The Rundown

  • Top 10 sporting interruptions

    The Boat Race was plunged into chaos on Saturday when a member of the public jumped into the Thames and swam into the path of the oncoming crews.

    Sport has been stopped in the past for a multitude of reasons, some amusing, others more serious.

    Here are 10 of the most memorable sporting interruptions of recent times — but feel free to let us know others which should make the list.

    Protester interrupts University Boat Race, 2012

    Trenton Oldfield swam into the middle of the 158th University Boat Race, causing it to be stopped. Oldfield, lucky to avoid being struck by the rowers, was hauled

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  • Top 10 sports stars who defied illness

    Stiliyan Petrov, Aston Villa

    Football was rocked by the terrible news on Friday that Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

    The disease, which a form of cancer affecting blood and bone marrow, will almost certainly mean that the Bulgarian midfielder will have to undergo a course of chemotherapy. Everyone in the world of sport and beyond is wishing him the very best as he undergoes this painful and difficult treatment.

    In honour of Petrov, and in the spirit of hope and inspiration, we remember 10 other athletes who faced the worst - but came through it to be champions once again.

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  • Top 10 sports stars who blew fortunes

    Basketball legend Dennis Rodman has burned through a £20 million fortune, and is now facing a potential spell in jail over unpaid child maintenance grants.

    He's not the first sporting household name to end up bankrupt, however: we run down the top 10 sports stars who squandered their fortunes, starting with the basketball star himself.

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    Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman arrives at the Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night, Aug. 1Basketball: Dennis Rodman

    In the 1980s and 1990s, Dennis Rodman became a basketball legend, playing in the same all-conquering Chicago Bulls team as the likes of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

    It wasn't just his on-court success that made him famous -

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  • Top 10 sporting villains who found redemption

    David Platt is happy Carlos Tevez is back

    Carlos Tevez quickly turned from villain to hero when he set-up Manchester City's winner against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

    It was Tevez's first appearance for City since he infamously refused to warm-up during a Champions League match at Bayern Munich six months ago.

    He still has some work to do before he can completely win over the fans, the media and the general public but there are examples of sporting villains in the past who have managed to redeem themselves.

    Here's our top 10:

    Eric Cantona - Football

    English football was plunged into a state of shock in 1995 when Cantona launched a

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  • First XI: 10-goal thrillers

    Nottingham Forest players celebrateNottingham Forest earned a win for the ages as they beat Leeds 7-3 on Tuesday night at Elland Road.

    A goal apiece for the sides in the first eight minutes should have prepared fans for something special, but things were quiet for a while thereafter before Forest went ahead on the stroke of half-time.

    Seven minutes into the second half it all kicked off, however: three goals in four minutes quickly made it 3-3, but within 60 seconds Forest re-took the lead, then added another just a few moments later as they completed a sequence of five goals in eight minutes. Just to rub their arch-rivals'

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  • When Britannia ruled the pitch, track, course…

    Luke DonaldEnglishman Luke Donald won a four-man play-off at the Transitions Championship on Sunday evening to return to the top of golf's world rankings.

    The man he took over from was Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who had held the exalted position for just a fortnight before being usurped by his Ryder Cup team-mate. Their nearest challenger, and the only man within touching distance of them at the top of the rankings, is England's Lee Westwood.

    Two weeks beforehand McIlroy had also needed to win to climb to the top; and the tournament in the intervening week was won by Englishman Justin Rose, who by

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  • The records that will never be broken

    Sachin Tendulkar made cricket history on Friday by making his 100th international century against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup one dayer. He has scored 51 tons in tests and a further 49 in one-dayers.

    The next closest is Australia's Ricky Ponting, who in a career almost as long and distinguished has managed just 71, suggesting that the Little Master's mark will never be surpassed.

    We take a look at the other sporting records which look unlikely ever to be broken.

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    Cricket: Don Bradman's Test batting average

    During a test career spanning from 1928-1948, Australia's Bradman had a batting

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  • Top 10: Sport’s greatest beards

    Brian WilsonSan Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson has long been famous for his beard - but on his return from injury at the weekend he unveiled facial hair that would shame most of the attendees at a ZZ Top fan convention.

    Wilson first let his whiskers grow while recovering from injury early in 2010 as a shared joke with team-mate Sergio Romo.

    But what started as a bit of fun turned serious as the facial furniture began to grow on him - in every way. Wilson's form, and that of his team, were so good that he vowed not to shave until the end of the season, and the Giants went on to win the World Series

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  • Top 30 best paid managers

    Jose Mourinho famously describes himself as the Special One and it has been revealed he is also drawing a very special salary at Real Madrid - the highest in world football in fact.

    Portuguese marketing agency Futebol Finance have published their list of the top coaching salaries in the game and Mourinho comes out on top with an eye-watering £8.4 million per annum.

    His great rival at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, and Guus Hiddink, who recently accepted the job of managing cash-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, are joint second with salaries of £6.3m.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Manchester City's

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  • Magnificent seven: Sport’s most glorious failures

    Rarely has a football team gone into a second leg with so little hope as Arsenal did against AC Milan on Tuesday night; and almost never has a team in that position acquitted themselves as brilliantly as Arsene Wenger's men did at The Emirates.

    The Gunners were heroic as they turned a 4-0 aggregate scoreline into 4-3 by half-time of their Champions League last-16 clash against the Italian side; sadly, however, the miracle was not to be as they ended up falling just short.

    Yet the side that played in a chilly north London will go down in the sporting history books as one of the most glorious

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