30
Mar

Player in Ukraine may have saved opponent’s life after collision

Something truly amazing happened in the Ukrainian Premier League today.

Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Husev was knocked unconscious when he collided with the Dnipro goalkeeper’s knee. But not only was he out cold, his tongue seemed to have blocked his airway.

By stroke of luck or fate, Dnipro’s Jaba Kankava was nearby and knew exactly what to do. What happened next is both chilling and astonishing:

As of now, there hasn’t been any word on Husev’s condition, but regardless of outcome, it’s pretty clear that Kankava’s reaction could have saved his life.

UPDATE:

More video surfaced from the opposite angle, and it’s somehow more intense than the first. It also shows Husev being transported to the hospital and walking in under his own power. While we don’t know the extent of his injuries, it looks like he’ll be just fine — largely in part because of Kankava’s actions.

(H/T SB Nation)

5
Mar

USA fail to impress in 2-0 exhibition loss to Ukraine

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The United States men’s national team slumped to the occasion in their 2-0 loss to Ukraine in a friendly marred by circumstances on Wednesday. Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic dealt Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad a harsh blow in a wholly deserved loss. It was the final game in which Klinsmann had his European-based players at his disposal before convening his World Cup camp in mid-May, and he cannot have been pleased with what he saw.

"This game helped us a lot to see where individual players are, collectively where we stand with this group of players," Klinsmann said on ESPN after the match. "Obviously we had to form a couple of new things there, starting from the back line — and you could see that, that they never played together that much."

His motley USA side, comprised of a few regulars and a slew of players on the bubble, were outsmarted by a cunning Ukrainian side. Knowing full-well where the Americans were weak, Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka tore their flanks to shreds while the high defensive line was pelted with through balls.

The tentative American defense let the Ukrainians stroll through its line several times early on. In the 12th minute, a simple ball over the top caught the central defensive pairing of Oguchi Onyewu and John Brooks well out of position. That put Denys Harmash through on Tim Howard’s goal by himself. The American goalkeeper made a fine stop on his attempt, but Harmash coolly collected the rebound and laid it wide for Yarmolenko for him to pass the ball into the net.

Just a few minutes later, the Americans were caught out again on a clever play off a Ukrainian corner, but they were saved by a possibly erroneous offside call that time – Alejandro Bedoya actually appeared to keep the play onside. Sloppy and unimaginative in possession, the Yanks produced just two attacks of note in the entire first half. On the first, goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov alertly picked off the cross; on the second, Edgar Castillo’s cross wasn’t quite right and cleared. And they would give away several more fat chances, which a more incisive opponent might have punished, before the halftime whistle brought a respite.

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20
Nov

Porno site, weathercaster pay bets after France seals World Cup ticket

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Pornography mogul Marc Dorcel found an avalanche of users eager to cash in on his bet. (Image provided by Getty)

There are a few things we learned when France dug themselves out of a huge hole and qualified for the World Cup against Ukraine:

  1. Never bet against the down-but-not-out Les Bleus
  2. The French have an affinity for bets involving nudity

First on the docket, one of France’s biggest pornography producers (so we’ve heard), Marc Dorcel. Owner of website of a mature nature, Dorcel offered to remove the pay wall on his site if France managed to qualify.

Once the final whistle blew and France were through, Dorcel’s site crashed in 45 seconds. To Dorcel and his staff’s credit, they tried to protect themselves against the droves of members looking for free content, but alas, accidents happen.

Of course, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. We all know how guys react to free porn:

Ghislain Faribeault, Dorcel’s Vice President of Media, told the French press:

"Seeing the score change in a positive way, we started to try and beef up our servers and prepare for scalability. We decided this operation in a bit in a hurry. But we did not expect such a result!"

Luckily, it seems nobody left empty-handed. Dorcel’s company quickly set up additional website to help handle the load, and users got the free media they were assured.

Now, not to be outdone, French weathercaster Doria Tillier had a lot of the web wondering if she’d come through on her promise to do the weather in the buff once Les Bleus sealed their ticket to next year’s summer bash in Brazil.

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Tillier has seen some time on the silver screen as well as the TV screen. (Image: Getty)

Well, Tillier came through on her promise. Indeed, scantily glad in nothing but a pair of boots, Tillier ran around a lush green field while cheering:

You didn’t really expect to SEE anything unmentionable, did you? It might be foreign TV, but there ARE standards of decency.

Speaking of decency, our favorite part of the video? The sound of nearby church bells ringing as Tillier frolics about. We’re hoping nobody saw anything too titillating.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

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.

23
Apr

Cleiton Xavier scores incredible goal from restart

Metalist Kharkiv’s Cleiton Xavier had the guts to try the improbable, and it turns out it paid off in a big way.

As the ref was about to whistle for play to begin, the Brazilian free kick specialist noticed that the Chornomorets keeper was off his line and acted quickly. After yelling to his teammates to get out of the way, he struck the ball perfectly from the center circle and ended up tying the game.

After the match, a 3-1 Metalist victory, Ukraine national team coach Myron Markevich told him “You made history. This was the goal that Pele was never able to do.”

Some quick-thinking and precise execution made for this incredible moment that Xavier and those in attendance won’t forgot.

27
Mar

There are bad tackles, and then there is this.

Ukrainian player Taras Stepanenko nearly karate-kicked a Moldovan defender’s head off with one of the most dangerous plays we’ve ever seen. Stepanenko was very rightfully given a straight red card for this horrific challenge, and we have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear about it.