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July 15

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?: by importing promising children from poor countries. Their families are given stipends and the boys come to live in a beautiful, possibly insane facility ("Across the campus, speakers pipe in the sounds of birds chirping throughout the day.") in hopes of some day making it onto the Qatar-owned team in Belgium. Doubly so since their options, much like those of the people building stadiums for 2022, limited:

Aspire executives were displeased by the departures. "They didnít want us to talk to other agents, they definitely did not," said Tchoutou, who now plays for A.S. Romaís top youth team. But after three years, he decided to leave with their approval or not. According to one scholarship agreement, the boys pledge not to sign any contract without the written authorization of Aspire. Of the few boys who have left the program, Bleicher said agents approached them secretly and made promises.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:33 AM - 6 comments

June 25

A search for the original New England Patriots' fan: has a strange and surprising twist to it. The calls are coming from inside the house!

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:01 PM - 1 comment

May 29

Even if you don't follow La Liga, it's worth reading The Sids: the annual awards from Sid Lowe. They start about a quarter of the way down with "Best signing" and move on to videos of mooning a penalty kick, stories of fans playing linesman and the eloquence of Javier Aguirre:

ďI said hijo de puta but I say that 10 or 12 times a game: thatís the way I talk,Ē Aguirre admitted, going on to say hijo de puta rather a lot to reinforce the fact that he does indeed say hijo de puta rather a lot. Out came a magnificent stream of Mexican mouthing off, his accent getting stronger with every smirk and every swear word.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:28 AM - 1 comment

May 14

May 07

Kansas State denies player the right to transfer away: "With a release, Romero could go to another Division I school and receive scholarship money while sitting out the required year to transfer. But without the release, she would have to pay all her own expenses for that year, which she says she's not in a financial position to do as a foreign student."

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 07:58 AM - 5 comments

April 21

"That makes two of us, doesnít it Steve?": Mike Vaccaro on New York sports teams, Steve Philllips and Lupica.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 07:58 PM - 1 comment

April 15

"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,: died at 91.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander found a niche in the market by annually providing statistics, team rosters, records, schedules and predictions for the coming season in the form of brick-size tomes he titled "Complete Handbooks."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:48 AM - 1 comment

April 10

Oops: Atlanta Braves Set Fire to U.S. Flag: The Braves home opener doubled as William Tecumseh Sherman Night.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 09:13 AM - 7 comments

March 28

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles: possibly due to his off-field issues. Now explain how the Jags got a 6th-round pick for Blaine Gabbert.

posted by yerfatma to football at 01:02 PM - 10 comments

March 27

"The Krafts Are the Worst Owners in the League": what the heck is wrong with the New England Revolution?

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 02:22 PM - 7 comments

March 17

What is the best possible season a player could have?: "Our superhuman player is only 20 wins better than Danny Worth, and getting to that superhuman player was pretty difficult. This makes you think about how small the difference is between terrible and great in baseball and why the games are so entertaining. Even the worst teams manage to win and the best teams manage to lose, and this illustrates why that's the case."

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 04:42 PM - 5 comments

January 13

Taro Tsujimoto's story: years before Hideo Nomo and Dice-K, Tsujimoto was a hockey wunderkind who promised to improve the Buffalo Sabres. But he never arrived because he never existed: he was one of the many pranks the Sabres' long-time PR man Paul Wielan invented.

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 03:18 PM - 5 comments

December 30

Nicolas Anelka scored twice this weekend and celebrated in a way only Nicolas Anelka could: sending a heartfelt gesture to a close friend going through some tough times. The friend is a old-school comedian with a style reminiscent of old European theatres, specifically, WWII's Eastern and Western Fronts and the gesture is his, a variation on the Nazi salute combined with a more traditionally obscene gesture.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 10:02 AM - 6 comments

November 21

Tigers and Rangers Swap Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler: the move allows Detroit to move Cabrera to first and call up a prospect to play third and clears up a logjam in the middle of the infield for Texas.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 09:32 AM - 13 comments

November 04

Even after the NFL wised up, the Premier League still isn't sure concussions matter: Saturday's Everton/ Tottenham matched featured a 10 minute Keystone Kops skit that ended when the Tottenham medical staff gave up and let Hugo Lloris stay in the game after being knocked unconscious by Romelu Lukaku's massive thigh.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 12:18 PM - 7 comments

October 17

Does the sale of Inter Milan by : Massimo Moratti sold a controlling interest to Erick Thohir who also owns DC United.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 12:58 PM - 3 comments

July 17

So you've purchased a football team: here's how to use it for nefarious means. This week's The Economist provides "A villainís guide to football". As a counter-balance, they also offer suggestions on cleaning up the game.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:28 AM - 1 comment

June 28

Old Blood: an elegy for Theo Fleury, hero to undersized scrappers.

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 11:15 AM - 0 comments

May 31

As part of the cover vote for NHL14, the NHL remembers its history: sadly, some of the voters who have embraced a "Vote Early, Vote Often" philosophy can't remember important facts.

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 10:06 AM - 2 comments

May 03

March 20

If it seems like Botswana's Bobby Shillinde came out of nowhere,: that's because he did. And sadly, he's probably going right back, assuming they can sort the passport.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 09:06 AM - 3 comments

January 29

A-Rod and others received HGH from a Miami :

"The names are all included in an extraordinary batch of records from Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic tucked into a two-story office building just a hard line drive's distance from the UM campus. They were given to New Times by an employee who worked at Biogenesis before it closed last month and its owner abruptly disappeared. The records are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:23 AM - 7 comments

December 27

Russian oligarch fires well-regarded coach mid-season: P.J. Carlesimo will replace Rafa Benitez Avery Johnson for now.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 02:28 PM - 2 comments

December 08

The New England Patriots are regularly accused of being poor sports: for running up the score. Any number of writers see karmic justice in Rob Gronkowski's injury (a Bills' reporter even hoped for an injury during the Pats/ Jets tilt). This, however, is a new one: Miami Dolphins' defensive tackle Tony McDaniel feels "It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful".

posted by yerfatma to football at 10:27 AM - 11 comments

December 01

Kansas City Chiefs' Linebacker Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, self: Belcher drove to the Chiefs' practice facility where he was confronted by coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli before shooting himself.

posted by yerfatma to football at 12:07 PM - 16 comments