SportsNet - October 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Scouting Crewe Alexandra Youngster Max Clayton

on October 30 2012 12:04 PM
Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Scouting Crewe Alexandra Youngster Max Clayton

Arsenal are interested in Crewe Alexandra starlet Max Clayton, according to reports in the Daily Mail. The Gunners have scouted the Alex youngster and could make a £3 million bid.

18-year-old Clayton has drawn favourable comparisons to Michael Owen, thanks to his pace, assured first touch and composed finishing. He could become the second-straight Crewe academy product to make the jump from the lower divisions to the English Premier League.

In the summer, forward Nick Powell made the step up after Manchester United beat Arsenal to secure his services. The club have an outstanding record of producing young talent.

The Railway Men have also developed the likes of David Platt, Danny Murphy and Dean Ashton in the past.  Developing quality young prospects is something Gunners boss Arsene Wenger adheres to.

Scouting Clayton is a clear statement of intent that Wenger intends to continue Arsenal's policy of fast-tracking youngsters through the ranks.

Men's Shortlists For FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 Revealed

on October 30 2012 11:05 AM
Men's Shortlists For FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 Revealed

The candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards have been unveiled. The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football.

The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 7 January 2013, during which the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA Puskás Award – for the most beautiful goal of the year – the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented. 

The list of 23 male candidates has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and FIFA Women’s World Cup and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.

Watch Out Andy Reid! Jay Gruden Among 5 NFL Assistants Who Will Be Future Head Coaches

on October 30 2012 10:01 AM
Watch Out Andy Reid! Jay Gruden Among 5 NFL Assistants Who Will Be Future Head Coaches

It says something about the pass-first, offense-led nature of the modern NFL, that three of the five assistant coaches on this list are offensive coordinators.

Even a decade ago, defensive coordinators were usually considered better head coach material. However, now most teams want coaches expert at scheming points, rather than denying them.

These five assistants are all young coaches, fast developing reputations for excellence on their particular side of the ball. Those reputations could soon lead to head coaching gigs.

Mike McCoy, Offensive Coordinator, Denver Broncos

What brings Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to the attention, is how the 40-year-old has managed to successfully direct two very different schemes and personnel.

Last season, McCoy called the plays for an offense led by Tim Tebow. It was a heavy-run system, featuring plenty of read option calls, designed to get Tebow out of the pocket and on the move.

Fast forward one year later and McCoy was given Peyton Manning and his fast-paced, hurry up offense. It's a pass-first scheme featuring multiple route combinations for receivers.

The Premier League: Early Season Summary

on October 30 2012 4:10 AM
The Premier League: Early Season Summary

The circus that is the English Premier League has reached the stage of the season where Managers and fans make their first big review of where they are, and where they’re going. The end of October is usually seen as a good marker to the performance of each club as they head into the harsh winter fixture list.

Here is a brief early season report for each club, how they have done so far and what the rest of the season could hold.

ArsenalA promising start especially defensively but they are now leaking goals and struggling to score. The pressure is on the board and even Arsene Wenger to push into the top 4. Failure to achieve this or win a cup would be disastrous. Missing Van Persie hugely.

Aston VillaNew manager, very few new players. Paul Lambert is working with a lot of youngsters and is in for a long hard season.  Must make the most of their home games to stay up. Relegation battle ahead.

ChelseaGreat start with flowing attacking football. Hazard/Mata/Oscar are the future of the club. Could do with another top quality striker. Can be got at defensively without John Terry. Genuine title challengers.

MNF Cardinals vs. 49ers Recap And Analysis: Alex Smith's (Near) Perfect Game Matched By (Near) Shutout

on October 30 2012 12:26 AM
MNF Cardinals vs. 49ers Recap And Analysis: Alex Smith's (Near) Perfect Game Matched By (Near) Shutout

While Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Eastern seaboard, the San Francisco 49ers pounded the Arizona Cardinals in dry and arid Phoenix, Arizona. Whether it was with their short passing game, Frank Gore rushing inside, outside or with their defensive front seven, San Fran swept through University of Phoenix Stadium with the force of a once in a lifetime hurricane..or sand storm.

Randy Moss used the opportunity to remind the NFL of his Mr. Monday Night moniker by scoring his 18th touchdown in 19 Monday Night Football appearances. (Keep that 18 of 19 number in mind.)

Jay Feeley ended the 49ers shutout bid in the fourth quarter but his field goal at the conclusion of a 14-play, 6:30 drive was the only highlight of the night for Arizona. Prior to Monday night, the Cardinals were the only team to hold each of their opponents under 21 points this season. San Francisco put that streak to bed in the first half. The Cardinals' 4-0 start seems like a lifetime ago after their fourth straight loss.

Here's how the 49ers beat the Cardinals:

Alex Smith’s Near Perfect Game