ONE of the most famous U.S. college football coaches ever, Joe Paterno, and the president of Penn State University were fired on Wednesday after it transpired they’d covered up a former assistant coach and school officials’ child abuses.
“I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it,” Paterno said in a statement. “I am grateful beyond words to all of the coaches, players and staff who have been a part of this program. And to all of our fans and supporters, my family and I will be forever in your debt.”
His exit came about after charges were filed against long-time assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who has been accused of sexually abusing at least eight boys over more than a decade. Paterno is said to have known about this, along with wwo other university officials, none of whom reported any of the incidents.
ZLATAN Ibrahimovic - Malmö FF, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, A.C. Milan – has written a book about being Zlatan. We’ve got soem extracts from the work Jar Är Zlatan’ (I Am Zlatan). The book promises to be a classic:
1. “I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it ‘Fido Dido’ after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever.
“The bike got stolen outside of the Rosengård swimming baths and Dad went there with his shirt open and sleeves rolled up. He’s the kind of person that says: ‘No one touches my kids! No one takes their stuff’. But not even a tough guy like him could do anything about it. Fido Dido was gone, and I was crushed.”
2. “I felt like crap when I was sitting in the locker room with Guardiola staring at me like I was an annoying distraction, an outsider. It was nuts. He was a wall, a stone wall. I didn’t get any sign of life from him and I was wishing myself away every moment with the team.”
FOOTBALL Dive of the Week takes us to Belgium, where the local referee has taken a leaf out of the Iranian league and sent a man off for touching another player’s bum.
Anderlecht’s Milan Jovanovic (one of the best players in the world!) was red carded for patting Brugge’s Arnar Vidarsson on the bottom.
The action starts at 2:04 mark – but you’ll like the start for the red-hot tongue action…
HARRY Redknapp, the recuperating Spurs manger, has waded into the poppy debate. England will go into their match with Spain not sporting ironed-on poppies on their shirts, rather wearing red poppies on black armbands (see Nazi regalia).
This goes with the minute’s silence, poppy-embossed “anthem jacket”, the wreath on the pitch, free tickets for troops and advertisements for the Royal British Legion.
Over to Redknapp in the Sun:
It just sounds like FIFA are being picky to me now. And it’s frightening when you have people like that running the game. Remembrance Sunday runs deep into the heritage of this great country. Go back and look at how football crowds up and down Britain observed a minute’s silence for our dead soldiers last weekend.
WITH Newcastle United riding high in the Premier League, the cynic in me suggests that Mike Ashley may have bided his time to announce that St James’ Park is to be renamed with ‘immediate effect’ as an exercise in PR damage limitation but there we go – from henceforth, the Toon’s ground will be officially listed as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’.
Last season the stadium’s official title was altered to include the club’s sponsors (remember the SportsDirect.com@StJamesPark?) and not much really changed. Everybody still referred to it ‘St James’ Park and, after 120 years under the name, the ground is always going to be just that to the fans – regardless of it’s commercial moniker. Dunnae worry like.
It’s the kind of compromise the German soldiers Our Boys fought so bravely can also approve of, great fans of red armbands, such as they were.
THE Sunday Telegraph’s report that the BBC pays budget supermarket champion Alan Hansen £40,000 for each appearance on Match of the Day as part of a £1.5 million a year deal is not available on the paper’s website. Also, no mention of the story can be found in Alan Hansen’s columns for the…Daily Telegraph. Could the two happenings be linked?
QPR manger Neil Warnock might be the next England manger. He’s talking with the Sun’s Steven Howard:
AFTER the shame-faced retreat from South Africa, England fans were united on one thing. Fabio Capello’s team was a joke.
Except there was nothing vaguely amusing about it. Certainly, the England players looked as if they hadn’t had a decent laugh in the entire six weeks they had been together.
In fact, make that the two years they had endured under their Italian sergeant major.
Or as Oliver Holt put it way back on October:
There is something altogether more relaxed and informal about the England manager these days. Gone is the stern, suspicious autocrat who ruled so severely and joylessly in South Africa.
Might it be that Howard has a point to make and facts should be intrude?
Had someone had the temerity to attempt a joke, their faces would have shattered. But now it’s time to replace that deathly rictus grin.
Of which Holt says:
Laughs are de rigeur now with England.
The Sun spots Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender at a paintballing do. Below a photo of the player dressed in a mask and wielding a paintball gun, the Sun declares:
“Ferdinand may have enjoyed taking a few pot-shots a his Rangers mates. But no prizes for guessing who he really wanted in his sights…”
Is it Nelson Mandela? Noel Edmonds? The Queen?
The Sun knows. It can read Ferdinand’s mind. How’s that for talent? As far as we know, Ferdinand has offered no new evidence on the matter that is being investigated by the police. He says he never heard Terry says the words “f**ing black c***” until he saw the footage on YouTube. Still, if the police can get the Sun’s writers into the interview suite they can read Terry’s mind and find out if he really is innocent, as he claims.
Trouble flared in the game’s final minute, when the Moscow Region team went a goal down. They resorted to the tried and tested tactic of fighting with the Dynamo players. Fans reacted to the gamesmanship. They tossed hard objects, like coins and lighters, at the Vityaz bench and onto the ice.
How did he come up with the name? Well, mum Shanice Petrie’s work in fashion and… As he says:
“The official reason was [Petrie] wanted something to reflect [her work]. But it was me who came up with Trendy …People have asked if his name is because of ‘trending topics’ on Twitter. Maybe it was in the back of my mind.”
The Loughborough Echo declares:
Footballer’s son is a bit of a Twit
#1 The 2012 Olympic Font
Precisely 800 days before the Olympic Games were due to start, the Official London 2012 shop began selling miniature die-cast taxis in pink, blue, orange and other shades, the first of forty such models, each promoting a different sport. The cabs are not like the lovingly crafted ones you can buy from Corgi, with opening doors and jewelled headlights, more the lumpy ones sold in Leicester Square to tourists in a hurry. Why should this matter? Because they are an example of very bad design, something London has largely begun to shun in recent years. What makes them doubly bad is the packaging, which comes with a bit of trivia about all the Olympic and Paralympic sports, each heralded with the question “Did You Know?” in what is surely the worst new public typeface of the last 100 years.
THEY were the supermen. The Olympians, the best in world and both holders of the Olympiad heavyweight boxing gold. Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Jo Frazier were the Titans of the boxing ring. The fittest and most finely tuned athletes in the world.
Jo Frazier died yesterday one month after being diagnosed with liver cancer at 67-years-old.
Their mountain top was a time when American Whites picked their favourite Black man to represent their hopes and ambitions. Frazier (probably the better boxer of the two) was the Great Substitute White Hope when he went into the ring to face that “Uppity Southern Nigger Trash Cassius Clay.” That was the sort of senseless race hatred freely expressed in the USA in those days; there was no Clay, he had changed his name to Muhammad Ali seven years before their first clash.
It’s the Sun’s lead football story:
“JT shouldn’t be anywhere near England squad”
I understand the fact you’re innocent until proven guilty but that doesn’t mean the captain of our country’s football team should be involved in two friendlies while being investigated over allegations of making racist remarks.
Does Wright understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty? The police are investigating. The FA was investigating but when the police stepped in it had to stop.
The FA have made a total mess of this.
TO Iran, where the lower league match between Chooka Talesh and Shahrdari Dezfool features the referee in charge giving a second yellow card to Chooka’s striker. The players reacts unconventionally. What he says, we’re not sure, but rumours are it might have been “Oi! I never said I’d like to smash yet face you useless c*** in black’… Although it might all be foreplay:
BEING a sports reporter looks like a great job doesn’t it? Unless of course you work for ITV and have to sit with the loathsome Andy Townsend or, worse still, Jim ‘The Stupidest Man In The Universe’ Beglin.
Still, there’s things that are worse than working with those berks. How about delivering a piece to camera while an earthquake rumbles on?
That’s exactly what analyst Kirk Herbstreit had to deal with when delivering his post-match thoughts. A 5.6 earthquake hit during his piece and while it takes place, Kirk manages to stay composed… that is, if you avoid looking into his eyes.
JOHN TERRY Race Row: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the Chelsea and England captain in the news – death threats; Spain, Sweden, office politics and Ince:
The Sun (front page): “Cops hunt sicko – Soccer Race Row Death Threat”
The Sun describes QPR’s Anton Ferdinand as a “soccer ace”. Can it be that as the race row thickens, Ferdinand gets better at football and the tabloids are calling for his inclusion in the England team at Terry’s expense? The paper’s Shaun Curtis writes:
RACE-row footballer Anton Ferdinand has become the target of a terrifying death threat, The Sun can reveal.
Not an idle death threat. A terrifying one.
Cops were called in after a letter was sent to his Queens Park Rangers club following claims Anton, 26, was racially abused by Chelsea skipper John Terry in a game at Loftus Road two weeks ago. Police investigating the death threat have told Anton to fit a panic alarm at his home.
ANA Paula da Silva Oliveira, 33, was once the Brazilian woman working the line at football matches. She then stripped off for Playboy. She now works as a football pundit and reality TV star. Back in 2007, it was all so different.
The Brazilian Football Confederation said it would “analyse the implications that the episode could have for the assistant referee to carry out her function”.
Implications occurred. Said Botafogo midfielder Lucio Flavio:
“I am against any woman taking her clothes off in public. I think that will not be good for her professional career.”
WAYNE Kelly is the British National Scrabble Champion of 2011. Warrington Wayne beat Southampton’s Gary Oliver, 39, by way of words such as “caromel”. You , of course, know that caomel means to turn into caramel. It was worth 69 points. He also scored well (74 points) “travails”.
To Wayne go the title and a £2,000 cash prize at the event in central London.
“I was really up against it for most of the competition. There were some tough games. I was really nervous about the final – it is so much easier to play when no-one else is watching your every move.”
HATS and toenails off to Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, who beat 47, 101 other runners to win the 2011 New York City Marathon in new record rime of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set a decade earlier. For his pains, he wins $70,000. Most of the other get memories, sore nipples and a medallion…
Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, celebrates after winning with a course record in the men's division at the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Mutai finished in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set a decade earlier. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Santos says the Gunners victory over West Bromwich Albion was “verry good win gays”.
As he says:
“My favourite book is Lord of the Rings although I haven’t read the book I have watched the films.”
SIR Alex Ferguson has managed Manchester United for 25 years. His tenure began with a 2-0 defeat to mighty Oxford United. What happened next…
Is John Terry a racist because he used the world “fu**ing black c***” towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand? Terry says no. The police are investigating. The only evidence we’ve seen of any wrongdoing is an out-of-context YouTube clip. But, still, sections of the media are gunning for Terry, who once, allegedly, tried to silence them them with a super-injunction. Is the media out for revenge? Will a tabloid soon ask: “So. Why hasn’t Terry Cheated On His White Wife With A Black Woman?”
The Sun: “JT probe over teen race rant”
Cops investigated John Terry over a recording in which a man is heard calling a teenager a “black c***”, The Sun can reveal. The England and Chelsea skipper was alleged to have been the man on the tape — and the words are the same as those he is accused of screaming at QPR’s Anton Ferdinand last month.
John Terry is in Fabio Capello’s provisional England squad for the internationals against Spain and Sweden this month.
Mark Norfolk writes in the London Evening Standard:
Racism is deep in football’s working-class roots
Blame the entire working class for racism? That sounds fair:
Whatever the outcome of the escalating furore over the alleged racist incident between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, there are those who, at least in the far reaches of their minds, might be asking whether it is indeed racist to call someone a “black c***”.