Archive for December, 2010

Reports have been circulating around the media that Rafael Benitez has been sacked by Inter Milan after having only been in charge for six months, the Italians have failed to dominate in the Serie A, currently lying in seventh place in the League Standings and finishing second in their Champion’s League group, below Spurs.

Rafa joined the reigning European Champions after quitting Liverpool last season when Jose Mourinho left for Real Madrid. The Spaniard was on borrowed time after his speaking out in the wake of the Club World Cup success when he insisted that Massimo Moratti should back him in the transfer market if they wanted him to stay as coach.

Inter supremo Moratti had refused to stand by the Spaniard following his explosive comments and it now appears his had enough.


David Haye’s manager Adam Booth has today confirmed it is now up to the Wladimir Klitschko camp to agree to their latest offer. Previously the negotiations had hit a stumbling block after the WBA champ wanted more than 50% knowing that he would bring more of audience than Klitchsko.

However, now all the previous disagreements have been ironed out, Adam Booth and David Haye were happy to offer Klitschko a 50-50 split.

This was a deal that the Ukrainian had wanted from day one, Wlad had set a deadline of January 4th to agree to fight and now it’s all up to the WBO and IBF Champ to accept.

“We are now perfectly positioned to get together and make this fight with Wladimir Klitschko,” said Booth.

“We have sorted out all the old problems and disagreements and are ready to sign the deal both (Klitschko’s manager) Bernd Boente and I discussed on Sky Sports’ Ringside show in November.

Speaking on UK television about the money that the Haye camp generates, he added; “Despite the fact we know we bring more UK television money to the table, David and I are happy to split the entire pot 50:50 and grant Wladimir the deal he has wanted since day one.

“We have offered them 50:50 on everything – just as they requested – and now see no reason why this tremendous fight can’t happen. The path is clear.”

David Haye said that he sees no reason why Klitschko should not agree to a unification fight in 2011. “We have now ticked every box they have asked us to tick and I just hope Wladimir is as eager to fight as he tells everyone he is,” said Haye.

“We have removed every possible excuse and have shown we are serious about making this fight become a reality. I’ll smoke him out if I have to. I only pray Wladimir is as serious as we are, because this fight needs to happen for the good of the sport.”

Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini has welcomed the decision Carlos Tevez made when he decided to remove his transfer request last night.  Only last week the Argentinean asked to leave in the hope of pushing through a move when the transfer window opens in January.

Just before the game last night, where City lost 2-1 against Everton, Tevez pledged his commitment to the Eastlands. The U-turn came after a direct conversation on Sunday with City’s chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak.

“It is very important for everyone; the club, the squad, for him,” said the City boss. The situation has been cleared up and everything has gone in a good way.

“It was important that we stopped talking about this situation. We are happy about that.”

Tevez is quite probably above suspicion here but this may look to the world that he has just done a Rooney. 

If you are reading this, don’t tell your mother.  She will probably have palpitations at the thought of speed flying, let alone the fact that you are reading this and perhaps even considering having a go yourself.

The best way to describe this fairly new sport is visually.  The video above which will have your chin meeting the floor is Alain Montant, sliding down the lines of a cable car in Chamonix.

The words mad fool spring to mind, followed quickly by give me a go!

It is also known as ski-base and speed riding.  Here, Mattias Giraud displays his skill with a Ski-BASE triple backflip captured in 960p that has to be seen to be believed.  Hold on to your hats. It is almost as if there is a switch in your head that you have to click in order to get in to the mentality to do this thing – and this video imagines it in exactly that way.

As winter sports go this is a long way from being accepted at the Olympics as it is considered way too dangerous.  It was created by skydivers and paragliders who were looking for new sensations – and they certainly got one too.  They wanted to create a link between gliding through the air and gliding by ski.  They got it right.  The sport has now developed.  Where once the paragliders modified their own equipment, now you can buy SpeedFlying wings and gliders.

Here is a compilation of the progression from skiing to skiflying.  You have to wait a minute or two but then the videos of these guys simply propelling themselves off the edge of cliffs is something awesome – you have to see it to believe it.

Ultimately, you might think, who needs skis – or snow for that matter.  Come forth the new generation of  wingsuit flyers who are ready to take things to the next level.  This is a collection of shots from flights made by guys called Robert, Jean Noel, Ludo and Halvor during the 2009-2010 season, while flying the V3 and testing several new V-series wingsuit prototypes around Europe.  Holy cow.

England cricket coach Andy Flower has suggested that he may make some changes to his bowling line-up when they play their fourth Test in Melbourne. England slumped to a heavy 267-run defeat as they struggled to break down the Aussies in the Third Test.

Australia’s fast bowlers dominated in Perth and it is thought that Flower may turn to Tim Bresnan or Ajmal Shahzad. Both have yet to feature so far this tour with Chris Tremlett deputising for the injured Stuart Broad

“A five-Test series is hard on everyone, both physically and emotionally. For the fast bowlers even more so, I would say,” Flower said. “We’ve got a few days now to reassess prior to Melbourne and the bottom line is we’ll pick the XI that we think will have the best chance of winning in Melbourne.

“The workload on our bowlers is heavy. In the absence of a quality all-rounder we’re sticking with our four-bowler attack and we’ve shown over the last 18 months that it’s served us well.”

Andy Flower is considering promoting Ian Bell up the order after Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood have failed to deliver in the middle order.

“We are always looking at ways to improve our side,” Flower said. “Ian Bell looks in very good form, he’s very confident and he’s played beautifully throughout this tour.

“Jiggling with batting orders and personnel is always an option but you also have to be careful about altering a side that’s been very successful over the last 18 months.”

Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini pleaded with the club’s fans to lay off Carlo Tevez. The Argentinean rocked the club last week by handing in a transfer request which has since been rejected.

The Eastland’s outfit face Everton tonight and Tevez is expected to play some part in the game.  This will be the striker’s first appearance for the club since announcing that he would like to leave.

“The fans should continue to support a team like they have in other times,” said Mancini.

“We should forget this (Tevez affair) because we must focus on the next game.

“The next 20 days will be very important.

“Carlos is a football player. He loves football and he plays like when we were young and in the garden.

“It’s the same in training or in a match and I don’t think he will be different.”

Mancini’s side lost on both occasions last season against the Toffees. The Italian will be hoping for a win this time around which could see them top the league table over Christmas for the first time since 1929.

“They (Everton) beat us two times last year, so I remember it very well,” added Mancini. “It will be a difficult game and a tricky game.

“We can play very well and strong. We can only beat them if we play like this.

“It’s important that we are focused on Everton and the supporters are focused on Everton.”

Alex Ferguson has today become Manchester United’s longest serving manager, overtaking Sir Matt Busby.

Ferguson joined the Red Devils in November 1986 from Aberdeen and has had overseen the most successful period in the club’s history.

With 24 years as manager of Manchester United, he is the longest serving manager.

Fergie is also the longest of all the current League managers.

The Scot has won many accolades and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year the most times in British football history.

In 2008, Sir Alex became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion.

Ferguson said: “I think of Sir Matt Busby as being here forever.

“He started at the end of the war and went right through to winning the European Cup in 1968. The timespan seems to be much longer than mine.

On Sir Matt Busby time in charge, Fergie said; “Of course, there are emotional issues. He had to rebuild the team after Munich. There was so much emotion.

“I did not have that. That is the reason he seemed to have been here forever.”

Ferguson also admitted that when he took over as Manchester United boss, he didn’t expect to last as long as Sir Matt.

“I could never have imagined that I would surpass Sir Matt’s longevity.” He said.

“When I came here, my main thought was to win the league and that was my driving force.

“I couldn’t visualise that I would end up with 24 years behind me, going into my 25th year. I could never have imagined that in a million years.”