Daily Star Apologizes to Materazzi for "Terrorist Whore" Quote

That's what I love about these cases: almost two years and a couple bazillion bucks in legal fees later, The Daily Star is, like REALLY, REALLY SORRY they told the world Materazzi is a pig.

Another downside to allowing a Canadian team into MLS is that now they feel empowered enough for dimwitted donut-sucking, moose-worrying columnists to PROCLAIM THE BECKHAM TO MLS DEAL A FAILURE.

Odd though - that's not what they were saying last August when he didn't show in Toronto. Back then it was the rankest kind of betrayal by an international superstar whom tens of thousands of people were desperate to see.

But since all the hoopla is just so much ancient history, I guess this means that the Galaxy should leave Becks at home with the Mrs. instead of bringing him along to Toronto and Vancouver this summer. Apparently Canada is just tired of the guy. Good deal - Becks could use the rest.

Via The Original Winger, some excellent (sort of NSFW) renditions of soccer uniforms. Done in paint. On attractive young ladies. NOT THAT I CONDONE THIS KIND OF THING but I thought I should show you what we all need make sure we don't encourage.

While we're on the topic of young ladies, most of whom have yet to forgive me for not enthusiastically endorsing the public castration of Anson Dorrance, it's worthy of note that the USWNT got their Algarve Cup bid off to a rousing start with an OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING OF CHINA. The score was 4-0 but apparently the game wasn't nearly that close.

What's even more noteworthy is that they did it with Nicole Barnhart in the goal as Hope Solo watched from the bench. After all the kerfuffle last summer, it's hard to believe it's possible to win without her.

Finally Dan's favorite player, Abiyoyo, or Babawawa or whoever he is, is getting lots of SYMPATHETIC PRESS BACK HOME.

They say that having been sent home by an MLS side is evidence of "hitting rock bottom".

"Rock bottom"? Isn't that just a bit harsh? Notwithstanding terminal imbecile Steven Cohen's remark - that I notice he has yet to back up - about how everyone over here thinks MLS "is the greatest league in the world", we're pretty much aware that it's not La Liga or anything.

I mean sure, MLS is a league where talent-free hacks like Jay Heaps can still make a living, but even so - we have feelings over here you know.