Saturday, the younger Klitschko brother, Wladimir, defends his four title belts against the upstart British WBA champion David Haye, in Hamburg's soccer stadium. The trash talking in the pre-fight buildup has been impressive, even by boxing standards or lack thereof.
Haye opened by wearing a t-shirt picturing him holding the severed heads of the Klitschko brothers.
Wladimir countered by saying that he would force Haye to eat the shirt after the bout.
Coaches in team sports often offer unusual reasons as to why their team lost. But, they would have to go big to top the excuse laid out Tuesday by North Korean coach Kim Kwang Min.
After his squad's 2-0 loss to the US in the women's World Cup, Kim explained the defeat to the "fact" that several of his players were still suffering from being hit by lightning. Kim claimed that more than five of his players (including the goalie) were hospitalized after a practice where they were struck by lightning. He went on to say that despite the urging of team doctors to sit out of the tournament, all of the team traveled to Dresden and played in the US loss.
Even if this is obviously not true, it still is a fabulous excuse. And please, no references to the electrifying play of the North Koreans.
Maybe the soccer legend doesn't, but it seems that his 8-year-old son Romeo might. Beckham and his family were out shopping in Santa Monica, California last week and Romeo was seen showing some love for UCLA, being attired in a sweatband and matching UCLA soccer t-shirt. Photos proving this were taken by paparazzi and appeared in the London tabloid, the Daily Mail.
The Bruins have got to love the product placement.
Ballplayers have various ways of spending their off-days, but Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J, Upton had initially picked a unique one: going boar hunting with bench coach Dave Martinez in a nature preserve one hour outside of Houston. Upton, who had never gone hunting previously, was reportedly going to be taught how to use a crossbow while standing in a tree.
"I said it kinda joking around at first, then he (Martinez) went and got me camo boots and all of that, so I'm going. I don't know what I'm going for, I'm just going," explained Upton.
After much consternation, the centerfielder decided not to participate when the fateful day arrived due to fatigue. Martinez and Rays equipment/home clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland still took part in the hunt. Martinez later expressed his opinion of Upton’s decision.
Allan “Bud” Selig has been the commissioner of Major League Baseball since 1998, after serving as acting commissioner from 1992-1997. Selig’s contributions to the game include: implementation of the wild card, interleague play, divisional realignment and revenue sharing. His tenure also has to be remembered for overseeing the sport during MLB’s infamous era of steroid use.
Prior to his commissionership, Selig owned the Milwaukee Brewers, beginning in the team’s inaugural season of 1970.
For a man of such wealth and accomplishment, many people are not aware of Selig’s different approach to daily living, as compared to the commissioners of the other major sports.
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn set the bar pretty high when he drafted three point guards in the first round of the NBA Draft two years ago. Sadly for Wolves fans, Kahn may have outdone himself in this year’s draft.
The Timberwolves picked completely unknown 6-6 forward Tanguy Ngombo, from the professional league in Qatar, with pick 57 near the end of the second round. They thought they were getting a true diamond in the rough, a 21-year-old sleeper. It turns out Ngombo is nearly 27 and his birth date is listed on the website for the Qatar League.
Even better, because of his age, Ngombo might not have been eligible for this year's draft.
Not to be outdone by the hooligans in Vancouver, rioters in Buenos Aires went nutty Sunday after longtime favorite River Plate Football Club was tied by Belgrano Athletic Club 1-1. This outcome relegated River Plate to a lower division in Argentine soccer.
2,000 riot police, who were assigned to duty before the match, responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannons and attack dogs. More than 100 "fans" were injured, as well as dozens of officers.
Other proud in-stadium soccer traditions such as setting the concession stands on fire and ripping out seats for use as weapons also took place.
You've all seen the kiss involving Australian Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend Alexandra Thomas, with the Vancouver riots (following the Stanley Cup Finals) taking place all around them. The couple is now trying to cash in on their momentary notoriety and new international stardom by hiring a famous public relations firm who thinks the kiss might be worth as much as $10 million. The couple has been dubbed "the world's most romantic couple."
In a few weeks, they will have lunch with another client of the PR firm, former British prime minister Tony Blair.
UFC impresario Dana White left Las Vegas 20 years ago and set up a boxing gym in South Boston, but returned to Sin City after an extortion attempt by a group of mobsters working for James "Whitey" Bulger.
“They wanted $2,500, but it might as well have been $25,000," said White. "I didn't have it so I went back to Vegas," added White.
White joined up with his old friends, the Fertitta brothers, and bought the wildly successful UFC in 2001.
The 81-year-old Bulger, on the run from the FBI since the early 1990s, was finally captured in Santa Monica, California last Wednesday.