Recent Posts by billsaysthis

September 08

Premier League clubs’ brave move may be ruined by elite European predators: The Premier League voted to close its Summer transfer window on the Thursday before the opening weekend of the season beginning next season. Now they'll have to wait to see if any of the other big leagues follow, or else wait to see how many players get picked off in the two weeks or so the window remains open for Spain, Germany, France and Italy. Mourinho and Conte aren't worried... Popocorn not included

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:38 AM - 0 comments

August 09

Mexican soccer legend Rafael Marquez Alvarez among 22 sanctioned for alleged ties to drug trafficking: Not a lot of detail here yet but: "The Treasury says in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino."

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 04:48 PM - 0 comments

July 23

DEMPSEY STRIKE TIES ALL-TIME MNT GOALS RECORD, CAPS USA'S 2-0 GOLD CUP SEMIFINAL WIN VS. COSTA RICA: They'll face the winner of tonight's Mexico-Jamaica match. While Dempsey was definitely the super-sub, Jozy Altidore had a strong night in which he wasn't bitten even once and Darlington Nagbe was probably man of the match. Coach Bruce Arena now has the team unbeaten in 13 matches since taking over last Fall.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:58 AM - 1 comment

June 16

Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to leave' Real Madrid after being accused of tax fraud: It's silly season for soccer as the rumors go deep into the crazy. Real Madrid may pay as much as €135 million for 18 year old French striker Kyian Mbappe (who's started only since November for Monaco). Arsenal, Liverpool or PSG may go in for Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with bids nearing $100M. Another 18 year old, keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma tells AC Milan he will not renew contract before it expires next Summer, so he may go for a fee far exceeding the current record for a goal-minder. And Roman Abramovich will sack Antonio Conte if Chelsea boss continues behaviour despite running away with the Premier League in his first season.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:37 AM - 2 comments

June 11

Under-20 World Cup: England beat Venezuela in final: The Young Lions ride a Dominic Calvin-Lewert first half goal and outstanding goalkeeping by Freddie Woodman to bring home the nation's first world championship at any level in 51 years. Venezuela were camped in the England end almost the entire second half but between Woodman and a packed back line were never able to breakthrough.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 03:01 PM - 1 comment

June 02

1860 Munich suffer double relegation to amateur leagues after owner refuses to pay license fee: A once-great German club nears collapse after a very sad two years of horrible on-field results.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 08:13 PM - 3 comments

May 30

Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley: The most valuable game in sport, the Terriers will earn an estimated $200M after defeating Reading for the third Championship promotion spot. Managed by (German-)American David Wagner, the underdogs contained Reading's attack and won in penalties on the goaltending of Liverpool FC loanee Danny Ward. A look back at how they got here. (Reading made the playoffs yet failed to win promotion for the fourth consecutive season...)

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:33 AM - 4 comments

May 15

Forest Green Rovers: The village team that reached the English Football Leagu: The Nailsworth-based club, who once played in the Stroud League, beat Tranmere 3-1 at Wembley and next season fans from Coventry City, Swindon Town and Port Vale will be weaving through the Gloucestershire countryside to reach their New Lawn home.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:21 AM - 1 comment

May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM: Today, on the three-year anniversary of the Patriots drafting Jimmy Garoppolo, the Jimmy over Tommy possibility remains real.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 12:26 AM - 4 comments

April 29

Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches: Lovely writing from Barney Ronay... "The Bayern midfielder increasingly looks a candidate for the title of most startlingly strange meteoric 24-month first-team career ever. Wonderkids beware"

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 01:02 PM - 0 comments

March 30

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament: Asia doubles count, Africa nearly does, CONMEBOL gets six places (out of 10 nations), CONCACAF also six (no more Hex?), Oceania gets a full spot, UEFA goes from 13 to 16 and there would be a new six nation playoff for the 48th spot.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 01:02 PM - 12 comments

March 15

Happy 125th Birthday, Liverpool FC: On March 15, 1892, John Houlding famously broke from the board of Everton to form a new club - Liverpool.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:52 AM - 2 comments

March 08

Lox to advance: How Israel's WBC team engineered the greatest Jewish miracle since the oil burned for eight days. It's not nothing, if you know what I mean.

posted by billsaysthis to baseball at 06:27 PM - 0 comments

February 15

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal. Can Wenger keep his job this Summer when by his own admission his team are losing and dropping points due to mental errors and poor preparation, or will another Top 4 finish make him think "if I put in on more year we will take the big prize?"

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 08:43 PM - 6 comments

January 26

Hosting fees, race length and streaming: what is F1’s future under Liberty?: Bernie the Despised is gone, how are the new rulers of the twisty track circuit getting on?

posted by billsaysthis to auto racing at 11:33 AM - 0 comments

November 29

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers: This season will be the ninth of the last 10 in which the Bears have missed the playoffs. And yet there seems little urgency to correct matters.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 10:57 AM - 4 comments

September 28

Sam Allardyce: Ex-England boss says entrapment has won: Big Sam heads overseas after being filmed telling a couple of "Far East businessmen" how to get around third party ownership rules. Plus making fun of Roy Hodgson's speech impediment and Roy's assistant Gary Neville. Not sure which but one of those things got him fired after 67 days in charge? Sam says he was foolish but entrapped. Was this really a firing offense?

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:09 AM - 2 comments

May 26

Baylor fires Art Briles over criminal coverups: Details are still a bit thin but apparently Coach Briles protected multiple players on his Baylor football team from sexual assault cases. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is now just Chancellor, athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation but Briles' assistant coaches all remain in place, at least for now, including Kendall Briles. The details are nauseating so I'll leave them out of the post.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 01:39 PM - 2 comments

May 19

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results: Congratulations to Red Loop, who easily outpaced Holden for this year's title. Sadly, it's another Europa League finish for myself while third and fourth went to the colorfully-named Tuscaloosa Dumplings and Lovren's Clown Shoes.

posted by billsaysthis to fantasy at 09:56 AM - 7 comments

May 11

Turning Prodigious into Pros: The Oak Hill Story

posted by billsaysthis to basketball at 12:24 AM - 0 comments

April 14

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft: The Los Angeles Rams have received the first overall pick in this year's NFL Draft in a trade with the Tennessee Titans, giving up a first round pick this year at No. 15; two second-round picks and a third round pick this year; and a first- and third-round pick in 2017. The Rams get the first pick and a fourth- and sixth-round pick this year. The move makes it appear likely the Rams will begin their return to Southern California with either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff as their quarterback. The trade could have been made out of concern the Cleveland Browns would take the Rams' preferred choice of quarterback at No. 2.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 05:41 PM - 7 comments

February 22

Bayer Leverkusen's game descended into chaos after coach Roger Schmidt refused to be sent to the stands: And sure enough, Schmidt is under investigation, as is his boss Rudy Voller. I was actually watching this and, thanks to Fox Deportes not having English SAP, had no idea what was happening until after the game; a very surreal experience.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:14 PM - 0 comments

February 11

The Wow Factor: Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works. From Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. at ESPN.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 04:45 PM - 3 comments

January 05

Rafael Benítez sacked by Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane taking over: Florentino Perez, soccer clown extraordinaire, knifed Benitez in the back after just seven months (Okay, Rafa Benítez was not the solution for Real Madrid – he never had been, but still!). Can Zidane manage the superstar egos? Gab Marcotti and Graham Hunter have doubts.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:06 PM - 1 comment

January 01

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers: Clemson blew out Oklahoma and Alabama shut out Michigan State to set up the CFB National Championship game.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:56 AM - 7 comments