The Oakland Raiders face an uphill battle in their Week 14 game against the New York Jets, and it’s not just because the Jets have the NFL’s top-ranked run defense. Dennis Allen’s team hasn’t won in the Eastern time zone since 2009 and may be without its top two running backs for the game.
Darren McFadden failed to practice for the second straight day since suffering an ankle injury last week against the Green Bay Packers. Rashad Jennings is still recovering from a concussion and has yet to pass the required tests mandated by the NFL.
Paper News & Gossip: Mandela Tributes, Moyes Denial, Suarez Stays
The passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela dominates the newspaper headlines on Friday morning, and the world of football has also been paying tribute.
The announcement of Mandela’s death at the age of 95 came late on Thursday night, and major names in the game have paid their respects.
Elsewhere in the papers, Manchester United manager David Moyes has denied making an insulting remark about Everton supporters after the defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has voiced his desire to stay at Anfield after a sparkling performance against Norwich City on Wednesday.
Seahawks vs. 49ers: Breaking Down Seattle’s Game Plan
The Seattle Seahawks head into hostile territory to take on the rival San Francisco 49ers. This is the second time these two teams have played this year, with Seattle winning the first matchup 29-3 back in Week 2. Given how well these teams know each other, it is safe to say that both teams will be bringing all-new game plans into this matchup.
There is a lot at stake in this game.
Australia vs. England Ashes 2013: Day 2 Scorecard and Recap from Adelaide
Centuries from Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin put Australia in a commanding position on Day 2 of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
The hosts declared on 570-9 leaving England to rue their dropped catches on the opening day of play.
England’s response suffered an early set-back when captain Alastair Cook was bowled out for just three runs. Mitchell Johnson’s sheer pace got the better of the England captain once more, before the tourists finished the day on 35-1.
Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Radamel Falcao Would Fire Blues to the Title
Chelsea’s recent 4-3 Premier League win over Sunderland highlighted exactly why the Blues need to bring in someone of Radamel Falcao’s quality.
The Colombian forward, who is currently plying his trade at the mega-riches of Monaco, has once again been linked with a transfer to the West London club, reported by Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.
Although Falcao’s name rarely exits the headlines—he is seemingly always linked with a move, despite only switching clubs in the summer—Mourinho would do well to entertain the 27-year-old’s goalscoring talents a little more seriously.
The Missing Link
Mourinho’s recently told supporters that Chelsea will not sign a new striker in January, per Sam Lee of Goal.
World Cup Draw Pots 2014: List of Teams, Seeds and Format for Draw
You need to be prepared before the craziness of the 2014 World Cup draw begins.
For those unaware, all 32 teams in the competition have been drawn into one of four pots.
Pot 1 features the seven seeded teams, as determined by FIFA, and the hosts for the tournament. Pot 2 is comprised of the African nations and those from CONMEBOL that aren’t seeded.
Andre Johnson’s Talent Is Being Wasted as Texans Continue to Flounder
Somewhere, Andre Johnson is questioning what more he has to do.
In another dismal effort against an opponent that should be a gimme, the Houston Texans were swept by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, putting forward a performance that has probably landed them the number one draft spot come May.
The game had everything: interceptions, another swap between Case Keenum and Matt Schaub and a total of 17 penalties to derail any chance of a Houston comeback.
Right next to that mess was Andre Johnson’s 154-yard performance, a mere footnote thanks to every other storyline the Texans have been able to produce this season.
Ranking the Top 50 Players in International Rugby in 2013
It has been a cracking rugby year.
The Lions claimed their first series win in 12 years, the All Blacks became The Invincibles and Wales won a topsy-turvy sort of Six Nations.
Throughout it all there have been some fantastic individual performances.
Established names and newcomers alike have proved the well is deep when it comes to talent in this wonderful game of ours.
Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Dimitar Berbatov Would Be Good Fit for Arsene Wenger
The January transfer window is nearly upon us, and that means speculation is beginning to mount ahead of what will be a busy month, given the tight nature of the Premier League table after the first third of the campaign.
Among those who will surely be looking for new recruits are Arsenal. The Gunners lie top of the league at present, but appear set to consolidate that status with big moves in the window.
Top priority, for now, is to secure a high-level backup option to Olivier Giroud, with the Gunners hoping to fight on multiple fronts in the new year.
2014 World Cup Draw: Start Time, Live Stream and TV Info
The World Cup is just hours away from determining how the 32-team field will fit into eight groups destined for Brazil.
With the 2014 World Cup is still another six months away, some may question all of the pomp and circumstance.
However, the draw means you can stop with the hypothetical matchups in the group stage and begin focusing on the teams that are actually playing each other. You’ll have months to break down each of your team’s three opponents and all the pieces that need to fall into place in order for your country to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament.
Cartagena vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Barcelona have come across an uncharacteristic rough patch having lost two in a row, but the slate gets much easier over the weekend with a road trip to face FC Cartagena in the Copa del Rey.
Lose two straight matches without your best player and it’s like the world is ending—such is life for Barcelona. Their lead in La Liga has evaporated after a loss to Athletic Bilbao, which was preceded by a Champions League defeat at the hands of Ajax.
Andres Iniesta and company will look to get back into the win column at Cartagena, who dwell two leagues beneath La Liga in Segunda Division B and will need a miracle to garner a point against the Spanish giants.
Heineken Cup 2013: Dates, Fixtures, Live Stream Info and Predictions
After a month of November Test action, the world’s stars return to club matters this weekend with the Heineken Cup leaving no space for rest in the rugby calendar.
Thus far in the European tournament, Leinster, Toulouse and Ulster have all stood out against the opposition, taking a leading stance in their respective pools. However, the trio face a stern examination of their mettle this weekend.
Read on for a full prediction of how Round Three of the Heineken Cup group campaign will pan out, as well as a preview of its highlight encounters.
An Evaluation of the New York Giants Offensive Coaching Staff
When evaluating a football team, it’s sometimes difficult to discern if a problem exists because of the personnel or the coaching.
Often, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. So how then does one go about evaluating whether a coach is worth retaining after a poor season?
The answer is to consider his record in personnel development and, in the case of coordinators, personnel deployment.
In the first of two parts, we look at the jobs done by the New York Giants offensive coaches—Kevin Gilbride (offensive coordinator), Jerald Ingram (running backs), Kevin M.
For Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, “just another game” vs. Celtics
If you’re thinking first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw might see some sentimental value in coaching his first game against the team he was drafted to play for all those years ago, think again.
Miami Heats rivalry with Chicago Bulls in full swing
The Heat/Bulls rivalry established in 2011 is in full swing, even with Chicago star Derrick Rose out for the season with a torn meniscus.
Clippers tighten up on D, slow down Grizzlies, 101-81
MEMPHIS, Tenn._Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers made a few headlines after their loss to Atlanta on Tuesday because of their use of the word "frustrated.
Bulls pound Heat, dominate Miami’s small-ball game with rebounding, defense and physical play
CHICAGO _ Tom Thibodeau won't play the "what if?" game.
Bulls romp over Heat, dominate opposition’s small-ball game with rebounding, defense and physical pl
CHICAGO _ Tom Thibodeau won't play the "what if?" game.
LeBron to star on silver screen
Heat’s LeBron James is set to appear with Philly’s own Kevin Hart in the basketball comedy ‘Ballers.
Knicks clobber Nets to snap 9-game skid
The Knicks are no longer the biggest losers in New York. The Brooklyn Nets look like the real Big Apple busts.