SportsNet - August 2012
At 6-foot-1, Aaron Murray's size will be dissected without mercy by NFL scouts in 2014, however the Georgia signal caller is currently concerned with his desire to stand tall among the greats in school history.
Murray told ESPN.com in a story published Thursday that his goal was to surpass offensive coordinator Mike Bobo's goal of a 65 percent completion percentage. Murray is aiming for 70.
Murray also said that his goal is for the offense to score in the 40 to 60 point range on a regular basis instead of winning 10-0 defensive battles. Murray made no mention of wining the SEC's Player of The Year award so we'll do that for him. If Murray's season goes ccording to plan he'll be given the accolade sometime in December.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford is considered the allt-time gold standard for Georgia quarterbacks, however, Murray has outproduced Stafford's career totals in just two seasons.
In 27 career starts Murray, a redshirt junior, has already thrown for 6,149 yards, 59 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. In three seasons Stafford threw for fewer touchdowns(51) and more interceptions(33) and 7,731 yards.
52 years ago today, a 19-time all-star was born. The man who broke Lou Gerhig's consecutive game streak, which lasted for 56 years; Cal Ripken Jr.'s birthday is today.
Ripken Jr. is best known for breaking Gerhig's record, when he played his 2,131st game on September 6th, 1995. He is regarded as one of the best shortstops of all time, and is said to open the doors for bigger shortstops to become successful at that position. In his 21 seasons as an MLB player, Ripken tallied up 3,184 hits, 431 homeruns, 1,695 RBI's, and also won two Gold Gloves. After his departure from baseball in 2001, Ripken continues to be involved with the game that he loves, developing his own nation wide league, Cal Ripken Baseball, and also becoming invovled in multiple charities, one of which being Lou Gerhig's disease. He also, with his brother Billy founded the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, giving underprivledged kids the opportunity to attend baseball camps. He also his a co-founder of Athletes for Hope.
Ripken essentially never left the game, but can he become even more involved in the game than he already is in his post-playing career, possibly as a skipper for the Orioles?
According to TalkSport, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has his eye on Fulham's creative midfielder Moussa Dembele and is ready to trigger the players £15 million release clause.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea were interested in the Belgium international during this summers transfer window, but Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted there will not be any more arrivals at Old Trafford this week, with Chelsea buying Oscar Dos Santos instead, Spurs move for Demebele is now unopposed.
Already confirming the signing of Emanuel Adabayor from Manchester City, Villas-Boas wants to add to their attacking midfield options and see's Demebele as the perfect versatile option.
25-year-old Dembele has swarms of admirers in the football world and he has continued to impress during his spell in the English Premier League. He is part of Belgium's international coaching revolution joining an excellent squad of young Belgium players making it big on the world stage.
With Tottenham set to lose midfielder Luka Modric, there will be a hole to fill in the middle of the park, someone to sit in there and pull the strings.
Chelsea are set to be entering a two horse race to secure the signing of Porto's Brazilian ace Givanildo Hulk.
Russian press website Lifesports, have reported that their very own club Zenit St Petersburg have had a €50 million bid accepted for Porto's winger. Zenit are a wealthy Russian club with rich owners, they have money to spend re-building a squad set to compete with Europe's finest.
Chelsea will however not be overly concerned by Zenit's alleged approach, with Hulk previously stating that he wants to move to either The English Premier League or The Spanish La Liga, so the London club very much still remain front runners for the 26-year-old attacker.
There have been numerous claims that Chelsea are looking to secure the services of Hulk during the final week of the transfer window and will be ready to compete if they need to make their move now.
Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Wenger Interested In Making More Moves, Yann M'Vila, Jesus Navas Among Targets
According The Independent newspaper Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not yet given up on making a splash in the final week of the summer transfer period despite the financial restraints their club has been hindered by in recent years due to their move from Highbury.
"I don't want make a promise that I cannot keep. It does not only depend on me. But there still could be some action on the transfer market - ins and outs." Wenger told Arsenal.com. "We are working [in the market]. We'll see what we can do."
Barring a surprise twist, the most logical signings for Arsenal would likely include Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, but he is reportedly on the verge of agreeing to a deal with Liverpool.
In the meantime Arsenal may be turning their attention to Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and Sevilla winger Jesus Navas.