28
Sep

Man Down: United and City suffer shocking defeats

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Two second-half goals in two minutes gave outclassed Aston Villa a shock 3-2 victory against Manchester City at Villa Park on Saturday, while rivals Manchester United were also dealt a surprise loss as West Brom won at Old Trafford for the first time since 1978!

In Birmingham, Man City were completely dominant throughout the match, yet somehow let the three points slip through their fingers. After Edin Dzeko had given City a 2-1 lead, Villa blitzed the Blues with a beautiful free kick by Leandro Bacuna in the 73rd minute and Andreas Weimann’s poach just moments later. With the loss, City were denied a chance to grab the provisional Premier League lead.

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City’s defeat would have been the upset of the weekend if it weren’t for city rivals United. It looks like David Moyes will be receiving more criticism after overseeing back-to-back losses; United have now dropped all the way down to 12th place in the standings for the time being (Newcastle and Stoke can still jump them with at least a draw).

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Credit must go to the visitors, though; West Brom created the best chances in the first half despite United dominating possession, and then controlled the second. Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring with a world-class solo run and chipped finish. After Rooney equalized minutes later with, how else, another great free kick, Saido Berahino netted the winner 20 minutes from time.

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12
Sep

Andriy Shevchenko not nearly as good at golf as in soccer

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2004 Ballon d’Or winner Andriy Shevchenko made his professional golf debut on Thursday, and it went rather, shall we say, sub-par. (Ba-dum tssshhh).

Playing at the Kharkov Superior Cup, a second-tier Challenge Tour tournament in his native Ukraine, Shevchenko posted a Day 1 score of 12-over 84, bogeying eight out of the front nine holes. That kind of day probably ruins Sheva’s chances at making Friday’s cut, but he can take solace in the fact that he did beat a few others, including Poland’s Pawel Japol, who managed to shoot a mind-boggling 37-over.Yikes.

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Ukraine’s all-time leading goalscorer previously took part in Pro-Am rounds at the PGA Championships and the Irish Open, where he must have collected quite a few tips from playing partner Rory McIlroy. Yet, the former Chelsea and AC Milan star clearly has some work to do if he is to reach his goal of playing golf at the next Olympics.

9
Sep

Real life Air Bud? Dog scores in pick-up game

We’re not exactly sure where this video originated, but Argentinian TV may have found a real life version of the sports-loving family dog “Air Bud!”

As you can see, this mongrel makes an excellent far post run before flicking the ball into the net with the back of his adorable, furry head. Superb effort, a true poacher! However, we feel obligated to point out that our hero may or may not have been slightly offside here.

Video: Que Vuelvan los Potreros/TyC Sports

16
Jul

Keeper goes coast-to-coast, scores well-taken goal!

We’ve all tried it in FIFA.

You’re up a couple of goals, the clock is running down and your keeper has the ball, so you say, “Screw it, I’m going for it” and run out, trying to take on the entire opposing team with your keeper (usually, it ends poorly).

Granted, this is only futsal, but goalkeeper Renan of Carlos Barbosa did the feat in real life, going coast-to-coast for a brilliant goal. Well done!

12
Jul

Joakim Noah is pumped up after scoring in charity soccer match

Love him or hate him, one thing is undeniable about NBA star Joakim Noah: his energy is second to none.

Noah proved this again after going on a spirited victory lap once scoring in a charity soccer match held by Steve Nash’s “The Steve Nash Foundation” charity match in New York City. The Chicago Bulls center celebrated as if he had won the World Cup after blasting a low shot in the bottom right corner, and for his efforts took home the game’s MVP award to boot.

Excessive gesticulating aside, you gotta hand it to Noah: for a man as huge as him, the former Florida University standout showed some nifty footwork there.

(H/T NESN.com)

20
Jun

Abby Wambach breaks Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record

History!

Abby Wambach is now the all-time leading goal scorer in not only women’s, but all of international soccer! The USA star scored four goals in the first half of Thursday’s friendly against South Korea to match, and then surpass, Mia Hamm’s old record of 158 goals. Wambach now sits at 160 goals for her stunning international career.

Even more impressive: it took Wambach 68 fewer games than Hamm to reach the record!

Hamm, a teammate of Wambach’s as her own career was nearing the end in 2004, was quick to congratulate:

Here’s an iconic image of the current and the old record holder:

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She wasn’t the only one to tweet out some props. The President himself had a few words to say, er, tweet:

Indeed, the only ones not happy about this milestone might be jealous Mexico fans:

Congratulations, Abby!

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15
Jun

Lionel Messi scores hat-trick, passes Maradona on Argentina scoring list

Guessing the tax scandal hasn’t been much of a distraction for Lionel Messi, at least not on the field.

Messi scored three of Argentina’s four goals in an easy friendly win over Guatemala last night, pushing him ahead of legend Diego Maradona on the all-time scoring list and into second place, where he is tied with Hernan Crespo on 35 goals.

So who does Messi have left to catch? The one and only Gabriel Batistuta! “Batigol” tops the list with 56 golazos, so Messi still has quite a bit of work to do in that department.

30
May

You’ve probably heard this already, but, Germany are pretty good at soccer. Lukas Podolski made known as much, scoring just 9 seconds (NINE!) into Wednesday’s friendly match against Ecuador. Podolski, who is fighting to keep his place as a starter, broke Germany’s national team record for fastest goal scored, then added a second goal later in the match in a 4-2 win.