17 déc. 2019
The Grand Stade de Lyon is on course to sell out for the Champions Cup final between Saracens and Racing 92 on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2. Air Force 1 Womens Discount . One thing we can predict for certain is, come the final whistle, there will be a new name on the trophy, as neither side has yet tasted glory in European rugbys premier cup competition.Racing 92 will make their first appearance in a final and are the ninth Top 14 club to play in a European Cup decider, while Saracens will be appearing in the final for a second time after losing 23-6 to Toulon in 2014. Top of the PoolsSaracens swept aside all before them in a tricky Pool 1 that included Toulouse, Ulster and Oyonnax.The north London side kicked off their campaign with a 32-7 win over Toulouse. We take a look Saracens route to the 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup final It was an impressive display from Saracens and they backed it up in Round 2 with a superb second-half performance away to Ulster.Sarries scored 22 points after the break in Belfast to come away 27-9 winners and underline their ambition to go one better than they did in 2014. Owen Farrell will be hoping to help Sarries to their first Champions Cup success Rounds 3 and 4 provided back-to-back wins against Oyonnax - a 45-10 win at Stade Charles Mathon before a Chris Ashton hat-trick inspired them to a 55-13 victory at home the following week. The bonus-point win put comfortable distance between them and the chasing pack in Pool 1.Mark McCalls men then secured their home quarter-final in Round 5 with another impressive win against Ulster, this time winning 33-17 to secure their fourth bonus-point victory of the pool stages.In their final game of the group stages, Saracens kept their 100% record intact as they travelled to Stade Ernest Wallon and beat Toulouse 28-17. When is the Champions Cup final on Sky? When is the Champions Cup final and how can you watch it on Sky Sports? Meanwhile, over in Pool 3, Racing were drawn with Northampton, Glasgow and Scarlets. Their first match was scheduled to be against Glasgow, but was postponed following the terror attacks in Paris.The Top 14 side got their Champions Cup campaign off to a winning start with a bonus-point 29-12 victory over the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.Dan Carter then had his first taste of European rugby with the Paris-based side as he helped Racing to a 33-3 win over Northampton in Round 3, but a week later there was a blip as Saints held them to a 9-9 draw at Franklins Gardens. We take a look at Racing 92s route to the 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup final In early January, Racings postponed Round 1 game against Glasgow took place at Stade Yves Du Manoir. The French side tightened their grip on Pool 3 with a 34-10 bonus-point win, and a week later racked up the biggest win in the tournament when they demolished Scarlets 64-14 at home.The final round was not a good one for Racing, as they were well beaten by Glasgow Warriors in Kilmarnock - 22-5 thanks to a try from Stuart Hogg. However, they had done enough to advance as Pool 3 winners and secure home advantage in the quarter-finals.Knockout stagesRacing hosted three-time champions Toulon in the quarter-finals in battle that went to the wire. The scores were tied 16-16 before a 79th-minute penalty from French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud kicked Racing into their first semi-final, knocking out the reigning champions. PRO12 v Premiership: Who wins? Which league has the best players? In their semi-final against Leicester, it was Machenauds try in the third minute that helped Racing to a 19-9 lead with the game closing out. Though Leicester hit back with a try with a minute remaining, Racing held on for a 19-16 win at City Ground.Saracens came under intense pressure in their quarter-final and had to come from behind to beat Northampton after trailing 10-6 at half-time. Sarries were far from their best but stepped up in the second half to beat their Premiership rivals 29-20. Saracens beat Wasps 24-17 in their semi-final It was another Premiership side in the semi-finals for Saracens as they won a thrilling encounter against Wasps. The power of their back row finally took its toll on Wasps, who made Sarries really fight for their place in the final in a 24-17 win.The finalThe two best teams in Europe will now meet. Will Saracens be able to keep their 100% win record and lift the trophy? No team has ever won the tournament after finishing the group stages as top seeds.Can Racing 92 triumph, propelling Dan Carter into an exclusive club of players who have won the World Cup, the Rugby Championship, the Super Rugby title and the Champions Cup?The five to do so are Bryan Habana, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Brad Thorn and Ali Williams. Juan Imhoff scored a try during Racings quarter-final against Toulon The Sky Sports team will be in Lyon to bring you all the action as it unfolds, with special guests Paul OConnell and Jonny Wilkinson joining us to share their views.Tune in from 3.45pm on Sky Sports 2 this Saturday to watch Saracens v Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final Also See: Farrell keen to emulate Carter Champions Cup final on Sky Sports WATCH: Fodens trick shot WATCH: Greenwoods Favourite 5 Air Force 1 Mens Wholesale . The Senators return from a lengthy layoff caused by Wednesdays attack on Parliament Hill to host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. Air Force 1 Wholesale .Y. - The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence these days, thanks to a standout goalie and a newfound winning attitude.Almost immediately after the Toronto Blue Jays finished May with an outstanding 21-9 record, skipper John Gibbons basically said that was all well and good, but the Jays couldnt let up and had to avoid the "June Swoon". That prompted me to go back through the years that Rogers has owned the club to see how many times the Jays have actually stumbled in June and seriously damaged their seasons. This is Rogers 15th season of club ownership. They have had three general managers, Gord Ash (inherited), J.P Ricciardi and Alex Anthopoulos. Theyve also had six managers, Buck Martinez (inherited), Carlos Tosca, John Gibbons (twice), Cito Gaston and John Farrell. Over the 14 complete seasons, they have had five winning Junes and nine losing ones. Of those nine losing months of June, I can only classify a couple of them as season-wreckers. In 2008, after a great May, the Jays stumbled in June to a 10-16 mark. John Gibbons remembers it well because he was fired on 20th of that month and replaced by Cito Gaston. Cito went on to have one of those Junes of his own two years later in 2010. The Jays went 9-17 that month, though they recovered to finish at 85-77, albeit still winding up in fourth place in the tough American League East. Cito retired from his second stint as Blue Jays manager at the end of that season. In 2002, the Jays got off to a horrible 8-20 start under second-year skipper and now Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez. The team seemed to be coming around a bit and actually swept the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series that carried over in the start of June. But on June 3, Ricciardi fired Buck and promoted one of his own hires in bench coach Carlos Tosca to be manager. The Jays finished with a 15-12 record for that month. The Jays most common June record is 12-15. Four times they have hit those figures and once they just missed it, going 12-14 in 2009. The Jays best Junes in the Rogers era have been 15-11 in 2003, 16-11 in 2006 and 17-9 last season under Gibbons fuelled by that 11-game win streak. Even with that stellar month, the Jays still finished at 74-88, just one game better than the year before under John Farrell. In his four full season managing the Jays so far, Gibbons actually has a winning June record at 59-48, but I guess that une 2008 firing would make a man just a little wary. The season that sticks out in comparison to this year is 2010. The Jays, under Cito, were 31-22 at the end of May. Thats nine games over .500, exactly the same as this years edition were at 33-24. The 2010 team, as we mentioned, finished at 85-77, but didnt come close to making the post-season. So Gibbonss point is well taken. Even though, the Jays have equalled their best record through the end of May since Rogers took over they still have a long way tto go - a four-month grind in fact - to try and earn their first playoff spot since 1993. Air Force 1 White Cheap . . - When the Tampa Bay Rays opted to keep lefty David Price in the off-season, it looked as though they were committed to winning this season. Many pundits, yours truly included, thought they actually had the talent to win the AL East. Now, thanks to injuries to pitchers Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb and a distinct lack of hitting, they have tumbled into the basement in the East at 23-34 after getting swept at Fenway over the weekend. Ben Zobrist, perhaps their most valuable player, is back off of the DL, as is Cobb, but now Wil Myers is on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist. It will be interesting to see between now and the deadline if the Rays put the blame for this season on the injuries or if they go into full rebuild mode and make Price the centrepiece of their wheeling and dealing. - The Boston Red Sox, on the other hand, have staged a dramatic recovery. After dropping 10 in a row and losing starters Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz to the disabled list, as well as third baseman Will Middlebrooks, theyve turned around and won seven straight and have closed to within six games of the Blue Jays and two-and-a-half of the second Wild Card slot. - The Baltimore Orioles are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Nelson Cruz got nailed on the left hand by a Scott Feldman pitch on Sunday versus the Houston Astros and had to leave the game after just one at-bat. Fortunately, the x-rays were negative. Cruz is turning out to be the biggest bargain basement pick-up of the off-season. The 33-year-old slugger, in the wake of his PED suspension, left the Texas Rangers as a free agent and signed late with Baltimore on a one-year deal worth $8 million. Cruz leads the Bigs with 20 homers and 52 runs batted in, just ahead of the Jays Edwin Encarnacion who has 19 roundtrippers and 50 runs batted in. Cruz is putting up career numbers in a contract year. He has never hit more than 33 home runs in a season and has never driven in more than 90 in a campaign. Barring an injury, he should easily surpass both totals and help keep the Os in the East race all season long. - If the season ended today and, of course, it doesnt, the Blue Jays would play the Detroit Tigers in the American League Divisional Series and would have home field advantage in the series. That would be a dream match-up in these parts and adds a little bit of drama for their upcoming three-game set starting Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The Jays will be sending Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey and J.A. Happ up against Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander. ' ' '