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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Previewing the SEC: Phil Steele

Posted: 31 May 2011 02:55 PM PDT

Previewing the SEC: Phil Steele One of the most preeminent analysts of College Football has come out with his All-SEC teams this week. And as we are interested in previews? Steele’s is as good of a place to start. So let’s look at the first and second teams, shall we? See which teams are built [...]

Who will be the SEC’s new punching bag?

Posted: 31 May 2011 08:26 AM PDT

Who will be the SEC’s new Punching Bag? With yesterdays news that Jim Tressel was essentially saying la-la-la-la I can’t hear you while his players were breaking NCAA rules that got A.J. Green suspended for a month for the better part of the last ten years, and the pre-requisite resignation from the man of the [...]

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Murray regains old spirit

Posted: 31 May 2011 09:00 AM PDT

A two set deficit and a painful looking ankle injury are two fairly hefty obstacles to overcome in tennis. The fact Andy Murray has done just that in 24 hours is testament to his determination and fierce will to win.

Add to that the fact he was 2-5 down in the final set against Viktor Troicki, his progression though to the quarter-finals is even more remarkable. Those placing French Open bets would have been surprised.

It is certainly something he perhaps wasn't capable of just a few months ago. In the wake of his crushing defeat against the all-conquering Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January Murray's form and mental toughness deserted him, with a flurry of first round exits and sluggish, sulky performances.

But with the start of spring came a re-birth in Murray's form, the stubborn obstinate body language was still there, but it was channelled the right way and that fierce will to win - combined with the undoubted the Scot possesses - bore successful results. Those looking at the French Open best bets will be wondering how far he can go.

He now moves on to play unseeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, a kind draw at this stage of the tournament. If he shows the same levels of performance against Chela that he did against Troicki, then a semi-final berth -and a potential clash with Rafael Nadal - is certainly on the cards.

Only then would we get a true sense of Murray's recovery from Melbourne. After all he has reached semi-finals before as well as three Grand Slam finals, and on each occasion he has fallen to one of the leading lights, usually Federer, Nadal and now Djokovic.

Plus it can't be forgotten than Nadal is usually unbeatable on clay, his favourite surface by a distance.

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Video: The worst miss ever. Seriously

Posted: 31 May 2011 03:11 AM PDT

Shocker There are always loads of ‘worst miss ever’ videos knocking around at any given time, but we can’t recall seeing one quite this bad before. The player involved is apparently called Anderson Fredrick and plies his trade in the Venezuelan lower leagues. Absolutely clean through on goal with an open net to aim for, [...]

Top 10 memorable Paul Scholes moments

Posted: 31 May 2011 03:06 AM PDT

Paul Scholes: he scored goals. Following the Manchester United legend’s retirement, OTP revisits some moments of his career that stick in our mind. 1. Goal against Panathanaikos A perfectly Scholes-esque goal. He is involved a few times in the build-up, spreading the play in both directions, and he’s also on hand to provide a beautifully [...]

Video: Amazing miss from Cruzeiro’s Anselmo Ramon

Posted: 31 May 2011 01:43 AM PDT

Shocker This shocking miss comes from the Brazilian match between Cruzeiro and Palmeiras over the weekend. With Cruzeiro two-on-one with the Palmeiras keeper, the ball is unselfishly slid to Anselmo Ramon to undertake the formality of scoring the goal. Except he doesn’t. Somehow he manages to delicately trickle the ball wide of the post.

Paul Scholes announces retirement, will join Manchester United coaching staff

Posted: 31 May 2011 01:13 AM PDT

Scholes hangs up boots Manchester United star Paul Scholes has announced he will retire from football and take-up a coaching position at Old Trafford next season. The midfielder was widely expected to hang-up his boots at the end of the season, but his decision was only confirmed by a statement released by United this morning. [...]

Video: Shakira teaches Barcelona players to dance

Posted: 31 May 2011 01:00 AM PDT

Their hips don’t lie Manchester United proved not to be the biggest challenge Barcelona took on over the weekend. Barca’s players took to the stage at a Shakira concert for some dance lessons. Her boyfriend Gerard Pique rounded up an assortment of his favourite midgets (plus Sergio Busquets) to learn some moves from the missus. [...]

Video: Gerard Pique goes fishing, catches Barcelona coach

Posted: 31 May 2011 12:46 AM PDT

Catch of the Day Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has proven to be nothing but a hooligan during his stay in England. Firstly, he and Carlos Puyol were mucking about with the décor at Arsenal’s training ground. Then he stole the nets from Wembley. What Pique plans to do with his nets remains to be seen, [...]

Swansea secure promotion to the Premier League

Posted: 31 May 2011 12:38 AM PDT

The Welsh are coming After years of Old Firm breakaway speculation, Swansea ensured they will become the first non-English club to play in the Premier League with minimal fuss. The Swans defeated Reading 4-2 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley yesterday. A Scott Sinclair hat-trick secured top-flight football for the club for the first [...]

Football Lookalikes: Jose Mourinho cheers on Manchester United against Barcelona

Posted: 30 May 2011 12:28 PM PDT

Scarfake As viral marketing goes, it is not the most subtle branding but it is funny enough to deserve a smirk and some recognition here. Bookmakers Unibet sent a Manchester United scarf-wearing Jose Mourinho lookalike to Saturday’s Champions League Final. You won’t need to be told that the gag works on a couple of levels, [...]

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