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UEFA’s new Champions League Man of the Match award is truly a thing of beauty

With the Champions League due to resume this week, UEFA has introduced a brand new award to the mix and it is a glorious sight to behold...The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.Jump to: Mourinho enjoys a day to remember in win at Villa | Nike
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NBA All-Star Game MVP Award will now be known as the Kobe Bryant MVP Award

"Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game," Silver said. "He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world."Bryant was an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards, the NBA said. He was named All-Star Game MVP in 2002,
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FWAA creates award in memory of former ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff

The Football Writers Association of America has created an annual award in memory of former ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff, who died on Christmas Eve -- his 34th birthday -- from previously undetected Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in his lungs.The Edward Aschoff Rising Star Award, which was announced Thursday, will recognize one promising FWAA member no older than 34, "who has not only the talent and work ethic it takes to
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In wide-open Wooden Award race, why not Luka Garza?

There is no clear consensus for the Wooden Award on this, the first week of February. At least for this week, however, ESPN.com's college basketball experts came to a majority opinion around Iowa's Luka Garza -- with Dayton's Obi Toppin right behind.Last week, Dick Vitale presented his "Super Seven" picks for the Wooden Award. What would your top 5 look like if balloting was conducted today?Myron Medcalf, senior college basketball
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Dick Vitale’s early Wooden Award ballot

I have been honored to serve as a voter on the John Wooden Award for several years now. It is a great process, which begins before the season when we put together a list of the top 50 candidates. More recently, voters submitted our updated list of the top 20 candidates. It was not easy to trim down the possibilities given this crazy, unpredictable season.With February beginning shortly, I have
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Enable, Crystal Ocean, Waldgeist share Longines best racehorse award

The John Gosden-trained Enable, owned by Saudi royal Khalid Abdullah, narrowly missed out on a record third straight Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe title in Paris.Her conqueror at Longchamp, the Andre Fabre-trained Waldgeist, also won the Group 1 Prix Ganay in Paris in April. Crystal Ocean, from the stable of Michael Stoute, was a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot in June, beating Waldgeist in the process. But he was
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Resolution urges MLB to strip Astros, Red Sox of World Series titles, award them to Dodgers

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday urging Major League Baseball to strip recent World Series championships from the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The resolution, originally presented by council members Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz on Wednesday, notes the sign-stealing allegations brought against the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox and asks MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to "recall
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Broyles Award winner Joe Brady states intentions to stay at LSU

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- LSU passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Brady, who has reportedly drawn interest from the NFL following a highly successful season in which he won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant, said Saturday that his "intentions are being at LSU.""I hope I'm a Tiger as long as they want me at LSU," Brady said at media day appearance ahead of Monday's College
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Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev among new faces on Wooden Award midseason list

Gonzaga sophomore forward Filip Petrusev was among five new names added to the midseason watch list for the 2020 Wooden Award, which was also reduced from 50 players to 25 on Wednesday.The 6-foot-11, 235-pound Petrusev is the leading scorer and rebounder for the top-ranked Bulldogs (16-1), averaging 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for a team that has won eight in a row heading into Thursday's matchup with San
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Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo to be honored posthumously with Spink Award

SAN DIEGO -- Longtime Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo was selected as the 2020 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.Cafardo will be honored posthumously in July during Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, New York. Cafardo, 62, died during spring training in February at the training facility of the Boston Red Sox in Florida.Cafardo is the 71st Spink