SportsNet - March 2013

With The Streak Now At 21, Can Anyone Beat The Heat?

on March 16 2013 6:13 AM
21 wins in a row, the Miami Heat are on a roll. The bad thing for the rest of the NBA, is that they are showing no signs of letting up. Friday's 107-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks leaves the Heat 12 wins away from tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' all time record of 33 wins straight. Few would bet against them at this point to at least get within striking distance of making history. Only three of their remaining games in March are against current playoff teams, so the schedule has been kind if they are to achieve greatness. This team, however, isn't concerned with this. They are looking at the bigger picture, when the 'Big 3' of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were assembled their primary objective was to win multiple Championships. They took time to find the right cohesion but once they did, a championship soon followed. Now the Heat, boasting a record of 50-14 as they enter the most critical part of the season, are the clear favourites to win the Championship this year.

Manchester United News: Manchester United V Reading Match Preview And Team News

on March 15 2013 5:55 PM

On paper, the matchup between Manchester United and Reading looks so hopelessly one-sided that Reading might consider saving themselves the train fare to Manchester and just give United the game. However, as we all know, in football, the obvious does not always happen. In fact, the return fixture at Reading saw a 7 goal thriller, with United winning it by just the odd goal.

Looking at the likely team line-ups is not easy as far as Reading is concerned. Just at the time they could do with all of their players being available, they are faced with an Armageddon team selection problem. Firstly, both of their first choicer goalkeepers are injured. That means rookie Stuart Taylor will have to face the likely strike force of Van Persie and Rooney, with the possible addition of Danny Welbeck on the left. Reading also have Jimmy Kebe missing along with striker Pogrebnyak who serves the last game of a three match suspension. So, for a match against the runaway champions elect, they have a patched up team with a third choice rookie keeper!

Philadelphia Eagles News: Eagles' New 3-4 Defense Is Taking Shape After Free Agency Signings

on March 15 2013 10:27 AM

They haven't gone public with it yet, but it's an open secret the Philadelphia Eagles will switch to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Chip Kelly. Their early free agency signings show how that 3-4 defense is taking shape.

Compared with recent seasons, the Eagles have been low-key in free agency. That's certainly a wise policy after being burned by the big spending that produced the so-called "dream team." However, staying below the radar, doesn't means the Eagles haven't been active and Smart.

So far they have added four new pieces to their secondary. Safeties Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips will compete to start right away. As will new cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. However, it is up front where the Eagles have made their best moves and have been most revealing about their choice of defensive scheme.

One of Philly's first deals was to secure former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga. His arrival was the first major hint at a move to a 3-4 front. Sopoaga is a hulking nose tackle, the kind of run-stuffing force every 3-4 needs in the middle.

Moyes Hoping For A Reaction To Maintain Hold Over Mancini

on March 15 2013 4:32 AM

After a week of much wailing and gnashing of teeth for those connected with the blue half of Merseyside, it’s back into the fray for David Moyes and his Everton side as Manchester City roll into town for Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

The Toffees’ capitulation at home to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup has been proceeded by much recrimination and analysis as fans and pundits have debated where Everton are going, both for the rest of this season and beyond as speculation increases around the manager’s future.

They say the best course of action if you fall off a bike is to get back on as soon as possible, and in Everton’s case last weekend’s tumble from grace is followed by the stiff task of facing last season’s champions.

Roberto Mancini’s side have struggled all year to match the blistering form they displayed for most of the last campaign and go into the final stages of this one staring into the distance at the backs of neighbours Manchester United as they disappear over the horizon in the title race.

Atlanta Falcons News: Signing Steven Jackson Gives The Falcons The NFL's Best Offense

on March 14 2013 5:45 PM
Atlanta Falcons News: Signing Steven Jackson Gives The Falcons The NFL's Best Offense

Signing Steven Jackson gives the Atlanta Falcons the best offense in the NFL. The Falcons have agreed the signing of the star free agent running back, according to NFL.com.

Jackson expands the repertoire and scoring potential of the Falcons attack. He will provide the perfect complement to the league's most dangerous passing game.

Quarterback Matt Ryan already has the perfect blend of pass-catchers. At wide receiver, Julio Jones stretches the field vertically, while Roddy White works the outside.

Veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, who recently confirmed he will 'return' for another season, works underneath. The only element missing is a dynamic and versatile weapon in the backfield.

Jackson is exactly that. The stellar veteran offers the same level of bruising, power-running that the departed Michael Turner did.

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