Not soccer: The new White Hart Lane will play host to two NFL games this season. — Photo coutersy of Tottenham Hotspur FCViet Nam News I remember well the first football match I ever went to. It was an FA Cup match at Anfield in 1981. I was eight-years-old. Liverpool won 4-1 with Kenny Dalglish scoring twice. The following year I was given a season ticket for a Christmas present, which I’m guessing cost my parents around VNĐ1million (US$44). I got the kit too, which again would have cost very little. This season if you want the full Manchester United kit of shirt, shorts and socks it will set you back VNĐ5million. Now I totally understand how times have changed, and on the whole, football has gotten much, much better. It’s far safer for one. Stadiums are much more comfortable and fans are for the large part treated with more respect instead of being herded in and out of grounds like cattle. But despite all these vast improvements, I am concerned … [Read more...] about What is happening to the beautiful game?
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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, the highest-paid woman in sports, said on Monday that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open due to a substance she has been taking for 10 years for health issues. The 28-year-old Sharapova, a five-time grand slam champion, will be provisionally suspended starting March 12, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. One of her biggest sponsors, Nike Inc., said it was suspending ties while the case is being investigated. She is the seventh athlete in a month to test positive for meldonium, which is used to treat diabetes and low magnesium, and was only banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as of Jan. 1. "I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down and I let the sport down," said Sharapova, a teenage tennis prodigy who became the third-youngest Wimbledon champion. "I take full responsibility for it." "I know that with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way. I really hope that I will be given another … [Read more...] about Sharapova fails drug test, Nike suspends ties
Truong Son wins bronze medal at Chinese int'l chess tourney Vietnamese Grandmaster Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son earned a bronze medal at an international open chess tournament that concluded in China on October 7. This was a positive result for Son as he was placed below only two rivals in the sub index. Son's teammate, Le Quang Liem, was not very successful in this competition, ranking only ninth with six points. In the women's event, Hoang Thi Bao Tram of Vietnam placed 31st, Pham Le Thao Nguyen, 47th, and Nguyen Thi Thanh An, 75th. Int'l Women's Beach Volleyball Tournament begins The International Women's Beach Volleyball Tournament-Khang Linh Cup 2011 opened in Vung Tau City on October 7. Eighteen pairs from 10 countries and territories in the Asian region will battle it out for the medals. The tournament features the talented Malaysian pair of Shun Ting and Teck Hua, who won bronze medals in the 24th and 25th SEA Games, and two couples from Vietnam, Truong Thi Yen and … [Read more...] about SPORTS NEWS