SportsNet - April 2013
Sunderland’s love affair with Paolo Di Canio has seen initial hesitation on the part of the former give way to increasing affection. Doubts over the Italian’s personal beliefs and lack of top-flight managerial experience have diminished with the team’s improvement on the pitch.
The revitalized Black Cats won bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby, before the Italian led them to a win over Everton that has increased their chances of Premier League survival. This unlikely relationship between the tempestuous, yet highly astute Di Canio and his newly acquainted Mackem brethren is sure to be a passionate one right until the end.
Di Canio in many ways represents the stereotypically fiery Italian persona, and has transfixed English football audiences from his playing days at Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic, right up until more recently with his first foray into management at Swindon Town.
The 44-year-old’s return to the British Isles in 2011 further re-established one of the more prominent connections between his adopted home and the calcio culture that has so captivated its English equivalent in recent decades.
The 2013 NFL draft takes place Thursday April 25 through Sunday April 28, 2013 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City—and unless you're the most extreme NFL fan, only the first round will be relevant. Two years from now we will we be reminded of a steal or two from this year's draft taken in between rounds 2-7 that actually panned out.
Keep in mind, the draft is more about need rather than the best individual talents. With that said all we can do is speculate who will go where.
Here are my top 10 NFL mock draft picks:.
(Come draft day, teams will trade up or down to fill needs—however, I have decided to keep my picks in the order they currently are to keep the process simple).
Bayern Munich massacred the used be invincible Barcelona in the epic first leg encounter at the Allianz Arena. Prior to the game, this was meant to be the main litmus test for the newly crowned Bundesliga champion, but the Bavarians were not stretched and showed the incredible form they have displayed since the start of the season. Goals from Thomas Muller who had a brace scoring in each half, Arjen Robben and Super Mario Gomez put the German in a very favourable position ahead of the second leg .the victory puts them on the brink of another .
Serial gnasher, Luis Suarez has been banned for ten games by an independent FA panel today. The player has the right to appeal the ban, but he would thereby open himself up to the ban being increased, if it is deemed "flippant".
Suarez was found guilty of serious foul play by the FA, as the referee says that he did not see the incident properly. The procedure in such events is for a mandatory 3 games ban, but the FA has the right to contest the length of the ban if it deems it insufficient. The FA did exactly that and appealed the length of the ban, thereby instituting the independent FA panel which has a few moments ago banned him for and additional 7 games, making a total of 10 games ban. That means he will miss the rest of this season and the beginning of next season as well.
Suarez bit the upper arm of Chelsea defender Ivanovic during the match at the weekend between Chelsea and Liverpool. Whilst the referee maintains that he did not see the incident, the rest of the world was watching on their television sets. In the furore after the match, the FA promised to deal with the matter immediately, which they have done.
Arsene Wenger seems serious about upgrading Arsenal's attacking options this summer. He is rumored to be targeting transfers for Juventus strikers Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella.
That's according to a report from website Forzaitalianfootball.com. Wenger is said to have contacted Juve about the potential availability of both players this summer.
Arsenal haven't lacked goals this season, but they have been missing consistency in attack. There have been goal rushes, such as scoring five against Tottenham Hotspur, Reading and West Ham United.
The Gunners also hit seven against Newcastle United at the end of December. However, for every free-scoring display there have been games where Arsenal were inept in front of goal.
They failed to score in a 1-0 defeat away to Norwich City back in October. They also drew blanks against Everton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Swansea City and Schalke 04.