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GDN_0047The days of bringing the ball up-court for the Milwaukee Bucks came to a sudden and surprising end for former Bucks starting point guard Brandon Knight. Despite putting up the best all-around numbers of his career and providing a steady scoring presence from beyond the arc, Knight was traded as part of a three-team deal that went down on the day of the trade deadline. In return, the main piece the Bucks received was Michael Carter-Williams (MCW), another young point guard who has struggled to find his shot thus far in his career.

Despite the fact that Knight and Carter-Williams are the same age (separated by only two months), there are very few similarities between the two. Knight came into the league in the 2011 draft as the eighth pick overall by the Detroit Pistons. He was considered a project with tons of potential, and he was coming into his own here in Milwaukee after being traded last year. Carter-Williams was also a high draft pick, eleventh overall, but came out of college two years later than Knight did. His shooting has always been a question mark but his defense and passing abilities should allow him to become a better all-around player if he is able to reach his full potential.

Carter-Williams adds even more length to an already lengthy Bucks squad. If Coach Jason Kidd were to  put Carter-Williams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Chris Dudley, and John Henson on the floor together, he would not only have one of the tallest lineups in the league, but I venture to guess that if they all stood fingertip to fingertip they would cover half of the entire court. The defensive potential of this lineup is amazing, but the Bucks didn’t pull the trigger on this trade simply because of potential.

General Manager John Hammond was playing a dangerous game by buying into the future while still maintaining a competitive squad in the present. The potential of Knight and Carter-Williams pretty much cancel each other out. Hammond has to believe that Carter-Williams gives the Bucks a better chance to contend in the post-season this year, or else he shouldn’t have agreed to the trade. This team has shown a remarkable ability to stay close in games and smother the opposing team with smart, stout defense, two traits that are crucial when the playoffs arrive.

Carter-Williams has largely been a disappointment after winning the rookie of the year award last year. Some would argue it was by default because when no rookie stood out, there was simply no clear cut choice and Carter-Williams played often enough to put up decent numbers. His shooting numbers have gone from bad to dismal this season, and he shoots far too many three-point shots for a guy who barely makes one out of every four. He does attack the basket with ferocity though, and is exceptional at coming down with rebounds in traffic. He is a legitimate triple-double threat every night.

His debut for the Bucks was short lived as he is eased back from injury, but he put up seven points and eight assists in only 18 minutes against his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers.

Will Carter-Williams be the final push the Bucks needed? Only time will tell.

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Phoenix.- El comisionado de las Grandes Ligas, Rob Manfred, señaló que las nuevas reglas que buscan agilizar el ritmo de los juegos de beisbol tienen el objetivo primordial de atraer a seguidores más jóvenes hacia este deporte.

Manfred, en sus primeras declaraciones públicas sobre los cambios desde que se anunciaron el viernes, dijo que las reglas se constituyen como una estrategia “mesurada” y definida en acuerdo con el Sindicato de peloteros.

En esta campaña, se requerirá que los toleteros conserven un pie en la caja de bateo. Asimismo, los lanzadores y bateadores tendrán que estar listos para comenzar el inning justo cuando concluyan los comerciales en la televisión.

“El tema de atraer a un público joven se relaciona con el ritmo del juego”, consideró Manfred, quien recordó que tiene cuatro hijos de veintitantos años.

“Estoy familiarizado con esa generación”, aseguró. “Y algo que puedo decir con certeza es que el periodo en el que prestan atención parece más breve que el nuestro”.  En la temporada anterior, la duración promedio de un juego de las Mayores impuso un récord, con tres horas y dos minutos.

“Ciertamente, quiero revertir la tendencia en que se incrementa la duración del juego”, comentó Manfred. “Y me interesa de verdad la idea de que vamos a tener un promedio de duración del juego de dos horas y fracción el año próximo, en vez de tres horas y fracción”.

El comisionado habló durante una conferencia de prensa en el día de prensa por los entrenamientos de pretemporada. En este encuentro suelen participar los managers y gerentes generales de los 15 clubes que entrenan en Arizona.

Cualquier otro cambio en las reglas debe realizarse con la cooperación del Sindicato de jugadores, indicó Manfred.

“Hablé con (el director general del sindicato) Tony Clark el jueves, una noche antes de que se anunciaran los cambios”, dijo Manfred. “Tuve una conversación muy positiva con Tony. Comenzamos estas charlas con un entendimiento conceptual entre él y yo de que íbamos a proceder con cautela en el tema del ritmo de juego”.

Expresó su deseo de que ninguna de las medidas “cambie la manera esencial en que se juega este deporte”.

Manfred se negó a especular qué acciones se realizarían si los cambios en las reglas no alcanzaran el resultado que se desea.

“He manifestado en repetidas ocasiones mi idea del que el ritmo del juego representará una evolución continua y por varios años, una serie de cambios durante un tiempo”, añadió. “Nos satisfizo un experimento con un reloj de pitcheo en la Liga de Otoño en Arizona. Nos complació lo suficiente como para ampliar el experimento a la Doble A y la Triple A”.

“No he fijado hasta el momento una postura respecto de si expandiremos esto”, aclaró.

Ante la implementación del reloj que limitará a 20 segundos el tiempo que puede esperar un pitcher entre cada lanzamiento en las Ligas Menores, muchos serpentineros estarán acostumbrados a un ritmo más acelerado, consideró el manager de Arizona, Chip Hale.

“Esto llevará algún tiempo”, opinó. “Una vez que llegue esta generación de chicos de las Ligas Menores que estarán sujetos a reglas más severas que las vigentes en las Mayores, veremos que jugarán más rápido, y no habrá necesidad de tener estas reglas”.

Los peloteros se expondrán a una multa de 500 dólares si infringen la regla de la caja de bateo. Manfred informó que no se revelarán los nombres de los sancionados.

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The Brewers collapse to finish off the 2014 season was disheartening to many, but expected by some. After playing beyond their potential through the all-star break, the Brewers fell back to earth and out of the playoff race faster than a meteor entering the earth’s atmosphere. Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, and Khris Davis all faded down the stretch when the team needed them the most. Still, the beginning of the season should fill the Brewer fans with optimism for 2015, even after the trade of Milwaukee mainstay Yovani Gallardo.

Gallardo was never a top of the rotation pitcher, despite being pushed into that role early in his career. His inability to finish off batters early in counts led to him rarely pitching beyond the sixth inning. This was shown in his inability to pitch 200+ innings in a season, a mark he reached only twice despite never starting less than 30 games. With Gallardo pitching in Texas, a spot in the rotation is opened up for Jimmy Nelson to step into a full time role as the fifth starter.

Nelson is a big lefty who has tons of potential as a top of the rotation starter. Like many young pitchers, he struggles with control more than anything else which led to 55 walks in only 156 innings last year. Wily Peralta is another young pitcher who has a cannon for an arm, but struggles with control. When Peralta is throwing strikes he is practically unhittable, but when he is struggling to find the zone the batter can simply wait for his pitch and lay off the breaking ball.

Adam Lind is the big offseason acquisition for the Brewers, and he will step in as the second best batter the Brewers have to offer. The logical place to hit Lind in the batting order would be fourth, right behind Braun and Jonathan Lucroy and in front of Aramis Ramirez. Lind will also be filling the need at first base, a position that was sorely lacking in productivity last season. While most teams first basemen make up for being a defensive liability at the plate, the Brewers were forced to trot out mediocre first baseman all of last year.

While Gomez and Braun are the undeniable stars of the team, Lucroy has carved out quite a niche for himself the past few years. Lucroy endears himself to many fans with his professionalism and reliability. Defensively, there is arguably no better catcher in baseball. His pitch-framing is an undervalued strength that leads to his pitchers getting more called strikes than they would otherwise. The fact that he has been snubbed from all-star and gold glove consideration only endears him to Brewer faithful even more.

I would be remiss to not delve deeper into the dynamo that is Carlos Gomez. For years Gomez underperformed in with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, and the Brewers, only to finally come into his own two years ago. To match his unparalleled success defensively, Gomez started to hit for a higher average which led to more fantastic base running moments. Gomez is loved in Milwaukee for his intensity on the diamond, his never say die attitude, and his courage chasing fly balls.

The one real weak spot I see, and I hate saying this, is Ron Roenicke. I was never a big Roenicke proponent, but he has proven during the past few seasons that he isn’t the manager capable of getting the Brewers over the hump. Late-season collapse after late-season collapse have marred promising Brewers season after promising Brewers season. He never makes excuses but with the talent the Brewers have, how can we still accept losing? We can’t. Roenicke was a solid hire when he first came aboard. A pupil of Mike Scioscia, he has yet to reach the reliability that Scioscia produces year in and year out for the Los Angeles Angels. If the Brewers start hot and finish ice cold again this season, I will be among the many calling for Roenicke to be fired.

With the way this team looks, a playoff run is not out of the question and should probably be expected. I will believe it when I see it, so I am going to call for another season at or below .500.

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Londres– El organismo rector del atletismo mundial investiga a un entrenador ruso que está en el centro de un escándalo por dopaje y confía en que será expulsado de la actividad deportiva.

El gerente de política antidopaje de la Federación Internacional de Atletismo (IAAF), Thomas Capdevielle, dijo ayer lunes que se inició un procedimiento disciplinario contra Viktor Chegin, quien dirige el centro ruso de caminata en Saransk. Más de 20 atletas entrenados por Chegin, algunos de ellos campeones olímpicos, han sido suspendidos por dopaje o han sido investigados en años recientes.

“El caso está bajo investigación y se procesa como presunta violación a las reglas”, dijo Capdevielle. “Los números hablan cuando 20 atletas de sólo un entrenador han dado positivo por dopaje”.

El papel de Chegin es investigado por la IAAF y la Agencia Mundial Antidopaje (WADA) por acusaciones de conjura para cometer dopaje y encubrir esa práctica en Rusia. Cinco marchistas, incluidos tres campeones olímpicos, fueron suspendidos por ese motivo el mes pasado.

Capdevielle dijo que la IAAF necesita encontrar pruebas de que Chegin “suministró sustancias activamente o facilitó el dopaje”.

“Se necesita algo de investigación”, dijo el funcionario de la Federación en una conferencia telefónica con periodistas. “Pero tenemos confianza de que todo terminará con un resultado satisfactorio con una sanción y la expulsión de este entrenador”.

La IAAF podría tomar medidas contra Chegin antes de que la WADA finalice su investigación, de mayor alcance, que se espera finalice a fines de año.

“Nuestras reglas permiten suspenderlo provisionalmente si pensamos que tarda demasiado, o que debe dejar de entrenar a otros de inmediato”, dijo Capdevielle.

La medida contra Chegin es parte de un esfuerzo de la IAAF y los organismos que combaten el dopaje para castigar a entrenadores que promueven esta práctica.

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Con marca de 0-3 en sus partidos de pretemporada disputados en la Beauty Football League y uno pendiente por jugar, contra Cowgirls de Monterrey, el próximo 21 de marzo, en Chihuahua capital, las J Ladies alistan su regreso a los emparillados.

De cara al rol regular de la campaña 2015, las integrantes de la escuadra practican a todo tren en gimnasio, donde realizan trabajo con aparatos.

José Roque, entrenador de la escuadra de bikini football, indicó que el próximo martes 24 del mes en curso viajará a la Ciudad de México para conocer el calendario de partidos de la temporada.

Roque Escañuelas comentó que las Cowgirls pagarán la visita que las J Ladies les hicieron a las regiomontanas, en noviembre anterior, y explicó el por qué se llevará a cabo en la capital del estado.

“Es con fin de a ver si en Chihuahua se animan a sacar otro equipo allá. Soy el más lejano, si sacara Chihuahua equipo nos convendría porque ya seríamos dos sedes cerca, más que nada por eso”, expresó.

Precisó que si las J Ladies despiertan el interés en la capital del estado, el conjunto empezaría a competir en la liga el año entrante, en el 2016.

El choque entre Cowgirls y J Ladies, efectuado en noviembre anterior, en Monterrey, Nuevo León, lo ganaron las regias, 32 puntos contra 28, quienes se repusieron a una desventaja de cuatro anotaciones.

De Monterrey, las J Ladies se trasladaron a Saltillo, Coahuila, donde el 29 de noviembre sucumbieron 44-6 ante las V Queens.

En el único juego celebrado hasta ahora aquí, el sábado 13 de diciembre, las juarenses volvieron a perder con las V Queens, 32-20 sobre el césped artificial del Estadio 20 de Noviembre, en una noche muy fría.

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Ciudad de México.- Carlos Adrián Morales disputa su sexta Copa Libertadores, pero buscará que sea la quinta en fase de grupos, y que ésta, sea la vencida.

El volante de 35 años se estrenó en el torneo de la Conmebol con Morelia, en el 2002, y llegó a cuartos de final, misma instancia en la que se quedó tres años después con Tigres.

Con los felinos volvió para el 2006, pero sólo les alcanzó para estar en octavos, etapa en la que Morales volvería a ser eliminado en 2007 con el Toluca.

Pasaron siete años para que regresara a la Libertadores, en el 2014 con Monarcas, pero apenas disputó la primera ronda, fase en la que ahora está en juego frente al The Strongest de Bolivia.

Tras el 1-1 de la ida, los michoacanos visitan hoy al Tigre en la vuelta de su serie previa a fase de grupos, a donde desea llegar Morales para ilusionarse con repetir en instancias lejanas.

“Significa mucho, porque gracias al futbol me ha permitido estar en un repechaje más, en caso de (avanzar) sería mi quinta Copa Libertadores y un repechaje, el pasado; vamos a luchar para estar en zona de grupos”, explicó Morales.

“Aparte, si Dios quiere, y se nos da el resultado, nos va a tocar un grupo complicado, pero a su vez de mucha motivación, con buenos equipos: el Internacional, Emelec y la Universidad de Chile”.

El club purépecha requiere vencer por el tanto de visitante que logró el equipo boliviano, que aprovechará la altura de La Paz, de 3 mil 200 metros sobre el nivel del mar.

“Están las dos posibilidades, pueden esperarnos, pero en su cancha tal vez van a salir más abiertos de lo que salieron en Morelia, por ahí la ventaja de la altura, pero pensamos que van a salir un poco más abiertos”, comentó el delantero David Depetris.

“(La altura) sabemos que es complicado para respirar, después de los piques cuesta recuperarse, los chicos que ya han jugado ahí saben que es difícil jugar ahí, pero vamos a ver, hay quienes lo aceptan mejor, otros peor, pero vamos a ver”.

Head coach Jason Kidd has officially proven himself as one of the best coaches in the NBA. No longer is Kidd a coach who is brimming with potential, he left that cliché behind when he continued to win despite a rash of injuries that left the Bucks with a three man bench multiple times this season. Giannis Antetokounmpo has grown from a “Greek Freak” to a “Greek Star” under Kidd’s tutelage. Not often does a small forward shoot over 50% from the field, especially when being asked to defend the opponents best offensive player on the other end of the court. Giannis has uncharacteristic length and has used it to his advantage, forcing defenses into multiple turnovers every game. Antetokounmpo’s strength is actually a strength of the entire Bucks starting lineup, and they have parlayed that into being the second best defense in the league.

Remember the “Fear the Deer” phase in Milwaukee? That team was built to fail. Any playoff team that is forced to turn to John Salmons as its crunch time scorer is destined for failure. Remember the Monta Ellis/Brandon Jennings combo experiment? That team was built to fail. Playing two guards who struggle at both shooting and passing the basketball is a recipe for disaster. Yes, Jennings and Ellis were dynamic guards but both had a shoot first mentality while neither could approach shooting 45% on the season. Both teams had defenses that fizzled when under pressure and were unable to hold strong against rallies by better teams. While other teams went on scoring runs, both Jennings and Ellis struggled to connect on much needed three-pointer’s, shooting 33.2% and 26.7% respectively.

Current Bucks guard Brandon Knight may only be shooting 43% on the year but he is shooting 40% from beyond the arc. That 40% helps Knight put up decent scoring numbers without having to dominate the ball like Ellis and Jennings did. While Knight has drained the ball from deep, Antetokounmpo has dominated the glass with his long arms, quick reflexes, and leaping ability. Joining Antetokounmpo in averaging over 50% on the year is center John Henson and shooting guard Jared Dudley. Dudley has been a revelation since his acquisition from the Phoenix Suns. He has the ability to diagnose offenses from anywhere on the court and his length and athleticism make him the perfect fit alongside Antetokounmpo. Dudley’s three-point shooting has also been lights out at 44.1% so far this year. Khris Middleton is shooting 42.2% from downtown while forming possibly the longest armed shooting guard-small forward-power forward combination with Dudley and Antetokounmpo. Their long arms have held opponents to roughly 95 points per 48 minutes which is one of the best marks in the NBA.

The formula for winning in the postseason is defense and three’s. For proof, simply look at the last three championship winners. The Miami Heat were known for their defensive toughness during both championship runs, and when they needed to close the game out they turned to Lebron in the paint and open three’s in the corners. Last year, San Antonio put an end-cap to their dynasty by doing exactly what they have done best for over a decade: defend and shoot three’s.

Barring a great run or a huge collapse, the Bucks will most likely lock up the sixth seed come playoff time, matching them with either Chicago, Cleveland, or Washington in most scenarios. Being able to jump up and face the Washington Wizards instead of Chicago or Cleveland would be a godsend and may lead the Bucks deeper into the playoffs than they have been since 2001.

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Barcelona.-  El club Espanyol informó que se descarta una lesión de gravedad en el defensa mexicano Héctor Moreno, quien tuvo que abandonar el terreno de juego este domingo ante el Sevilla por molestias en la pierna derecha.

El conjunto catalán dio a conocer mediante su página web, que Moreno se encuentra bien, aunque con una sobrecarga en la musculatura isquiotibial de la pierna derecha, por lo que podría volver a los entrenamientos esta misma semana.

Luego de las pruebas realizadas al defensor, se descartó una fractura para quien recién regresó a la actividad tras una lesión sufrida durante la pasada Copa del Mundo Brasil 2014.

“Después de ser tratado en el mismo vestuario del Sánchez Pizjuán y del descanso de las últimas horas, el jugador ha pasado pruebas complementarias que ratifican que sus molestias son muy leves, por lo que podrá incorporarse a los entrenamientos del primer equipo previstos para estos días”.

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Londres.-  El vicepresidente de la FIFA, el príncipe Alí bin al-Hussein, dijo que la federación estadounidense es una de las que apoya su candidatura para suceder a Joseph Blatter al mando del organismo que rige el fútbol mundial.

Además, el jordano lamentó lo que llamó “una cultura de intimidación” en el seno de la FIFA.

El príncipe Alí dijo contar además con el apoyo de la federación de su país, así como el respaldo de Bielorrusia, Malta, Inglaterra y Georgia. No obstante, su incapacidad para recibir el apoyo generalizado de la Confederación Asiática de Fútbol a la que pertenece subraya lo complicado de su esfuerzo por desplazar a Blatter, quien buscará un quinto mandato de cuatro años al frente de la FIFA.

“Recibimos la promesa (de Blatter) de que no buscaría la reelección pero, obviamente, ese no fue el caso”, dijo el príncipe Alí tras el anuncio de su campaña en Londres. “Con toda honestidad e integridad debió darle oportunidad a otras personas”.

La Confederación Asiática ya había anunciado que respalda a Blatter para que se mantenga en el cargo, al igual que las de Sudamérica, África y Oceanía.

“Hay cierta cultura de intimidación dentro de la FIFA, pero dicho eso, ésta es una candidatura para el mundo entero”, afirmó Alí. “En el pasado hubo personas que respaldaron una candidatura con principios y posiblemente sean castigados por ello”.

También optan a la presidencia el holandés Michael van Praag y la estrella portuguesa Luis Figo, que actualmente son investigados antes de que sean declarados oficialmente candidatos oficialmente tras el cierre del plazo para presentar candidaturas.

“Hay una larga campaña por delante de aquí al 29 de mayo así que no creo que nadie deba ser eliminado”, dijo el príncipe. “No creo que nadie tenga control absoluto sobre alguna confederación”.

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Never before have I agonized so much over which team I disliked more. On one side you had the known cheaters, the Patriots, and on the other you had the team with the obnoxious coach who stole victories from the Packers not once, but twice, the Seahawks. Deflate-gate versus the luckiest come-from-behind victory I have ever seen. “A Gronking to Remember,” versus “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” The crowning of Tom Brady versus the crowning of Russell Wilson. All things considered, I really wanted this Super Bowl to end in heartbreak for both teams. Alas, I accepted that as an impossibility shortly after the NFC championship game.

The circus catch by Jermaine Kearse inside of the New England 10 yard line with less than a minute remaining felt like the “Helmet Catch” all over again. Millions sat in disbelief as the ball was deflected by Malcolm Butler, fell and hit off of Kearse’s leg, and then after a few more bounces ended up in Kearse’s hands. What. Just. Happened.

The whole drive seemed desperate, with Wilson heaving deep ball after deep ball hoping for a flag or a lucky reception. I won’t lie, after the comeback against the Packers and the catch by Kearse, I muttered “Team of Destiny” under my breath multiple times. I didn’t remotely believe in destiny before that moment, but I found myself in utter shock and nowhere else to turn.

First and goal from the six yard line quickly turns into second and goal from the one. New England coach Bill Belichick angered every Patriot fan alive when he refused to call timeout with the Seahawks a yard away from victory. Second down proved why Belichick is the best football coach in the world though, as he sent three defensive backs onto the field, knowing that by not calling timeout he had forced Seattle coach Pete Carroll to pass. If the Seahawks had ran the ball with Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch on second down, they would be forced to throw on third down or risk not having enough time to line up for a fourth down attempt. When Wilson threw a terrible ball on a quick slant, Butler beat Ricardo Lockette to the ball and the game was over. Over and over in situations like that you hear Aaron Rodgers say “put the ball only where your receiver can get it.” That is the exact opposite of what Wilson did, and it cost his team a championship.

I’ll be honest, I loved watching Carroll yell “OH NO” as the ball was intercepted before bracing himself on his knees as he stared at his feet. I loved watching Tom Brady jump up and down, screaming like a young girl. Am I a monster or was I just more invested in the Super Bowl than I was willing to admit? I am not sure.

Either way, Seattle will likely not be in the same position next year. Wilson is due for a huge contract, Lynch is unlikely to return, and it appears as if Carroll has lost the trust of many of his players. Many players could be heard muttering their disbelief as they walked back to the locker room, openly questioning Carroll’s play call in the locker room afterward. Wilson, for his part, has stated that he still feels as if the play that was called was the correct call.

All you read now is how much of an idiot Carroll is for not running with Lynch on that second down, and there is nothing I hate more than second guessing play calling after the fact. If Wilson had thrown a decent pass and Lockette had caught it, there would be zero people commenting on the play call. People who act as if Lynch scoring a touchdown there was a foregone conclusion seem to have forgotten that Lynch was stuffed on the one yard line just a few series’ prior to that one.

If there is one thing I hope we can all work on this off-season, it is to learn that commenting on a play that didn’t work after the fact is useless banter. You don’t come across as intelligent, and all you are proving is that you aren’t familiar with the phrase “hindsight is 20-20.” We both know that nobody would be talking about the play call if the offense had simply executed.

Any questions?

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Monterrey, NL.- Después de que el Barcelona anunciara que hará una gira por Estados Unidos y México en julio próximo, el diario español AS informó que una de las ciudades será Monterrey.

De acuerdo con el AS en su portal de Internet, la gira del club catalán será en Los Angeles, San Francisco, en territorio estadounidense, y Monterrey y el Distrito Federal, en México, en el mes de julio.

La noticia coincide con las fechas en las que Rayados inaugurará su nuevo estadio, además de que el club albiazul ya ha confirmado que será un equipo prestigiado el que estrene el recinto, ubicado a un lado del Parque La Pastora.

Desafortunadamente, el Barcelona vendría sin sus principales estrellas, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano y Neymar, porque los tres estarían disputando la Copa América Chile 2015 con sus respectivos países.

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Madrid, España.- Como en su momento al Barcelona, la FIFA confirmó que el Real Madrid está siendo investigado por posibles irregularidades en el fichajes de menores de edad.

El Madrid se declaró dispuesto a colaborar en la pesquisa que el organismo realiza en varios clubes.

Los blancos informaron en un comunicado que han respetado el Reglamento sobre el Estatuto y la Transferencia de Jugadores, sobre fichajes de menores extranjeros o primeras inscripciones.

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Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry, David Beckham, David Villa, Kaka. That is a star-studded list that any soccer manager in the English Premier League (EPL) would be salivating over if this were 2008. Unfortunately it is not 2008 anymore and this group of players all have one thing in common: they all have played or are going to play a substantial role for a Major League Soccer (MLS) team this year.

MLS has fought the notion that it is a retirement home of sorts for aging European stars, yet continues to dip into that very same well. American soccer fans quite enjoy watching the stars that they had previously only been able to watch on TV, in person. Previously, if MLS was able to finagle a deal to bring a top EPL or La Liga team across the ocean for an exhibition match, the stars rarely traveled with the team. It was unfortunate how often every starting player worth their salt would come down with a bad case of the cold, a twisted ankle, or a sore hamstring just prior to every trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

David Beckham was the first star to cross the Atlantic when he signed a 5 year, $250 million dollar mega-deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. His signing is still the biggest signing in American sports history simply because he brought a league back from the dead. As his Galaxy team led by him and Landon Donovan won championships, his fans reveled in the fact that they could watch his beautiful free kicks in person. The Beckham signing started the wave of European stars coming over because let’s face it, would you pass up a huge payday (likely your last payday) to face lesser competition? I would.

The exciting part is that this is just the beginning. Seeing European stars playing in their city (and making tons of money doing it) will eventually lead to the youth wanting to focus on soccer instead of sports like football, basketball, and baseball. As the United States develops its own stars from youth who dream of playing in MLS, the league will grow more competitive. As competition increases we will begin attracting top European talent in their 20’s instead of their 30’s. There is already a rumor of Kaka’s Brazilian teammate Robinho joining him in Orlando, so this process is already starting to take form.

What will the future hold as more stars come from overseas? Will Major League Soccer overtake the National Hockey League as Americas #4 sport? Is that the ceiling or could it someday pass one of the big three? I personally think that football, despite the outpouring of criticism recently, is untouchable. Baseball and basketball seem to have been on a steady decline over the past decade, so maybe the national pastime will be considered boring and arduous in ten years. Before shrugging off the possibility, remember that there was a time when soccer was nothing more than an afterthought. Over the years it has become the most popular sport for America’s youth. Think about it, who do you know that has never played soccer in their life? The issue is that it has never been thought of as a viable career, but that thinking is going to change.

The FIFA World Cup grows in popularity every year and with it so does American soccer. Years from now we may look back and declare the idea that soccer wasn’t a major American sport for so many years absolute lunacy, but it is reality.

That reality is going to change.

For now, though, MLS is a retirement home for aging European players. The stars come here to relax and pad their bank accounts. The soccer fans aren’t fanatics over here, at least not like they are in Europe. The job is relatively stress-free, which leads to a better lifestyle.

You get to make a great deal of money while watching your fans grimace at the sight of you sitting at the end of the bench. Every time you walk into the locker room you are reminded of when you were the savior. You watch your skills diminish in comparison to those around you as you slowly wallow away into oblivion.

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Liverpool.-  Un soberbio gol de Raheem Sterling permitió el martes a Liverpool rescatar un empate 1-1 contra Chelsea en el choque de ida por las semifinales de la Copa de la Liga.

Eden Hazard puso en ventaja a Chelsea al convertir un penal a los 18 minutos, pero Sterling empató para el local a los 59 minutos.

Colocado a 40 metros del arco, Sterling recibió de espaldas el balón, se volteó y emprendió una endiablada carrera. Luego de desairar a los defensores de Chelsea, el atacante de 20 años definió con un zurdazo rasante y cruzado.

Chelsea se salvó de la derrota gracias a un rosario de intervenciones providenciales de su portero Thibaut Courtois durante el segundo tiempo. El empate, en todo caso, es un buen negocio para los líderes de la Liga Premier de cara al partido de vuelta dentro de una semana en Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool estiró a nueve su racha de partidos sin perder en todas las competiciones. Luego de un flojo comienzo de curso, el técnico Brendan Rodgers parece haber recuperado la identidad del equipo que estuvo a punto de salir campeón en la previa temporada de la Premier.

En su estadio Anfield, los “Reds” se adueñaron de la iniciativa y mantuvieron a Chelsea replegado al fondo durante casi todo el partido.

La Copa de la Liga es uno de los cuatro trofeos a los que Chelsea aspira a la temporada, pero es quizás el que menos prioridad reviste para su entrenador José Mourinho. De todas formas, el club de Londres salió con el mejor once posible, después de enfrentar a rivales de menor jerarquía en las rondas anteriores del torneo de copa.

Chelsea se contentó con defenderse y salir al contragolpe. El penal ejecutado por el belga Hazard fue su único remate a puerta en el primer tiempo, y acabaron con apenas dos tras los 90 minutos.

Emre Can, un volante que fue improvisado como defensor central en la alineación de Liverpool, le cometió la falta a Hazard que derivó en la pena máxima.

En la otra semifinal, Tottenham enfrenta al Sheffield United de la tercera división.

Take a step back and breathe. It will be okay.

I can’t deny it that that was a tough pill to swallow. I remember watching Brett Favre’s last NFC championship game against the New York Giants and it was nothing like this Seattle contest. The Green Bay Packers thoroughly outplayed the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon and left Seattle wearing a face of shock and disappointment.

Whether you are at the local food market on Brady St., a bar on Water St., or a friend at work, you will be met with a sorrowful Packers fan wondering what how fans are forced to look forward to the 2015 season instead of preparing for the Super Bowl. The Packers were the better team, but they lost. Let’s move past that fact because I refuse to be like every other columnist out there. I refuse to point fingers and cry about the past.

Imagine how hungry the Packers are going to be heading into next year. Remember the huge chip on the shoulder of Aaron Rodgers? How big do you think it is now? Don’t think for one second that Rodgers doesn’t know that he should be cementing his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time instead of watching the big game February 1st. Mike McCarthy, one of the best coaches to ever work in Green Bay, is well aware of the harsh criticism being unfairly levied against him. In addition to McCarthy, Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has been criticized for a defense that held strong through three quarters against the defending Super Bowl champions. The “collapse” was a conglomeration of bad luck, poor reactive decisions, and more bad luck.

Eddie Lacy showed no signs of slowing down this year, increasing his yards-per-carry average and pass-blocking from his rookie season. Lacy showed that even when Rodgers isn’t 100%, the offense won’t struggle to move the ball down the field like it did with Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn carrying the workload.

Davonte Adams had an above-average rookie season and looks to be a future cog at the receiver position. Did he have his trials and tribulations? Yes, just like every other rookie in history. There were games that you watched Adams look almost unstoppable while hauling in passes all over the field. Keep in mind though that a great quarterback can make a decent receiver look much better than his skill would suggest. Remember everyone saying Jarrett Boykin was going to be the next Donald Driver? He had three catches all season. Still, it’s hard not to look at Adams and wonder what he will look like when he eliminates the mental mistakes and dropped passes from his game.

The secondary looks better than it has in years and nobody expects that to change anytime soon. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Casey Hayward, and Sam Shields provide a young and talented core that should be with the team for years to come.

The needs of the team are much less glaring than they were last year. Tight-end is a position that is not highly sought after by most teams, so simply having serviceable players there isn’t a huge hindrance. Linebacker remains a position of need with an aging Julius Peppers providing a shot in the arm for this season. Peppers can’t be relied on for the future, though, and AJ Hawk still isn’t the answer at middle linebacker. Punter should probably be added to this list as well after the disheartening season Tim Masthay had, but I would put that need far, far behind the other two.

Let me remind you, depressed Packer fan, that we still have the best quarterback in the league and a young and talented roster to support him. That will not change, barring injury. We also have a good coaching staff and front office. There is no reason to believe that this will be the last time Rodgers sniffs the Super Bowl. Remember, patience is a virtue.

Anyways, spring training starts pretty soon right? And the Bucks are winning almost half of the time…

I can’t even try to pretend that anything I say will help close the wound. Just give it time. At least we aren’t Chicago Bears fans.

R-E-L-A-X, there is always next year.

Distrito Federal.-  En Cruz Azul continúan en espera de los “transfers” de sus refuerzos, el brasileño José Carlos Tofolo Junior y el colombiano Carlos Lizarazo, que podrían tener este miércoles para que puedan jugar la siguiente jornada del Torneo Clausura 2015.

Por lo pronto el técnico Luis Fernando Tena ha tenido que echar mano de jugadores como el debutante Rafael Baca quien vio acción en el partido donde vencieron a Tuzos de Pachuca en calidad de visitante por marcador de 1-0.

En rueda de prensa, Baca se refirió a la oportunidad que tuvo de iniciar en el once titular y mencionó que aunque le llegó a desesperar el no jugar, ahora ve que es buen momento.

“Venía trabajando muy duro y estaba esperando esta oportunidad y creo que llega en el momento adecuado, me sentía preparado y creo que el tiempo que llevo aquí me ha ayudado a aprender de mis compañeros, eso me tiene contento”.

“Tuve la oportunidad de jugar en la sub 20 pero no es lo mismo a estar en el primer equipo, sí te desespera no estar y aportar lo que puedes aportar, y dentro de mí sabía que tenía que ser paciente y esperar la oportunidad”.

Por otro lado ve con buenos ojos la llegada al futbol mexicano de jugadores extranjeros, pues consideró que pueden enseñarle mucho a los jóvenes como él, aunque consideró que los nacionales merecen la oportunidad.

“Creo que tiene sus pros y contras el traer extranjeros con mexicanos aquí, pero creo que también trayéndolos nos ayuda a mejorar “, dijo.

The moment Willis Reed walked onto the basketball court after being carried off in agonizing pain two games prior is a moment enshrined in sports history. The part that nobody mentions is that Reed scored just four points in that game while teammate Walt Frazier scored 36 points, had 19 assists, and was the deciding factor in the game. A great game was overshadowed by a returning player who had minimal impact on the game.

The opposite happened on Sunday in Green Bay.  Dez Bryant, who had three catches for 38 yards during the game, almost made a spectacular catch to extend a Dallas drive. Instead, Bryant did not complete the catch and the referees correctly reversed the call after Mike McCarthy challenged the initial ruling of a catch. That reversal was the only thing anyone wanted to talk about after the game, insinuating that Green Bay had somehow “stolen” the game from the Cowboys. Even with a touchdown and a subsequent two point conversion, the Packers would have only been down three points with four minutes remaining.

Overshadowed was a dominating, MVP like performance by Aaron Rodgers. Playing with a partially torn calf, Rodgers was noticeably gimpy all game. Known for his elusiveness and proficiency at throwing on the run, Rodgers stayed in the pocket during the first half, often passing up chances to run for big gains in the process. The Packers trailed 14-10 going into halftime and the outcome looked bleak with Rodgers passing for only 90 yards in the first half. Frankly, he did not look like the MVP frontrunner that everyone has him pegged as. By the time the clock hit 0:00 Rodgers had thrown for 316 yards and three touchdowns. He had led his team back from a 4th quarter deficit and limped down the field after completing pass after pass. It was an MVP performance by a quarterback playing on one leg.

After the game, though, all anyone wanted to talk about was the Dez Bryant incompletion. It was fourth-down with three yards to go. The Packers blitzed and left Sam Shields to cover Bryant one-on-one on the outside. Romo threw a ball up for grabs and the taller Bryant out-jumped Shields, but Shields was able to get a hand on the ball as well. As Bryant landed on his feet he bobbled the ball before falling and partially stretching towards the end zone. Upon hitting the ground, the ball popped out of Bryant’s hands and Bryant rolled over to control it once more. It was called a completion on the field but McCarthy challenged and the call was overturned.

The final call was the correct call; it was an incomplete pass. It wasn’t even close, yet that is all anyone wanted to grab on to. Nobody was talking about Rodgers skipping down the field because he couldn’t put much pressure on his leg. Nobody was talking about Rodgers taking every snap from the Pistol or Shotgun position because he wasn’t able to get out of the centers’ way in time. Nobody was talking about the eye-popping go-ahead touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers, where Aaron Rodgers threaded the ball between two Cowboys defenders to hit Rodgers in the back of the end zone.

What a shame. The better team won, so can we move on now?

The Packers are set for a rematch with the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks with a Super Bowl berth on the line. A rematch that has been branded as unnecessary by the media after the Seahawks dismantled the Packers in the first game of the season.  The Seahawks defense is being lauded as the best defense since the 1985 Chicago Bears, and their domination in the last seven games is served as proof of that idea. Let me go through the quarterbacks that the Seahawks have faced in the last seven games:  Drew Stanton, Colin Kaepernick (twice), Mark Sanchez, Ryan Lindley, Shaun Hill, and Cam Newton (who was playing with a broken vertebra in his back). Not exactly a who’s who of NFL quarterbacks, so maybe facing a quarterback of Rodgers’ stature will prove to be a little more difficult for the vaunted Seattle defense.

I am willing to bet that this game is going to go a bit different from the first encounter, mostly because of the emergence of Davonte Adams and the comfort level that Julius Peppers now has in the Green Bay defense.

Best defense since the 1985 Bears? We will see about that.

Prediction: Green Bay 20 Seattle 16.

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A pesar de formar parte de dos equipos diferentes, los paseños, Omar Salgado y Alonso Hernández no sólo compartirán su lugar de origen y pasión por el balompié cuando jueguen en la Liga MX, que el fin de semana inicia con su torneo Clausura 2015.

Ambos serán parte de una de las rivalidades más emblemáticas en el futbol de México: el clásico regio entre Tigres de la Autónoma de Nuevo León y Rayados del Monterrey.

La semana pasada el equipo de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León anunció la llegada de Salgado, proveniente de los Whitecaps de Vancouver.

Debido a que cuenta con doble nacionalidad gracias a su padre, la nueva contratación del equipo de Nuevo León no ocupará plaza de extranjero.

–Tigres es un gran equipo con grandes jugadores–, afirmó Salgado. –Estoy seguro de que podremos conseguir algo grande la próxima temporada–.

Sin embargo, mientras el fichaje de Salgado se leía en los titulares de todos los medios deportivos en el país, Joaquín Alonso Hernández García continuaba disfrutando de sus vacaciones al igual que el resto de sus compañeros del primer equipo de Monterrey.

Originarios de El Paso, Texas, la travesía de ambos a la Liga MX ha sido completamente diferente.

Mientras Salgado participaba en equipos juveniles paseños como Premier Panthers y El Paso Texas Fire Club, Hernández emigró a Ciudad Juárez y encontró refugio en las fuerzas básicas del desaparecido equipo Indios.

Hernández fue asignado a la rama de la Tercera División con el conjunto de Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, pero llegó al primer equipo para jugar un par de encuentros en la Liga de Ascenso MX en la temporada 2010-11.

Tras desaparecer la franquicia de la tribu en el 2011, Hernández parecía que se quedaría sin equipo, pero los Rayados ya lo habían visoreado, por lo que le ofrecieron un lugar en el equipo de la división Sub-17 del Monterrey.

El buen trato con el balón, pero sobre todo su velocidad en el campo lo llevaron a marcar varios goles, por lo que el 19 de abril del 2014 debutó en el primer equipo.

Por su parte Omar Salgado tiene también un breve historial por el futbol mexicano como parte de las fuerzas básicas de las Chivas en el 2008.

Todo apuntaba a que Salgado supliría a Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández y Erick Torres en el primer equipo de Guadalajara, pero el ariete solicitó su salida para regresar a EU y probar suerte en la MLS.

El zurdo de 1.93 metros de estatura fue seleccionado en el Draft 2011 por los Vancouver Whitecaps en donde permaneció 4 años.

Ya como seleccionados ambos fueron parte de la Selección Sub-20 de Estados Unidos.

Salgado fue convocado en el 2011 pero un año después sufrió una fractura en uno de sus pies, lo que lo inhabilitó por buen tiempo y en el 2013 recayó en la lesión.

Fue en ese 2013 cuando Hernández recibió la convocatoria y viajó a Turquía para disputar la Copa Mundial. EU fue eliminado en fase de grupos y Hernández finalizó como uno de los mejores jugadores del equipo.

Será hasta el día 4 de abril de este 2015 cuando Salgado y Hernández tengan la oportunidad de estar frente a frente, fecha en la que está programado el clásico regiomontano entre Tigres de la UANL y Rayados de Monterrey, durante la Jornada 14 del Clausura 2015.

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Packers Prepare for Dallas

Two of the NFL’s most storied franchises are set to meet Sunday at Lambeau  Field, with a spot in the NFC championship on the line. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys advanced past Detroit this past weekend after a questionable decision by the referees and an emotional 4th quarter comeback for Romo.

The battle most people will be watching will be between Dez Bryant and Sam Shields. The Packers cannot afford to let Bryant have a big day against them like they did Julio Jones a couple of weeks ago. Demarco Murray is good enough to dominate a game on his own, especially against the Green Bay defense, so if Murray and Bryant are dominating at the same time then doom will be spelled out for the home team on Sunday.

Luckily the Packers have a dominant cornerback to help negate Bryant: Shields. Shields has helped neutralize top receivers since he came into his own last year. Whether it is Calvin Johnson or Brandon Marshall, Shields’ speed and knack for interceptions has made shutting down the opposition a weekly task for him. The reason Jones was able to carve up the Green Bay defense for over 200 yards was at least partially because Shields was clearly still suffering from the concussion he had sustained a week earlier.

Bryant is an all-pro receiver who plays with an underrated quarterback and a record-breaking pro bowl running back. Bryant is also the same head case who ran onto the field to dispute a call with his helmet off. While not an automatic penalty, it is a penalty often called that could have easily hurt his teams’ chances of beating Detroit.  He has had multiple issues, personality wise, since joining the league and it might not be hard to frustrate him into making another costly mistake.

Shields, for one, sounded ready, “We know exactly who we’re facing this Sunday. We played the Cowboys towards the end of last season, and we’ve got a great week of practice ahead of us this week to become even more familiar with their offensive schemes. I will be ready to go out there and contribute everything I have to my team.”

The Packers will be bringing their own powerhouse tandem in the form of Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers to the fight. Rodgers has been heavily featured in major magazines and websites this past week, likely because he is the favorite to win the MVP award this year. Buoyed by breaking the all-time record for touchdown passes of 70+ yards (16), Rodgers garnered 44 of a possible 50 first place votes for the all-pro squad. No other quarterback had more than three votes.  Nelson was also awarded for his spectacular season with a Pro Bowl nomination. Fullback John Kuhn, Guard Josh Sitton, and Linebacker Clay Matthews will join Rodgers and Nelson in the Pro Bowl. Unless the Packers are able to achieve a Super Bowl berth, in which case they will be staying home.

In order to get there though, the Packers must win this Sunday. Shields for one, knows they have to take it one game at a time.

Shields said, “This is what we played for all season, the chance to make a run at another Lombardi Trophy. We know that Sunday’s game is the first of three games for us to win if we are going to reach our goal.”

If the Packers do advance they will face either the Carolina Panthers or the Seattle Seahawks. If the Panthers are able to go into Seattle and win then Carolina will be making another road trip to Green Bay with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Seattle is the heavy favorites, though, boasting one Super Bowl victory last year and a defense that has run roughshod over the past few weeks.

If undefeated at home Green Bay can get a win versus undefeated on the road Dallas then a rematch in Seattle will likely be in order.

First, Green Bay must stop Dez Bryant, Demarco Murray, and Burlington native Tony Romo.

Bring it on, Dallas.

Prediction: Green Bay 27 Dallas 21