SportsNet - November 2012

UFC Welterweight Aftermath: Where To Next For Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks And Nick Diaz?

on November 29 2012 3:04 PM
UFC Welterweight Aftermath: Where To Next For Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks And Nick Diaz?

With Georges St. Pierre over his injury doubts following an authoritative display against interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154, what’s next for the Canadian superstar with talks of a super fight with Anderson Silva in 2013 looming?

It’s not many top-line athletes that came back an ACL re-construction, but GSP is one such, who was still able to hit his famed double leg takedown with ease.  Not afraid to bring the fight to Condit either, and bar a flash knock-down in third round, GSP never looked like losing.

The win added some fire to speculation of a GSP vs Silva super fight, however the cards seem stacked in the favor of the bigger Brazilian. GSP has showed no interest in the fight at 185 pounds and has hinted that the only way he’d take the fight is if Silva was prepared to cut down to 170 pounds to challenge for his belt. Silva hasn’t fought at that weight since competing in Pride eight years ago. The 37 year-old is no spring chicken either and generally walks around at 220 pounds between fights.

Cristian Tello Transfer News: Liverpool, Arsenal or AC Milan, Where will Tello End Up in the Winter Transfer Window?

on November 29 2012 2:53 PM
Cristian Tello Transfer News: Liverpool, Arsenal or AC Milan, Where will Tello End Up in the Winter Transfer Window?

 

According to the latest transfer updates, FC Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello’s contract negotiations with the club have hit a roadblock due to the two parties' inability to agree upon a buyout clause for the youngster.

The news have led to a frenzy among the media vultures, with several stations reporting that Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan are all set to vie out for the signature of the 21-year-old.

Hence, IBTimes looks at the suitability of each possible transfer.

Liverpool

It’s no secret that Liverpool currently lack attacking impetus in the team. Baring Luis Suarez and youngsters like Raheem Sterling and Suso, who have put in phenomenal displays during their respective debut seasons, the likes of Fabio Borini, Steward Downing and Joe Cole have struggled to exert a similar impact at the Kop.

Luis Suarez Transfer News: Chelsea, Juventus, Atletico Madrid And Real Madrid All In For Liverpool's Star Man

on November 29 2012 2:27 PM
Luis Suarez Transfer News: Chelsea, Juventus, Atletico Madrid And Real Madrid All In For Liverpool's Star Man

A host of Europe's top clubs have been alerted by the current situation at Liverpool involving their prize asset Luis Suarez. The Uruguay international is a wanted man according to media reports this week and Juventus, Chelsea, Athletico Madrid and Real Madrid are all ready to fork out the £40 million buy out clause in the strikers contract.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he will be bringing in new personal in January with his current crop of players struggling to make any real impact in the Premier League this season. Suarez is hungry for success and could well be swayed by lucarative offers from one of Europe's big guns. 

Jose Mourninho's Real Madrid would be a fitting move for the 25-year-old who is eager to play Champions League football, and Mourinho will almost certainly hand him a main role in the squad, although he will face stern competition their which might put him off.

Athletico Madrid could be another option with the La Liga side looking set to lose their top striker Radamel Falcao either in January or in the summer, so Suarez would be the ideal replacement. 

Andre Ward: A Victim Of His Own Success?

on November 29 2012 11:44 AM
Andre Ward: A Victim Of His Own Success?

It was announced on November 27 that Andre Ward would defend his WBC and WBA super-middleweight titles against Kelly Pavlik on January 26 in Los Angeles.

It will be Ward’s first bout since defeating the world’s best light-heavyweight, Chad Dawson, in September.

On paper, former undisputed middleweight titlist Pavlik has a record of 40 wins (34 K.Os) and two losses and is a stern test for Ward. However, Pavlik has done little in the 12 stone division to suggest that he has earned a world title shot.

The 30-year-old Pavlik was soundly beaten by middleweight number one Sergio Martinez back in 2010 and moving up in weight against an opponent who has not been defeated since he was 12 and who is a better operator than Martinez, could be a step too far for ‘The Ghost’.

A 2004 gold medallist at the Athens Olympic Games, Ward has completely cleaned out the super-middleweight division. From 2009 to 2011, the 28-year-old Californian defeated world-class fighters in the Super Six World Boxing Classic such as Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler.

Real Madrid Transfer News: Manchester United And Real Battle For 18-Year-Old Viktor Fischer

on November 29 2012 6:44 AM
Real Madrid Transfer News: Manchester United And Real Battle For 18-Year-Old Viktor Fischer

Fischer is a Danish international as he made his senior appearance for the Scandinavian earlier this year. Before that, he was in the under 16, 17, 19 and 21 for Denmark where he scored a combined number of 27 goals in 47 games. No wonder Denmark wanted him to make his senior debut. As Fischer joined the Ajax youth system, he attracted attention from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Inter Milan. But Fischer made his Ajax debut this season and since he has played five games, scoring two goals.

Now contract talks have halted and Fischer is attracting the attention of even bigger clubs in Manchester United and Real Madrid. But which club should he join and which club needs his services?

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