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Dana White accepts former MLS star Jimmy Conrad’s challenge after ripping soccer

A few weeks back Dana White ran his mouth more than he needed to (as he is wont to do) and trashed soccer, calling it the “least-talented sport on Earth.” (Naturally, that was part of an answer to a hockey question.) Retired MLS player Jimmy Conrad took exception to this and issued this challenge to the outspoken UFC President:

“Why would a tough guy like you feel so threatened by soccer that you needed to go off on it unprovoked?” Conrad says in the video, as transcribed by Bloody Elbow. “Is it maybe cause you know the one thing any three year old can do is fight? Hell, mine spent a whole year fighting me.

“So listen, here’s what I’m going to do. Because I like you, I’m going to give you the opportunity to join me and a few friends for a game of soccer. Since you believe playing soccer requires no talent, I’m sure you’ll be the star. Unless you scared. Well let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Conrad later reiterated his challenge on Twitter, where White responded:

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David Beckham’s tattoo of Posh Spice causes school-poster controversy

David Beckham‘s provocative tattoo of his wife Victoria has created a stir in the UK after the ink was seen in promotional posters by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s reportedly sent to 47,000 schools and community centers across the country.

The tattoo in question, which features a scantily clad Posh Spice posing seductively on Beckham’s left forearm, is displayed in ads featuring the L.A. Galaxy midfielder encouraging preschool-age kids to adopt an active lifestyle.

“I can see it’s not really appropriate to have on show in front of children,” one teacher told The Sun.

“We are going to keep the material in the preschool but make sure it’s too high up for the children to see.”

At least she’s not being wasteful. Sainsbury’s has apologized for its lapse in judgement and said it will “take this feedback on board when designing our Active Kids material going forward.” Translation: Long-sleeve shirts.

Meanwhile, Sarah Jones doesn’t see what the big deal is.

H/T Dirty Tackle
Photo credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Female high school soccer player charged with assault after brutal beatdown on opponent (Video)

We go to South Carolina, where during a girls’ soccer game between Lewisville and Chester high schools on Monday we were given a preview of Sunday’s Wrestlemania. 18-year-old Annette McCullough of Lewisville suddenly unleashed a hair-pulling, fist-pounding beatdown on an unidentified opposing player after being inadvertently tripped from behind. The victim lay curled on the ground and took 11 punches before others intervened the scrap.

The attacked player suffered only minor injuries. McCullough has been charged with simple assault and faces further punishment from the state’s high school athletics governing body. She was also shown a red card, but you probably could have already assumed that.

H/T Off the Bench

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas apparently wiped a booger on a kid’s face (Video)

This comes from before Real Madrid’s first leg quarterfinal match against APOEL in Champions League on Tuesday. While waiting in the tunnel for pre-match ceremonies, Real Madrid keeper and captain Iker Casillas either had a scratch or was looking for something in his nose. Whatever the case, a few seconds later Casillas wiped the same hand across the face of the young child next to him, for no other apparent reason than to discard nose residue.

In all fairness, that kid probably wiped a booger on Casillas earlier when he wasn’t looking. Because that’s what little kids do.

H/T Dirty Tackle

U.S. men’s soccer team eliminated from Olympic qualifying

For just the second time since 1976, the U.S. men’s soccer team will not be going to the Olympics.

The U-23 men’s team blew a 3-2 lead against El Salvador Monday at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. and ended up with a 3-3 draw.

Terrence Boyd scored twice for the U.S. but backup goalie Sean Johnson surrendered the tying goal four minutes into stoppage time — seconds before the game ended.

Johnson replaced Bill Hamid, who allowed two goals after hurting his ankle midway through the first half, and held El Salvador scoreless until stoppage time. Johnson didn’t speak with the media after the devastating loss.

Team captain Freddy Adu summed up the team’s disappointment.

“This is probably the worst feeling I’ve ever felt in my life so far as a pro athlete,” Adu said. “This is going to be hard to get over. But at the end of the day things like this happen. For me, I never want to feel this way again, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to never feel this way again.”

The U.S. team finished third in CONCACAF Group A standings behind Canada and El Salvador who both advanced to the semis thanks to a win and two draws. The U.S. had a win, loss, and the dreadful draw against El Salvador.

Photo Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Note: This post also appeared at Medal Detector

Brazilian soccer player bitten by police dog during discussion with linesmen (Video)

It’s a wacky world out there for Brazilian soccer players, and you can never be sure what you might face on the pitch. During a game between Caxias and Novo Hamburgo Saturday, one player was bitten by a dog on the pitch.

Caxias striker Vanderlei was bitten by a policeman’s German Shepard while he and his teammates swarmed the refs to dispute a call. They were contesting a disallowed goal that was overturned, one that marked the only score of the game. So not only did Vanderlei get bit, but his team also lost. At least Vanderlei was able to return after the game was delayed about 10 minutes.

If Vanderlei needs someone to lean on, he should speak with former Auburn DB Jerraud Powers who was bitten by a dog during the 2007 Iron Bowl. Maybe they could commiserate about rabies shots.

Thanks to Off the Bench for sharing the video

Bulgarian soccer coach Nikolay Kostov quits after his first loss with the team

You think you know what high standards are? Some managers and coaches throw a fit after their team loses a game. Others win often, but never seem satisfied. Those types of leaders have nothing on Levski Sofia coach Nikolay Kostov, who resigned on Monday following his team’s 1-0 loss over the weekend.

Here’s the amazing part. Kostov took over as Levski’s coach back in November, and Sunday marked their first league loss since he arrived.

“Levski didn’t perform according to my expectations and we didn’t achieve the results, which I expected when I took over,” Kostov said according to Yahoo! UK. “Therefore I decided to quit.”

Talk about giving a new meaning to the phrase “one and done.” Perhaps Kostov was looking for a way out and couldn’t justify quitting after a win. Levski is only three points out of first place in the standings, so they are hardly out of contention. Sometimes it just isn’t working out … I guess?

One thing’s for sure: Bulgarian soccer teams don’t mess around. This news about Kostov comes just a couple days after we informed you about the Bulgarian team that has stopped paying its players until they start winning. Apparently soccer standards are astronomically high in Bulgaria.

H/T Dirty Tackle
Photo Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE