Thursday, July 31, 2008
Hooligan fears mean Aberdeen face three games in three days
Police feared a repeat of violent gang fights that terrorised the town of Deventer a week ago and insisted the match is moved forward to Friday night.
Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood said: "We now face a daunting triple-header because police won't allow Go Ahead Eagles to play us on Saturday, which is a real blow to our preparations.
"But if we didn't take the game on Friday we would have 10 days without a match before the season starts against Inverness, which isn't ideal either."
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Fan offers testicle for new player
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Midfielder sentenced to 60 hours community service
The 20-year-old said he was ashamed after he admitted rummaging through bags belonging to staff at the Bar Bluu club on Southsea seafront on February 28, but denied stealing any of the items during the incident, which involved four other men.
Chairman of the Bench Christopher Malone also ordered Dyer to pay a total of £392.50 compensation to the four victims as well as £65 costs.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Pompey's Africa landing aborted
The pilot of the Airbus 319 abandoned the descent after failing to gain clearance from the control tower.
The team were instead flown around for half an hour in stormy conditions before a successful landing was made.
Pompey defender Linvoy Primus said: "We were just above the runway when the pilot suddenly pulled the plane out of the landing and back up in the sky."
Friday, July 25, 2008
Michael Owen's mumps
Initially diagnosed as a virus, the case of mumps saw him forced to withdraw from England's post-season friendlies against the USA and Trinidad & Tobago.
From the NHS Direct website:
"One in four men who catch mumps over the age of 12 may develop inflammation of one or both testicles. This can be very painful, especially if it affects both testes."
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Football Culinary Challenge
The Football Culinary Challenge pits hospitality chefs from different clubs against each at a final at the Birmingham NEC in January, giving the winner the accolade of best cook on the terraces.
But the contest more than just an excuse for culinary puns from the commentators.
It's as serious as any football rivalry, with hospitality chefs competing as fervently as if they were going for FA Cup glory itself.
The best chefs from the FA's Football League teams will enter the contest of ten clubs, all sporting their team colours, and will be challenged to prepare a three-course Michelin-star style feast fit for the FA chairman in only 75 minutes.
The contest is symbolic of how food at football grounds has gone gourmet ... it's a far shot from the soggy-bottom pies of old
Gordon Banks career advice
"None. I enjoyed it so much, I'd go through everything again."
"The only thing I wish I'd done better was drive more carefully."
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Huckerby's wife is "too old"
When asked: "Do you have a famous girlfriend - anybody we can help promote?"
The former Norwich and Coventry striker replied: "I am married but it is a bit late for her - she is too old."
Monday, July 21, 2008
Williams injured for Unicef match
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Players help subdue man on flight
American Flight 725, a Boeing 757 with 151 passengers and seven crew on board, arrived in Oklahoma City at 1:35 p.m. local time and was back in the air an hour later on the way to Los Angeles, said Tim Smith, a spokesperson for American Airlines.
The passenger was removed from the plane in Oklahoma City and was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, FBI spokesperson Gary Johnson said.
Members of the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer were among those who grabbed the passenger near an exit door, Johnson said. Tie wraps were placed on the man, whose name was not immediately released, he said.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
World Cup prostitution plans condemned
The local authority in Durban wants legalised adult entertainment venues during the tournament.
But African Nazareth Democratic Movement (ANDM) president Thokozani Hlatshwayo said the proposal was "against the word of God". Opposition parties fear that, if introduced, it could become permanent.
The youth wing of the Inkatha Freedom Party and the main opposition Democratic Alliance have condemned the suggestion.
An additional concern is Aids - some five million people in South Africa are HIV-positive - making it one of the world's worst-hit countries.
Durban's municipality said Germany had many adult entertainment centres during the World Cup in 2006, which were very popular with visitors.
It said while prostitution was illegal in South Africa, it could not ignore the fact that the sex industry thrives during major events like the World Cup.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Ronaldo's £10K night out in LA
The Manchester United striker, recovering from an ankle operation, splashed out more than £10,000 on wine, vodka and bottles of Cristal champagne after arriving at trendy nightclub Villa with two friends.
Ronaldo and his mates were met by four models, who sat with him at a private table in one corner.
As the booze flowed, the 23-year-old got into the party spirit.
He even threw his crutches to the ground and tried to dance on his uninjured foot - although it turned into more of an ungainly shuffle.
Manchester City looks to feng shui
Magic crystals have been buried under the Eastlands turf and reception areas, offices and the club shop have been filled with lucky fortune trees, three-legged monkey toads and buddhas.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Player retires to enter priesthood
Even after moving back to the United States last Christmas to play Major League Soccer -- a dream of his, but just one of them -- Hilgenbrinck felt the pull of his religion.
"I felt called to something greater," Hilgenbrinck said.
"At one time I thought that call might be professional soccer. In the past few years, I found my soul is hungry for something else.
"I discerned, through prayer, that it was calling me to the Catholic Church. I do not want this call to pass me by."
Hilgenbrinck accepted the calling on Monday when he left the New England Revolution and retired from professional soccer to enter a seminary, where he will spend the next six years studying theology and philosophy so he can be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.
"It's not that I'm ready to leave soccer. I still have a great passion for the game," he said.
"I wouldn't leave the game for just any other job. I'm moving on for the Lord. I want to do the will of the Lord, I want to do what he wants for me, not what I want to do for myself."
Giggs awarded honorary degree
Giggs, 34, was made a master of arts by the University of Salford in a ceremony at the Lowry Theatre.
Collecting his award, he said: "I'm really pleased to accept this degree.
"I grew up in Salford and it's been a big part of my life for 30 years, so it's great to be a part of Salford University now."
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Brian Clough workout
He once assembled his Nottingham Forest squad:
"Right, lads," he said.
"To the nearest tree and back."
Then someone piped up: "But there aren’t any trees in sight."
"Well bloody find one!"
The players charged off in different directions.
Delia Smith abused by fans
The veteran culinary writer has been forced to wipe clean the community forum page of Delia Online after angry Norwich City fans used it to air their grievances against her, as chairman of their club.
One, using the name ‘Delia Mugabe’, went as far as branding her an ‘old trout’.
The Norwich fans are furious that Delia, 67, and her husband, Michael Wynn-Jones, the club’s controlling shareholders for 12 years, have rejected a £20 million takeover offer by Peter Cullum.
The millionaire businessman had promised to invest in new players but Delia, herself worth an estimated £22 million, turned him down.
‘Delia Mugabe’ wrote: ‘Delia, you old trout. Stick to what you know and leave the football to the people that know best.’
The disaffected fan also made reference to the barrage of criticism that Delia faced earlier this year from other celebrity chefs over her book How To Cheat At Cooking, which offered people the chance to make their own dishes in a fraction of the time but using ingredients such as tinned mince and frozen mashed potato.
He wrote: ‘A title for your next book – how about How To Cheat Norwich Fans Out Of The Club That Is Rightfully Theirs?’
Monday, July 14, 2008
Player sacked for being too fat
The 25-year-old, who takes home a weekly wage in excess of €3,000, was summoned to Richmond Park on Thursday and informed that he was being let go as he had failed to adhere to an ultimatum set down earlier this year regarding his physical condition.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Three countries on 2010 standby
Concerns are mounting about South Africa's preparations for the hosting of the tournament.
"I have spoken to three possible, not only possible, but three associations and countries that would be able to stage the World Cup.
"They need one year (to prepare)," Blatter said, although he would not reveal the three countries.
On Tuesday South Africa decided to drop the Port Elizabeth stadium from next June's Confederations Cup, as it will not be ready in time.
World Cup preparations have been plagued by stadium construction delays, security fears, transport problems and the possibility of power outages.
Last week Blatter said that world football's governing body had a "Plan B" should South Africa not be able to stage the World Cup.
Football stars launch Goal4Africa
Germany's Michael Ballack and England's Steven Gerard were among those taking part in a charity match in the German city of Munich to launch Goal4Africa.
Fans are being asked to donate money every time their team scores to fund education and development in Africa.
The campaign hopes to raise more than $90m (£45m) by 2010. Saturday's match was organised by former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf and Brazil striker Ronaldo.
World Team Two, skippered by Ballack, defeated Seedorf's World Team One 9-6.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Ref banned for drinking on the job
The stadium crowd were stunned by Shmolik's peculiar behaviour. The referee was hardly moving by the end of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, as he officiated the game from the centre circle, refusing to go to his pocket for any cards throughout.
The Belarus football federation said Shmolik's case will be subject to a disciplinary committee.
"I haven't seen a drunk referee before. It's just beyond my comprehension," said Belarus national coach Bernd Stange, who was at the game.
A Belarus Football Federation spokesman said: "We cannot comment until the end of investigation into what happened in Vitebsk. At the moment Shmolik is suspended from his refereeing duties."
Rooney's agent banned
The punishment follows a disciplinary commission's investigation into Football Association charges relating to how he acquired the right to represent the Manchester United forward - then with Everton - in 2002.
The independent commission found Stretford, the founder of the Proactive Sports Management agency, guilty of seven of the nine charges made against him, including those relating to improper conduct in the "making of false and/or misleading witness statements to police and giving false and/or misleading testimony to Warrington Crown Court" during a court case examining the circumstances in which Rooney joined Proactive.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Mido shapes up
The striker has lost two stone thanks to a gruelling summer fitness regime in a bid to be in tip-top shape for the start of the new season.
The svelte 25-year-old is a shadow of his former self thanks to twice daily workouts which have helped him tip the scales at a fighting weight of 14st.
Mido was forced to issue a grovelling apology to Boro fans after an injury-ravaged first season at the club saw the Egypt international balloon to a hefty 16 stone.
Boss Gareth Southgate revealed: "Mido has been working with one of our fitness coaches in Egypt for the past four weeks. It was something he organised and he's come back in great condition."
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Player reveals transfer details on Facebook
Ashley-Paul Robinson, a 19-year-old winger at Crystal Palace has angered the club's bosses after posting a message on his profile saying he was having a trial at Fulham.
The south London club's furious manager Neil Warnock said today that Robinson should 'look elsewhere to further his career', after embarrassing the team.
On Saturday, Robinson, from Beckenham, Kent updated his status on the site to say: 'Ashley-Paul is goin fulham on monday. If i pull dis of im on dis ting!!!'
But instead of just being visible to his 198 Facebook friends - he unintentionally allowed the entire London network of the social networking site to view it.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Bin Laden family in bid for Newcastle
The Saudi Binladen Group, whose chief executive is Osama's half-brother, Bakr bin Laden, and which was founded by their father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Laden, is said to be considering a £300millionplus deal to buy the club and then carry out a lucrative redevelopment of St James' Park and land surrounding the ground.
Player denies football blackmail
Goalkeeper Ashley Timms, 22, pleaded not guilty to demanding £15,000 from the unnamed player.
Mr Timms, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, is charged with making an unwarranted demand for money from the player with menaces.
Judge Andrew Gilbart QC at Manchester Crown Court set a trial date for 11 August.
He also upheld a previous ruling not to name the Premier League player.
Mr Timms was granted an extension of his bail and ordered to report to a police station twice a week.
He was also ordered not to have contact with a prosecution witness.
The Manchester-born goalkeeper is currently without a club, having flitted between sides since he was 17.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Yobo's brother kidnapped
Norum Yobo was seized at a hotel in Port Harcourt, a spokeswoman said.
No group has yet claimed responsibility and no ransom has been demanded.
Everton football club said it would do all it could to help Joseph Yobo, who is on holiday in Lagos.
Kidnappings, frequent in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of the country, have mostly ended with a ransom payment.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Midfielder claims TV quiz honours
The 32-year-old has made football history as the first player to appear on Channel 4 quiz show Countdown.
And MacKenzie is proving a hit on the show, winning five episodes in a row, shooting to the top of the leaderboard.
"He's proving to be a strong contestant and has a broad vocabulary which is essential to do well," said associate producer Kate Horton.
MacKenzie was encouraged to enter by his mother, who is a regular viewer of the show.
On Monday the midfielder will continue his reign in the Champion's Chair and is aiming for a sixth win.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Chairman Alexandra Cringus came up with the 'innovative' concept of creating a moat surrounding the pitch, packed with fully-grown crocodiles.
"This is not a joke," insisted Cringus.
"We can get crocodiles easy enough and feed them on meat from the local abattoir. The ditch is planned to be wide enough that no one could manage to jump over it. Anyone who attempted to do so would have to deal with the crocs. I think that the problem of fans running on to the pitch will be solved once and for all."
Cringus planned to create the moat far enough from the pitch to prevent players falling in.
Local authorities are considering the club's proposal.
Dabo launches vitriolic attack on 'cowardly' Barton
Former Manchester City midfielder Dabo was left with horrific facial injuries after Barton struck him from behind and reigned blows on him during an incident at the club's training ground at the end of the 2006-07 season.
This week Barton was handed a four-month suspended jail term after pleading guilty to the attack at Manchester Crown Court.
And as Barton's current club Newcastle try to offload the errant midfielder, Dabo revealed that his attacker still has not apologised.
Dabo - now with Lazio - said: 'I almost lost an eye,' he recalled.
'It was a terrible day but now I am happy with the outcome.'
Barton admits he attacked me, struck me from behind and beat me when I was unconscious.
'He admits he behaved in a cowardly way, and he is a coward.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Euro 2008 faced terror threat
Schmid, also his country's sports minister, said that security forces had acted on information that 'certain preparations had been carried out for an attack'.
The defence minister gave no precise details but said the incident was not related to a previously reported case involving vague threats made on a website.
'I am talking about new evidence that we obtained during the tournament,' he said.
'The matter was taken up by the border authorities, police and secret service and there was no concrete problem after that.'