Thursday June 25, 2013, all eyes will be watching the NBA Draft as it takes place live at the Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center Arena. This year's draft is not be as strong as the previous ones, so most of us will only watch the first 10 picks (let's face it, after No.10 the rest of the draft will almost be as boring as sitting at the dentist waiting to get your teeth cleaned). Leading up to Thursday's draft there are a lot of speculations about who goes where. The reality of it is this, most NBA team execs have a lot of work to do—there are rosters to be filled, and the pageantry of picking the right pieces by keeping their current picks, or trading up or down to get the player(s) they desperately need to complete their rosters worth of making the NBA playoffs are at stake.
Since only the Top 10 picks in this year's NBA draft will be relevant, allow me to indulge you with my Top 10 predictions:
1. Cleveland. Alex Len, C, Maryland.
The ninth FIFA Confederations Cup (a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup) got underway in Brazil on June 15, 2013. The tournament runs from June 15 to 30. Host country Brazil is the defending Confederations Cup Champions.
Since the tournament got underway on Saturday, we have witnessed some exciting football from some of the world’s best talents leading up to the quarter-final rounds. Rest assured, as the tournament continues there will be a lot more drama and excitement.
Uruguay, Italy or Spain will have the chance to become only the third team, following Argentina and France as the only teams to have won all three major FIFA tournaments: the World Cup, the Olympic football competition, and the Confederations Cup.
Brazil, one of the favorites to win the competition, looks to continue its dominance as it plays host to the rest of the world (Brazil already has one victory in the tournament so far).
On a hot-humid night in Kingston, Jamaica, the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) pulled off a 2-1 World Cup qualifier thriller. The match was played in front of a sold-out, hostile Jamaican crowd on Friday night in Jamaica—a place where the U.S. has not won a World Cup qualifier (with a record of 0-4-1).
Jozy Altidore opened scoring for the American’s in the 30th minute of play. Altidore, who has been hot of late, scored his second goal in two consecutive matches for the national team. (Altidore scored in last Sunday’s friendly match in the U.S. 4-3 exhibition win over Germany in Washington D.C.). Altidore’s goal came off a cross, as Graham Zusi ran from down the right side behind Jamaica’s left back O’Brian Woodbine and send the ball into the box to an on rushing Jose Altidore. Altidore got behind two defenders and beat goalkeeper Donavan Ricketts with a header from inside the 6-yard box. Last night’s goal against Jamaica is Altifore’s 15th career international goal in 58 appearances for the USMNT.
The 2013 NBA Finals are set and for the next two weeks we will watch the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs slug it out for the Larry Obrien trophy. The Heat are trying to repeat as back-to-back NBA Champions while the Spurs are looking for its fifth title in franchise history (the Spurs have won the NBA Championship four times in eight years between 1999 and 2007).
With the summer transfer-window now open in European football, the biggest name signing so far was made this week as French club AS Monaco signed Atletico Madrid striker, Radamel Falcao. Falcao one of the biggest in-demand footballers this season has scored 52 goals in 67 matches for Atletico.
The announcement was made on Friday by AS Monaco’s billionaire Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. The announcement was made at an event celebrating the football club’s promotion to Ligue 1. While the terms of the contract had not been made public, it is believed to be worth around 60 million euros over five years. Some media are reporting that Falcao has a 60 million euro buy-out clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid, while other are also reporting the transfer fee is actually 45 million euros with the player guaranteed to get an annual salary of 14 million euros. Whatever the case, if any of the reported figures are correct, it would make Falcao one of the most expensive players purchased in French football history.