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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


Embarrassing Endorsements: When A Famous Name Damages Your Brand

THE Nicolas Anelka ‘quinelle’ controversy has taken a dramatic new twist, as West Bromwich Albion’s sponsors have threatened to end their shirt contract if the club continues to pick the French striker.

 

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Zoopla are not the first people to find that association with high-profile individuals can be a double-sided sword…

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Posted: 18th, January 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Italy’s IOC Rep Mario Pescante Says American Gays Not Needed In Sochi

his Aug. 11, 1936 file photo shows America's Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump, after defeating Nazi Germany's Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the world championships are held in Berlin this month. (AP Photo/File)

his Aug. 11, 1936 file photo shows America’s Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump, after defeating Nazi Germany’s Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the world championships are held in Berlin this month. (AP Photo/File)

 

SAYS the IOC’s Mario Pescante:

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established). The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”

The US  delegation includes Billie Jean King, figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow. 

Pescante wants everyone attending the Games to have only one thought on their mind: win.

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


West Ham And Fulham Balls: What Ravel Morrison Wants

WHAT news of West Ham United’s Ravel Morrison?

BBC:

Ravel Morrison: Fulham target committed to West Ham

The Sun reports:

Ravel Morrison has threatened to go on strike at West Ham to force through a move to Fulham

RAVEL MORRISON has threatened to go on strike at West Ham to force through a move to Fulham. The 20-year-old bad boy issued his shock ultimatum to stunned club chiefs yesterday.

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sing What You Want To: Spurs And Ajax Fans Should Teach Lodz How To Handle Anti-Semitic Abuse

 

CNN’S James Masters, reports on news that the Polish prosecutor says Lech Poznan fans chanting “Move on, Jews! Your home is at Auschwitz! Send you to the gas (chamber)!” to Widzew Lodz supporters is not anti-Semitic.

Polish football writer Michal Zachodny tells CNN: “This case is being discussed a lot in Poland and rightly causing critique of the system and its decision. Although the PZPN, the Polish Football Association, has introduced stricter laws and are more proactive in dealing with such problems than they were, there is no plan, no willingness to do anything with the problem. There is no special police line to report abuse anonymously.”

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Tim Sherwood Steers Tottenham To Double Champions League Victory (And He’s Better An Van Gaal)

Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal cries next to his son Ronaldo Junior after receiving the trophy for the world player at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal cries next to his son Ronaldo Junior after receiving the trophy for the world player at the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

LOUIS van Gaal used to manager Bayern Munich. In the vote for FIFA’s player of the year, the Ballon d’Or, Gaal didn’t pick  winner Cristiano Ronaldo or runner-up Lionel Messi.

The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel noted it: in a piece called “Van Gaal’s vote of no confidence”:

Louis Van Gaal was tipped to be the next Tottenham Hotspur manager, before the appointment of Tim Sherwood. Indeed, some Tottenham fans were disappointed that they got a novice, not an acknowledged tactical genius.

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Posted: 15th, January 2014 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Here Goes Something I Guess': Nine-Year-Old Takes His First Ski Jump

THIS is a delightful video of a nine-year-old taking his first ski jump. Boy, it’s high. The ice is slippery. And the audio makes the video great. If Disney made ski jumps…

Spotter: devour

 

Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: Anorak TV, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0