Dirty Tackle

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

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 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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  • Louis van Gaal's Hug-O-Meter: How Man United players can win the affection of their new manager

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago

    Louis van Gaal is settling in at Manchester United as he leads the club's preseason tour of the United States. During one of his first training sessions, he gave some animated corner kick instructions to Wayne Rooney and when Rooney's corner ended up in the back of the net, Van Gaal congratulated him with a big hug.

    Though Van Gaal has a deserved reputation for being a hot head with a short fuse, he's shown that he does have a soft side, as well. So what do Manchester United players need to do to win his shows of affection? Here's the breakdown...

    -Showing up early for training gets a stern nod of approval.

    -Telling a particularly good David Moyes joke gets a high five.

    -Saying that he makes Sir Alex Ferguson seem like he was the leader of a hippie drum circle gets a pat on the back.

    -Carrying out his instructions perfectly gets a hug.

    -Ignoring his instructions gets a hug that makes it impossible to breathe as he whispers the atrocities he will unleash upon you once you lose consciousness.

    -Scoring an exceptional goal gets his patented Super High Five.

    -Winning a trophy gets synchronized pelvic thrusts.

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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 Tackle18 hrs 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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