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10 Fascinating Facts About Alcohol You Didn’t Know

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Andrew Matthews/Empics Sport

When the sun is shining on a hot and beautiful day, there’s nothing better than lounging in the garden with a nice cold beer in your hand, sipping on the suds as the cool condensation trickles down the side of the glass. The two seem to compliment each other perfectly, as reliable and familiar as after work drinks on a Friday evening.

Alcohol has a long and rich history in human culture stretching back as far as we can determine – a ubiquitous presence throughout the centuries, if there’s one thing that humans can be said to love more than anything else it’s a good quaff of booze in its many and varied forms. In fact, so ingrained in our history and culture is alcohol that few people realise just how large a role it has played in shaping the world around us. At the same time, »

- Andrew Dilks

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Newcastle Transfers: Clement Grenier “Spotted” On Flight Into Tyneside

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Following on from the rumours last week that Clement Grenier’s protracted move to Newcastle United was about to come to a dramatic halt with the player becoming the Magpies’ seventh new signing of the season, Twitter has just burst to life with more news concerning the talented Frenchman.

Thanks to a Frenchman with a Twitter account, the Nufc hashtag thread has lit up with news that Grenier – who has been made available by his club Lyon for £7.5m – is currently on a flight winging its way into Newcastle airport from the south coast. Exciting stuff, if you don’t look too hard at the source (again.)

Très content d'avoir partagé mon vol Lyon-Newcastle avec @clemgrenier ! Très disponible et ouvert, vraiment une belle personne !

— Zénon Zadkine (@ZenonZadkine) July 29, 2014

Knowing full well that Newcastle fans will hungrily gobble up Any transfer rumour, regardless of the player or the source, »

- Simon Gallagher

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10 Ufc Fighters Who Need To Retire

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Telling a fighter to hang up the gloves is never easy. Fighters are a tough bunch, and many of them are prone to go out on their shield – which can be extremely bad for their health. Think of Chuck Liddell at the end of his career, getting knocked out frequently in highlight reel fashion. Dana White had to sit him down and have “the talk” and convince him to retire.

Well, Liddell is far from an isolated case, he just happens to have had a close friend in White who was also his boss. White has stated that he’s reluctant to force fighters to retire, but he will call for it when necessary, and with good cause: it looks poorly on his organization when fighters are entering the cage only to be used as practice dummies, and getting beat up and hurt in the process. »

- Jay Anderson

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Spurs Transfers: Morgan Schneiderlin Agitating For Saints Exit

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The last thing Southampton need right now is another star player trying to leave the club. Just hours after his current chairman eloquently defended the baffling Saints summer transfer policy that has seen them amass a new fortune of more than £90m in transfer fees, but lose five players who should have formed the spine of their team next season, Schneiderlin has taken to his social media account to denounce the fact that he is not for sale as part of his side’s ongoing agenda.

The chairman – Ralph Krueger – had earlier spoken to SkySports to confirm that all five of the players who have left the club were never put up for sale, and the club were only willing to do business at a premium – a call that Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal all made – for talent that he sees as opting »

- Simon Gallagher

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10 Things DC Comics Wants You To Forget About Robin

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DC Comics

The Dark Knight has a lot of secrets his handlers at DC would rather stay buried. He’s kind of a jerk, he’s had his ups and downs, and he’s pretty much a wholesale rip-off of another pulp character from the thirties. In fact the only other character in comics who might have him beat for embarrassing skeletons in the closet may just be his sidekick. Robin The Boy Wonder, Batman’s erstwhile sidekick, has been around for nearly as long as his mentor and has managed to accumulate his own admirable collection of awful clandestine milestones.

Right now the weird history of the prototypical sidekick is being delved into with the Robin Rises storyline, where Batman tries to figure out what the deal is with his clone son Damian, previously presumed dead but now somehow not? And what’s going on with Dick Grayson, the original Boy Wonder, »

- Tom Baker

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WWE 2K15 Roster: 15 Overrated Wrestlers That Need Downgrading

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A year in the WWE can feel like a lifetime. One minute a wrestler is main eventing, a while later and they can’t even get on the show. That’s partly why it’s refreshing to get an annual WWE 2K video game release, it reflects the changes in the WWE programming. The stars who were considered the best rated talent a year ago are in some instances the weakest wrestlers on the show today. There are guys who won all the time in the run-up to WWE 2K14′s release, who nowadays lose every week in under three minutes. WWE 2K15 is going to have to reflect these changes, so expect the in-game ‘ratings’ system to look very different come the October release.

2K14 ranked its wrestlers out of a hundred. The top level talent, the television main eventers, were mainly attributed to be a 90 plus. »

- Grahame Herbert

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10 Things Fans Want From WWE

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WWE.com

There are two types of realities as it pertains to WWE. One is the reality of what the company wants and the other is the reality of what the fans want. In some instances, they are one and the same. When that is the case, it’s typically a good day for both sides.

However, there is not always such harmony between WWE and its fans. Oftentimes, what one side wants directly conflicts with the other. Truth be told, this is usually the way it goes and at this point the WWE faithful are used to it.

Now the question is, why the divide? Why does such a separation exist between Vince McMahon’s company and the masses he invites to view his programming week in and week out? Make no mistake about it; there is definitely a rift between each side and that rift can either be »

- Tom Clark

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10 Movies That Prove Fanboys Should Never Get What They Want

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Warner Bros.

There’s never really been a better time to be a fanboy of, well, pretty much anything. With the relationship between the consumer and creator becoming ever-closer due to the likes of Twitter, there’s an immediacy of response like we’ve never experienced before, and though this is for the most part a good thing, it can turn sour if the fanboys aren’t happy.

By definition, a fanboy is someone fiercely devoted to a given product (in this case a movie franchise) to the point of being protective of its integrity, and keen to defend it from even those who are put in charge of delivering it to us.

At their best, fanboys are an example of how much passion a great movie can get out of people, and at their worst, fanboys are crybabies that don’t even really know what they’re talking about. »

- Jack Pooley

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Everton Transfers: Martinez Working On Lukaku And Two More

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Barrington Coombs/Empics Sport

With rumours that Everton are on the verge of completing the signing of Chelsea’s unfairly unwanted Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku for a massive £24m – finally putting to bed accusations that they’ve got absolutely no money and everyone should pity them – boss Roberto Martinez has spoken to Sky Sports News to confirm that his spending spree would not end there.

The Toffees have already signed Gareth Barry who impressed on loan from Man City last season, despite his advancing age, and yesterday confirmed that a deal had been done to bring Ferencvarosi defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic in to the club for a fee believed to be in the region of £3.5m, strengthening the foundation of their midfield, with questions marks over the fitness of Darron Gibson.

Martinez spoke in glowing terms of his new midfielder, praising his technical ability and range of passing (which is »

- Simon Gallagher

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Liverpool Transfers: Brendan Rodgers Wants Nine New Signings

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Having just put the final touches to the deal that has seen highly rated Belgian striker Divock Origi join the club for £10m, and return to his former side Lille on loan, it turns out that Brendan Rodgers still hasn’t finished his summer spending spree.

He’s already seen an attempt to sign Loic Remy rebuffed by either some mysterious conspiracy that Harry Redknapp is on the trail of uncovering or a deep lying medical condition that made him fail not only the medical, but also a second opinion examination in Boston, depending on who you ask, but Rodgers is undeterred in his agenda to bring in as many new strikers as possible ahead of a busy season back in the Champions League.

According to Sky Sports News – who announced that the Origi deal was done – confirmed that Rodgers wants another Three additions »

- Simon Gallagher

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20 Problems Only Student Teachers Will Understand

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You’ve done it. Congratulations. You made your way through the maze of university with its heady mix of decisions between a night out with friends or essay writing. A night in chilling with friends or essay writing. A night sat in the darkness pretending you’ve got no work to do or… essay writing. You’ve staggered out into the light, squinting like some debt-ridden Neanderthal as real life blinds you. You’ve done it though.

You’re an adult.

You had hopes and dreams. Of course you did. Find cures for diseases. Help the poor. Win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Unfortunately, you missed the careers fair because of a particularly bad night on The Ladyboys (a pint of bitter, a double gin & tonic and a large Baileys – Goddamn you Alan Partridge box set) and now you’re sat back in your old bedroom at your parent’s house looking at career opportunities. »

- Hugh Firth

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20 Things You Miss About Gaming

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There’s no doubt about it, everything looks better the longer ago it happened. This applies strongly to the world of video games, and with this year seeing the release of the remaining eighth generation home consoles, it seems like a perfect time to look back at the golden days of gaming.

Where current gamers have fancy online multiplayer, we made do with a flickering split-screen television with some cardboard in the middle. Instead of millions of polygons rendering realistic battle scenes, our video game heroes got by perfectly with just a few pixels.

This list takes a look at the things we miss about old-school gaming, from the days when accepting a phonecall would cause the entire internet connection to drop and one simple platformer was enough to keep you entertained for a full year.

Put on your Power Glove, grab a bag of 3D Doritoes and »

- Tom Butler

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10 Things We’d Love To See In Star Trek Into Darkness Sequels

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Paramount Pictures

J.J Abrams’ lens flare focused Star Trek reboot in 2009, and 2013’s Into Darkness sequel, have reinvigorated the Star Trek franchise, establishing a new universe with infinite possibilities. Into Darkness borrowed many aspects from The Wrath of Khan, including the Khan scream, showing that some of the much loved aspects of the original franchise can still be reinvented to be included in this new universe.

The reboot has proven divisive for fans, with many seeing it as a betrayal of the original franchise, and equally as many praising it for breathing life into a dead series. Regardless of how fans received the reboot, the inclusion of aspects of the original series has proven popular. In both films we have heard a Nurse Chapel being referenced, although she is never seen. This is of course a nod towards Majel Barrett’s character Christine Chapel, who had featured heavily in »

- Samuel Clements

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What Major Video Game Do You Hate That Everyone Loves?

4 hours ago

Activision

The mass cultural opinion within the gaming industry waxes and wanes like the most violent pendulum swing - almost on a daily basis.

One minute The Last of Us Remastered is the reason to go ahead and finally buy a PS4, and the next it’s being roundly pooped upon from the grandest of heights for just being a shiny re-release of something from last year. Of course the latter opinion seemed to emerge overnight when the platform comparisons started shooting up, but it stands to reason that we gamers are something of a dedicated, outspoken bunch.

Take Call of Duty, the most popular example of a series the vast majority of gamers suddenly turned their back on.

Remember back when Modern Warfare completely Goldeneye’d the last generation of systems and reinvented the way we play first-person multiplayer shooters? Obviously Activision new they’d backed a winning horse… »

- Scott Tailford

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Man Utd Transfers: Is Arturo Vidal Finally On His Way In?

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Every summer invariably sees a will they won’t they saga involving a big club and their intended quarry, as all parties stare awkwardly across an imagined dancefloor making gooey eyes at each other and waiting for the chaperones in the middle to allow them at each other, and one of the biggest this year has been the potential move of Arturo Vidal to any number of English clubs, though chiefly Manchester United.

Louis Van Gaal has his eyes on the Chilean midfielder, like a raunch-fuelled teenager eyeing up potential mate, and it looks like the Dutchman might finally be about to add the Juventus star to his rebuilt midfield ahead of the new season.

According to El Mercurcio, there is now a “verbal agreement” in place to take Vidal to United, in exchange for an eye-watering €80m, proving that you don’t need »

- Simon Gallagher

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Man Utd: Van Gaal’s Wife Wanted Him To Take Sunderland Job

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Niall Quinn has sensationally revealed that he tried to appoint new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal when he was Chairman at Sunderland Afc, as well as revealing in a new book called Up There by North East reporter Michael Walker, that he tried to secure Roberto Mancini after discussions with the owner Ellis Short.

Quinn said: “We’d always had Steve Bruce on the list. Maybe some would say we’d delusions of grandeur but we had good feedback from Louis van Gaal.

The former striking legend and well-liked chairman also confirmed that he had an unlikely ally in his pursuit of Van Gaal – who would have been the kind of manager to turn Sunderland back into a major power in England if he had been snared:

“I spoke to him personally a couple of times on the phone at home. One time his wife answered and told me: ‘Keep working on him, »

- Gary Johnson

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10 Lies About Famous Movies You Probably Believe

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Paramount Pictures

Lies about movies used to spread like wildfire. Without any official way to disprove it, anyone, from a sneaky kid on the playground to that drunk guy in a bar, could spout nonsense about your favourite films and for all you knew they’d be right.

Sure, there’s an alternate ending to Raiders Of The Lost Ark where the Ark burns the Us logo off the box its contained in. Oh, of course Blair Witch is based on true story. George Lucas has plans for Star Wars sequels? Ok, don’t push your luck.

Now, with the internet at our fingertips you’d think it’d be easy to verify what’s truth and what’s a stinking lie. Oh how naive. People are still happy to take things at face value, not checking if there’s really any real source behind them. And so fan theories, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Liverpool Transfer News: Sturridge Says Reds Won’t Miss Suarez!

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Daniel Sturridge has admitted it is a shame to have lost Luis Suarez but he feels he is more than capable of playing the lead role up front this coming season.

Sturridge told The Guardian today: “It was a unique partnership, and I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together. We created history with our goals and became the most successful Liverpool partnership in one season.

“But in terms of next season for the goals, I’ll step up myself and everyone has to. It’s everyone’s job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. We will move forward as a team.”

Sturridge, who may line up alongside new arrival Rickie Lambert after his arrival from Southampton – but definitely not with Loic Remy, who »

- Gary Johnson

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Newcastle Transfers: Remy Would Have To Be Top Earner

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Having failed a medical at Liverpool that Harry Redknapp definitely said didn’t even happen anyway, Loic Remy is without his “dream” move to a Champions League club, and with serious questions now hanging over his suitability to other clubs looking to take him away from his £80,000 a week Hell at Qpr. Like shiny steeds in the night, Newcastle are being linked with a rescuing move to bring the player back to the North East after last season’s impressive loan spell, but the news comes with an almighty caveat in the shape of the financials involved.

We already knew that Remy would not cost the £8.5m he would have cost Liverpool, as Harry showed his canniness by predicting a situation where the player might want to move on to more luxurious new pastures (probably based on the fact that he was able to »

- Simon Gallagher

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Destiny: 5 Things To Get Stupidly Excited About

9 hours ago

Bungie

Destiny, Bungie’s first game since passing the Halo brand to 343 Industries is one of the most anticipated games for 2014. With their first game poised to truly show what the next generation of games can offer gamers and their first effort outside of the Halo universe there is huge amount of anticipation for Destiny. Will the game be just another Halo clone? How will the game look and play on the PS4/Xbox One?

These and many other questions have been raised constantly since the game’s announcement back in 2013. Thankfully, like most developers seem to do these days, gamers could dive into a portion of the game themselves through a public beta test which featured several missions from the game’s campaign and one mode and two maps from the game’s competitive multiplayer component.

Gamers who were lucky enough to have a stable internet connection to experience »

- James Weaver

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