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Issue 96 • Friday, July 12, 2013
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The 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup got off to a
crazy start, with two upsets in the first two
Mexico, who entered the tournament with a
young, domestic-based team that was totally
different from the one they carried to Brazil for
the Confederations Cup, were punished by a
Panama team that has been eager to prove
The youthful Mexicans' lack of experience
showed as Gabriel Torres, who plays for
Zamora FC in the Venezuelan Primera Division,
scored twice for Panama. Missing from the El
Tri lineup were Mallorca striker, Giovani dos
Santos and Manchester United front man,
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. But it ain't what
you got at home; it's what you brought to the
dance that will get you pumping---a lesson
Maxico manager Julio César Valdés will be
sorry he ignored.
Martinique's 1-0 over Canada win in the
opening match was another shocker. The
French islanders, who prefer to play rugby and
ride bikes on a weekend than to kick ball, have,
nonetheless, fielded a side that can distress
some hopes in Pasadena, with Panama, Mexico
rounding out that Group A.
Monday's first match against El Salvador
would have been a stern test for a young T&T
Soca Warriors team who is hoping that the
losses they amassed along the way to the Red
Bull Arena in New Jersey would have been
learning experiences. El Salvador was equally
porous, soaking 13 goals to two scores in their
last five matches---arguably against lesser con-
tenders than their T&T counterparts; who went
scoreless as 12 were hammered past their
Too much football to play, but with Haiti and
Honduras rounding out that Group B, T&T head
coach Stephen Hart will like his team's chances
of making it out of the group stage rubbers.
Tonight will be the second round of group play,
with T&T vs Haiti and Honduras tackling El Sal-
vador in the second match at the Sun Life Sta-
Trinidad and Tobago squad by numbers:
1.Marvin Phillip, 3.Joevin Jones, 5.Carlyle
Mitchell, 6.Daneil Cyrus, 7.Chris Birchall,
8.Khaleem Hyland, 9.Kenwyne Jones, 10.Kevin
Molino, 11.Carlos Edwards, 12.Darryl Roberts,
13.Cornell Glen, 14.Andre Boucaud, 16.Kevon
Carter, 17.Justin Hoyte, 18.Densill Theobald
(captain), 19.Keon Daniel, 20.Seon Power,
21.Jan-Michael Williams, 22.Cleon John,
23.Jamal Gay, 25.Aubrey David, 26.Curtis Gon-
zales, 32.Radanfah Abu Bakr.
LOOKING FOR GOLD
Earlier in the week it was reported that
Oklahoma City Thunder standout forward,
Kevin Durant got engaged to his longtime girl-
friend, WNBA star MONICA WRIGHT.
Seldom do you see ball players in the top
leagues looking at women who aren't strippers
or porn stars---or worse---so Durant and Wright
make for a wholesome pairing.
The two met as high-schoolers back in 2006
at the McDonald's All-American Game---where
Durant was the MVP---and have remained
friends since then.
Selfie photos of Wright showing off her ring
will, at first, seem like the starburst from a cell-
phone flash in the mirror, but nah...thats the
bling homeboy jumped out with as a sign of his
love. He probably got the hook-up from his new
agent, Jay-Z, at Roc Nation Sports. Wright,
who's the same age as Durant and a guard with
the Minnesota Lynx, posed with the large circu-
lar diamond engagement ring on a photo re-
leased by gossip site, MediaTakeout.com.
Back in 2011 Durant (@KDTrey5) tweeted:
"Or maybe I need a basketball playing girl-
friend...hmm lol...monica wright where r u(love
and basketball." Everyone thought it was a ref-
erence to Sanaa Lathan's character in the 2000
movie, Love and Basketball, but turns out
homie was aiming for the real deal.
And the feelings of love and admiration
clearly go both ways. After Durant donated $1
million to the tornado relief in Oklahoma,
Wright (@monnie22) gushed about her man:
"He's got a heart of gold, and anytime (some-
thing like) this happens, he's the first one who
wants to help. He's a really compassionate
I'll take a wild guess that, if these two ever
have children---they both were picked at #2 in
their respective drafts---those kids will be auto-
matic lottery picks.
There's one advantage to Serena Williams' defeat at
Wimbledon during the fourth round. The All England Club
gets to hold on to their stash of towels.
The Daily Mail reports that Williams, the No. 1 women's
tennis player and one of the richest athletes in the world,
allegedly stuffed her tennis bag with the distinctive pur-
ple and green Wimbledon towels as soon as she arrived
on court for her matches---and she never returned them
because they make great souvenirs.
"There have been games where Williams has probably
left with more than eight," an observer told The Mail.
That means the five-time Wimbledon singles cham-
pion apparently walked away with about 32 Wimbledon
towels during the tournament--- and she could have taken
many more had it not been for Sabine Lisicki of Germany
defeating Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the Round of 16.
The alleged towel hoarding has reportedly been going
on for a while.
"The Williams sisters have been seen to put towels in
their bags as soon as they get on the court," the eyewit-
So how exactly does this work?
Traditionally, tennis players have two towels placed
neatly on their chairs at the side of the court at the start
of each match.
But Serena's MO is to stuff the towels into her tennis
bag after arriving on court, and then ask for more from
the court attendants.
The benevolent All England Club has been looking the
other way. It has a policy of not demanding towels back
from any players who want to keep them.
"The players are requested to give the towels back, but
can keep them if they want to," a Wimbledon spokesman
The champion tennis player now has 16 Grand Slams to
her name---within two titles of retired stars Martina
Navaratilova and Chris Evert.
Eventual winner, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, was
attacked by trolls on Twitter who criticised her looks and
branded her as"manly", after BBC commentator John In-
verdale described her as "no looker".
Bartoli responded by putting her solidly stacked frame
into a slippery black dress for the Champions' Ball and
said: "I invite this journalist to come and see me this
evening in ball gown and heels, and in my opinion he
could change his mind.
I am not blonde, yes. Have I dreamt about having a
model contract? No. But have I dreamed about winning
Game, set and match.
...AND ALL I GOT WAS
THIS SOGGY TOWEL
One man has been arrested so far regarding an
incident that happened in Brazil. Angry spectators
stormed onto a football field in the Maranhao re-
gion of northeastern Brazil and murdered referee
Otavio da Silva. The murder comes after Silva
stabbed one of the athletes, Josenir dos Santos
The player approached the 20-year-old referee
during an amateur game to argue a call. Abreu re-
portedly threw a punch at da Silva, who then took
out a knife he was carrying with him during the
match, and fatally stabbed the player. Abreu died
of his wounds en route to the hospital.
It has been reported that people went onto the
field and reportedly beat, stoned and lynched da
Silva. Not satisfied with that, they then quartered
and beheaded him and placed da Silva's head on a
stake in the middle of the field.
The grizzly video of the decapitated corpse is
floating around the net, but you won't get that
Valter Costa, the chief of police in Maranhão's
town of Santa Ines, spoke in a statement. "Reports
of witnesses have indicated some people that were
in place at the time of the fact," he said. "We will
identify and hold accountable all those involved. A
crime will never justify another. Actions like this do
not collaborate with the legality of a state law."
Luis Moraes Souza, 27, has been arrested for the
crime and authorities are searching for two more.
LOSING THEIR HEADS
In a move that shocked absolutely no one, Dwight Howard has left the LA Lakers
and has now moved to the Houston Rockets.
I'm tempted to end this right here, but I'll jump in with a few more lines on this.
Who really cares? LA was a bad fit for Howard. Yes, he's a great talent, but talent
alone doesn't cut it under the bright lights and Hollywood drama that has always
shone on that franchise. Besides, Los Angeles is Kobe Bryant's town, a bitter pill that
even Shaquille O'Neal had to swallow.
Now Howard, who has a mixed report card from the various general managers who
have signed his paycheques, will share the court with James Harden---who knows a
thing or two about jumping ship. Whether these two legitimate stars will gel together
to create the complimentary forces remains to be seen. But when you include point
guard Jeremy Lin this Rockets lineup starts to sounds like a potential powerhouse.
"We'll see," said Rockets head coach, Kevin McHale. "Let's get everybody together.
I'm looking forward to getting together with the team and putting everything to-
gether. I feel really comfortable we can compete with anybody."
McHale, a Hall of Fame player from his career with the Boston Celtics, said Howard
is still developing as a player despite his dominant play as a seven-time NBA All-Star.
Howard spent the bulk of last season recovering from offseason back surgery and
playing through a shoulder injury. Despite those ailments, Howard averaged 17.1
points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 76 games for the Lakers.
Meanwhile, back in LA...
WHY THE H8RADE?
LOVE AND BASKETBALL
Trinidad and Tobago utility player Joevin Jones
shared a photo of the team's new gear on Facebook
Jumping for joy, Minnesota Lynx guard Monica
Wright is elated about her pending nuptiuals.
Serena Williams struts her
stuff at Miami Beach,
Stunning Marion Bartoli poses
with the Venus Rosewater Dish
trophy alongside men's champ,
Andy Murray at the Wimbledon
Championships 2013 Winners
The sweaty Wimbledon towels that all her friends want.
Otavio da Silva, a Brazilian soccer referee, was beheaded by a
crowd of spectators after he fatally stabbed a player.
Huh? What's that? Are you call-
ing for Superman? When you
find him, can you ask him to call
please, because I would like to
know where he went too...
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