SportsNet - August 2012
What happens when you sign a former #1 draft pick, last year's biggest fantasy basketball bust, and the second-best center in the league all in one off-season? You say, "I'm not done," and go out and sign "Nitrous" Nick Young. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the bizarre off-season of the Philadelphia 76ers.
First, let's go over who the 76ers let go during the past few months: Lou Williams, who had a nice season and performed well in the playoffs last year but became expendable with the rising successes of Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday; starter Jodie Meeks, who conversely played terrible in last year's postseason; and Elton Brand, who the Sixers amnestied, and yes, surprisingly, still plays basketball for a living and gets paid a lot of money to do so. On to the free-agent moves of the Sixers, and how they will impact the team moving forward:
This article is dedicated to my two friends who are die-hard 76ers fans, Scott Freemer and Jack McCallum.
BYU Cougars Football News: Quarterback Riley Nelson Has Chance To Live Up To High School Hype, 7 Years Later
Through the early 80's and 90's Rileyball described the physical brand of basketball promoted by Pat Riley as Knicks, Heat and Lakers head coach, however, BYU football plays a different type of Rileyball.
On Thursday night, most fans tuned in to watch the return of BYU alum Mike Leach and his explosive Air Raid offense from the depths of coaching hell.
As a result, millions of eyes in Provo and around the nation were on Washington State senior quarterback Jeff Tuel and his right arm.
However, BYU quarterback Riley Nelson stole the show just as he defied the odds by once retrieving the starting job from heralded recruit Jake Heaps. For the first time in his college football career, Nelson began the season as the undisputed starter of a college football team.
Nelson may be one of the most intriguing athletes in college football and his journey to his senior season has taken him to many peaks and valleys. After committing to play for Utah State in 2006 as a Parade High School All-American, Nelson embarked on a two-year mission as part of his commitment to the Mormon Church of Latter-Day Saints.
Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Deep In Negotiations With Marseille's Loic Remy Regarding A Shock Deadline Day Move
On Friday it has been reported via The Mirror that Chelsea officials are in talks with Marseille in an attempt to bring in striker Loic Remy, in a last minute deadline day move.
Remy has been linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham but has revealed that talks with Spurs broke down, thus sparking claims that he is now talking to Chelsea regarding a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year-old French international would be available for £15 million and with Chelsea frantically searching for a new striker to bolster the thin looking front line, Remy is seen as an ideal target.
The twists and turns of the exciting deadline day are in full swing and with the Chelsea squad and coaching staff in Monaco getting set to play in The Super Cup, their negotiators are working over time attempting to secure a deal.
Remy is a goal scoring powerful forward who offers great pace. Featuring 17 times at international level for France, he has more than proven his worth during his early years. Clocking up almost 70 goals in just 187 senior appearences in his career, he holds an impressive record.
According to Sky Sports, Inter Milan have confirmed that 31-year-old right back Maicon, has joined Robert Mancini's Manchester City squad.
A deal that has somewhat crept up on us, see's the Brazilian international full back surprise most pundits and supporters by heading to Manchester to play as part of a City squad in the Premier League this season.
Even though Inter have confirmed the deal, City are yet to confirmed it. The deal however, is said to be for a fee in the region of £5-£8 million.
Maicon was a wanted man during this summers transfer window, with both Chelsea and Real Madrid coming close to signing the Brazilian. Chelsea pulled out of a deal due to his high wage demands and Jose Mourinho's Madrid lost interest as well.
Leaving it open for the reigning Premier League Champions to add Maicon to their already impressive array of talent. Maicon will join some of the biggest names in football this season and will envy his chance to perform in the English league.
Tottenham have already been busy during the transfer window, signing Moussa Dembele from Fulham and Joao Moutinho from Porto. It seems the London club are still going however, with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente looking set to be the next to arrive.
Sky Sports sources claim that Tottenham are looking to bring in the Spanish international on deadline day, after it emerged from the players agent that a Premier League club was also in for Llorente.
It was first thought that the 27-year-old was on his way to Juventus, but this since died down and Tottenham are now front runners in hot pursuit of his services.
Andre Villas-Boas has money to spend after midfielder Luka Modric joined Real Madrid earlier this week. He has somewhat began a re-building process at White Hart Lane and is chasing a whole host of talented players.
Llorente is an old-fashioned styled centre forward who is a real threat in the air. Having great physical power and an eye for goal makes him the perfect target man that will do well in the Premier League.