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Why the NFL's off-season is damaging their brand and the players.

on June 28 2013 5:31 PM

No wonder the NFL are trying to extend the season by two games.

Given the fortunes of players during the off-season, they shouldn't be putting up as much of a fight as they are.

Wednesday morning saw New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional footballer and friend of the accused. Hernandez was held without bail as the gravity of the situation finally becomes clear to all who watch on in shock. It seems the Patriots have already made their mind up on the matter, moving quickly to release the man who signed a five-year, $40 million contract just last summer.

Hernandez wasn't the only player to be charged on Wednesday. Cleveland Browns rookie Ausar Walcott was also released after it emerged that he had been charged with attempted murder for punching a man outside a club in New Jersey. Two extremely serious incidents within a matter of hours than have disgraced the NFL once again.

The Nets Go All-In While The Celtics Cut Their Losses

on June 28 2013 5:25 PM

The Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics both made statements on Thursday, with a trade that signals the intentions of both teams going forward.

The Nets are going for a Championship.

The Celtics are starting over.

The basketball world was shook to it's core when the Celts dealt Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce to the Nets for three first-round picks (2014, 16, 18), Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries' expiring contract, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and a sign-and-trade deal with Keith Bogans. This deal, subject to confirmation from the league, represents yet another bold move for the Nets as they look to establish themselves as an NBA super-power, while it signals the end of an era in Boston.

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Gunners Want FC Barcelona Youngster Gerard Deulofeu On Loan

on June 28 2013 3:12 PM

Arsenal want to pluck another young talent from the FC Barcelona academy. Reports in The Daily Star, claim the Gunners want to sign young forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Deulofeu. He tried to sign him on a permanent deal two summers ago.

In July, 2011, The Daily Mail reported that Barcelona were resisting Wenger's attempts to snatch Deulofeu in the same way he had Cesc Fabregas.

Eventually the Catalan giants won the fight to keep Deulofeu. Now they appear anxious for him to gain some valuable experience of first-team football in a top league.

He was a star for the Barca B team last season. Deulofeu scored 18 goals and showcased a breathtaking array of skills.

NBA Draft 2013: Grading the Chicago Bulls’ Draft

on June 28 2013 10:31 AM
NBA Draft 2013: Grading the Chicago Bulls’ Draft

 

Although it was far from the biggest surprise of the 2013 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls’ first-round pick raised plenty of eyebrows. Armed with a pair of selections in the hunt to build a team that can challenge Miami in the postseason, Chicago appears to have whiffed on at least one of the two.

Here’s a look at both new additions to the Bulls’ roster and what they bring (or fail to bring) to Derrick Rose’s team.

SG Tony Snell, New Mexico (Round 1, No. 20 overall): D+

In principle, Tony Snell checks off most of the boxes the Bulls were expected to look for in their first-round selection. He’s a big shooting guard who can play the 2 or the 3, knock down the three-pointer and play a little defense.

He just doesn’t do any of it all that well.

The New Mexico product is coming from a solid defensive team, but he’s not a playmaker who will force a bunch of turnovers. He’s a good long-range shooter but not a great one, and he’s a dreadful rebounder for his 6’7” height (2.6 boards per game).

Arsenal Transfer News: Lyon Reject €10 Million Gunners Bid For Clement Grenier

on June 28 2013 9:09 AM
Arsenal Transfer News: Lyon Reject €10 Million Gunners Bid For Clement Grenier

Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Lyon attacking midfielder Clement Grenier. French newspaper Le10 reports that Lyon turned down a €10 million offer from the Gunners.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has previously declared his interest in Grenier, according to ESPN.co.uk. The young midfield schemer is a classic Wenger transfer target.

He is a cerebral and versatile playmaker, and plays with a natural quality and near-flawless technique. Wenger has often indulged his fondness for creative, passing attacking midfielders.

The likes of Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas were major successes in this role. Samir Nasri and Aleksandr Hleb were also key performers, albeit for shorter periods of time.

Wenger still bases Arsenal's style of play on quick and intelligent pass-and-move football. Grenier perfectly fits that style. He can play on the flanks or in the middle, offering the kind of fluidity Wenger demands in midfield.

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