If only Balotelli could hit the back of the net as he does water bottles...
Mario Balotelli can’t seem to hit the back of the net but he can sure hit the bottle.
The maverick Italian striker took to social media to show that he hasn’t loss any of his shooting accuracy despite a poor run in front of goal which has seen him score just twice for Liverpool this season.
During an indoor training session, the 24-year-old effortless knocks off a water bottle with a precision shot and proceeds to have a little celebration.
Now, if only Balotelli could show the same accuracy in front of goal.
Source: Instagram via Mail Online
Willian makes a splash with swimming pool trick shot
Willian’s samba skills are not limited to just the football pitch.
The Chelsea star has uploaded a video of himself hitting an audacious overhead kick into a basketball net while in a swimming pool.
In the video, the 26-year-old burst out laughing as his effort came off perfectly.
Willian also added the caption “LeBron Willian James!!! Hahahaha”, in reference to NBA icon LeBron James.
The Brazilian has been an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s set-up at Chelsea this season, making 21 appearances for the Premier League leaders.
He is racing to be fit for the Blues’ clash against Aston Villa on Saturday, after picking up a minor knock in the 1-1 draw with title-rivals Manchester City last week.
Source: Instagram via Mail Online
Girl Scout, nine, shot while selling cookies
The nine-year-old and a younger sister left her apartment in Indianapolis on Tuesday to pick up cookies to sell.
Witnesses said a car pulled up and somebody from inside the vehicle began shooting at the complex, Huffington Post reported
“I heard three gunshots and then one of them hit me in the leg,” Sinai Miller told CBS4.
Her mother was inside the door, putting a jacket on another little sister who was going to join them, when she heard the shots and brought the kids back inside, the Indianapolis Star reported.
That’s when Sinai started crying in pain.
Said her mother Shanita Miller: “She came in screaming ‘mummy mummy. It hurt. It hurt.’ And I’m like what hurt? What’s wrong?
“So when I pulled her pant leg up, that’s when I discovered she was shot.”
Luckily for the kid, the bullet exited her calf and missed bone and artery.
Sinai is now recovering, reports said.
Source: Huffington Post, Indianapolis Star
Game over for Hamilton and Scherzinger
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton's on/off relationship with singer Nicole Scherzinger has ended.
It was reported in several UK newspapers on Wednesday that the American dumped Briton Hamilton after seven years together.
The pressures of a long-distance relationship and the 30-year-old race driver's refusal to marry the 36-year-old Scherzinger are speculated as reasons for the split.
The singer told The Sun on Wednesday: "I'm devastated that it didn't work out. It was the hardest decision we had to make, but we made it together."
The Daily Mail quoted a source close to the singer: "It was a mutual decision. The long distance kept them apart for long periods of time.
"They both spent most of their time alone because they were in different countries all the time. Nicole is heartbroken and devastated."
Hamilton lives in Monaco while Scherzinger is based in Los Angeles.
Just last week, Scherzinger hinted of the break-up in the Daily Telegraph: "I have made sacrifices. I've left LA, left all my friends and my family. It's sacrificing your time in relationships, with loved ones..."
Source: The Sun, Daily Telegraph
Man in KL stabs ex-girlfriend’s new lover after argument
They bumped into each other at an office in Jalan Haji Hussein, Kuala Lumpur.
The 38-year-old woman was with her boyfriend, 39 and the suspect was with a woman.
The couple and the suspect, who is in his late ‘40s, had an heated argument in the office, the New Straits Times reported.
It is not known what the argument was about.
Several office staff had to intervene to separate them.
City police Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Zainuddin Ahmad said the suspect waited for the lovers outside the office.
Rammed the car
Said SAC Zainuddin: “Initial investigations revealed that when the couple were leaving on a motorcycle, the suspect rammed his car into the bike.
“The suspect then approached the couple, and stabbed the boyfriend in his left chest using a sharp weapon.”
The incident attracted a large crowd.
A witness, who declined to be named, said the suspect panicked upon seeing the crowd and fled on foot leaving his car and a woman, who is believed to be his wife.
Police reached the scene of the crime, followed by an ambulance.
The victim was taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he is reported to be in a stable condition.
Source: New Straits Times
Thailand’s Tiger Temple raided for suspected wildlife trafficking; tigers impounded
Thai officials have raided a Buddhist temple that is home to more than 100 tigers.
They are investigating suspected links to wildlife trafficking, authorities said on Thursday (Feb 5).
Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, or Tiger Temple, in Thailand’s western Kanchanaburi province, is popular with tourists who pet, cuddle and pose for selfies with the big cats.
The temple has been dogged for years by talk of links to wildlife trafficking and its maltreatment of tigers.
A Thai official said at least 100 tigers have been impounded in raids this week and were being kept at the temple until authorities wind up their investigations.
Thirty-eight hornbills, a bird species, were also seized.
“We’re checking if the temple had official permits to keep them,” said Cherdchai Charipanya, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the province of Ratchaburi.
The temple bills itself as an animal sanctuary and tiger-breeding facility, and its abbot has denied animal cruelty and illegal trafficking.
Ms Kanitha Krishnasamy, programme manager for Southeast Asia at TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, urged authorities to look into the origin of the seized hornbills and tigers and to pursue legal action.
She said: “We hope the investigations don’t end with the seizure of wildlife, but results in legal action and a deterrent punishment for offenders.”
Feng named Player of the Year for fifth time
National paddler Feng Tianwei was named the Player of the Year at the Keppel-Singapore Table Tennis Association Awards at the Orchid Country Club on Thursday.
The 28-year-old won the award for the fifth time and received a $10,000 cheque.
In addition, Keppel announced the extension of its sponsorship of the awards for another two years.
The company has been supporting the awards since 2013.
Player of the Year: Feng Tianwei
Coach of the Year: Jing Junhong
Team of the Year: Women's national team
Young Player of the Year: Lin Ye
Young Achiever of the Year: Clarence Chew
Sports Excellence Award: Gao Ning and Li Hu
Special Award: Gao Ning, Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu, Li Hu, Chen Feng
Hannah Davis becomes Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 'raciest ever' cover girl
It's not often that the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is not set with the beach in the background.
But the sporting magazine's newly-released cover, which features model Hannah Davis, is set in a farm, of all places.
Not that anyone really noticed.
After all, Davis, 24, revealed plenty of skin in a black and nude lace bikini.
The way her fingers were pulling down her bikini bottom led the Daily Mail to call it "one of the raciest covers to date".
A stunned Davis said: "I told my mum there was no way I'd get the cover. I told her 'They do beaches for covers and I'm on a farm. There's no way. It's not possible.'"
The photo was taken at a blackberry farm in Tennessee.
The magazine's assistant managing editor M.J. Day, set Davis' impression straight, saying: "There's no person. There's no place. The best photo wins. Period."
Davis, who was featured twice on the magazine before but never its cover, is dating recently retired New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter.
Source: Daily Mail, Sports Illustrated
Comic book fan chops off part of his nose to look like Captain America’s enemy, Red Skull
Henry Damon loves one comic book character so much that he decided to turn himself into the character.
Not just with tattoos, but surgically modifying his physical appearance as well.
The 37-year-old Venezuelan had previously added subdermal implants on his forehead as the first step towards looking like comic book super villain Red Skull, who is Captain America's arch-enemy.
The married father, who now calls himself Red Skull, then took even more extreme steps by having part of his nose removed, tattooing his eyeballs black and face red and black to replicate the villain as closely as possible.
Henry Damon posing at the Caracas's International Tattoo Festival. Photo: Reuters
His friend Pablo Hernandez said: "He has loved comic books since he was a kid and always dreamed of being Red Skull, but never got round to doing it."
Mr Damon's tattoo and extreme body surgeon Emilio Gonzalez said: "Henry aka Red Skull is a physically and intellectually healthy person.
"He's an excellent son, husband and father, who has an extreme taste for body modification."
He added that Mr Damon is not finished with his transformation yet and has plans to take it further.
"Next will be silicone implants on the cheekbones, chin and cheeks. Then we will tattoo his entire face red and then he will be Red Skull."
Source: Daily mail