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25 Mar 2020, 04:16

The brackets for the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Online Final on July 9 (NA) and 10 (EU) have been confirmed and will provide us with some of the most exciting matchups possible. With young upstarts like Lucky Bounce and Supersonic Avengers taking on top established teams like Kings of Urban and Flipsid3 Tactics, this tournaments action wont disappoint.Can Lucky Bounce maintain its amazing form? Will Exodus overcome its biblical rivals? Can We Dem Girlz and FlipSid3 Tactics continue their impressive reign? Heres how we predict the sets will pan out.North America Match 1: Lucky Bounce vs. Kings of UrbanTwo weeks ago, we would have told you this match would be a simple matter for Kings of Urban: 4-0 or 4-1, no contest. Now, though, this looks to be a very close series between two very good teams. Looking back at the group stage, Lucky Bounce took a 3-2 win over Kings in a tight series, squeaking past it in game five. In addition, over the course of the RLCS, Lucky Bounce edge out Kings by two goals, 97-95, as well as having a one better goal differential. Lucky Bounce also have the NA MVP of the tournament and possibly the most in-form player in the world, Jacob Darkfire Gurrola, playing for it.All considered, this best-of-seven will come down to one person: Darkfire. If Darkfire continues his blistering form and astounding partnership with Kyle Torment Storer, Lucky Bounce will take this series.Prediction: Lucky Bounce 4-2 Kings of UrbanKey player: DarkfireNorth America Match 2: Exodus vs GenesisExodus vs. Genesis will be a fight of biblical proportions. Both have solid defenses (second and third place in the NA league, respectively), but its Exodus that have managed to consistently out-pressure opponents with the second most shots in the region. Genesis will have to figure out how to put the pressure on Exodus and especially Caleb Moses Nichols, its star player. When Moses scores, Exodus are 16-4, when he doesnt, it is 5-10.Exodus, on the other hand, will seek to shut down Genesis Adam Espeon Barth, who is currently in ninth place in goals scored in the NA league. This will certainly be a game of pressure, with Exodus looking to stick to its incessant shooting style while Genesis will seek to keep the scores low and eke out the wins.Prediction: Exodus 4-1 GenesisKey player: MosesEurope Match 1: FlipSid3 Tactics vs. Supersonic AvengersFlipSid3 Tactics are the best team in the world. Its star Mark Markydooda Exton is the best player in the world. I cannot say those points enough. The supercharged Flipsid3, powered by group stage Golden Tire winner Markydooda, look to be on an easy path to the Grand Finals. Beyond the simply breathtaking Markydooda, Michael M1k3rules Costello and Francesco Kuxir97 Cinequemani are in the form of their lives and playing some of the best Rocket League that has ever been seen. Supersonic Avengers will look to spoil the Marky Party, but unfortunately its scored 31 fewer goals in the RLCS so far and managed a damning 51 fewer shots.Supersonic Avengers have the components of a very good team. If it can come together and gel today, anything is possible. However, it wont be easy, it isnt likely, and Supersonic Avengers will have to dig deep to have a chance. Supersonics only road to Augusts International Live Finals is a sweep of the Online Final, so it will have all its hopes riding on this set. Sadly for Supersonic Avengers, it looks like F3 and Markydooda will only entertain those hopes for four games.Prediction: FlipSid3 Tactics 4-0 Supersonic AvengersKey Player: MarkydoodaEurope Match 2: We Dem Girlz vs. Mockit EUMatch 2 of Europe looks to be the closest of the day, pitting We Dem Girlz, the heirs to the FlipSid3 throne, against Mockit EU, the cheese sandwiched firmly between the top and bottom tiers of European Rocket League. We Dem Girlz outscore Mockit by 30 in the league overall, but that is to be expected, as We Dem Girlz are all about scoring hard and scoring fast with a high pressure, shots-on-goal style.Mockit, on the other hand, are the second best defensive team in Europe with only 54 goals allowed in the RLCS. If Mockit can manage to contain We Dem Girlzs offense, it could cause WDG some problems. Mockits resolve, however, will likely be shattered by the incredible aggression of WDGs Remco Remkoe De Boer and Nicolai Maestro Bang, who are Europes second and third highest goal scorers, respectively. Mockit may not be ready to ascend to the very top of European Rocket League, but its close, and it will show us why.Prediction: We Dem Girlz 4-3 MockitKey Player: RemkoeWith old guard stalwarts having to face off against the up-and-coming challengers, this event could herald a changing of the guard, especially in North America. Europe, on the other hand, looks set in its ways and doesnt seem likely to have any triumphant new blood this tournament. Finally, here is our prediction for the tournament overall:NA:1st: Exodus2nd: Lucky Bounce3rd: Kings of Urban4th: GenesisEU:1st: FlipSid3 Tactics2nd: We Dem Girlz3rd: Mockit4th: Supersonic Avengers Kent Emanuel Jersey .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. Custom Roy Oswalt Jersey . Zvonareva, who won the tournament in 2009 and 10, couldnt handle her opponents big groundstrokes in only her third event back after 17 months out with a shoulder injury. Zvonareva made her comeback in January in Shenzhen and played in the Australian Open but lost her first matches at both tournaments. . 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time. Young formally announced his retirement Friday after returning to Rangers Ballpark, his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons. 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But really it was by his actions and being here and being present, working his tail off and playing at a really high speed and high level.Hilton had no choice but to grow up fast.He leaned on perennial Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne for three seasons, only to watch him go after the 2014 season. Andre Johnson filled that role last season. Though Hilton clearly outplayed Johnson, inside the locker room the 34-year-old veteran still provided perspective and advice to his younger teammates.When Johnson was cut in March, Hilton inherited his new job as the sage of the receivers meeting room.Its different, Hilton said. But Reggie helped prepare me for it, so I relish the moment.Coaches and teammates have already detected a difference.During the offseason workouts and three-day minicamp, they raved about Hiltons progression. Pagano believes its the best offseason Hiltons had as a pro.Me and T.Y. had that talk about being the veteran guys in the room and what we have to do and how we have to set the tone every day and keep the younger guys going, third-year receiver Donte Moncrief said. Thats the big thing for us, is just keeping the young guys going and keeping their head on right.For Hilton, its a crucial season.After a solid rookie year, Hilton took off. He caught 82 passes in 2013 and 2014 and topped the 1,000-yard mark both seasons. But perhaps no Indy player -- other than Andrew Luck -- faced a more rugged time in 2015 than Hilton.With Wayne gone, Johnson struggling and the Colts unable to run the ball consistently, Hilton became the focal point of everyones defensive game plans even beforee Luck got hurt.dddddddddddd Luck missed nine games with injuries, handing the reins to 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, who emphasized the short passing game behind the Colts leaky offensive line.The result: Hilton had to adapt to a new game and a new philosophy that didnt emphasize his deep speed. For the first time his numbers regressed. Hilton finished with 69 catches, 1,124 yards and five touchdowns -- still good enough to make his second straight Pro Bowl.Now that Luck is back at full health, Hilton intends to use his knowledge and skills to become a steadier force in the Colts offense.Hes made a bunch of plays, we all know that, Pagano said. But now its taking the next step.The best news is that Hilton may be working with a better supporting cast.Moncrief made 10 starts and caught 64 passes last year, emerging as a solid No. 2 receiver. Speedy Phillip Dorsett, Indys first-round pick in 2015, is expected to make a bigger impact after playing a minor role early last season and suffering a fractured lower left leg. This year, hes ready to go.The Colts are still looking for help beyond those three.At least they know one thing is certain -- Hilton is the willing and able leader of the pack.Im just approaching it like Im a rookie, just making sure Im writing everything down so when the young guys ask me what theyve got, I know I can help them, Hilton said. I just want to continue getting better and help my guys out in the room.Game notes Its unclear how much -- or if -- Luck will play against Green Bay. Pagano said joking that he might wake up Sunday and make a decision then. ... Pagano said starting center Ryan Kelly (left shoulder) will not play Sunday. ... Starting defensive end Kendall Langford missed Fridays practice with an undisclosed injury. Pagano said Langford was being evaluated by doctors and trainers.---Online: and ' ' '

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