Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jerusalem UFO Spottings

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Dueling clips of a purported UFO hovering over Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, have created an online ruckus since surfacing online.

Not surprisingly, AOL is reporting on the blogosphere's ongoing debate over the legitimacy of the videos, which show round, bright objects hovering over the landmark's iconic dome before rocketing upwards. The videos, which include audio of the inspired reactions of spectators, were reportedly shot over the weekend.

Take a look at the rumored UFO clips here:

US Sends Warship With 800 Troops to Egypt

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CAIRO, Feb 7: The US is sending warships, including one with 800 troops, and other military assets to Egypt as the revolution in the North African country gains momentum.

Officials in Washington have stated that the move is to be prepared in case of an evacuation of Americans from Egypt.

Pentagon has dismissed widespread assumptions that military intervention in Cairo is being contemplated, asserting that the objective of the deployment is mainly for the evacuation of US citizens in case the situation in Egypt further deteriorates.

Time For Rooney To Earn His Money

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by  Scot the Red

Like many other United fans, I’d laughed off rumours linking Wayne Rooney with a move away from the club. Granted, it was odd that he had claimed that he’d never been injured, contrary to what Sir Alex Ferguson had said in the press, particularly because we all saw him icing his injury after coming off with an hour played against Bolton, but nothing too out of the ordinary and certainly not a cause for concern.

When United conceded a two goal advantage at home to West Brom, the Stretford End started chanting for Rooney to come on. Despite only scoring one goal by that point, a penalty back in August, there was the belief that he could come on and change the game. That belief was misguided though, Rooney played as he had all season and United drew 2-2.

Still, we all knew it was a long season and that he’d been struggling with injuries, regardless of what he claimed, and we hoped we’d see him at his best again soon.

Farewell to Gary Neville,

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the finest right-back of his generation and why Gary Neville's nickname was 'Busy Busy'
Combative, old-fashioned, outspoken: the Manchester United defender will be remembered for controversy as well as brilliance

by Richard Williams

The first time I set eyes on Gary Neville was in November 1992, on a rainswept night at Bury's Gigg Lane ground, where Manchester United's reserves were hosting their Leicester City equivalents. The home team's line-up contained a handful of unfamiliar names, including those of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Robert Savage.

Neville was among the substitutes, alongside Beckham. Like Scholes and Savage, they were members of United's all-conquering youth team, which Neville captained from centre-half. Beckham stayed on the bench that night, but Neville was sent on for the last 20 minutes, and the 16-year-old's compact eagerness made an immediate impression. Alex Ferguson, then still awaiting his first English championship with United, had travelled up the M66 to watch.

The next morning at the Cliff, United's old training ground, Neville arrived to be greeted by his fellow youth team members. "Did you get on, Gaz?" one of them asked, and they listened intently to his description of the experience. Among his coevals there was a clear sense of respect for his authority.

Man United Signs Magic Johnson!

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Trevor Francis: The first £100 million footballer cannot be far away

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The first million-pound player when he signed for Nottingham Forest in 1979 knows that fee is now viewed as small change.

by Paul Hayward - The Guardian

Thirty-two years ago this week Trevor Francis became Britain's first million-pound footballer. Francis was a striker, like Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll, but for him there was no chopper ride from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest and no adulatory welcome from Brian Clough, his new manager, who was allergic to superstardom.

"I signed on the Friday morning, during a spell when a lot of games were being called off. So on that Saturday, the following day, the Forest game was postponed and Cloughie decided I was short of match practice," Francis starts out. "So he played me in a parks game he had organised between the Forest and Notts County third teams. I'm drawing parallels now with Torres playing in front of 40,000 against Liverpool [today]. I played in front of 20 people and two dogs.

"I got my first bollocking off him, at half-time, for not wearing shin pads. You didn't have to wear them in those days. I felt more comfortable without them but Cloughie said: 'If you play for Nottingham Forest, you have to wear pads.' The following week I played for the first team and it suddenly dawned on me, at Portman Road, when the supporters sang 'What a waste of money' throughout the game. That's when I started to realise how daunting it was to live up to this pressure."