SportsNet - October 2012
Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears Preview and Prediction:
The Carolina Panthers (1-5) are now one third of the way through the 2012 season, and have little to show for it. With the recent firing of General Manager Marty Hurney, Panther’s fans hope it’s not too late to turn things around. A win against the Chicago Bears this Sunday could go a long way in doing just that.
A losing environment has surrounded the Carolina Panthers franchise over the past four years, making it a clear decision something needed to change. This leaves Hurney as the odd man out. It’s a tuff pill to swallow for the Panthers as many players held a close relationship with the long time GM. They even accepted responsibility for his firing, knowing this came as a result of their recent play on the field.
Players such as defensive end Charles Johnson backed up his former General Manager with statements on Twitter: "Marty wasn't the reason we are losing! ... Unbelievable!"
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 11 Mississippi State Preview, Where To Watch: Tyler Russell And Bulldogs D Have Upset In Mind
The Alabama Crimson Tide's season is turning into a parody of Herman's Hermits, Henry the VIII. With the prevailing line, "Second verse, same as the first".
Seems like every week, Alabama is a double digit favorite. And every week, Alabama faces a new challenge. Last week it was Tyler Bray and Tennessee's potent passing attack. Mission accomplished. The week before that, it was Missouri and their up-tempo, no huddle, spread offense. The only thing that slowed the Tide in Columbus was the only thing that was out of their control, the weather. Mission accomplished. Before that, an up and coming, rejuvenated Ole Miss. Check. A feisty Florida Atlantic? 40-7. A motivated Arkansas team? Goose Egg...literally. Western Kentucky, Michigan? Check, Check.
So you get the picture. Every week, we try to come up with compelling story lines to garner your interest in whomever the Tide happen to be playing.
Like this week.
Barcelona Transfer News: Pep Guardiola Wanted To Sell Gerard Pique, David Villa, Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas
FIFA agent Francois Gallardo has revealed that former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola would have stayed to Camp Nou if the club had agreed to sell Gerard Pique, David Villa, Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas.
Guardiola signed Fabregas from Arsenal during 2011 summer transfer window and was looking to sell the player just after a year as the former Blaugrana coach was disappointed with former Arsenal skipper’s performance.
The Spanish International ended his four-year term with the Spanish Giants in May saying he is exhausted and required time to charge his batteries. The coach wanted to the sale of quartet which was not granted by the club’s President Sandro Rosell who saw those four players as untouchable.
"Guardiola announced his terms of renewal to Rosell. Among them was the sale of four players - Alves, Pique, Cesc and David Villa" Gallardo said.
Brazilian star player Neymar was reportedly linked with a move to the Spanish Giants Barcelona which has been denied by his current club Santos.
Reports earlier had emerged that Barcelona had paid an initial €10 m to bring the young Brazilian talent to Camp Nou during the next summer transfer. Catalan Sports media outlets, Mundo Deportivo and Sport, have insisted has been agreed for the future transfer of Neymar to the Camp Nou for the past twelve months.
The Brazilian club has ruled out any possible move for their star player and are in no mood to sell their top asset until 2014, when the player’s contract with the club expires. The club released an official statement on their website denying any transfer talks between Barcelona and Santos regarding Neymar’s transfer.
"Santos rejects any possibility of selling Neymar to Barcelona or any other team. There are no negotiations under way, and the club reiterates that the attacker has a contract until 2014, which he will see out until the end"
The Detroit Tigers did not enjoy their trip to San Francisco this week.
Coming into the series as the odds on favorites, the Tigers find themselves in a 0-2 series hole to the San Francisco Giants, who it now seems can do no wrong.
After a grueling seven game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants were forced to throw Barry Zito in game one against All-Planet pitcher Justin Verlander. The result? Zito dealt like the man who won the AL Cy-Young in 2002, Pablo Sandoval hit three homeruns, and the Giants smoked Verlander for five runs on their way to an 8-3 victory.
Then the Giants decided to throw Madison Bumgarner in game two, a guy who hasn’t had his normal stuff since the end July. The Tigers threw Doug Fister, who was one of the best pitchers in the AL after the All Star Break.
Fister did his job, holding the Giants to just 1 run on 6 hits, but what not many expected was Bumgarner to look like 2010 World Series Bumgarner. The 23-year-old they call Mad-Bum threw 7 innings, allowed only 2 hits and struck out 8, frustrating Tigers hitters all night and the Giants won 2-0.