Here’s a dang flop:
The first goal in Tottenham Hotspur’s (sorely necessary) rout of Swansea City this weekend was scored by Harry Kane—a penalty kick awarded in the 39th minute, after Dele Alli went down in the box under a challenge from Kyle Naughton. It was, as even the most loyal Spurs supporter can admit, a dive.
I mean, c’mon man. This is, I suppose, what happens when you have a reputation as a diver, even the obvious calls can look like acting.
In most ways that matter, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho doesn’t have it anymore. He’s 35, chubby, and besides brief, ephemeral moments of inspiration, has neither the talent nor inclination to dazzle fans on the soccer pitch the way he used to.
Mickey Rourke's ludicrous "knockout" victory last month in Moscow was fixed, according to the boxer he "defeated"—who told TMZ he took a dive for $15,000, which Rourke's camp has been late in paying.
Since being released by the Atlanta Falcons in November, defensive end Ray Edwards has embarked on a fledgling boxing career. The video above comes from a recent bout that Edwards had in West Fargo, North Dakota. I don't know why Edwards is fighting a short, pudgy man who looks more like an accountant than he does a…
As SNY went to break after the top of the seventh of tonight's Phillies-Mets matchup at Citi Field, cameras caught one mets fan taking a tumble and sending his beer cups flying. We all got a good laugh out of it—as did the SNY announcers—but a closer inspection reveals it was all staged.
Bills cornerback Drayton Florence has made a career out of his tough-guy image (just ask Mark Sanchez) but the stunt he pulled Sunday against the New England Patriots puts him firmly in Italian soccer star territory. It was less a flop or dive and more of a hurl—a leaping, falling charade of nonsense worthy of being…
The business of cataloging awful (and sometimes admirable) injury performances in soccer games is an important one, and we do not take it lightly. Also not apparently taken lightly: Incidental contact to Lille's Aurélien Chedjou's neck. The contact somehow automatically transported to the Cameroonian's eyeball and…
Barcelona's Lionel Messi got a yellow card during yesterday's draw with Real Sociedad. He started the game on the bench, having just returned from India, where he'd been serving international duty for Argentina.
The Oklahoma City Thunder had just cut their deficit to 19 points in the third quarter when big bad Tyson Chandler of the Mavericks didn't hit little good-actor James Harden in the face with an elbow.
This post, written by Josh Burt, is republished with permission from The Spoiler. Go there often if you like soccer stuff.