The Rundown

  • Top 10 sporting excuses

    Britain's top heavyweight boxer blamed an injury to the little toe on his right foot for his defeat at the weekend - and in doing so inspired us to round up the most far-fetched excuses in sport.

    David Haye's broken toe

    The English
    boxer's miserable performance in the ring against Wladimir Klitschko left the
    world of boxing disappointed - but Haye's excuse that his broken little toe had
    stopped him landing punches turned that disappointment into anger and ridicule.

    " I
    broke my toe about three weeks ago. I didn't let anyone know that," Haye
    said after the fight. "I've been giving it local

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  • Top 20 funny stadium names

    Liverpool admitted on Thursday that they would look to sell the naming rights to a new stadium if they ever moved away from Anfield.

    "We're exploring naming rights as a proposition to look at the economic model for a new stadium so that in theory would be the next big deal in that type of sponsorship area," said managing director Ian Ayre in unnecessarily long-winded fashion.

    However, it can be a dangerous game and you can be left with an awfully silly sounding stadium name as our Top 20 list below shows.

    Have a look at the list and then at the bottom, we also provide five names that we think

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  • Top 10: Worst ever football kits

    new away kit was officially unveiled by David Haye
    before his fight against
    Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night.

    But while
    the heavyweight boxer seems a good choice to show off the tasteful dark blue
    , the FA would have needed to ask Stevie Wonder or Mr Magoo if they'd wanted to find someone to model the new
    goalkeeper strip that goes with them.



    The bizarre
    kit is a devastatingly horrible mixture of shapes and pastel colours
    that has left fans wondering what on earth the designers at Umbro were
    thinking - and left
    many more wondering who on earth will pay £54.99 for the

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  • Top 10: Sporting family connections

    Bergkamp is back in British football!

    Sadly, it is not the reincarnation of the miraculously skilled Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp, who lit up Highbury in the 1990s with his incredible knack of scoring amazing goals.

    Instead it is Dennis's nephew Roland, a 20-year-old striker who has just joined Brighton from Dutch side Excelsior.

    Seagulls boss Gus Poyet quickly claimed that Bergkamp mk II is a "completely different" type of player from his famous uncle, though added that he has "the same talent" - though you might wonder if that were completely true then his destination might be a more

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  • Top 10 Williams sisters outfits

    Serena Williams returned to practice this week after illness, and celebrated by posting a photo on Twitter of her incredible pink all-in-one outfit.

    It might just be the craziest thing she has ever worn - quite a statement considering some of the fantastic fashion creations the Williams sisters have worn over the years. Here is a look at 10 of the best.

    The incredible fluorescent outfit unveiled this week.

    Where it all began - Venus and Serena at the 1998 Australian Open.

    Yes, Serena really is wearing a Cameroon football kit at the 2002 French Open.

    Serena showcases her impressive, er,

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  • Top 10 sporting ‘ancient wonders’

    The sporting world is normally a young person's arena - but there have been two reminders of the benefits of experience this week. Jeannie Longo of France won her 58th national cycling title of her career at the age of 52, while Jack McKeon has taken the coaching job of the Florida Marlins baseball team at the age of 80.

    Inspiring, certainly - but rare as they are, there are others who have stood the test of time in their sports. 

    The Rundown takes a look at some of the other venerable stars of their sports.

     - - - - -

    Football: Stanley Matthews

    People often complain that the word

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  • Top 5 worst pop efforts from sports stars

    US golfers Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan set up a boy band ahead of the ongoing US Open to record a charity single.

    What's their song 'Oh, oh, oh' like? Well not great, but it is a bit of fun and has a hilarious video so we are willing to give it a pass.

    As it is for charity too - we will unashamedly suggest you go and buy it on iTunes after you've watched the video below.

    However while that song lacks quality, it is nowhere near the worst 'sports star does pop' effort we've heard - we've selected our top five below.

    *NOTE* Before we get lots of comments asking

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  • Top 10 sporting makeovers

    Australian cricket legend Shane Warne raised eyebrows (including his own, perhaps) when he arrived with a curiously unlined face for the third Test between England and Sri Lanka at Southampton.

    Warne took to Twitter to deny using botox or surgery, putting his new look down to losing over a stone in weight.

    Nevertheless, the spinner inspired us to look at some more sporting stars who have had a dramatic change of appearance.

    Warne in 2007 (left) and 2011 - he has denied using botox or surgery.

    Andre Agassi shocked the world when he ditched his long hair - but later admitted it was a wig.


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  • Top 12 British managers in obscure lands

    As Aston Villa hunt for a new manager, the man who has the club's best Premier League winning percentage of all - John Gregory - has just accepted a new job in Kazakhstan (No Borat jokes please).

    Gregory, who also managed the likes of Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, has just been named the new boss of FC Kairat from the country's largest city Almaty.

    He has been away from England for a while and actually spent the last two seasons coaching in Israel.

    Gregory's globetrotting adventures have inspired us to look at some other British managers who have ended up in obscure places.


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  • Top 10 sporting epics

    The epic
    Formula One race at the weekend saw Jenson Button take the greatest victory of
    his career after an extraordinary, weather-delayed epic in which the Englishman
    stopped an astonishing six times.

    No race in
    motorsport's premier series has ever gone on longer, prompting us to look at
    the top 10 epic encounters in the history of sport - starting off with the
    astonishing race in Montreal.

    Remember, we're looking at length rather than the subjective meaure of epic greatness - but if you feel we've left out your favourite drawn-out battle, please let us know in the comments box down below.

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