• It's possible to be both spiteful and correct.

    On Tuesday, retired United States men's national team legend Landon Donovan took an unexpected swipe at Jurgen Klinsmann, the incumbent head coach who ostracized him from the national team and denied him a last hurrah at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    "Around the world, if a player plays poorly and a player has a bad string of results, they get dropped from the team," Donovan said to ESPN FC. "Jurgen said many times he wants our players to feel pressure – so if they lose a game they can't go to the grocery store the next day. If they lose a game, they are getting hammered in the press."

    "Well, the same holds true for the coach, and so we had a very poor summer with bad results in the Gold Cup. The last game against Brazil was probably the worst game I've seen them play under Jurgen," Donovan continued. "The reality is that now, anywhere else in the world, if this coach had those results, and they lose this game against Mexico [on Saturday],

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    Bayern Munich celebrated their impressive start to the Bundesliga with a party at the club’s annual Oktoberfest gathering last week.

    And with seven wins from seven matches and a 5-0 trashing of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League last week, Pep Guardiola’s squad have been on a mighty roll.


    The players and the club’s staff donned traditional lederhosen outfits and many more arrived at the event with their partners and families.

    Striker Robert Lewandowski led the celebrations with his wife Anna, and he was all smiles after scoring 10 goals in his last three matches.


    Meanwhile, German captain Philipp Lahm admitted to German media that he missed seeing former teammate, Bastian Schweinsteiger at the club.

    “It’s when you go to Oktoberfest that you really notice that (Bastian) is no longer here,” said Lahm.

    He added jokingly, “He was always very well dressed, as you’d expect from someone who grew up in Bavaria. I’ve certainly missed him, but in all honesty he wasn’t really a beer

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  • The women have their limelight in Monday's #Fitspo. Now it's the men's turn. The Yahoo #FitFind series is a new weekly feature every Wednesday dedicated to all fit men out there. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Photo: Cheryl TayPhoto: Cheryl Tay

    Name: Muhamad Hafiz bin Sazali (IG : fizzy_13)
    Age: 31
    Height: 167cm
    Weight: 58kg
    Occupation: Financial Consultant
    Status: Attached
    Diet: Intermittent fasting
    Training: Yoga and calisthenics six days a week each

    What kind of sports did you do when you were younger?
    I started with athletics in primary school, and also football in secondary school, before Taekwondo in polytechnic. I competed in the Chuncheon International Taekwondo Championships 2003 @ The 4th Korea Open and placed fourth. I’m doing calisthenics now, but I’ve also competed in the Singapore Fitness Model Search 2015 (Men's Physique, Open, Class A) and came in fifth.

    How did you discover calisthenics?
    In early 2013, I was looking for a

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  • Robbie Fowler in Singapore during the Castlewood Group Battle Of The Reds press conference. Photo: Masters Football AsiaRobbie Fowler in Singapore during the Castlewood Group Battle Of The Reds press conference. Photo: Masters Football Asia

    Following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers earlier this week, the duo of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti have been bandied around as the most likely candidates to fill the vacant Liverpool hot-seat.

    Both have stellar records and Reds legend Robbie Fowler feels that either man will be a good fit for the club, who are currently 10th in the Premier League table with 12 points from eight games.

    “My personal opinion is that he’s a very good manager. I've never met him [but] looking in from the outside, I was impressed with his performances in Germany with [Borussia] Dortmund,” said the former Liverpool striker of Klopp, who beat mighty Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title for two seasons in a row from 2010 to 2012 with a swashbuckling style of play that caught Europe’s attention.

    “I like what I see, but that is exactly the same with Carlo Ancelotti; I like his manner, Jurgen Klopp’s manner. They’ve got their teams playing great football, we deserve that and hopefully [any of] these

    Read More »from Liverpool legend Fowler: Klopp, Ancelotti get teams to play great football
  • Kristaps Porzingis requests that his employers stop talking. (Elsa/Getty Images)Kristaps Porzingis requests that his employers stop talking. (Elsa/Getty Images)New York Knicks rookie big man Kristaps Porzingis was always going to face doubts from a fan base used to questionable management decisions and a general lack of foresight. The 20-year-old Lithuanian and No. 5 pick in last June's draft not only comes to Madison Square Garden with the expectations that come with performing for one of the NBA's marquee franchises — he also must contend with longstanding fears over the merits of foreign prospects and the worry that he could turn into one big bust. It's also likely that these issues will follow Porzingis until he proves that he can have a long and fruitful pro career.

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    Yet it was also fair to guess that Porzingis's bosses would not make his adjustment to the NBA game even more difficult by trotting out extreme comparisons before he had even played an official game. Team president Phil Jackson compared Porzingis to notorious dunk victim Shawn Bradley several week ago, which caused the

    Read More »from Kurt Rambis says Kristaps Porzingis is a combo of Pau and Dirk
  • Singapore's national team training ahead of the World Cup qualifier. Photo: Shawn Lim for FAS.Singapore's national team training ahead of the World Cup qualifier. Photo: Shawn Lim for FAS.

    The Singapore national football team knows exactly what is required of them when they take on Afghanistan and Cambodia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

    “The truth is that there is no option for us: we have to beat both teams,” said head coach Bernd Stange of the Group E clashes at the National Stadium. “Home advantage means so much in football. We’ve played eight games this year and six were away... At home, we need to dominate.”

    After three matches - a 4-0 rout of Cambodia, a shock 0-0 draw with Japan, a narrow 1-0 loss to Syria - the Lions are third, three points behind Japan and a further two off leaders Syria.

    Two home victories will put Singapore in a very strong position to clinch third place, which comes with direct entry to the third qualifying round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

    But before they can start thinking about that, Afghanistan stand in the way of Stange’s men on Thursday night (8 Oct).

    The Afghan football team during training. Photo: Afghanistan Football Federation's Facebook pageThe Afghan football team during training. Photo: Afghanistan Football Federation's Facebook page

    First-time meeting

    Ranked 150th in the world, seven places ahead of

    Read More »from Analysis: Singapore take on Afghanistan in must-win World Cup qualifier
  • After Duane Ludwig left his position as head trainer at Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male, many wondered how long it would take Ludwig’s star pupil, TJ Dillashaw, to follow suit.

    Apparently that answer is: About a year.

    Following a report from Brazilian outlet Combate, Dillashaw has left Team Alpha Male and will be holding all of his future fight camps at Team Elevation in Denver, Colorado.

    Colorado is also where Duane Ludwig calls home.Urijah Faber said he's turned down offers to fight T.J. Dillashaw in the past. (MMAWeekly)Urijah Faber said he's turned down offers to fight T.J. Dillashaw in the past. (MMAWeekly)

    "In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado." Dillashaw told MMAFighting. "The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.”

    Although Dillashaw’s new camp is in Colorado, Ludwig will not be his full-time coach. Instead, the champ will train with Team

    Read More »from Why TJ Dillashaw had to leave Team Alpha Male
  • It should have been obvious to all of us. When LeBron James was interviewed on TNT following his Cavalier team’s win over the Miami Heat in 2009, he made a point to tell the national TV audience that he would be changing his number and sport a No. 6 the following season, in deference to Michael Jordan and the No. 23 that Jordan once wore, and that James currently sported.

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    Of course, James joined the Heat some eight months later, and the fact that the Heat had already retired Jordan’s No. 23 in 2003 wasn’t lost on anyone as they looked back to the previous autumn.

    LeBron changes his mind a lot, so when it came time for him to return to Cleveland in 2014 he switched right back to No. 23. Then, after a tough championship-less first year back with the Cavaliers, James returned to Cavs practice this month wearing …

    Read More »from LeBron James is back to wearing No. 6 in practice, as Miami awaits his return
  • The UFC has really stepped it up with the promotional videos for their title fights. Their latest commercial for the UFC 193 showdown between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm is yet another example of the UFC’s ability to hype up a fight, even though most don’t perceive this particular bout to be very competitive at all.

    The commercial parallels the respective rises of Rousey and Holm in combat sports with Rousey’s entry in judo while Holm is shown stepping into a boxing gym in her teenage years. Eventually, their paths through their respective crafts converge to where we are today as Holm prepares to face Rousey at UFC 193.

    The commercial – dubbed “Revolution” – is very well done, but you probably are wondering where they found a young lady to portray Rousey during her 2008 Olympic run that bears such an uncanny resemblance to the most dominant female athlete in sports.

    Well, that’s because that young lady just so happens to be Julia De Mars, the 17-year-old younger sister of Ronda

    Read More »from Ronda Rousey's younger sister stars as Rousey in top-notch UFC 193 promo
  • Doc Rivers tells Chris Paul to start looking for an apartment. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Doc Rivers tells Chris Paul to start looking for an apartment. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Clippers face a pivotal season in 2015-16, both due to the pressure exerted by several big offseason moves and the general feeling that this veteran, familiar group needs to make a serious postseason run in order to justify its reputation and expectations. A roster cannot house Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Pierce, J.J. Redick, and others without a title feeling like a fair goal.

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    Clippers head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers apparently feels the same way. In a new feature by Zach Lowe of Grantland, Rivers expressed that the Clippers roster could see major changes if they don't make a run this season:

    The Clippers have had three cracks at it with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan all in their primes, and they’re not afraid to admit the fourth could be their last — that another flameout will force them to ask whether the core has grown stale.
    “We’re right on the
    Read More »from Doc Rivers says the Clippers roster could be disbanded if they don't win a title


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