Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund survive Mourinho's Madrid flurry to reach Final


Unfancied by some, Dortmund’s triumph against Jose Mourinho’s s Real came in two forms: devastating attack at home, measured, concentrated defence away - at least until those last few scrambled minutes. If they are the coming team, Real and Mourinho are going — their separate ways probably. This was a second consecutive semi-final failure at home. It was Bayern last year.

Remontada historicas — historic comebacks — was the theme Real have pushed since last Wednesday.  Madrid have come back from some serious deficits in the past, including being 4-1 down against Derby County in 1976 and winning 5-1 in extra-time at home.

Craziest Things to Ever Happen in a Sports Locker Room

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so what happens behind closed doors should stay behind closed doors. Unfortunately for the sportsmen we will be discussing, sometimes it doesn't.

We would be naive to believe that it's all sunshine and rainbows in professional sports locker rooms. Just like any group of people who work closely together for far too many hours in the course of a week, there are bound to be scuffles and disagreements. It's human nature.

And now that the NFL plans to install cameras in home-team locker rooms beginning in 2013, we're bound to have a lot more stories like these at this time next year.

Sportunes will from time to time bring to your know the scuffles and disagreements that have refused to stay behind those sealed doors.

Kobe Bryant vs. Dwight Howard

Basketball - Jason Collins through the years (Photos) + Support pours in from the sporting world

The 12-year NBA veteran became the first active player in a major men's North American team sport to announce his homosexuality. Read the story HERE.  After the shocking revelation Jason Collins has  received an outpouring of support and admiration from the sporting world and many other influential voices.

EXCLUSIVE: Walcott swapped shirts with Van Persie in the tunnel to avoid the wrath of Wenger and Gunners fans

Theo Walcott has avoided an Andre Santos-style backlash from Arsenal fans despite swapping shirts with Robin van Persie on Sunday. The Gunners forward was seen giving a post-match interview wearing a United shirt after the 1-1 draw.

Avoiding controversy: Walcott in Van Persie's United shirt which he picked up in the tunnel after the match.

Basketball - Nets stay alive with win over Bulls

Nets 110, Bulls 91


Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds while Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists as the Nets cut the Bulls' lead to 3-2. Game Six is on Thursday in Chicago. Nate Robinson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 18 for the Bulls, who were outscored 33-18 in the final quarter.

Monday, 29 April 2013

If Real beat Dortmund and reach Wembley they can SLEEP with my girlfriend! Mario Blotelli's 'boast' ahead of Champions League decider

Mario Balotelli might get a frosty reception from girlfriend Fanny Neguesha after he reportedly made a bizarre comment about the Belgian model ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

The former Manchester City striker is apparently so confident Dortmund will qualify for the Champions League final, he is claimed to have said that he would allow the Spanish side’s squad to sleep with his girlfriend if they managed to upset the odds and reach Wembley.

In Spanish newspapers AS and Marca, the Italy forward was quoted as saying: ‘If Real Madrid come back in Champions League, I’ll let my girlfriend sleep with them!’
Love it: Fanny Neguesha has a tattoo expressing her love for the Italian striker
Loved up: Balotelli and Neguesha's relationship has developed after the striker swapped Manchester for Milan

NBA star Collins becomes first US athlete in mainstream sport to announce he is gay

Jason Collins has become the first active player in the NBA to come out as gay.

The 34-year-old, who played most recently for the Washington Wizards in an NBA career spanning 12 seasons and six teams, came out in an article with Sports Illustrated magazine.

He wrote: 'I'm a 34-year-old NBA centre. I'm black. And I'm gay.

'I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.'


Everything You Need To Know About Lionel Messi, The Best Soccer Player On Earth


"Leo" was born in Rosario, Argentina and is the son of Jorge Horacio Messi, a factory worker, and Celia María Cuccittini, a part-time cleaner. His father is of Italian descent. His ancestors immigrated to Argentina in the late 19th century.

Schumacher is back in a Mercedes... but only for a lap of honour!

Michael Schumacher is to get behind the wheel of a Mercedes again next month for one final lap of honour. The seven-times Formula One world champion retired from the sport for a second time at the end of last season after a three-year spell with the German manufacturing giant.

Earlier this year, Mercedes announced an ambassadorial role for the 44-year-old who is also assisting with future developments of road cars.
Last hurrah: Michael Schumacher will make one final appearance in a Mercedes

Basketball - Miami and Spurs seal sweep, Warriors on brink and Celtics stay alive by beating Knicks in overtime thriller

Heat 88, Bucks 77


LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and visiting Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter to complete a four-game series sweep of Milwaukee.

Ray Allen scored 16 points off the bench and Udonis Haslem added 13 as the reigning NBA champions rolled into the Eastern Conference semi-finals despite playing without All Star guard Dwyane Wade, who sat out with an ailing knee.

Bale named PFA Player of the Year

PFA Chairman Clarke Carlisle, presenting Bale with his award
The victory for the Welsh star, who has scored 19 goals in a breakout season that has seen him transformed from winger into out-and-out goalscorer, means that it is now four years since the PFA Player of the Year played for the Premier League champions - the last man to earn both the PFA award and a league winners' medal in the same season was Ryan Giggs in 2009.


Well Olamide i'm guessing this man needs no introduction! So 1st of all Adoration; ‘Agbowokariowona’ which roughly translates to mean the one who piles up money only to distribute without any stress. Erinfolawolu (The elephant which strides into the town with all majesty and candour), Agbelesona bi Oyinbo (He who resides at home while spinning wonders like the whites), Apesinola of Ijebuland, He is also known as Aneye Toto (Fine Boy), a nickname that was known only to his closest friends and relatives until KSA released the song in his honour.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Eight is great! Nadal the king in Barcelona once more after seeing off Almagro in final

Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday after seeing off Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final.  Almagro played aggressively early on and built a 3-0 lead, but Nadal found his form and broke his fellow Spaniard in three of his next four service games to take the initiative - and he held it for good.

It was Nadal's 54th career title and fourth this year, having made six straight finals after returning from a knee injury that had kept him off the courts since last summer. 


Taste of glory: Rafael Nadal won his eighth Barcelona title after beating Nicolas Almagro in the final

Guard of honour for champions Man United and fiery reception for former hero RVP who marks first return to Arsenal with equaliser

Robin van Persie earned a point for Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United in a 1-1 draw on his return to Arsenal.

The former Gunners captain received the expected hot reception as soon as he stepped out at the Emirates Stadium for a guard of honour, which was impeccably observed by the Arsenal team to mark United's achievements in marching to a 20th championship.


Welcome home Robin! Van Persie walks into Arsenal dressing room by mistake on Emirates return

Robin van Persie was left red-faced on his return to the Emirates Stadium after attempting to walk into the HOME dressing room.

The Dutchman, who spent eight years with Arsenal before his controversial £24million switch to Old Traffford last summer, made the mistake ahead of today’s Barclays Premier League clash in which he will start.

After making his way off the Manchester United team bus, Van Persie walked towards the Arsenal dressing room before realising his error, slapping his forehead and making his way to the away dressing room, sporting an embarrassed smile.


Reading and QPR were both relegated from the Barclays Premier League today with neither side able to secure the win they required at the Madejski Stadium to still have an outside chance of surviving. In a game bereft of quality both sides were guilty of wasting the few chances that fell their way as they both bowed out of the top flight with a whimper.

A win for either would have kept them mathematically in the hunt for survival and relegated the losers, whereas the draw condemned both clubs to the npower Championship.

Chipping in: Queens Park Rangers striker Jay Bothroyd tries a lob over Alex McCarthy

Tennis - Sharapova makes easy work of Stuttgart title defence

World number two Maria Sharapova saved her best performance of the week for last when she successfully defended her Stuttgart Grand Prix title with a 6-4 6-3 victory over second seed Li Na of China to kick off her clay-court season in style.



Maria has successfully defended her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title as she defeated No.2 seed Li Na of China 6-4 6-3 in Stuttgart. This is Maria's 29th career title and her second title of 2013.

Parties and protests as Brazil's iconic Maracana re-opens with legends match featuring Ronaldo and Bebeto.

Brazil's iconic Maracana Stadium re-opened after nearly three years of renovations last night, offering the world a first glimpse at the arena that will host the 2014 World Cup final and the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony. The construction workers who helped upgrade the famous stadium and their families were treated to the first action in the 'new' Maracana as Friends of Ronaldo and Friends of Bebeto played an exhibition match.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and other big name guests were among the 30,000 who attended the inauguration.


Cristiano Ronaldo denies affair with Miss BumBum (photos)

Talented and controversial on the field, Cristiano Ronaldo has had a life filled with love, hate and controversy off it. The goal pumping machine took to social media shortly after his Real Madrid beat rival Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby not to congratulate his teammates on a big win but to deny a report that hasn't even been published yet, although all signs point to an alleged infidelity.

Cristiano and Andressa
 Never one to be far from controversy, Ronaldo wrote on both his Facebook

Boxing - Khan wins a close, hard contest

“Same old Amir,” said one of my fellow hacks at the Sheffield Arena tonight, shaking his head like a schoolteacher, disappointed in a student who just won’t learn his lesson.


One can imagine certain TV executives saying the same phrase with far more enthusiasm, as young Mr Khan squeezed home once again after a hard-fought contest in which he was knocked down once and shaken at least twice more.

NBA Playoffs roundup- Spurs maul under-strength Lakers, Durrant edges OKC past Houston

Spurs 120, Lakers 89

The result - the Lakers' worst home play-off loss in franchise history - saw San Antonio take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Tim Duncan had 26 points and nine rebounds while Tony Parker added 20 points and seven assists as the Spurs took control early and put themselves in position to sweep the series in Sunday's Game 4 in Los Angeles.

Saturday, 27 April 2013


In which city will you find the Head Quarters of the I.A.A.F?

- Brussels
- Paris
- Zurich
- Monaco



Larisa Semyonovna Latynina has the highest individual event medals in the history of the olympic games. Her total of 18 Olympic medals was a record for 48 years until surpassed by American swimmer Michael Phelps on July 31, 2012.. Between 1956 and 1964 the Soviet union Gymnast won 14 individual Olympic medals Although Phelps broke her total medal count record, her record for individual event medals (14) still stands.

Cote d’ Ivoire beat Nigeria to lift first CAF U-17 title


The Baby Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire won their first African U-17 title after a 5-4 penalty shoot victory over The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in the final of CAF U-17 Morocco Telecom Championship played in Marrakech on Saturday. The West African derby had ended 1-1 with both goals scored in the first half of a pulsating encounter.


The former Brazil striker renewed his long-running feud with the Selecao legend after the 72-year-old reacted to being called a "poet when he doesn't speak" Romario has reignited his war of words with Pele after labelling the Brazil great an "an imbecile".

Liverpool Destroy Newcastle in a Meaningless 6-0, Hart's gaffe mars City win,Tottenham scrape draw at Wigan

Newcastle 0 6 Liverpool

Liverpool put a controversial week behind them as a Luis Suarez-less XI turned on the style to destroy Newcastle 6-0 at St James' Park. Suarez's 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic had cast a cloud over Liverpool's preparations but they exploited what has a horrendous performance from the struggling hosts to suggest that all may not be lost without their star striker.

Tennis - Nadal routs Raonic to setup an all Spanish final against Almagro who schooled the German Kohlschreiber 6 - 2, 6 - 1

                 Rafa Nadal celebra su pase a la final del Conde de Godó

Chasing a fourth title of the year after returning from a seven-month injury layoff in February, Nadal recovered from a slow start on the clay at the Real Club de Tenis when he lost his serve in the second game to fall 2-0 behind.

The French Open champion broke straight back and again for a 4-3 lead before closing out the first set and he turned the screw in the second to secure a comfortable third win in three matches against the big-serving world number 13.

City fans paid tribute to Foe during West Ham clash to honour former star's memory 10 years after tragic death

Manchester City joined fans in paying tribute to Marc-Vivien Foe during Saturday's visit of West Ham to honour the memory of the midfielder who tragically died 10 years ago.

The club showed an image of Foe, who played for both City and the Hammers, on the electronic boards in the Etihad after 23 minutes and fans of both clubs joined in a minute's applause to pay tribute to the Blues' former No 23.
The Cameroonian collapsed during the Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia on June 26, 2003 and passed away shortly afterwards despite attempts to resuscitate the 28-year-old.

Venezuela appoints Olympic pin-up sexy fencer as new sports minister


She’s made history in becoming Venezuela’s first ever female minister. But Alejandra Benitez’s promise to transform sport in the South American nation is not what’s got her countrymen all excited. Instead, she’s the talk of the town after a series of saucy snaps she posed for before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing were re-published online. The 32-year-old – who fenced for Venezuela during the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics – was revealed as new President Nicolas Maduro’s sports minister at the weekend.



It's about to go down.

If you are looking for the biggest party in the nation, you might consider the Michael Jordan wedding, which The Miami Herald reports is going down this today. NBA legend Michael Jordan is set to get hitched to Miami-born ex-model Yvette Prieto Saturday afternoon at his home in Jupiter's fancy Bears Club.

Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly the wealthiest manager operating in Britain


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has retained his position as the wealthiest football manager in Britain, according to a report to be published on Sunday.

The fourth annual Sunday Times Sport Rich List, to be published in full on 28 April, says that Ferguson, who has just led United to Premier League title glory, is now worth £34m.

Birmingham striker Marlon King arrested on his 33rd birthday after a Porsche involved in serious smash .

Birmingham City striker Marlon King was arrested on his 33rd birthday after a Porsche was involved in a serious road smash which left one man in hospital. Nottinghamshire police said King was questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving after a three-car crash in Winthorpe on Friday.


A Porsche, a Volkswagen Polo and a Vauxhall Astra were involved in the crash at 2:50pm. The driver of the Polo, 35, was air-lifted to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre with serious injuries, while others suffered minor injures.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Tennis - Nadal wins two matches in one day in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal stayed on course for an eighth Barcelona Open title in nine years with two wins on Friday.


Chasing a fourth title of the year after returning from a seven-month injury layoff in February, Nadal recovered from a slow start on the clay at the Real Club de Tenis to beat Benoit Paire 7-6 6-2 in their delayed third-round match. The world number five had been set to meet the 13th-seeded Frenchman on Thursday before rain washed out the day's play.

Boxing - Klitschko stunned by Chisora reprieve

Wladimir Klitschko has taken another dig at Dereck Chisora, saying he ‘cannot understand’ the BBBC’s decision to restore his boxing licence after just one year.


After his defeat to Vitali Klitchsko in February 2012, Chisora brawled with British rival David Haye in a post-fight press conference, scenes that were widely condemned.


I dint actually see the bite LIVE, i remember i just finished playing footy then i pounced on my fone and   'started seeing thins' on peoples updates: 'Suarez the Vampire, Suarez should never play for Liverpool again, Suarez is the reason why hell fire exists'. What they failed to mention was that he made a stunning pass for the 1st goal and scored the equalizer. I eventually saw the bite and  i was like this guy must get banned for this, because there is no space for biting in our sports.



Sporting events have one thing in common with concerts: A few douchebag fans can ruin everything. They're running onto the field, they're blowing some kind of plastic horn in your ear, they're throwing sh*t down onto the playing surface.

It kind of makes you stop and wonder, who the hell started this? And why did other people decide to copy it?

Freddie "Saddam" Maake invented the Vuvuzela


Basketball - Barca overpower Panathinaikos to setup EL CLASSICO semi final.

A strong first quarter propelled 2010 Euroleague champions Barcelona to the competition's Final Four in London's O2 Arena from May 10-12 after they engineered a 64-53 win over six-times champions Panathinaikos Athens.


The Euroleague's all-time leading scorer Juan Carlos Navarro netted 15 points and Brazilian point guard Marcelinho Huertas added 10 to give Barca a 3-2 win in a rollercoaster best-of-five quarter-final play-off series, while forward Stephane Lasme stood out for the visitors with 16 points.

Basketball - Parker leads Spurs to second victory over Lakers while Heat move within game of series win.

Tony Parker scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half as the San Antonio Spurs took a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James also starred in a 104-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks as the Miami Heat took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

Spurs 102, Lakers 91


Europa League - Last-gasp Luiz sees Chelsea win at Basel


David Luiz fired in a last-second free-kick to give Chelsea a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Basel.

Chelsea took an early lead through Victor Moses in a first half they controlled, but Basel fought back in the latter stages and were awarded a soft penalty by Czech referee Pavel Kralovec, which Fabian Schaer converted.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Fabregas's stunning girlfriend locked in multi-million pound divorce battle with ex-husband

A bitter battle involving Cesc Fabregas, a London property tycoon and his Lebanese ex-wife has reached the Court of Appeal.
Elie Taktouk, 38, objects to having to shell out for a home for Daniella Semaan when her new boyfriend, Barcelona midfielder Fabregas, has millions to lavish on her.

Photographs appeared of 38-year-old Miss Semaan on holiday with the former Arsenal hero in Italy emerged months after the couple had divorced.
Court case: Fabregas and his girlfriend Daniella are implicated in a hearing at the Court of Appeal
Fabregas's girlfriend

Athletes Whose Personalities Overshadow Their Talent

Sometimes, it's fine when athletes use their larger-than-life personalities to make names for themselves, especially when they don't have the talent to do their talking on the court or on the field.
Professional sports are filled with Good Guy types who make us laugh, sometimes make us cry (in a good way) and give us moments that we'll never forget.

But professional sports are also filled with suspect characters who will forever be known for something entirely unrelated to their jobs—like, for instance, bringing a gun to the locker room or just being really, really dumb. Because of those indiscreet identifiers, nobody really remembers much of anything that has to do with their talent.

In this column we are going to be looking at the guys who will forever be known for their personalities rather than their skills—the good, the bad and the ugly.

Basketball: Thunder sees of rockets to take 2 game lead

Thunder 105, Rockets 102

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 29 points apiece as the hosts opened up a clear advantage in the best-of-seven play-off series. Serge Ibaka had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots as the Thunder followed up their 29-point Game 1 victory. Game 3 is Saturday at Houston.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Champions League - Lewandowski smashes four as Dortmund rout Madrid

                    Robert Lewandowski celebrates his fourth goal (AFP)

Real Madrid look destined to suffer a third Champions League semi-final defeat in three seasons after conceding four goals to Robert Lewandowski in a remarkable 4-1 first-leg defeat away at Borussia Dortmund.

Mario Goetze's imminent record transfer to Bayern Munich had dominated the build-up to the contest and it was feared, would distract Dortmund from the task at hand. But Lewandowski produced one of the most destructive performances ever seen in the latter stages of the competition, slaying Madrid in a compelling demonstration of centre-forward play.

Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Durant Is Staying Second Best


So Kevin Durant is sick of being second best. It doesn’t change the fact that he is just that at the moment. His team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, are inferior to the Miami Heat until proven otherwise, and he himself isn’t as good as LeBron James, and all of his motivation and obsession to become better than everyone else isn’t going to help.

Premier League - 10-game ban for Luis Suarez after Ivanovic bite

The Liverpool striker pleaded guilty to the charge, which the FA had said in an earlier statement would require a ban of more than three games. Suarez is expected to contest the length of the ban, however; Liverpool had indicated that he would appeal if the ban was longer than three matches. They will have until midday on Friday April 26 to contest the punishment.


German car maker Porsche on Monday made what some might consider a surprising announcement: Its first global endorser would be a woman. The brand, which is dominated by male buyers, chose tennis player Maria Sharapova to be the face of its company for the next three years.

"This says a lot about her longevity and her brand power," said her agent, Max Eisenbud. "To have a company like Porsche that is so high-end and so meticulous to allow her to stand next to their car says a lot."


In every sport, there is nothing more uncomfortable or embarrassing to watch than a meltdown; that single moment when an athlete finally absorbs all the criticism, the pressure, the boos in the stadium and just emotionally malfunctions. They can manifest in fights, tantrums or complete surrender. But usually it's fights. Regardless of what form they take, they are almost always excruciating to witness and so naturally, they are littered across YouTube with hundreds of thousands of hits apiece. Most of them we've all seen by now but sportunes will be bringing to your cyber step from time to time some of the biggest sports meltdowns you've probably never heard about. Enjoy, I guess.

Novak Djokovic Will be Remembered as Better Than Rafael Nadal

The situation for Rafael Nadal at this stage of his career is quite different than it is for Novak Djokovic. Unless what we saw in the Monte Carlo final was a rusty Nadal who still needs more time to find his way back to the top of the game, this is as good as it gets. A final on clay, with the world’s number one standing in his way. When the careers of both men will be over, the Serb will be remembered as the better player.

The Most Important Player On Every NBA Playoff Team

In wake on tonights NBA playoffs games, Sportunes will like to examine the most important player in each teams.To determine this most important piece of all 16 playoff team, one simple stat was used: on court/off court points per 100 possessions. This stat just tells you how much better a player's team performs when he's on the court compared to when he's off the court.

There are some obvious ones here (LeBron), but others may come as a surprise.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013



Barcelona's Champion League hopes are all but over after a shocking 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Bayern came into the game as slight favorites, but nobody expected a bludgeoning like this.
It's tied for the biggest loss ever for Barcelona in Europe.


Which Bird's name means 'two under par' in Golf?
- Eagle
- Vulture


Tim Duncan Was *ThisClose* to Becoming a Swimmer 

If you're surprised that Spurs ageless superstar forward Tim Duncan is a man of many talents, then obviously you just don't know Tim Duncan. He's been one of the most quietly dominant forces in the NBA for 15 years, but basketball isn't the only sport he has excelled at.
Duncan was born and raised on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, where swimming was a more natural fit for his and his two older sisters' natural athleticism. By the age of 13 Duncan was already a world-class swimmer with Olympic dreams who had already broken a number of world records.

But when Hurricane Hugo hit the island, his swim team's pool and facilities were decimated, which required practices to be moved to the ocean for a period of time. Duncan immediately began skipping practices and ultimately gave up the sport entirely due to an extreme, but understandable, phobia of sharks.
A promising young swimmer may have been lost.
Thankfully, swimming's loss was the NBA's gain.

Nike Is Removing This 'Boston Massacre' T-Shirt From Its Outlets


Nike is i the process of removing this "Boston Massacre" T-shirt from its outlets, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
The shirt — which shows the word "Boston" spattered with blood — has nothing to do with the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Rather, it's a shirt for fans of the New York Yankees commemorating a 4-0 series of games in 1978 that the Yankees won against the Boston Red Sox.

No doubt the shirts have become instant collector's items — but where would you actually wear one?

Gossip: New Cheating Scandal Strikes Chelsea, Gerard Pique Enjoying Fatherhood Plus Neymar’s Dating ‘Schedule’


Barcelona are scheduled to face Bayern Munchen in the first leg of their Champions League encounter tonight, but Gerard Pique has had other off-pitch distractions… in the form of fatherhood! With his partner Shakira currently a judge on the USA Reality TV singing competition, “The Voice”, the Catalan defender has devoted almost all his free time to his adorable son, Milan Pique Mebarak.