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The Final Challenge: Palestine and the Phillipines

Chris Greatwich’s Twitter profile reads as follows: “Professional footballer and Academy Director at Kaya FC. On occasion, I bang in a few goals for the Philippine National Team.” One of those goals came in the final minute of stoppage time at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup to salvage a 1-1 draw against relative titans Singapore. Another came in the very next match against Vietnam, opening up a 1-0 lead in what would become a 2-0 victory. Still another—perhaps the most important one yet—came just yesterday in the semi-finals of the 2014 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Challenge Cup against host country Maldives. It put the Azkals ahead 3-2 in extra time, broke Maldivian hearts, and sent them to their first-ever Challenge Cup final.


 

Jawhar Nasser Jawhar and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya will never play football again. The two Palestinian teenagers were returning home when, at a checkpoint, they were shot repeatedly in the feet, mauled by attack dogs, and beaten by Israeli forces. Both survived, but will be fortunate just to be able to walk again. A Border Police spokesman said that they had been carrying bombs and had been the instigators. But they were also football players. Jawhar took nearly a dozen bullets to his feet and Halabiya took one in each of his feet. Their country won 2-0 against Afghanistan in their semi-final match in the AFC Challenge Cup amid continuing cries for Israel to be kicked out of FIFA.

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The Rise and Fall of 2K Sports

Let be me clear: Neither 2K Sports, nor their parent company 2K Games (Take-Two Interactive), is in jeopardy.  There is no fall of the Roman Empire on the horizon; if anything, 2K is in a Pax Romana of sorts. If you’re in need of a refresher, 2K Games publishes Civilization, BioShock, Borderlands, and tons more.  Their Steam catalog isn’t anything to scoff at. And, in the realm of sports, the NBA 2K games have essentially cornered the basketball video game market for two reasons: one, they’re good and two, EA Sports’s basketball games are horrendous.

But 2K Sports has fallen a long way.

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