We all know sport stars like to play a few rounds of cards in their down time. From on the team bus to in the changing room, the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Shane Warne, and Boris Becker all enjoy calling a bluff, but two men have taken it beyond the casual game and moved on to something a little more serious. Sporting legends Rafael Nadal and Ronaldo are all set to go head-to-head in ‘The Duel’ next month in what promises to be a thrilling encounter in the heart of London.Follow paulmbanks
Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind, two midfielders, scored tonight to help Manchester United salvage points in their visit to The Hawthorns. However, what happened on social media right before Fellaini scored is the real story here. The West Bromwich Albion official Twitter account, took a sarcastic shot at Marouane when he came on in the second half.
Two midfielders scored their first goal for Manchester United today: Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini. Blind scored his equalizer in the 86th minute to help United salvage points in their visit to The Hawthorns. (Yes, West Bromwich Albion has a home stadium name which sounds like the name of a nighttime drama on the CW; or an outlet shopping mall)
Because Daley Blind scored when trailing so late, today’s draw felt like less of a loss. It’s a “yeah, this bad, but it could have been a lot worse type of emotion.”Follow paulmbanks
You can imagine how many hundreds of thousands of tweets are directed towards Kate Upton every single day. You can also guess that 99.999% of those @replies go ignored and unanswered. (The tweet promoting the link to this story will be one of those) However, only one tweet at Kate Upton has ever become national sports news; and it became HUGE trending national trending sports news.
“I don’t know who I let talk me into that one,” said Michigan guard Spike Albrecht of his tweet to the two time Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl.
Albrecht was at 2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago, and during our exclusive conversation we discussed how he became an overnight celebrity on title gamenight, his famous Kate Upton tweet, and all the hoopla that ensued afterward.Follow paulmbanks
According to the Telegraph on Saturday, Chelsea’s Diego Costa could be ruled out for the next three weeks. This gave 17-year-old Dominic Solanke his first appearance ever on the Blues bench. Minus Costa, Chelsea went on to beat Palace 2-1. As for the earlier report about Costa missing three weeks, that now seems to be a bit extreme.
It appears he’ll return sooner than that.Follow paulmbanks
Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case has described misfiring striker Mario Balotelli as a “waste of space,” according to a story in the Daily Mirror today. “He is not a team player,” Case said according to BBC Radio Merseyside.
This comes a day after Balotelli missed a wide open net (watch the video here) and got hilariously ripped apart by Liverpool fans on Twitter. Mario Balotelli rated a 2/10 in the 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers yesterday.Follow paulmbanks
It won’t be long until Chicago Blackhawks fans embrace #FreeTuevo. The #18 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Tuevo Teravainen has loads of potential. Teravainen began the season at Rockford, and he’s got two assists in his first games this AHL season. Tuevo had two goals in five games with Rockford last season, and also played in three contests with the parent club in 2013-14. (He did not make the score sheet)
The Blackhawks have scored 12 goals through the first four games this season. Doing the math for you that’s three per game, one per period. Chicago is around the middle of the pack in regards to the NHL scoring rankings.Follow paulmbanks
The controversial closing seconds offensive pass interference penalty, which negated a game-winning touchdown pass from Everett Golson to Corey Robinson has been charged to a different player. In ND’s 31-27 loss at Florida State last night, the second to last play featured an Irish touchdown waived off due to an infraction originally called on Notre Dame junior wide receiver C.J. Prosise.
Brian Kelly talking to the media today about the play:Follow paulmbanks
New York Jets GM John Idzik has certainly been a lightning rod for criticism lately. With the performance of the team that he built, he’s earned it. The Jets, as a whole, have been the laughingstock of the NFL punditocracy for the past month. Here’s a collection of some quips from this past Sunday alone.
And Marshall Faulk’s dig at the Jets receiving corps may have trumped everybody them all.Follow paulmbanks