Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hulk joins Sauber

Hulk joins sauber after two years at Force India.

Who do you think will go to them now?

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Reading Lose Thriller in Cup

Football fans were entertained last night in one of the most bizarre and brilliant games of football ever.

The league cup has in the past been notorious for slightly cagey affairs, or with a youth team showing their promise.

But at the Madjeski stadium, thousands of fans witnessed youngsters collapse, then fight back from the death and a hat trick from a ‘wide man’.

Reading who have been unable to buy a victory in the Premier league this season, raced into a 4-0 lead, and progression into the Capital One quarter finals seemed a certainty.

Some Arsenal fans were pictured leaving the ground at this point, but a true fan stays to the end and tonight was their night.

Playing a mixture of youth and boys, they were all over the shop and looked in pieces before they struck on the stroke of half time.

The second half was less free flowing as Reading strangely decided to sit back, and as Arsenal grabbed another with 25 minutes to go, they cranked up the screw.

It took till the 89th minute to grab a third however, and then a fourth followed in injury time to send the game into extra time.

Reading had let slip a four goal lead, at home, to a bunch of boys.

Arsenal then took the ascendancy and after a spell of boring football, both teams forgot about defence.

Arsenal then took the lead for the first time, before Reading hit back with four minutes to go as penalties looked on the cards.

However, this Arsenal team had gone from death to get here and as Theo Walcott scored his third of the night, Arsenal exploded again and finally ended up with seven for the evening.

The game as a spectacle was superb, and Arsene Wenger must be happy with his team, but Reading, how can you let a 4-0 lead slip and score five at home and still lose?

Arsenals season could well kick on from here, but for Reading it is a long way back, and that might just not happen.

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Tests under floodlights?

The International Cricket Council have finally given in to demand and have now deemed day/night tests to be allowed in international cricket.

The decision means that no longer will test crowds be emptier on the weekdays and the market for success is something that has been welcomed by Cricket Australia.

The board in Australia have set a priority to become the first nation to try this out, and are already actively working with countries to get this happening down under.

There are however many practical obligations that still need to be decided, such as the safety of fans (however with f1 and the night race) this is less of a problem.

The big issue though is the ball. Currently the dark red test ball is too dark and would not be able to be seen in the floodlight arena.

The white ball that has been used in T20 and one day games would be a much easier way, however this ball has yet to show the credentials to lat the duration needed in a test match.

So while in principal it would be great for fans, and give cricket another great spectacle, don’t expect to see it just yet.

However, with Australia keen to give it a go, he iconic ashes could well turn into a bonfire night skyline, and cricket could well have a brand new platform to burn in the public hearts again.

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Controversy in Football Again

Super Sunday served up two absolutely massive games, but once more it is the incidents that were wrong, rather than the amazing play that is dominating todays press.

Mark Clattenburg made two very controversial decisions in the Manchester United V Chelsea game, of which both were probably wrong.

He gave Fernando Torres a second yellow for a dive, which replays show was not a dive but a bad tackle by Jonny Evans. He then also allowed Javier Hernandez’s goal to stand when he is clearly in an offside position, as United won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

He is also alleged to have used inappropriate language towards the Chelsea players and have been reported to the FA. However, the legitimacy of these claims can be questioned after Chelsea did report Champions League ref Fritz a while back, and got it horrible wrong.

In the Merseyside derby, Luis Suarez was again where the attention was focused, but for once he was wrongly disallowed a winning goal as he was clearly onside and level with the ball when he tapped in in stoppage time.

Perhaps this time his reputation once again went against him.

What we should however be focusing on was the quality of the games. There were nine goals and lots of drama and comebacks with some great football in between to look back on, but unfortunately for football in England, that football is no longer enough and problem after problem is causing a black shadow over the game.

Whether it is right or not, the new era of controversial football is well and truly here to stay.

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Super Sunday

Super Sunday returns today as the Merseyside derby takes center stage, followed by the clash of the titans, Manchester United and Chelsea.

This years Mersey battle is far more intriguing due to the starts from both clubs.

Everton, under the excellent stewardship of David Moyes, have started much better than in recent years and are serious contenders for a European place.

Liverpool on the other hand, whose new manager Brendan Rogers is slowly turning the screw, languish down in mid table.

They do however play a much better brand of football than in recent years and a victory today would be a massive sign in their development under the former Swansea man.

The big one however sees the most successful Premier League team ever against the current leaders.

Manchester United are beginning to get into top gear, although continue to struggle at the back in the absence of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Chelsea on the other hand, with the exception of Europe, have been dominant all year with their new brand of intricate passing, stemmed by Edin Hazard and Juan Mata.

Both games could well be tight affairs and both will surely be settled by only one goal.

Prediction for both games.

Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United

Whoever loses today in both games will have a tricky season playing catch up to their rivals.

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Stoner Takes Home Pole

Australian Casey Stoner took pole position in his home Moto GP this morning after suffering a nasty crash earlier in qualifying.

The Repsol Honda rider has recently returned from injury and looked in awesome form as his raced around the Phillip Island circuit in 1.29.623.

The two time world champion announced earlier in the year that this would be his last season in the sport.

World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was back in second and will win the championship for a second time if he finishes inside the top three.

His rival Dani Pedrosa will start in third with Briton Carl Clutchlow in fourth.

The greatest Moto GP rider in history Valentino Rossi will start from eighth in what will be one of his last rides for Ducati.

The Italian has endured a miserable two years with the outfit and will return to Yahama in 2013.

But the day belongs to Stoner who will be hoping to take a home victory in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 

Red Bull gives you wings

Sebastian Vettel showed that having red bull does make you last longer as he dominated both sessions of free practice in India.

After a mediocre start to the season, Vettel has been on fire winning three on the trot and now leads the championship.

He lead his teammate Mark Webber as the Bulls dominated, with championship rival Fernando Alonso half a second back.

Britons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could only manage sixth and seventh in their McLaren cars.

But the session belonged to world champion Vettel who is beginning to once again show his dominance in F1.

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Best Foot Forward

Huddersfield Giants today announced the signing of Wales captain Craig Kopczak as Paul Anderson places all his faith in a powerful forward line.

Kopczak joins Eorl Crabtree, Kieth Mason, Stuart Fielden and Ukuma Ta’ai in what is one of the biggest and best front lines assembled in Super League history.

The former Bradford Bulls star will provide some flair as well, as Head Coach Paul Anderson looks to protect his flair players of Danny Brough, Luke Robinson and Shaun Lunt.

It is another indication that the Giants are looking for hard graft this year, but with a front line boasting those players, the Giants will be a formidable force to breakdown in 2013.