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Lance Armstrong v Nicole Cook: pick your expert

PA 15540813 Lance Armstrong v Nicole Cook: pick your expertNICOLE Cooke is a former Olympic cycling champion from Wick in the Vale of Glamorgan. She’s retired from her sport. Her leaving speech is repeated in full hereunder. It’s worth a read, particularly her views on sexism and Lance Armstrong.

She answers our question: If everyone is cheating, what’s the big deal?

C. B. Fry put it:

“It is widely acknowledged that if both sides agree to cheat, cheating is fair.”

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Posted: 19th, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lance Armstrong called Betsy Andreu a crazy bitch but ‘I never called her fat’

PA 15573938 Lance Armstrong called Betsy Andreu a crazy bitch but I never called her fat

LANCE Armstrong attacked and abused Betsy Andreu, the truth-seeking wife of cyclist Frankie. He worked to ruin her. (Full story here.) Oprah Winfrey wants to know more about this. Arsmtong had been advsied well. Winfrey has battled with her weight.  So, Lance, what did you call Betsey Andreu:

“I called you crazy. I called you a bitch….But I never called you fat.”

And with that, he is redeemed…

 

Posted: 19th, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paul Weller and Bradley Wiggins sing same old song

PA 14242538 Paul Weller and Bradley Wiggins sing same old song

HOW modern journalism works: a source says something and the story takes on a life of its own. The Daily Mirror told us that sportsman and mod Bradley Wiggins was turning his hand to music, “teaming with Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton on new single.” The story was based on a single “source”:

“It’s all incredibly exciting and has been in the pipeline for some time. Everything has finally been signed off though, and a date set for mid-February.”

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Posted: 19th, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A shite at the Oprah: Lance Armstong makes mockery of Laureus World Sports Award

oprah lance A shite at the Oprah: Lance Armstong makes mockery of Laureus World Sports Award

LANCE Armstrong answers. Yes, he did cheat by taking drugs. Everyone who didn’t take banned performance-enhancing drugs whom he beat has been cheated. The many who cheated and were beaten by Armstrong are two-time losers. Now go outside and throw your truck at people .

Armstrong has told Oprah Winfrey everything. Which beggars the question: why didn’t they get her to question him ages ago?

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


Bad lip reading does American footballers

bad lip reading nfl Bad lip reading does American footballers

CAN you lip read what these NFL footballers are saying? They can:

Previously.

Let’s not beat around the bush: this is the best thing ever. (via @gavinpurcell)

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


What they said about Luis Suarez before he admitted to diving

luis suarez What they said about Luis Suarez before he admitted to diving

IS Liverpool’s charmless and talented Luis Suraez a cheat? Says Luis Saurez:

“I was accused of falling inside the box in a match and it’s true I did it that time, because we were drawing against Stoke at home and we needed anything to win it. But after that everybody jumped up to talk – the Stoke coach and the Everton coach … I understood that the name Suarez sells newspapers…

“The media make up a lot of things about me because they want to sell papers. I say to the media: You should talk more about football, not about other stuff.

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


Pep Guardiola was dreaming of England when he signed for Bayern Munich

PEP Guardiola has been confirmed as the new coach of Bayern Munich. They play in Germany. This morning the Times told its readers:

pep bayern munich Pep Guardiola was dreaming of England when he signed for Bayern Munich

Dream on, Pep…

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


Harry Redknapp gives QPR owners a spanking with Remy

15537662 Harry Redknapp gives QPR owners a spanking with RemyTHE world according to Harry Redknapp, QPR manager. The Evening Standard reported today: 

Loic Remy was finalising an £8million transfer to Queens Park Rangers today but the striker will be sold in the summer if the club are relegated. It is understood that his £80,000‑a-week deal includes a release clause which will be triggered if Rangers, who are bottom of the Premier League, go down in May.

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Posted: 15th, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


£62 linesman punished by stupid idiots running football

John Brooks £62 linesman punished by stupid idiots running footballFOOTBALL these days, brings more misery and frustration than cheer. So when something brilliant and remarkable happens, you cherish it. And then, inevitably, a footballing body ruins it for everyone. Think of the AC Milan players gallantly walking off during a match because of racist abuse. They were brave, strong and bold… and then Sepp Blatter opened his stupid cakehole and said players shouldn’t stand up for themselves and that they were ‘running away’ from the problem.

And now our footballing organisations are at it.

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Posted: 15th, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mouhamadou Habib Habibou

FOOTBALLER of the day: Mouhamadou Habib Habibou. On Wikipedia, Habibou’s profile is memorable:

Habib Habibou  Mouhamadou Habib Habibou

During a Zulte-Waregem game against Lokeren, Habibou grabbed and threw a duck over advertising hoardings because it had wandered onto the field.

 

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


Oprah Winfrey hails the Lance Armstrong Foundation for Scientific Excellence

lance armstrong oprah  Oprah Winfrey hails the Lance Armstrong Foundation for Scientific ExcellenceLANCE 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.

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


New York Times reports on Baseball’s death

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):

ny times New York Times reports on Baseballs death

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


Sports journalists are obsessed with World Cup prostitutes

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?

The Telegraph:

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.

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


WARNING: Heading a ball and playing American Football give you brain damage

PA 1649292 WARNING: Heading a ball and playing American Football give you brain damage

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?

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


Liverpool’s cheating Luis Suarez inspired by Team GB’s win-at-all-costs dive

img039 Liverpools cheating Luis Suarez inspired by Team GBs win at all costs dive

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.

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Posted: 8th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rodney Marsh on Manchester City: Mario Balotelli pricks Carlos Tevez’s balloon

PA 4327163 Rodney Marsh on Manchester City: Mario Balotelli pricks Carlos Tevezs balloon

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.

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


Of course Liverpool’s Luis Suarez is a cheat

1357493038961 Of course Liverpools Luis Suarez is a cheatIS 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.”

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Posted: 7th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (13) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chuck Giampa takes us inside the mind of a boxing judge (video)

CHUCK Giampa will now take us inside the mind of a boxing judge:

Posted: 4th, January 2013 | In: Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A monkey! Riding a dog! In the middle of an American Football match!

colts monkey A monkey! Riding a dog! In the middle of an American Football match!

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…

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Posted: 2nd, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rio Ferdinand reveals why Alex Ferguson bought Robin Van Persie

rio  Rio Ferdinand reveals why Alex Ferguson bought Robin Van PersieLAST 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…

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Posted: 2nd, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Forgetting when Liverpool’s Djibril Cissé broke his leg

PA 2121909 Forgetting when Liverpools Djibril Cissé broke his leg

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.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2013 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0