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By Timothy Akintola

Read updates on NBA HOF 2024, CL 5th place, Malacia, Wembanyama and Mo Salah.

Vince Carter & Chauncey Billups headline 2024 NBA HOF finalists.

NBA legends, Vince Carter and Chauncey Billups are part of the 14 finalists for the class of 2024 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced during the NBA All-Star week. Vince played in the NBA for 22 years, with seven teams including the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, making eight All-Star appearances. Billups also played in the NBA for 17 years, winning the Championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and making five All-Star appearances. Other finalists include Dick Barnett, former player and coach, Doug Collins, LA Lakers’ Michael Cooper, Phoenix Suns’ leading scorer, Walter Davies, Indiana Pacers’ owner, Herb Simon and the LA Clippers’ legend, Jerry West.

Premier League’s 5th place champions league qualification in jeopardy.

With the new “Swiss league” style for the coveted Champions League tournament set to be implemented from next season which will include 36 teams instead of the traditional 32, the Premier League could be on the verge of having five teams in the competition for the first time. However, these chances seem to be in jeopardy, due to the poor performances of Manchester United and Newcastle in the CL this season. Italy and Germany are in fact in a better probation as things stand to get the 5th place qualification and the six remaining English teams in Europe competitions will have to be more dominant to earn the PL the fifth place qualification.

Manchester United fans stunned at timeframe for Tyrell Malacia’s return.

Tyrell Malacia has not played a single minute for Manchester United this season, since he was ruled out at the start of the team’s pre-season, which stopped him from traveling to the US with the team. Surprisingly, United have failed to disclose the nature of the full back’s injury and ten Hag only compared it to the injuries sustained by Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo, even though both players have made their respective returns months ago. With Luke Shaw now injured, new reports from the club have insisted that Malacia’s return has no specific time frame, as he is still in rehab.

Victor Wembanyama becomes the latest Louis Vuitton ambassador.

San Antonio Spurs’ 2023 first overall pick, Victor Wembanyama has not only hit the ground running in the NBA, but also in America’s fashion scene. The rookie has just elevated his fashion career, signing a new ambassadorial deal with global fashion brand, Louis Vuitton. The player is presently averaging 20.5 points, 10 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game this season and is in line to win the Rookie of the year award.

Mo Salah potentially out of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final clash.

Over the last weeks, Liverpool have been riddled with critical injuries which could potentially affect their title race and cup chances. With the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Joël Matip injured, the club’s talisman, Mohamed Salah has also been reported to potentially miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea. Salah sustained a tear in his Hamstring during an AFCON group stage game but returned to the pitch after two weeks, scoring and assisting in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Burnley last weekend. Reports are however suggesting that the player will not be fit for the finals and this will definitely be a huge blow for Liverpool’s cup chances.

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