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Tour De France 2014 Photos: Stage Three – Cambridge to London

TOUR de France 2014: Stage Three – Cambridge to London…

 

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Posted: 7th, July 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Awkward Tour De France Vine: The Podium Kiss Off

AWKWARD Tour de France Vine of the day:

 

Posted: 7th, July 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Endure Feast And Famine In The Daily Mirror

TRANSFER Balls has a quick look at the kind of to-deadline exclusive churned out by the Daily Mirror:

 

Andy Dunn  has words of doom and gloom to Arsenal fans:

 

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Posted: 7th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Alexis Sanchez Move To Arsenal Is An Undone ‘Done Deal’

TRANSFER Balls – Anorak’s regular look at speculation and rumour being presented as fact in the mainstream press. Today the Daily Mail leads with news that Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Arsenal.

 

 

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Simon Jones writes:

Arsenal have agreed a £34million deal in principle with Barcelona for Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez but Barcelona are waiting to see if Juventus can match the offer.

The Metro has similar news, only it does that neat trick of altering the fee to stand out as a unique story on the search engines:

 

 

 

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The Mirror reads the round-up of figures and opts for the more circumspect:

Mirror Sport understands a deal hasn’t been completed yet, but the Gunners are working to agree a fee with Barcelona.

So. The consensus is that Sanchez is a Gooner.

Well, not quite.

On July 2, the Express told us:

Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal

And on June 25, the Express reported:

LIVERPOOL have already completed the signing of Chile’s Barcelona star, and Arsenal and Manchester United target, Alexis Sanchez…

So said Phil Thompson, who told one and all:

“Just yesterday I heard things from people, newspaper guys who are very close to the ground at Liverpool, saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.”

Oh, and in case any Arsenal fans are feeling happy at the news, the Independent notes:

 

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So. No deal done…yet…

Such are the facts…

 

Posted: 7th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sell Suarez For £75.5m And Still Want Sanchez In Part-Exchange

TRANSFER Balls: a look at the media rpeorting on Alexis Sanchez, the Barcelaona player wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United (among others). Today the Sunday People (prop. Trinity Mirror) notes:

 

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Liverpool are refusing to give up the chase for Alexis Sanchez – with manager Brendan Rodgers on standby to meet the Barcelona striker. Rodgers believes he could at least persuade the 25-year-old to consider joining the Reds – if he got the chance to talk to him.

Believes. Could. Consider.

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Posted: 6th, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arturo Vidal Joins Manchester United For £22m Less Than Juventus Are Asking

TRANSFER Balls – a regular look at football speculation and rumour presented as fact by the mainstream press. Today we wonder if Arturo Vidal on his way to the Premier League from Juventus?

Today the Daily Star has an “EXCLUSIVE” – Vidal is wanted by Manchester United.

 

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Posted: 6th, July 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Andrew Strauss And Kevin Pietersen Trade Insults At The Crease

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FORMER England captain Andrew Strauss chose to share his view of former England colleage of 82 Tests Kevin Pietersen at the Lord’s bicentenary celebration match between the MCC and the Rest of The World. Commentating for Sky Sports, microphones picked up Strauss calling Pietersen a “c***” in an aside to one of his co- commentators, Nick Knight.

But only viewers watching on the Fox Sports app. heard the insult, something that should increase future downloads as cricket fans seek out more entertainment than even the contents of Ian Botham’s cereal bowl can supply.

 

Exposed, Strauss then disapointed cricket lovers by stating:

“I apologise unreservedly, particularly to Kevin Pietersen. I am mortified and profusely sorry.”

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Posted: 6th, July 2014 | In: Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Liverpool Sell Luis Suarez For £63m But Barcelona Buy Him For £80m

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Luis Suarez off from Liverpool? Today’s news round-up now follows:

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Posted: 4th, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Newcastle United’s Siem De Jong Damns Van Gaal With Praise

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MANCHESTER Untied Balls: The Sun has an “exclusive” on Dutch footballer Siem De Jong, recently signed by Newcastle United. David Coverdale writes:

SIEM DE JONG is out for revenge on Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal next season — after being left out of his World Cup squad…

De Jong, 25, has six caps for Holland but Van Gaal snubbed him for Brazil.

Snub:

v. describes the action of ignoring, failing to notice, or pretending not to see someone.
a person is usually snubbed when they are disliked or the other person couldnt be bothered talking to them.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Cup Balls: Lionel Messi Saves Angel From A Red Face

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WHEN Angel Di Maria salved a kak-footed but busy performance for Argentina against Switzerland (he gave the ball away 51 times) with the game’s only goal, the Mirror saluted the man who had set him up:

Saviour Messi To The Rescue

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Posted: 3rd, July 2014 | In: Sports, World Cup Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Talking Balls: You’ll Never Guess Who They’re Calling The ‘New’ Ronaldo

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WHO is the new Cristiano Ronaldo? The Press love to look for the next big thing, the Ronaldo-alike who will be the world’s best player:

GiveMeSport 2013: Eden Hazard

Forget Scholes – Hazard can be Ferguson’s new Ronaldo

The Times, June 20 2013: Bruma

Mourinho asks Chelsea to sign new Ronaldo

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Posted: 3rd, July 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez Leaves Liverpool For £70m As Arsenal Get £32m-Rated Alexis Sanchez For £20m

TRANSFER Balls:  A look at Luis Suarez’s likely move form Liverpool to Barcelona, as told by the mainstream media. Do they know anything? Let’s find out:

The Sun:

LUIS SUAREZ’S transfer to Barcelona moved a giant step closer after positive opening talks with Liverpool. Barca yesterday accepted they must pay £70million for the bite-shame Uruguayan striker — allaying Kop fans’ fears he would be sold on the cheap.

So. Barcalona must pay £70m to get their man.

The Guardian says:

Luis Suárez is close to sealing his preferred move to Barcelona after the Catalan club held a “productive” first meeting with Liverpool and offered around £70m for the controversial forward…The fee falls short of Liverpool’s initial £80m valuation, and has not been accepted…

So. The Sun says Saurez can go for £70m and The Guaridan says he can’t.

What says the Mail?

Barca have offered massive a £72m for the Uruguayan

That might be over the asking price.

The other part of the Suarez to Barcelona story is that Alexis Sanchez will make the opposite journey, leaving the Spanish club to join Liverpool. Can the papers agree on facts about that?

The Sun:

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has inquired about taking Barca’s £32m-rated Alexis Sanchez as part of the deal. But the Chile winger, 25, wants to stay or join Juventus or Arsenal.

The Mail lowers that fee:

Liverpool maintain an interest in Alexis Sanchez and he could yet be included as a makeweight with Liverpool having already valued him at around £30m.

And then teh Express declares:

ARSENAL are looking to beat Liverpool to Alexis Sanchez with a £20m bid…

Such are the facgts.

More Transfer Balls every day…

Posted: 3rd, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Barcelona Begin Alexis Sanchez Auction As Arsenal, Liverpool And Manchester United Check His Teeth

TRANSFER Balls: Is Alexis Sanchez heading from Barcelona to… Liverpool? Let’s see what the trusty media have been saying today:

The Daily Express says Sanchez is Liverpool bound:

Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal

It’s a banker. Bookmakers in Malasia are paying out. But wait a moment. The Daily Mail says the player is not keen on the move.

Alexis Sanchez would prefer Arsenal to Liverpool despite Barcelona wanting to use him as part of Luis Suarez deal

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Posted: 2nd, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Luis Saurez Leaves Liverpool To Be A FIFA Ambassador In Barcelona

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TRANSFER Balls presents the Daily Luis Suarez – a round-up of news on the Liverpool striker?

Barcelona are increasing their charm offensive by seducing the player with honeyed words.

The Mirror hears Barcelona’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta hail Suarez:

“Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important. He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do.”

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Posted: 2nd, July 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wimbledon Vine: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios Just Crucified Spain’s Rafael Nadal With This Fasntasic Shot

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios just crucified Spain’s Rafael Nadal.

On his way to victory he did this:

 

Posted: 1st, July 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Balls: Luke Shaw Is Worth Six Times More Than James Rodríguez

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THE story goes that Monaco and Colombia’s £38.5m star James Rodríguez could have played for Manchester United.

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Posted: 1st, July 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: You’ll Never Guess Which ‘Legend’ Is A World Cup Star

LIVERPOOL Balls: Do you get the impression that the word ‘legend’ is overused?

 

 

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Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Loving Sanchez Joins Liverpool Who Sell Sterling To Real Madrid And Suarez To Barcelona

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TRANSFER Balls – a regular look to-dealine rumours and anonymous sources presnted as news in the mainstream media. The Independent says that Alexi Sanchez could be on his way to the Premier League:

Alexis Sanchez transfer latest: Arsenal and Liverpool to step up battle for Barcelona star

How do we know they will?

Among those linked with the player are Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal.

Of course, this is Transfer Balls – ome aim of which is for the media to link every top player with as many leading Premier League clubs as possible – so the Express adds:

Alexis Sanchez PREFERS Arsenal to Liverpool and Manchester United

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Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ear We Go Again: The Tooth About Celebrity Ear-Bites From The Clash To Luis Suarez

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Hot on the heels of the Suarez outrage comes news of another bizarre biting from Brazil.

Pictures have emerged of England fan Robert Farquharson having his ear bitten off by a ‘fellow’ England supporter in the Arena Corinthians stadium following the defeat to Uruguay.

 

 

 

Such attacks are not as uncommon as you might think, and there has been a series of such incidents in English towns over the past few years. The most recent, in Manchester, involving a man described as a ‘Suarez lookalike’, although the CCTV picture does not support this fanciful claim.

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Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Suarez Stays To Partner Sanchez As 8 More Bite Victims Come Forward

TRANSFER Balls – in association with the Daily Luis Suarez: as ever the aim for the Press is to spin to-deadline news from unnamed ‘sources':

Last Friday June 27 the Liverpool Echo had news to gladden the heart of Liverpool FC fan

 

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Should the Post be believed? After all on June 26, it reported:

Meanwhile, LFC’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez is a “done deal” according to former captain Phil Thompson. Speaking to Irish radio, the Kirkby defender said the Barcelona star is already on his way to Anfield. “Just yesterday I heard things from people saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.”

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Posted: 29th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Cup Balls: England Fan Bites Ear Off England Fan In Brazil (Photos)

POLICE have confirmed that an England fan had a portion of his ear bitten off by another England fan after the Uruguay match in São Paulo.

 

 

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Posted: 28th, June 2014 | In: Sports, World Cup Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Luis Suarez Balls: Liverpool Striker Prompts Uruguay Fans To Eat Brazilian Baby (Photos)

HOW have Uruguay fans reacted to Luis Suarez’s biting and subsequent ban? Answer: with love. And humour.

(And England? Well, police have confirmed that an England fan had a portion of his ear bitten off by another England fan during Uruguay match in São Paulo.)

 

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Posted: 28th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports, World Cup Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool Balls: Luis Suarez Rides A Shark’s Bicycle In Florida

DID you know you have more chance of being bitten by Luis Suarez than have of being bitten by a shark? Given that ther is only one of him and millions of sharks, that is some stat. But it’s true. You do.

Ian Steadman worked out that from 2005 to now, Suarez has appeared in 441 first XI matches for Uruguay’s national team and club side, including Liverpool. That manes around 6,160 players have taken on Luis and his teefs. Suarez has bitten three opponents. So. Footballers have a 1 in 2,000 chance of being munched by football’s greatest entertainer. The odds of a shark killing you whilst you’re swimming in the ocean is 1 in 3.7 million.

But Steadman has never seen Luis swim, nor a shark playing football, so the calculations need calibrating, And we can only wonder what the effects of Suarez mating with a shark would mean for mankind.

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Posted: 28th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0