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Allen Stanford Rarely Wore A Wristwatch

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ALLEN Stanford, the moustached cricket fiancier who was to have spent his summers hiding out in the stands at County Championship matches in Canterbury and Durham – far away from the public eye – or in a gaggle of cricketers wives and girfriends, is spotted by the Mail.

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Posted: 2nd, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


El Hadji Diouf’s abusive prank phone call

EL Hadji Diouf is one of the least popular footballers in England, something which derives from his penchant for spitting. He loves a good gob, does El Hadji. Indeed, when Roy Keane signed the Senegalese forward for Sunderland, he said: “El Hadji has always been the kind of player opposition teams and supporters hate, a thorn in the side.” High praise indeed, Roy.

We didn’t think it was possible to like Diouf any less, but then we stumbled across this prank phone call, which purports to feature Diouf and a couple of his biggest fans.

Check it out after the jump…

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Posted: 2nd, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reasons To Like Andy Roddick: Anti-Racist Smasher

TENNIS ace Andy Roddickrepsonds to the tennis knobs plans to ban Jews from sport. Of Dubai, that fascist enclave in the cement and sand, people by pork roast-dinner eating expats, Indian slaves and footballers:

America’s Andy Roddick says he won’t defend his title at the Dubai ATP tournament next week in protest at the UAE’s refusal to grant a visa to Israel’s Shahar Peer at the WTA event at the same venue.

Boycott Dubai – that Atlantis in the sea of sand…

Posted: 1st, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


FAIL! Wal-Mart Super Bowl display

MEMO to all giant American soul-sucking corporations:

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Posted: 27th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tiger Woods is back, sans mojo?

TIGER Woods is back, golf is saved! After eight months in the physio room with a crocked knee, the world’s best golfer returned to action in the Accenture Match Play Championship. He won his first match, against Aussie Brendan Jones, but couldn’t get the measure of South Africa’s Tim Clark, losing 4 and 2 in yesterday’s second-round match-up.

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Posted: 27th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rafa Benitez 1, Rick Parry 0

LIVERPOOL’S Fat Spanish Waiter (aka Rafa Benitez) has got his way at last. The club’s pesky chief executive, Rick Parry, is standing down at the end of the season, leaving Rafa totally free to manage every aspect of what happens on the pitch – that is his job, after all. Cue evil laugh by Rafa. Muah ha ha ha etc.

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Posted: 27th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Enjoy the new sport of foot-ice-hockey

IN which Dominic Moore, an ice-hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, loses his stick and shows off some (entirely legal) fancy footwork that almost led to an amazing goal. Watch it below…

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Posted: 26th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Goalie Spotted With Ridiculous Dog

HERE’S Manuel Almunia, Arsenal’s Spanish keeper (silly jacket), out and about in north London with his WAG Ana (silly boots) and his new pet, a macho Yorkshire Terrier puppy. Grrrr.

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Posted: 26th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Snooker player served with writ during match

SNOOKER star Mark Selby was handed legal papers in the middle of his Welsh open match against Anthony Hamilton.

Selby’s former manager, George Bamby, served the writ live on BBC, demanding almost £14,000. Bamby claims that letters he mailed Selby  were ignored and he was advised by a lawyer to serve the papers at his place of work.

Bamby said: “So that’s what I did – it just happened his place of work was a snooker tournament being watched by millions of people on television. He has 18 days to pay up.”

Watch the incident after the break (ho ho)…

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Posted: 26th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jens Lehmann, still madder than Mad Jack McMad

THE most unpredictable footballer on the planet, Jens Lehmann, is making headlines again.

This time he’s in trouble for throwing away an opponent’s boot during a German league match.

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Posted: 24th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


FAIL: Helicopter stops play

A helicopter stopped play during a cricket game in India after the pilot mistook the pitch for a landing pad. Well it makes a change from bad light.

Players ran for cover when the pilot set his chopper down on the letter ‘H’ painted in the corner of the cricket ground.

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Posted: 24th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football fans asked to shhhhhh

MIDDLESBROUGH FC has asked its own fans to be QUIETER during games. Boro supporters were handed letters telling them only to make a noise when their team scores. Er, that might be difficult – Boro haven’t scored a league goal since 10 January.

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Posted: 24th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The naked swimsuit solution

THE sport of swimming is facing a high-tech crisis. In 2008, a staggering 108 world records were broken in the pool, 79 of them by swimmers wearing a cutting-edge Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit.

FINA, swimming’s governing body, met 16 manufacturers, including Speedo, at the weekend and will make some changes to swimsuits’ advantageous design next month.

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Posted: 24th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lance Armstrong says no to drugs

DURING a stage in the Tour of California, which finished this weekend, Lance Armstrong was confronted by a non-fan wielding a giant syringe. Armstrong whupped cancer and he has never failed a drugs test, but he can’t escape the whispers that he achieved his trillion Tour wins by foul means. Still, he won this encounter:

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Posted: 23rd, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sports Illustrated Airbrushed Out Danica Patrick’s Tattoo

AND not just any model. The esteemed sports magazine, whose annual swimsuit issue just came out Stateside, has been rumbled for airbrushing out a skanky back tattoo belonging to foxy racing driver Danica Patrick (see before-and-after photo, right).

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Posted: 21st, February 2009 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


NBA mascot scores with a little help from his friend

PRIOR to the NBA celebrity All-Star game last week, Rufus, the mascot for the Charlotte Bobcats, tossed a basketball over his head. It flew into the basket, but only thanks to an assist by the groin of Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks’ mascot.  Bango also flew – well, fell – into the basket, injuring his knee in the process. Bango will require knee surgery. Hey, we didn’t say there was a happy ending.

Watch the highly amusing incident after the click…

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Posted: 20th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Utd starlet dropped for cocky goal celebration

SIR Alex Ferguson dropped Danny Welbeck into the reserves after the young forward celebrated a goal by striking an arrogant pose.

Fergie was reportedly infuriated by the teenager’s Eric Cantona-esque goal celebration in Sunday’s FA Cup win at Derby County. The Man Utd boss dropped Welbeck from United’s first-team squad, instead making him play for the reserves at Wigan.

A United source said: “Alex was very angry about the way Welbeck celebrated his goal at Derby. He felt there was a touch of arrogance about it. Danny is just a kid and Alex does not like the thought of him getting too big for his boots.”

Watch Welbeck’s goal + celebration below:

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Posted: 20th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


VIDEO: Huge brawl kicks off at high-school basketball game

AH, screw the basketball, let’s fight. A dozen kids were arrested for their roles in this near-riot that broke out during a high-school basketball game in Alabama. Watch the action after the jump…

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Posted: 19th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


F1 to get first female driver since 1992?

DANICA Patrick is the most attractive professional racing driver in the world – as her latest shoot for Sports Illustrated shows – and as such she is a hugely marketable sportswoman.

So it’s no surprise that F1’s next team, the American USF1 outfit which plans to race from 2010, has offered Patrick a test drive.

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Posted: 19th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Russian footballer slams British food

SPURS striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has moaned about the standard of British cuisine. Coming from a Russian, that’s a bit rich.

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Posted: 19th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester City’s Robinho Imports Used Condoms

ROBINHO, Manchester City’s tame Brazilian, is taking delivery of a job lot of sand.

The Sun says the sand is to feature in the grounds of Robinho’s Cheshire mansion.

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Posted: 19th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Allen Standford In Hiding At Cricket County Championship Match

ALLEN Standford is missing.

The man who made a four into a ten and a six into a Home Run Smack Down! is missing.

The Texan billionaire who bankrolled the cricket fiasco in the Caribbean – the cricket fan who hates test cricket – is wanted in connection with an alleged £5.6billion fraud.

Allen Standford is not where the authorities thought he was. So he is “missing”.

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Posted: 19th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Best Jumbotron Film Ever, At The Boston Celtics

YOU’RE at the sports ground. The camera whirls. Give us a wave! And there you are on the jumbotron, a finger stuffed up your nose, ruining the shot of the young blonde woman.

At the Boston Celtics:

Posted: 18th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Richie Benaud throws last shrimp on barbie

SAD news for all fans of cricket. Richie Benaud, the undisputed voice of the game, has announced he’s retiring from TV commentating after almost 50 years at the mic. Boo.

Anorak was brought up on Benaud’s shrewd, wry observations. He was the perfect antidote to the very English chuminess of Blowers, Johnners and co.

As a tribute to the great man, we’ve unearthed a few Benaud-related YouTube vids for you to enjoy…

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Posted: 18th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football world amazed by six-year-old genius

FOOTBALL people who know about such things are wetting their pants over Madin Mohammed (not literally), a six-year old prodigy who plays like a mini version of Zinedine Zidane.

Madin, who hails from Algeria but now lives in France (like Zidane, in fact) is being closely watched (stalked?) by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Chelski and Real Madrid.

Check out an unbelievable video of Madin in action below…

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Posted: 18th, February 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0