SportsNet - February 2013
Iowa State hired former Cyclone great Fred Hoiberg three years ago with no previous head coaching on his resume, but a lengthy background highlighted by a good career in the NBA. What Hoiberg has done over the past three years has been exceptionally fun to watch. Iowa State has long been a doormat to many Big-12 foes, but in the past few years that has started to change. Hoiberg may have little to none coaching experience but his players respect him and he has a university behind him.Iowa State is currently 19-9, while boasting a 9-6 record in the Big 12. They dropped an OT decision to a tough Kansas squad the other evening in which the NCAA later said that there was "some missed calls that potentially affected the outcome of the game". But nonetheless, the Cyclones will continue on their journey to March where they look to surprise some of the biggest names in college basketball. They rank in the top 20 respectively in assists, points and rebounds per game under Hoiberg. Their key wins are over Baylor (who currently is on ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi's last four in) and 13th-ranked Kansas State.
As it stands, the gap between Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in second spot is 17 points.
However, league matters will be put to one side when the two clubs meet at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night for what will be a DFB-Pokal quarter-final clash.
Bayern, after a season of endless aches, has come back the way they were not quite expected to. This season, they have suffered only two losses in all competitions. This year, Bayern has let in only two goals and has won each and every one of their matches by at least a two goal margin. Dortmund has been playing quite well this season too, especially in the Champions League.
Favorites Bayern Munich will have to make do without the services of France international Franck Ribery, who is suspended because he was sent off during the match against Augsburg in the last round.
His absence is likely to hand a starting opportunity to former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben.
Arsene Wenger has received good news in the transfer market, after reports suggesting top target David Villa is primed to leave FC Barcelona this summer. That's according to a report from talkSport.co.uk, quoting Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Villa would be the kind of marquee signing that would appeal to the growing number of disgruntled Gunners fans. His reputation and pedigree would add instant credibility to Wenger's protracted attempts to return Arsenal to trophy-winning ways.
Steven Jackson To Quit St. Louis Rams: 3 Teams Who Should Pursue The Star Running Back In Free Agency
According to a report from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, star running back Steven Jackson will quit the St. Louis Rams. Jackson intends to test the 2013 NFL free-agency market.
Despite coming off a relatively down year and aged 29, Jackson should have no shortage of suitors. On his day, the nine-year pro is arguably the most complete running back in the league.
A natural bruiser between the tackles, Jackson runs with awesome power. He also possesses elite quickness, footwork and agility. Jackson remains an above-average receiver and has an excellent understanding of schemes.
Here are three teams who should seriously consider making Jackson an offer:
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers still need a quality runner to complement quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Cedric Benson experiment failed in 2012. Youngsters Alex Green and DuJuan Harris filled in reasonably, but neither appears to be a long-term solution.
On 5th March, Manchester United will host Real Madrid in the second-leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie.
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson deploying slightly defensive minded, yet highly effective tactics.
The midfield strata that Fergie used against Los Blancos consisted of Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney, with the latter starting as the right-winger.
However, Rooney failed to produce the required goods on the flank and looked increasingly uncomfortable, particularly when defending against the partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao.
The testament to this claim is Rooney’s involvement in two of Real Madrid’s best chances during the game.
First came when Rooney unnecessarily committed himself back to counter Ronaldo’s threat, although Rafael Da Silva and Phil Jones were already defending against the Portugal international. As a result, the marauding Coentrao was left unmarked and the wing-back eventually hit the woodwork.