SportsNet - July 2012
The Boston Celtics have been one of the NBA's busiest and successful teams this offseason, in re-signing their own players (Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox), Good draft picks (Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph), and making moves to acquire new ones (Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Jason Collins).
Despite all their sign and trade activity so far, the Celtics continue to make moves that will help them make a run at their 18th championship.
The Boston Celtics have reportedly reached a contract agreement with free-agent guard Dionte Christmas, who has impressed on both ends of the floor during the last two weeks of summer league play.
Christmas announced the news on Twitter after the team's final summer league game Sunday, and The Boston Herald reported that the deal contained a partial guarantee.
For the past few seasons with Aaron Rodgers under center, the Packer offense has not simply been one of the best in the NFL. It has become an art in itself, from spreading five receivers, placing your playmakers in receivers Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings in multiple spots to maimize their abilities, and watching Rodgers carve secondaries apart with his strong arm.
Which brings us to one of the main questions of training camp: the receiver position. The Packers have seven receivers all capable of making the roster, but are only known to keep on the 53-man roster. With the likes of young players like Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel, who the Packes thought enough of to raise their salaries to keep them on the practice squad when other teams tried to court them away from Green Bay.
But, can the pass happy head coach Mike McCarthy really afford to keep six receivers?
Los Angeles Lakers Trade News: Lakers And Cavs Have To Take Risks On Andrew Bynum And Dwight Howard Without Guarantees
Despite the apparent hold up, the Los Angeles Lakers have no choice. They have to trade Andrew Bynum and acquire Dwight Howard.
After RealGM.com's Jarrod Rudolph reported last week that Howard was excited to sign with the Lakers, Howard's agent Dan Fegan refuted those claims in a statement.
"Dwight's position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season," said Dan Fegan. "He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn."
From the outside, it appears that Howard' split personalities have shifted gears again, however, upon further introspection it makes sense.
If Commissioner Stern finds any reason to believe that Howard agreed to re-sign in free agency while he was a member of the Orlando Magic, he can veto the trade. The Lakers have already seen the specter of Stern's power.
Fegan is simply covering his clients bases by making sure there is nothing legally that Stern can use to block a potential trade.
According to Rudolph, Howard still wants to be a Laker but behind the scenes he will reportedly re-sign next summer.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed United's interest in Brazil international Lucas Moura. Moura has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford during the current Transfer window. Recent reports claim the English giants bid of £26m has been agreed by Sao Paulo for the Brazilian wonder kid.
Ferguson was speaking ahead of United's match against Shanghai Shenhua in Shanghai. When asked whether the bid of £26m has been agreed by the Brazilian side, Ferguson denied the reports claiming United have not reached an agreemnet yet for Moura.
"It's not correct" Ferguson said "We haven't reached an agreement for the player. We've shown an interest but until such time as we get a deal agreed we can't say he's our player."
The Old Trafford club was reported to have sent a delegation to Brazil to hold talks over a transfer for Lucas, who is currently in the United Kingdom with the Brazilian Olympic squad.
The Russian Premier League is a long haul. It's 18 months long because of the enormous winter break. It started this weekend which is almost a month before most European leagues get underway. Zenit Saint Petersburg are the current champions but who will win the RPL this season?
Zenit ran away with the championship last season and nobody could catch them. Since then they have barely added to the squad but neither have they lost anyone. This shouldn't be a problem though as they haven't delved into the market for a few seasons now. They have the best defence in the league and their front six complement each other perfectly. I their opening game they walked over Amkar Perm with a 2-0 victory. It was a very comfortable victory as Amkar failed to break Zenit's solid defence. Kerzhakov scored both of the goals and his Euro 2012 performance looks to be behind him.