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Maxi López snubs handshake with Mauro Icardi - ex-friend who stole his girlfriend

Former best friends Maxi López and Mauro Icardi publicised their fall-out at the start of Sunday's Serie A game between Sampdoria and Inter Milan.

In a match that saw coaches Walter Mazzarri and Siniša Mihajlović face their former clubs, López also came face-to-face with Icardi, who made behind-the-scenes moves for his friend's ex-wife Wanda Nara after they all went on vacation together.

On Sunday afternoon, the one-time friends, who played together at Sampdoria, met on the field and López refused to shake Icardi's hand before kick-off and wouldn't look him in the eye.

Icardi was jeered throughout the game by the crowd but he exacted revenge on the snub by bagging a brace in the 4-0 win.

López's day got even worse when he had a penalty saved by Samir Handanović.

"Éder was designated to take the penalty, but Maxi asked to take it and Éder agreed," Sampdoria assistant coach Nenad Sakić told a press conference.

"It was the wrong course of action, even if Maxi had converted it."

Mazzarri told Sky Sport Italia: "Both Icardi and Maxi López are professionals and they need to set everything else aside when they step on to the field.

"They are under the eyes of everyone and have a responsibility to the fans."


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Goal of the day: Alessio Cerci (Torino) vs Genoa

A stunning late winner from Alessio Cerci gave Torino a last-gasp 2-1 home win against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

An Alberto Gilardino goal five minutes from time seemed like it would be enough to claim all three points for the Grifoni, but Torino refused to accept defeat.

In the second minute of stoppage, Ciro Immobile brought Torino level before Cerci clinched victory just 30 seconds later.

The Italy international picked up the ball 25 yards out from goal before firing an unstoppable shot which cannoned off the right-hand upright and into the goal.

Incredibly, it was the last kick of the game.


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AC Milan fans remember Hillsborough with rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'

AC Milan fans have paid a touching tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster by singing a rendition of Liverpool's famous anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone".


This is not the first time that the Rossoneri faithful have made such a gesture as thay also sang in solidarity with Liverpool back in 1989 when they faced Real Madrid in the European Cup semi-final just days after the tragedy.


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10-year-old boy plays soccer again after losing part of leg

Ten-year-old Adrian Grajeda is determined to play soccer again and is back working on his ultimate goal to become a professional soccer player.

10-year-old boy Adrian Grajeda plays soccer again after losing part of leg

In October of last year, a portion of Adrian's right leg was amputated after a car drove through a fence at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, and debris from the crash hit him while he was playing soccer with his friends.

He played the role of hero in that moment, pushing a girl out of the way so she wouldn't be hit, but he couldn't get out of the way.

"Three witnesses recall Adrian helped a girl, he pushed a girl out of the way of the car so the item struck him not the little girl," his mother, Brandy Grajeda, told KESQ.

After four surgeries and seven blood transfusions, Adrian has returned to action with the help of a prosthetic leg.

When he got his prosthetic leg in February, a doctor said he would need a year of physical therapy before he could walk around a building by himself.

But he walked by himself immediately after getting this prosthetic leg and he's attended class with minimal assistance ever since.

Adrian said: "If you just sit inside all day feeling bad for yourself, you won't get anything done.

"I hope I can get better with my legs, so I can shoot better and get better at running.

"I mean I can't really bend at the ankle, so I can't shoot with my right foot, but it's cool because I can still walk."

Adrian's family is raising money to help buy him an athletic prosthetic so he can continue improving his game. You can help by visiting www.pdysl.com or adriangrajeda.webstarts.com/index.html


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Did He Mean It? Stoke's Erik Pieters scores freak goal vs Newcastle

Erik Pieters scored for the first time in a Stoke City jersey with a fortuitous goal to secure a 1-0 win over crisis-torn Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium.

The visitors were boosted by the return of goalkeeper Tim Krul from injury while Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross became the first player to make 200 Premier League appearances for the club.

Both sides had glorious chances to break the deadlock in the first-half, with Stoke's Peter Crouch heading against a post from five yards whilst Dan Gosling scooped over a great chance from six yards out.

But it was Pieters, one-time target of Newcastle, who opened the scoring just before half-time in unlikely circumstances.

Pieters, who joined from PSV Eindhoven last year, lofted a cross from the left that eluded everyone, floating over the head of Krul and into the top corner of the net.

The last time the Dutch full-back had found the net was in 2008 when he scored for Utrecht.

"In fairness to Erik I think he's held his hands up and admitted that there was a little bit of fortune," Stoke boss Mark Hughes said afterwards.

"He's got himself in that position on the field this season to good effect, putting quality balls in that haven't been converted. Today he's put another ball in and it's gone in.

"It's always difficult for a player to come into a new league and he's played almost every game for me in all fairness and prior to that he'd not played a lot of football over the year.

"So for him to come in and have a great first season in the Premier League does him great credit and I'm glad that he was able to get some of the headlines today."


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Irish pub pokes fun at David Moyes with new drink

David Moyes has been the butt of many a joke throughout the season, and one pub in Dublin is joining in the fun by renaming a classic drink after the beleaguered Manchester United boss.


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Thibaut Courtois CAN play for Atlético vs Chelsea in Champions League

UEFA have insisted that Atlético Madrid's on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would be able to play against his parent club in the Champions League semi-final at no additional cost.

The 21-year-old Belgian is in his third season on loan with the Spanish club from Chelsea and the teams were paired together in Friday's draw in Nyon.

Chelsea, 9/2 with bet365 to be crowned champions, will have to see off Atlético if they want to reach a second Champions League final in three seasons.

Media reports suggested Courtois had a clause in his contract stating that if the two sides met in the Champions League, Atlético would have to pay Chelsea €3 million per match to use him against his parent club.

Atlético President Enrique Cerezo announced after the quarterfinals that the club would not be able to afford this fee, and therefore would abide by the agreement with the Blues.

But UEFA became involved on Friday morning, insisting that their rules render any contract between the two teams null and void.

A UEFA statement issued prior to the draw read: "In response to media reports referring to the situation of Club Atlético de Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, UEFA would like to reiterate its position.

"The integrity of sporting competition is a fundamental principle for UEFA.

"Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match.

"It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.

"Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly."

Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay confirmed that Courtois was free to play in the match - though he made no mention of any fee the Spaniards would have to pay.

He told Sky Sports News: "The loan was arranged back at the start of the season. It's quite simple - Thibaut can play against Chelsea. That was never in doubt.

"Regarding the UEFA statement, we'll evaluate that in due course. As far as Chelsea's concerned, we've complied with the loan rules."

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Joe Hart confident for Liverpool showdown

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart expects his side to take to the field with confidence in their potential Premier League decider with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Reds currently top the table and are four points ahead of the Citizens, who have two games in hand and who are 8/11 with bet365 to be crowned champions for the second time in three seasons.

Hart insists that City will not be daunted by what promises to be a cracking atmosphere on Merseyside, with the Reds having won their last nine consecutive league games.

The England goalkeeper said: "I don't think it is too bad that a few of us in the squad have got a winners' medal already. We are all just hungry for the next one.

"There has been a lot of build-up from the weeks previous, but we've remained focused on our games and we go into Liverpool confident."

The meeting of the two sides earlier this season ended in a 2-1 win for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium, with Vincent Kompany and Álvaro Negredo the goalscorers for City.

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Top 10 Goals of Week #2 April 2014

Here are the best goals from week #2 April 2014, courtesy of TVGOLO.com

Goal#1Quique Cubas (Arosa)vs Cultural Areas
Goal#2Juan Mata (Manchester United)vs Newcastle United
Goal#3João Dias (Lusitânia)vs Marítimo Graciosa
Goal#4Johan Larsson (Elfsborg)vs Häcken
Goal#5Djibril Cissé (Bastia)vs Sochaux
Goal#6Ali Abbas (FC Sydney)vs Wellington Phoenix
Goal#7Andy Ulmer (Red Bull Salzburg)vs Grödig
Goal#8Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto)vs Sevilla
Goal#9Jonathan Benteke (Visé)vs Tubize
Goal#10Patrice Evra (Manchester United)vs Bayern Munich



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Soccer player proposes to girlfriend in romantic goal celebration

A romantic event happened in a South Australian match last weekend as a player proposed to his partner after scoring a goal.

Playing against Modbury Jets on Saturday, Western Strikers forward Callum Flanagan had planned to ask his girlfriend, Nikki Pelliccia, to marry him.

The 28-year-old had a T-shirt with the words "marry me Nik" custom-made, which he had kept hidden in his kit bag, and invited her family to come watch him play.

After finding the back of the net in the 25th minute, Flanagan ripped off his Strikers jersey and ran towards Pelliccia and her family on the sideline.

At that point, Flanagan's injured teammate Michele Lastella threw him an engagement ring as he was getting down on one knee.

"I saw him rip his shirt off and I was thinking he was just showing off like the players do on TV," Pelliccia told The Advertiser.

"As he got closer, I realised what was happening and I was speechless. I had no idea it was coming.

"After that everyone was too busy looking at the ring to watch the game."

The problem for Flanagan was that amid the commotion and congratulations, he was not sure Pelliccia said yes and had to wait until half-time to get confirmation.

She added: "When it happened, I kissed him and gave him a big hug but I didn't have time to say yes.

"At half-time he was running to the changerooms and asked me 'did you say yes or not?' I said 'yes, of course.'"

The couple are now planning a summer wedding in Adelaide, possibly early next year.

Felicia said: "It's nice that I've got the T-shirt to keep forever and we've got a video of it we can show the kids one day."

A former Manchester United trainee, Flanagan moved to Adelaide four years ago after the then-teenage prodigy's life was turned upside down following a car crash in a street racing which incensed Sir Alex Ferguson.


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Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroche voted as world's most desirable woman

Spanish minnows Rayo Vallecano has gained more attention than usual after a female fan has been voted by readers of Spanish men's magazine FHM as the most desirable woman in the world.

A diehard Rayo fan, Cristina Pedroche often uploads pictures in Facebook of her wearing the Franjirrojos' gear.

Below is a series of pictures of the 25-year-old actress.

Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Rayo Vallecano fan Cristina Pedroch voted as world's most desirable woman
Photos: Facebook/CristinaPedroche

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Cristiano Ronaldo sold 1m Real Madrid jerseys in 2013

Real Madrid have sold approximately 1.4 million jerseys in 2013, while Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly was responsible for selling of 1 million shirts with his name printed on the back.

German newspaper Bild have recently revealed a ranking concerning the number of football jerseys sold last year, with Madrid and Manchester United are top of the tables with 1.4 million jerseys each.

And Ronaldo alone allowed the Spanish giants to cash in a significant amount of revenues, having roughly 1 million jerseys sold to fans across the whole world.

It's widely acknowledged that the Portuguese superstar has reached a popularity level in this sport like no other has in the past.

As a note of curiosity, Ronaldo sold more jerseys than most of the clubs featuring in the top 10 ranking list.

Despite no further information being disclosed about other players' selling figures, Ronaldo is certainly in a league of his own.

The highest football jerseys' sellers in 2013 are:

NoClubCountryJerseys sold
1Real MadridSpain1.400.000
2Manchester UnitedEngland1.400.000
3BarcelonaSpain1.150.000
4ChelseaEngland910.000
5Bayern MunichGermany880.000
6LiverpoolEngland810.000
7ArsenalEngland800.000
8JuventusItaly480.000
9Inter MilanItaly425.000
10AC MilanItaly350.000

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Lightning strikes football pitch in Austria, leaves 8 players injured

An Austrian lower league match was halted in the warm-up last weekend as lightning hit the pitch shortly before kick-off.

Lightning strikes football field in Austria, leaves 8 players injured

According to Kleine Zeitung, FC Notsch were taking on FC Sillian when a heavy rain storm suddenly broke out soon after both teams came onto the field.

But before the players had the chance to head back indoors, a lightning bolt came down from the heavens and hit the grass.

Eight players were injured by the lightning, with two Sillian players were injured badly.

The most badly injury player was Thomas Walder, who was struck in the chest and had to be resuscitated by players and staff for 20 minutes until an ambulance helicopter arrived.

Thankfully, all eight players who were injured have made full recoveries after resting up in hospital.

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Cristiano Ronaldo invites Polish boy who recovered from coma to Real Madrid game

A heart-warming story involving Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has come out over the weekend.

14-year-old Dawid Pawlaczyk from Poland was involved in an accident last year after he was hit by a car while riding a bike, and as a result the boy fell into a three-month long coma.

Apparently, his parents knew about his love for Ronaldo, and so brought his favourite Madrid bed sheets to the hospital. More so, they even played the Madrid and Portugal games so that Dawid could listen to them through his headphones.

Then, three months later, the boy opened his eyes on the same day Ronaldo had scored in Portugal's World Cup qualifying play-off with Sweden.

According to Polish magazine Fakt, when contacted by the news agency, Ronaldo reacted immediately and invited Dawid and his family to the Bernabéu to watch Los Blancos play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League while taking care of all the costs.

After the match, Ronaldo met Dawid and the pair took a couple of photos together. Ronaldo gave him his match-day shirt and autograph, whilst Dawid gifted him a red and white Polish scarf.


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West Brom player breaks press laptop with stray clearance

West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Norwich City on Saturday, but the success did prove costly as one of the Baggies' media officers had his laptop completed ruined by a stray clearance.

At one point during the match, Baggies defender Gareth McAuley blasted a stray clearance towards the press box and managed to unwittingly ruin a laptop owned by West Brom's social media officer Drew Williams.

West Brom were very tongue in cheek about the incident and tweeted a picture of the devstation McAuley caused.


To his credit, McAuley said after the match that he will happily foot the bill for a new laptop.


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José Mourinho sends letter of support to late MLS player Shawn Kuykendall

Chelsea manager José Mourinho has written a letter of condolences to the parents of Shawn Kuykendall, the former MLS player who passed away last month.

José Mourinho sends letter of support to late MLS player Shawn Kuykendall
Image courtesy of The Kuykenstrong Foundation

Three weeks ago came the sad news that former D.C. United and New York Red Bulls midfielder Kuykendall had passed away at the age of just 32 after a year-long battle with Thymic cancer.

Kuykendall had once played against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly, and upon hearing the news, Mourinho wrote a letter of suuport to his family.

The letter was as follows:

Dear Mr and Mrs Kuykendall,

I was deeply saddened to hear of your son's passing. I can only imagine the grief of a parent losing a child and my heart goes out to you both.

I hope you and your family find great strength in the shared memories of Shawn's life at this toughest of times and also in the future.

The football family has lost a fine young man, and everyone's thoughts at Chelsea FC are with you, your family and Shawn's friends.

With much sympathy,

Yours sincerely,

José Mourinho

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The Simpsons predicts 2014 World Cup winner, Homer referees final

If this special Simpsons episode is anything to go by, you should be backing Germany to win this summer's World Cup.

The animated cartoon is set for a special one-off show this month, dedicated to the eagerly-awaited tournament in Brazil.

In the latest episode of the much-loved US cartoon, Homer Simpson travels to South America to officiate in the tournament and ends up as a referee for the final.

And this image suggests Germany will defeat Brazil 2-0 in the showpiece match - with the result unlikely to please the host nation.



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