SportsNet - March 2012

Patriots acquire WR Brandon Lloyd

on March 28 2012 7:26 PM

The Patriots primarily ran a two tight-end offense last season, utlizing young stars Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.  This style of offense allowed Gronkowski to be included in most of the offensive plays and led him to set new records in receiving yards and touchdowns for tight ends.  However, there was one notable problem in the Patriots arsenal- the lack of a deep threat.  This became evident in the Super Bowl when Tom Brady could not seem to find anyone vertically down the field.  Wideouts  Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco have aged considerably and are only shadows of their normally steller selfs.  With the acquisition of explosive wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Broncos, the Patriots hope to solve this problem.   Attacking the middle of the field with Wes Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski is easy and Lloyd will add a new dimension to the Patriots offense.  Lloyd was perhaps picked over other name wide receivers because of his connection with former Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels who now runs the Patriots offense as OC.

Vince Young in Quarterback Limbo

on March 28 2012 5:33 PM
Vince Young in Quarterback Limbo

When people think of Vince Young, people think of his legendary tenure at Texas. I like to remember what a lot of people around sports media overlook or seem to forget when mentioning quarterbacks in free agency and that is Vince Young's time as a starter in Tennessee in a organization that seemed to work against him. Lets look at the things that people and media really overlook around the league about Vince Young. 

Real Madrid and Chelsea Win First Leg

on March 28 2012 4:27 AM
Real Madrid and Chelsea Win First Leg

Real Madrid sailed past their opponents Apoel in the Champions League quarter finals, in a match that was rather lackluster, while Chelsea defeated Benfica due to some late-match heroics.

In one match where the winner seemed obvious, Real Madrid got off to a slow start and their hopes of an easy victory seemed in doubt. With a scoreless first half, Real Mardid were in the driver's seat but needed to execute on their attack. A late goal from Kaka and two scores from Benzema, all inside the last 13 minutes, put the Champions League semi-finals out of Apoel's reach. The Greek club will need a tremendous showing at Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg to advance.

When Benfica hosted Chelsea, there was plenty of questions heading into the match, and no clear favorite. Chelsea had not won a single away game this season in the Champions League. Meanwhile, a scoreless result would probably be decent outcome for Benfica.

Chelsea found a way to spoil Benfica's plans.

Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Andy Roddick Knocks off Roger Federer

on March 27 2012 10:57 AM

It was one of those days of old for Andy Roddick.

The hard-hitting American dug deep and found a way to overcome the might of world No. 3 Roger Federer.

Roddick, the two-time Sony Ericsson Open champion, defeated Federer in three sets 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4  to advance out of the third round in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Roddick stayed back on the returns, waiting for Federer to make the move. Meanwhile, Roddick's serve kept him in the match. He broke only once, and didn't lose a service game in the first and third set.

Meanwhile, Roddick held his nerve to hold off Federer in the third set despite struggling in the second.

"I had my chances. I thought Andy did well to get the first, and then to put me in the situation I guess in the third," said Federer. "I could have been up a break early in the third, but he did well also to fight off those break points. He served really well.

Next, Roddick faces 21st seed Juan Monaco, who rallied to beat 14th-seeded Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Monaco overcame a 2-4 deficit in the final set to improve to a 4-2 record against the Frenchman

The Malaysian downpour

on March 27 2012 1:05 AM

What a race for Ferrari and Alonso.

No one really believed the car could be competitive, but Alonso made sure he stayed ahead of the pack in the rain soaked Malaysian Grand Prix. The inability of the car was visible by judging Massa's dismal 15th finish. Although Ferrari scripted a dream win here, utilizing the conditions well, they will have to make massive improvements to the F2012 to get anywhere close to the pace setters.

Sergio Perez drove the race of his life to finish second. He scored more points in this race than the entire of last season. He was driving aggressively chasing the Ferrari of Alonso. His chances became slim when he ran wide on lap 50 with 6 laps to go. Nevertheless this was the best result for Sauber as an individual team. There are even paddock rumors for replacing Massa with Perez before the end of the season. His teammate Kobayashi had to retire due to a brake problem.