SportsNet - May 2013
With the series tied 1-1 after two and the pendulum now swings in the Indiana Pacers favor, the Miami Heat faces a pivotal Game 3 on Sunday, May 26, 2013 (next two games will be played in Indianapolis). The game tips off at 8:30 pm eastern standard time and as much as Heat fans would not admit it, they are cringing. Case in point, last night I text my friend Jordan and asked if he was worried now the series have switched to Indiana—his response was “LOL not a bit” but I know he is worried.You have to forgive me for calling him out— but I had to get him back for reminding me every day when the Heat was on its 27-game win streak that they are the best team in the NBA.
The Heat dodged a bullet this weekend—as the league have decided not to suspend Dwayne Wade for elbowing Indiana Pacers guard Lance
Stephenson in the head during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference on Friday. This is good news for the Heat who is going to need its big 3 to figure
out this “never say die” Pacer team; but it may not be enough to get them through the series.
Reasons Why Heat Fans Should Worry
It seems that money and the Financial Fair Play Rules will be no object for Monaco and their billionaire owner, as they follow up their acquisition of Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez by signing Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid for £51m on Monday. It had been proclaimed in the Daily Mirror during the weekend that he had already signed for Chelsea, which tells you a lot about the state of the media in the UK!
Whilst nobody will decry any club trying to better themselves, there are like to be dissenting voices in the direction of M. Platini regarding the validity of his much trumpeted FFP Rules he wishes to apply to clubs governed by EUFA. Remember that only recently have we witnessed massive spending at PSG the Paris based Ligue1 club which on the face of it, completely breaks all of the FFP rules as they stand. It will be interesting to get the reaction from Platini to two French clubs basically driving a coach and horses through the rules.
The signing of Falcao will also be a blow to clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, both of whom were considered suitors well ahead of anybody else associated with Falcao.
Arsenal will make a move to sign young Juventus midfield ace Paul Pogba, according to The Daily Mirror. Landing the talented prospect would be a major coup for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
Pogba is a quality player and would bring vital attributes currently missing from Arsenal's midfield ranks. He is exactly the kind of powerful runner Wenger needs to make his brand of free-flowing football work.
Wenger needs a buccaneering midfielder who can break from deep and lead quick counters. That player is the focal point of Arsenal's transition between defence and attack.
At the start of the season, Wenger chose to rely on Abou Diaby in this role. Strong performances away to Liverpool and Manchester City, showed how valuable a strong, quick-breaking midfielder is to Arsenal.
However, the tragically unlucky Diaby soon succumbed to yet another injury. Arsenal's midfield balance was destroyed and Wenger was forced to settle on a new formula.
Arsenal are the favorites the sign Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, according to The Daily Mirror. The Gunners are expected to offer more than £10 million for the 25-year-old stopper.
Apparently Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger sees signing Mignolet as the solution to long-standing issues at goalkeeper. That is a plausible view, considering how difficult Wenger has found replacing Jens Lehmann.
Wenger ditched the eccentric German ace in 2007. Arsenal have suffered through one calamity 'keeper after another ever since.
Wenger indulged Manuel Almunia for far too long. Lukasz Fabianski was supposed to replace the hapless Spaniard, but has often been even more accident-prone.
Fellow Polish stopper Wojciech Szczesny has offered glimpses of maturing into a top quality 'keeper. However, the 22-year-old has also been guilty of numerous costly lapses in concentration.
All may appear quiet at Old Trafford now that there is a gap between Sir Alex Ferguson leaving and David Moyes taking over the reins, however, I can report that there is frenzied activity going on to make the first signings ahead of the usual suspects.
First on Moyes `to do` list is Wayne Rooney; Moyes will meet the player as early as this week to head off any talk of leaving the club. Moyes, despite the unseemly legal spat between him and the player a few years ago, is an admirer of Rooney. It has emerged that Rooney did not ask for a transfer as stated twice by outgoing manager Sir Alex. He did have a discussion about his continually being moved around the team and was concerned about his loss of form as a consequence. Moyes will seek to sort out a contract extension to the current one which has two years to run. My sources suggest that Rooney is keen to stay at Old Trafford.