SportsNet - May 2013

Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

on May 27 2013 6:42 PM
Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

Former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will return to Italy to take charge of Serie A club Napoli.

Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Napoli,” club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on his Twitter feed on Monday. The Spaniard replaces Walter Mazzarri who quit after the team finished second behind Juventus in Serie A this season to qualify for the Champions League. Mazzarri was in charge for just under four years, building a strong attacking side which twice qualified for the Champions League and won the Italian Cup in 2012. He said on resigning that he felt he had taken Napoli as far as he could. Benitez was in charge of Inter for the first half of the 2010-11 season after replacing treble-winning Jose Mourinho. With the team lying a modest sixth in December of that season, the Spaniard’s job was under threat, but he appeared to earn a reprieve when he led them to victory in the Club World Cup in Japan. Benitez then angered Inter owner Massimo Moratti by demanding reinforcements and was sacked before Christmas.

Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

on May 27 2013 6:42 PM
Breaking News: Rafael Benitez Signs With Napoli

Former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will return to Italy to take charge of Serie A club Napoli.

Rafa Benitez is the new manager of Napoli,” club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on his Twitter feed on Monday. The Spaniard replaces Walter Mazzarri who quit after the team finished second behind Juventus in Serie A this season to qualify for the Champions League. Mazzarri was in charge for just under four years, building a strong attacking side which twice qualified for the Champions League and won the Italian Cup in 2012. He said on resigning that he felt he had taken Napoli as far as he could. Benitez was in charge of Inter for the first half of the 2010-11 season after replacing treble-winning Jose Mourinho. With the team lying a modest sixth in December of that season, the Spaniard’s job was under threat, but he appeared to earn a reprieve when he led them to victory in the Club World Cup in Japan. Benitez then angered Inter owner Massimo Moratti by demanding reinforcements and was sacked before Christmas.

The MLB Draft Will Never be as Big as the NFL or NBA - and That's a Good Thing

on May 27 2013 2:04 PM
The MLB Draft Will Never be as Big as the NFL or NBA - and That's a Good Thing

 

As the MLB Draft nears, many sportswriters are bemoaning the fact that baseball’s event is not nearly the extravaganza of the NFL and NBA Drafts.  Many are wondering if baseball needs to make big changes in order to keep up with the Joneses, proposing everything from moving the draft from June to eliminating sections of professional ball in order to get draftees to the pros at a faster rate.

But the simple truth about this issue is that there are too many structures in place to ever make the MLB Draft as popular as those for the NFL and NBA.

And that’s a good thing.

MLB has the best talent development system in all of sports.

One of the biggest reasons that the MLB Draft does not garner the same level of attention as the drafts in other sports is because, with few exceptions, MLB draftees do not make an immediate impact in the Big Leagues.  Draftees must first make it through the Minor Leagues, proving their worth in as many as five different levels of competition before they can ever set foot in an MLB stadium.

Why is this a bad thing?

The San Antonio Spurs “Big Three” . . . The Scent Of A Fifth NBA Championship Title

on May 27 2013 11:11 AM

The San Antonio Spurs easily defeated the Lakers, the big brother in the city of Los Angeles. The first round win by the Spurs was no big deal. Not a scent of a championship title could be detected by the Spurs at this juncture of the NBA title race. The Lakers were without Kobe Bryant and for all intent and purposes the Lakers was a depleted team whose cast of players were brought together to embellish and re-live dreams of championship glory for the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles. It was not to be.

San Antonio won the first round playoff series against the Lakers, but the series did not provide the test the Spurs needed to gage how they would perform against other competition or where they were as a team overall. The key factor was that the Spurs had made it to the second round despite the injuries and the recovery of key players. The Spurs were not playing to a level that had anyone predicting that the Spurs are contenders to win it all. Maybe not even the Spurs themselves believed they were the team to beat on the run for a NBA championship title.

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Jacoby Ellsbury Is Too Risky For Cubs To Pursue

on May 27 2013 10:40 AM
Chicago Cubs Rumors: Jacoby Ellsbury Is Too Risky For Cubs To Pursue

 

Theo Epstein and the rest of the brain trust trying to rebuild the Chicago Cubs arrived pretty much wholesale from the Boston Red Sox. As such, it’s not surprising that they’re thinking hard about acquiring some of the players they’d brought to Boston to become part of the Cubs’ future.

Apparently, one such player is center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs “are expected to make a strong push” to sign the one-time All-Star, provided that he digs out of the slump in which he’s begun the 2013 season.

Ellsbury’s overwhelming potential was shown off best in 2011, when he hit .321 with 32 HRs, 105 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. That performance is all but guaranteed to earn him a big-money contract somewhere when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

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