SportsNet - October 2012

Alabama Crimson Tide News: Time To Recognize AJ McCarron

on October 31 2012 4:27 PM
Alabama Crimson Tide News: Time To Recognize AJ McCarron

It’s a pretty amazing phenomenon.

He’s the starting signal-caller on the nation’s top-ranked team. He leads the country in quarterback rating. Unlike over-ballyhooed leaders in the past, like Gino Torretta and Danny Wuerffel and Jason White and Troy Smith, who parlayed hype into Heismans despite not even cracking top-5 status on their own teams, this guy actually is his team’s top dog.

Only no one knows it … yet.

AJ McCarron – remember the name … for once.

If ever a quarterback on a powerhouse deserved recognition, it is the junior for No. 1 Alabama. Not only are his numbers remarkably efficient, but his play is ridiculously smooth. His throws are right on the money – perfect spiral, just in the right spot, where only his receiver can catch it. To that end, McCarron has completed 68.9 percent of his pass attempts, tossed 18 TDs and been picked off … well, he hasn’t been picked off at all.

Arsenal Comeback: Arshavin Believes Walcott's First Goal Gave Arsenal Belief For Famous Comeback

on October 31 2012 1:37 PM
Arsenal Comeback: Arshavin Believes Walcott's First Goal Gave Arsenal Belief For Famous Comeback

Andriy Arshavin has hailed the impact of Theo Walcott‘s strike in first-half injury time against Reading in the Capital One Cup, saying it gave Arsenal the belief to go on and win despite trailing by four goals.

The Russian forward was in fine form for the Gunners at the Madejski Stadium, getting three assists as the team scored three second-half goals to level the game before going on to win 7-5 win in extra time.

The 31-year-old playmaker feels his side's ability to get back into the tie hinged on Walcott's delicate lob over Adam Federici in the 46th minute, as Arsenal's confidence grew in the second half.

"I think it was important that we scored one goal before halftime because it helped us believe that maybe it was possible," he told Arsenal Player. "I think we showed spirit because you cannot come back from 4-0 down if you don't have spirit. Also I think we were lucky and the referee added extra minutes and we equalized at the end of stoppage time."

Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Will Wilfried Zaha's Sign With Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Or Man. U?

on October 31 2012 1:36 PM
Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Will Wilfried Zaha's Sign With Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Or Man. U?

Zaha was born in the Ivory Coast but is a current England under-21 international. He plays as a forward for Crystal Palace and he’s been there since 2009. Zaha is known as one of the best England starlets of our time and has huge potential. Many believe Zaha plays a bit like Red Bull star Thierry Henry but he won’t live up to Henry’s legacy unless he makes the move to the Premier League.

But which club should he join?

Manchester United are endowed with attacking talent and a new arrival probably isn’t needed at the moment. With van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Young, Valencia and Nani United probably aren’t going to punt for Zaha. That’s not to mention United starlets such as Keane, Bebe and Henriquez. He wouldn’t want to join a club where he’s not going to get much playing time either.

Arsenal are also blessed with attacking talent. However Zaha is better than most of their options. All Arsenal fans would definitely welcome the arrival of Zaha and he would certainly fit in their squad. But if Zaha has the option to join Arsenal or United and he’s given assurances of game time, he’ll most definitely join the Red Devils.

Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Preview: Plotting A Chiefs Defensive Game Plan for Romeo Crennel To Use To Stop Philip Rivers And Antonio Gates

on October 31 2012 1:21 PM
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Preview: Plotting A Chiefs Defensive Game Plan for Romeo Crennel To Use To Stop Philip Rivers And Antonio Gates

With both head coaches under intense pressure, Thursday night's contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers is a desperate game for both AFC West strugglers. If the 1-6 Chiefs hope to win on the road, they will need their defense to lead the way.

Head coach Romeo Crennel must scheme ways to stop quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and the rest of the Chargers' offense. Crennel and his defense should follow these two keys.

Double Coverage for TE Antonio Gates

Crennel has had success against the Chargers in the past by taking away Rivers' favourite target, tight end Antonio Gates. Smothering the prolific veteran again will be vital for Crennel's defense.

Crennel must use different combinations of linebackers, safeties and slot corners to bracket Gates. It will be important for the Chiefs to regularly bump Gates and deny him a clean release off the line.

Taking away Rivers' most trusted receiver will force him out of his comfort zone and could lead to some critical turnovers.

Mix up Pressure looks and Blitz packages

Andre Iguodala Returns To Philadelphia As Denver Nugget Face Sixers

on October 31 2012 12:08 PM
Andre Iguodala Returns To Philadelphia As Denver Nugget Face Sixers

The Denver Nuggets are on the road this evening in the City of Brotherly Love to take on the 76ers, in what should be a good opening night game. Andre Iguodala is back in Philly after being involved in the blockbuster trade that sent him to Denver and sent Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. Iguodala had an up and down eight seasons with the Sixers, and never really garnered the Sixer faithful's trust during his tenure. But now he is starting anew with a young Nuggets team led by future hall of fame coach George Karl.

Both teams are relatively young and both also are looking to make some noise in their respective conferences. Denver has made some huge roster moves during the offseason, and brought in JaVale McGee from the Wizards, Danilo Gallinari from the Knicks and Iggy from the Sixers. Grouped with Ty Lawson at the point and Ken Faried at power forward, the Nuggets have a starting five that is young and will be looking to capture a spot in the playoffs come April.

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