Dirty Tackle

  • Radamel Falcao almost takes pitcher's head off while trying baseball batting practice

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle57 mins ago

    Monaco were in Miami for a friendly against Colombian side Atletico Nacional and while they were there, Radamel Falcao tried his hand at baseball. The prolific Colombian striker took batting practice at Marlins Stadium and as the video above shows, he took some good cuts.

    He even fired one line drive right back at the pitcher, who managed to just duck out of the way before being decapitated. Thankfully, no one was hurt and everyone was able to laugh about it, but that pitcher still got quite a scare.

    Liverpool players also took batting practice while in Boston for their friendly against Roma at Fenway Park. Here's Steven Gerrard's attempt...

    Video via 101GG

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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  • Carmelo Anthony shows off his juggling skills at Real Madrid's training session in LA

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle19 hrs ago

    NBA star Carmelo Anthony visited Real Madrid's training session in Los Angeles on Wednesday with his friend Dontaye Draper, who played for Real's basketball team for two years. Anthony said that he is a Madridista and his favorite player is "of course" Cristiano Ronaldo. He then demonstrated his juggling skills, penalty taking, and heading ability that rivals Peter Crouch.

    Once he had the champions of Europe thinking about asking for a refund on the € 80 million they just spent on James Rodriguez, Anthony met the Real Madrid players and Alvaro Arbeloa asked him about his new five-year deal with the New York Knicks and new teammate Jose Calderon. Everyone — including manager Carlo Ancelotti — then got together for a group photo.

    Xabi Alonso concluded the visit by inviting Melo to Madrid.

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  • What to do at the World Cup if you want a big money transfer to Barcelona or Real Madrid

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    A strong showing at the World Cup can do great things for player's career. Barcelona and Real Madrid have now each signed two players who raised their profiles through a variety of methods at the 2014 World Cup and, in the process, they have revealed exactly what a footballer must do on the sport's biggest stage to maximize their value.

    Let's see what over-reaching conclusions we can draw from these moves.

    Name: Claudio Bravo Position: Goalkeeper Country: Chile Transfer: From Real Sociedad to Barcelona for  € 12 million What he did: Kept a clean sheet against Spain in the group stage and helped Chile to the round of 16, where they lost to Brazil in a penalty shootout. Bravo was one of many great keepers in this tournament, but if Chile had made it past the host nation, his fee could have been significantly higher.

    Name: Toni Kroos Position: Midfielder Country: Germany Transfer: From Bayern Munich to Real Madrid for € 30 million What he did: Helped Germany win the World Cup with two goals and four assists and was the highest rated player at any position in FIFA's Castrol Index Rankings.

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  • Mario Balotelli demonstrates unique ironing method in brilliant Instagram video

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Confirming former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli's assertion the day before that Mario Balotelli is "fundamentally a good guy" who "lives in a place that is far away from reality," the Milan striker posted a video on Instagram of himself dancing while ironing a shirt, reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography and listening to Biggie Smalls.

    Given all the Puma product placement (and the fact that Mario is ironing right over the logo of his shirt), there's a good chance this is a viral marketing campaign. But Balotelli executes it so delightfully that it really doesn't matter. This is how I like to imagine he does all of his ironing.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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  • James Rodriguez hugs manhandled pitch invader during Real Madrid presentation, prompts copycat

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Having completed his € 80 million move from Monaco to Real Madrid, World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu in front of about 46,000 fans on Tuesday. Wearing the No. 10 shirt left vacant when Mesut Ozil departed last summer, Rodriguez kicked balls into the ravenous crowd, which was filled with yellow Colombia shirts.

    One of those supporters decided to invade the pitch and hug his hero, which quickly resulted in security staff violently dragging him to the ground. Rodriguez didn't appreciate the aggressiveness with which they did their job, so he tried to calm the situation by hugging the pitch invader a second time and giving him a ball as he escorted him away.

    Seeing how lovely Rodriguez was to the man, another pitch invader attempted to bum rush the Colombian star just as the commotion was starting die down. He too got a ball for his efforts, but not much more.

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