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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.

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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.

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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 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.