Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Letter to Ken Shamrock

Dear Ken,

You are due to face Kimbo Slice in the main event of the EliteXC Circus in October. At this stage of your career, you have faced the best of the best and have nothing left to prove to anyone, other than the beast inside that all top competitors have.

Friday, August 29, 2008

David Moyes and Everton Look Forward to Liege—In More Ways Than One

When Standard Liege, the team who Liverpool laboured to defeat at fortress Anfield, drew Everton in the UEFA Cup you could hear the groans a mile away. This game is not going to feature high in matches of the season.

Standard, who got their tactics spot on against the uninspired Liverpool in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champion League, and Everton, who usually suck the life out of games, are not going to bring us a classic.

But as TV chiefs scratch their heads and the viewing public check the rest of the draw to find what they'll watch, David Moyes got the team he really wanted...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fidel Castro's Solidarity for Disgraced Cuban Taekwondo Kickboxer...

Fidel Castro has defended Angel Matos, the Cuban Taekwondo athlete who kicked a referee in the head at the Beijing Olympics. Castro feels that Matos was right to be indignant over his disqualification during the bronze medal match.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Roy Keane Revolution at Sunderland: How Long before a Top Job Comes Along?

Since Niall Quinn's surprise announcement that Roy Keane was to be Mick McCarthy's successor at Sunderland back in 2006, the Cork native has gone from strength to strength as a manager.

Many were surprised to see Keane accept a job so early in his coaching and management career. And few would have predicted him to take over a struggling Championship side, never mind one where Niall Quinn was chairman...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Is It Time The Champions League Format Was Changed?

Clubs from all over Europe have progressed to the lucrative group stages of the UEFA Champion League, ensuring each club £30M sterling without having to win the tournament. And while the rich get richer and the rest can't catch up, is it time something was done to even the playing field?

As Dimitar Berbatov Heads To Utd, Who's To Blame? And What Do Spurs Do Now?

The death knell rang on Dimitar Berbatov's time at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after he was left out of the squad to face Roy Keane's improving Sunderland.

Berbatov had returned to Tottenham after international duty with Bulgaria, (where he scored twice) in what Juande Ramos (Tottenham Head Coach) described as "an unfit mental state" and was subsequently dropped. Berbatov was then fined a weeks wages £56k and told to report back for duty on Tuesday. According to media outlets Ramos was then due to have clear the air talks with the Manchester United target...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Liverpool Not Firing On All Cylinders at Start Of Season. Is The Title a Dream?

Despite getting off to the best possible start with two wins from two games, Liverpool have laboured to defeat North East rivals Sunderland and Middlesbrough respectively.

Last week after a lacklustre performance, it took a moment of magic late on by Fernando Torres to secure the win over Roy Keane's unlucky Sunderland. The Wearsiders had dominated most of the match but unless you take your chances against a team containing players like Torres, Gerrard and Robbie Keane 0-0 is never a safe scoreline. Liverpool came away with the three points, but in a game they were expected to win they barely got out of jail.

Awesome Kenenisa Bekele Wins 5000m and 10,000m at Olympics 2008

Kenenisa Bekele added 5000m gold to his 10000m gold in an incredible run at The Bird's Nest Stadium in the Beijing Olympics tonight. He is the first athlete since the legendary Yifter the Shifter won both golds in 1980.

Andrei Arshavin To Tottenham. Will He, Won't He? Do Spurs Really Need Him?

With Dick Advocaat, the manager of Zenit St. Petersburg, admitting that Andrei Arshavin looks to be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur after the clubs agreed a transfer fee somewhere in the region of £20M sterling, the most protracted transfer of the summer looks to be coming to an end.

And with Dimitar Berbatov on the verge of a move to Manchester Utd, Spurs look like they've finally got their main transfer target of the summer. But is the move the right one for either club or player?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Future Looks Bright Under Trappatoni. Republic of Ireland To Qualify For South Africa 2010?

Life under Giovani Trappatoni has finally gotten under way. On a rain soaked pitch in on a miserable Wednesday night the Republic of Ireland came away from Norway with a credible 1-1 draw.

What makes this friendly so different than Ireland's other friendlies under the trio of Trappatoni, Brady and Tardelli, is that this was with the strongest available side.