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BOGOF: Sochi Boasts At Least These Two Sets Of Twin Toilets

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RUSSIA may hate the gays, but let it not be said that Putin’s people are prudes. I mean, take a look at these side-by-side toilets at the biathlon venue for the Sochi Olympics. The two toilets above were spotted at the cross-country skiing and biathlon center.

Was it a one off?

No.

The twin flushers below were found at the security screening facility outside the Main Press Center.

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Posted: 2nd, February 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dinnerladies For David Moyes: A Look At The Manchester United Manager As Stoke City Win

DAVID Moyes Watch: The current Manchester United manager is having a torrid time. Today his Red Devils lost to mighty Stock City, managed by former Untied player Mark Hughes. The more we looked, the more we noticed that Moyes not only resembles Hugh Laurie; he looks a lot like Thelma Barlow, who played Coronation Street’s soft-centred Mavis Riley and then one of Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies. Someone get him a tabard:

Hughes eyes Moyes' job

Hughes eyes Moyes’ job

 

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Posted: 1st, February 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Cracking Photo Of Kim Kallstrom In 1999

ARSENAL FC new boy Kim Kallstrom as seen in his 1999 Panini sticker pose:

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Posted: 31st, January 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Red Hot Chilli Peppers To Be Most Hateful Super Bowl Halftime Ever?

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THE Super Bowl halftime show is a mixed bag. Highlights have included Prince, The Rolling Stones, Chubby Checker (and 88 grand pianos), Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Beyonce.

With that, there have been lowlights too. Madonna’s turn at the show was met with stifled yawns, while The Black Eyed Peas performed their songs while everyone in the stadium ran off to the bar.

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Posted: 30th, January 2014 | In: News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flamboyant Skier To Don A Skin-Tight Mariachi Suit To Race In The Sochi Olympics

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ALPINE skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, who turns 55 on February 2nd, qualified to represent Mexico in the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi but knows that it’s unlikely that he’ll win a medal. Instead, for his sixth and probably last chance to compete in the Olympic games, he is attempting to win big style points. As a way to celebrate Mexican culture, the flamboyant athlete –who is already known for his unique fashion choices– will don a skin-tight mariachi-themed suit as he flies down the hills of Rosa Khutor.

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Posted: 29th, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robbie Savage Watch: How Spurs Can Play Like Every Other Team Against Manchester City

ROBBIE Savage Watch: a look at the world’s favourite pundit. This week, Savage tells BBC viewers “How Spurs can beat Man City”.

We’d hasten to reply ‘Score more goal’, but that might be too trite for a deep thinker of the game, like Savage.

In his regular BBC Sport column, Robbie Savage looks at the tactical decisions which could decide Wednesday’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

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Posted: 29th, January 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Can We Walk Alone With You? Everton Fan Gets Liverpool Anthem Tattoo (For Charity)

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DIEHARD Everton fan Matty Bowman has raised funds for desperately ill George Johnson, 4, by having the Liverpool’s club motto, You’ll Never Walk Alone, tattooed across his back. The deal was that if enough people pledged money for George, Matty would get the ink.

George suffers from a very rare motility condition (which means that he can not eat or drink and survives by being fed through his heart) and desperately needs to travel to a specialised clinic in the US to have his illness diagnosed and treated properly – and, sadly, incredibly expensively.

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Posted: 29th, January 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Les Ferdinand Agrees To Disagree

SPURS Balls: (Sir) Les Ferdinand is talking about his new coaching role to the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal. Says Les:

 “I know there’s a lot of talk about holding midfield players, and I’m always arguing with Tim and Chris (Ramsey) about this – and they agree.”

David Coleman is away.

Posted: 28th, January 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: What Mourinho Did And Didn’t Hear On His Birthday

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CHELSEA Balls: Happy birthday Jose Mourinho, 51-years young. The journalists were there to see you work on your birthday, taking charge of Chelsea for their FA game with Stoke City.

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Posted: 27th, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Spurs Get New Manager And Half-Time DJ

IN the frantic race to scream “first” with the news of a transfer, Jon Rogers reports that Spurs are in the hint for French striker Jonathan Biabiany. This exclusive includes the following:

The 25-year-old currently plays as a forward or right winger for Serie A side Parma but a move to the north London side could be on the cards, so SportsDirect News understands. Spurs boss Tim Westwood is reportedly keen on bringing some new attacking options to White Hart Lane and it seems the speedy Biabiany could add some zest to Spurs who have lacked the ability to find the net consistently in open play this season.

Any Tim in a crisis

Any Tim in a crisis

 

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Posted: 27th, January 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Laugh-In: Chelsea Fans Discuss Players Who Don’t Exist – Go Blues

MANCHESTER United fans and TalkSPORT’s Andrew Ryan took a leaf from Jimmy Kimmel’s joke book and talked with Chelsea fans outside Stamford Bridge about a few of the club’s rumoured January transfer targets. Only, none of the players he mentions exits. He made them up. Hilarity ensures.

Old Chelsea fans who can remember Kerry Dixon’s goalscoring exploits and are now priced out of the ground by the rugby-loving Henrys and American bankers can laugh along.

Go Blues!

 

 

 

Posted: 24th, January 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kobe Bryant’s Bid To Become Basketball’s Bobby Charlton

FANTASTIC haircut news: the bill to cut Kobe Bryan’s hair for a Nike shoot ran to $860.

This is Kobe Bryant:

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No. That’s him on the right.

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Posted: 24th, January 2014 | In: Fashion, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Moyes Is ‘Bold’ To Buy Chelsea’s Best Player

IT looks a lot like Juan Mata – Chelsea’s Player of the season for the past two seasons – is on his way to Manchester United for a club-record fee. Oliver Holt is a Manchester United fan writing for the Daily Mirror. He reaches the kind of audience most fans can only dream of. He says that if Moyes flops at United “No one will remember 11 years of worthy over-achievement at Everton”. Everton fans might.

Failure for Moyes and “he knows that people will come to him, deep into his old age, and ask him about Manchester United, and he will look back in anger.”

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Posted: 23rd, January 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why No One Will Win Buffett’s Billion Dollar Basketball Bet

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THE  big news over the Pond today is that Warren Buffett is offering a billion dollar (yes, really, $1,000,000,000) prize about basketball.  And the thing is, yes, this is a pretty big prize, but it’s pretty certain that no one’s going to win it. Indeed, it’s set up almost to make sure that no one will.

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Posted: 23rd, January 2014 | In: Money, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Manager David Moyes Reveals His 10 Tips For Penalty Success

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WHEN Manchester United lost a penalty shoot-out to Sunderland in last night’s League Cup semi-final, we remembered a 2010 article he wrote for the Times:

David Moyes: How to win a penalty shootout

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Posted: 23rd, January 2014 | In: Key Posts, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mini Cab For Moyes: A Look At The Manager’s Face As Manchester United Lose To Sunderland

DAVID Moyes is under pressure. The new Manchester United manager has seen his side slip to a home defeat by Sunderland. How did he react? Like this:

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Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Norway’s Curling Team Are Early Leaders In Olympics Fashion Stakes With Their ‘Life-Changing’ Trousers

NORWAY’S Olympic curling team is in fine fettle for the upcoming games in Sochi.

Member of Norway's Men's Olympic Curling Team from left Thomas Ulsrud, Torgor Nergard, Christoffer Svae, and Havard Vad Petersson wear their new Sochi 2014 suits as they pose for a photographer in New York Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo)

Member of Norway’s Men’s Olympic Curling Team from left Thomas Ulsrud, Torgor Nergard, Christoffer Svae, and Havard Vad Petersson wear their new Sochi 2014 suits as they pose for a photographer in New York Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo)

 

The Norwegians have form:

 

Norway's Martin Sesaker, left, and his teammate Stine Haalien work on the stone while playing against Estonia during a mixed team curling event at the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Norway’s Martin Sesaker, left, and his teammate Stine Haalien work on the stone while playing against Estonia during a mixed team curling event at the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

 

The designer is Christoffer Svae, who tells the AP that he asked a company called Loudmouth to jazz up the team’s kit:

“It’s definitely been life-changing for us,” Svae told the AP. “Not so much in the everyday but when we travel around the world for curling, it doesn’t always matter if we do well or not, people still think that we win stuff because we are always in the media.”

“I don’t think you’ll see a lot of the other teams do the same that we did,” Svae added, “they feel it’s our thing.”

If you look closely at the new kit, you can see a boy in tricycle riding up the zigzags.

 

Norway's skip Torger Nergard throws his rock as first Havard Vad Petersson, left, and second Christoffer Svae sweep during a match against Sweden, at the Curling World Championships, in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Norway’s skip Torger Nergard throws his rock as first Havard Vad Petersson, left, and second Christoffer Svae sweep during a match against Sweden, at the Curling World Championships, in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

This photo made March 21, 2010, shows Norway's skip Linn Githmark, center, during an evening draw against Canada in Swift Current, Sask. There was a large package waiting for Norway when the team arrived in Swift Current, Sask., for the women's world curling championship. Out of the box came even louder versions of the loud pants their male counterparts popularized at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver last month.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press/HO, Michael Burns)

This photo made March 21, 2010, shows Norway’s skip Linn Githmark, center, during an evening draw against Canada in Swift Current, Sask. There was a large package waiting for Norway when the team arrived in Swift Current, Sask., for the women’s world curling championship. Out of the box came even louder versions of the loud pants their male counterparts popularized at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver last month.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press/HO, Michael Burns)

Norway's skip Torger Nergard releases a stone on his way to win a semifinal match against Scotland, at the Curling World Championships, in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Saturday, April 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Norway’s skip Torger Nergard releases a stone on his way to win a semifinal match against Scotland, at the Curling World Championships, in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, Saturday, April 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Norway's Christoffer Svae, left, and Torger Nergaard, sweep a stone delivered by Haavard Vad Petersson, top, in a win over China in men's curling at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Norway’s Christoffer Svae, left, and Torger Nergaard, sweep a stone delivered by Haavard Vad Petersson, top, in a win over China in men’s curling at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

 

Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: Fashion, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: After Mata, United Will Raid Man City, Newcastle, Spours, Everton and Southampton

WHY are Manchester United set to buy Juan Mata from Chelsea? Because Terry Venables told them to. Says Terry Venables in the Sun:

ON Saturday, I urged David Moyes to make a move for Chelsea’s Juan Mata. Now it looks like he has listened to my advice and is ready to clinch a £40million deal for the Spaniard.

Terry now says Untied should buy:  Yaya Toure (amn City), Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (all Newcastle), Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Luke Shaw (all Southampton), Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines (both Everton), Paulinho, Mousa Dembele (both Spurs) Stevan Jovetic away from Manchester City?

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Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Australian Open: Ballboy Returns Ball With His Face

MEANWHILE…. At the Australian Open:

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Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Every True Football Fan Should Stand With Spurs’ Yid Army: Sing What We Want To

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GARY Whybrow, 31, of west London, Sam Parsons, 24, of Amersham, and Peter Ditchman, 52, of Bishop’s Stortford, have been arrested and charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words at football matches. Well, not so much words as a word. That word is “yid”.

The BBC explains it’s meaning to those of you interested in language:

The word, meaning Jew, was allegedly used at Tottenham Hotspur matches against FC Sheriff and West Ham United.

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Posted: 21st, January 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports, Spurs | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football’s Worst And Best Spitters

THERE are stop footballers spitting at the match by making it punishable by a fine.

Let’s look at the footballers for whom it was better out than in.

 

1. El-Hadji Diouf
Sunderland’s new signing is football’s undoubted King of Phlegm. While at Bolton the Senegalese striker was banned, fined and sent to counselling after spitting at Portsmouth’s Arjan de Zeeuw. He was also alleged to have spat at Middlesbrough fans. During his Liverpool days he picked up a fine in court after spitting at a Celtic fan.

 

2. Frank Rijkaard

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Posted: 21st, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Plan To Stop Footballers Spitting

ENFIELD Council has sent letters warning football clubs in the north London borough against players spitting. Winchmore Hill FC was once club to have received a letter warning of £500 fines for anyone caught spitting in public -  “the bye-law does provide authorised officers with the powers to prosecute those witnessed spitting. Please cascade this information to your players and those of the opposition team to avoid the risk of prosecution.”

The on-the-spot fines business is a bugbear of ours here at Anorak. But we enjoy the use of the words “cascade”, although shower could have been more appropriate.

 

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Posted: 21st, January 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Classic Vines: Liverpool Fan Reaches For The Camera As Villa Player Tumbles In The Stands

WHAT do you do when a grown man takes nasty looking fall? This Liverpool supports smiled and reached for his camera. Always good to record any injuries for posterity and insurance claims:

Posted: 19th, January 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Only Reports On Merseyside Say Suarez Didn’t Dive

Liverpool's Luis Suarez smiles after being brought down by Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan to earn his side a penalty

Press Association: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez smiles after being brought down by Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan to earn his side a penalty

DID Liverpool’s Luis Suarez dive to win the penalty – one converted to give the Reds a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa? Let’s see what the local newspapers said:

The Birmingham Mail’s Mat Kendrick reports:

Moments later Liverpool were level. Suarez chased down a long ball from Gerrard, getting there ahead of Guzan, who was penalised for the foul despite a strong suspicion of a dive and Liverpool’s captain’s afternoon improved when he calmly tucked away the spot-kick.

Over in the Liverpool Post, the report makes no mention of a dive. The report doesn’t even mention that Suarez won the spot kick.

However, a fine finish from Daniel Sturridge on the stroke of half-time sparked a stirring comeback which, with Gerrard pushed further forward, was capped by the captain converting coolly from the spot on 53 minutes.

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Posted: 18th, January 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0