SportsNet - April 2012
Barcelona and Real Madrid are going neck and neck in this season's La Liga. So are their two stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The two arch rivals will meet on April 22nd The 'El Classico" could decide who would win the league this time.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid, and thus took his tally to 40 league goals, which also equals his own record of highest league goals in one season.It also made the Portugal forward the first player from Europe's major leagues to record two consecutive 40-goal seasons.
Ronaldo's hat trick put him one goal ahead of Messi in the league and took his overall season tally to 52.
Messi, however has scored 61 goals so far in this season. By now he is only two shy of Everton star Dixie Dean's tally of 63 goals, which were scored during the 1927-28 season.
Both, Messi and Ronaldo, can improve their tally on Saturday when they will face Levante and Sporting Gijon respectively.
While the NFL Draft has numerous players that have flown under the radar, one player who featured prominently in college football last season was Rueben Randle, a highly regarded wide receiver from LSU.
Randle entered the 2012 NFL Draft as a junior and has seen his draft stock rise over the past few weeks. He is projected to be a late first-round pick or an early second-pick. Randle has great size at 6'3, and 210 pounds, and showed great speed at the combines when he ran the 40 in 4.5 seconds.
With an interest in drafting a wide receiver, the Texans may be interested in selecting Randle.
While playing in the SEC, Randle faced some of the best defensive backs in the nation. He seems to posses the speed and ability to stretch the field and beat elite coverage.
Randle posted impressive numbers at LSU. He caught 53 passes for 917 yards, to go along with eight touchdowns.
However, some experts believe the 6'4 wide out is too raw, and drafting him would be more about potential than immediate results.
Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino deserved to be fired.
The reality is that if a professor at the university got caught having an affair with a consenting non-student adult and lied to his dean about it, his job status most likely would not change.
But Petrino isn't any professor, nor is he paid like one. In fact, one can argue that other than the school president - my guess is a quarter of the student body can't name him - Petrino is the school's most public figure.
Like it or not, he gets paid a lot of money to be held to higher standards than most of the school's employees. If the school president had an affair and tried to cover it up he would have lost his job, probably even faster than Petrino lost his.
My guess is Petrino's marriage to the Razorbacks isn't the only relationship that's going to end badly from this mess. His mistress was scheduled to be married in June and Petrino is married with four children.
It's sort of ironic the motorcycle accident that caused this fallout happened on April 1. In the end, it didn't fool anyone ... and there is only one fool.
History will be made on July 14 when the two best tennis players in the world meet at one of the most renowned sports venues in Europe.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will square off on a tennis court at Santiago Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid, to raise funds for the Real Madrid Foundation and Rafa Nadal Foundation, both of which benefit disadvantaged children.
It will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Los Blancos.
Organizers hope the event at the 80,000-seat stadium will break the world record for attendance for a tennis match set last year when 35,681 fans watched Serena Williams play Kim Clijsters in Brussels.
"The objective of this exhibition match is to set a spectator record for a game of tennis, exceeding 80,000," the nine-time European champions said on their Web site.
Nadal, an ardent Madrid fan who tries to attend as many matches as possible, is thrilled to be taking part in the historic event.
On his Facebook page, Nadal posted: "Back to practicing, very happy because the Rafa Nadal Foundation's event has been confirmed at Bernabeu!"
As Bubba Watson's tears began to flow as he bent over to pick his ball out of the cup on the second playoff hole, I started wondering if Sunday at Augusta is, in fact, the greatest sporting event of the year. Not the entire tournament, just Sunday ... from start to finish.
The reality is the average - another polite way of saying normal - sports fan is only truly interested in the Super Bowl if his or her team is in it. Same with any Game 7.
Call me about the World Cup when America is in the last game. If the NHL playoffs were about a month shorter and half the number of teams were in it, I might be interested; but not enough to plan my day around them. And when is the last time the United States won a gold medal in an Olympic event that we weren't predicted and expected to win? Or if there was an upset, one that you got to watch live as it happened.
The Masters is different.