Dirty Tackle

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

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 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 Tackle8 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 Tackle9 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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