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#TearsForPiers: Piers Morgan V Brett Lee

ON Australia’s  The Cricket Show. Piers Morgan faced Brett Lee. There was nowhere to hide:

Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Tao of David Coleman

The Tao of David Coleman

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He was born at Alderley Edge, the place now famous as the luxury location of choice for the gated homes of multi-millionaire footballers. But Coleman is a man synonymous with the blurred black-and-white ‘soccer’ of a more simple, if not innocent era.

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Posted: 25th, December 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Mourinho Says He Alone Takes On Arsenal

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GOING into Chelsea’s away match against Arsenal, Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho told one and all:  “It’s not me against Wenger.”

Was Jose a tad worried that his team would lose? Was he looking to spread the blame should Chelsea be defeated?

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Posted: 24th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: The Daily Mail Loves ‘Man’s Man’ Tim Sherwood

DOES the media love New Spurs manager Tim Sherwood?

Matt Barlow (Daily Mail):

“A wet and windy night at White Hart Lane was no place for the sharp suit and tie combo always favoured by AVB. Sherwood stayed true to his coaching status with a club tracksuit under a big blue bench coat and a pair of white trainers.”

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Posted: 19th, December 2013 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Glenn Hoddle Is A Website In The Third Person

NEWS for Spurs fans:

“Zapsportz.com understands that Hoddle will certainly help if the club makes an approach.”

That’s Glenn Hoddle, the Queen of Golders Green. But how trusty a source is Zappsort?

Welcome to ZAPSPORTZ.COM, a brilliant new website for all sports fans ….especially those of you who love to get out and play or compete in your favourite sports. ZAPSPORTZ is co-founded by football great Glenn Hoddle, the legendary Spurs and England midfielder and the national side’s World Cup manager in 1998 and he is passionate about helping to improve the next generation of sportsmen and women.

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


Platini Wants To Replace Yellow Cards With Sin Bins

REMEMBER when Michel Platini was nothing more than a wonderful, wonderful footballer? Those were great times. Platini would grace matches and do wonderful things and then he’d disappear until the next match.

Then, he became the president of UEFA and everything went wrong. Instead of stroking a football around and making grown adults weep with joy with 5 yard passes, Platini now talks a lot and doesn’t seem to ever want to fine teams for being racist in favour of crackpot ideas about… well… EVERYTHING.

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


Don’t Panic Spurs Fans: Harry Redknapp Has Annointed Your Next Manager

HARRY REDKNAPP says Spurs should make Tim Sherwood their next manager.

Why?

 “Tim should get the job permanently and work alongside Les Ferdinand.”

Are they any good?

“Together, they are old-school Spurs and would do a tremendous job.”

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


Spurs Balls: Andre Villas-Boas Needs The Salvation Army

ANDRW Villas Boas has been sacked. The Times produces the juxtaposition of the day:

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


FIFA Ban Josip Simunic From World Cup For Being Racist

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FIFA have long promised to get tough on racism and for the most part, failed miserably. However, things appear to be changing for the better as Croatian international Josip Simunic has been suspended for ten official matches, banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those ten matches and fined CHF 30,000.

That happens to include the World Cup finals.

The Croatian FA and Simunic have been notified of the sanctions imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee after the player displayed discriminatory behaviour in interaction with the Croatian supporters.

As the video shows, Simunic got on the microphone and shouted to supporters: “For the homeland!” with fans replying with “Ready!” The chant was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi fascist “Ustaše” movement that ruled the state during the second world war.

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Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: AVB Was Sacked For £20 And A Dare

BEFORE Liverpool tonked Spurs 5-0 and in so doing saw off the pretty ineffectual Andre Villas -Boas, Olivia Brown, 10, of Wood End, Hertfordshire, executed her game plan to perfection.

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


Arsenal Sign Language Balls: Jack Wilshere Was Asking Manchester City For The Toilet

 

ARSENAL’S Jack Wilshere is innocent. Sure, it looked as if he was giving Manchester City fans the finger at the Etihad.

 

 

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Posted: 15th, December 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Everton Balls: Robbie Savage Tips Martinez’s Marvels To Finish 8th, 7th and 4th

HOW football pundits work, with the Daily Mirror’s Robbie Savage:

Daily Mirror, August 16, 2013:

Robbie Savage’s Premier League predictions: Find out his picks for the title, Europe and relegation..

8) Everton. I wish him all the best, but Roberto Martinez will find David Moyes a hard act to follow. Defensively, his Wigan side were poor and Goodison fans are not used to seeing their team spring leaks at the back. Martinez has plenty to prove.

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Posted: 14th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Bring Moyes Harmony

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THE Daily Robbie Savage: Today Savage uses his insight to tell Daily Mirror readers what David Moyes need do to make Manchester United great:

Why David Moyes must rip up this team and sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Buy the Swede as a new Cantona plus Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, tie down Wayne Rooney and build the back four around Phil Jones.

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Posted: 13th, December 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


QPR’s New Ground Boasts The Second Worst View In Football

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MUCH chat over QPR’s new 40,000 all-seater mega-ground a mile or so from their Loftus Road home. The drawings look just great. Anorak eagerly awaits the move, and has picked out the best seat just behind the massive JumboTron in the ground’s top-right-hand corner.

The hope is that it matches the view we got last week when the Super Hoops took on and defeated Bournemouth 3-0.

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


Manchester City’s Pelligrini And Arsenal’s Wenger Are No Alexis Fergusoni

JOHN Dillon says Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini “realises being cool doesn’t count if you can’t add up”. Had City scored more they would have topped their Champions League group. This, it turns out, is a sign of foreign stupidity.

Here’s something that English coaches can do which apparently not all of their highly exalted foreign rivals can manage. They can count.

If Pellegrini’s oversight is a sign of foreign idiocy are Alan “exciting” Shearer’s bon mots symbols of English brain power?

Pelligrini might look like an accountant, but it turns out he’s not all that good with numbers.

Pellegrini, however, belied his suave, refined image and miscalculated… The fashion during the last decade or so has been for imported bosses. They are seen as more sophisticated, cooler, more advanced and more tactically inventive and flexible than their British counterparts.

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: Arsenal, Newcastle United, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The Top 10 Twitter Spikes Of 2013

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THE Football Association are very disappointed that numbers of people taking up football are dwindling. It seems less kids want to run around in dreadful weather, getting lumps kicked out of them and paying their subs for the privilege.

In completely unrelated news, football took over Twitter in 2013 and dominated the spikes of activity the site had.

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Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: News, Sports, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: ‘Gunzalo’ Higuain Weeps For ‘Dire’, ‘Superb’ And ‘Assured’ Gunners

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HOW bad or good were Arsenal in last night’ Champions League defeat to Napoli? The Gunners qualified the contest’s knock-out stages in second place.

Daily Mail: “Napoli 2 Arsenal 0: Slack Gunners are let off the hook after Higuain and Callejon bag a goal apiece as Arteta sees red”

Arsenal had looked so assured, so accomplished as they saw off the threat of Napoli’s braying mob up in the stands and the willing figures doing the running for them on the field. Then it went wrong — badly wrong.  Gonzalo Higuain scored for Napoli after 73 minutes and Mikel Arteta was sent off two minutes later for a second booking. As captain of Arsenal he ought to know better.

Daily Star:

The Serie A side began brightly, but were restricted to few opportunities by a resilient Arsenal defence in the first-half…

Arsenal started to become more of a threat and in-form striker Olivier Giroud had a superb chance to silence the home fans, but saw his shot stopped by Napoli goalkeeper Rafael Cabral. As the first-half went on the Gunners continued to frustrate and restricted the home side to few clear cut chances.

As the match entered the final 18 minutes, Arsenal began to unravel slightly as Higuain turned Metesacker and struck a low effort into the bottom corner to give Napoli the lead. Only three minutes later Arteta, already on a booking, brought down Callejon and was given his marching orders by referee Viktor Kassai.

The Guardian:

Arsène Wenger’s team are in the knockout phase of the Champions League for the 14th season in succession and, in truth, their progress was never in doubt

Arteta and Flamini exerted their influence, Santi Cazorla delighted in little bursts and Laurent Koscielny showed his composure on the ball, Arsenal gained control…

Arsenal kept their composure and, although Callejón went through to lob Szczesny, the die was cast.

The Independent:

Arsenal stood firm early on. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were stoic in central defence, while Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky marshalled the midfield with quiet defiance.

Or as the Mirror puts it: Arsenal were “dire” and have suffered a “devastating” set back”.

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If you want to see just how devastating it all was for Arsenal, look at Gonzalo Higuain weeping in the above photos. And, of course, as the Sun tells us, Gonzalo is a Gunzalo the Gooner

 

Posted: 12th, December 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nelson Mandela Balls: Madiba Helps Golfers Get The Putts

NELSON Mandela Balls: Golf 365 talks about golf:

The great man who was Nelson Mandela strongly believed that sport could be one of the most inspirational unifiers of a nation and so it may be more than a mere coincidence that the Nelson Mandela Championship, presented by ISPS Handa, is set to be played this week.

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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Gloomy Fans Sing Up For Moyes’ ‘Fergie’s Boys’

HOW was Manchester United’s match at Old Trafford last night? Well, the Red Devils won their Champions’ League match. Shakhtar Donetsk

Mark Ogden, Telegraph:

United’s supporters continue to give Moyes their full backing, both vocally and with banners such as the one that read: “Believe in yourself Moyes, the rest will follow.” The manager was also backed by a rendition of “Come on David Moyes, play like Fergie’s boys” and “David Moyes’s red and white army”. He can at least count on the fans as he attempts to arrest United’s slump.

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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: John Terry’s Poundland Christmas Toys

WHY was Chelsea’s John Terry shopping in Poundland?

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JT is not with Oscar, the Brazilian wonder, but 17-year-old Knaphill Atheltic winger and Chelsea fan Jack Jeffrey, who tells Get Surrey:

“My mate asked him if it was OK to have a picture. He was happy to let us. It was weird just walking in there and seeing him. He had a lot of stuff in his basket but I didn’t really see what it was. When I told my friends they were shocked and wished they had met him as well. He’s probably one of my favourite players.”

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Posted: 11th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United And The Bruno Gomes ‘Snub’

TRANSFER Balls: Did Manchester Untied get snubbed by Brazilian wonderkid (it says here) Bruno Gomes? The Daily Mail seems to think so. Hell, it says so:

He’s met Fergie and the players, taken a tour of Old Trafford and posed wearing the shirt… but Brazilian teenager Bruno Gomes is the latest star to snub United move

The silly sod. United are huge. Adam Crafton (as in craft on a story to a headline or photo) adds:

Manchester United have missed out on signing long-term target Bruno Gomes, after the striker declared that he has agreed to join Internacional.

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Posted: 10th, December 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robbie Savage Says Manchester United Have Improved And Got Worse

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ROBBIE Savage writes on the BBC “How David Moyes can save Man Utd’s season”. Before going on, we should notes that, as TV’s Tess Daly put it following Savage’s outing on pro-celebrity’s Strictly Come Dancing, “You came here a footballer and you’re leaving a dancer.”

Savage’s response was to tell us what to think of him: “I was not a nice person on the football pitch. Hopefully I changed people’s perception. I’m just an ordinary decent guy.”

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Posted: 9th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea Balls: Jose Mourinho Works Miracles (Says Jose Mourinho)

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JOSE Mourinho is doing a masterful job of talking down his team and talking up his own abilities. Limit expectations and when glory returns to the Bridge, claim credit. Says Jose:

“My team in the last two or three years in December was 15 to 20 points behind the leaders.”

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Posted: 9th, December 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United and Chelsea Balls: BBC And The Sun Portray Mourinho And Moyes As Blithering Idiots

FOOTBALL reporting is all about conjuring a story from pretty much nothing. In certain hands it’s all about extremes.

On Saturday, the BBC reported on Manchester United’s  home defeat to Newcastle United. News was that Man United’s David Moyes was saying his team could still win the Premier League:

 

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Posted: 9th, December 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Manchester United Defeat Still Leads The Sports Pages

MANCHESTER United were beaten by Newcastle Untied in the Premier League on the same day that Liverpool moved into second spot, Stoke scored three to beat Chelsea and an injury ravaged Southampton draw with big-spending Manchester City.

And all the papers lead with Manchester United and their manager David Moyes. It’s not all over for United, who continue to set the news agenda. The club’s fans will know the game’s up when defeats are no longer the nations’s lead football story:

 

The Sunday People leads with a picture of Moyes and news that Luis Suarez plays for Uruguay.

 

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Posted: 8th, December 2013 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0