SportsNet - September 2012
The European Champions are weighing up a move for highly rated Barcelona youth player, Gerard Deulofeu, according to The Daily Express.
Chelsea have been scouting the Spanish youth international since he was 16-years-old and are now ready to move in with an £8 million offer in the January transfer window. Barcelona currently have the player on a youth contract, which means any negotiations for the deal would be easier for the Blues, with Barcelona likely to request a buy-back clause in his contract.
Deulofeu is highly reagrded amongst Spanish football pundits and has a big future ahead. He mainly operates out on the left wing, but can play anyhwere across the front line. He has only made two senior appearances for the Barcelona first team but has featured 39 times for Barcelona B since 2010, scoring 13 goals in the process.
He also holds an impressive record at international youth level, having played for every Spanish youth level from under-16's up to the under-21s and has managed 45 appearances throughout. Deulofeu is a proud product of the infamous Barcelona youth system, joining the club when he was just 9-years-old.
The NFL has supported the decision made by its replacement referees during a controversial game winning decision in the matchup between the Packers at Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The referees awarded a touchdown catch to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Golden Tate in the final play of the game, giving the Seahawks a home victory. After a video review, the decision was upheld by the referees on the field.
In a newly released statement the league said: "The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.
"The result of the game is final."
However, the NFL did say that Tate had illegally shoved Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground before catching the ball on the play in question. “This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game,” it said. “It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.”
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light for manager Roberto Di Matteo to pursue a move for Real Madrid's versatile defender, Sergio Ramos, according to The Daily Mail.
26-year-old Ramos has been involved in recent bust-ups with members of the Madrid coaching staff, including with current manager Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager had even left Ramos on the bench in their recent Champions League match against Manchester City.
The Spanish international has the abilty to play as a right back, or as a centre back and is very much admired by Abramovich. Chelsea had looked at bringing in a couple of defender's over the summer with Marseille's Loic Remy being a target along with new Cesar Azpilicueta, who did sign.
Ramos would be an ideal acquisition by the European Champions who have struggled to keep a tight defence so far this season, recently throwing away a 2-0 lead against Juventus, which frustrated Abramovich.
The National Football League has found itself potentially losing in a big way on their gamble to continue locking out the unionized referees of the National Football League Referee's Association. In games featuring the top-ranked San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, the replacement officials have been subject to more scrutiny than most officials have in recent history.
While it is traditionally par for the course for fans to cry foul when it comes to poor officiating or questionable calls, the national outcry for an unusually high number of controversial calls on primetime television in close games in Week 3 of the NFL season has put even more pressure on Roger Gooddell and the owners to negotiate a final agreement with the NFLRA.
John Terry retired from International football on 23rd September 2012, after having represented England at the highest level for close to a decade, earning 78 caps. The reason for his decision was the 'untenable position' that the FA had put him in, by investigating the incident involving QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, despite being given the clean chit by the Chief Magistrate's Court, on account of the alleged offence not being proved beyond reasonable doubt. Terry's move has surprised many, including England's manager, Roy Hodgson. To the consternation of many, Hodgson had expressed the desire to see the matter come to a closure. It was preceded by his selection of Terry in the EURO '12 England squad despite the cloud of the trial hanging over his head. Hodgson's predecessor Capello resigned from his job protesting the FA's decision to strip Terry of his captaincy without seeking his opinion. But none of that matters as Terry has decided to end his career as an England International.