January 31st is in the books, and with that, the first month of the year is behind us. What happened on the final day? The Knicks lost, again (their 12th loss with only five wins in January), Kentucky won in overtime and transfer day has come and gone. Here are the big stories you need to know in today’s Morning Huddle:
European Soccer’s Transfer Day Disappoints
There’s nothing to see here, nothing happening. Seriously. Even with all the rumors and (now false) hopes, January’s European soccer’s transfer deadline came and went without making much noise. There were no new arrivals for any of Spain’s top teams – Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona – and no earth shaking transfers in France, either.
So who did move?
Julian Draxler is leaving Wolfsburg and heading to PSG, while Jese Rodriguez is leaving PSG on loan to Las Palmas. Memphis Depay is headed to Lyon from Manchester United, and Morgan Schneiderlin is leaving Man U for Everton. While in Germany, Borussia Dortmund landed Swedish forward Alexander Isak, and in the Premier League, Branislav Ivanović, left Chelsea for Zenit in St. Petersburg.
(Note, these are not all the transfers by yesterday’s deadline)
The Cavs are on the Lookout
According to reports, Mario Chalmers, Jordan Farmar, Kirk Hinrich, and Lance Stephenson are scheduled to workout for the the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have at least one open spot on the roster (and a potential second spot if an injured Chris Andersen is waived). Per ESPN, other free-agent prospects are also expected to attend the workout on Wednesday.
The rumors come after Lebron James called out his front office, asking them to bring another veteran playmaker to the team. According to these reports, one of them could be signed even before the All-Star break later this month.
Former Lakers Star Derek Fisher’s Home Burglarized
Los Angeles police say burglars broke into former Lakers star Derek Fisher’s home earlier in the week, stealing a reported $300,000 worth of jewels. So far police have not confirmed whether or not the thieves got away with Fisher’s five championship rings, but TMZ reports the rings were in fact part of the loot.
According to TMZ, Fisher reported the incident at his San Fernando Valley home on Monday morning, and TMZ says they were “told officials believe the perp got into the house through a side door — and went for his jewelry.”
Fisher won all five rings with the Lakers.
Bye, Bye Brent
“What a road we’ve travelled together. Thanks so much to you for sharing your time with me, what great memories we’ve had over the last almost 50 years.”
Those were the words of longtime play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger, who bid his final farewell last night. And it was a fitting ending, an overtime game between Kentucky and Georgia on Tuesday. The legend, who spent nearly five decades in the business, got a proper send-off from the home team: a personalized jersey from Kentucky, and a spot on the court for their cheers during timeouts.
But it’s not the end, according to Sports Illustrated Musburger will join The Vegas Stats & Information Network.
In a monologue to the camera, and the viewers, Musburger thanked the fans “for all the appreciation and all the great moments that we’ve experienced together.”
No Brent, thank you.