For an individual who managed, controlled, manipulated, banned [including the BBC] and in some cases outright bullied members of the media - after months of radio silence, Sir Alex Ferguson has finally lifted the lid. . Not of course the half measures type, Ferguson did so in the same type of dramatic style as like his team displayed in the closing minutes when winning the 1999 Champions League final at the Nou Camp. His wide ranging chat with Charlie Rose in the week likely caused a ripple effect on NYSE ticker symbol MANU. The timing could not have been better for the Chosen 1, David Moyes. His media prey brilliantly distracted and diverted by the person who told him in early May he would be the next Manchester United manager. Told Moyes? Not so much even an interview then. Head hunted Fergie style. Using the front of inviting Moyes round to the house for a late afternoon cup of tea it was. However, such relief away from the immense spotlight is always very temporary as Moyes will learn throughout his Old Trafford tenure. Having already suffered the three BPL defeats this early on in the season, although highly improbable, another defeat in Saturdays lunch time game at Sunderland and the word Beleaguered will attach itself like an anchor to Moyes. Mid table mediocrity is not what was in the plans. Nor the budget where a Champions League place is mandatory. It would likely spill over into Fergusons planned tour to promote his Autobiography which is scheduled for release October 24. Then just like the Spice Girls in their prime, right after his tome is released the Knight of the Realm goes on a short sold out tour of England, Scotland and Ireland. You couldnt invent this stuff even if you were Simon Fuller. Sorry Mr. Cowell. The precursor to all this was Fergusons fireside chat with Charlie Rose. Fergie positioning the brand impeccably with the US Academic set. As well briefed as Rose always is with his subjects Ferguson fully aware such disclosures like Romans 2003 approach would have lit a fire even under the most roll over belly tickling media types back in Manchester or London. Rose didnt even bat 1 of those famous eyelids to what is a pulse racing type disclosure. Too bad when Fergie came over all Kentucky Derby sophisticated Rose dont hit him with the twin force that is John Magnier and JP McManus. Old horse racing partners of Sir Alex - the three had an almighty fall out of all things the breeding rights of a thoroughbred Rock of Gibraltar. Who wouldnt in his prime look out of place at those immaculately manicured Churchill Downs lawns. In 2004, John Magnier and JP McManus were the largest shareholders of Manchester United. Such was the seething anger resulting from the horse nonsense they were reported to be willing accomplices to block attempts to extend Fergusons contract for any duration longer than 12 months. Ultimately, Magnier and McManus settled out of court with Ferguson regarding the horse, and sold their combined quarter stake in Manchester United to Malcolm Glazer. Staying with the betting theme - with well-regarded UK bookmakers now doing a tidy business offering odds Ferguson would return to management Ferguson disclosed to Rose, You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager. Adding, I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no way back for me now. Ive got a new life. The timing for Sir tied to Lady Fergusons loss late last year of her sister. Fergusons academic self was a central tenet and main theme of the Rose chat, the Rooney and Beckham references mere fodder for the red top tabloids of Manchester and London. We know now Fergies bucket list includes a trip to the Masters and a desire to visit Tuscany vineyards. Wonder if that type of discussions ever came up with the Mike Rileys and Graham Polls of the world during those world famous Old Trafford touchline chats. Hair dryers not required. The first wind I got of Fergusons non-football self was in a disclosure by Italys 2006 World Cup winning manager, Marcello Lippi who revealed he and Ferguson were extremely close friends. Nothing revealing there, apart from the fact when Sir Alex and Lippi conversed it wasnt in Gruff Glaswegian but French. Fergie the connoisseur. For all the silverware Ferguson collected, his immense abilities to rebuild, reinvent winning dynasties – the legacy he leaves behind does not though include any empirical evidence which would back up his theory Manchester United under Moyes will be successful. Something he explicitly stated to Rose. Get as adamant as you want, but this Sir Alex is completely out of even your immense control. Fergusons old sparring partners Arsene and José alongside others like AVB and Pellegrini will have a far larger say. When he bolted the Manchester United stable rather abruptly that crop of players Ferguson left behind, many of whom by their performances so far this season certainly appear past their sell by dates, also possess individually and collectively a large say. Until their shipping out is completed at least. Then the Euro stage, where by no means did Manchester United under Ferguson light it up in a manner even close to their domestic selves - Pep, Carlito, Jurgen and Bruno plus numerous others are light years ahead of Fergusons Chosen 1. Moreover, if the Moyes-Woodwood summer transfer window embarrassment coupled with Uniteds current annus horribilis season to date, is any indication then we may well be in for an extended winter of Manchester United discontent. You can reach and follow Noel Butler at:Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca@TheSoccerNoel TSN & TEAM Radio is your BPL home for Double Header Saturday this season. Kicks Off with Tottenham Vs West Ham, pre-game at 9:30am et/6:30am pt. Followed by Sunderland vs. Manchester United at 12:30pm et/9:30am pt. . -- Omar Infante walked past the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, where he dressed so many times as a member of the Detroit Tigers, and slipped on a crisp, new Kansas City Royals jersey. . But last years runner-up Jarkko Nieminen crashed out despite winning the first set against Denis Istomin. Istomin fired 10 aces and won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 to even his career record against Nieminen at 3-3. . Neither side would publicly confirm or deny any discussions were taking place, until the near unexpected happened. On Saturday night sources confirmed to TSN, the league and players agreed to terms on a new, tentative CBA, pending ratification by the unions players. A league source confirmed the CFLs board of governors must also ratify any potential agreement.Peoria, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Back in the Top-25 after a short absence, the 23rd-ranked Northern Iowa Panthers continue their run through the Missouri Valley Conference, as they close out a two-game road trip with Tuesdays showdown against the Bradley Braves at Carver Arena. Ben Jacobsons Panthers opened the season with nine straight wins and forged their way into the national polls as a result of a strong start. The team dropped its first game at VCU (93-87 2OT) back on Dec. 13 and then fell out of the poll with a New Years Day loss at Evansville (52-49). However, UNI has won three games since then and is coming off a 64-40 rout of Drake last Saturday. Geno Fords Braves have struggled this season and come into this contest with a mere 6-11 overall record. The struggles have carried over to league play as well, where Bradley sits at just 1-3 following back-to-back losses to powerhouse Wichita State (63-43) and most recently, Evansville (66-56). Still, all six of Bradleys wins have come at Carver Arena this season. Bradley holds a 28-24 series advantage over Northern Iowa, but the Panthers have closed the gap with wins in eight of the last 10 meetings. Strong defensive play is what fuels the Panthers attack this season. Northern Iowa ranks first in the MVC in both scoring defense (55.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.385). The scoring defense is even more impressive in league play where UNI is limiting opponents to a meager 47.4 ppg. Offensively, the team puts up a modest 66.2 ppg, but it comes on a highly efficient .485 shooting. Senior forward Seth Tuttle has been a picture of consistency, converting 63.55 percent from the floor, while topping the team in scoring (14. . 4 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg) and assists (3.1 apg). Junior guard Wes Washpun (10.1 ppg) is the only other Panther with a double-digit scoring average. The Panthers used a 32-2 run spanning the end of the first half into the second half and effectively put the game out of reach against Drake last time out. Sophomore Jeremy Morgan led the way with 15 points. Senior Deon Mitchell tied his season-high with 14 points and Tuttle finished with 12 points and four assists in the win. Evansville was simply the more efficient squad last time out against Bradley as the Purple Aces shot a sizzling .533 from the floor compared to a mere .321 effort for the Braves in what turned into a 10-point loss for Bradley. Omari Grier came off the bench to lead the Braves in scoring with 15 points. Tramique Sutherland added 12 points and Josh Cunningham just missed a double- double with 10 points and nine rebounds in the setback. Offensive proficiency has been something the struggling Braves have lacked all season long. The team enters this contest averaging just 58.1 ppg, while shooting a lackluster .379 from the field. Some of that has to do with the loss of leading scorer Warren Jones (13.7 ppg) to a fractured foot. Jones has played in just nine games this season and has missed the last eight. Sutherland (12.5 ppg), Auston Barnes (10.8 ppg) and Grier (9.8 ppg) have tried to fill the void. A 2014 NJCAA All-American, Sutherland missed the first nine games this season with a fractured finger, but has made up for lost time since returning to the court. ' ' '