LA Kings primed to defend their Stanley Cup

Updated 11 January 2013
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LA Kings primed to defend their Stanley Cup

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Kings raised the Stanley Cup for the first time last summer. Thanks to the NHL lockout, they still haven’t raised their first championship banner.
The Kings are eager for that celebration, but they’re also ready to get back to work on defending their title. With their entire roster returning intact from last season’s eighth-seeded championship team, they believe they’re in prime position to do it.
Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie Jonathan Quick and teammates Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll joined coach Darryl Sutter, general manager Dean Lombardi and the rest of the Kings’ brass Thursday to announce a million-dollar charity donation and a major team sponsorship agreement with McDonald’s.
Sutter coached the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL’s last shortened season in 1995, so he knows its particular challenges.


Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

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Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

  • Egyptian superstar currently has 30 Premier League goals this season
  • Salah beat the likes of De Bruyne and Kane to the award

LONDON: Mohamed Salah was crowned the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday, with his incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.
“It’s a big honor. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday evening.

"It's an honor, especially as it's voted by the players. I am happy and proud," Salah added.

"I didn't have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player."

Salah matched a Premier League record tally for a single season by scoring his 31st league goal of the campaign in a 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday.
“You’re comparing your name with some great names,” he said, on the prospect of breaking the record. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.
“There are still three games to go. I want to break this record.”
Salah has also netted seven times in eight Champions League games, including in both legs of Liverpool’s 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of City, to carry his side to a first semifinal for a decade.
De Bruyne showed why he had been many people’s early-season favorite for the prize with an incredible long-range strike for his 12th goal of the season to go with a league-high number of assists as champions City thrashed Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.
“From my point of view when you are analizing 10 months, there is no player better than him,” said City manager Pep Guardiola of the Belgian midfielder.
“Maybe there are numbers better but for me he was the best. But it is my opinion, the opinions of the players could be different. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion.”
City did pick up a prize from the PFA gala in central London on Sunday, though, as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.
Sane, another City team-mate David Silva, De Bruyne, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were the other five nominees for the main prize.