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Portland Timbers owner lashes out at fan-run Twitter account

- October 22nd, 2014

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson is under fire after telling the operator of a Twitter account representing his club’s supporters’ group to “STFU,” a common social media acronym for shut the f— up.

A representative of the Timbers Army, one of the most loyal supporters’ groups in Major League Soccer, took aim at the club for failing to address defensive issues ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League loss in Honduras.

Fans were also critical of the lineup head coach Caleb Porter deployed.

That led to Paulson, one of the more vocal owners in MLS, becoming, uh, overtly defensive himself.

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Portland’s eventual 3-1 loss saw it exit the CONCACAF Champions league in disappointing fashion.

Then Paulson had to answer for the comment he deleted the next day.

Justin Bieber brags about ‘dangling’ men’s league opponent

- October 22nd, 2014

Apparently the Biebs does more than ball.

Canadian pop icon Justin Bieber’s fondness for basketball is well known.

But it turns out the 20-year-old from Stratford, Ont., thinks highly of himself on the ice, too.

Bieber tweeted out a video late Tuesday night claiming responsibility for what he deemed a dirty puck “dangle”.

What he failed to mention was the dude he twisted up could hardly skate.

Let’s give credit where credit is due.

Ignoring that the competition appears to be a non-competitive men’s league, Bieber does well to finish off the play glove side.

Shades of Mario Lemieux?

Pavel Datsyuk scores amazing backhand goal, but it’s disallowed

- October 21st, 2014

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the NHL from injury Tuesday night in Montreal, and looked magical on the ice.

The Detroit Red Wings star scored what looked to be the goal of the night on a nifty move deep in the Canadiens end, spinning quickly in the slot before sending a laser beam backhander to the top corner against Carey Price.

Unfortunately, the goal was disallowed.

This also might have factored into the referee’s decision:

Dundee FC’s Jim McAlister gives teammate an ‘RKO’

- October 21st, 2014

The Scottish Premier League is known for its grittiness.

The tackles just seem harder in a league that’s a bit more brutish.

At times, it feels like the WWE’s ringside announcers might be better suited to call SPL matches.

Especially when players are performing goal celebrations like this:

Dundee FC’s Jim McAlister helped celebrate Gary Harkins’s game-winning goal by giving his teammate an RKO, Randy Orton’s finishing move in the WWE ring.

The Scottish club had a bit of fun with it, too, adding in actual wrestling commentary for good measure.

Unlike wrestling, the 3-1 beatdown Dundee laid on Motherwell was very real.

WATCH: St. Louis Rams pull off sensational fake punt return vs. Seattle

- October 19th, 2014

You’ve heard of a fake punt.

You’ve heard of a fake field goal.

But a fake punt return?

Yep, it’s possible. And the St. Louis Rams pulled off a sensational trick return that turned out to be the difference in their 28-26 win over the visiting Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon.

It started like any other Jon Ryan punt.

But watch Rams kick returner Tavon Auston draw Seattle’s special teams unit to the bottom portion of the screen.

While that’s happening, St. Louis wide receiver Stedman Bailey drops back to the 10-yard-line to receive the punt before taking it to the house – giving Seahawks coach Pete Carroll a dose of his own trick play medicine.

Fantastic stuff.