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    • Wednesday, April 02, 2014

      Prediction : Werder Bremen vs Schalke 04

       

      Schalke 04 are the heavy favourites versus Werder Bremen coming into their April 5 match up at Weserstadion. Schalke 04 are having an impressive 2013-14 Bundesliga season, going as high as third...

      107x72-epl4月5日に行われるブンデスリーガ第29節:ヴェルダー・ブレーメン vs シャルケ04の戦いはシャルケの勝利でほぼ決まりね。本拠地ヴェーゼルシュタディオンでの試合になるとはいえ、現在のリーグ順位を12位と不振に悩まされ...

      107x72-epl«Шальке 04» – уверенные фавориты поединка против бременского «Вердера» на арене «Везерштадион», запланированного на 5 апреля. Сезон 2013-14 немецкой Бундеслиги...


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    • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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      Pryor could be a big snatch for Seahawks

      nfl-smallI don't understand why there are those who appear to disapprove the recent trade of Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks because I believe there are a lot of things favouring Seattle in this trade...


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      Gomez fails to see the big picture, again

      baseball-smallI will not even go where other observers tread - pointing out what appears to be the difference in culture that dictates how home runs should be celebrated - because on top of my concerns is not being seen or being...


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      Sevilla to prove that they are the better La Liga team against Valencia

      sevilla-vs-valencia-smallSevilla and Valencia could find comfort in being drawn opposite each other, as the tie could mirror another intensified La Liga matchup, but it has removed the possibility of an all Spanish draw in the finals. Despite that...


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      Juventus will try to put Italian football back into European limelight

      benfica-vs-juventus-smallBenfica and Juventus have failed to progress in the last 16-tie of the Champions League this season after being knocked out of the group stages and were both thrusted into the UEFA Europa League. Since then, both sides...


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      Could Mourinho slump at Anfield?

      liverpool-vs-chelsea-smallLiverpool are said to be one of the most improved club for this season as they continue their pursuit of the Premier League title and most likely starting to be the favourites to finish on top...


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      Benitez return to Milan, as Napoli eye back-to-back glory

      inter-milan-vs-napoli-smallWith Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia's contract set to expire on June 2015, the 26-year-old has once again become a target for Napoli. This time, Napoli are set to come back “with force” to lure former Genoa centre-back...


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      Winning vs Fiorentina Roma's warning to Milan

      as-roma-smallNobody saw it coming that Mattia Destro will leave AS Roma at this point of the competition where every 3-point counts! It might have burdened the club on their pursuit to take over Juventus' place in the Serie A, but it...


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      MotoGP riders should start challenging Marquez

      MARC-MARQUEZ-smallRepsol Honda's Marc Marquez has done it again as he showcased his champion instincts after dominating the first two MotoGP World Championship races. The defending champion currently has 50 points, 14 points ahead of...


    • One more big push for Bayer Leverkusen

      bayer-leverkusen-vs-borussia-dortmund-smallAt fourth place in the Bundesliga standings with 54 points, Bayer Leverkusen still have a chance for top three or an instant UEFA Champions League spot. Mathematically, they can still snatch the third place from Schalke...


    • Stepping out of Rafael Nadal's shadow

      david-ferrer-smallDavid Ferrer, I think, is the poor man's Rafael Nadal. The two players, both from Spain, have figured in so many matches, with the King of Clay on the winning end most of the time. Both players started their professional...


    • Monday, April 21, 2014

      The Battle of the European Leaders

      real-madrid-vs-bayern-munchen-smallReal Madrid beware: history could repeat itself. Bayern Munchen and Real Madrid have recently met, in the same phase which is the semi-finals, back in the 2011-12 season. It ended in favour of Bayern Munchen...


    • Atleti-Chelsea clash shows contrast of both teams

      atletico-madrid-vs-chelsea-smallOn April 11, the Champions League semifinal draw took place – nine-time champion Real Madrid drawn to face the current champion Bayern Munchen while Atletico Madrid faces 2012 champion, Chelsea. Two intense...


    • Bernard Hoping

      boxing-gloves--smallAnother boxer has called out Floyd Mayweather Jr., someone who continues to amaze the boxing world considering what he is able to accomplish at the age of 49. Many are now calling Bernard Hopkins as the ageless...


    • Sunday, April 20, 2014

      Surprise Day One in the NBA Playoffs

      nba-trophy-smallIt didn't take long for the 2013-14 National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs upset to manifest itself, because as early as the first three games, all three higher-seeded teams fell to the lower seeded counterparts...


    • Saturday, April 19, 2014

      La Liga title is for Atletico Madrid to lose

      atletico-madrid-smallIt is as simple as this - the La Liga title is now for Atletico Madrid to lose. After 34 matches, Atletico Madrid is six points clear of second place Real Madrid, which has 79 after 33 matches. Atletico Madrid has four...


    • Strong home stand defines Everton’s 2013-14

      roberto-martinez-smallAll eyes are on the neck-and-neck race of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to win the 2013-14 English Premier League title, while other eyes won't avert from the catastrophe that is Manchester United...


    • Friday, April 18, 2014

      Stars feeling the pressure to win in the playoffs (Western Conference)

      nbaThe San Antonio veteran cadre of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan will feel the pressure here in the 2013-14 Playoffs, not just to survive for more than a round but to win and redeem themselves after the 2012-13 post season...


    • Stars feeling the pressure to win in the playoffs (Eastern Conference)

      nbaAs the National Basketball Association (NBA) opens the 2013-14 Playoffs, players embrace a two-edged sword: on one hand, being in the playoffs means that they are one step closer to achieving what everyone wants, which...


    • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

      Cibulkova can't lose steam now

      Dominika-Cibulkova-smallYou can say that Slovak tennis player Dominika Cibulkova isn't having an ideal 2014, but still, the 5 foot 3 right-handed tennis player from Bratislava managed to achieve a new career milestone, going up as world number...


    • Keeping the Magic

      nba-trophy-smallAfter becoming a regular fixture in the postseason years ago, the Orlando Magic has returned to their cellar dwelling ways, managing to win below 30 this season. But while a lot of teams are definitely going to undergo a major...


    • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

      Dortmund, Wolfsburg target unprecedented comeback

      germany-cup-bvb-vs-wolfsburg-smallBorussia Dortmund and Bayern Munchen host Germany Cup semi-finals this April – Dortmund faces Wolfsburg on April 16 at 02:30(GMT+8) while Bayern Munchen meets Kaiserslautern at the same exact time on the 17th. First, let's check on...


    • Does Kaiserslautern have the edge to upset Guardiola?

      germany-cup-bayern-munchen-vs-kaiserlautern-smallBayern Munchen are said to be the favourites to win the Germany Cup. The club came from a successful campaign at Bundesliga and has landed safely in the Champions League semi-finals and will continue to eye another treble for...


    • The fallen champions one shot to silverware

      barcelona-vs-real-madrid-spain-cup-smallThe 26-time Spain Cup champions have been enduring their worst season in years which invites criticism if the 'new' Barcelona are on the verge of a downfall. Along with controversies left and right - Neymar's taxes and a recent allegation of...


    • Mercedes' emergence questions Vettel's driving skills

      Lewis-Hamilton-smallTeam Mercedes' emergence at the start of the season might pay off in the latter stages of the 2014 F1 Championship as they continue to collect maximum points they need for the constructors and driver's title contention. The Mercedes duo...


    • Vettel unravelling

      sebastian-vettel-small2 It took just a noisy, uncooperative engine and three under par performances to break the defending world champion. Sebastian Vettel's recent outburst was unexpected. What I expected to happen first is the public grilling of...


    • What's keeping Hellas Verona from keeping the masterful Mandorlini?

      hellas-verona-smallThe 2013-14 season is characterized, partly, by the sacking of managers and the entry of new ones for different football clubs all around Europe. It is always a gamble, entrusting someone to bring the team someplace better...


    • Monday, April 14, 2014

      Ibra's unreachable dream

      Zlatan-Ibrahimovic-small1As an individual athlete, there is no questioning the talent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In his years of playing high level football, he has amassed quite a number of personal accolades and has been part of several championship teams...


    • Why the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is still not in the early, foreseeable future

      boxing-gloves--smallThere it is again, as expected. Besides the social media flooding following Manny Pacquiao's conquest of Timothy Bradley via a unanimous decision after 12 rounds that was most gruelling to the battered Bradley...


    • Out of character

      barcelona-smallIt was a weekend that saw top teams suffer back to back defeats. Isn't it odd that these supposedly highly touted teams succumb to surprise losses in this part of the season when they should be winning each and every match as...


    • Comfortable in his own skin

      nba-trophy-smallWhen Vince Carter entered the NBA in 1998, he was ready to take basketball to new heights. This slam-dunking monster appear to defy gravity and physics and exceed the previous limits of basketball players, and was already in line as among those...


    • Saturday, April 12, 2014

      Winning, Wigan's way

      wigan-athletic-smallIt is exciting to watch what Wigan Athletic could do in the FA Cup and how far they could go, if only to validate the odd case of this football team. I mean, football - or sports in general - is not that complicated...


    • Choosing the warrior's weapon

      nba-trophy-smallWith just a few more days left, it's goodbye regular season and hello postseason. There'd be a lot of interesting topics to talk about but I'd like to focus on one thing that has definitely been noticeable this season...


    • Friday, April 11, 2014

      Champions League top four brace for penultimate battle

      With the draw completed for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the next big thing that every fan would like to know is the chance of their respective team to win over the opposition, which brings us...


    • Judgment call

      ufc-logo-smallThere's a lot of scheduled matches coming up at UFC, including the Jones-Teixeira tiff at the tail end of April. With lots of fighters billed in this event who are good at striking, among the things to focus on again is the referees...


    • Thursday, April 10, 2014

      UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals Draw, What You Need To Know

      uefa-champions-league-draw-smallAs the top four elite clubs from Europe have surfaced, football fans from across the globe will shift their focus to the most anticipated draw for the UEFA Champions League on Friday, 18:00(GMT+8) at Nyon, Switzerland...


    • Wednesday, April 09, 2014

      Arsenal seek FA Cup finals to end trophy drought

      fa-wigan-vs-arsenalWigan Athletic will have to overcome Arsenal at the Wembley Stadium on April 13 at 00:07 (GMT+8) if they want to proceed to the finals to defend their FA Cup crown against a team who have a strong desire to end a nine-year trophy...


    • Lazio firm on earning Europa League spot

      napoli-vs-lazio-small“We firmly believe in qualification for next season's Europa League.” These were the words that came out of the mouth of Lazio coach Edy Reja after his ten-man team recently beat Sampdoria, 2-0. The victory also marked the first...


    • After Augsburg debacle, could Bayern rebound and derail Dortmund?

      munchen-vs-dortmund-smallBayern Munchen were already handed their 24th Bundesliga title, and Pep Guardiola's side can give away these 'spare games' if they want to, since these matches has no bearing for them anymore. However, the game versus...


    • Liverpool aim for ten-game win streak in Premier League

      liverpool-vs-man-city-smallIn Manchester City and Liverpool's last meeting at Etihad Stadium in December, Vincent Kompany's (31') and Alvaro Negredo's (45'+1) combined goals overshadowed Philippe Coutinho's goal in the 24th minute. It was a close fight...


    • Chelsea continue title chase at Swansea

      swansea-vs-chelsea-smallWith a 3-0 rout of Stoke City last April 6, Chelsea are definitely back on track for the English Premier League title race. Manchester City and Liverpool dominated EPL title talks because of the slumps that coach Jose Mourinho's...


    • Tuesday, April 08, 2014

      Bayern, United competes 200th UEFA Champions League fixture at the Allianz-Arena

      107x72-munchen-vs-unitedFollowing their 1-1 draw at the Old Trafford, Bayern Munchen and Manchester United are all set to fire up the Allianz-Arena and settle who are the rightful ones to proceed to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League on April 10 at 02:45(GMT+8)...


    • End of season mishaps starts to bite Atleti and Barca's Champions League chances

      107x72-atleti-vs-barcaThe second leg of the UEFA Champions League between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will result to an exciting, thrilling and a hard-fought Spanish side collision as both teams target to knockout their opponent to progress towards the semi-finals...


    • Chelsea willing to risk to fill two-goal deficit

      psg-vs-chelsea-smallChelsea suffered a tough match against Paris Saint-Germain during their first leg of the UEFA Champions League at Parc des Princes (3-1). Despite of Eden Hazard's equaliser to Ezequiel Lavezzi's early 4-minute volley...


    • Borussia Dortmund must ground Real Madrid hotshots

      107x72-dortmund-vs-madridHeading to the second leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie on April 9, 02:45(GMT+8) with Real Madrid carry a three-goal advantage, will Borussia Dortmund get inspired from last season's victory at the...


    • Wednesday, April 02, 2014

      Life goes on even without Woods in the Masters

      tiger-woods-smallThe truth that many might find hard to accept is this: Woods' best years in golfing has passed. It has happened, and there's nothing to be sad about this. Why? Because during his best years, he showed the world he...


    • Money's worth

      bayern-munchen-vs-manchester-united-smallIt was an excellent display of football, enough to make you believe that only the most deserving figured in the top 8. We're totally over the ho-hum rout games that spilled all the way to the final 16, at least based...


    • Rooney rises from the dead as Moyes

      107x72-newcastle-vs-unitedDavid Moyes has been saved from further lambasting as Manchester United dumped Aston Villa at Old Trafford, 4-1, last March 29, and recently, Moyes' side eke out a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munchen...


    • The most exciting battle outside of the top three

      107x72-everton-vs-arsenalArsenal have lost many important matches this past month, making them drop several points and endanger their chances of instant Champions League spot. On the other hand, Everton were able to keep their UCL hopes alive...


    • Bayern looking to render Augsburg goalless

      107x72-augsburg-vs-munchenBayern Munchen return to the Bundesliga after their first leg quarterfinal match against Manchester United by travelling to the SGL Arena to face Augsburg on April 5 at 21:30(GMT+8)...


    • Tuesday, April 01, 2014

      Another opportunity for three points for Real Madrid

      real-sociedad-vs-real-madrid-smallReal Madrid is yet to show consistency in the Spanish La Liga. Carlos Ancelotti's side have faced criticisms after the recent drop in the standing, which happened after  two consecutive defeats...


    • Slim chances for Dortmund as previous class and form diminishes

      madrid-vs-dortmund-smallIt's going to be a different year for Real Madrid as they furiously look to avenge their loss over Borussia Dortmund, hoping to exploit the German's diminished class, form and vulnerable defence line now...


    • MU trying to boost confidence opposite German juggernaut

      United-vs-munchen-smallBayern Munchen have five Champions League titles and are the current defending champions here and in Bundesliga. It will be an interesting match if only Manchester United is also just as successful in its own...


    • More surprises in Bahrain as drivers start to get comfy and settled in

      Lewis-Hamilton-smallBefore the start of the 2014 Formula One season, there has been a lot of talks about driver and constructor concerns regarding rule changes that will impact the technical side of the race. These concerns manifested...


    • Another way of looking at Mata’s first Manchester United goal

      Prized acquisition Juan Mata finally netted for Manchester United, during the Red Devils' 4-1 win over Aston Villa. Players and fans are happy. Finally, Mata scored wearing the Manchester United colours...


    • Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona knotted in pivotal clash

      barca-vs-atleti-smallBarcelona and Atletico Madrid meet on April 2 (02:45, GMT+8), with Atleti looking to continue their momentum. "We are enjoying the situation day by day, minute by minute, training session by training...


    • PSG, Chelsea rekindle old flame at the Champions League

      psg-vs-chelsea-smallIt has been a decade since Chelsea faced PSG in the Champions League, where they won 3-0 under Jose Mourinho in the opening of their Group H match before a goalless draw in the second leg in September 2004...


    • Monday, March 31, 2014

      Manchester United should move on with Moyes

      david-moyes-smallFootball is a beautiful game. It is unfortunate that a lot of things scar the face of a sport understood, loved and accepted all around the world. One of the wounds that never heal in football is the presence of people with...


    • Will health be an issue again for Kei Nishikori?

      Kei-Nishikori-smallFor the sake of Japan's hopes of advancing in the next stage of the 2014 Davis Cup and adding to their first win in the World Group stage, they should pray that Kei Nishikori is at par to play during the April 4 to 6 schedule if they...


    • Race for Premiership now fast becoming a game of luck

      chelsea-smallWith the absence of a notable dominant team in the English Premier League, in the end, the team that would come out on top would not be the best all-season long, but the team that got lucky in the best possible, opportune time...


    • Best of both worlds - but is it the best for the athlete?

      novak-roger-smallBoris Becker is Novak Djokovic's coach, while Stefan Edberg is Roger Federer's. It's a recent fad, despite professional tennis being around for a long period of time already. This maybe a result of the...


    • Saturday, March 29, 2014

      Bayern Munchen setting the blueprint for club football success

      Pep-Guardiola-smallOne would run out of superlatives to describe Bayern Munchen's excellent run in the 2013-14 season. The team logged in 19 straight wins including 52 straight unbeaten matches en route to winning their 24th title. Last year, they did...


    • Are the Wizards for real?

      nba-trophy-smallTo say that the talent and competition in the Eastern Conference of the NBA is weaker compared to the West is beating a dead horse, but still, there are a lot of surprise revelations in this part of the NBA world now that the playoff picture is becoming...


    • Friday, March 28, 2014

      Keeping the fire alive

      tim-sherwood-smallThe recent emotional outbursts of Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood - including those directed towards his players - either in the dugout or on the touchline had the sporting world abuzz. Sides were...


    • The element of surprise

      ncaa-smallDayton enters the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball Elite 8, but no, it is not surprising. Other 11th-seed teams in the past managed to break into the quarterfinals. Five did it. Dayton is sixth. What Dayton's win illustrates is the truism in one-and-done...


    • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

      Q'finals at Sony Open: Murray, Djokovic on collision course

      andy-murray-smallAction in the 2014 Sony Open Tennis men's singles picks up in the quarterfinals with defending champion Andy Murray pitted against world number 2 Novak Djokovic here in the Miami Masters...


    • Is the Miami Heat losing steam?

      nba-trophy-smallThe defending champion of the National Basketball Association (NBA) does not look as the same team they were last year, and for many fans and followers, this is a serious cause for concern. It was bad enough that even with...


    • Atleti should not overlook 4th place Athletic

      Athletic-Bilbao-vs-Atletico-Madrid-smallA 2-0 shutout win against a 10-man Real Betis team pushed Atletico Madrid to the top of the La Liga with goals by midfielder Gabi (58') and Diego Costa (64') – in the same matchday Real Madrid lost at home to Barcelona...


    • Dortmund will challenge Stevens' era at Stuttgart

      VfB-Stuttgart-vs-Borussia-dortmund-smallVfB Stuttgart's Karim Haggui gave the team the lead via his 13th minute goal during their last meeting with Borussia Dortmund. But six minutes later, Sokratis Papastathopoulos netted an equaliser. Borussia Dortmund continue to fire...


    • Injury-stricken Gunners need to find ways to survive

      Arsenal-vs-Manchester-City-smallThe inevitable second-leg collision between these two renowned English clubs draws near and a win over the other is crucial at this stage as they continue in their pursuit of clinching the English Premier League title and a double...


    • Stadio San Paolo still a difficult turf for visiting Juventus

      juventus-smallJuventus are used to winning against their Serie A rival Napoli, but things can be different when the game is hosted by the latter.With nine games to go in this year's Scudetto, Napoli will return home after their...


    • United intent on denying Aston Villa at Old Trafford

      Manchester-United-vs-Aston-Villa-smallThe defending champions of the Premier League will stay at the Old Trafford to host Aston Villa on March 29 at 20:45(GMT+8), three days after the Manchester derby which many expects to be exhausting for both teams...


    • Tuesday, March 25, 2014

      Strong opposition seeking to dethrone Murray

      andy-murray-smallSony Open Tennis is close to coming to an end, with well-known players competing for the title and for the $4,720,380 prize money. It will be hard to predict if defending champion Andy Murray can...


    • Poor form threatens Williams title defence

      serena-williams-smallBefore the start of the tournament, last year's Sony Open Tennis Women's Singles champion Serena Williams was viewed as an early favourite, not only because she was the defending champions, but also because...


    • Impressive Qatar race a preview of an exciting MotoGP year

      MARC-MARQUEZ-smallMarc Marquez is in a very good position right now to remain the only driver to win in the Grand Prix of the Americas held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. This second leg of the 2014 Moto GP season following the...


    • Racers looking past Australia heading to Sepang race

      Lewis-Hamilton-smallAfter the first Grand Prix this year which was held in Australia, the top ten in the 2014 World Drivers’ Championship list are as follows: Nico Rosberg, winner of the Australian GP, is at first place with 25 points. He is followed by Kevin Magnussen...


    • Monday, March 24, 2014

      Back to square one

      messie-ronaldo-costa-small"La Liga has started over, we're back in the fight for the title." This was FC Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino's words following the epic win of Barca over Real Madrid in the recently concluded El Clasico...


    • The crowning of the King

      golf-smallHis name says it all: Matthew King Every. Every, indeed, is now king.Without the defending champion to protect the crown, Matt Every was given the chance to finally win a PGA Tour title. Every wanted it, but even after...


    • A lot of big one-and-done deals

      ncaa-smallThe March Madness never ceases to surprise, and even when strong teams are already aware of the history of upsets that has happened here in the past, still, higher seeded teams become one-and-done deals here...


    • Getting ready for the close out

      adam-scott-smallWhat appears to be a clear headway en route to the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy for Adam Scott after securing a 7-stroke lead at the end of the second round is slowly becoming a close...


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    • Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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      AS Roma's season in the sun

      as-roma-smallJuventus maybe the inevitable champion of the Italian top tier football competition, but make no mistake: the biggest story this...


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      Quo Vadis, Ferrari?

      Kimi-Raikkonen-smallI have to hand it to Stefano Domenicali - if there is one thing he and his team is doing right at the moment, it's saying the right things...


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