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UEFA Cup Aston Villa and CSKA Moscow (2009)


Aston Villa drew 1-1 at home to CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday night. John Carew handed Aston Villa a UEFA Cup lifeline with a second-half equaliser in the last-32 first-leg match with CSKA Moscow at Villa Park. The Norway international struck his eighth goal of the campaign after Vagner Love had broken … Continue reading

NFL Super Bowl XLIII Betting (2009)


The Pittsburgh Steelers will win Super Bowl XLIII and their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy on the back of a brutal defence, an effective running game and the never-say-die commitment of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Super Bowl XLIII pits one of football’s all-time powerhouse franchises against one renowned for mediocrity and failure. This Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers, … Continue reading

Australian Open Men’s Final Betting (2009)


Roger Federer is set to equal the fourteen Grand Slam titles won by Pete Sampras this Sunday evening with a win over nemesis Rafael Nadal. The men’s semi-finals of the Australian Open told quite the story. Roger Federer had little problem disposing of long-time punching bag Andy Roddick in straight sets on Thursday night. Federer … Continue reading

FA Cup 2009 Fifth Round


Manchester United took another step towards a phenomenal quintuple as they booked an FA Cup quarter-final berth at the expense of Derby County at Pride Park. Nani and Darron Gibson effectively wrapped up the contest during a first half in which Cristiano Ronaldo controversially had a goal ruled out for offside. Ronaldo did eventually notch … Continue reading

ODI Australia v New Zealand Betting (2009)


It’s been a difficult last few weeks for Australia, but a morale-boosting series win over their transtasman rivals should be just what the doctor ordered. Two days before launching their series against New Zealand, Australia were not only comfortably beaten by South Africa but replaced at the top of the ODI rankings by the Proteas, … Continue reading

Andrew Symonds One Day International Return Hopes


Injured Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds could be back for the Commonwealth Bank Series against South Africa or New Zealand after an arthroscopy on his right knee revealed no major damage. Symonds was ruled out of third 3 Mobile Test at the SCG after struggling with knee soreness during the Boxing Day Test match at the … Continue reading

Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath Go Pink


Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath have called on Sydney cricket fans to pick up a pink bandanna and wear pink as 3 Mobile and Cricket Cares support the McGrath Foundation at the 3 Mobile Test starting 3 January at the SCG. Speaking after facing up in a pink helmet to his old teammate McGrath in … Continue reading

Dolph Ziggler vs Santa Claas (2008)


It started with Santa handing out presents to the crowd, and ended up with Dolph Ziggler dropping Santa to the ground with some sort of reverse bulldog. Just to put people’s minds to rest, it wasn’t the real Santa. It was Charlie Haas in a Santa suit, introduced as Santa Claas from the South Pole. … Continue reading

Wrestler Given Two Year Ban For Olympics Tantrum (2008)


The Swedish wrestler who threw away his medal in protest at the Beijing Olympics has been banned from the sport for two years. Wrestling’s governing body said Thursday it had suspended Ara Abrahamian and coach Leo Myllari. It said their “scandalous behaviour” showed a “serious lack of Olympic spirit.” Abrahamian disputed a call in his … Continue reading

Lisa Marie “Victoria” Varon Retirement Rumour (2008)


PWInsider.com is reporting that Lisa Marie “Victoria” Varon is supposedly planning to retire from active WWE wrestling. While the story has not been formally confirmed, it has been a subject of locker room discussion. Some even believe Victoria gave her notice to WWE management last month and is in the process of completing her commitment. … Continue reading

Storm Retains Smith Until 2012 (2008)


Cameron Smith, Melbourne Storm captain, has agreed to stay with the NRL club for the next four seasons. Twenty-five year old Smith had been considering a move home to Queensland and the Gold Coast Titans for family reasons. But on Wednesday he signed a contract extension which will see him remain in Melbourne until the … Continue reading

Titans Hopeful of Robbie Farah (2008)


Gold Coast Titans are confident they will sign Robbie Farah by Christmas. Farah, the Wests Tigers’ hooker met with the Titans on Wednesday, but is yet to make a final decision. The Gold Coast set their sights on Farah after withdrawing a lucrative offer to Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith. While talks with Smith’s manager … Continue reading

Bog Snorkelling


Bog snorkelling is a sporting event that consists of competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60-yard (55 m) water filled trench cut through a peat bog, in the shortest time possible. Competitors must wear snorkels and flippers, and complete the course without using conventional swimming strokes, relying on flipper power alone. Wet suits are … Continue reading

Bolivia’s Women Wrestlers


Traditionally, women wrestling in Bolivia would be unheard of. But today, it is becoming more and more common for crowds trying to escape the realities of Bolivia’s harsh conditions. El Alto is the foremost city for women’s wrestling. At bit’s largest public gymnasium, hundreds of people sit for hours and watch the seemingly endless array … Continue reading

Queensland Bulls Defeat NSW Blues In Sheffield Shield


The incredibly talented and hard to beat Queensland cricket team continued their Sheffield Shield surge, attacking New South Wales’s title defence hopes with a crushing 10-wicket victory at the SCG. The Bulls notched their third outright win in four games and left NSW lying last on the table, 16 points adrift of the vastly superior … Continue reading

New Zealand Appoint Andy Moles As Cricket Coach


Andy Moles has been appointed to replace John Bracewell as New Zealand cricket coach. The former Warwickshire batsman was appointed after the favourite for the job, Matthew Mott, withdrew at the last minute. English-born Moles, 47, will take up the role next week in time for the West Indies series, which begins with the Test … Continue reading

Kiwis Claim Australian Cricket Crowds Abusive


The New Zealand cricket team is the latest to raise the issue of abusive Australian crowds, claiming they were taunted as “faggots” during the first Test at the Gabba. Kiwi fast bowler Iain O’Brien has described the Brisbane crowd as “embarrassing” and claimed the Black Caps were subjected to repeated and systematic abuse. “I don’t … Continue reading

Australia v Wales: Historical Notes (2008)


This is the 28th meeting between the two sides. Australia has won 17 of the previous Tests and Wales nine, with the 2006 clash at the Millennium Stadium drawn 29-29. The rivalry between the two teams on Welsh soil has been close: Australia has won nine times to Wales’ seven, along with the 2006 draw. … Continue reading

Waugh Returns To Wallabies In Wales Test (2008)


Phil Waugh will return as a starter for the Qantas Wallabies in Saturday’s James Bevan Trophy Rugby Union Test match against Wales at Cardiff. Waugh, who returns to the Millennium Stadium where he led Australia during its 29-29 draw with Wales in 2006, is one of five alterations to the starting combination from that which … Continue reading

Wallabies Arrive In Cardiff (2008)


The Wallabies gained a hard-fought 18-13 triumph over France in icy cold conditions at Stade de France on Saturday night, and have now arrived in Cardiff for the last Test of their European rugby tour. With wins over Italy and England, the Australians need to beat Wales at Millennium Stadium to achieve a rare northern … Continue reading

Wallabies Defeat Barbarians At Wembley (2008)


On Thursday morning, a huge defensive effort by the young Qantas Australian Wallabies side saw them seize a richly deserved victory over  a star-studded South African Barbarians at Wembley Stadium in London. The final score was Wallabies 18 to Barbarians 11. The game started unspectacularly with Barbarians flyhalf Francois Steyn lofting the opening kick off … Continue reading

Policy Change Needed For Meninga To Coach Kangaroos (2008)


For Mal Meninga to become coach of the national Kangaroos side, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) needs to change its policy. The “Fearnley Rule” doesn’t allow a state coach to take on the Australian coaching job as well. An Origin coach without an NRL club hasn’t had the national job since NSW mentor Terry Fearnley … Continue reading

2009 NRL Draw Released


On October 1st 2008, NRL Chief Executive, David Gallop, joined Broncos’ captain Darren Lockyer and Rabbitohs’ star Craig Wing at the Grand Final Live Site at Martin Place, Sydney. The event was the historic announcement of the 2009 Telstra Premiership draw. It marked the first time the draw was released in Grand Final week, ensuring … Continue reading

Australian Wins City To Surf (2008)


For the first time since 1997, an Australian has won this year’s Sydney City2Surf.  Martin Dent, a public servant from Canberra, won the 14 km race with a time of 41 minutes 12 seconds, beating his own personal best by 8 seconds. 29 year old Martin won from about 70,000 starters in the world famous … Continue reading

Soccer: Germany Knocks Out Turkey (2008)


German defender Philipp Lahm’s 90th minute goal sealed a 3-2 win over an injury-plagued Turkey on Wednesday night in the UEFA Semifinal.  Three times European champions Germany are now assured of a spot in the finals in Vienna on Sunday. Germany striker Miroslav Klose had nudged his side into the lead on 79 minutes after … Continue reading

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