Pistons see their four-game win streak end as the Heat come out and play like what they are, two-time defending champions, while Detroit’s status as an emerging franchise was underscored in different ways by last week’s win and this week’s 110-95 loss.
Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Kurt Zouma Targeted by Blues for January Bid
Jose Mourinho is keen on a winter move for St. Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, regardless of recent events that have tarnished the youngster’s reputation.
Zouma was recently banned for 10 matches following a horror tackle on Sochaux’s Thomas Guerbert, breaking his opponent’s leg and earning the ire of many onlookers in the process.
However, it’s apparent that the Chelsea boss sees potential in the 19-year-old and is hopeful of bringing his talents to Stamford Bridge in the winter transfer window.
Paper News & Gossip: No Panic Buy for Moyes, Mourinho Plays Down Title Hopes
The weekend was not the best one for David Moyes and Jose Mourinho after both managers suffered defeats in the Premier League.
For the Manchester United boss, the pressure is piling up after successive home defeats to Everton and Newcastle United, but he will not be panic-buying when the transfer window reopens next month.
Mourinho is not facing the same intense spotlight, but Chelsea’s loss at Stoke City has seen the Stamford Bridge chief question his team’s hopes of winning the title.
Who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.
Jose Mourinho Admits Chelsea Strikers Are Costing Blues the Title
Jose Mourinho has hinted the Chelsea side he’s working with now doesn’t have the same tools it did back during his first reign at Stamford Bridge, insisting the strikers are costing his team dearly.
The Blues manager rejected the notion his team were ever favourites to win the Premier League title this year, following Chelsea’s shock 3-2 defeat at Stoke City at the weekend.
In particular, the Portuguese feels the lack of a reliable striking presence is affecting his side, per David Anderson of the Mirror:
If you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight, 10 or 12 goals? Yes.
If we had eight, 10 or 12 goals, we would be top of the league.
Arsene Wenger Questions Referee After Arsenal vs. Everton Thriller
Arsene Wenger has more than partly blamed his side’s 1-1 draw with Everton on the officials, claiming that several key aspects of the game went against his Arsenal team.
According to the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel, Wenger claimed Romelu Lukaku was offside in the buildup to Everton’s 84th-minute equaliser, barely four minutes after Mesut Ozil had put the hosts in front.
Per the report, the Frenchman said:
I think he was offside and he made a foul before the goal but the referee didn’t give it. But it doesn’t mean that we have to concede the goal because of it.
David Moyes Warned over Manchester United Future Before Crucial Transfer Window
David Moyes has been told to quit using the term “transitional period” as a shield at Manchester United by former boss Ron Atkinson.
United are looking like a desperate outfit under Moyes, breaking all manner of unwanted records, yet Moyes is defending his performance by insisting he is merely laying the grounds of a new era after Sir Alex Ferguson.
Atkinson, though, points to other top clubs in Europe as examples that transitional periods are not necessary, or acceptable, in modern football. Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail provides the quotes:
You don’t hear of Barcelona or Real Madrid having transitional periods.
Most Memorable Tennis Match for Each Year of Federer-Nadal-Djokovic Era
2013 was another year of tennis dominance for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. These two champions have continued an astonishing decade of excellence that began with Roger Federer’s greatness.
There have been many outstanding matches that continue to be remembered and discussed. Most of them spiral around the Big Three who have set the standard of recent modern tennis on the ATP tour.
Ballon D’or 2013: Time, Date and Prediction for Final-Three Announcement
The next step of this year’s Ballon d’Or proceedings is to find out which three superstars will remain in the running for football’s most prestigious individual award.
The trio will be announced on Monday, meaning 20 of the names initially shortlisted for the prize will bow out of the race for the 2013 honour.
News of the announcement will come on the France Football magazine website as well as on the official website of FIFA, co-organisers of the award.
Spectators already have a fairly good idea of who will remain in the running, but here are our predictions below.
Premier League Week 16 Fixtures: TV Schedule, Live Stream Info and Predictions
After a double billing week of Premier League action, it almost seems ungrateful to have to wait a whole week until the next schedule comes back around next weekend.
However, it’s a card worth waiting for in Week 16, which features a number of blockbuster fixtures between top-half contenders.
The top of the table is likely to get shaken up somewhat with the matchups to come, a number of which promise to go down as having a considerable impact on how the standings shape up come season’s end.
With many six-pointers on the line, read on for a full prediction of this coming week’s fixtures and a preview of the biggest meeting.
Denver Nuggets’ deep bench keeps coming through
For players who hang their heads when playing time dries up, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has a word of warning (be careful what you wish for) and two words of advice (stay ready).
Saunders: George Karl still offers erudite NBA analysis
George Karl’s basketball attitude hasn’t changed since he left Altitude. For eight seasons, Karl offered quiet, almost scholarly assessments of his Nuggets on television – win or lose.
Kobe Bryant returns with nine points and eight turnovers in Lakers’ loss
LOS ANGELES _ The first point in the career of the superstar reborn came like the last one had: at the free throw line. But the rest of Kobe Bryant's season debut betrayed that symbolic continuity.
Mark Whicker: Kobe Bryant must find his comfort zone again
LOS ANGELES _ He looked timid, tentative, passive. Sure, there were flashes, but he appeared to be several weeks away from getting to his old self.
Bill Plaschke: Lakers’ star cannot help but fall to Earth
LOS ANGELES _ There were 19 seconds left in the first half when the Staples Center crowd rose to its feet and roared. It's been nearly eight months, but everybody remembered what was happening next.
Lakers’ Nash still uncertain of return
LOS ANGELES _ One-half of the Los Angeles Lakers' 30-something backcourt returned to action Sunday.
Kings acquire Rudy Gay from Raptors as part of seven-player trade
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Kings took a bold step away from the frugal ways of the last ownership group by agreeing to acquire forward Rudy Gay as part of a seven-player trade Sunday.
Heat-Pacers Set to Renew Their Rivalry
In the Eastern Conference, there’s Indiana, there’s Miami, and there’s everybody else.
Kobe Happy to Make Comeback, Even in Lakers Loss
After nearly eight months of recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers Rejoice as Bryant Returns but Raptors Crash Party
Kobe Bryant’s long awaited return to the basketball court began as a wild celebration on Sunday, but ended as a quiet reminder that the rusty All Star has more work ahead to get back to his brilliant best.
NBA roundup: Kobe returns, but Raptors beat Lakers 106-94
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors’ 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.Bryant began his 18th NBA season by going 2 for 9 with four assists and eight turnovers in 28 minutes. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn’t played since tearing his Achilles tendon in April, undergoing several months of rehabilitation to return for Los Angeles’ 20th game of the new season.