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LANCE Armstrong will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. The infamous cheat will go on Oprah’s Next Chapter for 90 minutes. This will be the first interview with Armstrong since he was stripped of his Seven Tour de France titles. What questions will she ask? Will she be tough? Will it be a confessional? Sources say Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career.
NO player has been elected to Basbeball’s Hall of Fame this time round. The New York Times responds thus (this might be how the Guardian reports on sport from now on, given that it’s sacked its chief sports writer to save money. Look out for the Guardian’s basbeball HoF live blog to go with its – and we’re not kidding – live darts blog):
YOU always know when the big sports event is coming to town: the prostitute stories begin. Why are journalists so interested in the sex trade?
Prostitutes in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte are signing up in droves for free language classes in order to be ready for a barrage of foreign visitors to the tropical country during the 2014 soccer World Cup.
DOES heading a football give you breain dmage? What about heading a person? Sam Harnett looks at research on American Footballers by Stanford researchers:
[David] Camarillo and his team have outfitted the football team with mouth guards that measure the physics of every hit. At practices, they use ultra-high-definition, slow-motion cameras to observe those collisions more closely and look for ways to prevent them. The first startling discovery of the research is how little is known about the “injury mechanism” for concussions, that is, exactly how they are caused… How hard does a hit need to be to cause a concussion outright? How many small, low-impact hits before a player begins to exhibit concussion symptoms?
THE papers are pretty unanimous: Luis Suarez is a cheat. The Liverpool striker is cheat who robbed “plucky” Mansfield Town of FA Cup glory in the third round, ripping the romance of the FA Cup to smithereens. “Caught red-handed,” said the Times. “You cheat!” thundered the Sun. “Suarez handball KO’s Brave Stags.” But it’s not only foreign Suarez the papers hate. It’s football.
Not so long ago, Team GB were scooping Olympic medals in the Velodrome. In one race, the lads took men’s team sprint at London 2012. The Telegraph cheered:
Sir Chris Hoy and Great Britain’s team sprint squad claimed a glorious gold medal record in the men’s final tonight, breaking the world record in both the semi-final and then again in the final when they defeated France, posting an almost unbelievable time of 42.600sec.
FOOTBALL insight of the day, with former Manchester City and QPR legend Rodney ‘Toony Army‘ Marsh:
“I wouldn’t bring him back because he is so volatile, because there are so many negatives around him which reflect on the football club and the team” - Marsh opines on whether allowing Carlos Tevez to play for City is a good idea.
IS Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s unlovely striker, a cheat? Let’s see what the experts say of the man who used a hand to set up his side’s crucial second goal against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup. Oh, the romance. The rules seem pretty obvious:
In Fifa’s Laws of the Game 2005, Law 12:
… a free-kick or penalty will be awarded if a player “handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)”.
A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offences: • unsporting behaviour
What say the experts?
Premier League referee David Elleray:
“Referees look at two specifics – did the hand or arm go towards the ball or in a manner which would block the ball, or is the hand in a position where it would not normally be? The challenging decisions are if the defending player spreads their arms to make themselves bigger. If the ball hits the arm then the referee must decide whether this action was to deliberately block the ball or whether the player has raised their arms to protect themselves – especially if the ball is hit at speed.”
CHUCK Giampa will now take us inside the mind of a boxing judge:
THINK about the entertainment that surrounds football matches in England. A meat and potato pie with grey innards? Someone doing a draw so someone wins £200? Or if it is a special game, maybe Katherine Jenkins looking contemptuous on the halfway line, trying to flog some awful CD of warbling?
Well, once again, America puts us all to shame. The Super Bowl has had Prince, The Who and Paul McCartney and a football match has knocked them all into a cocked hat with the greatest entertainment any sport could ever hope to sit beside…
LAST year Robin Van Persie was the Premier League’s top scorer. The then Arsenal captain’s 29 league goals lifted his side from mediocrity to Champions’ League qualifiers. The brilliant Dutchman won the PFA and FWA player of the year gongs.
So. Why did Manchester United buy him? United captain Rio Ferdinand has an thought:
The manager saw something in him…
IN the Daily Mail. Michael Walker has football facts about ambulatory comic strip:
Sunday’s other Premier League game is QPR-Liverpool. It is over eight years since Djibril Cisse cost £14m when he moved to Anfield. His transfer was not considered a success, particularly when he went from September 25th to May 15th in his first season without scoring.
LIKE nearly all Olympic athletes, Suzy Favor Hamilton’s body is for sale. Married mother Hamilton, 44, who competed as a middle-distance runner the US at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, has worked as prostitute called ‘ Kelly Lundy’ with Haley Heston’s Private Collection. Her rates were billed at $600 per hour, or $6,000 for 24-hours.
And now, online outlets in Africa have falsely reported that Mike Tyson has had a sex change after they read and believed a daft piece by NewsBiscuit.
Now, of course, they’ll argue that they’ve installed a ‘Vitamin D machine’ at their Carrington training facility, and Manchester being the Rainy City, is sorely lacking in sunlight. However, we all know that this machine has been installed because professional footballers are all massively vain, upright swine… it has nothing to do with healthy skin and bones.
KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Day 15 of The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy in the news:
Tonight Kate presented the BBC Spots Personality of the Year award to Bradley Wiggins. David Beckham failed to win with his impression of John Inman.
Courier Mail: “Royal couple William and Kate ‘to be strict parents’”
The late Princess Diana’s hairdresser and confidant Richard Dalton believes the royal couple will be keeping things low-key when the baby arrives.
“William was brought up to work hard and respect others, so I don’t envisage him or Kate allowing their child to be spoilt – far from it!” he assured British magazine new!
“I should think they’ll both be quite strict.”
JOHN Terry has posted this image on his Instagram account. It’s as if someone – possibly his agent – had a word and reminded him that he was the most hated man in the Premier League and should behave in accordance with his status:
WINNING Wimbledon is one thing, but for Novak Djokovic, it isn’t nearly as good as donkey cheese. That’s right. You can buy donkey cheese. Or at least, you could before Novak bought all the donkey cheese in the world. ALL OF IT.
Donkey cheese was unveiled earlier in the year, in a burger that costs £3,000 from a restaurant in Vegas and is one of the most expensive foods on the planet. And now, the Wimbledon champ has it all for himself.
DID you see Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki entertains the crowd with her massive ballsy cleavage and bumage?
During an exhibition match against Maria Sharapova in Brazil, Wozniacki stuffed her chest and skirt with padding and pranced out onto the court, inciting laughter from the crowd.
The female tennis player wants us to look at her boobs and bum. Yeah. What about the legs. Sheesh! Let’s focus on her all-round game.
“IT was all very weird and distressing. I didn’t break down crying but I did get emotionally distraught. They were bullying me and picking on me, saying that I was someone else. It would have been okay if the security hadn’t made a fuss getting me out of the arena. I was evicted for something I have no control over. I felt discriminated against. After the tournament ended, I must admit a lot of people went to get autographs and signed photos from me.
”I signed a few pieces of paper – but in my real name, not Jesus.”