Stosur stutters while Bernie bolts … Jennings becomes the fresh prince of Bondi … Injured Serena storms through … Late Heart-stopper keeps Sydney FC alive … Rogic goes from man to Bhoy … How Nine stopped the Bailey Burger … GONE TO THE DOGS
It wasn’t his homework, but Jason Tovey was forced to miss Cardiff Blues’ Heineken Cup match against Toulon after his dog ate his passport. The five-eighth was unable to join his team on the flight to France after presenting a torn, shredded and chewed passport to British Customs. His dog Koda was looking for something other than socks and shoes and dined on the star’s passport just days before the match. Tovey coughed up $156 to apply for an emergency British passport but suffered another blow when it arrived just hours before the team departed for Toulon. The Welsh side could have used the 23-year-old they were thrashed 45-25. KINGS ON THE MOVE
The Sacramento Kings are set to pack their bags and head north to Seattle as the Maloof family finalises a takeover of the franchise. It’s not yet known whether they will adopt the branding of the Sonics team, now the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Kings are set to undergo their sixth facelift since entering the NBA in 1948. Initially the Rochester Royals, they moved to Cincinnati in 1957 before becoming the Kansas Omaha Kings in 1972. They dropped Omaha three years later before settling in Sacramento in 1985. PSV DOING TIME
It wasn’t quite the mean machine, but PSV Eindhoven wrapped up their winter tour of Thailand by playing their final friendly match inside the walls of a local prison against a team comprised of inmates. The Dutch club visited Klong Prem jail, one of the biggest correctional facilities of Thailand, and played a small-sided game against some of the prisoners. Some of their players appeared visibly shaken when walking through the narrow corridors of the infamous jail. Stars such as Memphis Depay and Marcel Ritzmaier provided a rare respite from the day to day hardships endured by the prisoners by showing off their talent. LABS’ STAR TURN IN TURKEY
What does the Five Dock All-Age Division 9 team have in common with Galatasaray? They both have had their games interrupted by a pair of pitch-invading dogs. The Turkish giants experienced what most amateur Saturday football teams endure each week when two Labradors broke on to the field during their friendly against German club VFR Aalen. Galatasaray were yet to find a breakthrough against the second-tier German club when the Labs invaded and showed their frustration with a frosty treatment of the Turks. By contrast, some Aalen players leapt to play with the pooches before going on to seal a surprise 1-0 win. TENNIS TANTY
It’s taken less than a week for the Australian Open to have its first meltdown after Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz launched a tirade at chair umpire Marija Cicak during a tie-breaker against India’s Somdev Devvarman. The Pole disputed a call before dropping to his knees and screaming at the umpire, ”How many times? How many times?” Janowicz didn’t stop there, hitting the umpire’s chair and throwing a water bottle across the court to earn himself a code violation. ”You can’t control your emotions all the time,” he said later when in a better mood. ”Actually, I went nuts. I calmed down little bit later on. Sometimes I have problem to control my emotions, but I’m trying to work on this.” IF YOU’RE NOT WATCHING SPORT, YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO …
New Gods. New Gods. Members of Little Red, Ground Components and Eagle and the Worm kick back on a diet of the Blue Album, the White Album and The Photo Album.
@Polso22 NO REST FOR SPURS
A Miami lawyer is suing the San Antonio Spurs for resting their stars when they played Miami Heat on November 29. Larry McGuinness’s class action case claims that the Spurs violated a fair trade law by their planned absence of star players Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan while punters were paying premium ticket prices. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was fined $250,000 for resting the players without notifying the NBA. IT’S NOT A MONKEY RIDING A GREYHOUND, BUT YOU’LL LIKE IT …
Four-time gold medallist Missy Franklin shows the level of discipline it takes to become an Olympian by balancing a bottle of water on her forehead while practising backstroke at speed. The 17-year-old Californian released the footage of her drill, which is said to improve the stabilisation of her head. The swimmer briefly handles the bottle while doing tumble turns before placing it back on her forehead mid stroke.
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