September 23, 2014 |
MARIO BALOTELLI, the very talented yet mercurial Liverpool striker, has been known to stir the pot, and rarely in a good way. His on- and off-field tactics have usually embarrassed his club and himself, which could explain why he's played for Manchester City, A.C. Milan and now Liverpool in consecutive seasons. Yesterday, after rival Manchester United - which just might be everybody's rival - blew a 3-1 lead in losing, 5-3, to Leicester, Balotelli tweeted, "Man Utd . . . LOL. " As a native Mancunian who has friends on both sides of the City-United civil war, I understand not only the hate the two teams have for each other, but the total dislike they have for Liverpool.
August 3, 2014 |
When Jeffrey Bussmann began following AS Roma more than a decade ago, finding their games on television was nearly impossible. If he was lucky, he might catch an early morning broadcast on a public station. Thursday, Bussmann stood at the edge of Rhodes Field at Penn, a Roma Club Philadelphia banner draped across the railing. A few feet away, Roma stars Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanic glided across the turf. Italian national team legend Francesco Totti lay face down in the grass, a trainer pulling on the veteran's legs.
February 22, 2014 |
Lincoln Financial Field will host a Guinness International Champions Cup match between Italian soccer powers AS Roma and Inter Milan on Aug. 2, organizers of the summer exhibition tournament confirmed Thursday. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 2. Relevent Sports announced that tickets for the game will go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 5. The game will be part of an eight-team, 12-game round-robin tourney held at venues around the United States from July 24 to Aug. 2. The other clubs taking part are Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, and Olympiakos.
October 8, 2013 |
AS A NATIVE of Manchester, England - Mancunians, they call us - I felt a responsibility to provide anyone going to my place of birth to catch the Sixers play the Thunder tomorrow with sightseeing tips. Since I have only visited Manchester on so very few occasions over the past soooooo many years, I recruited my childhood pal, Ian Goldstone, who just so happens to be a limo driver in Manchester, to be our tour guide. Of course being a Manchester City football fan, Ian highly recommends that you check out Etihad Stadium, home of the boys in blue.
May 14, 2013
Laura Robson , a 19-year-old British player, beat Venus Williams , 6-3, 6-2, on Monday in the first round of the Italian Open in Rome to set up a second-round match with Venus' sister, top-ranked Serena Williams . Robson won the Wimbledon junior title at 14. BOXING: Former Olympic gold medalist and world champion Meldrick Taylor has joined the staff at Champions of Tomorrow promotions. The 46-year-old Philadelphia native is helping to promote a June 20 boxing card in Essington.
April 10, 2013
The oldest son and grandson of Johnny Unitas from his first marriage are unhappy with a decision to have Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco of Audubon, N.J., play the part of the late Baltimore Colts great in a forthcoming movie, Unitas We Stand , USA Today reported. Joe Unitas , a son of the late quarterback from his second marriage, is a co-producer of the film. John Unitas Jr. said he is considering legal action if Joe Unitas makes any profits from his father's name.
April 8, 2013 |
MARIO BALOTELLI, the gifted-yet-troubled soccer star for AC Milan, has a penchant for doing stupid things. This weekend, he was cited for smoking a cigarette in the bathroom of an Italian train, which was carrying his AC Milan squad to face Fiorentina on Sunday. Club vice president Adriano Galliani said Balotelli will be fined. Balotelli was really ticked off when he heard that the train's ticket collector, who caught him smoking, told Galliani, "You need to pull his ears. He was smoking in the bathroom," Gazzetta dello Sport reported.
January 12, 2013
The date of two soccer games listed in Friday's Sports section were incorrect. The games played between Liverpool and Manchester United, and Manchester City and Arsenal are scheduled for Sunday.
October 28, 2012 |
If you want to fully understand a country, you have to understand its sporting rituals. In the United Kingdom, that means deciphering soccer (or "football," as it's known to 62 million Brits). Refined, popularized, and given rules in leisure-conscious Victorian Britain, the so-called beautiful game enjoys quasi-sacred status in the country of its conception, a worshipful feeling best summed up by the late, great Liverpool coach Bill Shankly. A no-nonsense Scot, he once famously declared: "Football isn't a matter of life or death.
October 26, 2012
United at Chicago Fire 4 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network) Sporting Kansas City has locked up first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, but that's all that's decided. D.C. United, Chicago, and the New York Red Bulls are jockeying with the Houston Dynamo for the second through fifth seeds. San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers 6:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network) San Jose's Chris Wondolowski needs to score just one more goal to equal Roy Lassiter's MLS single-season record of 27. Lassiter will be on hand at Portland's JELD-WEN Field.