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09:47 AM ET 12.08 | UEFA will not open an investigation at this stage into Lyon's 7-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb after their own Betting Fraud Detection System did not detect any irregular betting patterns surrounding the match. A statement from UEFA read: "UEFA is aware of, and has taken note, of the press coverage surrounding yesterday's games and the various allegations made by the media.UEFA also considers the integrity of its own competitions, including the UEFA Champions League, as an absolute priority and pays extra attention to all games."

Daily Telegraph

Lyon beat Dinamo Zagreb 7-1, Nikola Solic/Landov Lyon beat Dinamo Zagreb 7-1, Nikola Solic/Landov
December 8, 2011  10:17 AM ET

First!

December 8, 2011  10:19 AM ET

Text: UEFA will not open an investigation at this stage into Lyon's 7-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb after their own Betting Fraud Detection System did not detect any irregular betting patterns surrounding the match.


Sub-text: Only UEFA and FIFA officials laid down big money on OL.

December 8, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Ok....

December 8, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

First!

But the good conversation was on the other page. Plus, Lyon-Dinamo was dirty. Who was behind the German betting scandal with Holzer? The Croat mob, of course.

December 8, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ok....

My second comment showed up, disappeared, but is now back.... for good?

December 8, 2011  10:21 AM ET

Pujols to the Angels.

December 8, 2011  10:24 AM ET

10 years at somewhere between $250-260 mil....

Wow. Giving a guy who turns 32 in January a 10 year contract for $25 or 26 mil per year is just bat sheet crazy.

December 8, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

10 years at somewhere between $250-260 mil.... Wow. Giving a guy who turns 32 in January a 10 year contract for $25 or 26 mil per year is just bat sheet crazy.

Albert's OPS+ has dropped the last three seasons. This could be quite the albatross in a couple seasons....

December 8, 2011  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

10 years at somewhere between $250-260 mil.... Wow. Giving a guy who turns 32 in January a 10 year contract for $25 or 26 mil per year is just bat sheet crazy.

It is MLB... when it come to contracts nothing surprises me.

December 8, 2011  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You have to remember, we already have three world cup wins. That's three more than the U.S. And we'll be adding our 4th before the U.S. ever even qualifies for a quarterfinal again.

I don't need your facts to clouding up my argument.


As long as we don't have to face Ghana we should have no problems making it into the quarterfinals. I'm getting ahead of myself. We first need to qualify... we are in the group of death for quantification.

December 8, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

My second comment showed up, disappeared, but is now back.... for good?

Mine did the same.

December 8, 2011  10:33 AM ET

Isn't it far more likely that Dinamo took a dive to make bank with the bookies? I mean, it's easier to throw a game than to win it, especially by this margin. The article makes it sound like Lyon is at fault ...

... to the "great" WC sides, one has to win it, and be a dominant team in the tourney to be a great side. So Argentina 86 doesn't count, as it was all el Diego.

December 8, 2011  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I don't need your facts to clouding up my argument. As long as we don't have to face Ghana we should have no problems making it into the quarterfinals. I'm getting ahead of myself. We first need to qualify... we are in the group of death for quantification.

I can understand jealousy regarding finishing third. It's been 81 years since the U.S. finished third. Considering the last time the U.S. finished third, Hitler hadn't even come to power yet, I understand it's been a long wait for you. Just wait and be patient. As soon as those hover cars from Back to the Future II are invented, I'm sure the U.S. will finally make it back to the semis.

December 8, 2011  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Isn't it far more likely that Dinamo took a dive to make bank with the bookies? I mean, it's easier to throw a game than to win it, especially by this margin. The article makes it sound like Lyon is at fault ...... to the "great" WC sides, one has to win it, and be a dominant team in the tourney to be a great side. So Argentina 86 doesn't count, as it was all el Diego.

Oh yeah, Lyon didn't get a dime. Dinamo was clearly the one who got paid off. The players don't make jack **** and the game was in Zagreb. You couldn't plan a better scenario for the Croation mob. You can't pay a team to score 7 goals.

December 8, 2011  10:39 AM ET

This is one of the better T&R's the mods have posted.... but I'm surprised the "Friedel criticizes LandyCakes" thing didn't get posted.


Tottenham Hotspur???s American goalkeeper Brad Friedel had the following to say to the BBC: ???Landon Donovan, who in my opinion chose to take the easy road ??? I???m just saying he gets a lot more notoriety because it???s sponsorship-driven over there [in the USA].???


Agree or disagree, if anyone has the right to call out any American player in the world, it's Friedel.

December 8, 2011  10:42 AM ET

The Sounders signed a new keeper 30-year-old Austrian Michael Gspurning.

I thought Hahnemann was a shoo-in?

December 8, 2011  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I can understand jealousy regarding finishing third. It's been 81 years since the U.S. finished third. Considering the last time the U.S. finished third, Hitler hadn't even come to power yet, I understand it's been a long wait for you. Just wait and be patient. As soon as those hover cars from Back to the Future II are invented, I'm sure the U.S. will finally make it back to the semis.

At least we didn't finish third in WWII.....

December 8, 2011  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Oh yeah, Lyon didn't get a dime. Dinamo was clearly the one who got paid off. The players don't make jack **** and the game was in Zagreb. You couldn't plan a better scenario for the Croation mob. You can't pay a team to score 7 goals.

^Spot-on.

December 8, 2011  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Just wait and be patient. As soon as those hover cars from Back to the Future II are invented, I'm sure the U.S. will finally make it back to the semis.

Hoover cars are only 4 years away, BTFII takes place in 2015. Which are we arguing here, the US making the quarters or semis before Germany wining another title?

According to your logic the US will make the semis in 2018, just missing 2014 by one year.

 
December 8, 2011  10:49 AM ET

"You get a player like a Landon Donovan, who in my opinion chose to take the easy road and stay in the States. It's much harder to ply your trade over here," Friedel told the BBC. "(The Premier League) is the best league in the world to play in, and this is where (Dempsey) got better in my opinion. This is where he became one of the best the United States ever produced."

As for Donovan?

"The profiling in the States sometimes is a lot more to do with sponsorships than what you actually do on the field," he said. "And listen, I'm not trying to take anything away from Landon because Landon has been absolutely magnificent for the U.S. as well. I'm just saying he gets a lot more notoriety because it's sponsorship-driven over there."

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