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Sporting Week in Pictures (Oct 28 – Nov 5)

Another look at sports people posing for the cameras during the past week…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487856/Tiger-Woods-hits-golf-ball-Europe-Asia-tees-Bosphorus-Bridge.html

Since his off field antics came to light Tiger Woods has failed to find the form that made him the king of golf and this shot has got to go down as out of bounds. Woods was actually attempting to become the first person to hit a golf ball from Europe into Asia (Finally! We’ve all been waiting for that moment I know) as he hit the drive on Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey. I’m not sure local commuters will have been quite so happy with Woods taking over half the bridge to complete the feat mind.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/photos/sports-photos-slideshow/melbourne-cup-day-20131105-044303-192–rah.html;_ylt=AgKcNNZXnNI4ybCLwabKkp_4VpEB;_ylu=X3oDMTNrdnFtZWszBHBrZwM2MzQ3YTFhNS0wODY4LTM4MTYtYjIzYS0wMmEyNWQxNmIzOGQEc2VjA01lZGlhQ2Fyb3VzZWxQaG90b0dhbGxlcnlDQVhIUgR2ZXIDYzFlZDYyMzAtNDVkNC0xMWUzLWI1ZmYtMTBiZDkxNzE1N2Rh;_ylg=X3oDMTBhY2IwdWc5BGxhbmcDZW4tR0I-;_ylv=3

Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup horse race this week leaving the trainer and family visibly delighted as he passed the finishing post. Although by the looks of things the guy at the back might have gone a little overboard – much to the shock/delight of the lady in purple and green. With the prize money standing at over $6.2 million (Aussie dollars)  you can understand them getting a little over excited I suppose.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2483149/Steve-Thompson-scores-80-metre-try-England-legends-victory-Australia-Stoop.html

The current international teams played out a tight Autumn test on Saturday which saw England come out on top. But as you can probably tell this isn’t a picture from that game. It is nearly 10 years since Jonny Wilkinson slotted that drop goal through the posts to seal victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final against Australia in their own back yard and in honour of that occasion some of the band got back together to take each other on for charity last week. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly hooker Steve Thompson’s 80 metre sprint/waddle to the line which was quickly followed by a pint.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/gallery/2013/nov/03/south-wales-derby-cardiff-swansea-pictures

On Sunday afternoon Cardiff City overcame their fierce rivals, Swansea City, 1-0 in torrential rain to secure the bragging rights over their Welsh neighbours. With police on high alert and potential for trouble always likely this fan resorted to old school playground tactics to mock the travelling Swansea supporters. You see you don’t need flares (the pyrotechnic not the trousers popular in the 1970’s) or missiles to intimidate your opponents, all you need is a pasty white beer belly and your thumb up your nose.

http://galleries.nba.com/gallery/Game_Action%3A_Oct._30#.Unlfgfm-2So

The NBA got under way last month and the New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert has clearly spent the off season developing some new defensive tactics. That or he just really wanted a game of leap-frog with the Milwauke Bucks’ Caron Butler. I have to admit I have no idea what happened in the seconds after this image but I’m going to predict at least one of these three ended up on the floor.

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Sporting Week in Pictures (October 21 – October 28)

Back by popular demand / I haven’t had time to get a new post up in a while. But here are the latest images from the past week in the sporting world.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2477863/Sunderland-v-Newcastle-Black-Cats-fans-wear-horse-masks-punched-police-horse-Bud.html

Sunderland’s first win of the season also happened to be the first Tyne-Weir derby since their infamous 3-0 victory last April against Newcastle which led to one Geordie punching a horse in the face (passion can do strange things to people). We cannot confirm or deny that this is the same horse in question but  Sunderland fans were keen to remind their north-east neighbours of the event on Sunday afternoon. Winning the game 2-1 also ensured they have the bragging rights for a few months at least.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2478231/Has-Joe-Hart-lives-Sportsmail-looks-biggest-2013-errors-Chelsea-calamity.html

You can see it all going through his mind; “Where has the ball gone?”, “Why am I jumping so high?”, “Where can I go on holiday next summer?”. Joe Hart’s error allowed Fernando Torres in to score an injury-time winner in the big Chelsea-City game at the weekend. The England no.1 is definitely going through some dodgy form but as of yet he hasn’t quite reached the heights of Rob Green v USA or Paul Robinson v Croatia and from a purely selfish point of view, as long as he carries on doing it for City and not England it’s ok with me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/10412836/Rory-McIlroy-Phil-Mickelson-and-friends-get-into-the-spirit-with-some-fancy-dress-at-Shanghai-HSBC-Champions-event.html?frame=2717496

 We have all seen Ian Poulter’s deathly competitive stare in recent Ryder Cup matches and no doubt Phil Mickelson has been on the end of a few of them in his time too. But I doubt he has ever been faced with Poulter complete with massive sword before. Fair play to Mickelson, he snagged himself a pretty fancy looking weapon of his own at the recent HSBC Shaghai golf event, but judging by the American’s look of concern he isn’t going to be asking for that trophy any time soon. And maybe it’s just me but I’m pretty sure traditional Chinese warriors did not wear sponsor-laden visors as part of their uniform.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/surfers-ride-biggest-ever-waves-at-nazare-during-st-judes-day-storm-8910801.html?action=gallery&ino=4

While most people were hiding indoors in the UK and across Europe as the St. Jude storm hit the classic foolhardy surfer instinct kicked in for others. Here you can just about make out through the rain Brazilian Carlos Burle taking on what in official surfing terms is called “an absolutely massive wave” off the coast of Portugal. Not technically professional sport but it’s dedication if nothing else.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/24691160

Oh wait hold on I forgot this was only supposed to be sporting images. Next.

http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/manu-the-beast-vatuvei-scores-three-tries-as-kiwis-beat-samoa-at-rugby-league-world-cup/story-fndujljl-1226747962417

Rugby League players are not known to be the sharpest tools in the box and Sonny Bill Williams did little to help that image during New Zealand’s victory over Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup. The man who can’t make his mind up whether to play League or Union (or occasionally box) also seemingly struggles to remember where the try zone ends. After sauntering past the Samoan tackles all he had to do was put the ball down. Unfortunately that proved a step too far. Luckily for him New Zealand were already 36-24 up and went on to win the game 42-24. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/24704332)

Sporting Week in Pictures, September 7 – 15

Another round up of some people photographed playing sport.

http://www.mlive.com/mayweather/index.ssf/2013/09/floyd_mayweather_dominates_sau.html

Floyd “Money” Mayweather continued his dominance of the boxing world as he defeated Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on points in Las Vegas last night/early this morning. I have to admit I didn’t have the dedication to make it to the bell at 4am UK time so can’t really comment on the fight itself but by all accounts Mayweather had it under control. This image certainly suggest Alvarez was dazed enough to take a swing at the referee. Mayweather’s  unbeaten record now stretches to 45 fights and having pocketed $45million for last night’s bout alone its not a bad way to make a living.

Image
http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/ukraine-v-england-picture-special-2265683

The grimace on James Milner’s face epitomises England’s performance away at Ukraine this week and was most likely replicated by most England fans during the 0-0 bore draw. Highlights included the full time whistle and managing to change the channel just in time to avoid having to listen to Adrian Chiles fumble his way through some analysis. To be fair an away point keeps England at the top of the group and just two home victories away from sealing their place in next year’s world cup but it wasn’t exactly pretty.

Luca De Pra
http://news.sky.com/story/1141694/genoa-coach-caught-spying-on-rivals-sampdoria

Great work in Serie A this week. Caught deep behind enemy lines Genoa coach Luca De Pra was discovered in full commando gear in the hills above local rivals Sampdoria’s training ground. Attempting to get some info ahead of the derby game this weekend De Pra was seen hiding in the bushes along with another colleague who managed to escape. Fortunately for De Pra Sampdoria saw the funny side and their website confirmed that after being caught “the opposing side’s soldier was let free to return to base”. Good effort but needs to learn from Mourinho’s laundry basket espionage techniques.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/09/rafael-nadal-us-open-novak-djokovic_n_3896779.html#slide=2892012

The usual raw emotion (and what looks like gleeful skipping) accompanied Rafael Nadal’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2013 US Open Final at Flushing Meadows. Both players pushed themselves to the limits with some rallies going beyond the 50 stroke mark before Nadal won out in four sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. For Nadal it is his 13th grand slam title. just four behind Federer’s record 17, and I’m sure the Spaniard hopes he can eclipse the Swiss master before his biscuit knees cave in once and for all.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (C) is tackled by Cristiano Ronaldo (R) as Karim Benzema (L) and Pepe look on during their training session at Valdebebas sports grounds in Madrid September 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Sergio Perez  (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/soccer/photos-ronaldo-sending-message-gareth-bale-article-1.1455093

Former “most expensive player in the world” Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes new “most expensive player in the world” Gareth Bale to Real Madrid with a friendly two footed lunge in training. And by the grin on defender/professional arse Pepe’s face it seems like it was perfectly executed. Bale survived the session to make his début in last night’s 2-2 draw against Valencia and managed to get himself on the score sheet in the process; a move that angered Ronaldo so much that he immediately signed a new contract today reinstating him as the club’s highest paid player just to keep Bale in his place.

Sporting Week in Pictures, August 31 – September 6

This weeks sporting events as caught by the camera…

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-madness-of-the-transfer-window

You have to feel sorry for the reporters sent out by Sky Sports News to stand in club car parks waiting to report back to HQ on transfer deadline day. While one reporter at West Brom was welcomed with sausage and chips, this reporter, the man given the honour of revealing to the world that Arsene Wenger had finally spent some money, was caught in a stampede of Arsenal supporters attempting to confirm via autoque that they hadn’t misheard. Dragged back to the Emirates sadly this reporter has not been seen since.

Baseball picture
http://www.joe.ie/sports/us-sports/baseball-crowd-terrified-by-foul-ball-might-be-the-best-baseball-picture-ever/

Fans on the other side of the Atlantic this time. In a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Oreos  Orioles last week a foul ball was sent up toward the crowd and this image perfectly captures the total chaos caused. Some, such as the two older women at the bottom of the picture, recoil in horror. Others, like the sporty blonde in the centre, welcome the chance of glory. And then there are the two grey gentlemen on the peripheries. One, almost superman-like looks to “save the women and children” while the other is simply left wide eyed and frozen with terror.

Frustrated:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2414051/Break-ing-point-Murray-Andy-smashes-racket-losing-US-Open-title-frustrating-quarterfinal.html

Andy Murray gave up the defence of his US Open title at the quarter final stage on Thursday. Losing in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka the current Wimbledon and Olympic champion was clearly not happy with how things were going and took it out on his poor defenceless racket. They do say a bad workman blames his tools but you can’t really argue with the Scots performance over the past year.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/10292851/Roy-of-the-Rovers-Rickie-Lambert-will-never-forget-the-night-Moldova-came-to-town.html

Continuing on from his début goal against Scotland Rickie Lambert made it two from two as he scored England’s second goal in a comfortable 4-0 victory against Moldova at Wembley last night. *Insert cliché about him having risen from the bottom of the football pyramid in true “Roy of the Rovers style”*. Fair play to him he hasn’t looked out of place so far although playing against a Moldovan defence is probably a lot more similar to his early career days than the Premier league opponents he now faces.

http://www.lsusports.net/PhotoAlbum.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&PALBID=1014553

Slight bias on this one. The college football season got under way last week in the US and having attended LSU for year in 2011 it was good to see them get of to a winning start this year. Defeating Texas Christian University 37-27 in front of over 80,000 fans in the ‘Cowboy Classic’ held at the AT&T stadium in Texas this is about as far removed from university level sport in this country as is possible. Plus the number 90 you see in that picture, Anthony Johnson, is 20 years old and weighs 21 stone; someone has got to be checking these birth certificates!

Sporting Week in Pictures, August 22-30

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2402275/US-OPEN-2013-Dan-Evans-beats-Kei-Nishikori.html

Dan Evans became the most talked about British tennis player for a few hours at least as he defeated Japanese number 11 seed Kei Nishikori in the first round of the US Open.  For a man who in April admitted “I am obviously pretty bad at my job” after struggling to keep to the regimented schedule of professional tennis it wasn’t a bad few hours work.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-29/celtic-joins-big-guns-in-group-stage/4920500

Jamie Forrest scores a 92nd minute winner for Celtic against Shakhter Karagandy to secure Neil Lennon’s side a place in the Champions league group stages having started the game with a 0-2 deficit after the first leg. If only Karagandy had been able to sacrifice a lamb before the match as they usually do maybe the result would have been different?

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1986806.html#barcelona+milan+ajax+celtic+drawn+together

All Celtic’s hard work means glamour ties against Barcelona, AC Milan, and Ajax rather than the masterfully dull and money-sapping Europa League. All in all Man Utd and Chelsea have the easier of the draw while Arsenal will have to work hard to qualify from a group containing last years runners up Dortmund. Bayern v City also looks interesting.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena assess the light meter
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/23

These guys make it too easy…

The finale of the ashes came around in typically exhilarating fashion on Sunday as, with England needing just 21 runs with just 24 balls remaining, those in charge saw fit to end the days play, and thus the series, due to bad light. I’m not sure if you can make them out through the darkness but the picture shows the umpires and Michael Clarke either searching for mobile phone signal or using one of the many technological advances offered in cricket, “light checker-out-erer” I think its called.

Final results: England 3, Australia 0, Weather 2

Wigan win
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/23794947

Sam Tomkins secures the 2013 Challenge cup for Wigan Warriors with a last minute try to seal a 16-0 victory. A record 19th final victory took place in near torrential rain (take note cricket) at Wembley and was the first time since Wigan beat St Helens in 1989  that a team had managed to achieve a clean sheet.