SportsNet - February 2013
According to reports on NFL.com, the Kansas City Chiefs are willing to trade the number one pick in the 2013 NFL draft. It's a move new head coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey should make.
The Chiefs biggest need is at quarterback, however, there isn't a consensus top pick at the position. Geno Smith is probably the closest, but the field becomes considerably weaker after him. The Chiefs shouldn't use a bargaining chip as valuable as the draft's top pick on a player who doesn't merit it.
There's also the fact that any team coming off a 2-14 campaign and having made the playoffs just once in six years, has more than one need. The Chiefs need help along both the offensive and defensive lines.
Fortifying the trenches should be the first place Reid begins rebuilding the Chiefs. More importantly, the Chiefs do have options in the trade and free agent markets, to pursue a pro-ready quarterback.
Manchester United is poised to go 15-points clear of Manchester City on Saturday in the Premier League as they play against the league`s bottom team who are struggling against relegation.
What makes this more intriguing is that Manchester City has a difficult match against the club that sits just behind them in third place, Chelsea. This match could not have come at a more difficult time for City and coach Mancini, as he faced questions about his future from the press today at his pre-match press conference. Manchester United plays against QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon, whilst City has to wait until Sunday before they play Chelsea.
Should it ensue that United are 15 points ahead with just 11 games left which would equate to them having to lose six of those games and City to win every game for them to overtake United. That is because United have a superior goal difference this year, something which cost them the title last season. As if to compound matters, United`s next three games after tomorrow are all against teams near the bottom of the league table. It is possible that United could win the title in the game against Manchester City in April.
Despite only four goals in their last four matches, finding the net hasn't really been the problem for Arsenal this season. Instead Arsene Wenger's team continues to be undone by frailty in defence.
The back four has regressed badly after a solid start to the campaign. Young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has also begun to look like a liability. Fixing the Gunners' leaky back line has to be Wenger's priority this summer.
Here are five defensive transfers the Arsenal boss could pursue in the summer transfer window.
Martin Caceres Centre-Back, Juventus
Versatile Uruguayan Martin Caceres would bring plenty of top-level experience to Arsenal's back four. Wenger could plot a summer move for the current Juventus stopper, according to talkSPORT.co.uk.
One week after South African Olympic hero, Oscar Pistorius, was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend in his home, more twists and details come out that add more drama to an already scrutinized case.
Pistorius became the first double-amputee track star to compete at the Olympics when he ran in last year's London Games. He is being accused of premeditated murder in the death of his supermodel girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius claims he entered his home and mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and that the shooting was purely accidental and unintentional.
Pistorius is not the only one coming under scrutiny in this now internationally renowned murder case.
Add the South African legal process to the list.
After it was revealed that the initial investigator, Hilton Botha, was facing attempting murder charges, South Africa's police head appointed a new lead on the case in detective Vinesh Moonoo.
In the seemingly endless new cycle dedicated to asking what's wrong with Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has been the main focus. Lost in much of the talk has been the failings of the players on the pitch and the main reason behind that failing.
Simply put, there is too much timidity in the ranks of the current Arsenal squad. Naturally these are Wenger's players and as the manager who acquired them, he ultimately bears the brunt of the blame.
However, a manager can only do so much and a large part of his job has to rest on the trust he puts in his players. That trust has been routinely betrayed by timid and fragile performances.
It would be easy to lose count of the number of times Arsenal have underachieved this season. Examining the most recent and perhaps most obvious examples, reveals a lot about the 2012/13 version of Arsenal.
On February 9th, Arsenal completed a brave and stylish 1-0 away win at Sunderland. The victory moved them up to fifth and just two points shy of the coveted and lucrative fourth spot.