SportsNet - May 2013
1999 – Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (Finals)
United were trailing 1-0 from the 5th minute. They had won the FA cup and the Premier League and were looking down and dusted against their German opponents. United were sorely missing suspended duo Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, and simply could not wrest control in midfield. Ferguson introduced Teddy Sheringham and then, with nine minutes remaining, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The clock showed 90 minutes as United won a corner. In it came and out it was cleared, but only as far as Ryan Giggs who hooked in a weak effort that fell perfectly for Sheringham to divert inside the post. Yet Sheringham's work was not done. Two minutes later he rose to glance David Beckham's corner into the path of Solskjær who prodded in to spark delirious celebrations. Oliver Kahn and the rest of the Munich team were crestfallen. After this remarkable feat, the United boss had a new name "Sir" Alex Ferguson.
2002 – Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen (Finals)
The Atlanta Falcons are close to signing veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour, according to Fox Sports. The move would give the Falcons a versatile defensive lineman for their multiple-front schemes, who is still capable of dominating.
Seymour has spent the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Despite some struggles with the Silver and Black, the 33-year-old remains a powerful force.
After years as a key playmaker in the New England Patriots 3-4 system, Seymour showcased his versatility in Oakland. He seamlessly transitioned to the Raiders' 4-3 fronts.
Seymour can still excel at both end and tackle. That should certainly appeal to a Falcons defensive front in need of more hybrid playmakers.
The NFC South champions cut ties with premier pass-rusher John Abraham this offseason. They were smart to move for ex-New York Giants sack master, Osi Umenyiora as his replacement.
It is no secret that Arsenal covets Benteke, the Belgian striker who has almost single-handedly kept Aston Villa in the Premier League this season. Of course, that scenario can apply to most high profile managers and players in the madness that is the summer transfer window. However, there is substance to the likelihood of a deal being struck in the light of comments in the last 24 hours made by the striker himself.
Aston Villa have already realised that Benteke would be a sought after commodity in the Premier League after having such a prolific season, so they have offered him a new, and better, deal. Unfortunately, the player also realises that he has value at the moment, so he is basically putting himself in the shop window by refusing their offer. In fact, he has even mentioned that he would want to move to a club "like Arsenal", should they come calling, going as far as saying that he would ask for a transfer should Villa try to block any Arsenal approach. Here is what the player said at a press conference whilst on international duty for Belgium:-
The All-NBA team for the 2012-2013 season was announced today and the results were predictable. Four of the players selected to this season’s first team, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul were also voted onto last year’s first team. Joining them on the first team this year is center Tim Duncan. He replaces Dwight Howard, who earned a spot on the 2013 third team.
Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker return to the second team from a season ago and are joined by Carmelo Anthony and Marc Gasol. The third team is comprised of Dwyane Wade, Howard and first-time selections David Lee, James Harden, and Paul George.
Players were selected for the honor by 119 sportswriters and broadcasters from Canada and the United States. They used a scoring system of 5 points for a first team vote, three for a second and one for a third. James led all players with 595 points and he was followed by Kevin Durant and Chris Paul who received 555 and 537 points respectively.
Arsenal's on again, off again pursuit of Stevan Jovetic is being undermined by the player's agent, Fali Ramadani. The agent seems determined to dispatch his client to Italian Champions Juventus.
There is simply no other way to explain the bizarre recent flip-flop from Fiorentina towards Arsenal's interest. It started with the Florence club's sporting director, Daniele Prade, denying Arsenal are even interested in Jovetic.
Football-Italia.net, citing an interview with Rai Sport, quote Prade saying, "In my view, Arsene Wenger has no interest in Jovetic, as we haven't had any contact with them."
This is despite over two months of reports claiming initial talks and done deals. Of course, not every transfer tip in the press has the virtue of being fact.
However, when certain rumors are reported so frequently and receive such widespread attention, it is reasonable to assume there is no smoke without fire.