Sunday, 13 May 2012

Soccer - Premier League: Manchester City seal title at the last as Sergio Agüero sinks QPR

"The only word to describe it is bedlam. Manchester City are the champions, but that tells only part of the story of a day when it was difficult to know if there were enough superlatives in existence to describe what happened in the final, dramatic moments of the title race.
There can be only one other moment to compete with this and it was Michael Thomas's winner for Arsenal at Anfield in 1989. Roberto Mancini's team had been 2-1 down going into stoppage time, on the verge of a defeat that would have gone straight in at No1 in their portfolio of harrowing City stories. There were supporters leaving the ground in tears, scarcely believing the team could have been so reckless.
But then Edin Dzeko equalised and, suddenly, there was one last assault of the opposition goal. Four of the five minutes of extra-time had elapsed when the ball fell to Sergio Agüero. His finish was clinical and this was the moment football blurred with pandemonium.
City had played with their supporters' nerves to the point of brutality.
Pablo Zabaleta's 39th-minute goal really ought to have made this a far easier assignment but the entire complexion of the game changed two minutes into the second half when Joleon Lescott's mistimed header allowed Djibril Cissé to run clear and drive in the equaliser.
Joey Barton was then sent off for tangling with Carlos Tevez and, in the most remarkable scenes, quickly made it apparent he was not going to go quietly, felling Agüero with a knee to the back of his legs and trying to prolong the argument with any City player in his proximity.
What followed was extraordinary even before the game reached its conclusion. A man down, QPR went into a 66th-minute lead when Jamie Mackie headed in the substitute Arman Traoré's cross and, after that, there were periods when City seemed totally devoid of ideas. The title was heading Manchester United's way until the final, dramatic flourish and a celebration that will never be forgotten." @

Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers por fasthighlights-2012

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 3

We already know the brackets for the round 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the biggest surprise on this playoffs are the LA Kings because they already defeated the #1 and #2 seed of their Conference.

#8 LA Kings vs  PHX Coyotes #3
Series Tied 0-0

#6 NJ Devils vs NY Rangers #1
Series Tied 0-0

Friday, 4 May 2012

Soccer - Real Madrid win BBVA League

Real stars savour Liga triumph

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo savoured his team's La Liga success on Thursday evening, claiming the title was fully deserved for their performances this season.

The capital club clinched their first La Liga crown since 2008 last night with a 3-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao. Coach Jose Mourinho and his players celebrated in customary fashion this evening by the Cibeles fountain, where thousands of Real Madrid fans were waiting to greet them after their open-top bus ride from the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo said: "I feel incredibly happy. This is my first Spanish league title and I'm delighted about it. We've had a spectacular season and the fans deserve this. The team also deserves the title because we've played phenomenally well. I am very happy.

"I wish to thank everyone here. We're having a lot of fun and we want to win again next year to return. There are two games left in the championship and we've achieved our objective of winning the league. I'm not too worried about not winning the Pichichi (top scorer in La Liga) this year. We'll see what happens in the end."

Real Madrid's success ended a run of three straight titles for bitter rivals Barça, and striker Karim Benzema now wants Mourinho's men to embark on a streak of their own. "This is a dream come true for me and we will keep up the good work to win many more titles," the French international said. "We thank the fans for this."

Full-back Marcelo added: "I am very happy. This is an incredible team. Our fans are also extraordinary and we want to enjoy this with them. The atmosphere in the squad is marvellous. We all help each other and that helps us grow constantly."

More success for Mourinho
The title was a seventh domestic crown for Mourinho, and the Portuguese earlier insisted it was the toughest of his career. Mourinho has now won titles in four different countries following previous successes with Porto in his native Portugal, Chelsea in England and Inter Milan in Italy. But the 49-year-old believes holding off the threat of Barcelona lends extra weight to the achievement.

He told RealMadridTV: "I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest. I've won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like. Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They've been winning to the very last day. They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title."

Real visit Granada this weekend before completing their league programme at home to Real Mallorca. Mourinho added: "We have to celebrate this championship (but then) we have to continue working after tomorrow because next season will also be tough and we have games to play still in this campaign. This team deserves even more emotion and affection, and I expect the Bernabeu to give it to them in our match against Mallorca."

Midfielder Xabi Alonso was another who felt edging out Barça was a significant achievement. The Spanish international said: "We finally managed to win La Liga. It's been a long season and there's a lot of merit in winning the title with two games left in the championship. We have to enjoy it now.

"We competed all season with a great opponent like Barcelona, and that's why there's so much merit in winning the title before the campaign ends. We've had a great run. We've been regular and consistent. I dedicate this to my family, friends and all Madridistas." @

NBA - Playoffs: Round 1 [Updated]

SA Spurs vs UTA Jazz
SA Spurs wins Series 4-0
UTA 91 - 106 SAS
UTA 83 - 114 SAS
SAS 102 - 90 UTA
SAS 87 - 81 UTA

OKC Thunder vs DAL Mavericks
OKC wins Series 4-0
DAL 98 - 99 OKC
DAL 99 - 102 OKC
OKC 95 - DAL 79
OKC 103 - DAL 97

LA Lakers vs DEN Nuggets
LA wins series 4-3
DEN 88 - LAL 103
DEN 100 - LAL 104
LAL 84 - 99 DEN
LAL 92 - 88 DEN
DEN 102 - LAL 99

LAL 96 - 113 DEN
DEN 87 - LAL 96

LA Clippers vs MEM Grizzlies
Series Tied 3-3
LAC 99 - 98 MEM
LAC 98 - 105 MEM
MEM 86 - 97 LAC
MEM 97 - 101 LAC

LAC 80 - 92 MEM
MEM 90 - 88 LAC

CHI Bulls vs PHI 76ers
PHI wins Series 4-2
PHI 91 - 103 CHI
PHI 109 - 92 CHI
CHI 74 - 79 PHI
CHI 82 - 89 PHI

PHI 69 - 77 CHI

CHI 78 - 79 PHI

MIA Heat vs NY Knicks
MIA wins Series 4-1
NYK 67 - 100 MIA
NYK 94 - 104 MIA
MIA 87 - 70 NYK
MIA 87 - 89 NYK

NYK 94 - 106 MIA

IND Pacers vs ORL Magic
IND wins Series 4-1
ORL 81 - 77 IND
ORL 78 - 93 IND
IND 97 - 74 ORL
IND 101 - 99 ORL

ORL 87 - 105 IND

ATL Hawks vs BOS Celtics
BOS wins Series 4-2
BOS 74 - 83 ATL
BOS 87 - 80 ATL
ATL 84 - 90 BOS
ATL 79 - 101 BOS

BOS 86 - 87 ATL
ATL 80 - 83 BOS

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 2 [Update]

With 3 games played in each series, almost all of them are very hard-fought. The LA Kings are again the most surprising team, because they are already winning the series by 3-0 and, after defeating the #1 seed, they are 1 victory away to defeat the #2 seed.

The LA Kings already clinched the series with a 4-0 result. The Kings already defeated the #1 and #2 seed of their conference.

The PHX Coyotes won the series too (4-1).

#8 LA Kings vs ST Louis Blues #2
LA Kings wins Series: 4-0
Game 1 at STL:
Kings 3 - 1 Blues

Game 2 at STL:
Kings 5 - 2 Blues

Game 3 at LA:
Blues 2 - 4 Kings

Game 3 at LA:
Blues 1 - 3 Kings

#4 Nashville Predators vs PHX Coyotes #3
PHX Coyotes wins Series: 4-1
Game 1 at PHX:
Predators 3 - 4 Coyotes

Game 2 at PHX:
Predators 3 - 5 Coyotes

Game 3 at Nashville:
Coyotes 0 - 2 Predators

Game 4 at Nashville:
Coyotes 1 - 0 Predators

Game 5 at PHX:
Predators 1 - 2 Coyotes

#6 NJ Devils vs PHI Flyers #5
NJ Devils leads Series: 3-1
Game 1 at PHI:
Devils 3 - 4 Flyers

Game 2 at PHI:
Devils 4 - 1 Flyers

Game 3 at NJ:
Flyers 3 - 4 Devils

Game 3 at NJ:
Flyers 2 - 4 Devils

#7 WSH Capitals vs NY Rangers #1
NY Rangers leads Series: 3-2
Game 1 at NY:
Capitals 1 - 3 Rangers

Game 1 at NY:
Capitals 3 - 2 Rangers

Game 3 at WSH:
Rangers 2 - 1 Capitals

Game 4 at WSH:
Rangers 2 - 3 Capitals

Game 5 at NY:
Capitals 2 - 3 Rangers

Saturday, 28 April 2012

NHL - Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 2

The Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs started yesterday with victory of Phoenix against Nashvilee (4-3).

Here's the Playoffs bracket for the Round 2:

LA Kings vs ST Louis Blues
Nashville Predators vs Phoenix Coyotes

Washington Capitals vs NY Rangers
NJ Devils vs PHI Flyers

Friday, 27 April 2012

NBA - Playoff Bracket

With the "mini" regular season over, it's time to the playoffs. The regular season was very difficult because the players average only 1 day of rest between games. We saw a lots of injuries because of the intensity and the huge amount of games played with so little days. Every game was important, a 4th seed team could lose the playoff spot with just one loss. I'm a Lakers fan but it will be difficult to win the championship. I think that the semi-finalist will be the SA Spurs, OKC Thunder, CHI Bulls and MIA Heat. I would love to see the Thunder win the championship (if LA is already eliminated) because they have such a young an great team built with the draft and I think that Kevin Durant deserves a championship.

Here's the Playoff Bracket:

NFL - Draft 2012: 1st Round

With the 1st round of the nfl 2012 Draft, We got plenty of surprises like the 1st DT drafted: Dontari Poe, David DeCastro sliding to 24, Melvin Ingram only to the 18th pick and a record of trades.

Here's the picks in the first round:

1. Indianapolis -- Andrew Luck, quarterback from Stanford
2. Washington -- Robert Griffin III, quarterback from Baylor
3. Cleveland -- Trent Richardson, running back from Alabama
4. Minnesota -- Matt Kalil, offensive tackle from Southern California
5. Jacksonville - Justin Blackmon, wide receiver from Oklahoma State
6. Dallas - Morris Claiborne, cornerback from LSU
7. Tampa Bay - Mark Barron, defensive back from Alabama
8 . Miami - Ryan Tannehill, quarterback from Texas A & M
9 . Carolina - Luke Kuechly, linebacker from Boston College
10. Buffalo - Stephon Gilmore, cornerback from South Carolina
11. Kansas City - Dontari Poe, defensive tackle from Memphis
12 Philadelphia - Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle from Mississippi State
13. Arizona - Michael Floyd, wide receiver from Notre Dame
14. St. Louis - Michael Brockers, defensive tackle from LSU
15. Seattle - Bruce Irvin, linebacker from West Virginia
16. New York Jets - Quinton Coples, defensive end from North Carolina
17.  Cincinnati - Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback from Alabama
18. - San Diego - Melvin Ingram, defensive end from South Carolina
19. Chicago - Shea McClellin, linebacker from Boise State
20. Tennessee - Kendall Wright, wide receiver from Baylor
21. New England (acquired from Cincinnati) - Chandler Jones, defensive end from Syracuse
22. Cleveland - Brandon Weeden, quarterback from Oklahoma State
23. Riley Feiff, offensive tackle from Iowa
24. Pittsburgh - David DeCastro, offensive guard from Stanford
25. New England (from Denver) - Dont'a Hightower, linebacker from Alabama
26. Houston - Whitney Mercilus, defensive end from Illinois
27. Cincinnati - Kevin Zeitler, offensive guard from Wisconsin
28. Green Bay - Nick Perry , defensive end from USC
29. Minnesota (from Baltimore) - Harrison Smith, defensive back from Notre Dame
30. San Francisco - A.J. Jenkins, wide receiver from Illinois
31. Tampa Bay (from Denver, New England) - Doug Martin, running back from Boise State
32. New York Giants - David Wilson, running back from Virginia Tech

Here's the list of the 1st Round Traded Picks:

# 2 and # 6 - Washington receives the St. Louis's 2012 1st round pick (# 2) for a 2012 (# 6), 2013 and 2014 1st round pick, as well as a 2012 2nd round pick (# 39).

# 3 and # 4 - Cleveland receives Minnesota's 2012 1st round pick (# 3) for Cleveland's 1st (# 4), 4th (# 118), 5th (# 139), and 7th (# 211) round pick.

# 5 and # 7 - Jacksonville receives Tampa Bay's 2012 1st (# 5) round pick for Jacksonville's 2012 1st (# 7) and 4th (# 101) round pick .

# 6 and # 14 - Dallas receives St. Louis's 2012 1st (# 6) round pick (via Wash.) for Dallas' 1st (# 14) and 2nd (# 45) round pick.

# 12 and # 15 - Philadelphia receives Seattle's 2012 1st (# 12) for Philadelphia's 1st (# 15), 4th (# 114) and 6th (# 172) round picks.

# 17 - Cincinnati receives Oakland's 2012 1st round pick and a 2013 conditional pick (1st round pick if Oakland wins a playoff game this year, a 2nd round pick if they don't) for QB Carson Palmer.

# 21 and # 27 - New England receives Cincinnati's 1st (# 21) round pick for New England's 1st (# 27 via NO) and 3rd (# 93) round pick .

# 22 - Cleveland receives Atlanta's 2012 1st and 4th round pick, 2011 1st (#27 - Jonathan Baldwin - Cleveland traded up to #21 - Phil Taylor ), 2nd (#59 - Greg Little) , and 4th (#124 - Owen Marecic) round picks for a 2011 1st round pick (#6).

# 25 and # 31 - New England receives Denver's 2012 1st (# 25) for New England's 1st (# 31) and 4th (# 126) round draft pick.

# 27 - New England receives New Orleans 2012 1st round pick and a 2011 2nd round pick (#56 - Shane Vereen) for 2011 1st round pick (#28 - Mark Ingram).

# 29 - Minnesota receives Baltimore's 2012 1st (# 29) round pick for Minnesota's 2nd (# 35) and 4th (# 98) round draft pick.

# 31 - Tampa Bay receives Denver's 1st (# 31 - via NE) and 4th (# 120) round draft pick for Tampa Bay's 2012 2nd (# 36) and 4th (# 101) round draft picks.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

NFL - Schedules released

The 2012 NFL Regular Season Schedules were already released. You can check them at:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17

Soccer - Borussia Dortmund assured Bundesliga Championship

"Borussia Dortmund retained the Bundesliga title when it beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 Saturday. It was Dortmund's eighth German league championship.
Ivan Perisic scored in the 23rd minute and Shinji Kagawa got the celebrations under way in the 59th.
Dortmund has an unassailable eight-point lead over Bayern Munich with two rounds to play. The team also sealed the title at the same stage last season.
Dortmund stretched its record unbeaten run in a season to 26 games. It became the first team other than Bayern to retain the title since it last did so 16 years ago.
Franck Ribery kept Bayern's slim hopes alive hours earlier when he scored in the 90th minute to earn his team a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen.
Elsewhere, U.S. under-23 player Andrew Wooten scored his first Bundesliga goal for Kaiserslautern, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute of a 2-1 win at Hertha Berlin." @

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

NHL - Playoffs

The battle for the Stanley Cup has started. Some teams are already well underway to move to the next round as the LA Kings and  PHI Flyers that are already winning 3-0. The biggest surprise is the LA Kings who were the eighth seed from the west and are winning the series 3-0 against the first seed: Vancouver Canucks.

NBA - Standings @ 17th March

With just six games to finish the NBA regular season, there are still some places in dispute to  the access of the playoffs. With the regular season reduced to 66 games, every defeat has an even greater value, a team that is on the top seed can be out of the playoff's place with just one loss.  

Friday, 6 April 2012

NCAA - Basketball: Kentucky Wins National Championship

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Wins the National Championship Game. Video with some of the highlights of the game:

NFL - Mock Draft [Updated]

With the NFL Draft approaching, I leave with some of the expert predictions of the 1st Round:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

NFL - Saints penalized for "bounty" violations

"The NFL announced Wednesday that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.
The team has also been fined $500,000 and will have to give up its second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL Drafts.
The league said in a news release that the involvement of individual players in the program is still being reviewed, and that any discipline will be announced at a future time.
In addition, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2012 season.
Payton's suspension will begin April 1 and last for the entire 2012 season. Loomis' suspension, which is also without pay, will be for the first eight games of the 2012 season.
Williams, who was hired to be the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator earlier this year, will have his status reviewed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the 2012 regular season has ended, according to the release. Goodell will then decide if Williams should be reinstated.
Sources close to Williams told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that they were shocked by the news. The sources said they had been expecting a shorter suspension, something like a month or six games, and had been hoping for something that would last less than half a season.
The release spelled out Williams' involvement in the program, which was extensive. According to the release, he helped fund the pool that rewards came from, in addition to being the architect of the scheme.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacted very strongly to Payton's punishment.
"I am speechless," Brees wrote via his Twitter account. "Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment."
Williams and Vitt also "misled" the league in its attempts to investigate the program, and Williams kept the program going in 2010.
It had already been known that Brett Favre and Kurt Warner had been among the quarterbacks targeted by the program. On Wednesday, the league's release revealed that the Panthers' Cam Newton and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers had also been targeted.
The NFL also issued a news release in which it announced that the rest of the teams in the league have been told by Goodell that they must ensure bounty programs are not in place. Owners and head coaches are required to provide a written guarantee to Goodell by March 30.
"Bounty programs have no place in our game," Goodell said in that release. "They are incompatible with our efforts to promote sportsmanship, fair play, and player safety."
The NFL revealed March 2 the findings of a lengthy investigation into a Saints "bounty" program that gave thousands of dollars in payoffs to players for hits that knocked opponents out of games. The program, administered by Williams, reached its height in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl.
The program ran in violation of league rules, and the investigation showed that Saints players received $1,500 for a "knockout" hit and $1,000 for a "cart-off" hit, with payouts doubling or tripling during the team's three playoff appearances.
The NFL Players Association formally requested that the league not punish the 22 to 27 players it cited in the scandal until the union had completed its independent investigation, which is underway, an NFLPA source told's Steve Wyche." @

Monday, 19 March 2012

NFL - Peyton Manning chooses Broncos

Peyton Manning chooses Broncos over Titans, 49ers.

"Peyton Manning is finalizing a contract with the Denver Broncos, a league source told NFL Network's Michael Lombardi on Monday.

Manning called Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway on Monday to inform him of his decision.
The Broncos already have looked into a trade of quarterback Tim Tebow and currently are looking for a trade partner, a source told NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Broncos wideout Eric Decker, who had 44 receptions for 612 yards with eight touchdowns in 2011, told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that he expects the offense to change with Manning now under center and that Manning would run the system from the line of scrimmage.
"More of the offense will be in Peyton's hands," Decker said.

The Broncos were one of three finalists for the four-time NFL MVP, as the Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers fell just short of the Broncos in the race to sign Manning. The Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins also were in the hunt and earned meetings with Manning but ultimately did not make the final three.
Manning and Titans head coach Mike Munchak hit it off during the quarterback's meeting with the team. It was very hard for Manning to call Munchak this morning and inform him of his decision to go to Denver, a source close to the situation told NFL Network's Michelle Beisner.
Manning personally called Titans owner Bud Adams, who had offered Manning a lifetime contract with the Titans, to let him know of his choice, according to The Tennessean. The newspaper reported that Adams was disappointed, but he was glad his team made a run at the quarterback.

"I was hoping we would win out," Adams told The Tennessean. "I thought we'd be ahead of Denver. I thought he'd want to stay in Tennessee."

Adams told the newspaper that he jokingly told Manning, "He was going into high altitude, so he better start getting in shape."

The Broncos flew to Durham, N.C., to watch Manning throw at nearby Duke University last Friday. The Broncos' contingent was led by Elway, coach John Fox, general manager Brian Xanders, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, quarterbacks coach Adam Gase and medical personnel.

"We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C.," Elway tweeted after the session. "He threw the ball great and looked very comfortable out there. Watching him throw today was the next step in this important process for our team and Peyton. It was a productive visit and went well."

The Indianapolis Colts released Manning on March 7, ending a 14-year relationship between the team and its franchise quarterback.

The Colts' decision to part ways with the four-time MVP, who has thrown for over 54,000 career yards with 399 touchdowns, did not come as a surprise. Manning missed all of 2011 after undergoing neck surgery the week before the start of the regular season. He was due to receive a $28 million roster bonus if he had been with the Colts, a team currently in rebuilding mode with a new coach and general manager, at the start of the league year." @

Saturday, 17 March 2012

NFL - Salary Cap Situation

Here’s the remaining salary-cap room for all 32 NFL teams, as of Thursday, according to a league source:

Arizona: $448,961
Atlanta: $6,037,809
Baltimore: $4,789,971
Buffalo: $22,205,709
Carolina: $3,111,161
Chicago: $12,878,335
Cincinnati: $38,975,674
Cleveland: $21,664,952
Dallas: $5,524,189
Denver: $40,090,437
Detroit: $13,033,733
Green Bay: $7,254,316
Houston: $8,799,012
Indinapolis: $14,362,850
Jacksonville: $24,804,299
Kansas City: $21,432,242
Miami: $14,397,448
Minnesota: $18,887,159
New England: $13,667,715
New Orleans: $3,074,058
New York Giants: $2,367,050
New York Jets: $12,749,783
Oakland: $5,059,966
Philadelphia: $22,385,888
Pittsburgh: $5,887,988
San Diego: $14,522,352
Seattle: $28,638,554
San Francisco: $23,577,592
St. Louis: $14,684,655
Tampa Bay: $17,972,495
Tennessee: $26,268,185
Washington: $11,361,338

Total: $480,915,876
Team average: $15,028,621

Friday, 16 March 2012

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

NFL - Free Agents/Trades Tracker

Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler are back together again.
The Chicago Bears will send two third-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in a blockbuster trade for Marshall.

Bears reach terms with Campbell to back up Cutler.

Vincent Jackson agrees to five-year deal with Buccaneers.

Randy Moss landed with the 49ers.

Saints, WR Colston agree on new five-year deal.

Free-agent WR Garcon announces intent to sign with Redskins.

Former Saints WR Meachem agrees to four-year Chargers deal.

Reggie Wayne returns to Colts with three-year contract.

Rams, CB Finnegan agree on 5-year deal.

Eagles, WR Desean Jackson agree to terms on 5-year, $48.5M contract.

Laurent Robinson joining Jaguars on 5-year, $32.5M deal.

Chad Henne has agreed to a 2-year deal to join the Jaguars.

Peyton Hillis leaves Browns for fresh start with Chiefs.

Saints, OL Grubbs  agree on 5-year, $36M deal.

Bills sign Mario Williams to 6-year, $96M deal.

Titans, guard Steve Hutchinson agree on 3-year deal.

Falcons, DE Abraham agree on 3-year deal.

Free-Agent WR Brandon Lloyd has agreed to terms withe the New England Patriots.

Seahawks, QB Flynn agree to 3-year, $26M contract.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

NFL - Redskins trade for No. 2 pick

The Washington Redskins acquired the No. 2 overall pick in April's NFL Draft on Friday from the St. Louis Rams by sending first rounders in 2012, '13 and '14 and a second-round pick this year to the Rams.

RG3 could be a franchise quarterback, but the price, in my opinion, is too high. Let's see if the Redskins don't compromise there future with this pick. Even if RG3 will be up to the expectations, the Redskins won't be able to build there team with young talent.

This trade can be a great or bad, let's wait and see.

Friday, 9 March 2012

NFL - Free Agency

Position-by-position look at NFL's top free agents in 2012.


Peyton Manning: If his health checks out, he could make the Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, Seahawks or Broncos immediate Super Bowl contenders. None of those team will get Manning without giving him everything he needs to do his thing.
Matt Flynn: Aaron Rodgers' backup could be the consolation prize for whoever doesn't get Manning, although some teams may opt to draft Robert Griffin III instead.
Alex Smith: He's staying in San Francisco. They like him and they can get him at a decent price because there's not a huge demand on the open market.
Jason Campbell: A perfect fit to back up Matt Cassel in Kansas City or Mark Sanchez in New York. He could step in and win if either gets hurt or falters.
Kyle Orton: Might he be Andrew Luck's backup in Indy? Could be a smart move for a franchise that got caught with its pants down when Manning was hurt.

Running Back

Michael Bush: Bush is a capable starter and might be a nice fit in Cincinnati, where Cedric Benson won't be re-signed.
Cedric Benson: Definitely a productive player who could best thrive in a rotational system. The Browns could be a good fit if they don't re-sign Peyton Hillis.
Mike Tolbert: A very reliable player who can do just about anything that's needed. He can't carry a running game, but he sure can enhance it.
Peyton Hillis: Injuries, flakiness and the inability to play through contract issues hurt him last season and really diminished his free-agent earning power. He went through more agents than tackles in the past year.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: He's an understated grinder who fits what the Patriots do well. He won't command a huge salary, but he's fairly young and could be around for a while.

Wide Receiver

Vincent Jackson: He's a threat at all levels and can make a quarterback's life much easier with his size. If he leaves San Diego, we'll see the difference in the Chargers' offense. He'll be one of the highest-paid free agents on the market.
Reggie Wayne: At 33, he's not a long-term answer, but he's someone who can help a contender that needs a sure-handed red-zone threat and someone who never seems to drop a pass near the sideline.
Marques Colston: There are questions whether this highly productive possession receiver is a product of the Saints' offense. That's his best fit. If he leaves, he should not be counted on to be an elite No. 1 target. Still, he's one of the most underrated players in the NFL.
Brandon Lloyd: A big-play threat who has really come into his own the past few seasons. He can work in just about any system.
Mario Manningham: The Super Bowl hero has made some huge catches, but he's also dropped his share of balls. A nice No. 2, but not a player teams will pay big money. He's never eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season, and his career high in catches is 60 (in 2010).

Tight End

Visanthe Shiancoe: The former Vikings standout is a little long in the tooth, but he's the best in a group of situational tight ends.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett is loaded with talent, but he failed to distinguish himself in Dallas. He could have the chance to join his brother Michael in Tampa Bay.
Joel Dreessen: Dreessen is a nice fit with the multi-tight end/H-back sets the Texans use. Sticking in Houston seems like a win-win.
Jeremy Shockey: With 13 starts and four TDs last season in Carolina, Shockey had to be accounted for. But the 10-year vet only managed 37 receptions. He's a luxury, but still has some game left.

Offensive Line

Carl Nicks: Nicks is a man and guards have become increasingly valuable in this free-agent group that is light on dominant tackles. He'll be one of the highest-paid players in free agency, and he's an immediate upgrade for any offense.
Chris Myers: The Texans center is one of the best in the NFL and there are some teams in serious need. Houston will miss him big time if it fails to re-sign him.
Jared Gaither: The mercurial tackle really played well with the Chargers. A lot of questions could limit his market appeal, which is good for San Diego because it needs to re-sign him to its banged-up offensive line.
Scott Wells: The Packers center is a very solid player whom Green Bay wants to retain, but not at a high price. The Pack could favor Myers should it lose Wells.
Ben Grubbs: The Ravens guard is a very nice player who could be a casualty of Baltimore investing sizeable bucks in fellow guard Marshal Yanda. Losing Grubbs would be a big blow.

Defensive Line

Mario Williams: The cream of the defensive free-agent crop. The Texans don't want to lose the pass rusher they chose first overall in 2006, but they might not be able to compete if a big-spending team with boatloads of cap space targets Williams.
Paul Soliai: The Dolphins nose tackle is a solid player who could get snapped up quickly by a team like Kansas City, which has cap space to burn and could use a big plugger like Soliai.
Red Bryant: A combo end-tackle, Bryant is a huge part of a nice defensive front in Seattle. He is a very good player few people recognize.
John Abraham: Abraham will be 34 when the season starts and he's primarily a situational pass rusher, but he's a good one. The Falcons will see what the market dictates then come at him if the price isn't too high. Abraham's salary hopes could limit his options.
Jason Jones: The Titans defensive end/tackle will only be 26 when the season starts, and quickly he's developed into a solid player who could earn a surprisingly nice payday on the open market.


Curtis Lofton: Lofton has been a rock in the middle for the Falcons, who would like to re-sign him if his price-tag doesn't get too high. Not great in coverage, but adequate enough for a nice run stuffer.
Stephen Tulloch: The stocky leader was solid last season with Detroit -- a strong leader whose fearlessness fits the Lions way of doing things. If he doesn't stay in Detroit, he could be good for a younger front seven.
London Fletcher: The ageless Fletcher has shown he can play the Mike in a 4-3 or in a 3-4. He's a key cog in Washington's solid defense, but could be a nice short-term fix for a team like Tampa Bay, which needs some leadership.
David Hawthorne: He's been productive and solid for the Seahawks as their defense has really come together. Hawthorne probably won't command top dollar, which is why Seattle should be able to retain him. 

Defensive Back

Cortland Finnegan: The Titans' feisty corner could be bound for Dallas or Tampa Bay and finally receive the payday he's been seeking. Finnegan plays with an edge and a fresh start could be good for him, even though he seems like a fixture in Tennessee.
Brandon Carr: There are mixed feelings on Carr, but he had a nice season for the Chiefs, who signed Stanford Routt after he was released by Oakland. Carr is a solid starter and plays a well-paying position. He could land a lucrative deal.
LaRon Landry: Injuries have limited the hard-hitting safety the past two seasons, which will limit his ability to get a lot of guaranteed money. He could be a steal for a team like the Vikings.
Carlos Rogers: The talented cornerback finally put it together and had a Pro Bowl season after signing a one-year deal with San Francisco. The Niners are his best fit, but they won't break the bank to retain him.
Aaron Ross: The Giants cornerback played well in the Super Bowl season. New York is thin at CB and familiarity with Ross could prompt the team to work something out. Ross won't command a ton of loot, but if the Giants don't re-sign him, he is a starter that could help a lot of teams in need.