- Maxi Rodriguez at Ball Don't Lie10 days ago
After holding the NBA hostage as he weighed his options, causing fans, fellow free agents and team GM's come to a standstill while they waited on his decision, LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland on Friday, causing an Internet firestorm with reactions from fans, media personalities and even fellow players. Here's a sampling of the best reactions to LeBron's return to the Cavaliers, announced simultaneously on Sports Illustrated as well as James' Instagram account.
For their part, NBA players who commented on the decision appreciated LeBron's commitment to his home town.
Congrats LBJ...loyal guy going home!
Welcome back bro. Your city awaits you. @KingJames
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio took a different direction with his reaction.
Well he is not coming to Minnesota 😔
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle10 days ago
In a move that seemed inevitable since the start of the summer, Liverpool confirmed in a statement released on Friday that star striker Luis Suarez would be sold to Barcelona for an undisclosed fee that journalists believe to be in the region of $130m.
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle11 days ago
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle16 days ago
When long-term injuries occur in sports, it's often tempting to demonize the perpetrator of the incident, as has been the case with Colombia's in the wake of the injury he caused to Brazilian star Neymar during Colombia's World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil. While many , and while some , the truth might be a bit more complicated, as demonstrated by a public statement Zúñiga recently released accepting blame and apologizing for the incident.
Explaining that he " deeply regret[ted] the unfortunate injury Neymar suffered during the game," Zúñiga explained that while he felt the " situation was normal in a game, there was no ill intent, malice or negligence" on his part.
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle21 days ago
Major League Soccer's Orlando City completed the signing of Brazilian legend Kaka on Monday, fulfilling one of the sport's worst kept secrets after the MLS expansion side hinted at the star's imminent introduction over the last several days. While Kaka's arrival might not have been a shock after news leaked of his flight itinerary, it certainly gave fans a perfect opportunity to welcome Kaka to Orlando in full-force.
With jerseys, scarves, and irritating horns and vuvuzelas, local fans gathered to meet Kaka as the star disembarked his flight. And as can be expected with one of the sport's most adorable figures, Kaka responded in kind, signing autographs and posing with local children.
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle24 days ago
While Luis Suarez is in Uruguay after being handed a nine-game and four-month ban from soccer, that doesn't mean that FIFA has been able to remove every bit of Suarez's image from the areas surrounding the World Cup. Case in point: an Adidas advertisement in Copacabana that turned into a tourist attraction in the days after his suspension.
With an enraged expression and an open mouth that places plenty of prominence on Suarez's teeth, the advertisement is untimely, and gave soccer fans a golden opportunity to take a photo to upload to their Instagram account.
- Maxi Rodriguez at Dirty Tackle28 days ago
After a World Cup campaign that included a catastrophic 5-1 loss to the Netherlands and a staggering 2-0 defeat against Chile, it's understandable that feelings amongst Spanish National Team members would be a bit sore. That said, while raw emotions are to be expected, it seems that Jordi Alba let his mood get the better of him in the wake of Spain's consolation victory against Australia on Monday.
Long considered minnows by the international soccer community, the countries representing CONCACAF have been anything but just under 10 days into World Cup 2014. CONCACAF, the confederation which governs soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has historically engendered skepticism from European and South American nations, and looking at FIFA's World Rankings, it's easy to see why.
Heading into Friday's match against Italy, few people gave Costa Rica a fighting chance. Nevertheless, Costa Rica find themselves poised to shake up Group D with a 1-0 lead going into the second half. Ceaselessly pressuring the Italian team, the Costa Ricans have set up a tense match, and tensions boiled over going into halftime, as players from both teams got into a bit of extracurricular activity.
With a tournament as prestigious as the World Cup, it's not unusual for emotions to get the best of players. That said, with both positions in Group D up for grabs, if this is how Matchday 2 carries on, imagine how Matchday 3 will be.
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With a crucial match against Croatia on the horizon that will be decisive for their World Cup campaign, it'd be safe to assume that the Mexican National Team are hunkering down and directing their focus towards their upcoming game, closing out the media and fans, and banning the entire food pyramid save for organic oatmeal and quoina, right? Well, not exactly.
Having just pushed Brazil to the brink in an anxious match, members of the Mexican National Team took a deserved free day last week to make the most of their time in Brazil, fully embracing the tourist lifestyle and organizing a beach soccer game in front of their hotel in the process.