SportsNet - March 2013

Alex Rodriguez Not Responsible for the Houston Astros' Low Payroll

on March 30 2013 3:52 PM
Alex Rodriguez Not Responsible for the Houston Astros' Low Payroll

 

As another MLB season is set to begin, the Houston Astros are set to make their AL debut while sporting a payroll less than the salary that will be received by Alex Rodriguez.

Predictably, the boo-birds have come out in full force, as this presents yet another opportunity to criticize both A-Rod’s ridiculous salary and MLB’s disparate financial issues.  Really, how can a sport justify an entire team being paid less than an injury-prone third baseman who is no longer an All-Star when healthy?

Nobody is arguing that Alex Rodriguez is overpaid; it’s been a running theme (fair or not) with A-Rod ever since he signed that $252 million contract with Texas prior to the 2001 season.  At this stage of his career, A-Rod’s contract issues are low-hanging fruit for sportswriters that specialize in outrage.

But does Alex Rodriguez really deserve to be the source of anger on this issue?

Chelsea News: Chelsea Lose Again At Southampton And May Miss Top Four Place!

on March 30 2013 1:18 PM

Despite what the media and armchair pundits may have thought, the match against Southampton was always going to be difficult, especially as it was at Southampton`s ground. Most of the established top teams have commented how good a side are Southampton this season and Everton manager David Moyes even went as far as to say that they were the best team to visit Goodison Park this season.

Of course, that is high praise, but you would have thought that if Chelsea has any realistic plans on achieving a top four finish and consequently a Champions League place, they would expect to be winning these types of game. However, with the FA Cup replay against Manchester United looming on Monday, Chelsea manager, Rafael Benitez decided to leave a couple of players out and save them for the FA Cup game. Even so, they should have done a lot better today.

Manchester United News: Sweet revenge For United With Win Over Sunderland To Go 18 Points Clear!

on March 30 2013 10:52 AM

Almost a year after their match against Sunderland where they thought they had won the title, only to hear that Sergio Aguero had scored the winner for Manchester City, Manchester United have won a grudge match to silence the bigoted crowd who taunted them because they had lost the title to City. Now the last laugh is with United as their victory makes it highly likely that Sunderland will face relegation. This is especially so as Sunderland have two difficult away games at Chelsea and Newcastle coming up next. If they lose those and other results go the right way, they will be almost certainly doomed.

Manchester United started the game brightly and took the lead early in the first half with a deflected goal that Van Persie will surely claim. After that, they looked in control and comfortable in third gear for the remainder of the match. Sunderland did not have one shot at goal in the whole of the first half and when they did manage to get into United`s half, they fluffed it.

Swansea City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview

on March 29 2013 5:39 PM

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Michael Dawson has challenged Tottenham to end their dismal losing streak and go on another unbeaten run to secure their place in next year's Champions League.

A 12-match unbeaten sequence towards the end of 2012 meant Spurs were odds-on to qualify for the Europe's top club competition, but defeats against Liverpool and Fulham mean Spurs are now in danger of blowing their chances for a second successive year.

A defeat at Swansea tomorrow, coupled with victory for Arsenal over Reading, will put the Gunners just one point behind their rivals with a game in hand.

Another loss tomorrow will also give Villas-Boas the unwanted tag of being the first Spurs boss since David Pleat in 2004 to preside over a four-match losing run.

The Portuguese manager was upbeat about his team's top-four prospects yesterday, though, and his captain echoed those sentiments today.

“Everyone was disappointed with the result against Fulham but that's behind us now and we have to push on again,” Dawson told Spurs TV Online.

Swansea City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Preview

on March 29 2013 5:39 PM

Preview

Michael Dawson has challenged Tottenham to end their dismal losing streak and go on another unbeaten run to secure their place in next year's Champions League.

A 12-match unbeaten sequence towards the end of 2012 meant Spurs were odds-on to qualify for the Europe's top club competition, but defeats against Liverpool and Fulham mean Spurs are now in danger of blowing their chances for a second successive year.

A defeat at Swansea tomorrow, coupled with victory for Arsenal over Reading, will put the Gunners just one point behind their rivals with a game in hand.

Another loss tomorrow will also give Villas-Boas the unwanted tag of being the first Spurs boss since David Pleat in 2004 to preside over a four-match losing run.

The Portuguese manager was upbeat about his team's top-four prospects yesterday, though, and his captain echoed those sentiments today.

“Everyone was disappointed with the result against Fulham but that's behind us now and we have to push on again,” Dawson told Spurs TV Online.

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