Midweek Bulletin - Who'd Be A Coach?

Really interesting things for me to sink my teeth into from the world of sport are quite hard to come by today. Hence I'm going to start with this goalie in China who is scored against while taking a cheeky sip...

You've got to feel for Carlo Ancelotti, the former manager of Real Madrid who has been given the flick as he apparently had a season that wasn't up to par. Madrid lost the La Liga to Barcelona and were knocked out of the Champions League by a red hot Juventus, despite winning European glory last season. The odd thing here is how much everyone seems to love Ancelotti with players voicing their approval for the Italian and even the bloke who sacked him, club president Florentino Perez said "The affection that the players and the fans have for Carlo is the same as the affection I myself have for him."

Look for Rafael Benitez to be named Real Madrid soon enough while Ancelotti will take a bit of time off. 

Javier Hernandez who left Manchester United to go on a season loan with Real Madrid will return to Manchester after Madrid didn't take up the option to buy him. I love Hernandez as a goal scorer and it will be interesting to see what United do with Chicharito.

Oh and Norwich City are back in the Premier League  

England cricket have named Australian Trevor Bayliss as their new coach ahead of the Ashes which is a solid appointment. I'll go balls deep into this in today's Lofted Drive. 

Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have advanced from their first match at Roland Garros along with women's top seed Serena Williams. A wee sidenote on Nadal, he's requested that Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes not be allowed to umpire his games, how cool is that!? Nadal and Bernardes had a wee falling out at the Rio Open earlier this year and while Rafa was quick to point out that it's nothing personal, Rafa just wanted a bit of respect when trying to change his shorts. 

Bernard Tomic, Nick Kygrios and Sam Stosur all had wins for Australia in their round one fixtures while kiwi Marina Erakovic toiled hard in her loss to fourth seed Petra Kvitova. Erakovic is a weird one, she's been on the tour for what feels like absolute yonks but she never really delivers and for me personally, kinda sums up tennis in Aotearoa.

Erakovic is tough to beat, that's for sure but she hasn't appeared to have developed into one of the world's better players, she's still a round one battler. 

It was said a few weeks back that Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx was in with a chance to become the Brisbane Roar coach. Well John Aloisi has now been named as the Roar's coach which is somewhat bitter sweet. It would have been great to see Tribulietx step up and graduate from the ASB Premiership into an A-League role after enjoying great success with Auckland City, but now he'll hopefully remain as Auckland City's mastermind. 

James Harden went absolutely mental for the Houston Rockets in their Western Conference finals game against the Golden State Warriors. Harden scored 45 and lit it up from beyond the three point line to help the Rockets to their first win of the series which now puts them 3-1 down. They still have a sniff, they came from 3-1 down to beat the LA Clippers last round.

In the Eastern Conference, well the only real story was Mathew Dellavedova's Steven Adams impersonation as Atlanta Hawks Al Horford was ejected for elbowing the Delly. Now, that's only the second time in Horford's career that he's been ejected and as huge Steven Adams fans, we love what we're seeing from Delly The Aussie. Delly's Cleveland Cavaliers are 3-0 in the series so Delly has plenty to chirp about, if he's the chirping type ... wait he's an Aussie. 

Word is that the Manly Sea Eagles will now chase Greg Bird.

Finally, we don't really touch on crazy ball from the AFL too much but the sacking of Mick Halthouse from Carlton has forced me to dedicate a few lines to crazy ball. The whole saga is a bit crazy itself, this audio below is an interview from Malthouse before he got the sack and regardless of how interesting you are in AFL, it's an interesting listen.