The Rundown

  • The many, many faces of Phil Jones

    With the championship all but decided, Manchester United's derby against Manchester City was effectively a dead rubber - but that didn't mean it was devoid of interest or entertainment.

    Not only did fans enjoy the sight of two top teams going at it and a Sergio Aguero wonderstrike to break United hearts again, there was also the unparalleled joy of seeing Britain's most rubber-faced footballer, Phil Jones, gurning at his absolute finest.

    So much so, in fact, that we decided he was well worth a tribute - and here it is:

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    Bad loser alert! Phil sulks after losing a game of Hokey Cokey by

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  • How many of Manchester United’s 33 sponsors can you name?

    Being the global powerhouse that they are, it comes as no surprise that Manchester United have a large army of corporate partners. But did you know that the official number stands, at present, at 33?

    Moreso, did you know the Red Devils saw fit to strike 14 separate 'integrated communications' partnerships across a complex network of worldwide locations?

    Here is the full list. Some are well-known, others are just plain barmy. Use it as a quiz of sorts, to see just how well-versed you are in the corporate side of 'the beautiful game'. No cheating:

    So before you continue, write down as many of

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  • The 10 greatest Manchester derbies of all-time

    Ahead of tonight's match at Old Trafford, we look at 10 other Manchester derbies that live long in the memory.

    2012 — Cup thriller at the Etihad

    Just last season there was a nail-biting clash at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup third round which saw City's defence of the trophy (where they beat United along the way) end at the first hurdle. United achieved a small measure of revenge for the 6-1 spanking handed to them at Old Trafford three months previously, but not without making life hard for themselves. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring on 10 minutes, and soon afterwards City captain Vincent

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  • This week former England captain David Beckham admitted he has not given up hope of playing for England again. The idea is not as unlikely as it seems.

    Beckham performed admirably for French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona in the Champions League in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. At the age of 37 and with 115 caps behind him, his critics will argue that his time has come and gone.

    Others see it differently suggesting that 'Goldenballs' still has the golden touch at the elite level especially with England lacking in true quality in their recent 1-1 draw with Montenegro in a World

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  • Manchester City and Argentina forward Carlos Tevez has escaped a jail sentence after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and being without insurance at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court.

    But Tevez - nicknamed 'The Golfer' - has been punished with 250 hours community service, a £1000 fine and a further-six month driving ban.

    Tevez pleaded guilty in Spanish. He has yet to possess a full UK driving licence. And pass the driving theory test which is conducted in English.

    We came up with a few suggestions of how Carlos the sinner can repay his local community in the weeks and months ahead.

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  • 14 stories that could have been April Fools

    Did you get caught out by any April Fools today? Apparently someone was peddling the claim that Paolo Di Canio has been appointed Sunderland manager.

    Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the farcical and the false in sport, with all manner of bizarre stories emerging over the years.

    Here's our list of 14 real stories that in an alternative universe could have been convincing jokes on April Fools' Day.

    1. Mario Balotelli almost burns his house to the ground after a firework display in his bathroom goes wrong the night before the Manchester derby. Why always him indeed.

    2. Legendary

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  • Quiz: Is it a racing car – or is it something else?

    It's not all that often that a group of cynical journalists down tools and look on in quiet wonder at the bizarre noises being made by an inanimate object.

    But that's exactly what happened the other day when a new video arrived which brought normal work to a stand still - and prompted our, er, slightly wacky Easter quiz.

    So without further ado, click on the embedded sound links below - numbered 1 to 9 - to hear the noise, then try and figure out what it was that made it. The answers are all there to be seen on the right - but they aren't in order. Can you link the sound to what produced it?

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  • Forget the latest daily dose of depressing news about pathetically-bigoted songs and chants at football matches: a university professor has concluded that the majority of supporters are some of the smartest, wittiest and most creative people around.

    Loughborough University’s Dr Jamie Cleland explained: “They show the unique creativity of fans in standing out from, while appealing to, a crowd.”

    Whether it be to show team pride, protest the club's current direction, remember a milestone moment in club history or even just to torment rival fans, football-loving artists and their brethren have

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  • 1. "This is your World Cup final, lads! What are you playing at?"

    2. "Why am I photoshopped on to Wembley circa 1966?"

    3. "Why did I take this job? WHY?"

    4. "At least the press won't overreact"

    5. "You've got to laugh, haven't you? Actually no, I suppose not."

    6. "Cheer up, boss - there's always the play-offs"

    "Don't you touch me, Cashley"

    7. "Ref! Just give us a penalty or something, please..."

    8. "Alright lads, we're going to go in there Reservoir Dogs-style"

    9. "How much longer can this torture go on for?"

    10. "Something's not right... if only I could figure out what it is"


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  • The best 17 photos from the last week in sport


    BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM - The former England captain watches a primary school student in China have a dig at goal

    IT'S SNOW JOKE - A World Cup qualifier between the US and Costa Rica descends into farce

    ASHES PREPARATIONS IN TROUBLE - England batsman Nick Compton in action in New Zealand, where the tourists have struggled

    TOP TOTTY - New York Islanders Ice Girls clean the ice

    SLAM DUNK - New York Knicks' Kenyon Martin makes sure against the Toronto Raptors

    THIS WILL MAKE YOUR EYES HURT - Noriaki Kasai of Japan soars trough the air during the Ski Jumping World Cup event in Planica


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