Dirty Tackle

  • Tim Howard handles the ball outside the box, accosts Diego Costa, doesn't get sent off

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle13 hrs ago

    Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 in a thrilling match that Tim Howard was either very lucky or very unlucky to complete, depending on how you look at it. The madness began faster than you could say, "Diego Costa out six weeks with a hamstring injury," with Diego Costa scoring just 36 seconds into the match and then Branislav Ivanovic adding a second Chelsea goal in the third minute. 

    Adding an initial bit of controversy to the early excitement, Tim Howard went unpunished for handling the ball outside his box in the ninth minute — an offense that could have gotten him sent off. Which might have been an improvement on how he spent the rest of the day.

    Kevin Mirallas got one back for Everton just before halftime, making it 2-1 at the break. Then in the 69th minute, Seamus Coleman deflected a shot between Howard and the post for an own goal that put Chelsea up 3-1. Costa appeared to taunt Coleman immediately after the goal and that's when Howard snapped.

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  • Chris Kamara can't hear any of his cues, watches match intently

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle15 hrs ago

    Sky Sports reporter/Brazilian thief catcher Chris Kamara is perhaps best known for thoroughly enjoying the fact that he had no idea who was sent off at Portsmouth four years ago. Well, in his eagerness to make sure that never happens again, Kamara now watches the matches he attends so intently that he's become completely oblivious to his cues.

    Soccer Saturday's Jeff Stelling tried to cue Kamara, who was positioned at Upton Park for West Ham v Southampton, three times and all three times Kamara either couldn't hear him or was too focused on the match to realize that he was on live television.

    He wasn't the only one on the program having difficulties, though. Paul Merson interrupted a discussion earlier on in the show by choking on the spicy sushi he was eating for lunch.

    Believe it or not, there was actually some football going on in the midst of all this madcap hilarity, too.

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  • Schalke's new tunnel looks like a coal mine

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle16 hrs ago

    Schalke have always maintained strong ties to the local mining industry and this has produced some brilliant imagery in recent years. From mining themed team photos to the players actually going down into the mines, they've shown that "The Miners" is more than just a nickname for the club. And now they've taken that theme a step further by redesigning the Veltins-Arena tunnel that the players use to get from the dressing rooms to the pitch to look like a coal mine.

    The result is a spooky, dimly lit enclosure that will remind the players of their club's working-class roots every time they walk through it. And visiting teams might find it a bit unsettling.

    Here's what the tunnel looked like before the redesign...

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  • DTotD: Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano knocked out by clothesline to the chin

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano was knocked unconscious by a clothesline to the chin from Illychivets defender Oleksandr Chyzhov during a Ukrainian Premier League match on Friday. The blow occurred just before halftime and was Chyzhov's attempt to stop Adriano from getting around him on a counter attack.

    Adriano had to be taken off on a stretcher and Chyzhov was only shown a yellow card for the brutal offense. Shakhtar went on to win 3-0.

    In related news: The WWE has put in a sizable bid for Oleksandr Chyzhov.

    This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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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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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic's expert analysis of the Champions League group stage draw

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    The 2014/15 Champions League group stage draw has been completed and this time it is personal. For Zlatan. This is interesting to me because I am Zlatan.

    Before I begin Zlanalyzing the groups, I must make something clear. This will be the year that Zlatan finally wins the Champions League. And if not this year, then next year. And if not next year, then the Champions League must be renamed to the League of Lies, because if the ultimate champion goes his whole career without winning it, then it was clearly never actually for real champions. I have spoken about this with Arsene Wenger and he is in total Zlagreement. But this is definitely the year that I will win it. Not even David Luiz can stop me.

    Group A

    Atletico Madrid Juventus Olympiacos Malmo

    Zlatan Zlays: This group includes two of Zlatan's former clubs and four that now live in fear of Zlatan. Last season was very magical for Atletico, winning La Liga and reaching the Champions League final, but when you use up all your magic spray at once, there is nothing left but pain or the awkward moment when you must stop pretending to be injured without the aid of magic spray. This is a Zlientific fact.

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  • Karim Benzema drives his €2 million chrome Bugatti Veyron to training because he's gotta drive it somewhere

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    Not to be outdone by teammate Alvaro Arbeloa's super cool Morgan 3 Wheeler, Karim Benzema arrived at Real Madrid's training complex in his black and chrome Bugatti Veyron, which costs roughly €2 million. He documented the occasion on his Instagram account. 

    Benzema's car might have served a purpose beyond making everyone jealous, though. Cristiano Ronaldo once raced a Bugatti Veyron in a Nike commercial. Maybe Benzema was simply facilitating a rematch.

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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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