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BBC refuses to televise Tyson Fury fights

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Tyson Fury speaks at a press conference at the Macron Stadium on November 30, 2015 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

 

The headline is, of course, bunkum. The BBC has not refused to televise Tyson Fury fights because the State broadcaster shows no meaningful boxing, just as it transmits no live Premier League football or club rugby, The Open golf …

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: Key Posts, News, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal damned but stays beyond 2017

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Who can be blamed for Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages? It’s worth noting that this is an improvement on last season, when United failed to even qualify for European football’s biggest tournament.…

Posted: 9th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, manchester united, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United have £144m for Neymar (and anyone else)

Transfer balls: The Daily Telegraph says Manchester Untied are ready to splurge £143,9m on Neymar.

So incredible is the story that Neymar appears to point to it, laughing:

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The paper reports:

It would be a staggering and eye-watering deal

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Swansea City balls: Gary Monk sacked and Brendan Rodgers returns

Farewell, Gary Monk, manager of Swansea City, soon to be the Swans’ ex-manager. The papers all agree that the affable young Englishman is to be replaced by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Daily Express says Rodgers return to Swansea

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United go for Ancelotti (who fishes for Arsenal and Chelsea)

carlo man unitedCAROLO Ancelotti is vying with Pep Guardiola for the Manchester United job. The Sun leads with “CARLO SEES RED – I’d love to be boss of United.”

The Sun shows Ancelotti looking huge and vibrant, massive, hulking presence over Louis …

Posted: 8th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Ferguson fears Liverpool boss Klopp and forgets himself

Sir Alex Ferguson says he’s worried at the impact Jurgen Klopp will have at Liverpool. The former Manchester United manager says of Klopp:

“I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us. 

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea lose to Bournemouth in Russian billionaire battle

Yesterday Bournemouth beat Chelsea 0-1 at Stamford Bridge. It was cracking result for the south coast club playing for the first time in the Premier League.

But in the Times, Rory Smith has a word to the wise:

 …

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Broadsheets, Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Skrtel aims for the own-goal record

Martin Skrtel’s own-goal for Liverpool in their 2-0 defeat 1t Newcastle takes the player’s tally of shots-in-the-wrong-goal to 7, leaving him level with fellow Red Jamie Carragaher in the most top-division own goals table.

Skrtel is now only three hits …

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Back pages, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Jose Mourinho sacked by Leicester (maybe)

Mourinho outMore Jose Mourinho sacking news now. The Times leads with a story that the Chelsea boss is “in last chance” to save his job.

Matt Hughes says José Mourinho has been told that “he must guide Chelsea into the knockout …

Posted: 7th, December 2015 | In: Broadsheets, Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘On the brink’ at Chelsea: Jose Mourinho sacked by teatime

When does ‘the brink’ become ‘the fall’? The Telegraph says Jose Mourinho is “on the brink” of leaving Chelsea following the Blues’ 0-1 defeat to the mighty Bournemouth.

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Mourinho may well scoff at the report. After all, he has …

Posted: 6th, December 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Neville Neville got his name (and what it means for Gary)

In a very good article on former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville’s move to a top coaching role at Valencia, David Walsh shares an anecdote that shines a light on the former player’s stubborn will.

His late dad

Posted: 6th, December 2015 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United transfers: Harry Kane for £50m, Neymar and Guardiola

Manchester United transfer balls time.

The Sunday Times leads with news that Louis Van Gaal will remain in charge at Old Trafford even if United crash out of the Champions’ League.

But the paper’s Jonathan Northcroft adds that the club …

Posted: 6th, December 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Joel Campbell has a huge hissy fit, slams doors and hates everyone

We love a good goal celebration. But we’re a tad worried for Joel Campbell, Arsenal’s Costa Rican striker.

Having scored for Arsenal against Sunderland in yesterday’s Premier Leaaue match, Campbell retrieved a baby’s dummy from somewhere inside his shorts and …

Posted: 6th, December 2015 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Injury balls: Sanchez and Cazorla defy the media experts and get well soon

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The media loves to talk up an injury – and few places in football do injuries with more regularity than Arsenal. The Gunners’ midfielder Santi Cazorla is now injured. We have not been told how badly.

At his Friday …

Posted: 5th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Cavani ‘joins’ Manchester United for £13m less than Arsenal paid

How much is PSG’s Edinson Cavani worth?

According to L’Equipe,Manchester United “have been told” they can sign the Paris St-Germain forward for £32m.

This odd story also appears in the Metro. It’s the newspaper that said Cavani …

Posted: 5th, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea balls: Costa in London nightclub rage as Jose seethes in total silence

When is a riotous night out not a riotous night out? The Mail leads with news that “Chelsea stars Diego Costa, Ramires and Kenedy risked incurring the wrath of Jose Mourinho by partying into the early hours on Thursday morning …

Posted: 4th, December 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United swoop for West Ham’s Reece Oxford

Transfer news: Manchester Untied are making a £8m bid for West ham United’s 16-year-old defender Reece Oxford.

The Times says Oxford is scheduled to sign a news contract at West Ham as early as this month, but only for two …

Posted: 4th, December 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Paul Pogba Wings in to Manchester United

FACT! Paul Pogba is going to play for Manchester United or Manchester City. This we know because the Juventus and France midfielder has been spotted eating in Manchester with pals.

Do these pals live in Manchester, where Pogba lived for …

Posted: 3rd, December 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Arsenal get Isco, Bender, Navas and a Chelsea ‘sensation’

 

Arsenal are being linked to a host of players. If it goes to form, Arsenal will buy one player at most this January, play him until he can barely walk, talk about his being in the “red zone”, before …

Posted: 3rd, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gary Neville named next Manchester United and England boss

Gary Neville, aka Gary the Red, self-styled Robert De Niro look-alike, and the former Manchester United and England defender, has taken a management job at Valencia. The tabloids all lead with the news.

The Mirror calls him “One EL of …

Posted: 3rd, December 2015 | In: Back pages, manchester united, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez performs hokey cokey to prove his fitness

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How injured is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez?

He’s IN!

The Mirror: “Sanchez has handed Arsenal a huge boost ahead of Christmas the New Year.”

He’s OUT!

The Sun: “Arsene Wenger fears Alexis Sanchez may miss the festive programme.”

He’s SHAKING

Posted: 2nd, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal balls: the media crisis that isn’t

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Arsenal have a lot of players injured. But some how they’ve managed to give themselves a fighting chance of progressing in the Champions’ League and sit just two points from the Premier League summit.

No disaster, then.

But to …

Posted: 1st, December 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Chelsea in for Manchester United’s Thomas Muller

The Mirror says Chelsea have joined the hunt for Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller. In “Muller In.. Mauler Out”, the paper says the German will replace Diego Costa, the Blues’ charmless striker.

According to Darren Lewis, Chelsea face a challenge from …

Posted: 1st, December 2015 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clickbait football: Manchester United and the ‘Jamie Vardy’ reject

In Clickbait Football, the Metro has news on the Manchester United “reject” who could have been Louis Van Gaal’s Jamie Vardy.

The paper’s headline declares:

Stats: Man United reject proving he could’ve been LvG’s Vardy, he’s smashing records in Europe

Posted: 30th, November 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy gets the Hollywood movie treatment

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Jamie Vardy, Leicester City’s can’t-stop-scoring striker, is to star in a Hollywood film, says the Sun. Well, not him, but an actor playing the 28-year-old footballer.

And who might that actor be? Well, the Sun lines up Robert …

Posted: 30th, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0