SportsNet - November 2012
When David Beckham announced he would be leaving LA Galaxy for 'one final challenge' a whole host of rumours popped up. The latest linking him with a move to QPR after Harry Redknapp, QPR's new manager made his desire to snap him up clear. "David could still be a great asset to anyone. Just having him round the place, showing people how to train and look after yourself. His professionalism is second to none." Many would question whether Beckham could cope to the pace of Premier League football at his age. But like Scholes and Pirlo in Serie A, he'll slow it to his own pace and spray it around. His usual right midfield position might not be ideal, however as a central midfielder he could certainly function and would be effective in bringing the likes of Tarrabt into play. His set pieces wouldn't go a miss for QPR, when they are getting dominated like they do sitting so lowly in the table. Set pieces become beneficial, especially when facing the top sides that won't give you an inch of the ball.
The Chicago Bears hope a return to Soldier Field can stop their two-game losing skid, but the Minnesota Vikings won’t make it easy for them. The 6-4 Vikings come off a bye looking for their third straight win in the division against the 7-3 Bears.
Whether the Bears can stay tied with Green Bay for first place will be decided largely by these three factors:
1. How much can Chicago hope to get from Jay Cutler?
After missing last week’s debacle in San Francisco with a concussion, Jay Cutler will reportedly resume his quarterbacking duties against the Vikings. He’ll be hard-pressed to look worse than Jason Campbell has done this season, but it’s an open question how sharp Cutler will be against an imposing Minnesota pass rush.
Jared Allen is the kind of sack specialist who has slaughtered the Bears this season, and if he puts Cutler on the ground with regularity, Chicago’s offense is sunk. Even if he has time to throw, Cutler can’t afford any lapses in his timing or confidence after his week on the sidelines.
Yeah, it would be nice and easy to hop on board, to chuck aside any doubts, any aspersions, to buy into the hype and just get on the all-hail Notre Dame train and ride it for who knows how long.
It would be smooth sailing all the way, with nary a nasty word to face for having the audacity to wonder, if not question, whether the Irish really were all that good.
But, thing is, in order to pull that off you kinda have to believe in the concept to some degree, or at least manipulate your mind into thinking you do … and both of those are lacking right here, right now – sorely lacking.
There is no arguing 12-0. Regardless of whether atrocious officiating directly accounted for two of those victories (against Stanford and Pittsburgh) and the worst example of poor clock management and red-zone play-calling this side of Andy Reid (hello, USC coach Lane Kiffin) had a major part in Saturday night’s regular-season finale at the L.A. Coliseum clinching a berth in the BCS title game on January 7, 2013, ND ran the table.
It's understood the 49-year-old is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at the Santiago Bernabeu, while some high-ranking officials are equally fed-up with the outspoken Portuguese coach.
"Is Mourinho going to stay at Real at end of season? He has already decided to leave in my opinion," said Calderon in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I'm not certain but in my opinion he's fed up with what's happening and some people are fed up with his attitude and behavior. I believe he's already made his decision to leave."
Calderon, who was president at Real Madrid between 2006 and 2009 - prior to Mourinho's arrival in the Spanish capital - also criticized the 'Special One' for his behavior, saying that it does not sit well with the club's history.
"I think his behavior hasn't at times been approbate to Real Madrid's history," he explained. "The problem with Mourinho - and he is an amazing coach - is sometimes he has done things that aren't approbate with Real history.
Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Andreas Cornelius Linked With Arsenal, Andrei Arshavin Could Be Shipped To Zemith Or Reading
With the January transfer window just around the corner, the rumour mill has begun to spin, and already churned out two rather likely stories.
Much criticised Andrei Arshavin has been linked to a move back to his former club Zenit. The 31-year-old spent half of last season on loan in Russia, which left fans begging for his return. However, the idea of the experienced forward returning bac to Russia has been rained on, due to Arshavin not wanting to leave the area, as he and his family were settled (with his wife giving birth to their third child).
The much more likely option for the Russian is the suggested move to Reading FC (if club terms can be agreed).
Arsenal are being linked with FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius, but they will have to battle Serie A big-shots AC Milan for his signature.