Dan Marino reveals his lofty expectations for Tua Tagovailoa

Dan Marino has set the bar incredibly high for Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino believes quarterback Tua Tagovailoa can make the quantum leap in his second NFL season in 2021, much like he did back in 1984.

In Marino’s second season out of Pittsburgh, he won NFL MVP, threw for over 5,000 yards and led the Dolphins to their most-recent Super Bowl appearance. While guiding the Dolphins to the Super Bowl in his second year out of Alabama would be remarkable for Tagovailoa, that is where the quarterbacking bar stands when it comes to the Marino comparisons. Marino does believe in him.

“He’s been great. He’s been awesome. He has all the talent in the world. Now it’s just about him developing the relationship with the other players,” said Marino of Tagovailoa to ESPN.

“It’s been tough because he didn’t have OTAs last year, a lot of the summer camp or the chance to play in exhibition games. All those things delay you somewhat. I’ll tell you, he works his butt off. I’m really excited about him, his future and our future as a team.”

Is Tagovailoa ready to become the best quarterback Miami has had since Marino retired in 1999?

Miami Dolphins: Dan Marino expects big things out of Tua Tagovailoa in 2021

Regardless of if Tagovailoa ascends to Marino levels this season, the Dolphins should be one of the better teams in the AFC. While they are not favored to win the AFC East over the defending champion Buffalo Bills, Miami has the talent to make the AFC playoffs as one of three wild card teams. Tagovailoa’s continued growth and development will be the reason they could get there.

However, Tagovailoa struggled with the playbook a season ago and did not exactly command the offense when the split time with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. As Marino stated, Tagovailoa will have a normal offseason in his favor and one that is not negatively impacted by COVID-19. Keep in mind how sensational Tagovailoa was as a sophomore with the 2018 Crimson Tide.

As long as the Dolphins do enough to make the playoffs, Tagovailoa will be in good shape in Miami.

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Euros opening weekend: 3 things we learned

The Euros are just a few days old, but some early trends have emerged. Here’s what we learned after the tournament’s opening weekend.

Just three days in and the Euros have given us goals, drama and even heartache.

From Italy’s win in the opener Friday against Turkey to six games this past weekend, the European Championship that was delayed last summer because of the pandemic has been a showcase for the top-notch soccer we all expected.

What we didn’t expect was how emotional it could all be. To see Italy finally host a game with fans after COVID-19 had put a stop to it in March 2020 to the sudden ailment that hit Danish midfielder Christen Eriksen, it was the human element that has overshadowed the goals.

Eriksen’s health cast a pall over much of Saturday, although the love and solidarity that encircled him and the Danish team was both heartwarming and yet another reminder of how unimportant this game can be.

Just even games into the tournament, here’s what we have learned so far.

There’s no place like Rome

One of the nations hit hardest by the pandemic, Italy, hosted Turkey at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. A team devoid of big-name superstars, the Italians won 3-0 after coach Roberto Mancini spent the past two years assembling a mostly young team that’s looking to win what would be just their second European title after their lone success in 1968.

“It was important to start well and it’s satisfying for us, for the crowd and for all Italians,” Mancini told reporters after the match. “It was a wonderful evening and I hope there will be many more.”

Strikers Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, who both bagged goals, looked strong up front, while the team’s midfield, anchored by Jorginho, was the key to their opening match success.

The Azzurri are now unbeaten in 28 matches and go into Wednesday’s game against Switzerland as favorites to grab another win in Group A and stamp their ticket to the knockout stage.

Fragility of life

A day after the Euros opened in Rome amid hope and joy, Eriksen collapsed in Copenhagen during Saturday’s Group B encounter against Finland.

The distressing moments that followed, as doctors worked frantically to do CPR on the midfielder, won’t soon be forgotten. Teammates cried and fans watched in shock as Eriksen was stretchered off the field. He remains hospitalized as Eriksen undergoes further testing.

The game resumed a few hours later with Finland recording a 1-0 victory and Eriksen was named Man of the Match. That evening, Belgium defeated Russia 3-0 in Saint Petersburg. Romelu Lukaku, Eriksen’s teammate at Inter Milan, scored twice — even dedicating them to his friend.

“Denmark has lost, but life won”: That was the headline on Sunday in the Danish newspaper Ekstra Blade. It’s hard to disagree.

Dutch win but questions remain

The Netherlands may be a nation with a long soccer tradition, but Sunday’s win against Ukraine won’t be remembered for being one of their best. The Dutch opened their Group C campaign with a 3-2 thriller, but it was a win that could have easily been a draw.

Up 2-0, the Netherlands conceded two goals in four minutes late in the second half and eventually needing a header from defender Denzel Dumfries five minutes from the end to grab the points in Amsterdam.

The narrow win cast further doubt on manager Frank de Boer’s ability to field a side strong enough to win the tournament. He made two substitutions in the second half that turned out to hurt his side. The move allowed the Ukrainians to put on just enough offensive pressure that the Oranje buckled.

“You have to try not to give away dangerous moments to the opponents,” de Boer admitted after the match.

We shall see what the next week brings. Fortunes can change quickly during short tournaments. The teams that can remain consistent over the next three weeks will be the ones that will get far at these Euros.

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England vs Croatia live stream Reddit for Euro 2021

Euros 2020 England vs Croatia live stream info including England squad for Euro 2021 and where to watch the match on Sunday.

The Euros 2020 are officially underway, and the land where football was born will be taking the pitch on Sunday to start its journey toward potential glory.

England will take on Croatia in the first match for both teams in this year’s tournament. England enters the match as heavy favorites to emerge from group stage play, and Croatia is hoping to catch what appears to be a superior squad and earn much-needed leverage in advancing.

England squad for Euro 2021

Here’s what the England squad for Euro 2021 looks like. Also listed is the Premier League club each player is representing:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Euro 2020 streaming USA: How to watch England vs Croatia live stream

Below is all the information you’ll need to catch the England vs Croatia match during the Euro 2020 action on Sunday:

Date: Sunday, June 13
Time: 9am ET
Match: England vs Croatia
Stream: Fubo.TV | ESPN+

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