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Bears End Training Camp With Some Questions Left to Be Answered

August 20th, 2010

The Chicago Bears will officially break camp after a brief walk through Friday afternoon. The team will then travel to Chicago for their first home preseason game against the Raiders.

The Bears have been through one preseason game, and three weeks of camp. But there is still some uncertainty with this team.

Here's my views on how training camp went.

Is the offensive line good enough to protect Cutler?

The offensive line was something the Bears needed to address after last season's disaster. Have they fully addressed it yet? In my opinion, no.

The line played decent enough in their one series with Cutler against San Diego. But nothing too special and from what I've seen in camp there is still some positions up for grabs.

Chris Williams and Olin Kreutz seem to have their spots locked down. This is Williams first chance to prove himself for a full season. We all know Kreutz can play well, but can he do it for a full year?

Lance Louis has caught the coaches attention, and can grab a starting spot on the line. Louis played well against San Diego. A solid rest of the preseason, and Louis will be starting week one.

Position battles still going strong

When the Bears opened up camp in July, there were some positions up for grabs and some battles that would pick up steam as camp went on.

Nick Roach and Pisa Tinoisamoa have been battling for the last linebacker spot, and the position is still up for grabs.

Both players played significant time against San Diego, but the advantage seems to be going to Tinoisamoa.

Major Wright took a minor set back in his quest to become a starting safety for the Bears along side Chris Harris, when he injured his finger against the Chargers.

Injury bug hits Chicago

The Bears have seen their fair share of injuries in camp and preseason. Major Wright, Craig Steltz and Caleb Hanie were just a few of the players that got hurt last week.

Although none of them seem too severe, the Bears need the injury bug gone before week one.

The Bears brought in quarterback Matt Gutierrez to serve as a backup to Cutler in the preseason. Gutierrez likely wont stay on the Bears roster for long, just long enough until Hanie comes back from injury.

Can this core of receivers supply Jay Cutler with what he needs?

While the Bears don't have a superstar wide receiver, the core that they have seems to be working just fine. The question is, can they do it all season?

Throughout camp, Cutler has made it obvious that Johnny Knox and Devin Hester are his favorite targets. In almost every drill, Cutler targeted Knox and Hester more than any other receivers.

That doesn't meant the other receivers won't contribute.

Expect Devin Aromashodu to pick up where he left off last season, as a surprise play maker. He has speed, hands, and runs correct routes.

Earl Bennett had a productive year last year, and the Bears expect the same. A nice possession type receiver.

Mix in Greg Olsen, and Jay Cutler could have a steady surge of receivers this season.

Dayro Moreno May Be Going To Cruz Azul While Team Soul Searches

August 20th, 2010

Dayro Moreno of Once Caldas FC in Colombia could be the latest addition to Cruz Azul with the departure of central defender Edcarlos.

The news comes after Cruz Azul coach Enrique Meza called for reinforcements after Azul's devastating loss to Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Cruz Azul has been monitoring the activities of Mr. Moreno in practice before making a final decision around the end of August 2010.

The venerable team from Mexico has been reviewing his achievements before making a decision.

Dayro Moreno was born in Chicoral, Tolima, Colombia on September 16, 2020. He started his football/soccer career at Once Caldas in 2003.

He has remained on the team with the exception of a few stints with Club Atletico Paranaense of Brazil and FC Steaua Bucuresti of Romania.

During his period with Once Caldas, Dayro Moreno was instrumental in helping the team defeat Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores of 2004.

His position as an attacking midfielder and second striker was known in Latin America. He has scored 76 goals within 195 appearances in his career.

The appearance of Mr. Moreno with the Colombian National Football/Soccer team earned him 17 goals in 31 appearances as well as five caps.

He was also instrumental in helping Colombia defeat Argentina 2-1 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification CONMEBOL.

Meanwhile, Cruz Azul appears to be sorting out their problems with the goalie denying anything happened. Yosgart Gutierrez denies that his team's loss in Canada was his fault.

Cruz Azul continues to prepare itself for its game against Jaguares and it is hoped that they have learned a lesson in Canada.

NFL Training Camp: The 10 Most Interesting Position Battles of August

August 19th, 2010

Week 1 of the NFL preseason is officially behind us, and that means only one thing--heated position battles are now reaching a boil.

All over the league there are starters and backups alike jockeying for position to lay claim to the top of the depth chart.  These battles are ongoing because of injury, holdout, and free agency, but in the end only one player will get the satisfaction of being the guy come Week 1 of the regular season.

There are more than these 10 battles going on throughout the NFL training camps, but these 10 position battles will carry significant weight in determining the team's overall success in 2010.

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Craig Bellamy’s Cardiff City Move In Jeopardy: A Championship Week

August 19th, 2010

With the Championship moving towards week three, the transfer window is starting to move at a fair trot.

League leader Millwall, coming off the back of a four-nil thrashing of Hull City at the New Den, have extended the loan spell of Darren Carter. The influential midfielder from Preston North End, who was initially on a three month spell has had his loan extended until January.

Ipswich Town has sold John Walters to Premier League side Stoke City for £2.75m. Walters has scored 30 goals for the Tractor Boys in a three year spell.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis said, "Over the last three years he's been the Championship's outstanding performer. I'm confident he can make the same impact on the Premier League."

Cardiff City thought they had made the signing of the season with the loan signing of Wales captain Craig Bellamy, from Manchester City. The 31-year-old Bellamy claims the move is like, "coming home." However, Cardiff City has been warned by the Football League that they have to prove they can fund the loan move. The Bluebirds have an estimated debt of over £30 million, with the club still owing Motherwell £175,000 for the transfer of Paul Quinn in July 2009.

Scottish club's chief executive, Leeann Dempster, has been publicly critical of Cardiff's recent signings. Dempster told the BBC, "They have signed a high-profile player, which has really annoyed us. They should have their debts settled from last year before they are allowed to sign any players."

Burnley's Diego Penny has left the club by mutual consent. The Peruvian international keeper has been second choice behind Brian Jensen since signing with the Turf Moor side in 2008, and with the acquisition of Lee Grant from Sheffield Wednesday, his chances of becoming their first choice keeper have dwindled.

Gorka Pintado, Swansea's Spanish striker, will be sidelined for three months. He missed the four-nil victory over Preston North End, after suffering a shoulder injury against Hull City in the opening day loss to the East Yorkshire side.

Cash strapped Crystal Palace has signed 19-year-old, Southend United midfielder Stuart O'Keefe on a free transfer. 

George Burley told the Palace website, "Stuart is a young player with big potential. He worked with Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace assistant manager) when he was at Southend and looks to be a bright prospect."

Tomasz Cywka, the Derby County striker may still make the Rams' starting line up against Coventry, despite suffering a fractured cheek bone in the two-one loss to Cardiff last Saturday. The Polish striker may be fit enough to play in a protective mask after facial surgery this week.

Derby County has also agreed to a link up deal with Non-League side Belper Town. The Rams had been playing reserve fixtures at Alfreton Town for the past two seasons, but a switch to Christchurch Meadow the home of Belper Town would bring the Rams reserves closer to Pride Park, Derby.

The Tigers have had their financial worries eased this week. The club's owner Russell Bartlett last week announced that the ex-Premier League club had agreed with all parties on restructuring the club's debt, allowing the Premier League to release much needed parachute payments.

The club also announced that Kingston Communications would extend their naming rights for the Kingston Communications Stadium until 2025, a multi-million pound extension for the Hull based communications company. The Circle (the KC's none marketing name) has been sponsored by Kingston Communications since it opened in 2002.

The Tigers also bid farewell to Gabon international striker Daniel Cousin. The striker who scored the winner against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, in one of the Tigers famous first Premier League season wins. After a loan spell with Greek side Larissa, Cousin has agreed to terms and has joined them in a two year deal.

Leeds United has been charged by the Football Association for a mass brawl with Nottingham Forest in their one-all draw last Sunday at the City Ground. Forest's Chris Gunter and Leeds' Sanchez Watt were both booked in the incident as Gunter was seen stamping on Watt's foot in a challenge.

Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens feels the Foxes will get it right under new manager Paulo Sousa. "We have to be comfortable and adapt to the way he wants to play," said Wellens.

He went on to tell BBC Radio Leicester, "We are doing okay, but we have to turn okay performances into better performances and the results will come."

The Foxes also can look forward to Aleksandar Tunchev's return after almost 20 months of injuries. The 29-year-old Bulgarian has had two serious knee injuries, which have allowed him to make only three appearances since January 2009.

Forest's Chris Gunter may be facing a three game ban for stamping on Leeds' Sanchez Watt's foot in the one-one draw in last weekend's late clash. Under the FA's new fast track guidelines, if Gunter pleads guilty he will receive the three game ban. However, if he fights the decision but looses his fight he will have the ban extended to four games.

Early season favourites for the title, Middlebrough have had a rocky start gaining only one point from a possible six, but have been dealt another serious blow. Midfielder Kevin Thomson, a July signing for Gordon Strachan from Glasgow Rangers, has been sidelined for two months, with a fractured  right fibula.

Strachan told the Boro website, "It's bad news for the player and a big loss for the team because he has been our best passer in the first two league games."

The Boro manager added, "That's two stretchers in two weeks because we lost Willo Flood long-term last week too."

The Smoggies have also lost Australian international keeper Brad Jones, who signed for Liverpool this week. The young keeper, who qualifies as a home grown player made the switch to Merseyside as back up for world Cup winning Spanish keeper Pepe Reina.

Like Boro, Portsmouth is languishing at the wrong end of the table on one point, and Steve Cotterill will have to make plans without Ghanaian international midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. The talented Boateng, has agreed to a £5 move to Genoa in Italy, in Serie A.

Bristol City has been rocked by a poor start to the season and the bigger news that highly experienced manager Steve Coppell has resigned as the Robins' manager, and from football altogether. Keith Millen, who has been a long term assistant with Bristol City since 2004 has appointed the experienced Steve Wigley as his deputy. Wigley has had coaching spells with Bolton, Hull City and was Stuart Pearce's assistant at Manchester City.

The Robins will be buoyed by the fact that David James, the England keeper, had shown his support for the club by agreeing to stay with the South West team.

James told BBC Radio Bristol, "Keith's organisation seems good and I'm hoping that's going to bring the rewards that I came to the club for, and that essentially is the playoffs and promotion."

Second from bottom Sheffield United has been through the ringer already this season with Kevin Blackwell leaving the club by mutual consent after only one league game. His replacement Gary Speed has received the backing of his Welsh international teammate Robbie Savage.

Speed is looking to appointed John Carver from Plymouth Argyle as his assistant. Speed and Carver have worked together at Newcastle United under Sir Bobby Robson.

Chivas Of Guadalajara Regrets Selling Chicharito to Manchester United

August 19th, 2010

Jorge Vergara, President of Chivas Of Guadalajara admits that he made a mistake in selling Javier Chicharito Hernandez to Manchester United.

He admitted that Hernandez should have stayed with the Mexican team at least until the finals of the Copa Libertadores.

The regret comes after news that the Reba~no (the nickname for Chivas of Guadalajara) has faced problems in the Copa Libertadores with a loss to Internacional of Brazil.

Mr. Vergara also found out to his regret that the managers of Internacional of Brazil had a similar problem when their midfielder Sandro signed with the Tottenham Hotspurs.

The managers of Internacional resolved their problem by insisting that Sandro remain in Brazil until the end of the Copa Libertadores.

The lesson to be learned when negotiating with teams for players is to find an advantage for the home team and player.

It appears that certain Mexican teams may have been blinded by the product of an English League team and may have conceded too much, too soon.

At least Brazil has been able to negotiate in a way that everyone benefitted. Brazil also has the advantage of more contact with the outside world in football/soccer.

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