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Sports news, commentary and scores with wit and added value. We compare and contrast the best and worst sports reporting in the mainstream press, blogs, TV and online. We love the English Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester United and Manchester City) and all things football but we cover cricket, rugby, the Olympics, tennis, golf, F1 and highlights of the sporting year.

Arsenal balls: Jack Wilshere hits ‘career low’ as Man City’s Smith auditions for the big time

How much editorial spin can be heaped upon Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who last night responded angrily to a late foul by Manchester City’s Matthew Smith as the pair contested an Under 23 encounter. (Wilshere is 25.) Once viewed as the

Posted: 22nd, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Broadsheets, Manchester City, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media bias: Manchester City never dive, Kyle Walker gets the elbow and Everton con the ref

Media bias: When Kyle Walker was sent off on his Manchester City debut, a few voices thought he’d been hard done by, arguing that his second yellow card was harsh. We’ve gone round the publications to see what they thought

Posted: 22nd, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: missing Ozil is the fourth best player on the pitch

The modern media trick is to report a football match and cover all the angles in a scattergun of clickbait and ‘debate’. And so it is for the Sun’s reporting on Stoke City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal. The trouble begins

Posted: 21st, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media bias: Arsenal robbed, Stoke imperious and three penalties

Media Bias: a look at bad reporting in Stoke City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League. Stoke scored a perfectly good goal, a swift strike on the counter attack that ws waved on by Arsenal’s lacklustre and horribly

Posted: 20th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


What are they smoking? Liverpool reject £118 bid for Coutinho

To borrow a phrase from Liverpool’s owner, John W. Henry,”What do you think they’re smoking over there at Anfield?” Liverpool have rejected Barcelona’s bid of get this  £118.7million for Philippe Coutinho, 25. The player wants to go. He

Posted: 18th, August 2017 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea move to sue Diego Costa

No sooner has Diego Costa walked out on Chelsea than the press started to work out how much money his strop will cost the Spain striker. The Express calculates that on an annual wage of £7m a year, striking until

Posted: 18th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs balls: Levy puts Dele Alli in the shop window

In the mad world of football transfers, what is Tottenham and Spurs’ talented irritant Dele Alli worth? Helpfully the BBC says he’s worth £150m. Its story is rooted in the Sun’s “exclusive”, which says Dele Alli won’t be sold to

Posted: 17th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Google News, Sports, Spurs, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: ‘missing’ Ozil creates more chances than any other player

The tabloids love to bash Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil. It’s not alway fair criticism. Take Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Leicester City. The Gunners won 4-3. But according to the Daily Mirror , Ozil as a “loser”:

With Alexis Sanchez missing

Posted: 15th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Diego Costa and the Daily Mail pile into blameless Conte

Following up its interview with Chelsea striker Daily Mail, the paper  leads with “WE BACK DIEGO”. News is that “Antonio Conte’s decision to exile Diego Costa is threatening to damage his strong bonds with other Chelsea players.” Other papers go

Posted: 15th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Talking Balls: Huddersfield’s Steve Mounie goes missing in the Dales

Huddersfield tonked Crystal Palace in their opening Premier League match, and the Sun’s  Paul Jiggins can’t find an atlas. Where the hell is Huddersfield? He doesn’t know. The Sun’s  once peerless subs don’t know, either:

At Selhurst Park on Saturday

Posted: 14th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media Bias: Chelsea stretch the truth as Burnley win

Media Bias: a look at biased football reporting. Today’s match at Stamford Bridge saw reigning champions Chelsea defeated 2-3 by the mighty Burnley.

Gary Cahill’s sending off

Chelsea FC Website:

Then, on 14 minutes, proceedings swung in Burnley’s favour. Cahill,

Posted: 12th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dramatic Arsenal winner as Premier League erupts into life

Maybe the Premier League should always begin with an Arsenal home match? Last season the Gunners kicked off with a 3-4 opening day defeat to Liverpool; yesterday Arsenal introduced the 2017-2018 season by beating Leicester City 4-3. Arsenal fans will

Posted: 12th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs balls: Gareth Bale’s return would be a badge of lunacy

Tottenham fans looking for their club to boost the Premier League’s second best side last term with new players are addressed by the Sun’s Paul Jiggins. Just as pressing f8 on the keyboard has for years given the Sun stories

Posted: 11th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Google News, Sports, Spurs | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Israeli wins Thai kickboxing medal after Palestinian refuses to fight

 

Palestinian Sultan Abu al-Hajj refused to fight an Israeli athlete at kickboxing’s World Youth Championship in Thailand. Al-Hajj refused to fight “as there has not yet been an official Palestinian decision over whether to face Israeli athletes in any …

Posted: 10th, August 2017 | In: Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Bale to Manchester United for a fee that makes Neymar to PSG look cheap

The summer’s here and with it comes the usual news that Gareth Bale dreams of leaving the heat and glory of Real Madrid for life at Manchester United. Like everyone else, the Star hears Real Madrid president Florentino Perez state

Posted: 9th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Google News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho agrees to join Barcelona says one unimpeachable source

In football’s arms race, the Star says Barcelona will offer Liverpool £120m for Philippe Coutinho, 25. Is the Brazilian worth the money? Surely not. Indeed, the Sun counters the Star’s offer and says Barcelona believe they can get Liverpool’s bet

Posted: 7th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea website sees injustice as Arsenal win Community Shield

The football season is underway. Arsenal have beaten Chelsea to win the Community Shield on penalties. The game was largely flat and riddled with errors. And two incidents stand out. Chelsea’s Pedro was sent off for a “filthy challenge” (Times)

Posted: 6th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clickbait balls: Indy tricks Arenal fans in Alexis Sanchez story

This was the week when, according to the Daily  Mirror, Alexis Sanchez would tell Arsenal he wanted to leave the club. It’s Saturday and today’s Alexis Sanchez news is that he has, reports the Indy , “set Arsenal a

Posted: 5th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who is Neymar’s lover? Tabloids haven’t a clue

Bruna Marquezine nude

 

Brazilian footballer Neymar Junior has moved from Barcelona to PSG, and the tabloids are looking for a love interest. Unable to find one, they instead rest their gaze upon 22-year-old Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine, who used to date the

Posted: 5th, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Celebrities, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal owner bows to pressure and censors big game killing from his TV channel

Kronke hunting TV

 

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has bowed to pressure . The UK version of his bloodsports channel will not broadcast big-game hunting, an utterly barbaric and wholly sad hobby for psychopathic dentists. (Yes, I now that’s tautological, but you take

Posted: 4th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Google News, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Monaco want Sanchez, Arsenal want Lemar, Barcelona pay Neymar’s dad earns more than Messi

More news on Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, who has endured a busy summer in the media, joining Paris Saint Germain Bayern Munich  and  Manchester City . He was  on his way to Chelsea definitely staying at Arsenal  –

Posted: 4th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sanchez kisses the badge and stays at Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has been training hard at Arsenal. And today he did the unthinkable: he kissed the badge.

 

Posted: 3rd, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Google News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clickbait balls: Lemar’s Arsenal hint

What is the “hint” being “dropped by Monaco’s Thomas Lemar that he’s on his way to Arsenal? Has he been spotted signing contracts in Alexis Sanchez’s Paris hotel ?

You click on The Metro’s scoop and are told: “Lemar

Posted: 2nd, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alexis Sanchez was in Paris to get his UK work permit

alexis sanchez agents Paris

 

You read the news that Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has agreed “a  four-year contract with Paris Saint Germain? You read that the Arsenal player had been in Paris to meet with PSG reps ? And like me you

Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Google News, Key Posts, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City balls: Ederson has Manchester United fans laughing in The Sun

When Manchester City spunked £34.9m on Ederson a world-record fee for a goalkeeper the  Sun’s Martin Blackburn told readers that now Pep Guadiola’s team could play the passing game he oversaw as manager of an all-conquering Barcelona side.

Posted: 1st, August 2017 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, Sports, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0