The Rundown

  • We take a look at past classic meetings between England and Poland ahead of Tuesday evening’s crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

    ‘Clown’ keeper stops England reaching finals

    The first competitive meeting between the countries in Chorzow in June 1973 ended 2-0 to the hosts - England’s only defeat to Poland - which ultimately left Alf Ramsey’s struggling side needing to win the return fixture in October to reach the World Cup finals in Germany.

    However, with the Poles arriving at Wembley with a goalkeeper described by Brian Clough as “a circus clown in gloves”, few expected anything other

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  • Sporting Photos of the Week: From darts to Ironman

    One of the beauties of sport is that it encompasses everything from pub games, such as darts, to the ultimate in human endurance, such as the Ironman - and everything in between.

    This week, the same can be said for our selection of the best sporting photos from the last seven days. Enjoy.

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    Phil 'The Power' Taylor on his way to an 11th Grand Prix of Darts title at the weekend. And kudos to the photographer for keeping the champion in focus in the face of all sorts of distractions. Like, er, his opponent's yellow shirt for instance.

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    There were fears that the Chicago Marathon

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  • 10 sport stars who defied nationality rows

    Following the furore in the wake of Jack Wilshere's comments regarding the England football team, we take a look at some great sportspeople who turned out for countries other than their place of birth

    1) Alfredo Di Stefano

    Di Stefano, nicknamed 'Saeta rubia' (the Blond Arrow), played international football mostly for Spain, but he also played for Argentina, the country of his birth, and Colombia.

    2) Ferenc Puskas

    A member of the great Hungary team of the 1950s, he scored 84 goals in 85 games for the national team. He turned out for Honved but refused to return to Hungary after the

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  • Seven of sport’s most infamous skivers

    It is one thing to skive off work, but another thing entirely to attempt to cover your tracks and to get caught being somewhere you shouldn't be. Just ask David Warner.

    The always-up-to-something Australia cricketer has again found himself in big trouble after he declined to play for his Randwick Petersham club side, claiming that he should probably practice instead.

    That was acceptable. But what he did instead was not.

    Warner tweeted a picture of himself in boxing gloves with a fitness trainer before he was reportedly spotted shortly afterwards at a horse racing meeting at Sydney's Randwick

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  • It has been a rough few months for Joe Hart, but we're here to help England's number one get back to his best ahead of make-or-break World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. Here's how to turn Hart back into a world-beater.

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    1-Get him Bruce Grobbelaar's gloves from the Anfield Rap.

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    2- Employ a set of toddler's reins to stop those madcap forays out of the box.

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    3- Book some training sessions with this goalkeeping guru.

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    4- Glue - and if you think it could never happen, ask NFL legend Lester Hayes who used to slather himself with 'Stickum' before - and during - games.

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  • Eight of the best sporting photos of the week

    Here's our weekly look at the greatest images from around the world of sport.

    A montage of the very best in sports photography that takes us from Utah in the USA to Moscow in Russia.

    Olympic skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace poses for a portrait in Park City, Utah on September 30, 2013.

    Ilinca Lucia Serbu of Romania (L) and Zahrah Memon of Britain perform the Muaythai traditional dance before their match in World Muay Thai Angels 2013 in Bangkok, October 2, 2013.

    AC Milan's goalkeeper Christian Abbiati fails to save a free kick shot by Juventus' Andrea Pirlo during their Italian Serie A

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  • "Sebastian should think less about my balls and more about himself. With comments like that he is running the risk of losing the respect of his fellow drivers." – Nico Rosberg is not amused by Sebastian Vettel’s joke that rival drivers "hang their balls in the pool on Fridays" when Red Bull are working hard.


    "I'm sure you speak louder on the football pitch." – The chairman of the bench at Newcastle Magistrate’s court asks West Brom midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to speak up before he was banned and fined for driving offences.


    "I've travelled as a football player on coaches after games in

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  • 14 things you must know about AVB vs Mourinho

    In the Premier League's equivalent of The Apprentice, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho comes up against his prize pupil Andre Villas-Boas when his side visit AVB's Tottenham in the lunchtime kick-off at White Hart Lane.

    Arsenal and Tottenham top the table, but Chelsea can move a point clear of their London rivals with a win in North London.

    The two Portuguese coaches will be keen to put one over on each other having risen to the top of the European game together with their exploits at home and abroad - and especially as the two appear to have fallen out.

    Here are a few things we think you should

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  • Ben Ainslie inspired Oracle Team USA to their eighth straight win on Wednesday as they completed one of the great sporting comebacks, coming from 8-1 down against Emirates Team New Zealand to take the deciding race of the series and win the 34th America’s Cup 9-8.

    The team changed tacticians after its early losses, installing Britain's Ainslie - the most successful Olympic sailor in history - in that spot in place of San Francisco native John Kostecki and they never looked back.

    "It's been one of the most amazing comebacks ever, I think, almost in any sport but certainly in sailing and to be

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  • Eight reasons why football was much more awesome in the 1990s

    Now that we are a good few years into the decade of the 2010s, it is surely now official that the decade before last, the 1990s, are hereby trendy as ‘retro’.

    Unfortunately, if this is indeed true then nobody has kindly informed the mainstream yet – though the odd nineties nostalgia night/venue/theme pops up from time to time, it has some way to go if it is to catch the juggernaut that is eighties nostalgia.

    When 90s throwbacks do go full throttle, however, you can be sure that football will be on the front line.

    Those of us who had the honour of growing up as footie-mad punk kids during the

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