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Nov 14, 2012 8:36pm
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Open for business, wild as it might get. Brandon Lloyd Womens Jersey . The NFLs
calendar turns toward a new season today when free agency begins. As if there
hasnt been enough news with the Peyton Manning tour, Saints bounties and
veterans being cut by their teams, now comes the roster feeding frenzy.
Four-time MVP Manning is, of course, the top free agent after he was released
last week by Indianapolis. So far, hes met only with the Broncos and Cardinals.
Manning did not show at the Dolphins headquarters Monday despite speculation he
would meet with the team. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross arrived at the team
complex at midmorning, and several players—including quarterback Chad Henne
—showed up around the same time to work out. Henne is a free agent and not
expected back this season. A media stakeout at the complex began when a local TV
station camera crew arrived at 4 a.m. Half a dozen TV cameras and a handful of
reporters eventually gathered across the street. They werent allowed on the
teams property, but a Dolphins official brought out water, pizza and napkins.
Curious motorists occasionally pulled up to ask for an update. While Manning is
pursued, many other game-changers, such as Ray Rice, Wes Welker, Matt Forte and
DeSean Jackson, were given franchise tags and will require compensation if they
switch teams. Still, there are dozens of enticing options, from Mario Williams
to Mario Manningham, from Vincent Jackson to Matt Flynn. “You go into pro free
agency to try to address a need, hopefully not needs,” Jaguars general manager
Gene Smith said. “You want to get a couple of players out of it that can come in
here and help you right away. Youre looking for a quality starter or maybe
trying to fill a situational role on your team. But filling huge holes, thats
not where you want to be.” Addressing those needs is best done in the draft. But
that grab bag isnt until late April, by which time many teams will have spent
many millions of dollars on free agents. Several others will let players walk to
clear salary cap space. On Monday, the Redskins released safety
Oshiomogho Atogwe, who signed a five-year, $26 million contract just before the
NFL lockout began last March. They also cut veteran fullback Mike Sellers. So
Washington has 16 players who could leave, plus tight end Fred Davis, who
received the franchise tag and would bring two No. 1 draft picks if he signs
elsewhere. Not that the Redskins would mind an extra pick or two considering the
high price they paid to St. Louis to move up to the second slot in the draft so
they can choose Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. A few teams were busy
placing tenders on restricted free agents to avoid losing them without
compensation. The Steelers did so with Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace and five
others. The Bills did the same with offensive linemen Chad Rinehart and
Kraig Urbik. San Francisco tendered cornerback Tramaine Brock and linebacker
Larry Grant. Cincinnati re-signed four potential free agents: fullback
Chris Pressley, running back Cedric Peerman, linebacker Vincent Rey and
defensive tackle Nick Hayden. The Jets said their top priority in free agency
was keeping nose tackle Sione Pouha and the seven-year veteran agreed to a
three-year deal Monday. “Every player that approaches the last year of their
contract and enters the screen door of free agency knows theres always the
possibility (of leaving),” Pouha said, “but in my mind I always wanted to be
with the Jets, remain with the Jets.” A slew of veterans have taken the opposite
route after being released by their teams. Indianapolis housecleaning went far
beyond Manning, with RB Joseph Addai, TE Dallas Clark, LB Gary Brackett, QB
Curtis Painter and safety Melvin Bullitt cut last week. Minneapolis went down
the same path, cutting guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera and
cornerback Cedric Griffin. Brandon Spikes Jersey . This is Pomeranzs
second stint with the Rockies this season. He was 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in five
starts after being recalled April 15. Andre Tippett Jersey . On a day when F1 could
again focus more on racing than politics, the Bahrain Grand Prix was held
without a hitch as Vettel completed a wire-to-wire victory in a race that was
completely unaffected by the ongoing anti-government protests that escalated
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. Clinching an upset win for Ohio over the Wolverines in the NCAA tournament is
just a bit sweeter. Offutt, who ended up at Ohio by way of Wright State, grabbed
a loose ball, was fouled by Evan Smotrycz and sank both of his free throws with
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second win of the World Cup season for the defending World Champion. “It seemed
like my teammate Georgia was on fire, there was no reeling her in. Chandler Jones Womens Jersey . —The famed
statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football
stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the
once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations
against a retired assistant.LONDON – Exactly four months from the opening match
for EURO 2012 and theres only three friendly matches to prepare the squad before
a Wayne Rooney-less England open their campaign against the 2000 European
Champions as the English national team is rudderless. And drifting.   Bereft of
a skipper since news was delivered last Friday Kim Jong-Il styleby the FA
Chairman David Bernstein much has happened in the 24 hours that HMS Team England
washed up on the shoreline in London yesterday without their Harbor Master.  
Charged with the re-launch with cases of 1966 Vintage Champagne at the ready is
a four-man panel where three of their number are football laypeople. They
comprise FA Chairman David Bernstein, Club England Managing Director Adrian
Bevington, FA General Secretary Alex Horne and the only chap to kick a football
at the competitive professional level, arise Sir Trevor Brooking.   Earlier
Thursday at FA HQ in London they met their judge and jury AKA Fleet Streets
finest to explain yesterdays shocker of a resignation of their £6 million a year
man Don Fabio. The panel explained in graphic detail – or should I say
Bernstein, Bevington and Horne did – their pathway towards the appointing of the
next permanent manager of England.   Watching in to the 30-minute press
conference it was clearly evident that not only did Brooking have a non speaking
role, not one question was asked of him by any journalist congregated in the
standing room only media conference room. More apparent was Brookings body
language when the camera panned out wide. It clearly showed a man at a safe
harbour distance to his fellow panel members as they huddled around the top
table.   At one point it became so exaggerated it appeared they were readying a
chair for Stuart Pearce who will take charge for the Holland friendly on Feb.
29. The life cycle of an England manager lately is less than the gaps between
leap years.   As Englands three wise men continue to be fed questions throughout
the entirety of the press conference not one of them gave thought, a hoot to
include Brooking in the discussion. Conversely, they did pal up to each other
and exchange co-views when the occasion warranted itself.   What all this means
for a national team will only become apparent once that permanent manager has
been installed.   Club Englands MD Adrian Bevingtons opening statement that they
would take the long term approach specifically mentioning all the major
tournaments right up to and including Russia 2018 could be construed as ruling
out the soon to celebrate a pensionable age, Harry Redknapp. Bevingtons boss
Bernstein underlining and reinforcing that possibility when he specifically
mentioned that there were no guarantees the next manager will be English.   As
for Redknapp himself, the jury certainly and rightfully believed him during his
criminal case but not sure any Englishman believes his porkie pies when he told
the media camped outside his family home this morning, “Ive not even thought
about it.”   We werent short on comments from right across English football from
those willing to elocute their thoughts on Redknapp including Wayne Rooney and
Rio Ferdinand. Lunatics and Asylum anyone? Or comments from Barclays Premier
League managers past and present think. Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas
stating, “Capellos resignation surprised me, will be tough for FA to find
somebody with a comparable CV” Herein lies the problem. Has the appointing of
one of the most sought out and highly salaried positions in all of world
football degenerated into a singular leaf or two of high standard paper? How
many times have we heard the phrase the beautiful game isnt played on paper but
on the pitch. The appointment of any national team manager cant be exclusively
made based on previous work experiences in a football club environment. At the
national level the talent arrives already assembled.   Worse still has been the
guttter sniping from those long gone from the game. Wes Welker Youth Jersey. What did ex-England
International Tony Cottee hope to achieve when muttering these 11 words – “I
dont want a foreign manager. Im sick of foreign managers.”   Granted Harry
Redknapp is the obvious emotional choice to be installed as the next permanent
manager but as in most decisions made with emotive reasoning uppermost
invariably this type of strategy leads to tears.   For all the heart tugging
that leads to Redknapp in all his years as a manager that dates back to 1983 his
only significant trophy is an FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008. A players manager
no doubt who knows full well the mentality and chemical make up of the English
player.   For the FA that tags itself, “A World Class Organization with a
Winning Mentality” they will have to stem an overwhelming public opinion and
pundit tide flow that from which ever vantage point they look out from it keeps
on washing up the name of Harry Redknapp. Even the astute London bookies have
installed their favourite son as firm odds on favourite to land the job.  
Backed into a corner and with the EURO 2012 egg timer in overdrive, dont be
shocked to see the FA as ways to buy time adopt the wait and see approach and
duly appoint Redknapp through EURO 2012.   To steer the ship through a period of
calmer waters and with Spain reigning supreme across world football a modern day
football equivalent of Sir Walter Raleigh they must find. The FAs search
officially kicks off manana.   WONDER HOW MUCH THE PLATINUM PACKAGES ARE Some
24 hours ahead of last Sundays sold out Chelsea vs. Manchester United encounter,
I was looking over Chelseas website and was drawn to the corporate hospitality
link. On opening I saw there was Silver Matchday packages on offer. My curiosity
was further peaked. Although not providing specifics if what would be on offer
in the Peter Bonetti Suite each ticket was priced at £834 [$1,350]. Sold as a
pair it worked out at $2,700. Wait theres more. There was an applicable $5
service fee. Whats that for? A roll of toilet paper for when El Nino finally
scores?   HANDSHAKES ALL ROUND
So following Mondays Anfleld stalemate
Liverpool manager Kenny let it be known as it was Luis Suarez first match in a
Liverpool shirt since serving his eight-match ban King Kenny let it be known
Suarez should never have been banned. He quickly followed that up yesterday with
the announcement that the Luis 1 would shake hands with Patrice Evra during the
pre match ceremonies before the crucial breakfast time encounter at Old Trafford
between the most decorated and fiercest rivals in English football. There goes
me thinking it should be the victim Evra offering his hand as ways to forgive
Suarez for the racial abuse he suffered during last Octobers reverse fixture at
Anfield. (Manchester United vs. Liverpool – live on TSN2 Saturday 7am et / 4am
pt). ABRAMOVICH TRAINING AND TRAILING AV With Chelseas season narrowed down
to a one from three chance for a Champions League place next season and a dearly
wished and if all be it fortunate run through this seasons knock out phase the
usually completely absent Roman Abramovich from the $35M training complex he
constructed in Cobham, a Bentley encrusted stockbroker belt community 30 miles
SW of London, has been turned on its heels as the Russian oligarch ahs now
watched [eumphemism for overseen] the senior teams training four of these last
five days. This coming on top of yesterdays news in the clubs financial
statement that they had paid out over $100 million in compensation relating to
the firing of Ancelotti and the hiring of Villas-Boas. Dont look now Andre but
with the wind chill still very much apparent in the London air and more snow
expected leading into Chelseas difficult match at Everton on Saturday Roman was
seen on the training field this morning sporting a Chelsea Ski Jacket thats
synonymous with the Champions League. ’ ’ ’ 

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