The Rundown

  • It's unclear whether JT obliged this woman

    Why do football clubs go to Asia?

    Some say it's just for the money - but looking at through some of the images of club's Far East tours, it might just be about the adulation.

    Take a look at how much these fans love their Premier League aces in our gallery of weird and wonderful tributes.

    WENGER - In Arsene these fans trust...

    ASIA - Where there's always a hero's welcome for Jordan Henderson...

    TERRY - Still someone's captain, leader and legend



    IT'S NOT REALLY WAYNE - But it doesn't matter, for some reason


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  • After an amazing 10 days of sport for Britain, where better to start than England's reaction to the third umpire's decision that saw them clinch the first Test of the Ashes against Australia. In one of the most dramatic Test matches of all time, the final wicket of the match being decided by the third umpire via DRS decision meant that all England's players were for once all right next to each other at the exact moment of victory.

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    Chris Froome was the other hero of the weekend: the British cyclist produced an amazing ride to take charge of the Tour de France on Sunday. This picture

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  • 15 doping controversies that rocked sprinting

    Sunday was a black day for athletics with 100m stars Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell both confirming they have tested positive for banned substances.

    But athletics, and sprinting in particular, has persistently been afflicted by doping scandals. Here is our list of the most infamous, as told by Reuters...

    1-Ben Johnson (Canada). Stripped of his 100 metres gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics (above) after testing positive for banned steroids. Still the biggest scandal to hit the Olympic Games.

    2-Linford Christie (Britain). At 32, the oldest man to win gold in the 100 metres with victory at the

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  • The first week of the 2013 Tour de France has been typically incident-packed, with crashes aplenty and some of the most beautiful scenery cycling's premier race has seen.

    Everyone thought the 100th Tour was over when Britain's Chris Froome tore into the mountains in stage eight, but everything changed the next day as his Team Sky fell apart. Froome still leads but is isolated, and it just goes to show how anything can happen in France.

    Here is that week in pictures, boasting the winners, losers and awe-inspiring landscape that has given us all the makings of another classic Tour...


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  • What is left for British sport to conquer?

    First men's Wimbledon title in 77 years? Check. First Lions Tour victory in 16 years? Check. Yellow jersey still in British hands after Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France victory last year? Check.

    Andy Murray's victory at SW19 took care of another sporting itch that has bugged British sports fans for years.

    After the success at London 2012 it seems like British sportsmen and women can do no wrong at the moment.

    But what other sporting monkeys does Britain need to get off its back, and what are our chances of claiming those elusive major wins?


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  • Six of the season’s best kits (and nine of the worst)

    The new season is drawing nearer and while we wait for the football to begin, we are treated to a slew of kit releases. We've just about recovered from the maverick Liverpool away kit release of a month ago, and it's time to take a fresh look at the efforts of the Premier League teams.

    Who has got it right, and who has made a fashion faux-pas this summer? We round up our favourites so far.

    THE BEST (in no particular order)

    Manchester United's home kit

    Photo - official

    Why it works: It's a twist on a classic. Back to a straight red, with a nod to a former great with the 'Cantona' collar.

    Arsenal's home kit


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  • Brian O'Driscoll skips past Australian players in his first Lions series in 2001

    The world of rugby is still in shock at the news that legendary Irish rugby star Brian O'Driscoll has been dropped for Saturday's deciding Lions Test against Australia in Sydney.

    It's fair to say the 34-year-old hasn't been in his very best form Down Under, but he's hardly embarrassed himself either - nevertheless, coach Warren Gatland chose Welsh titan Jamie Roberts ahead of O'Driscoll, and kept English battering ram Manu Tuilagi as his option on the bench.

    All in all, what was lining up to be a potentially triumphant finale to his Lions career - and very probably also his international career

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  • Wimbledon has, by any definition, been a strange tournament this year. But only once you lay it all out do you realise just what an unusual edition of the tournament we are witnessing.

    And in the spirit of strange, could the strangest thing of all happen and a British winner be crowned?

    Have a look at the signs and see if it might be Andy Murray's time after all.


    1. The American men's disaster

    For the first time since 1912, the USA didn't have a single player in the third round of the men's singles. A huge comedown for the nation that has produced the likes of McEnroe, Agassi and Connors.

    Read More »from A British winner? 12 reasons this Wimbledon has been strange enough for it to happen
  • The 15 strangest excuses from sports stars

    QPR star Anton Ferdinand has escaped jail by blaming his mum for a speeding offence - and in doing so inspired us to round up the wackiest excuses in sport.

    ‘I could have got a taxi or got on a train’

    Ferdinand avoided a jail sentence for driving while banned – by blaming his mum. The defender was arrested by police after he was caught speeding in a 30mph zone in his Porsche.

    The 28-year-old was already serving a ban for a previous offence, but pleaded ignorance, claiming that his mum failed to tell him about his punishment.

    ‘Bee sting... that makes you a sore loser’

    David Haye's miserable

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

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    We start off with Lions and Wales winger George North showing the way to deal with a tackler, in this case Australia's Israel Folau: simply pick him up and run along with him. Incredible.

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    Brazil’s Luiz Gustavo and David Luiz embrace in front of an ecstatic crowd after winning the Confederations Cup…

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    …while Spain’s Iniesta and Pedro ponder how their mastery of tiki-taka has finally seen them lose an international tournament.

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    How many iconic international sporting events

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