SportsNet - January 2013
Galatasaray yesterday announced that they had signed Didier Drogba to an 18 month deal, which means that Drogba’s China adventure at Shanghai Shenhua is over just 8 months after he joined the club in June. At Shenhua he scored 8 goals in 11 games, in what is a relatively uncompetitive league. Drogba went there on a big contract which payed him about £200,000 a week, where he teamed up with ex-Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka, who’s also departing to Juventus.
There were many questions over how Shenhua could afford these giant wages, and there were rumors that players weren’t being payed on time. But if we’re honest, this has turned out best for Drogba as he’s far too good a player to be playing in the Chinese league. This is a player who on his day is the best striker in the world, and is simply unplayable.
By moving to Galatasaray it means that Drogba will be playing Champions League football once again, where his side will face Schalke in the last 16. This will come 10 months after Drogba won the big eared trophy for Chelsea with the last kick of his boot in a blue shirt on May 19th, in a day that will never be forgotten for any Chelsea fan.
More Quarter finalists are emerged after yesterday’s game, Ghana and Mali qualified from their group after their final games. Ghana defeated Niger republic by 3 -0, That is quite huge for a team very lean in their striking options, Asemoah Gyan scored the first goal of the game and his first in the tournament, subsequently he turned provider for Portuguese based midfielder Christian Atsu who chested ball before poking it into the net, John Boye wrapped things up when he tapped in a rebound from Asemoah Gyan’s header. With the victory, Ghana would meet the second place Cape Verde in Quarter finals. In the other game Mali force the DR Congo to a 1-1 draw. The draw was enough for the Malian to go through as they had won their opening game against Niger . DR Congo initially looked the team to qualify after scoring first from a penalty, but the hard fight Malian team levelled back with 11 minutes.In group C, Zambia will face Burkina Faso in a crucial encounter, while Nigeria battles Ethiopia.
Ghana 3 Vs Niger 0
DR Congo 1 Vs Mali 1
When is the most important time for an athlete to be in the best shape of his or her career? After the last game is played. Seth Abraham, former head of HBO Sports and MSG Entertainment, is among those who would argue that the success of former professional athletes is measured by how they position themselves for life after their playing days are over. In his eyes, George Foreman got it right.
Professional athletes are different than everyone else in that they experiences two deaths to our one. The death of their athletic career is that first death. From Seth Abraham’s perspective, George Foreman prepared for it well. Though he is known to have enjoyed a successful and lucrative boxing career, many associate his name with the George Foreman grill, a staple in many households. The success of the grill guaranteed Foreman’s financial health in his post career. Ironically enough, he now owns and operates a cattle ranch in Marshall, Texas and every time one of them makes it to his grill, he smiles contentedly and thinks ‘Cha-ching!’
When Mitch Kupchak and Dr. Jerry Buss decided to put together this year’s star-filled Los Angeles Lakers team which included Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to play alongside Kobe Bryant, Meta-World-Peace, and Pau Gasol, in their minds they were creating a formula to beat the defending NBA Champions Miami Heat.
Every NBA fan including me bought into the hype surrounding this team—and boy were we ever more wrong about a franchise. After starting the season a dismal 1-12 (including 0-8 in the pre-season) they fired Coach Mike Brown making him the fall guy. Shortly after firing Brown the Lakers hired the highly touted Mike D' Antoni—since his hiring there hasn't been much change with this team.
I stand corrected, about the biggest changes post D'Antoni’s hiring are, the Lakers are a more disgruntled ball club; they don't trust their coach; and are very close to being labeled the biggest bust in NBA History.
In his first start of the 2013 PGA Tour season, Tiger Woods looked like his dominant self with a four shot win in the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods finished 14 under par after a final round 72. The win is Woods’ eighth at Torrey Pines, the most of any course in his career and a PGA Tour record.
The Monday finish was the Tour’s second finish not on a Sunday this year already. The season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions was delayed three days due to wind and rain. Saturday’s third round was delayed until Sunday due to fog covering the course.
After missing the cut in his first event of the new year in Abu Dhabi, Woods returned to the states with a bang. After opening with a first round 68, Tiger fired in a seven under par 65 on day two on the easier North Course.
After the third round postponement due to fog, Woods came back on Sunday to shoot a three under 69. With a four shot lead going into the final round, it seemed as though Woods would be hard to catch.