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Messagepar lw789 » 08 Juin 2017, 02:26

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Theres still too much time left in the 2014-15 campaign to officially call the Minnesota Wilds season a disaster, but its certainly heading in that direction. On Wednesday, all the frustration over his teams lackluster play finally sent head coach Mike Yeo over the edge and its difficult to blame him. Yeo stopped practice and laid into his club for not showing up with the right attitude for a team that has lost eight of its last 10 games and is fading fast in the Western Conference playoff picture. In case you havent seen it, theres video of Yeos tirade here (with the numerous expletives bleeped out, of course): http://tinyurl.com/obthdhn Clearly, Yeos actions are those of a man who knows hes fighting for his job, and its tearing him apart to see his players arent battling right along with him. Were not in a position where we can come in and be, let alone decent in practice, bad at practice. Im not going to accept that, Yeo offered in defense of his meltdown. Although the passion is real, there may have been a bit of calculation behind Yeos harangue because it comes at a time when it would be easy for Minnesota to feel sorry for itself. The coach knows if the Wild go down the road of self pity they are already lost and, in all likelihood, so is his job. But there may be an even more poignant (and less self-centered) reason for Yeos frustration, and it has to do with the off-ice tragedy that has beset his two best players. One couldnt blame Yeo for being pushed to the limit by watching what his star players Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have gone through this season on personal levels. Of all the Wild players, Parise and Suter are the guys who have real reasons to feel sorry for themselves, as both players lost their fathers over the last several months. Suters father, Bob, a member of the Miracle on Ice team, died suddenly of a heart attack shortly before the season. Parise, meanwhile, watched his father -- former NHLer and longtime Minnesota North Stars forward J.P. Parise -- battle lung cancer over the last several months before he passed away Wednesday night at the age of 73. Yeo and the Wild had been doing everything in their power to allow Parise to be with his family during this tragedy. He was allowed to skip practices when needed and Parise recently said Yeo had basically been telling him to just show up for games. Yet, through it all Parise showed more personal accountability for his teams struggles than anybody else. So, to see the rest of the team sleepwalk through practice Wednesday while Parise was spending the last few hours he would ever have with his father, could have added to Yeos frustration. To hear the coach explain it, hockey should serve as an escape for Parise and Suter but there has been little solace to be found at Xcel Energy Center. I have so much respect for the way hes coming to the rink and everything hes trying to put in to help our group, Yeo told the media Tuesday about Parise. Whats disappointing for me, right now theres more stress here. Hockey teams are supposed to be like families in that they support each other the most in times of great distress. To see his players not give maximum effort at practice during extremely difficult times for their teammates is nothing short of disrespectful. Its disrespectful not only to Parise and Suter, but also to their families and the memories of both Bob Suter and J.P. Parise. And if the Wild cant rally around two of their best players at times like these, its be easy to see how Yeo could reach the level of frustration he showed on Wednesday. But, the good news beneath it all is there is still plenty of time for redemption. Including Thursdays home game against Chicago, the Wild have 44 games left in the regular season to put the disappointment of the last several months behind them. The first step for the Wild should be playing like their hair is on fire tonight against the Blackhawks. After all, leaving it all out on the ice is a great way to show Parise they care and are thinking about him during such a difficult time for his family. Its a cliche, but sometimes its true that it only takes one game to turn things around. And if Yeos tirade and Parises tragedy arent enough to shake the Wild out of their slumber soon, it may already be too late to save their season. Kendell Beckwith Youth Jersey . The NFLs Defensive Rookie of the Year will be named at the NFL Honours Award show on February 1. The 23-year-old 2013 second-rounder out of Oregon becomes the third Bills linebacker to win the honour after Jim Haslett (1979) and Shane Conlan (1987. Kendell Beckwith Womens Jersey . 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Drogba looked a shadow of his former self and did not have a single clear-cut chance. But both his manager Roberto Mancini and his former coach Jose Mourinho jumped to his defence. "It was not his fault, it was very difficult for him because we did not play tonight," Mancini said. Mourinho said his former protege was not helped by his teammates after they failed to produce attacking football. "We were very solid and very confident, we controlled the game," Mourinho said. "If youre a striker and your team doesnt attack, you feel a lonely man." All eyes were on Drogba as he entered the pitch to start his warm-up at a nearly empty stadium. The Ivory Coast forward did not change his usual routine, touching the grass and crossing himself before joining his teammates. After being lured from Marseille by Mourinho, Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for the London club between 2004-12 and was voted the greatest player in the clubs history. As teams entered the pitch before kickoff, Drogba pointed a finger towards the Chelsea kop where a banner reading "Drogba Legend" had been unfurled. He then ran to the touchline to give a handshake and a kiss to Mourinho. Though the spotlight was on Drogba, Etoo soon gave Chelsea a perfect start to the game. Eden Hazard linked up well with Oscar to release the ball for the Cameroon striker, who fired past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Wesley Sneijder strugggled to build any attacks from midfield for the visitors, while Etoo created further danger from the right flank before his attempted cut-back was blocked by defenders.dddddddddddd Drogba then tried his luck from the edge of the box but his acrobatic volley ended well over the bar in a moment that summed up his return to his former club. Toying with defenders with his usual frenzied pace and dribbles, Hazard produced another stellar performance for Chelsea. The Belgium playmaker was behind nearly all his sides attacks and his relentless efforts made it a tiring night for the Galatasaray defence. Hazard and Oscar exchanged a series of one-twos in the 22nd minute before the Belgium international crossed for Lampard, who missed his attempt and sent the ball over. Hazard took a shot from distance two minutes later but his effort was stopped by Muslera. Chelsea went closer in the 33rd minute when captain John Terrys superb left-footed volley from Lampards free kick flew over the bar with Muslera looking beaten. Another fast move between Hazard and Oscar almost paid off but Alex Telles return pass prevented Willian from doubling the lead. Chelseas tenacity was finally rewarded before the interval when Cahill scored from the rebound with a powerful finish after Muslera had parried away Terrys header from a corner. Hazard continued to torment Galatasarays defence in the second half. In the 49th, he went on a diagonal run across the pitch and evaded Semih Kaya before releasing the ball for Etoo -- but Oscars shot from the strikers cross was blocked by Melo. Though Galatasaray pushed forward in search of a goal, Chelsea comfortably kept the visitors at bay while being dangerous on the break until the final whistle. Drogba left the pitch to a standing ovation as Chelsea fans chanted his name. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard was delighted with sides performance in west London. "It was everything we wanted it to be. We knew it was going to be a tough game and they hardly threatened," Lampard said. "It was a very controlled, very professional performance from all of us," said After Manchester City and Arsenal exited the competition last week, Manchester United will try to join Chelsea in the last eight when it hosts Olympiakos on Wednesday. However, David Moyes team needs to overhaul a 2-0 loss in the first leg to advance. 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