The Rockets star, who was runner-up in the voting in the past three seasons, was instrumental in the Rockets' run to a league-leading 65 regular-season wins.
"A gift," says Evets, Cantona agrees. "Like an offering to the great god of football," says the former Manchester United No.7.
"Hansi deserves our trust," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic after Saturday's 2-0 home win over Wolfsburg thanks to late goals by Dutch teenager Joshua Zirkzee and Germany winger Serge Gnabry.
Za'Darius Smith posted 3.5 sacks of Green Bay's five sacks.
Exeter City hosted local rivals Forest Green Rovers for the latter's first professional Boxing Day fixture in 2017, a game that ended abandoned at halftime because of torrential rain in Devon. The Football League new boys lost their rearranged League Two game when they met in January but they have a 100 percent Boxing Day record after beating Newport County away last season, coming away 4-1 winners last year. Forest Green play Stevenage Borough this year.
"I know how clever he was," says Cantona. "Left, right-footed. It came in a flash. I just flicked the ball with the outside of my boot and surprised everyone. He took it in his stride and my heart soared."
Ivan Gazdek from the home team NK Jelengrad, ran after the birds, kicked one with his foot and then chucked it over the fence in a flurry of feathers.
"Our defense kept us in it after the fumble on first possession. We were able to put something together in second half," Rodgers said.
Players of Mexican football club Veracruz went on strike in the opening minutes of a league game, allowing grateful opponents Tigres to walk in two goals unchallenged.
The New Orleans Saints got a surprise shout-out from Pope Francis, with fans and at least one player taking the inadvertent tag as a good omen for the NFL team.
The Golden State Warriors have been the NBA team of the decade after dominating in the latter half where they won three of the five Finals from 2015, finishing runners-up in the other two. The most recent loss came in the 2019 Finals against a Kahwi Leonard-inspired Toronto Raptors. Leonard had been seen as a risk for the Canadians but it paid off with their first championship, then he blew up the NBA by moving to the LA Clippers to kick off a reset of the league through a raft of big-name trades.
This will be San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's first start in Seattle, after missing last year's game with a torn ACL.
Japanese star Kei Nishikori pulled out of the Australian Open and the inaugural ATP Cup Monday as he continues to struggle with an elbow injury that has kept him out since the US Open.