19
Sep

No bluff: Ronaldo challenges Rafael Nadal to a live poker showdown

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Brazilian soccer icon Ronaldo has thrown down the gauntlet in a poker duel against Rafael Nadal.

If that sounds completely random, fear not. The two stars actually squared off head-to-head in last year’s European Poker Tour Prague Charity Challenge, which raised nearly $130,000.

The 14-time Grand Slam champ emerged victorious in the first meeting at the tables, and Rafa isn’t short on confidence heading into his next challenge:

"… one year later I’m more confident with my skill level. I really enjoy playing poker and the challenge of learning as quickly as possible, so I can’t wait to get back into training on my game," Nadal said, via the Daily Mail.

But “Il Fenomeno” isn’t backing down despite Nadal already having bested him, saying, “This time it will be different, though, because I have been improving on my poker strategy and will be more prepared.”

PokerStars.com are putting on the event, which will broadcast live on Sept. 22.

(h/t Daily Mail)

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19
Sep

Hustle and flow: Clint Dempsey rapping at a FIFA 15 release party

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Clint Dempsey is a man of many talents, which is what one would expect from the captain of the USMNT. One of his lesser-known talents, though, is that he can spit hot fire on the mic.

Dempsey, a.k.a. “Deuce” in the rapping world, took to the stage at a FIFA 15 release party to drop a verse from “Hot Fire,” a track he collaborates with fellow Houston rapper “XO” on.

Deuce starts going on at about the 1:10 mark of the video, and we have to say: We were actually pretty impressed with his chops. What do you think?

(h/t Pies)

19
Sep

Russian youth soccer game turns into massive brawl

A soccer match in Russia was the scene of a violent incident that quickly got out of hand.

The match between Dnepr Smolensk and Lokomotiv Moscow turned into an all-out brawl replete with hay-makers and cheap shots. Just go ahead and watch to see the melee, and make sure to keep en eye out for the flying kick (you can’t miss it).

Fortunately, it looks like everyone escaped without major injury. Yet, something tells us these kids need some anger management courses.

Or if that won’t work, at least put on some gloves.

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Photo illustration FOXSports.com

(h/t Deadspin)

18
Sep

Ex-Fulham captain reveals that Clint Dempsey punched out a window

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U.S. men’s national team fans are pretty familiar with Clint Dempsey’s passion for the game. But maybe they didn’t know how far the captain’s emotions could take him.

Fulham’s former captain Danny Murphy has some insight.

In a interview with talkSPORT, Murphy discussed a ‘horrible moment’ where Dempsey was so angry he punched through a glass window, tearing up his hand in the process.

According to Murphy, Dempsey was furious after being told he wouldn’t start the Europa League semi-final in 2010 just hours before the match. 

He was being replaced by Bobby Zamora, who had been in doubt due to injury.

"Basically half his finger was off and you could see his tendon. Glass shattered - it was some punch by the way. Blood was going everywhere. This was all because he wanted to play of course," said Murphy.

After calming down, Dempsey was bandaged up and came on a substitute for Fulham’s 2-1 win over Hamburg.

But based on Murphy’s retelling, it was a scary moment he won’t soon forget.

(h/t Daily Mail)

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18
Sep

Brazilian team’s player disappears into a hole in the ground after scoring

Can’t say we’ve seen this happen before: In a move that would make Lance Burton proud, Coritiba striker Joel literally vanished during a match against Sao Paulo. And it wasn’t in the sense that strikers often disappear against opposition.

No, Joel launched over advertising hoardings after scoring a delightful little goal, but didn’t find solid ground on the other end. Instead, Joel fell into a hole that was inauspiciously hidden behind the hoardings.

A steward even tried to stop Joel from making his ill-fated leap, but to no avail. The steward and a few teammates managed to get Joel out, and despite looking understandably shaken up by the ordeal, the player finished out the game.

And on the bright side, he ended his evening with two goals in Coritiba’s 3-1 win against Sao Paulo.

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Just remember to look before you leap, Joel!

(h/t Guardian, Image: Getty)

17
Sep

Referees, Pep Guardiola commit Champions League fashion taboos

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If it’s one thing we learned on Matchday 1 of the Champions League, it’s that people are not loving the new referee kits.

It’s not just that they’re ugly. During the Dortmund-Arsenal match, it was difficult to tell where the ref even was at times.

Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that we can’t tell if they’re actually a referee or just a random fan who got lost on his way to his seat and nobody bothered to stop them?

image"Somebody, stop that fan! Oh … it’s you.

Yeah, maybe that’s it.

Sadly, the official’s new threads were not even close to being the biggest fashion disaster this week. 

That honor belongs to none other than Bayern manager Pep Guardiola.

Always dressed to the nines on the sidelines, this time Pep forgot about a small but critical component to his outfit:

THE ZIPPER! OMG! SOMEBODY TELL PEP HIS FLY IS OPEN!!

Not a good look. Not a good look at all.

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17
Sep

DeAndre Yedlin runs faster than you (GIF)

imageDeAndre Yedlin is fast. Very fast.

You know this. I know this. We all know this.

But if you needed any more proof, check out what the Tottenham-bound fullback pulled off during the Seattle Sounders’ U.S. Open Cup final victory over Philadelphia Union on Tuesday night:

Woah.

Cristian Maidana of the Union (NOTE: also a professional athlete) had about a 10-yard head start on a breakaway and Yedlin still runs past him after a 50-yard sprint. That should be impossible. Unless you’re DeAndre Yedlin.

Conclusion: DeAndre Yedlin is stupid fast.

H/T Reddit

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17
Sep

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski can’t find his shinguards

This about sums up Arsenal’s performance in Dortmund on Tuesday: Lukas Podolski couldn’t find his shinguards after being told to come on as a second-half substitute:

Luckily, Mesut Ozil eventually loaned Podolski his.

It was Ozil’s best assist of the evening.

H/T OffThePost

16
Sep

Thailand’s women’s national team gets cash bonus for losing ‘only’ 5-0

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Thailand’s women’s national team lost 5-0 to South Korea in their Asia Games opener this weekend, a pretty discouraging way to open the tournament. Unless, of course, if you’re on the team.

Believe it or not, the Thailand FA awarded each player a bonus of 100,000 Thai baht ($6,200) for only losing 5-0. We kid you not.

"We fared better in the second half," the FA president told the Nation newspaper. “The association had planned to give the team 200,000 baht ($6,200) if they won the match, but, for the players’ efforts, we decided to hand them 100,000 as consolation.”

Um, where can we sign up for a roster spot?

In America, we often hear complaints over giving out participation trophies at youth tournaments. This is a little worse, don’t you think?

H/T SBNation (Pic: Stanley Chou)