SportsNet - March 2013
Premier League managers always have their heart in their mouth when their players return from international duty. They are praying that none of them have picked up any injuries; this especially so at this time of the season, with just 9 games left to play. Manchester United supplies half of the England team, and all of their players are internationals. That means that there is a chance that one or more will pick up an injury.
Of course, that is why Manchester has a large squad of players to cover every position. So, with the match against Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime and their FA Cup replay against Chelsea on the following Monday, Sir Alex will be shuffling the pack. He has already stated that he now has two top players for each position and more in the reserves. With Sunderland having received two major blows this week, with their top scorer Steven Fletcher and their captain Lee Cattermole both out for the rest of the season, Sir Alex will be resting some of his top players who played internationals this week.
Here is what Sir Alex had to say at his recent press conference:-
According to the Mirror, Liverpool are keen on signing Blackpool youngster Tom Ince during the summer transfer window.
Via Caught Offside:
“Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to sign Blackpool’s Tom Ince and will make a renewed attempt to seal the player’s signature this summer according to The Mirror.”
“The England under-21 star almost joined the Anfield club during the January transfer window, only for the deal to fall through after the two clubs could not agree a fee.
Blackpool wanted a sell on clause inserted by Liverpool when Ince first moved to the Championship club to be waived while Liverpool were hoping to negotiate a cheaper deal for Ince should they decide not to enforce it.”
A former transfer target of Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United, Ince has been in impressive form for Blackpool this season, scoring 19 times in just 36 appearances for the Seasiders and even winning the Football League’s Young Player of the Year award.
According to several media outlets across Europe, Manchester United are planning to offload winger Antonio Valencia at the end of the current season.
Valencia was arguably the Red Devils’ best player last season and was thus, even handed the iconic No 7 shirt, worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past. His pace and creativity tormented the oppositions’ full-backs, but this term, things have been quite different.
Maybe due to the immense pressure or change in United’s style of play, Valencia has struggled to produce the required goods.
The 27-year-old rarely beats his marker in one-on-one situations and his crossing accuracy has been equally atrocious. Valencia is yet to score even once in the league this campaign and with the inevitable arrival of Wilfried Zaha in the summer, United can be expected to dump one of their current three wingers.
NFL Trade News: Quarterback Matt Flynn Is Wanted By The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars And Oakland Raiders
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn could find himself on the trading block, with three passer-needy NFL teams expressing interest.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are all interested in trading for Flynn.
The ex-Green Bay Packer was a big money free agency signing for the Seattle Seahawks last offseason. However, Flynn was promptly usurped by third-round rookie Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks went 11-5 and won a playoff game with the superb Wilson under center. That leaves Flynn consigned to the same backup role he left the Packers to avoid.
Flynn first came to prominence in Week 15 of the 2010 season, when he deputized for an injured Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were facing a tough road trip to take on the New England Patriots.
Although they were narrowly beaten, Flynn acquitted himself superbly. He threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, immediately sparking trade rumors.
With March Madness in high gear heading into the Sweet Sixteen, Mid-Week Madness remains on a mini-hiatus. Even with that, though, some mid-week observations about the Madness seem worthwhile.
That being the case, enjoy or despise at your leisure …
– It’s time to close the book on Gonzaga’s Cinderella story. Year after year, we keep trying to shoehorn that glass slipper on the Bulldogs’ foot. Ladies and gentleman, after 14 years of trying, it does … not … fit. We need to accept that and move on, and, if by chance, Gonzaga finally does do something major in the NCAA tournament, like, oh, say, reach the Final Four, kudos to it. Until then, enough already …
– Sticking with the aforementioned, why in the world did coach Mark Few anoint this group as the best during his reign at the small, Catholic school in Spokane? Rankings and newer-found respect aside, it wasn’t. All his words did was draw a bigger bull’s-eye on his team’s jersey, which, frankly, a good portion of the nation is sick of seeing and hearing about at this point anyway because it bombs in the NCAAs.