|Italy vs. England: Penne for the masses|
Friday, July 20, 2012
From British dominance to riots and the upstaging of Adolf Hitler, half a dozen memorable tales from the Games.
Liverpool to face Macedonia's FK Renova or FC Gomel of Belarus in Europa League third round qualifying
Brendan Rodgers' first competitive game in charge of Liverpool will see him face either FK Renova from Macedonia or FC Gomel of Belarus in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
a whopping 1,800 times in a row since 1974. And he only missed a game then because he was too ill to get out of bed.
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The No10 is highly admired for his ability on the pitch and the battles he has fought off it.
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3. Will Alessandro Nesta make his debut at Houston?: It could happen after the Italian legend played all 90 minutes in a scrimmage on Thursday and Montréal coach Jesse Marsch confirmed he would travel to Houston this weekend. It isn't the best of scenarios to hand Nesta his MLS debut – one would suspect he didn't confront conditions quite like a Texas summer often during his storied career in Serie A – or the best of times to alter a back four that managed to emerge from Wednesday's 2-1 victory over New England relatively unscathed.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Jamie Carragher invigorated and ready for new semester under Brendan Rogers as Liverpool train at Harvard
The symbolism of Jamie Carragher sitting studiously against the iconic backdrop of Harvard University is too much to resist.
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almost no one, on any side, has come out with any credit -- with the exception, oddly, of the British legal system, which has shown itself robust, fair and transparent in explaining its workings.
With record-setting temperatures stifling Red Bull Arena, New York coach Hans Backe asked captain Thierry Henry if he wanted to sit the game out. Henry declined and scored in the 71st minute to lift the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
David Beckham and substitute Jose Villarreal scored second-half goals and the Los Angeles Galaxy salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.
King, 31, had suffered severe knee problems in recent years and, with his Tottenham contract up this summer, has decided to end his playing career. He will now take up an ambassadorial role with the North London club.
Dominic Fifield: The fitness was fleeting but class permanent
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In completing his move from Milan to Paris St-Germain, Ibrahimovic will become the most expensive player ever – and the club's owners are hoping they can conquer Europe at last.
best of luck in his future on a statement released on its website but would not indictate reasons for the release or where the 29-year-old would play next.
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Pay no heed to misgivings over Liverpool's proposed new signing – the American international is a ferocious competitor.
Clint Dempsey deserves an optimistic welcome from Liverpool.
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the United States international is not for sale. Speculation has been rife that the 29-year-old is set to move to Anfield, with a report on the Liverpool owners' official website on Wednesday suggesting a deal was complete.
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In the end, it was Zlatan who made it happen. After the nearly-but-not-quite moments of David Beckham, Carlos Tevez and Alexandre Pato, Paris Saint-Germain have finally snared the global superstar that Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) have craved since becoming the club's majority shareholder last summer.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Forbes estimates Manchester United is now worth $2.23 billion, 19% more than No. 2 Real Madrid, which is worth $1.88 billion. Soccer clubs hold the top two spots among the world’s most valuable franchises, but it is American football teams that dominate the rest of the top 50. All 32 NFL teams made the cut, led by the Dallas Cowboys, worth $1.85 billion, tied with the New York Yankees for third overall.
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Andy Carroll may have thought he had finally got his feet under the table at Liverpool after ending last season with the sort of flourish that suggested he had settled to life on Merseyside.
No-one could claim the 23-year-old had even come close to justifying the exorbitant £35m fee Liverpool handed over to Newcastle United in January 2011 as part of the proceeds from Fernando Torres's £50m sale to Chelsea.
There were some vital signs, however, of the return of the form that prompted former manager Kenny Dalglish to make the giant Geordie his prime target once Torres had taken his talents to Stamford Bridge.
Robin van Persie returns to Arsenal training and uncertain future as he is left out of club's kit catalogue
Robin van Persie returned to Arsenal training yesterday with the club apparently preparing for life without their captain, having excluded him from the latest edition of their online catalogue following his revelation that he will not be extending his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
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The Scotland captain becomes the Canadian franchise's third designated player after he signed an undisclosed contract. The deal is subject to international clearance.
From San Jose's emphatic season sweep of RSL to another big moment for an unheralded rookie, here are five thoughts from Saturday night's MLS action:
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sometimes, you just have to go cold turkey. Milan's imminent sale of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris St. Germain is probably the first major side effect of UEFA's Financial Fair Play plan. Coupled with the departures of Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel, Alessandro Nesta and Pippo Inzaghi, it represents a massive overhaul aimed primarily at saving money and moving the Rossoneri towards FFP.
Monday, July 16, 2012
@*#! Can you guess which of these quotes came from the John Terry trial... and which came from Guy Ritchie movies?
John Terry's racism trial - and, it goes without saying, racism itself - is no laughing matter.
But the way that straight-laced and serious sports and news reporters have Tweeted excerpts from the expletive-filled testimonies has led to some surreal and darkly comic moments.
Reading them has occasionally been akin to leafing through the script of a Guy Ritchie movie. Which got us thinking...
Here's 40 choice quotes, half of which are from the Terry trial, and half of which are from the oeuvre of the former Mr Madonna. Can you tell which is which? Answers at the bottom of the article.
1) "He didn't smell or anything but I pretended"
2) "You got a toothbrush?"
3) "You’ve been stitched up right and proper"
4) "The consequences can kiss my black ass"
5) "My mum loves scouse c*ck"
6) "It's the mother of all f*ck-ups"
7) "How can you call me a c*nt... you're the c*nt"
8) "An ugly c***? Look at yourself"
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The first thing I noticed upon arriving at New York Cosmos HQ in Soho wasn't the black-and-white photo of Pelé hanging with Robert Redford, the huge Cosmos logo on the exposed brick wall or even the classic picture of Giorgio Chinaglia. Nope. The first thing I noticed was the number of employees: six. When I last visited the same Cosmos office in November 2010, at a time when the previous regime was busy lighting $10 million in cash on fire, there were at least 30 employees.
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A statement on Paris Saint-Germain's official website read: "Thiago Silva, 27 years old, Brazilian international, from AC Milan, has this Saturday signed with Paris Saint-Germain for five seasons."
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's transfer to the French side will not be completed on Monday as expected.
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The former England captain ignored the continued drama surrounding his actions to submit a man-of-the-match performance in Los Angeles' 5-3 victory at Portland on Saturday night.
the language we heard did not disappoint.
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Off the Ball may have taken a brief but well deserved break while Spain inevitably won Euro 2012, we're back for the 2012-13 season and will be scratching around the underbelly of football for the most bizarre, humorous and inexplicable stories with renewed vigour. We kick off the campaign with a heady mix of booze, nudity and implied violence.
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The American, who has won 69 caps for his country, had only joined Chievo last summer, but after impressing in Serie A, found himself a major target for several sides.
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