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Liverpool: Rodgers says Suarez is ‘chomping at the bit’

suarez chomp Liverpool: Rodgers says Suarez is chomping at the bit

LIVERPOOL: Brendan Rodgers is talking about Luis Suarez, banned from football for biting an opponent:

“It has been a really difficult time for him not playing games. How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic. He’s really chomping at the bit to help the team. Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude. Once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he’s been here.”

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 18 most unforgettable team photos of all time

DAVID Cameron has played down rugby international Manu Tuilagi’s ‘bunny ears’ gesture as ‘a bit of fun’, and accepted an apology from the player after his impertinent gesture during the British Lions’ photo call at Downing Street.

Team1 The 18 most unforgettable team photos of all time

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Non-dom Daily Mail laments unpatriotic Manchester City and says Manchester United are as bad as England

PA 17683737 Non dom Daily Mail laments unpatriotic Manchester City and says Manchester United are as bad as England
NEIL Ashton writes in the Mail of Manchester City’s victory over Manchester United.

In years to come, the 166th Manchester derby could go down as the day English football died.

Why?

It’s by no means unique in this country, but City began this fixture without a single English outfield player. This was football at the highest level of the Barclays Premier League and the champions of England – with a core of six English players in the starting line-up – were picked off at will by overseas imports.

Good for City. Not so good for the England team.

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Posted: 23rd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Views on Sunderland sacking Paolo Di Canio

di canio tattoo Views on Sunderland sacking Paolo Di Canio

SUNDERLAND have sacked Paolo Di Canio. He has not be hanged from a lamp post.

A few views:

@JacobSteinberg: “Bizarre from Sunderland. The hassle of hiring Di Canio, huge upheaval in the summer and sacked five games.”

The jigsaw man @Raymorrissey @MisterDiCanio: “deliberately got sent off yesterday! What an attention seeking tosser, get a grip paulo!”

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal: Ozil makes Koscielny levitate

MESMUT Ozil can do anything. In this snapshot taken at Arsenal’s home match against Stoke City, the German used mind power to make teammate Laurent Koscielny levitate.

Ozil Arsenal: Ozil makes Koscielny levitate

Spotter: Pies

Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In photos: Manchester City thrash Manchester United in the Premier League

MANCHESTER City have thrashed Manchester United in the Premier League. United manger David Moyes has the best part of six years of his contract to recover:

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17682737 In photos: Manchester City thrash Manchester United in the Premier League
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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

 

 

Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Football fans regret swearing on camera: 2 Gifs

EVER been picked out as a face in the crowd at a televised sporting event? Unless, you’re a WAG, a pneumatic blonde or dressed as Elvis with a Stag do crew, it’s unlikely. But not impossible. The trick when being spotted is to be captured looking your best. Try not to swear. You’ll only regret it:

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Gifs, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal star Mesut Ozil stars in Ebru Polat’s snot ‘n’ tell

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THE Sun on Sunday (SoS) only serves to remind us how good the News of the World was at making a must-read scoop. The kiss ‘n’ tells have dried up like Cliff Richard’s grapes. Take today’s offering:

Mesut Ozil’s oozing conk made me say no to a bonk!

It’s a no-shag ‘n’ tell featuring Arsenal’s new superstar.

A STUNNING singer has told how she refused to have sex with Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil because he had a SNOTTY nose.

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Supporting Liverpool or Spurs makes you fatter than a Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal fan

DOES supporting Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal make you slimmer than supporting Liverpool or Spurs? A recent survey fond that Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire has been named as the “fat capital of the UK”. The place has six times the national average of obesity-related hospital admissions.

Can that bulk be linked to support for the areas professional football clubs, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Mansfield Town? When they fail to win, as they often do, do the fans eat more?

study makes a link between saturated fat consumption and your team’s results: fans eat 16 percent more fat after a defeat and nine perfect less after a win.

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Posted: 22nd, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio makes his ridiculous hand gestures do the talking

FOLLOWING his side’s a 3-0 defeat at The Hawthorns, Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio came out onto the pitch to “talk” with the traveling Sunderland fans. He stays well away from them, however, talking by waving his arms and pressing a finger to his chin. One fan in the crowd slips into Mediterranean-holiday-Brit-negotiating-with-local-taxi-driver mode and shrugs a bit. He does not itch beneath his nose and raise his arm to point at something ‘over there’. Had he have done so, what price Di Canio returning the gesture?

Di Canio then accepts some applause from fans who find him more entertaining than his team and swaggers off.

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Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In photo: double amputee Jumping Jim Simpson tackles the Spartan Super Race

FACE of the day: Double amputee soldier Lance Bombardier James Simpson tackles the Spartan Super Race at West Midlands Water Ski Centre, Warwickshire. Simpson lost his legs in Afghanistan. He was with the 5th Regiment, Royal Artillery when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Helmand. That was in November 2009. Says James: “I’m doing it because I can.”

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Posted: 21st, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Cameron apologises for not supplying British Lions with a flaming and naked John Bercow

image1 David Cameron apologises for not supplying British Lions with a flaming and naked John Bercow

DAVID Cameron entertained the British and Irish Lions at Number 10.

Manu Tuilagi apologised after his ‘bunny ears’ prank on David Cameron
SkySports.

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man denies sex with sheep by Spurs training ground

IS nothing safe: volume 546c:

Highbury Corner magistrates’ calls Paul Lovel. It is alleged that he did try to perform a sexual act on a sheep and encourage it to perform one on him at a place close to Tottenham Hotspurs’ new training ground on Hotspur Way in Enfield.

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Moyes reveals new-feel team with same old faces

WHY didn’t Manchester United by a stella name this summer? The club’s only signing was Marouane Fellaini.

United’s director of communications Phil Townsend has written to the fans:

“The club has always backed the manager in the transfer market, as Sir Alex (Ferguson) has said on many occasions and it will continue to do so. The club has demonstrated its belief in, and commitment to, David Moyes through the award of a six-year contract. Allowing him to shape the future Manchester United team is a long-term project not an eight-week panic.”

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea: Mourinho compares his players to eggs – some good, some news, some rotten

17630767 Chelsea: Mourinho compares his players to eggs   some good, some news, some rotten

THE Chelsea manager has been taking about eggs ahead of the Blues Champions’ League match against FC Basel. Matt Barlow cocks an ear:

The last time Jose Mourinho ventured into egg territory, he found out Roman Abramovich was an over-easy kind of guy. Mourinho complained about the eggs and Abramovich told him it was over. Easy.
Turned out the Russian liked his managerial relationships the way he liked his eggs.

Pun-tastic stuff. But what did Mourinho – “Mother Hen” – say of his side that features four players aged 22 and under?

“Beautiful, young eggs. They are eggs that need a mum or, in this case, a dad to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them. One day the moment will arrive when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level.”

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Cheryl Cole and Adele can’t save fat Wayne Rooney from the Sun’s trolls

WAYNE Rooney has now scored 200 goals for Manchester United. Stella stuff from the best English footballer. So. How does the Sun report on that news?

The Telegraph goes for a soaring Rooney, arms outspread and smiling:

GNT1HpZh Manchester United: Cheryl Cole and Adele cant save fat Wayne Rooney from the Suns trolls

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Posted: 18th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jamie Redknapp: Chelsea’s David Luiz not good enough for Stoke but great for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich

JAMIE Redknapp is the Daily Mail’s worst football pundit. This week, Redknapp told readers:

Jose Mourinho will have sleepless nights about David Luiz’s defending…

Luiz defends for himself with little concern for his partner. He must be a nightmare for John Terry and Gary Cahill…

…in the Premier League he is a liability for his team and too much of a maverick.

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea and Manchester United have lost a true pal in referee Mark Halsey

3995855 Chelsea and Manchester United have lost a true pal in referee Mark Halsey FORMER Premier League referee Mark Halsey  is selling his life story in the Sun and a book, and working as a rules pundit on BT Sport. Given that refs are routinely called biased and some countries have had issues with officials being bribed, Halsey comes across as bit of a berk. If he had a personal relationship with Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho, as he said, did the manager pick players the ref admires or wants to meet? Will jokes that if “Halsey stays fit United can go the season unbeaten” be rooted in something more sinister than rival fans’ bitterness at a perceived injustice? If there is one thing we  at Anorak dislike and distrust more than the official who brings you to book it is the official who wants to be your pal. Matt Dickinson is unimpressed with Halsey, writing in the Times:

It started, as perhaps these things do, with an innocent cup of tea some years ago. Mark Halsey arrived early at Stamford Bridge to officiate at a Chelsea game. José Mourinho invited him in for a chat. A few months later it had developed to full-blown hugging, with Mourinho embracing Halsey after the Community Shield. Halsey delighted in that squeeze and the whispered post-match compliment in his ear. …When Halsey’s wife, Michelle, was found to have myeloid leukaemia, the Portuguese paid out of his own pocket for Halsey and his family to stay at a five-star hotel in the Algarve. “Obviously,” Halsey said, “I wouldn’t have gone if he’d still been at Chelsea. But what can you say? He’s been an absolute inspiration.” How touching. Only a cynic could look at such a close friendship and think it brought into question both men’s professional judgment. Only a nasty sceptic could doubt a referee who thinks it appropriate to accept thousands of pounds’ worth of gifts.

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Sun says Premier League offered referee Mark Halsey hush money: newspaper did not hack his phone

THE Sun is serialising Surviving cancer, death threats and the Premier League, by former Premier League football referee Mark Halsey.

The paper trails the book by telling Sun readers:

halsey book  The Sun says Premier League offered referee Mark Halsey hush money: newspaper did not hack his phone

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Posted: 17th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Should Spurs fans say the word ‘Yid’?

yids Should Spurs fans say the word Yid?

LOTS of people say words that make others feel uncomfortable. Look at 99% of every hip hop record made in the last 30 years. People also feel funny when they hear the word ‘vagina’, which is pretty weird.

In football, Tottenham fans have reclaimed the word ‘Yid’ – an antisemetic term that was once the mainstay of rival teams, looking to put the wind up the North London club. Spurs fans now refer to themselves as the Yid Army and sing a number of songs using the Y-bomb.

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Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (9) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Real Madrid: media still portrays former Spurs star Gareth Bale of the trademarked fingers a simple lad

AND so it goes on, the media tale that former Spurs and Southampton FC player Gareth Bale – now working as the world’s costliest player at Real Madrid –  is a simple lad with simple ways.Today, Oliver Holt tells his Daily Mirror readers:

Bale is not a personality. He gets on with the game. Mostly, he shies away from the circus that surrounds it…

Is this the same Gareth Bale who has trademarked his fingers, who is the face of EA Sports’ FIFA 14, poses for fashion shoots and who tweets photos of himself talking up freebies:

bale twitter Real Madrid: media still portrays former Spurs star Gareth Bale of the trademarked fingers a simple lad

Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers says Pepe Reina is not telling the truth

15869858 Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers says Pepe Reina is not telling the truth

FOOTBALL Balls looks at Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and his former goalkeeper Pepe Reina. You can read what Reina think of his transfer to Napoli here.

Says Brendan Rodgers:

“He had been at the club a number of years and done well but I didn’t do anything underhand. I looked him (Pepe Reina) in the eye and told him I was thinking of bringing in another goalkeeper good enough to be No1. He accepted that at the time. When he decided he wanted to go on loan to Napoli I never got the two No1s I had wanted but I still ended up with a good goalkeeper” 

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Posted: 16th, September 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


That’s ‘unpatriotic’: Daily Mirror’s Robbie Savage slams paper’s picture of Spurs and England’s Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide

WHEN the Mirror posted that image of Spurs and England defender Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide on his summer holidays – it was June – we were not alone in wondering if the paper had sat on the story. ‘Footballer gets off face on summer holidays’ is not a big story. But ‘England footballer facing crunch World Cup qualifying match inhales hippy crack’ is.

The Mirror then followed its shocker with a picture of Roy Hodgson looking not enough unlike Psycho Norman Bates.

We wondered is the Daily Mirror was deliberately trying to unsettle Hodgson’s England?

Mirror journalist Dan Silver thought us “idiots“:

Dan Silver: ‘Rumbled! Eng at World Cup would be disaster for sales. Oh… #idiots @TheAnorak: Mirror continues drive to undermine Roy Hodgson’s England”

dan silver Thats unpatriotic: Daily Mirrors Robbie Savage slams papers picture of Spurs and Englands Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide

 

Anorak: “You think the photo the Mirror chose is flattering to Hodgson?”

Dan Silver: “you think the Mirror has a campaign to undermine the England team?”

Anorak: “No. But you’re tapping into the fear factor – not quite the achtung! achtung! of old is it…”

daily mirror Thats unpatriotic: Daily Mirrors Robbie Savage slams papers picture of Spurs and Englands Kyle Walker huffing nitrous oxide

In todays Mirror, columnist Robbie Savage notes:

“Kyle Walker was naïve, and plain wrong, to inhale nitrous oxide ‘laughing gas’ from a balloon at a party. He has apologised for his mistake, the Football Association are not taking any action against him, and that should be the end of the matter. But the timing of the photograph – which caught Walker in the act - being leaked left a lot to be desired. It was clearly designed to unsettle him as England prepared for a vital World Cup qualifier in Ukraine, and it clearly affected Walker’s performance on the night…  The people who leaked that photo may have had their own motives, but at a time when everyone in England should have been pulling together and hoping for an important result on the road to Brazil, it didn’t look like a patriotic act of unity to me.

So. Did the Mirror sit on the photo or not? And what was the Mirror’s motive?

The Mirror’s editorial meeting should by interesting.

Posted: 13th, September 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0