November 14th, 2011

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Christine Sinclair Nominated for Sportsnet's Athlete of the Year, Losing to Some Shotputter*

Sportsnet nominated Sincy for Canadian Athlete of the Year

Despite another great year, Captain Canada is a distant second in the polls. Let's review:

* She was named MVP of the Four Nations Tournament, despite Canada coming in second to the USA
* She helped lead Canada to gold at the Cyprus Cup
* She helped lead the WNY Flash to the WPS championship, scoring their only goal in regulation and being named match MVP
* Despite being away during the group stage of the WWC, she still lead the WPS with 10 goals, tying Marta, and lead the league in assists
* She lead Canada to gold at the Pan Am games, tying it up against Brazil in the final with a late header
* Who the fuck can forget the astounding toughness and leadership she displayed in the WWC, despite a disappointing team performance? Broken nose - no big deal. Freeze that shit and score off a free kick, then play the rest of the tournament in pain.

And I'm still pressed that FIFA fucking snubbed her for the Ballon d'Or.

You can VOTE HERE.

*Not to disparage shot putting, but I really don't think his year compares to Sinclair's.

mls cpoty announced

Beckham announced as the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year

NEW YORK – MLS Cup may still be days away, but LA Galaxy star David Beckham has already hauled in another piece of MLS silverware.

Beckham on Monday claimed the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year award, narrowly edging out D.C. United’s Charlie Davies for the honors. Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro, who was offloaded from Houston earlier this season and scored 12 goals for the Fire, finished third.

The LA Galaxy midfielder, who appeared in only seven league games in 2010 after tearing his Achilles tendon while on loan with AC Milan, finished second in MLS with 15 assists – five better than his previous MLS-best of 10 in 2008 – and was named to the MLS Best XI last week. Beckham also logged an MLS career-high in appearances (26) this year as LA clinched their second consecutive Supporter’s Shield with the second-highest point total in league history (67).

One year after missing the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as well as most of the last MLS season through injury, the 36-year-old has helped lead the Galaxy back to the brink of an MLS Cup Championship on home turf. They will play the Houston Dynamo for the title, which would be Beckham’s first in MLS, at the Home Depot Center on November 20 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision, TSN2).

LA was 10-1-3 this season when Beckham scored or assisted on a goal, and, in addition to his league efforts, he was a key cog in the club's successful effort to qualify for the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Voting for the award was conducted among MLS management, media, and players. It's the first such recognition for a Galaxy player. San Jose’s Bobby Convey claimed the honors in 2010.

You can call me biased, but Davies should have won this.
FB: B!W Guti

Guti leaves Beşiktaş


Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has parted company with Beşiktaş after a 15-month spell with the club, according to reports in the Turkish media.

The midfielder's contract was terminated after he failed to return to the club following a three-day break, said the reports.

Guti, whose contract was due to expire in May 2012, had made only three appearances this season for Beşiktaş. Last season he scored seven goals in 22 league appearances and helped the Istanbul club to victory in the Turkish Cup.

The 35-year-old played more than 500 games for Real before he left for the Turkish club in July 2010.

Guti, who joined Real's youth set-up in 1985 and made his first-team debut a decade later, helped the Spanish team win five La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies.

Beşiktaş are seventh in the Turkish top-flight, four points behind leaders Fenerbahce after 10 matches.

The club was not available for immediate comment on Guti's departure.


I really hoped this wasn't true but the story has been all over the Turkish news all afternoon, so while there hasn't been any confirmation from the club, Guti's bound to have seen it and he's been tweeting this afternoon so if it wasn't true I'm sure he'd deny it ...