SportsNet - September 2012
Arsenal fans appear to have found a new goalscoring hero, one who is helping them forget how their last one left the club. Lukas Podolski has hit three goals in his last three games and is beginning to look like excellent value as Robin van Persie's replacement.
The Germany international began Arsenal's UEFA Champions League fightback against Montpellier, with a calmly-taken equaliser, setting the Gunners up for a vital 2-1 win. The goal showcased Podolski's knack for cool and precise finishing and the greater movement he has brought to Arsenal's forward line.
He began the passing move which led to the goal, by exchanging a series of passes with Abou Diaby in midfield. Podolski then returned to his left-wing berth as the attack gathered momentum.
Eventually the ball was worked back into the middle, where Diaby threaded a nice pass to Santi Cazorla who then fired the ball into Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman deftly laid the ball into the middle of the box where Podolski finished the move.
The fire may have extinguished, but the smoke is very much there.Mahesh Bhupathi once again hit back at the AITA, accusing the Indian tennis’ governing body for creating "divide-and-rule" policy and its "dictatorial attitude".Surprisingly the veteran tennis star put his sympathy for Leander Paes, with whom he is at daggers drawn.Taking a u-turn, Bhupathi told the media he does not blame Paes for the London Games fiasco over the selection of the teams.He said, “Leander is not to be blamed for this. He is playing the part of a professional player and he wants to do the best he can do for himself.”Singling out AITA president Anil Khanna, Bhupathi made a scathing attack.He alleged that Khanna was playing "dirty politics" and creating rift among players, particularly between him and Leander Paes.According to him, "Khanna has redefined the term divide and rule, and at this year's Olympics he used Leander's shoulder to fire the gun against me multiple times. Unfortunately the media terms this a Bhupathi-Paes rift and the true underbelly is left unquestioned."He has enjoyed the rift between Leander and me as no other."No one made an effort to talk to me or Leander.
Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan and Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford are both on their way up the hierarchy of NFL quarterbacks, but both have shown us early on that the NFL season is a roller coaster.
Matt Ryan ended last year as he had the year prior - another first-round playoff loss. In three playoff starts, Ryan has yet to win a game and has never thrown over 200 yards in the postseason. His ceiling appeared to be limited and his inability to take the proverbial "next step" was beginning to define him.
Enter new Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter and the experts are quickly singing a new song as Matt Ryan has begun this year's campaign in a much different fashion. Torching the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 for 299 yards and three touchdowns and orchestrating an efficient 219 yards two touchdown performance on Monday Night Football, Ryan sits atop the league with a 117.6 passer rating.
The first one is getting sharper by every minute, and the second one has already arrived.
The same Barcelona is going to produce the 'new Messi'.
Though the 13-year-old Brahim Abdelkader Diaz now is in Malaga's youth system, but the rumours of Barcelona wanting to sign this extremely young player is getting stronger and stronger.
Barcelona has offered 50,000 Euros for this "new Messi", as has been dubbed, but Malaga, having some financial crisis recently, is farm in its stand not to accept anything less than 100,000 Euros.
The Catalan giants came close to have the best player in Malaga's youth system last season, and now giving Malaga another chance to sell him again.
This time none other than Pere Guardiola, Pep's brother is negotiating with Malaga.
Even Brahim himself and his family have already decided that he is going to leave Malaga for Barcelona.
If nothing comes out, the Catalans will be able to register the 13-year-old through a federation contract.
Has the mission successful, the boy can start playing for Barcelona from as early as next week.
The football world has suffered a major loss today. Steve Sabol, the genius behind NFL Films, died today at the age of 69 after an 18 month battle with brain cancer.
If nothing else, Sabol was a visionary. The way he looked at the sport and presented it to his viewers made it much more than just a game. Through Sabol's eyes, football was this majestic thing: a mixture of honor and pride, and just how far one man would go to prove he was better than the next.
Modern day gladiators.
As a young man who played football for 6 years of my life, I can stay without a doubt in my mind that had it not of been for Sabol's work, I would of never been inclined to pick up a helmet in the first place.