Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big Win For Mourinho, Inter

- In what's been probably the most highly anticipated match of this year's Champions League so far, Jose Mourinho's old club, Chelsea, visited the San Siro yesterday to take on his current club, Inter Milan. Mourinho won back to back Premier League titles while at Chelsea, and has had similar success in Serie A at Inter, but the pressure is on this year to bring home Inter's first Champions League title since 2000.

Mourinho's boys come out of the home end of their matchup with a 1 goal lead, but Chelsea did get a very valuable away goal, so it's not time to light up the victory cigar just yet. Milito scored in the 3rd minute to put Inter up right away, but Salomon Kalou tied it early in the second half. Esteban Cambiasso put the nerazzuri ahead just 4 minutes later, and that wasn't the end of the pain for Chelsea. Later in the match world class goalkeeper Petr Cech was injured and had to be removed from the match. If he's out for an extended period (and reports are he is going to be out for a month), it will damage Chelsea's Premier League chances and their hopes of getting a win or a scoreless draw in the second leg to advance to the quarterfinals.

Not as high on the marquee as other Champions League Round of 16 matches, but no less important. CSKA got a 35 yard goal from Chilean Mark Gonzalez in the 66th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw in frigid Moscow. CSKA's still alive, faring much better than their last Champions League appearance, when they got bounced out of the group stages with a horrible 0-5-1 record.

- The 3rd time was the charm for Stoke City as we finally got a winner in their Round of 16 FA Cup match against Man City. Ryan Shawcross had the go ahead goal in extra time and Tuncay added the final tally minutes later to give Stoke the 3-1 win. Stoke advances to the final 8, where they will join Reading, Aston Villa, and Tottenham, who also won yesterday.

- Inter may be ahead in their Champions League match with Chelsea, but the race in Serie A is getting tighter. AC Milan pulled within 4 points of them with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina yesterday. Milan now leads Roma by 1 point for second place.

- The US National Team had a tune up yesterday against El Salvador. Well, actually it was a group of guys wearing US uniforms, but most of the people actually who will be on the team in South Africa weren't there. The US won 2-1. Hoooray.


Was the 10th overall pick in the 2004 draft and has yet to make a Pro Bowl, so the Texans are allowing him to ply his trade elsewhere. He'll leave the Texans as their all-time leader in interceptions. He made almost $10 mil last year for Houston as their franchise tagged player.

Is accused of knocking out a UGA freshman in a bar fight. Knowshon, after you leave college, no good can come of going back there to hang out. None. Stop doing it. I say this from experience.

Has agreed to terms with the Steelers. The 5 time Pro Bowler is getting $11M in guaranteed money from the Steelers to continue to be their nose tackle.

His contract says the Jets pay him$5.8M next year, and unless he agrees to scale that down a little, the Jets are going to say you'll get nothing and like it, and release him.

The Washington Post has printed a trade rumor that has the beleaguered Redskins QB going to Buffalo for safety Donte Whitner. If this happens, Campbell will almost certainly continue to be beleaguered.

The Colts have opted not to tag the MLB with their horseshoe mark, so he is free to seek other opportunities. I think all the Colts' linebackers should be set free after they let Brees complete 32 of 38 passes all underneath or whatever it was in the Super Bowl. Geez, bat some of that shit away or something.

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