Tiger Woods Back In Action

Another attempted comeback for the former #1 golfer in the world is in the works. He will participate in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, coming up January 25-28. Woods is coming off four back surgeries dating back to 2014 and the most recent in April 2017. Woods last competed in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the first week of last December and finished tied for ninth place out of eighteen total golfers. Woods is very familiar with the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, winning it a record seven times. He has a total of fourteen majors and hasn’t won one since 2008 at Torrey Pines.

Hosmer Watch

Free agent All-Star and world series champion first baseman Eric Hosmer has two lucrative offers on the table. The Kansas City Royals are offering 7 years $147 million and the San Diego Padres are offering 7 years $140 million. As a Padres fan, this would huge and exciting. It would be the the most money the Padres have ever paid one player in their history if this comes to fruition. With Wil Myers already playing first base for the Padres, this would seem to be a controversy waiting to happen but Myers said he’s willing to move back to the outfield where he started his career ironically enough in Kansas City.

World Football Transfer Tracker

The January transfer window is officially open and there’s plenty of rumors and done deals to keep an eye on.

  • Liverpool has brought on the highly touted dutch center back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for $101 million.
  • Leicester City welcomes Portuguese midfielder, Adrien Silva who will replace Danny Drinkwater who went to Chelsea during the summer window.
  • Striker Diego Costa and midfielder Vitolo have finally joined Atletico Madrid after the clubs transfer ban ended with this transfer window.
  • Bayarn Munich have signed striker Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim on a 2 1/2 year deal worth $15 million.
  • Chelsea have signed Ross Barkley from Everton
  • Everton sign striker Cenk Tosun from Turkish club Besiktas
  • FC Barcelona have finally got the signature of star Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for $192 million
  • Striker Carlos Tevez returns to his home country Argentina to sign with his old club Boca Juniors
  • Columbian Yerry Mina joins Barcelona from Brazilian club Palmeiras
  • Landon Donovan comes out of retirement to join Mexican club Leon
  • Theo Walcott is on his way to Everton from Arsenal for approximately $35 million
  • Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Manchester United from Arsenal

Rumors

  • Napoli are looking to sell left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to Manchester United as they look to sign Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo.
  • Manchester United are wanting to sign FC Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.
  • Real Madrid are considering selling star Toni Kroos to PSG in an effort to sign Neymar in the summer.
  • Chelsea have reached out to Bayarn Munich about acquiring central defending midfielder Arturo Vidal.
  • Arsenal are on the verge of signing star striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Gruden Back To The Raiders?

That’s the million dollar question if you’re the Raiders organization. Owner Mark Davis fired coach Jack Del Rio after just 2 seasons and giving him a four-year extension earlier this year. The reason, John Gruden, who hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but yet finds himself as the most sought after coach on the market year after year. Gruden is currently color commentating Monday night football on ESPN and with that comfy of a job it’ll take a very lucrative offer for him to leave. Mark Davis plans on doing just that by reportedly offering Gruden an annual salary of $10 million and a stake in ownership. Now, Gruden is playing dumb and denying knowledge of these details saying, “Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate”. Raider nation is crossing their fingers on this one.  Gruden previously coached with the Raiders from 1998-2001 with a 38-26 record.

Check out my updated post on this topic.

Isaiah Thomas Back In Action

Finally after almost half the season has passed by, All-Star point guard, Isaiah Thomas will join his Cleveland Cavalier teammates in a game for the first time since they acquired him in the off-season for Kyrie Irving. Thomas had hip surgery in the off-season and couldn’t participate in on the court activities until only a couple of weeks ago. It’ll be interesting to see if head coach Tyron Lue starts Isaiah in his first game action back since last seasons playoffs. The Cavaliers started off slow but picked it up in a big way with LeBron James carrying the load to say the least.

I always thought Isaiah was a great point guard going back to his Sacramento Kings days but since he’s only 5’9″ general managers (Phoenix and Boston as well) never saw him as a long-term solution, thinking he couldn’t hold up against taller and stronger NBA players. Well he’s proven those GM’s wrong with a great All-Star season last season in Boston and showing he can definitely perform in one of the most prestigious markets in the NBA. As a Phoenix Suns fan, I hated to see them let go of Isaiah Thomas and instead stick with Eric Bledsoe, who just this season stated he didn’t want to be in Phoenix anymore and was traded to the Bucks. So in essence, the Suns had 3 All-Star caliber point guards in Thomas, Bledsoe and Dragic and now have none of them and are relying on Tyler Ulis and journeyman Isaiah Canaan to run the point for a now rebuilding Suns squad.

Here’s Isaiah Thomas discussing his return. http://www.nba.com/video/2018/01/01/20180101-cle-isaiah-thomas-shootaround