SportsNet - October 2012
Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma Preview: 4th Down Specialist Blake Bell & 4th Quarter Hero Tommy Rees Create QB Intrigue
Remember Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor’s game-tying, overtime touchdown on fourth and inches from the 1-yard line against Notre Dame’s second-ranked scoring defense?
Depending on which fanbase you ask, it either didn't happen or the officials were complicit in a wide-ranging conspiracy to keep Notre Dame’s national championship hopes alive that wiped Taylor’s second effort from the scoreboard and the rest of the nation’s memory banks. Fortunately, for Sooner fans, they don't have concerns about crossing the goal line against Notre Dame's stacked defensive front seven. They've flourished in those situations all season.
They’re currently tied for first in the nation in fourth-down conversions.
While senior Landry Jones is Oklahoma's all-time career passing yardage leader and the pilot that has navigated the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring offense, he’s not even their primo quarterback option inside the 10-yard line. The honor belongs to sophomore Blake Bell, the Sooners 6-foot-6 redzone specialist.
Manchester United News: We've Always Thought Of Chelsea As A Big, Strong, Powerful Team Claims Ryan Giggs
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has admitted that visit to face the League leaders Chelsea at their home will not be an easy task when the two sides meet on Sunday.
The Welshman believes United need to showcase their best performance in order to get a result when the two side meet. Giggs was in full praise for the Blues new summer signings Eden Hazard and Oscar who has settled in their position with their new club in no time.
"Sometimes new players settle in straight away and that seems to be the case at Chelsea. They've got off to a great start this season, particularly in the league. We're going to have to play well if we're going to get a result” Giggs said while speaking to Sky Sports News
"I don't know if they're the real deal but what they have got is that experience and the know-how of how to win a league. Obviously, having added to the squad like they have done, they're going to be right up there this season, no doubt"
The Chicago Bulls wrapped up their preseason Friday night with a solid win over the Indiana Pacers, meaning that it’s time to look forward in earnest to how the Bulls will fare in the games that count. As Wednesday’s season opener against the Kings approaches, Chicago has good reason to believe they’ll hold their own—if not lead the league in wins—even in the absence of MVP Derrick Rose.
Here are the biggest factors to keep an eye on in the early going of the 2012-13 season for Tom Thibodeau’s team:
1. The offense is in surprisingly good shape
Rose’s absence increases the pressure on every other starter to make plays on offense, especially plays that would’ve been easy with Rose drawing the attention of the defense. One of the keys to that effort will be knocking down jump shots in one-on-one situations, an arena in which Chicago has displayed an uncharacteristic amount of confidence lately.
This season’s marquee signings have turned on the style in the A-League so far. While they seem to be getting the most of our sunburnt country, this land of sweeping plains, will the benefits for Australian soccer go further than just bums on seats? _____________ 34-year old Emile Heskey has seemed a player reborn in recent weeks. His strike rate during all his time in English football was roughly a goal every 4.6 matches but since his arrival at the Newcastle United Jets, Heskey has hit the net 4 times in 4 games. His second half brace, two minutes apart, against Melbourne Victory last night has taken the Leicester-born striker to the top of the A-league’s leading scorers tally. This was Heskey’s first two-goal haul since appearing for Wigan in 2007.
Manchester United News: Sir Alex Ferguson Says Robin van Persie Is Getting Better and Better All The Time
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes signing Robin Van Persie from Arsenal has been his biggest transfer of this summer and can make a difference to bring back the title from City rivals Manchester City.
United boss signed Van Persie for £24 m from League rivals Arsenal. The Dutch International was also been targeted by Roberto Mancini but Ferguson was successful in signing the former Arsenal skipper.
Ferguson said Van Persie is getting better and better and has already made an immediate impact being the top scorer for the club this season scoring eight goals. The Dutch International along with Wayne Rooney has found a great deal of partnership which could create trouble to any defense in the world.
“Robin’s performances are getting better all the time now. He’s got there with his fitness, which is fine now. Last week against Stoke and on Tuesday against Braga, his movement was fantastic. I really was impressed with that” Ferguson said while speaking to The Mirror.