SportsNet - June 2012
Weeks after winning a surprising Champiosn League title. Roberto di Matteo has signed a two year contract with Chelsea Football Club. Before, di Matteo was given the full backing of owner Roman Abramovich, however, despite his success, the 42-year old manager was not even considered the favorite for Chelsea's permanent position. The Blues were also reportedly pursuing former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola.
This will certainly be seen as a reward for the Champions League and FA Cup win last season as Di Matteo was appointed the interim first team coach after the disastrous Andre Villas Boas reign that lasted a little over half a year. With exciting players like Eden Hazard and Marko Marin already signed on for next season, Di Matteo might look to add the likes of Hulk and Jovetic to the mix. With the exit of Jose Bosingwa, a right full back is also high on Chelsea's wish list.
As the New York Jets began their first public practice today, the predictable occurred. The media's obsession with their quarterback controversy has once again ramped up. For the past year Tim Tebow's unorthodox style of offense has been a prominent topic among sports critics, so it might be interesting to read something that is not criticizing him in every aspect. There are an abundance of fans who claim that he won't find the same success this year, especially with the move to the Jets, but who's not to say he won't continue to win? I never thought any quarterback could go a game having fewer than eight pass attempts; however, it works, which leads me to believe he could be the sought out hero for the Jets.
When I heard that Tebow was traded, I wasn't shocked at the fact ownership obtained the most prized "sports celebrity" that America has to offer because that's the nature of Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum. What I was shocked about was the fact that they brought in such a polarizing figure to compete with "franchise" quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was Rex Ryan's first draft pick as "the guy".
There is something about the Gilles Villeneuve circuit that gets the best out of McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton. It was his third win here and it takes him to the top of the Driver's Standings, two points ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who is a point further ahead of defending champion Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton roared past Alonso and Vettel in the last ten laps as his two-stop strategy worked in comparison to the one-stop employed by Alonso and Vettel. Their tires were completely worn off and Hamilton took advantage of that to record far superior lap times and post his first victory for this season, making him the seventh different driver to win a race this season.
Somehow Jenson Button in the other McLaren looked totally out of sorts with none of the changes working for him.
Romain Grosjean drove a no nonsense race to finish second. No risky moves. Waited for his opportunity and used the good race pace of his Lotus to get past Alonso towards the end. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Lotus finished eighth.
Manchester United recently introduced their first signing of the summer transfer window last week with the arrival of Shiniji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford. Kagawa made the first public statement on Wednesday regarding his move to the English giants.
Kagawa told the Japanese press after returning from a World Cup qualifier in Australia that he was excited about the move to United but also admitted it would be a great challenge .
"No doubt, it will truly be a big challenge for me, and I realize that mistakes will not be tolerated," Kagawa said.
"I have to work harder than ever. I have to take this step with that sort of resolve," Kagawa went on to add.
United sealed the deal for the 23-year old Japanese International on June 5 for £12m from Dortmund. Kagawa becomes the second Asian player after South Korean International Park Ji-Sung. Kagawa becomes the first Japanese player to play for United. In his two seasons in the Bundesliga, Kagawa scored 21 goals in 49 appearances.
Kagawa revealed that Ferguson told him the transfer would be a huge challenge but wanted him to feel he could put his trust in his new manager.
AFC West - Despite being one of the all-time great quarterbacks, Peyton Manning has something to prove with the Denver Broncos. He needs to silence doubters who questioned whether his career is over after having four neck surgeries and missing all of last season with the Indianapolis Colts.
His wide receivers, including Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, have more talent and potential than they displayed with Tim Tebow at quarterback. If former quarterback Tebow could get a modicum of production from those two, Manning sure can. No. 18 should return to his record breaking pace this season.
NFC West - As pick No. 14 in the 2011 NFL Draft, DE Robert Quinn recorded five sacks for the St. Louis Rams. With the arrival of 2012 first-round pick and former LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, Quinn should find himself even more space to rush the quarterback.