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WHAT a weekend this has been.

England won their opening Six Nations match in Wales 26-19. Ireland needed a late score to beat Italy in Rome 13-11, and reigning champions France beat Scotland at home 34-21.

The Premier League saw a whopping 43 goals in the ten fixtures this weekend. Results included: Everton 5-3 Blackpool, Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal (Arsenal were 4-0 up after 26 minutes), Wigan 4-3 Blackburn, Wolves 2-1 Man Utd (this ends Man Utd’s 29 match unbeaten run).

But the best result of all was Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool! Fernando Torres (JUDAS!) making his debut for €hel$ea couldn’t prevent Liverpool from doing the double over the defending league champions thanks to a second half strike from Raul Meireles. 😀

In Cricket, Australia completed a 6-1 O.D.I. series win over England by taking victory at the WACA Ground in Perth by 57 runs. This series has been to drawn out in my opinion. The two Twenty20 games should have been played on the same day and there should only have been three O.D.I. games. Now England have injures and tiredness to cope with before the World Cup in India/Sir Lanka/Bangladesh. A World Cup preview blog will appear on this site soon.

On the ugly side of the game now; three Pakistani cricketers have been handed down lengthy bans by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for last Augusts’ spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s. Former Captain Salman Butt has been banned for 10 years (five suspended) and bowlers Mohammads Asif and Amir have been banned for seven years (two suspended) and five years respectively for agreeing to bowl no-balls at a certain point in the match against England in exchange for money. All three have the right to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Formula 1’s Robert Kubica may well have ended his F1 career after crashing heavily in a Rally in Genoa, Italy. The Pole hit a church wall at high speed and suffered fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. It is almost certain that he will miss the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix on 13 March. This means that his seat at Renault will now be filled by either former HRT driver Bruno Senna or 2009 Renault driver Romain Grosjean. Get well soon Robert.

And finally, I have just heard of the extremely sad news that legendary rock guitarist Gary Moore has died at the age of 58. 😦 He was found dead in the early hours of Sunday (6 February) morning while on holiday in Spain. During his musical career he released a number of solo albums and was once a member of Thin Lizzy and played with Greg Lake on one of my all time favorite albums. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Gary.

England will play Wales in Euro 2012 qualifying group G. We will also have to play: Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro. I believe that this is one of the easiest groups that we could get. Our world ranking at the moment is 9. Whereas Switzerland are ranked 18th, Bulgaria 30th, Montenegro 72nd and Wales 76th. The first games will be played in early September and the last in October 2011.

The Logo

Yesterdays Merseyside derby fight/football match saw Liverpool beat Everton 1-0. 😀 Both sides finished with 10 men and we were lucky that none of our players suffered any serious injuries. Dirk Kuyt was knocked to the ground, and big haired Marouane Fellaini decided it would be a good idea to kick the ball at his face from point-blank range, and to follow through with his foot. Fellaini was then taken off injured after our man Sotirios Kyrgiakos took him out. But he was then sent off, despite Fellaini making him need stitches in his foot. Tim Cahill missed a sitter just before the end of the first half that 99 times out of 100 he would put in. In the 55th minute, Kuyt headed in a corner from 3 yards out. You can see the mark Fellaini left on his face in the picture below. In stoppage time, Everton’s Steven Pienaar got what he deserved when he was sent off for a second bookable offence after he sent Steven Gerrard tumbling. He should have gone in the first half after he nearly broken Javier Mascherano’s leg. Fortunately, it was just his shin guard which snapped.

See Kuyt’s bruise by clicking here –> http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8500212.stm

The first game of this year’s six nations was won by reigning champions Ireland. They beat Italy by 29 points to 11 at Croke Park. I watched England vs. Wales on the telly last night and as usual with the six nations, I got slightly carried away. Whenever we scored a try I went mad, and when Wales scored their try to pull it back to just a five point gap, some of the things I was shouting weren’t very PC at all. Both teams weren’t at their best, with numerous kicking, throwing and passing errors. When Wales had a man in the sin-bin, England took full advantage and ran in two converted tires. England triumphed by a 30-17 score line and next play Italy in Rome. PS: France beat Scotland 18-9.

The New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44 tonight in Florida. It is rather fitting that the two best teams in America this season are in the Super Bowl this year, with 13-3 and 14-2 league records respectively. The Colts are looking for their third win, their last was in the 2006/07 season in Florida, so their omens are good. The Saints are by contrast making their maiden Super Bowl appearance. My blog tomorrow will feature the match, and hopefully have some videos of the famed half-time show, this year being put on by The Who.

South Africa are currently on tour in India and loving it. At the close of play on the second day of the first Test, India are 25-0 and chasing South Africa’s huge total of 558-6d. Kallis and Amla put on 340 runs for the third wicket, scoring 173 and 253 not-out respectively.

And finally, Tennis’s wonder mum Kim Clijsters – along with daughter Jada – have been immortalised as Barbie dolls. The unique dolls were unveiled on the opening day of the Nuremberg toy fair, the largest toy fair in the world. The dolls are based on the moment when little Jada walked onto the court after her mum had won last year’s US Open. I can’t see Andy Murray becoming a Ken though.

Kim & Jada Clijsters at the US Open

Kim & Jada as Barbies

Well, Liverpool played probably the most pathetic and hopeless game of football I have ever seen them play. They lost 0-2 away to bottom of the table Portsmouth. It was quite frankly an insult to the history of the club, and that is all I am going to say.

Kevin Pietersen almost gifted the first Test to his native South Africa by running straight down the wicket while Trott, another South African told him to stay put. Who’s side is KP on anyway?! England only just held on to draw the game with one wicket in hand after a massive batting collapse right after the run out.

But the bravest piece of sporting news at the weekend was when former Wales and Lions captain Gareth Thomas publically came out and said he was gay, making him the first openly gay player still playing. In the most macho sport in the world, this must be one of the gutsiest decisions of the year. But I don’t have a problem with it. The players and coaches don’t have a problem with it. The fans don’t have a problem with it. And anybody who does, can either give up watch or playing Rugby. Personally, I say ‘Well done Gareth Thomas, lets hope that if there are any other gay sportsmen and women, you have shown them that they do not have to stay hidden.’

Brave - Gareth Thomas

In more good news, X Factor winner whats his face, didn’t get the Christmas No.1! 🙂 Instead, the coveted sport goes to ‘Killing In the Name’ by Rage Against the Machine. Not a very Christmas sounding title, but at least Simon Cowell’s latest creation hasn’t taken the top spot at Christmas for the first time in 4 years. All the X Factor is, is glorified karaoke. All the songs are covers, nobody plays any instruments. That to me is karaoke. And releasing the winner’s single year after year at this time is to me chart fixing in all but name.

Any who, rant over.

And finally, BBC Sports presenter (and the man whose job I want) Chris Hollins and his partner Ola Jordan, or ‘COla’ won series 7 of Strictly Come Dancing. I wanted him to win from the start, and yes, he was my favourite.

Winners - Ola and Chris 'COla'

I’ve just seen Liverpool through away yet another game in the last-minute. 😦 It’s getting embarrassing now and I really am starting to get angry with the team.

They should have used me and my team from Football today. We destroyed the opposition, and I actually played well for a change and made a difference to the game in my teams favour or once. 🙂

I am still getting everything ready for the unveiling of my all time fantasy Rock Band. It’s just that I’ve been writing character profiles for a TV series I’ve just thought of. You never know, Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon might say that they like it and make it. Watch this space!

See ya later.

Liverpool beat arch rivals Everton away today 2-0. GET IN!

 

Everton could have and should have scored at least 3 goals but they didn’t and that is what matters. Maybe we can start a little run going and get back into the top 4.

 

Also in the FA Cup, Liverpool got drawn against Reading away. I was on the edge of my seat watching the draw, because with only about 10 teams left, Liverpool were still in the pot, and so where Man Utd. That would have been the worst possible outcome for us. Man Utd ended up with a home game against either Leeds Utd from League 1 (Division 3) or Kettering Town from the Conference National (Division 5). Come on Kettering, you can do it!

 

Elsewhere, England got their own back against South Africa by bowling them out for just 119, and winning by 7 Wickets. James Anderson took 5-23 as England take a 2-1 lead with one game left.

 

In F1 news, Felipe Massa has been racing Go-Karts in Brazil, and said that he is looking forward to the 2010 season. Keep up the come back Felipe, but don’t even think about winning any races next year!

 

In film news, Disney has a new Princess for little girls to wish they were. She is called Tiana and will be appearing in ‘The Princess and The Frog’. But for the first time ever in a Disney film the Princess is African-American. This is not the first for American cinema this year. Disney/Pixar release ‘Up’ saw the main supporting character Russell, a Japanese-American being given the voice of a Japanese-American called Jordan Nagai. In the past, Asian characters were voiced by non-Asians.

 

I one way, it is good to see America allowing minorities to have a greater part in animated movies considering their past (and some would say present). But on the other side of the coin, do we really need to make such a fuss over it? If a one-armed character was being voiced by a one-armed person, not nearly as much fuss would be made would it.

 

Tell me what you think. Do you agree, or disagree?

 

Princess Tiana

 

Russell

 

Liverpool where dumped out of the Champions League, or European Cup for the older reader last night despite beating Hungarian Champions Debrecen 1-0 away. This is because Foirentina beat Lyon 1-0, thus making it mathematically impossible for us to finish in the top two.

So we have to play in the Europa League, the old UEFA Cup in 2010. We were actually favourites to win the competition before we were even in it last night!

To be honest, I’m not angry. everyone saw it coming. The team are completely unrecognisable from the team who just missed out on the League Title last season. I could go on a rant, but there is not point. just like the French and the Irish, my opinion ment jack all to the footballing world.

In happier news, both the BBC F1 team and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters have been collecting awards this week.

The BBC F1 opening title sequence won the ‘Graphic Design Programme Content Sequence at the RTS awards night. 

You can see the full video by clicking on this link –> http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2009/11/award_for_bbc_f1_tv_coverage.html 

Pink Floyd Bassist Roger Waters’ team who built the giant light Prism at the climax of the 2008 Dark side of the Moon tour, won first place at the International Laser Display Awards. I saw this for myself when I saw the show at the O2 Arena (18/05) and it completely blew my mind. Well done to the team on behalf of Floydians everywhere 🙂

DSOTM 2008 prism (Lightwave International) That came out of the roof. Nobody saw it coming.