SportsNet - June 2013
Continuing our preview of the players to watch in the upcoming NCAA Football season, we turn our attention to the man touted as the best Quarterback in the country.
#2. Teddy Bridgewater.
Height: 6 feet, 3 inches.
Weight: 213 lbs.
Draft Projection: 1st-3rd overall (1st round) 2014 Draft.
This years Draft had a distinct lack of Quarterback talent. No signal caller was taken in the top ten, E.J Manuel was the first taken at number 18 by the Buffalo Bills. Top talents a year ago such as Matt Barkley and Geno Smith weren't even taken in the first round, such was team's skepticism on their talents.
This year, things are different.
Introducing Theodore 'Teddy' Bridgewater.
Bridgewater has everything that you look for in a Quarterback, a blue-chip talent that is set to take the college game by storm in 2013. Like number one prospect Jadeveon Clowney, had Bridgewater been eligible for the 2013 Draft he would have, without question, been the first Quarterback taken. He could possibly have been taken first overall given the lack of franchise Quarterbacks currently in the NFL.
There are some in the media saying that terms have been agreed between Manchester United and Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Thiago Alcantra. However, my Manchester United sources have told me that talks are on-going, but the player is awaiting reassurances from Barcelona that he will be given more playing time in the first team.
In the normal world, that would be a natural assumption that Barcelona would pay lip service and tell the player that he is part of their plans etcetera, but this is the football world and normal things do not happen. Despite his demands, it is unlikely that Barcelona will make such a promise, because they would then have to answer to other, more powerful players about their playing time; they will not fall into that trap. The likelihood is that they will merely tell the player that it is the manager`s job to decide on the team, formation and tactics. Thiago scored an excellent hat trick in the final of the U-21 Championships in Israel, so you would be excused for thinking that it would give him more clout with the Barca hierarchy, but that will not wash; they have a team full of high achievers.
With the World watching, LeBron James once again showed everybody just what a special talent he is.
His accolades, of which there are many, almost don't do him justice.
In the last 14 months, LeBron has gone from a pantomime villain to one of the most revered sportsmen on the planet. You only have to look at what he's won in that time to see just how much he's accomplished:
- 2x NBA Most Valuable Player (4th Overall).
- 2x NBA Champion.
- 2x NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
- Olympic Gold Medal (U.S National Team).
Not many players can boast that sort of success in their entire careers, James has done it in just over a year.
This latest NBA championship, may be the sweetest of all.
While his first championship got the proverbial monkey off his back, repeating the feat is an ambition few manage to achieve. Although they were considered the favourites throughout the season, Miami have struggled to assert their dominance at times in these Playoffs. Almost all of their roster has struggled at times in the postseason, either with their shot, their defensive intensity or their health.
Everyone but James.
The Azzurri haven't defeated Selecao in 30 years and Brazil have only lost one competitive game on home soil in the last 50. Yet, on Saturday Italy will be focusing on something more important - avoiding Spain in the semi-final round. So what should we expect when the two square off for the final group game? Let's dig in to see where the value lies.
To start with, let's dive right into the big roster changes. Some people were worried about Neymar's fitness heading into this match, but those fears have been calmed as he's ready to play. The same can't be said for Andrea Pirlo though. The crafty Italian has been ruled out of this one with a calf injury. Daniele De Rossi is also out, but his absence comes in the form of a suspension for receiving multiple yellow cards in the previous matches.
According to reports via ESPN on Friday, Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester United were interested in signing Saint-Etienne's highly rated defender, Kurt Zouma. But now all three clubs have backed out due to the £8.5 million price tag that has been slapped on the 18-year olds head.
They went on to confirm that there is still an English club and a German club in for Zouma and other sources are positive that the English club could potentially be Chelsea, who would like to add more quality depth to that area of their squad. The fee would be considered large for a player of that age but with his qualities and potential taken in to account, the amount won't put Chelsea off.
Zouma is a physically built defender with good ability and is touted as a top future defender, he features regularly for his country France at youth level and is currently at the Under-20s FIFA World Cup with the squad. The players agent had also confirmed that his client would 'prefer England' when talking about his future.