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Joseph Carroll

Joseph Carroll
Writes on football and basketball for a number of online outlets. Follow @JoPCarroll for all views.

Sepp Blatter – The Wolf of FIFA

“Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every f*cking time.” Every year FIFA release a financial report, and 2013’s was released just last month. In the foreword, we’re greeted with the message,”We have reached very high levels of accountability, transparency and financial …

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NBA Heaven This Saturday

The first round of the playoffs, they’ve been a whirlwind so far. In the best-of-seven system, the first team to win four games will win the series and enter the second round. The Memphis Grizzlies vs. The Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors vs. The Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks vs. The Indiana Pacers are all tied …

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NBA Playoff Highlights So Far: Big Shots and Bigger Dunks

The Playoffs have lived up to the billing thus far, with upsets and controversies galore. Five out of the eight home teams lost their opening games, which hopefully means most of the seven-game series are going to go down to the wire. Here we take a look at some of the biggest talking points the first couple of games had …

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NBA Friday Flashback: Larry Bird beats Magic Johnson in 1984

The NBA Playoffs begin this week, so it’s only right that we remember one of the NBA’s greatest clutch Playoff Champions of all-time, Larry Bird, for this week’s NBA Friday Flashback. Back in February, LeBron James was asked who would be up on his “Mount Rushmore” of basketball greats in an interview on NBA TV. He chose Michael Jordan, Oscar …

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The NBA Playoffs Are At Hand

“The first time, as a Rocket team, our first playoffs together, we realised that it was different. You know, Hakeem had already been to the NBA championship but none of us had, or ever been in the playoffs. Vernon Maxwell, myself, Robert Horry, none of the guys, Otis Thorpe, never been in the playoffs. So we’re playing the Lakers in …

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Learning to Dive Like Luis Suarez

Attend a Schoolboys Football League game in Ireland, and hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to meet one of the referees who actually enjoys what they’re doing. Ask this referee what players have a reputation for diving, and if he’s good at what he does, he’ll be able to tell you. Proceed to watch the game and you’re pretty much guaranteed …

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NBA Game of the Night: Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat

Who: Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat When: Saturday, April 12th  – 12:30 am Talking Point: This One’s a Whopper It has been quite a week in the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki passed Big Oscar Robertson to take the 10th spot on the all-time leading scorers list as he refuses to let his Dallas Mavericks miss out on the playoffs, Steve Nash became the 3rd …

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Tactical Preview: Man United Can Take Heart from Chelsea in 2012

Manchester United face an uphill battle against Bayern Munich this Wednesday night, with the Bavarian’s carrying an away goal advantage to the Allianz Arena after the 1 -1 draw at Old Trafford. The tie bares a certain resemblance to Chelsea’s triumph over Barcelona in 2012, with many claiming the Londoners applied the “anti-football” game plan to restrain a superior outfit. Joseph …

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