA presentation function in Kelly’s Inn, Ballywawley. Pettigo native Laurence McGrath became the first Donegal man to be elected President of the New York GAA Board. There was disappointment for captain Michael Murphy and fellow Donegal player Neil McGee as Ireland lost the single International Rules game against Australia 56-46 at Paterson’s Stadium in Perth.St. Eunan’s College secured their place in the quarter-finals of the McRory Cup with a 1-8 to 1-4 win over St. Macartan’s Monaghan at the Tyrone Garvaghy Centre of Excellence. There was disappointment for Urris who suffered a heavy defeat in the Ulster Junior Football Final going down by 2-12 to 0-7 to Tyrone side Rock at Owenbeg.The Finesse Gymnastics Display Team finished their season at the Gymfusion Northern Ireland Championships, which is part of the British National Festivals Programme. At the Millennnium Forum in Derry, Finesse performed their Charleston fusion routine for the very last time. Raphoe Hockey Club boys Ben Wallace and Alexander Tinney were members of the Ulster U-16 squad that won the Irish Inter-provincial tournament in Dublin. Richard Fairman an ex Raphoe player was the Ulster coach.The Buncrana Minor hurling team made history by the being the first team from the club to win the Ulster Shield by overcoming Fermanagh’s Lisbellaw in the final. In the middle of the month Cage fighter Joe Duffy defeated French man Julien Boussuge with a first round knockout in London. Mixed Martial Arts man Steve Coll was crowned ‘Irish Battlezone’ Champion after stopping Kilkenny’s Michael Brennan in the third of a scheduled five round contest.In snooker Letterkenny man Anthony Bonner was beaten by number three seed Darren Morgan in his last 32 match at the World Amateur Masters Snooker Championships in Bangalore, India. At the beginning of November Ramelton’s Conrad Logan saved his third penalty in the space of a month when he stopped a spot-kick for Rochdale in their 3-0 home win over Preston North End which helped his side to fourth place in the League One table.There was a disappointing day for Donegal players at the Aviva Stadium. Letterkenny’s Ciara Grant was on the UCD side that lost 2-1 after extra-time to Raheny Utd in Women’s FAI Cup Final. In the men’s final there was defeat for Ramelton’s Barry McNamee, Sean Houston (Letterkenny), Mark Timlin (Buncrana) and Ciaran Gallagher as their Derry City team went down 2-0 to St. Patrick’s Athletic.Leitircmacaward’s Karl McHugh was nominated for the Sky Bet League Two ‘Player of the Month’ for October after impressive central defensive displays for Plymouth Argyle. Shane Duffy, the young Derry man with strong Letterkenny family links, scored his debut goal for Blackburn Rovers in a 2-2 draw with Milwall at the New Den in a Championship clash.There was defeat for Seamus Coleman’s Republic of Ireland in a European Championship qualifier going down 1-0 to Scotland at Parkhead. Shay Given won his 127th cap in a friendly fixture at the Aviva Stadium where the Irish won 4-1 against the USA. Dungloe lad James Boyle was named on the Republic of Ireland squad for the Amputee World Cup in Mexico. Just two years James was a member of the first Irish team ever to play an Amputee international and since then has won 15 caps and is his country’s top scorer.The LYIT soccer side booked their place in the semi-finals of the Colleges & Universities League with a 5-3 away win over Carlow. Lifford Celtic goalkeeper Lee White was in goals for all three of the Irish Defence Forces games at the European Championships in France which included a 1-0 defeat by France, a 3-2 win over Germany he also played in the final match as the team finished third at the Championships after losing to the Netherlands.Another former Donegal Sports Star Award winner Leon Vaughan of St. Eunan’s College took a swimming silver medal in the 100 metres backstroke and bronze 100m butterfly at the Ulster Schools Championships in Ballymena.For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to the website or on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards.DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW FOR NOVEMBER SEES TERMON LADIES END YEAR ON A HIGH was last modified: December 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalSpots star Reviewlast_img read more

Lifestyle modifications can quickly reduce blood pressure

first_img Source: Jun 11 2018Researchers have demonstrated that a program aimed at helping people modify lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise is as effective as medication at reducing blood pressure. Participants in the study saw their blood pressure drop 19 points, on average, after taking part in the Weimer Institute Newstart Lifestyle program for just 14 days. Other studies have shown that a blood pressure reduction of this magnitude can cut a person’s risk of heart disease or stroke in half.”By adapting selected lifestyle health principles, half of the people in our study achieved normal blood pressure within two weeks while avoiding the side effects and costs associated with blood pressure medications,” said research team leader M. Alfredo Mejia, associate professor at Andrews University. “The Newstart Lifestyle program works quickly, is inexpensive and uses a palatable diet that allows for moderate amounts of salt and healthy fats from nuts, olives, avocado and certain vegetable oils.”Related StoriesDon’t ignore diastolic blood pressure values, say researchersDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustNew ACC/AHA guidelines could improve detection of gestational hypertensionMejia will present results from this study at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting, Nutrition 2018, held June 9-12, 2018 in Boston.The reduction in blood pressure accomplished by the program was equivalent to what can be achieved using three half-dose standard medications for blood pressure. In addition, 93 percent of the participants were able to either reduce the dose (24 percent) or eliminate their blood pressure medications (69 percent).People participating in the Newstart Lifestyle program follow a vegan diet, walk outside daily, drink substantial quantities of water, get adequate daily sleep and participate in optional spiritual activities. The program’s vegan diet consists of foods, such as legumes, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, soymilk, almond milk and whole-grain breads.For the study, the researchers evaluated data from 117 people with high blood pressure who had participated in the Newstart Lifestyle program at the Weimer Institute for 14 days. At the end of the program, half of the participants achieved a systolic blood pressure below the recommended 120 mmHg. The program was effective at lowering blood pressure in varying types of individuals, including otherwise healthy men and women and people with diabetes or who were obese and those with high cholesterol levels.Next, the researchers plan to test the program in more people over a longer time period to better understand its long-term effects and biological basis. They also want to determine if the program can be used to improve other health problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.last_img read more