Sunday, December 2, 2007

Maywether stops Hatton in the 10th

It's time for the Manchester to put down the pints and come back to reality. As predicted here, Floyd took care of his business with a decisive defeat of Ricky Hatton, via 10th round TKO. Had it not been stopped, Hatton's corner had simultaneously thrown in the towel, as Mayweather knocked Hatton down for the second time in the round. Mayweather was also unanimously ahead on all cards by a wide margin, but was clearly frustrated by Hatton's mauling and tenacity. However Hatton started to tire, slowed down, and Floyd began to find the range quickly and frequently. By the ninth it appeared to be all over but the ceremony. The 10th was formality. Finally a pay-per-view worth watching, AND paying for!

In just a few days the much anticipated match between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton commences with a lot of talk coming from both camps. The 'Pretty-Boy' camp doesn't believe Hatton has ever faced a fighter of Floyd's skill and that's how he's undefeated. Conversely, the Hatton camp thinks Floyd is drastically underestimating Hatton and that will make the difference. Although both camps may be spot on, if Floyd does under estimate Hatton, his supreme condition and ring generalship will allow him to change on the fly and get through. However is the afore mentioned is correct, and we believe it is, then Hatton will simply be overmatched and overwelmed. Look for Floyd to land 4 punches to Hatton's 1, with Hatton throwing punches at places Mayweather was at the night before, terribly slow. This one may go the distance because of Hatton's heart, but the fight will show a lot of similarities to the Arturo Gatty fight. The Pretty-Boy wins a unanimous decision.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chelsea move into ease into knockout round

Liverpool and Celtic both recorded vital home wins in the UEFA Champions League as Chelsea moved through to the knockout phase.Valencia are out of the competition after drawing with Schalke, Milan drew with Benfica and Besiktas beat Marseille.

Real Madrid are still waiting on qualification after losing away to Werder Bremen, while Olympiakos won at Lazio.Last season's runners-up Liverpool hammered 2004 winners Porto 4-1 at Anfield to now require victory in Marseille in a fortnight to qualify. Here are the remaining fixtures before the knockout round:

Tuesday 4th December
UEFA Champions League
19:45 AC Milan vs Celtic
19:45 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Benfica
Tuesday 11th December
UEFA Champions League
19:45 Chelsea vs Valencia
19:45 Marseille vs Liverpool
19:45 Real Madrid vs Lazio
19:45 Schalke 04 vs Rosenborg
19:45 Olympiacos vs Werder Bremen
19:45 FC Porto vs Besiktas
Wednesday 12th December
UEFA Champions League
19:45 Arsenal vs Steaua Bucuresti
19:45 Barcelona vs VfB Stuttgart
19:45 PSV vs Inter Milan
19:45 Rangers vs Lyon
19:45 Roma vs Man Utd
19:45 Slavia Prague vs Sevilla
19:45 Sporting vs Dynamo Kiev
19:45 Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow

Who will make it to the round of 16, and which clubs have the fortitude to survive from there?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

England out of 2008 Euro-Cup

In a shocker, England fail to get their crucial point needed, as Croatia beats England 3-2 in extra-time knocking England out of the Euro-2008 Tournament.

European Championship Qualifying (Group E) Table

European Championship Qualifying Table - November 21 2007
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia 12 29
2 Russia 12 24
3 England 12 23
4 Israel 12 23
5 Macedonia 12 14

More results to come shortly..

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Euro 2008 qualifing reaches do or die stage

The under-fire Three Lions chief appears in real danger of losing his job, as England sit on the brink of failing to qualify for the finals of Euro 2008. England's fate, similar to many sides, could very well be decided this weekend. The November 17 fixtures are :

European Championship Qualifying
17:00 Scotland vs Italy
15:00 Wales vs Rep of Ireland
19:45 Northern Ireland vs Denmark
19:00 Germany vs Cyprus
21:00 Spain vs Sweden
19:30 Holland vs Luxembourg
18:00 Israel vs Russia
19:30 Poland vs Belgium
21:00 Portugal vs Armenia
14:00 Finland vs Azerbaijan
19:45 Serbia vs Kazakhstan
18:00 Lithuania vs Ukraine
19:30 Greece vs Malta
18:00 Norway vs Turkey
17:00 Moldova vs Hungary
19:30 Czech Republic vs Slovakia
17:00 Andorra vs Estonia
19:00 FYR Macedonia vs Croatia
16:00 Latvia vs Liechtenstein
16:00 Bulgaria vs Romania

Who is going to rise up and take care of their business, and who is get tripped up in the last couple of matches? But the big questions is if(when) England doesn't qualify is McClaren out as manager? Should he be replaced or did the injuries take their toll? Let us know also talk about it in the World Soccer Chat Room.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Rugby World Cup Final

Africa beat defending champion England 15-6 Saturday in the Rugby World Cup final in Saint-Denis, France. All the points came on penalty kicks. Percy Montgomery was 4 for 4 on kicks to lead South Africa. Jonny Wilkinson had two for England. Was the match a bit lack-luster for the stage it was on? Even though it was much closer than many expected as opposed to the 36-0 drubbing handed down by South Africa earlier in the year, but Wilkinson didn't play in that game, was that the difference?

Either way, most of the conversation has been about the controversial call that could have pulled the match much closer. Dickinson, the video judge at the centre of the Rugby World Cup final controversy over Mark Cueto's disallowed try, yesterday defended his decision by stating the video clearly justified his decision. Had the 42nd-minute score been allowed to stand, England would have narrowed South Africa's 9-3 lead to a point. What’s your position on the call? Would it have changed the outcome?