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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.

Media balls – Swansea v Chelsea: Diego Costa’s dive, Leroy Fer’s foul and a red card

Talking Balls: a look at media bias in football reporting. Today’s game is Swansea v Chelsea in the Premier League. The game finished 2-2, thanks to a late goal from Diego Costa.

DIEGO COSTA:

Chelsea FC:

Conte’s men were

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Posted: 12th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Star calls Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho ‘The Gifted One’

One Watch: a look at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s branding. The Sun calls him ‘The Gifted One’.

THE SPECIAL SCHLONG Jose Mourinho has a big tackle… in his trousers, says Jamie Redknapp on Manchester United manager

Adding that Redknapp … READ ON

Posted: 11th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Chelsea and Manchester United delight Griezmann’s agent

Transfer balls: how much is Atletico Madrid’s France striker Antoine Griezmann worth? The BBC says Chelsea manager Antonio Conte “wants the club to sanction a world-record bid” for Griezmann.

As negotiating tactics go, telling Atletico they should expect no less … READ ON

Posted: 11th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United and Manchester City create an instant Classico

The Manchester Derby was a cracker. Writing in the Sunday Times, Jonathan Northcroft muses: “An instant Clasico? It felt that way… For once, in our overhyped world, an event lived up to its billing.”

There was interest all over … READ ON

Posted: 11th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool were cheated by Leicester: Vardy’s goal gets over-analysed

Liverpool FC tonked Leicester City 4-1 in the Reds’ first home match of the season. Looking on was Howard Webb, one of the platoon of former referees earning money as a pundit. Webb works for BTSport, where he analyses decisions … READ ON

Posted: 11th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Media balls: Arsenal beat Southampton with a ‘slight tug’ that saw Giroud ‘hauled down’

Talking Balls: a look at media bias in football reporting. Today’s game is Arsenal v Southampton in the Premier League. Arsenal won 2-1, thanks to a very late penalty.

Daily Echo (Southampton):

But in injury-time they conceded a penalty

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Posted: 10th, September 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Ibrahimovich score for Manchester United after Claudio Bravo clanger (Video)

After all the hype, Manchester untied and Manchester City eventually played the world’s richest ever football match. With City 0-2 ahead, the Citizens’ news goalkeeper Claudio Bravo dropped the ball. Zaltan Ibrahimovich pounced to make it 1-2.

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Posted: 10th, September 2016 | In: Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peace breaks out before Manchester United and Manchester City war

It’s Manchester Untied v Manchester City in the Premier League. It’s WAR! It is. The media has told us as much.

In the Mail Jose Mourinho tells Pep Guardiola “WE’RE READY TO RUMBLE”.

 

Manchester United fight

 

It’s WAR says the SunREAD ON

Posted: 10th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Real Madrid resign four Manchester United players in clickbait frenzy

The BBC says Real Madrid players Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, Gareth Bale, 27, midfielders Toni Kroos, 26, and Luka Modric, 30, are all on course to extend their contracts with Real Madrid.

The Daily Mirror agrees.

 

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That’s the MirrorREAD ON

Posted: 9th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United v Manchester City: war points to a bore draw

It’s Manchester United v Manchester City. It’s the game between Pep Guardiola v  Jose Mourinho, what the Guardian calls a “poisonous rivalry”.

The media is awash with hype and hoopla. The game will be cagey, and very probably not all … READ ON

Posted: 9th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: AC Milan want Spurs striker Harry Kane but Manchester United pass

Transfer balls: the BBC says Spurs and England striker Harry Kane is to be the subject of a bid from AC Milan. The Beeb says the Italians think Kane is worth 50m euros (£42.4m).

Corriere dello Sport says Napilo made … READ ON

Posted: 9th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Holler Timing: Liverpool FC frozen in sponsorship hell

Liverpool have a new ‘official timing parter’. It’s a brand called Holler. This is how Holler announced the deal on their website:

 

Liverpool Holler

 

Yeah, not a single wrist in sight. Odd that a brand specialising in watches would show … READ ON

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Key Posts, Liverpool, Money, Sports, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal ball: Gunners get new Vieira and Petit in one

Good news for Arenal. Gunners new boy Granit Xhaka is in entire all-conquering central midfield pairing in one player.

Xhaka is the “new Emmanuel Petit”.

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Xhaka is the new Patrick Vieira:

 

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Arenal already have the … READ ON

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football Association chairman Greg Clarke rejects Greg Dyke’s plan to win the 2022 World Cup

Compare and contrast:

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, September 2016:

“I’m not going to put pressure on and say we are going to win this tournament or that tournament.”

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, September 2013:

“The two

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Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United’s Academy is full of soft lads, says Nicky Butt

Former Manchester United stalwart Nicky Butt is talking to Henry Winter in the Times. Butt is now runs the Manchester United academy. It;s a good read, but the pick is what Butt has to say about today’s youth, schooled … READ ON

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Hazard mocks Mourinho and Cahill looks to the future

Chelsea players Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill have “stuck the knife into former manager Jose Mourinho”, says the Express.  (It’s a mere flesh wound in the Sun – a “sly dig”). Jose is “UNDER FIRE” as Chelsea players READ ON

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Wenger unseats Manchester United’s Mourinho in ‘raging battle’

At a coaching conference in Switzerland, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho were both in attendance.

Spanish newspaper Marca recalls the following exchange as Sir Alex Ferguson is scheduled to speak.

Mourinho: Can I sit … READ ON

Posted: 7th, September 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal scout Eddie Howe who has ‘no regrets’ about leaving Bournemouth

More news that AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is gearing up to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The Sun declares: “Ed Hunted.”

Adding:

EDDIE HOWE is under serious consideration to become the next Arsenal manager. SunSport can reveal that the

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Posted: 7th, September 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Derby balls: Manchester United and Manchester City fight The War Bitchy Comments

Why don’t Manchester City’s Pepe Guardiola and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho just duke it out. The Mail previews the big United v City match by drooling over the prospect of violence:

 

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“Police fears for Jose v Pep,” screams … READ ON

Posted: 7th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, Manchester City, manchester united, Reviews, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Of course Adidas and Nike discriminate against disabled athletes

Are Nike and Adidas prejudiced against disabled athletes? Yes. Is that prejudice immoral or illegal? Surely not. The Guardian reports on Hannah Cockroft, a British paralympian who accuses sportswear companies of discrimination.

Cockroft, who is expected to be one of

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Posted: 7th, September 2016 | In: Money, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United balls: Paul Scholes is middle-aged

Paul Scholes says, “‘I would rather watch Salford than Man Utd.” Well, that’s the Daily Mirror‘s lead sports story.

 

salford

 

Can the former Manchester United star be dissing his old club? Yes.

Paul Scholes says he would rather watch

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Posted: 6th, September 2016 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Yaya Toure rejects Manchester United and Arsenal and Africa rejects Man City

It’s proving a busy season for Yaya Toure’s agent. Today;s news is that brought to you in a Sky Sports headline: “Arsenal and Manchester United interested in Yaya Toure, but move would be impossible, says agent.”

Dang! A player not … READ ON

Posted: 6th, September 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hillsborough: Merseytravel is wrong to ban the Sun from Liverpool

In Liverpool, Merseytravel wants to ban the Sun newspaper. The city’s councillors all support the company’s efforts to force vendors stop selling the Sun across the Liverpool City Region transport network. It part of a campaign, to “eradicate the paper … READ ON

Posted: 6th, September 2016 | In: Liverpool, Reviews, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Allardyce copies Manchester United and lets Wayne Rooney play wherever he wants

The England football team laboured to a 0-1 win over the mighty Slovakia, who made the challenge simpler by reducing to ten numbers after their thuggish captain was red carded. England’s new broom, Sam Allardyce, had a few words to … READ ON

Posted: 5th, September 2016 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal relive the magic when Paulo Di Canio pushed the referee

At Arsenal’s star-studded ‘Legends’ match with AC Milan at the Emirates last Saturday, Nigel Winterburn and Paulo Di Canio recreated the Italians’ infamous push on ref Paul Alcock from 1998.

Back then, Di Canio, then with Sheffield Wednesday, got involved … READ ON

Posted: 5th, September 2016 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0