ading at 12/5 ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturda

ading at 12/5 ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturda

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Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. Patrice Bergeron Jersey . This week they discuss Andrew Albers, “Doctor” Donovan McNabb and the best and the worst of the tennis world. Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is down to the retirement of Marion Bartoli, who walked away from tennis 40 days after winning Wimbledon at age 28. She said her body was done. She said Wimbledon was probably the last bit of something that was left inside her. Well, its a shame. It feels like a snap decision from someone who made tennis so much more interesting - Bartoli was a basket of intellect and indiosyncracies - starting by not bouncing the ball before she served, in a sport where so many athletes seem mass-produced. But maybe this is for the best. Shed had a rough year, and Wimbledon was a soft-schedule burst of lightning in a bottle. In the end, she left her way, which was always how she played. Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is up to Andrew Albers, the 27-year-old from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, for winning the longest drive competition in major league baseball - and Im not talking golf here. Albers drove from Saskatchewan to Arizona, from Arizona to Florida - 32 hours in all - to pursue a future in baseball. The drive to Florida and some craftiness earned him a contract with the Minnesota Twins and against all odds, he began his big league journey in incredible form last week. First a shutout. Then another. He threw 17 1/3 innings before finally giving up runs and being defeated Saturday night. We have no idea how long this will last for Albers, but we do know this: this lefthander has drive. Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: Yes, Rafael Nadal schooled him in the Rogers Cup final last Sunday. And yes, he lost to John Isner in Cincinnati on Thursday. Still, my thumb is up to Milos Raonic. Sandwiched between those defeats, Raonic had an obscure yet significant win. Raonic beat Janko Tipsarevic in Cincinnati to run his record against the Serb to 3-0, but this was the first time he had won in straight sets. You will soon be pronouncing Tipsarevic with ease. With Viktor Troickis doping suspension, Tipsarevic will be the serbian no. 2, behind Novak Djokovic, in the Davis Cup semifinal against Canada next month. Even on Belgrade clay, a confident Raonic makes an upset possible. Brent Wallace, TSN: My thumb is down to the former Washington Redskin quarterback who wants to become the personal shrink to current Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III. Donovan McNabb has plenty of experience after playing 13 seasons in the NFL, but that doesnt mean he needs to impart his wisdom on others in a public forum and use the excuse that hes just trying to help. On his radio show this week - McNabb - who had a very tumultuous one-year stint in Washington - said RG3 is being "brainwashed" and then added "clearly the young generation... they think they have all the answers. He is going through a little turmoil right now... trying to make it out on the field and its unfortunate." Saying those things in a public forum - whether theyre true or not - is not helping. You played the position, you should know how it works. Reach out to him quietly if you want, but dont scream it to the world. You had your time in the spotlight, now its time to let others shine and for you to fade into the background and to not keep making the story about you. Derek Sanderson Jersey . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. Bruins Jersey .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. ... ey-jersey/ .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch.Emmanuel Adebayor will face a late fitness test ahead of Crystal Palaces pivotal relegation clash with Norwich at Selhurst Park. Despite both Palace and Norwich sitting above the relegation zone, neither can afford to slip up with Sunderland and Newcastle desperate to remain in the top flight.Palace have not tasted victory in the Premier League since December 19, and have been dragged into a relegation battle, when earlier in the campaign it seemed the only way was up for Alan Pardews men. The Canaries would be in a far worse predicament if they hadnt mustered a spirited last-gasp victory over Newcastle last time out.With Norwichs woeful record on the road, and the Eagles six-game losing streak at Selhurst Park, picking a winner here is a tall order, but the loser will be looking nervously over their shoulders come Saturday evening.Team newsCrystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor will face a last-minute fitness test before their clash with fellow strugglers Norwich.The forward suffered a slight knock in training this week and could be unavailable on Saturday but manager Alan Pardew is confident he will be available for Wednesdays game with Everton.James McArthur (ankle) and Brede Hangeland (knock) are the only players still on the sidelines due to injury.Norwich will have captain Russell Martin back in the squad for the clash while winger Nathan Redmond could be in contention to start after recovering from a hamstring injury.Full-back Ivo Pinto had been struggling with a virus, but should return.Opta statsCrystal Palaces win over Norwich in the reverse fixture in August was their first victory over the Canaries in the Premier League (D4 L4).Norwich are winless in 14 away league games against Crystal Palace, last winning away to them in May 1996 (D5 L9).Crystal Palace remain the only team in the top four tierrs who are yet to win a game in 2016 (D3 L9). Torey Krug Jersey. he Eagles have now gone 14 league games without tasting victory; they last went 15 matches without a league win in March 1998.A league-high nine of Crystal Palaces Premier League goals this season have been scored by defenders.Five of Palaces nine league goals from defenders have come courtesy of Scott Dann, a league-high figure for a defender this season.On home soil, the Eagles have now lost six Premier League games in a row. No team has lost seven home games in a row in the top-flight since Wolves in April 2012 (nine consecutive games).The Canaries have scored a joint-league low one goal in the first 15 minutes of their games (level with Aston Villa), which equates to an outright low three per cent of their total goal haul.Mersons predictionsThis is a massive game. If Norwich win this and Sunderland and Newcastle lose, youd think that would be it really. Both of them are a fluke result away from being relegated. Norwich did well on Saturday, I watched the game and it was a good result. Crystal Palace picked up a decent result as well, so it will be an interesting one.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 15/2)BettingCrystal Palace are 11/10 with Sky Bet with Norwich 5/2 and the draw trading at 12/5 ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday. Palace (16/1) have been sucked into the relegation picture after a winless run in their last 14 league matches, while Norwich are now 1/2 to stay up after claiming seven points out of the last nine. The Eagles won convincingly at Carrow Road earlier in the season and are 11/4 to secure a victory by exactly one goal and 9/4 to win to nil. Check out tips from our Sky Sports pundits and bet here.Crystal Palace v Norwich is included in this weeks Super 6. Make your predictions here for the chance to win £250,000. 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