Independiente’s barrabravas bristle at “no cash” pledge

January 14, 2012

By Rex Gowar

Argentina’s soccer hooligans appear to warm up for a new championship just like their teams with Independiente’s ‘barrabravas’ threatening trouble at an off-season friendly after being told by the club’s new administration “there is no cash”.

Va-va-voom. Vintage Henry scores on Arsenal return.

January 10, 2012

The clock said 68 minutes, and no one at the Emirates Stadium in north London was looking at the action on the pitch as the fourth official held aloft his lit-up board to signal the re-introduction of Thierry Henry to English football.

The cat flashes his claws

January 7, 2012

Karim Benzema has shrugged off the disparaging label of being Real Madrid’s pussycat and turned himself into a fearsome feline under Jose Mourinho.

Sports review 2011 – A memorable year for the wrong reasons

December 30, 2011

By Steve Keating

The trouble with putting together a top 10 list of the year’s biggest sports stories is that one person”s number one is another person”s 10.

Soccer team of the year?…APOEL Nicosia

December 28, 2011

Alright, alright I know most of you will be screaming “what about Barcelona?” right now but they get so many plaudits that I thought I could argue a contrarion position.

DRS in cricket…to use or not to use?

December 27, 2011

By Sudipto Ganguly, India sports correspondent

The inconsistent use of the Decision Review System (DRS) has put the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the firing line once again, strengthening the already popular notion that the governing body is helpless against the wishes of its most influential member board – India.

Packers dilemma: To rest or not to rest?

December 27, 2011

You’re Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, it’s the final game of the regular season against the Detroit Lions, and you’ve got a dilemma: play your strongest team, a winning combination, or rest your stars fearing serious injuries to any of them.

NFL Week 16 Christmas Lineman picks

December 24, 2011

By Steve Keating

Well, after two weeks of 4-2 the Lineman is still searching for that perfect Christmas gift and hopes he has found it with this six-pack of holiday picks.

Can the Clippers break the Laker stranglehold on LA?

December 24, 2011

By Larry Fine

The Lakers have owned Los Angeles in the NBA sense for 50 years since moving to the City of Angels from the Land of 10,000 Lakes where they were born the Minneapolis Lakers.

All I want for Christmas is…NBA – five teams and players to watch

December 23, 2011

The new NBA season took a while to come around after a five-month lockout spent negotiating an improved labor agreement. What better day to start than Dec. 25. Merry Christmas!