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David Beckham takes a shot at the Canadiens before game in Montreal (Video)

With the L.A. Galaxy in Montreal this weekend to take on the Impact, it was only natural that a reporter ask the Galaxy’s biggest star something about hockey. As we all know, soccer is not the most popular sport north of the border. When David Beckham was asked what it was like to travel to a hockey town for a soccer match, he had a brilliantly witty answer waiting in the holster. As you can see from the video above, Beckham took a shot at the Canadiens while paying a compliment to the Kings, who have shocked the hockey world by advancing to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs as a No. 8 seed.

“I think we’re the hockey town at the moment,” Beckham said with a grin before adding that he doesn’t want to offend anyone.

As we know, the Canadiens missed the playoffs altogether this year after a disappointing season. Beckham’s comment was very well-timed and light-hearted, but I’m sure the joke didn’t earn him any fans in the Montreal area. Moments like this one would seem to indicate that those people take their hockey fairly seriously.

Former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg says too many women grabbed his crotch after he did underwear modeling

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Underwear modeling is not all it’s cracked up to be. Alright, so never in my life have I said that, but still. If you ask former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg, that is exactly what he would tell you. During a recent interview that Inside World Soccer passed along (via The Offiside), Ljungberg describes the aftermath of his decision to model underwear for Calvin Klein. He says the gig led to a belief among women that they could just grab his junk in public.

“Advertising was fun to do, but had unexpected consequences for my personal life. The price was simply too high,” Ljungberg told Di.se. “It sounds so cocky and I will not whine, but if, for example, I’d go to a night club, girls would come up and grab my crotch. Just like that. It was happening everywhere. They came from behind, side, pulled and tugged at me. The worst part was that you could not do a damn thing about it. When I angrily removed my hands, people just laughed.

“Some people thought that I could blame myself, I had done Calvin Klein and played in a top team. But there was no limit to what others thought they were entitled to do.”

Now that’s just wrong. If Ljungberg had modeled eyeglasses would people feel like they could just come up to him and stick their fingers in his eyeballs? It’s highly unlikely. You live and learn. If there’s any positive to be taken from this, it’s that Ljungberg’s experience can be a lesson for prospective underwear models everywhere. If women grabbing your package in public makes you uncomfortable, proceed with caution.

H/T Dirty Tackle
Photo credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Granada player chucks sports drink at face of referee after loss to Real Madrid (Video)

Things turned ugly following Real Madrid‘s 2-1 road victory over Granada in La Liga on Saturday. Granada kept itself in danger of relegation when a 90th-minute own goal essentially sealed the victory for Madrid. An incensed Granada side was denied a chance for a last-gasp equalizer on a corner kick at the end of the game, and a mob of players confronted the head referee when he blew the final whistle. Coaches, assistant referees and Madrid players tried their best to intervene and protect the ref. At one point a player (allegedly Dani Benitez) manages to nail the referee in the face with a filled sports-drink bottle. Eventually police in riot gear came on to the pitch to help quell the rebellion. It looked like an Occupy Oakland protest except there were referees doling out red cards.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi fired for punching his own player (Video)

There are many ways for a head coach to get his or herself fired, the most popular of which seems to be losing. Having said that, there are plenty of other ways to earn your dismissal. Italian soccer coach Delio Rossi, who is the head coach of Italian Series A’s Fiorentina side, decided to think outside the box a bit during a match on Wednesday. Rossi earned his pink slip the way very few before him have — by punching one of his own players in the face.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Rossi took exception to midfielder Adem Ljajic’s sarcastic attitude during a 2-2 draw against Novara Calcio. With Fiorentina trailing 2-0 at home in the first half, Rossi had seen enough of Ljajic and decided to replace him with Ruben Olivera. As you can see from the video above, Rossi was unhappy with the way Ljajic reacted to the substitution so he went after him.

Rossi reportedly attacked Ljajic with a “burst of hammer-fist” punches before the situation was defused. He was promptly fired following the match, despite the fact that club owner Andrea Della Valle says Rossi was ready to apologize after it happened. Fiorentina’s fans reportedly cheered and shouted “You’re a gypsy!” at Ljajic during the incident.

So yeah, that’s how they get down across the pond.

H/T Off the Bench

Fabrice Muamba on being dead for 78 minutes: It was ‘blackness’

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is now back home after collapsing from a cardiac arrest during a match last month that left him effectively dead for 78 minutes.

The 24-year-old former star for England’s U-21 team crashed to the pitch at the 41st minute of an FA Cup match against Tottenham. The incident left him briefly in a coma and hospitalized for 40 days. His remarkable recovery has surprised even his own doctors. In an interview with The Sun, his first public comments since collapsing, he recalls in chilling detail the frightening and “surreal” moments when his heart stopped.

“I ran upfield to try to get on the end of a cross from Martin Petrov on our left wing and as I ran back into midfield I felt very slightly dizzy,” Muamba said. “It wasn’t normal dizziness — it was a kind of surreal feeling like I was running along inside someone else’s body. It’s hard to explain. … Then I made another burst forward and noticed it again — that dizzy feeling again. But then my vision started to go.

“I had no pain whatsoever. No clutching at my chest or tightness like you see when people have heart attacks in movies. Just an odd feeling that’s impossible to explain. … Then I started to see double. It felt almost like a dream. There was no one anywhere near me when I started to feel myself falling. The last thing I heard was our defender Dedryck Boyata screaming at me to get back to help out in defense. … He obviously had no idea what was happening to me and neither had I.

“I just felt myself falling through the air then felt two big thumps as my head hit the ground in front of me then that was it. Blackness, nothing. I was dead.”

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RG3 makes embarrassing Twitter mistake with Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan is a popular gal. That’s especially the case on Twitter, where some of her thousands of adoring fans often attempt some harmless (and hopeless) flirting with the soccer star. (She’s taken, fellas. But, hey, we don’t blame you for trying.) But at least those fans know what she looks like. Can’t say the same for Robert Griffin III when he tried to jump on the Alex Morgan bandwagon this week.

Observe:

Oh, well this is nice. Honestly, who isn’t an RGIII fan? Well, other than Von Miller.

Shameless tweet by Griffin. But this is Alex Morgan we’re talking about. Can’t say we blame him. Let’s see how she responds.

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DeAngelo Hall flirts with Alex Morgan on Twitter, Morgan says she’ll attend Redskins game

Hopefully once word gets around that DeAngelo Hall and Alex Morgan were chatting back and forth on Twitter, everyone calls it flirting. That way we can see if Hall gets all worked up about it like Evan Longoria did that time when he and Morgan were chatting and everyone said he was trying to pick her up. It’s just more fun when that happens. Anyway, Hall recently tweeted back and forth with the U.S. Women’s soccer star, and by the end of the conversation he convinced her to attend a Redskins game next season. Either Morgan knows nothing about football, or she has high hopes for what the Robert Griffin III era might bring.

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