UEFA EURO 2012: Knockout stages preview

Just 12 days removed from the opening match in Poland, Euro 2012 has been as good as advertised and more, with 60 goals scored and not a single 0-0 draw in 24 group stage matches.  Host countries Poland and Ukraine each treated their fans to close and controversial thrillers before narrowly missing the knockout stage, while four teams that won their opening match (including Ukraine) somehow failed to escape the group stage.  As the quarterfinals kick off this afternoon, here are some keys to look for throughout the knockout rounds.

How far can Cristiano Ronaldo carry Portugal?

After wasting two golden opportunities against Denmark, Cristiano Ronaldo came alive against the Dutch in his final group stage match, scoring the equalizer and game-winner to send Portugal through to the quarterfinals.  [Read more…]

Detroit Lions: What if They Pulled Off the Ronnie Brown Trade?

The Detroit Lions attempted to address a major situation recently when they tried to bring in running back Ronnie Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles. It made sense for the team because Jahvid Best has recently suffered from concussion issues.

Brown also could benefit from a change of scenery from the most disappointing start in the league this season. He certainly hasn’t produced much with under forty yards on the ground for the entire season, but more carries could have gotten him into rhythm in the Motor City. Matthew Stafford and his downfield weapons would’ve also opened up some wide holes on the line for him.

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