SportsNet - March 2013
The Final Four is set—Atlanta here they come!
This year’s Final Four will be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday April 6, with the NCAA National Championship Game being played on Monday April 8.
The Final Four semi-final games will begin on Saturday April 6. Game one will feature the No. 1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals representing the Big East, will play against this year’s Cinderella (No. 9 seed) the Wichita State WuShock, (the last remaining Mid-Major) from the Missouri Valley Conference. The second game will feature the No. 4 seed Syracuse Orange (Big East) matching up against another No. 4 seed Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference. The winners from each semi-final game will play for the National Championship on Monday April 8 (all games, semi-finals and Championship games will be covered by CBS).
It's a quick turnaround for Manchester United-- in fact, their quickest of the season -- as they prepare to take on Chelsea tomorrow in a FA Cup quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge. This will occur just 45 hours after the final whistle against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. This tie has come about because of the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford three weeks ago -- a game in which the Reds blew an early two-goal lead and were fortunate not to lose after a brilliant David de Gea save at the death on a close-range Juan Mata attempt. The winner of the replay will face Manchester City in a semi-final clash at Wembley.
Sir Alex Ferguson is also likely to make several changes to his side after rotating the team in the weekend win at Sunderland.
Phil Jones could return to the side at right-back after Rafael (groin) was forced off at the weekend. Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs are also likely to feature after sitting out Saturday's match.
Coming off a season in which they ranked fifth in the NFL in total defense and 28th in total offense, the Chicago Bears have plenty of incentive to spend their first-round draft pick on a player who can help them score. However, Chicago also has two starting linebackers to replace, and they may have a shot at a potential draft steal to help do it.
As noted by ESPN, the Bears are part of a cluster of teams likely to consider drafting Notre Dame star Manti Te’o. Even with Chicago’s needs on offense, if Te’o falls to the Bears, they’ll need an awfully good alternative to make it worth passing him up.
Te’o’s stock has dropped severely in the last three months. He was hit hard by a combination of the much-discussed hoax surrounding his nonexistent girlfriend, a disastrous end to Notre Dame’s season in a BCS title game blowout and his own disappointing combine performance.
Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Target Bundesliga Trio Robert Lewandowski, Mario Goetze And Lars Bender
The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal will lodge summer bids for Bundesliga trio Robert Lewandowski, Mario Goetze and Lars Bender. This would represent a major shift in transfer practice from Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal boss has become a keen admirer of the talent available in the German market. However, Wenger has often been loathed to spend vast sums on any one player. He has certainly been reluctant to embark on the kind of spending spree needed to sign three of the Bundesliga's brightest talents.
Most football fans if not all know this name. Lionel Messi. The 25 year old youngster writes his name in the history book one more time, with only a few pages left, there is only a handful of record FIFA can come up with that Messi hasn't broken....yet.
In the 73rd minute, it seemed that Messi would not get a chance to secure another record, so it seemed, but out of a brilliant pass to Tello, Messi found himself once again at the end of 'fruits of his labor'. Messi scored his 29th goal in 19 consecutive matches, and his 43rd in the league leaving Ronaldo 16 goals behind at 27 for the race to the Pichichi trophy.
A milestone for Messi, as he has scored in 19th game straight, and every time he scores, he comes closer to breaking his own league record from last year where he gathered 50 goals in a season. With a dozen games left, Messi will definitely break his own record.
Lionel Messi has now scored against every team in the league, only Ronaldo has 1 more since he scored an own goal on Madrid.