Brother Of Man City Owner Tortures Businessman

During the last transfer window in January, Manchester City almost made an enormous splash by prying Brazilian star Kaka away from A.C. Milan for a whopping $150 million transfer fee. But the deal was called off with about a day left because Kaka just didn’t want to go live in Manchester.

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We can’t really blame him. And given new evidence about the capability of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the brother of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to torture his friendly business partners, future stars who catch the eye of Manchester City’s management might just want to nod and steer clear of Northwest England.

In video from an ABC News report (after the jump and in it’s raw form right here), you can clearly see Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan hit the businessman in question with a wooden plank, pour salt into an open wound (literally, not figuratively), stick a cattle prod down under, set fire to his frank & beans, and run him over in a Mercedes SUV.

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Speed Read: LeBron’s Turn To Shred The Knicks

You have to give Mike D’Antoni credit for trying something innovative, even if it didn’t work out. For the second straight game, the New York Knicks rolled out their “Box and Zero” defense, which essentially challenges the other team’s best player to beat them by refusing to cover him under any circumstances. But just like against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Monday night, somehow it didn’t work out against the Cavaliers either.

LeBron James vs Knicks

Actually, I’m not sure what defense D’Antoni had his team running the last two games, but “none” comes to mind: a game after giving up 61 points to Bryant, the Knicks did the impossible: made another superstar have an even more incredible performance, as LeBron James scored 52 points in the Cavaliers’ 107-102 victory and became the first NBA player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to score 50+ points as part of a triple-double.

LeBron James vs Knicks

James also joined Michael Jordan as the only players to have multiple 50 points games in the new Madison Square Garden. Any time you’re mentioned in the same breath as Kareem and Jordan, you are doing something right. And did I mention that this was the tail end of a back-to-back? And that the Cavaliers were without three of their players due to injury and illness?

And in case you’re wondering, it doesn’t get any easier for the Knicks. Their next opponent to come into the Garden? The Boston Celtics on Friday night. I can’t imagine what Kevin Garnett could possibly do to upstage Kobe and LeBron - perhaps pick Nate Robinson up and slam him through the basket while clutching the ball?

Raiders running back Justin Fargas wasn’t breaking any records last night, unless it was “Stupidest Appearance in a Hip-Hop Video.” Because if you are an NFL player, and you know the league is on the warpath about its image and substance abuse, I would think that appearing in a video with someone called “Yukman” as he smokes a blunt that would make Cheech & Chong quiver in their tie-dyes isn’t such a great idea.

But PRO FOOTBALL TALK says that’s exactly what Fargas did. And honestly, are we shocked by this? Not that an NFL player would be so brazen about assoicating with potheads, but that it would be Fargas. I mean, his dad was Huggy Bear, for crying out loud.  Just look at his dad:

Antonio Fargas

Being shocked that his son is involved with marijuana is like being shocked that one of Bob Marley’s kids has a taste for the ganja. The video is up at WORLD STAR HIP HOP: go grab some Fritos and see it yourself.

While you pick the seeds out of your buds, here’s some more sports wackness from last night:

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Rice Boiling Mad At Gruden, Calls Him a ‘Scumbag’

• Ex-Buc Simeon Rice labels ex-Bucs coach Jon Gruden as a “scumbag“.

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• An acrobatic act at a charity golf dinner falls short of expectations.

• Sports concussions can really, really, really wreck your brain.

Mark Sanchez to enter the NFL Draft with his brother representin’.

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Soccer Star Robinho Accused Of Sexual Assault

Brazilian soccer superstar Robinho, who plays for Manchester City in the English Premier League, is in the starting lineup for his club’s game tonight against Newcastle. That may not sound all that remarkable, until you learn that dude was having to get bailed out of jail this morning.

Robinho

Robinho has been accused of sexual assault by an 18-year-old woman stemming from an incident at a nighclub in Leeds on January 14th. Last week, before being charged of anything, he took off from City’s training trip to the Canary Islands and returned home to Brazil for a week, saying he had some sort of family issue. He’s not the first soccer player to be accused of sexual misconduct in England, but if he’s found guilty he would be the first to get in any sort of actual trouble.

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Manchester Fans Fly To Paris For A Home Game

Manchester City just can’t stay out of the news today. When they found out their team would be paired up against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Cup, Man City fans rushed out and booked their flights to and hotel rooms in Paris. One problem. The match will be played in Manchester. Whoops.

Manchester City

Call it a case of premature evacuation.

Man City, which you’ll recall is the team from Manchester that nobody cares about, was placed in a group with the Paris-based PSG in last week’s UEFA Cup Draw. Excited fans hurried to ensure they’d be there to cheer their team on, but may have gotten ahead of themselves. Now angry supporters are claiming that they spent hundreds of pounds on travel plans, because both teams had the match listed on their web sites as taking place in France. So unless they’re willing to pay the cancellation fees, a good number of City fans will be on holiday in Gay Paree while their team plays back at home.

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Erin Andrews Answers Rumblings of Rutgers Fans

• Rutgers fans are rankled that Erin Andrews wasn’t working their game on Monday. Erin responds by having replacement reporter Rob Stone read her official statement on the matter during the game.

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George O’Leary & UCF certainly know how to make a teleconference titillating - just send the media a phone sex number by mistake.

• Figures that Oklahoma football players would get in a bar brawl Sooner or later.

• Jaguars OT Richard Collier is in critical condition after getting shot early Tuesday morning.

• Cubs catcher Koyie Hill makes it back to the Majors after almost having his fingers cut off in a wood saw accident.

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Arab Trump: I’ll Spend $240 Million On Ronaldo

To say it’s been a tumultuous weekend for Manchester City soccer fans is an understatement. (If you aren’t a soccer fan, consider them the Mets to Man U’s Yankees.) First, a prominent businessman from the United Arab Emirates completed a $375 million purchase of Manchester City from the previous owner, the ousted former Prime Minister of Thailand. Then, they outbid Chelsea and the other big names, getting Brazilian star Robinho from Real Madrid for an English-record $58 million.

Manchester City fan

So what does Sulaiman Al-Fahim, the so-called “Donald Trump of Abu Dhabi,” attend to do for an encore? How about claiming that he’s willing to spend $240 million to sign Cristiano Ronaldo during the January transfer window? As the DAILY MAIL reports, it’s all part of Al-Fahim’s master plan to make Manchester City the top club in the world:

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Stacy Johnson-Klein Once Again Happily Employed

• It’s good to see Stacy Johnson-Klein find employment once again.

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Then again, it’s always good to see Stacy Johnson-Klein, period.

Brady Quinn is not gay, so don’t go cruising online for him.

Mike Tyson to fight in Spain? Sounds like a lot of bull to us.

• After losing a baseball bet, one Brewers fan went homeless for a week.

Hideo Nomo says no mo’ major league baseball for him.

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Manchester City Water Induces Temp Insanity?

We’re pretty sure there’s something in Manchester, UK, that addles the brain. Perhaps it’s not the water; perhaps it’s the air. Or dirt. Or the Bee Gees’ lasting influence. However, we can now add to our “absolutely bat guano actions by people connected to Man City football” collection with two new tales of woe. (As in, “whoa, what the hell?”)

Sven-Not-Sven

First, take a gander at the lucky fellow above chatting with a coach of a Mexican soccer team and being trailed by two ladies-in-tubes. He would appear to be new Mexican national team coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was just canned from Man City as their coach.

All of this would be rather mundane if it wasn’t for the fact that the real Sven-Goran Eriksson was thousands of miles away in the United States at the time of this impromptu visit. And here we thought that giant sucking sound was NAFTA, not the ability to clone overrated soccer coaches to create suction in two countries simultaneously.
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Reggie Is Behind Kim K.’s Efforts To Lose Weight

Reggie Bush wants to help gal pal Kim Kardashian cut a few calories.

Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush

Well, bumping ‘n’ grinding is one way to do it.

Quinton Jackson went on a little Rampage through the streets of SoCal.

• We were so close to seeing J.D. Drew pitch in the All-Star Game.

Kirk Radomski delivers more bad news for Roger Clemens.

• Tigers reliever Todd Jones wouldn’t mind some love for his lip hair.

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