James DeGale EXCLUSIVE: I have my world title back – and there is MUCH more to come
The 32-year-old surrendered his belt in a shock defeat to Truax in December, losing in front of his home crowd on what had been billed as a triumphant return to the UK after years spent fighting abroad.
A series of hard-fought battles against the likes of Andre Dirrell, Lucian Bute, Rogelio Medina and Badou Jack finally caught up with the former Olympic gold medallist in January last year as he elected to take an extended break in order to remedy his issues.
In June, DeGale announced he would undergo an extensive shoulder reconstruction that would keep him out for “a while”; he later admitted Dr Lennard Funk informed him it would be a year until his movement was fully restored.
Reliving his unanimous decision loss to Truax at London’s Copper Box Arena in December, DeGale told Express Sport: "My last performance was terrible, it was shocking. But there were a lot of factors why I performed like that. I looked past-it.
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“My shoulder was the main reason. If I'm being honest, I came back too quick from the operation. I shouldn't have boxed then.
"That is why I performed like that but this time around I went back to the drawing board, I trained hard and I locked myself away.
"Me being me, I just wanted to come back, I wanted to earn money, I wanted to pay off my mortgage. I just rushed my injury. From that I got criticised a lot and people doubted me once again.”
People don't realise that the cut was horrendous, I had five stitches in my eye
Just as he did when he first won the IBF strap, DeGale hit the road to reclaim his belt earlier this month, competing in a relatively low-key affair on the undercard of Jarrett Hurd’s unification clash with Erislandy Lara at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Scores of 117-110, 114-113 and 114-113 ensured it would be another fruitful excursion away from the pressure of the British crowd and DeGale claimed he was pleased with how he fared.
"I would say it was a good performance. Given the circumstances with my eye cut so early on in the fight, I would say it was a good performance,” he continued.
"People don't realise that the cut was horrendous, I had five stitches in my eye. I had four stitches on my forehead and I had one stitch in the corner of my left eye.
"I was cut to bits in the fight but it just shows you that I had to stick to my gameplan, I had to be switched on and I had to be clever in there – and I did.
"I basically got through it and it was about winning the rounds. As soon as I was cut in the third round it was just about winning the rounds and keep winning them to get back the title.
"I was extremely worried that the fight would be stopped after I was cut, as soon as I was cut it was just pouring into my eye so I knew it was bad.
"I went back to my corner and it felt like my cut kept on bleeding throughout the fight but Truax's didn't. Bit of a weird one that. I don't know if they used a stronger adrenaline or whatever but my one kept on bleeding and his stopped.
"I'm pretty sure if I wasn't cut, I would have gone on and won a lot easier.
"I started off well, I started off really well. The first two rounds were brilliant, I got on my jab. I moved my feet well and I was just waiting for him to tire and later on I would have got him but I got cut and I had to grind out the win.
"When you watch the fight and you study it round-by-round, I didn't really get hit. It was just the cuts that made it look like it was a fight, a bloodbath. It looked pretty horrible. But when you watch it, I didn't really get hit.”
Such was the manner of DeGale’s defeat in the first meeting between the two men, he vowed to hang up the gloves if he lost – or even performed badly in victory – last weekend.
But having done what he needed, if not exactly how he wanted, Chunky is looking to the future once again, promising improvement as a two-time world champion.
"There is much more to come, fact,” he declared, confidently.
“It [shoulder] feels tired and it's not as strong as the fight goes on. After four, five rounds it's still sharp and kind of strong.
“But after that it starts tiring. That is just going to get stronger over time and my surgeon said after a year, that is when it is fully healed.
“He said it will take ages to get the strength back and for it to be like normal.”
Describing the scene in an image which has since gone viral, showing DeGale riding in the same ambulance as Truax on their way to get stitched up at a local hospital, the 27-2-1 star said: "I was just chuffed to bits, I was over the moon that I'd won back my world title.
“This guy really, really thought he was going to beat me again. All I needed to do was be a little bit better than the last fight and I thought I would beat him. This is no disrespect to Caleb Truax, but he is not in my league.
"He got a lot of confidence from the last fight and he thought 'if I just stick pressure on him and I make him fight the way he fought last time, I can beat him' but that wasn't going to happen. I moved my feet this time, my front arm was a lot better and I knew I was going to win.”
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April 16, 2018
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sion.</p><p>Throughout the course of a six-month season, moments surface that produce situations that will reveal the true identity of a team.</p><p>Sunday is one of them for the spinning wheels Yankees after they scorched the Blue Jays, 9-1, on Saturday in front of 40,986 at Yankee Stadium and inched above even with a 10-9 ledger.</p><p>One, they are at home for the finale of the four-game series against the Blue Jays and looking to cop three of the four tilts. Two, ace Luis Severino is on the mound facing a team he dominated on Opening Day in Toronto. Three, Jaime Garcia, who was ineffective in a brief stint with the Yankees last year, gets the ball for the Blue Jays. Four, it looks like Aaron Judge has a shotgun partner in Miguel Andujar to help guide the lineup. Five, the main arms in the bullpen haven’t worked since Thursday.</p><p>Everywhere you looked Saturday, outside of Giancarlo Stanton’s bat, there were pluses. Jordan Montgomery provided six innings in which he allowed a run and four hits and moved to 2-0 in four starts. Judge went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Andujar delivered the knockout punch in the seven-run sixth with a three-run double. Even the weather cooperated, providing a first-pitch temperature of 56 degrees.</p><p>Judge crushed a 3-0 pitch from Suffolk County product Marcus Stroman that traveled 443 feet to deep left field in the third for a 2-0 cushion the Yankees never surrendered. Montgomery (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded deal in the fifth inning by giving up just a run. Andujar stayed hot at the plate with the three-run double. He has eight extra base hits in his past five games.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
s her 33-1 outsider Joe Farrell clung on for a heart-stopping nose win in the £215,000 Coral Scottish National.</p><p>It was an outcome which saved the bookies. The runner-up was a well-backed 9-1 shot while Vintage Clouds and Doing Fine, both 12-1, were third and fourth.</p><p>Joe Farrell, ridden by Adam Wedge, won the Scottish Grand National after a photo finish</p><p>But it was a result that meant much more than pounds and odds for Curtis.</p><p>The big success was only the ninth of a torrid season during which Pembrokeshire-based trainer split from her long-time partner Gearoid Costelloe and saw her horses struggle for form.</p><p>But Joe Farrell's part owner London-based Mark Sherwood, a long-time supporter of Curtis, had urged her to run telling her a success in Britain's fourth biggest betting race would put the trainer 'back in the spotlight'.</p><p>Curtis, who had never been to Ayr before, said: 'Joe Farrell always travels well and stays on better ground. It's been bad ground all winter. He has been in great form at home.</p><p>Jockey Wedge celebrates after winning the Coral Scottish Grand National with Joe Farrell</p><p>'I was quietly confident and we had nothing to lose. It has been an awful season. I lost half the horses I had and a lot of things happened in my personal life as well. We can hopefully start again next year.</p><p>'It is a positive note to end the season. It would be nice to get a few nice owners back and we will keep on trying.</p><p>'It was amazing to watch and has given me the biggest buzz for a long time.'</p><p>For 28-year-old winning jockey Adam Wedge, it was a biggest career success and also a good way to end a mixed season.</p><p>Back in January, Wedge was banned for 21 days for taking the wrong course in a race at Exeter.</p><p>The dramatic victory was only the ninth of a torrid season for trainer Rebecca Curtis</p><p>The rider said: 'I thought we had got chinned to be honest but he has a heart of a lion a stuck his head out.</p><p>'I won the 2013 Scottish Champion Hurdle on Court Minstrel but this tops that.</p><p>'It has been an up and down season but I have a lot of good people behind me like my boss (trainer) Evan Williams and every one I ride for has been very supportive.'</p><p>Grand National winner Tiger Roll, though trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott, had started his career in the ownership of top Flat owner Sheik Mohammed after being bought by his long-time bloodstock adviser John Ferguson.</p><p>Ferguson, who no longer works for the Sheik, also had a hand in the career of Joe Farrell.</p><p>During the period of time he also trained some jumpers, Ferguson found Joe Farrell and named him after the admired Scottish Platoon Sergeant with whom he served while on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland.</p><p>When Ferguson quit training, Sherwood bought him for £10,000 and that looks money extremely well invested now that Joe Farrell has secured a first prize of almost £125,000.</p><p>The nine-year-old, who had won at Newbury last month, also extended the good record of novice chasers win the race with a fellow novice chasing him home.</p><p>Always prominent if not always fluent in his jumping, Joe Farrell was in front three furlongs out in a race where Vintage Clouds and Gold Present, who was ultimately pulled out, duelled for the lead as the race hotted up.</p><p>The Young Master and Indy Five had exited by the third fence and 13 of the 29 starters finished, the remainder being pulled up.</p><p>Dual winner Vicente looked like he could play a part and make history with a third consecutive win but his jumping let him down. He also lost both hind shoes.</p><p>Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies said: 'He got in a really good rhythm but as everyone know with Vicente, jumping is not his greatest asset. He came off the bridle four fences from home and the fences then became quite hard work.'</p><p>Fagan, the 7-1 favourite trying to give Elliott a Grand National Grand Slam by adding to the trainer's success at Aintree and in the Irish National, never figured and was one of those pulled up.</p><p>His jockey Davy Russell said: 'I had a dream start and a dream position if he was good enough but it didn't happen today.'</p><p>Biggest frustration lay with Nigel Twiston-Davies, trainer of Ballyoptic. He has won the race twice and had saddled the second and third last year.</p><p>A week after his Grand National hope Blaklion had been brought down at the first fence, his Tom Bellamy-ridden runner-up was agonisingly edged out.</p><p>The trainer said: 'It was frustrating. We were giving a stone to a good horse. In another stride he'd have won. Bollocks!'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
ivalry back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with both sides battling it out for the Premier League title year after year. </p><p>Their meetings provided fans with some of the most memorable moments in English football, including the 'Battle of Old Trafford', which was a defining game in Arsenal's unbeaten season in 2003-04, and the 'Battle of the Buffet'.</p><p>Former player Phil Neville reminisced about Manchester United's bitter rivalry with Arsenal</p><p>Arsenal and United matches provided fans with some of the most memorable moments ever</p><p>And former United right back Neville, speaking following the shock news that Arsene Wenger will step down as Arsenal boss at the end of the season, has revealed just how intense their rivalry was.</p><p>He admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson used to always ask his players what their Arsenal counterparts were up to during England duty.</p><p>Neville told BBC at half-time of United's victory over Tottenham in the FA Cup: 'It was probably the greatest rivalry. I never forget, coming back from England, Sir Alex would ask us what the Arsenal players are up to, it’s the nutrition, the diet, the training methods, the style.</p><p>'It felt like war going into these games and at times it was because we had so much respect for them. We had immense respect for this Arsenal team and it’s because of the style. </p><p>Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were in a constant battle for the Premier League title</p><p>'Honestly, it was fine line in those games. When you think of great Premier League rivalries, I think this is the greatest.'</p><p>Meanwhile, fellow pundit and former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas was full of praise for the Frenchman, who has been at Arsenal for a remarkable 22 years. </p><p>Jenas said: 'I think people are very quick to forget. We kind of laud people like Pep Guardiola for what he has brought to the game, that’s what Arsene Wenger was. He was a pioneer for the game.</p><p>'For the young players, you used to look at what Wenger was doing with those young Arsenal players and be like "what’s he doing, how’s he getting that out of you". He really was obviously a pioneer of the game.'</p><p>Jermaine Jenas was full of praise for the Arsenal boss, calling him a 'pioneer of the game'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
who suggests the Lakers would be making a huge risk by trading some of their young players to sign Leonard.</p><p>This summer is expected to be a busy one in Los Angeles for Lakers president Magic Johnson as they bid to bring in at least one All-Star.</p><p>Their promising young squad have shown signs of improvement in the past few years and clever trade moves have allowed the cap space to bring in some ready-made stars this offseason.</p><p>But the situation with Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs has led to suggestions the Western Conference giants could be willing to entertain trade packages for the forward.</p><p>LeBron James – Player Option/Small Forward /Team: Cleveland Cavaliers</p><p>It comes in the same summer where players such as LeBron James and Paul George could be available without having to give up any of their players in free agency.</p><p>And Smith believes the Lakers would be better off heading into the free agency market as opposed to trading for Leonard.</p><p>“When I look at Kuzma, of course Kawhi is worth more than all of them, but the problem is I’ve got LeBron and Paul George as free agents this summer.</p><p>“I got Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler as free agents next summer so any of those players you can get without giving up anybody.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
heir last shot at silverware after a disappointing season.</p><p>The Blues showed steel to beat high-flying Burnley 2-1 during the week and will be desperate to end the campaign on a high, with Manchester United waiting in the final.</p><p>Antonio Conte has several issues to contend with ahead of the clash, including what to do with misfiring striker Alvaro Morata.</p><p>The Spanish star started well at Stamford Bridge but injuries and a severe loss of confidence have crippled his season.</p><p>Olivier Giroud is expected to start in place of Morata, while Marcos Alonso is suspended for the game.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
eyond the Champions League last 16 and struggling to keep pace with Manchester City in the Premier League.</p><p>The FA Cup is the Red Devils’ only hope of silverware this term and Mourinho would have faced questions over his future had they failed to beat Tottenham.</p><p>But, speaking after the 2-1 win at Wembley, he said: “I had this morning one simple SMS from one of my bosses Ed Woodward - he was saying that 'I believe we are going to win but if we don't the season is a good season, a season where everyone is professional and everyone is bringing the club in the right direction'. That's my feeling too.</p><p>“We can close the season in a final and that's a good achievement. But we need to focus on our six points and we deserve to finish second and to do that behind a fantastic team is a good achievement.”</p><p>Who could leave Manchester United in the summer transfer window?</p><p> I had this morning one simple SMS from one of my bosses Ed Woodward </p><p>United had to come from behind to progress to the final.</p><p>Ander Herrera struck the all-important goal in the 62nd minute.</p><p>Mourinho said: “The players were all very good and when they are all good the team is solid and we can play against any team including Spurs, who are one of the top teams in Europe.</p><p>“It was a great achievement to beat them in their stadium.”</p><p>For Tottenham, it will be another campaign without any silverware.</p><p>And boss Mauricio Pochettino admits reaching the final was one step too far for his team again.</p><p>“I think every defeat is bad,” he said. “It's difficult to accept but of course we are disappointed we are out and cannot achieve the final.</p><p>“We competed but not enough to win. We dominated the first half and were much better than Manchester United.</p><p>“United defended very well and so deep. We are disappointed because we are so close. We need to think, move on, finish the season and try to finish in the top four.</p><p>“I think we need to understand where we have come from. It's easy to talk about winning trophies.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley.</p><p>Former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez produced a big display and scored against his old rivals Spurs to cancel out Dele Alli's opener.</p><p>Ander Herrera bagged the winner after a terrific performance, with several other stars also impressing at Wembley.</p><p>Romelu Lukaku was a menacing force throughout the game, while Paul Pogba provided a terrific assist for Sanchez to head home.</p><p>Jose Mourinho will be delighted with his team overall, though two players in particular failed to deliver on the big stage.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
2 lead slip in a thrilling 5-5 draw with Hull.</p><p>After Harry Wilson scored the opener for the Tigers, Marlon Park responded for the hosts and a Famara Diedhiou double put them in control.</p><p>Robins goalkeeper Frank Fielding scored an own goal and, after Bobby Reid made it 4-2, Wilson, Abel Hernandez and Fraizer Campbell looked to have pulled off a stunning comeback.</p><p>The scoreboard at Ashton Gate reads the incredible scoreline at the end of a frantic match</p><p>Fraizer Campbell thought he had earned his side the win with a late goal for Hull City</p><p>Bristol City celebrate their fourth goal, scored by Bobby Reid, before Hull's comeback begins</p><p>Yet Joe Bryan secured a draw at the death to keep Lee Johnson's side in the hunt.</p><p>Lewis Grabban netted twice as Aston Villa kept their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with a 4-0 victory at 10-man Ipswich.</p><p>Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury were also on target at Portman Road, where Ipswich midfielder Grant Ward was shown a red card for a rash tackle in the 42nd minute.</p><p>Goals in either half from Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga ensured Middlesbrough beat play-off rivals Derby 2-1 and consolidated their place in the top six.</p><p>David Nugent converted a last-minute penalty for Derby, who are one point off sixth-placed Millwall. </p><p>Preston and Sheffield United also saw their play-off hopes damaged after dropping points. North End were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Norwich at Deepdale and Birmingham came from behind to boost their survival hopes with a 2-1 victory over the Blades.</p><p>After Sheffield United took the lead at St Andrew's through Mark Duffy in the seventh minute, Birmingham responded through goals from Marc Roberts and Jacques Maghoma.</p><p>Birmingham moved five points clear of relegation with a vital win over Sheffield United</p><p>Birmingham moved five points above the drop zone after Barnsley lost to former manager Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road.</p><p>Young left-back Tom Pearce opened the scoring with his first goal for Leeds and although a Paudie O'Connor own goal drew the Tykes level, they remain two points behind Bolton following Gjanni Alioski's winner.</p><p>Fernando Forestieri scored either side of a George Boyd strike to give Sheffield Wednesday a 3-0 win over Reading, who had Tyler Blackett sent off.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
sion.</p><p>Over three days this week in the NFL draft, teams will try to find players to fill their roster holes, help them make the playoffs and get them a Lombardi Trophy.</p><p>Most of the picks won’t work out. Some will be OK, and a few will be franchise changers. We examined the past five drafts (2013-17) to see which teams have been the best at drafting and which have been the worst to formulate our fourth annual draft rankings. Some teams have started to figure things out while others have slipped.</p><p>The rankings are based on: how many games the draft pick has played, Pro Bowl appearances, first-team All-Pro selections and awards like MVP and Rookie of the Year. We also factored in how much the team has won during the five years, because players on losing teams tend to have an easier path to playing time.</p><p>Here are the rankings from best to worst with last year’s ranking in parentheses:</p><p>Jerry Jones seems to have figured things out when it comes to drafting in recent years. Maybe that has meant backing off. But the picks of Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were home runs in 2016. They also built their offensive line with the picks of Zack Martin and Travis Frederick.</p><p>Browns fans should be happy to see the Chiefs so high. Their new GM, John Dorsey, was in charge of all of these drafts. The 2015 draft landed five starters, and the pick of Tyreek Hill in the 2016 sixth round was a home run.</p><p>A knee injury derailed the career of Floyd, who was one of three first-round picks by the Vikings that year. Minnesota just went to the NFC Championship riding the backs of many of the players they have taken over the past five years. If Teddy Bridgewater had stayed healthy, this group would be even more impressive.</p><p>The Rams’ 2014 first-round picks show how hard the draft is. Robinson, taken with the No. 2-overall pick, was a total bust. Donald, who was taken 11 picks later, just won Defensive Player of the Year. Did the Rams suddenly get smarter in 11 picks?</p><p>Jon Gruden is going to discover he has a lot of toys to play with on his roster courtesy of general manager Reggie McKenzie. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Mack are all foundation players.</p><p>Atlanta has had some big hits on the defensive side of the ball with Beasley, Keanu Neal, Deion Jones and Desmond Trufant. Takkarist McKinley looked good as a rookie with six sacks.</p><p>The Cardinals have drafted three players that have made first-team All-Pro already — Johnson, Tyrann Mathieu and Budda Baker, who was last year’s second-round pick. GM Steve Keim has an eye for talent.</p><p>The Packers have not drafted as well in the past few years, but that 2013 class had three Pro Bowl players and the Rookie of the Year with Lacy, who faded after his hot start. The 2014 class had two good ones with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Davante Adams in the first two rounds.</p><p>Getting Bell in the second round in 2013 was an absolute steal. Pittsburgh looks like it had a good class in 2017 with the early returns on T.J. Watt and JuJu Smith-Schuster.</p><p>Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell deserves a lot of credit for building the roster that Doug Marrone and Tom Coughlin took to the AFC Championship last year. Once a laughingstock, Jacksonville has landed some really good players recently.</p><p>A ranking this high will be shocking for many Giants fans, who blamed former GM Jerry Reese for everything. But Beckham and Landon Collins are two terrific picks. He also landed solid starters in Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and Sterling Shepard.</p><p>Los Angeles has just made 32 picks in five years, tied for the second-fewest in the NFL. Bosa and Melvin Gordon give the Chargers pieces to build around on both sides of the ball. They need last year’s first-round pick Mike Williams to stay healthy.</p><p>Mosley is an outstanding player, but the Ravens have not drafted many other impactful players. It will be interesting to see how the team transitions from Ozzie Newsome to Eric DeCosta at GM.</p><p>Byard had a monster season in 2017 for Tennessee with eight interceptions, making his selection in the third round look like a theft. Marcus Mariota got the Titans to the playoffs last year, but it would be nice for Tennessee to see the No. 2 pick in 2015 jump into the elite category.</p><p>The Super Bowl champs had a lot of good free-agent signings to complement some solid drafting in recent years. Quarterback Carson Wentz should help this ranking in the coming years.</p><p>The Texans have some players that look like they are on the verge of breaking out. Start with last year’s first-round pick Deshaun Watson, who was having a great year before getting hurt.</p><p>Over the past few months, Miami has traded away the two Pro Bowl players they drafted during this time span — Landry and Jay Ajayi. They have taken plenty of contributing players, but not enough stars.</p><p>Both of Detroit’s Pro Bowlers came in the 2013 class — Slay and Ziggy Ansah. There has been a drought of good players since then, something that could challenge new coach Matt Patricia.</p><p>Chicago’s fate rests with last year’s first-round pick Mitch Trubisky. If he is the answer at quarterback, GM Ryan Pace will look like a genius. If not, Pace will be looking for a job.</p><p>New Giants GM Dave Gettleman oversaw all of these drafts for Carolina and the results are uninspiring. Turner and Kawann Short were hits, but there were plenty of misses. The Panthers had the fewest picks (28) of any team over this period.</p><p>Seattle has only had one first-round pick in the past five years, something that has taken a toll on its drafting. Their average first selection has been 47.2. After years of finding late-round gems, the well has run dry for the Seahawks.</p><p>They had no first-round picks in 2013 or 2014 after the Robert Griffin III trade, something that is tough to overcome particularly when the quarterback does not work out. Scherff has been a solid piece of the offensive line.</p><p>The Jets have very little to show from the 2013-15 drafts here. Leonard Williams has star potential but has not shown consistency yet. Last year’s top pick Jamal Adams could be a mainstay in the secondary.</p><p>Can Jameis Winston become a star? He has shown the potential, but how he fares will determine how Tampa Bay is viewed going forward. The Bucs have not taken any impact players since Winston.</p><p>The Bengals had a good run in the draft in the earlier part of this decade with A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, but they have fallen off the cliff. They have not taken a Pro Bowl player since Eifert in 2013.</p><p>John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are in their second year trying to clean up the mess they inherited. Foster looked like he might be a steal in last year’s draft, but his recent legal troubles sound really serious and could derail his career.</p><p>The Browns have only won one game over the past two years, but they have drafted a bunch of players who look like they could be part of the team’s future. Schobert tied for the NFL lead in tackles last year.</p><p>After years of dismal drafting, the Saints had the best draft of any team last year. Kamara, Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk and Marcus Williams all look like they will be key members of this team for a long time.</p><p>New England supporters will take issue with this low ranking, but Bill Belichick’s recent drafts have been awful. It is a testament to Tom Brady’s talent and Belichick’s roster ingenuity and coaching that the Patriots have been able to maintain their winning ways with drafting like this.</p><p>John Elway aced the draft early in his career as a Broncos executive, but he has so many swings and misses since then. Taking Paxton Lynch in the first round in 2016 looks like the latest, and it caused them to sign Case Keenum in free agency.</p><p>Brandon Beane is in his second year of trying to fix the Bills. His predecessors left him with plenty of problems. Taking Manuel in 2013 and trading up for Sammy Watkins in 2014 are at the top of the list.</p><p>Indianapolis’ roster is a mess thanks to terrible drafting. They have wasted some of Andrew Luck’s prime years. New coach Frank Reich will have a challenge rebuilding this team along with GM Chris Ballard.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
gland striker Alan Shearer.</p><p>Tottenham raced into a 1-0 lead after just 10 minutes, with Dele Alli stabbing home from close range.</p><p>Spurs were dominating the game and easily could have added to their lead with a better final ball.</p><p>United came back, equalising through former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.</p><p> Tottenham were first to every ball and honestly United were hopeless </p><p>“It was a brilliant first 45 minutes,” Shearer said.</p><p>“They were first to the ball, winning every tackle, got the goal that they deserved and Mourinho was going absolutely berserk on the touchline.</p><p>“Tottenham were first to every ball and honestly United were hopeless.</p><p>“And the next clip sums it up. They lose one tackle, they lose another tackle, (Mousa) Dembele flicks it through his legs, it eventually goes to the far end for a magnificent chance for (Christian) Eriksen.</p><p>“I said Mourinho was going mad on the touchline and that’s why. They were second to everything for 20-25 minutes.”</p><p>United went on to win the game 2-1 and will face either Southampton or Chelsea in the final.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>