Charles Barkley talking hockey? Charles Barkley talking hockey – and at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, no less.Sir Charles joined NBC’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on Wednesday to discuss the first period of Blues vs. Bruins, which ended with the Blues ahead 2-0. Barkley couldn’t recall the name of St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, but he knew “the goalie stole the show” in the first 20 minutes as Binnington withstood Boston’s constant pressure. MORE: Every previous Game 7 in Final history, ranked”Thanks, Gary Bettman, for the tickets. Love ya, brother,” Barkley said.A lot of Twitter was befuddled by seeing Barkley (and his fashion choice) on their screens, but some of it was complimentary, too:Who dressed Barkley????— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) June 13, 2019did charles barkley just call sidney crosby “cindy crawford”— BIN RACCOON (@russbengtson) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley dressed up like he going to a parent teacher conference pic.twitter.com/j9iFQFhsv3— link (@1nolink) June 13, 2019why does charles barkley look like the head pharmacist at a best buy pic.twitter.com/NTgzmQ4jqD— hot take jake (@jakeguidry) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley does not listen to Philadelphia sports talk radio, I guess pic.twitter.com/EvhQVIr2Xd— Dan McQuade (@dhm) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley looks like he doesn’t wanna pay for a baggage fee so he’s just gonna wear everything on the plane. pic.twitter.com/DkAGTD4yRH— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley is a better hockey analyst than most of NBC’s regular guys.— Dave (@baltimoredavey) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley killing it as usual during NBC’s #StanleyCupFinal intermission: ‘I always root for the team that never won a championship — because I’m on that list.’ Sir Charles rooting for @StLouisBlues. Pals with Blues coach and ex-Flyer Craig Berube from their days in Philly— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) June 13, 2019 One hockey name Barkley does know: Sidney Crosby. Chuck put Crosby in the same sentence as NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard when asked to make a hockey comparison to the Klaw.If @kawhileonard was a hockey player, who would he be?Charles Barkley immediately had a response: Sidney Crosby. pic.twitter.com/XFaEB6j22v— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 13, 2019Barkley said before the game he was on vacation, but a friend in a high place hooked him up with the visit to TD Garden in Boston.
Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9b/1c/raheem-sterling-manchester-city-2019-20_1fa9wetpckuv61hqfrw9fyy567.jpg?t=1113557966&w=500&quality=80 Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is confident that Saturday will be the day he finally breaks his duck of having failed to score against Manchester United.Initially criticised at the beginning of his career for lacking killer instinct, the forward, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on Sunday, has become increasingly efficient in front of goal and last term notched 25 strikes in all competitions as City won the Premier League title. “We’ve got to keep focused and keep the belief – even if the manager doesn’t say it. “It’s a long season and they are far ahead, credit to them, but it’s the Premier League. That’s why we’ve got to be prepared and ready as there’s some tricky games ahead for them. We’ve just got to keep focused and win our games to be with a shout if they do slip up.”Sterling has 15 goals in 21 appearances for City this season, including eight in 14 Premier League outings. Third-placed City face an immense challenge in retaining their Premier League title, having fallen 11 points behind Liverpool, but Sterling is not ready to give up on another crown yet – even if Pep Guardiola has gone public to say his side are no longer thinking of that target.“It’s one that none of us at the club are happy with but it’s happening now,” he said. However, the former Liverpool man has not scored against the Red Devils in 16 previous attempts, making them the only side that he has played more than seven times without scoring.Nevertheless, he is confident that run can come to an end in Saturday’s derby as he aims to quieten his critics once again.“It was a subject I kept hearing after games; that I don’t score enough and I’m not good enough in front of goal,” he told Sky Sports.“When I first came onto the scene I wanted to show I had ability and that I was a good player. But I was never trying to be greedy in trying to win matches by myself. “It was a wake-up call hearing all the critics saying he can’t score goals, so I thought I’d show them that I can. It’s something I started to work on and have belief.“It’s a shift in mentality: in the dressing room I’d always think: ‘What am I going to do to the right back today – shall I nutmeg him? Maybe a step over?’“But now it’s a straight mentality of trying to score and where a goal can come from.”
MASON CITY — A Florida woman is due to make an appearance in a Cerro Gordo County courtroom later this week after being accused of cashing stolen checks. 30-year-old Christina Whitaker of Lantana Florida was accused of going to four different branches of First Citizens Bank in December of last year and cashing eight stolen checks with a total value of $16,300. Authorities say Whitaker used the stolen identity of a bank customer and impersonated the account holder. Whitaker has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, as well as identity theft involving over $10,000, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday. Whitaker was recently arrested in Ohio and was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Thursday, where she continues to be held on a total of $50,000 bond.