Gregory Simpson

Manchester City Crash Out Of Champions League In Embarrassing Fashion

on December 04 2012 11:58 PM
Manchester City Crash Out Of Champions League In Embarrassing Fashion

Big spenders Manchester City went crashing out of the Champions League following a tight 1-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, leaving the Sky Blues red in the face at the foot of Group D.

The German club netted the only goal of the fixture through local striker Julian Scheiber, which seals City's fate in qualifying for the second tier Europa League as well, after one of the worst performances by an English team in any European competitions.

The result leaves City bottom of their group with just three points and without a win: not a great return on the multi-million pound investment in the star-studded squad.

With the big Manchester Derby set for this weekend to decide who goes top of the English Premier League, City boss Roberto Mancini will need to rally his troops, thou derby matches normally bring the best out of players with the added passion that the rivalries bring.

Tottenham Boss Andre Villas-Boas Backs Gareth Bale After Another Dubious Dive

on December 02 2012 5:02 AM
Tottenham Boss Andre Villas-Boas Backs Gareth Bale After Another Dubious Dive

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has backed star winger Gareth Bale following yet another yellow card for an unsporting dive during their 3-0 win over neighbors Fulham.

This came after the England International was booked for simulation against Liverpool recently, followed by yesterday's crumbling to the ground after a fair tackle by midfielder Steve Sidwell.

Replays suggest there was contact between the two players, leading Villas-Boas to claim the booking was unjust, thou Bale is starting to get a reputation for falling to ground at the mere suggestion of contact.

The Spurs boss reflects on the situation after the match, "Gareth is so fast so it is very difficult (for referees) to judge situations. He has suffered big, big injuries to his ankles before and sometimes he wants to protect himself a little bit. He might put his body in situations that the referee thinks that he is diving and he is suffering for it in these last two games.

"He is now very near suspension for two unfair yellow cards and I think you gain a reputation for being a diver unfairly sometimes. This player has suffered a lot in his career. It's a little bit harsh on him."

UFC On Fox 5 Predictions: Far Reaching Title Implications For Seattle Showdown

on December 02 2012 2:03 AM

The UFC is bringing a stacked night of fights to their fifth card on the main Fox Network on December 8th from Key Arena in Seattle, as Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson puts it all on the line against one of Stockton’s favourite sons, Nathan Diaz.

This will be Henderson’s second defence of the 155 pound strap after a controversial win over Frankie Edgar. Once again wrestling will be the deciding factor in this bout. In terms of striking Diaz would enjoy a slight speed advantage, though the power stakes are in Bendo’s favour – so no clear advantage there.

On the ground, Diaz will enjoy superior submission skills thou Henderson has not been submitted in five years making for another possible stalemate. Diaz would have to soften him up on the feet to have any chance of a sub in the latter rounds.  

Then we come to the wrestling department which Henderson walks away with. Built like an NFL running back, the reigning champion should have little trouble taking Diaz down and landing some clinical ground and pound.

Spurs Striker Jermain Defoe Denies Harry Redknapp Re-union At QPR

on November 29 2012 4:07 PM
Spurs Striker Jermain Defoe Denies Harry Redknapp Re-union At QPR

In form Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has rubbished rumors of a move away from White Hart Lane to re-unite with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR.

The England forward has been in fine form this season, netting 10 goals in all competitions, helping the North London club keep up with the top four.

Defoe addressed the transfer speculation of a possible move to QPR on Sky Sports News:"That's not going to happen. I'm not leaving Tottenham, I love the club and to score goals at a big club like this is fantastic"

"If the opportunity comes to leave the club it won't be happening. I don't want to leave, I'm a Spurs player - and I'm happy.

"I think I can say I'd like to finish my career at Tottenham. I want to achieve something special here - it's a great time to be at the club,” he concludes. 

UFC Welterweight Aftermath: Where To Next For Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks And Nick Diaz?

on November 29 2012 3:04 PM
UFC Welterweight Aftermath: Where To Next For Georges St. Pierre, Johny Hendricks And Nick Diaz?

With Georges St. Pierre over his injury doubts following an authoritative display against interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154, what’s next for the Canadian superstar with talks of a super fight with Anderson Silva in 2013 looming?

It’s not many top-line athletes that came back an ACL re-construction, but GSP is one such, who was still able to hit his famed double leg takedown with ease.  Not afraid to bring the fight to Condit either, and bar a flash knock-down in third round, GSP never looked like losing.

The win added some fire to speculation of a GSP vs Silva super fight, however the cards seem stacked in the favor of the bigger Brazilian. GSP has showed no interest in the fight at 185 pounds and has hinted that the only way he’d take the fight is if Silva was prepared to cut down to 170 pounds to challenge for his belt. Silva hasn’t fought at that weight since competing in Pride eight years ago. The 37 year-old is no spring chicken either and generally walks around at 220 pounds between fights.

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