The Rundown

  • The greatest seasons in sports history

    Novak Djokovic's US Open final victory against Rafael Nadal
    cemented his place as the world's top tennis player and capped off one of the
    most remarkable years in sports history.

    The Serbian's win over
    Nadal - his sixth this year in finals against the Spaniard - took his season
    match record to 64 wins and only two defeats. Those losses were to Roger
    Federer in the French Open semis, and to Andy Murray in Cincinnati, a match in
    which he retired hurt.

    Otherwise, it has been
    wall-to-wall success, including three Grand Slams,  10 titles and over $10 million in prize
    money. And with the

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  • Five famous British sports stars you might not recognise

    Mark Cavendish added the World
    Championship road race title in Denmark at the weekend to his growing list of
    honours.

    The cyclist's reputation as one of
    Britain's very best sportsmen is growing, but for the moment he is relatively
    unknown in the United Kingdom.

    In Belgium, however, he's immediately
    recognised, and once said that he "never pays for a meal" when in the
    country where children wear cycling shirts "like kids at home wear
    Manchester United shirts."

    Cavendish is not alone in being
    under-appreciated in the country of his birth - the Rundown takes a look at
    five British stars who are

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  • Top 10 memorable player-managers

    This week has witnessed the appointment of two very famous player-managers in the form of Brazilian star Roberto Carlos and former Liverpool idol Robbie Fowler.

    Carlos has been put in temporary charge of cash-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala after the dismissal of Gadzhi Gadzhiyev while Fowler has also been handed the reins at Thai club Muangthong United in a caretaker role.

    Employing player-managers used to be in vogue, largely at Chelsea where a succession were employed by Ken Bates in the 1990s, but had seemed to be a passing fad, much like the horrendously tight shorts sported by stars

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  • The Dirty Dozen: Shortest managerial stints

    After a miserable start to the season, Steve McClaren has quit his job as Nottingham Forest manager.

    The former England manager had racked up just 10 matches in charge of the venerable club, but Sunday's capitulation to Birmingham - in which his men leaked three late goals after dominating the match - proved to be the last straw.

    Where McClaren goes from here is anything but clear, but either way his short stint at the helm has ensured him a spot in history as one of the shortest-lived managers at the club.

    And McClaren's plight has inspired us to look at the other bosses who have either

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  • The fans who shamed football

    Football has been rocked by a series of shocking fan scandals this weekend. 

    At the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal at White Hart Lane, Arsenal supporters taunted former star Emmanuel Adebayor that it "should have been you, killed in Angola", referring to the gun attack on Adebayor's Togo team bus at the African Cup of Nations last year.

    Then, in Switzerland, the derby between FC Zurich and Grasshoppers descended into a riot that saw the match abandoned after 77 minutes due to crowd violence - the first time that hooliganism has forced the cancellation of a match on Swiss

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  • Where should Chelsea move to?

    Roman Abramovich
    has begun concerted efforts to move Chelsea away from Stamford Bridge - but
    where should the Blues make their new home?

    The Russian
    oil billionaire wants his club to leave their location of the last 106
    years in order to massively increase the current 42,000 capacity - fairly large
    by English standards, but small enough to make it just the 60th biggest stadium
    in Europe.

    The current
    capacity is a factor that Chelsea chiefs believe will hold the club back,
    particularly with new UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations set to make
    balancing the books (within the nearest £10m or so)

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  • Sport’s strangest sackings and resignations

    High school American football coach Shawn Abel has just been forced to resign under huge pressure after his expletive-strewn pre-match team talk was leaked onto an internet video website. 

    Abel admitted "a lapse in judgement" and took his loss of a job on the chin, despite admitting that "my initial thought was 'I can't believe the sanctity of the locker room has been violated'."

    He is far from the first manager - or player - to lose their jobs in bizarre circumstances, however. We look at some of the strangest sackings and resignations ever seen in the world of sport.

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    Glen Hoddle

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  • Who should light the Olympic flame? Your choices

    We have to say a big thank-you to you all for your suggestions - some serious, some less so - for candidates to light the Olympic flame.

    We were so inundated with options that we thought we ought to present another selection of the names in the frame.

    Together with our original list, there's quite a selection of possibilities open to Lord Coe and his colleagues at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

    The list is in the post to Seb as we speak...

     

     
    Kate Middleton
    robbie.willison
    tips the newest member of the royal family to do the honours. Hard to imagine many more popular

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  • The top (and not so top) candidates to light the Olympic flame

    Lord Coe wants his 'mate' to light the Olympic flame and mark the start of competition when the Olympic Games begin in 2012.

    It's not merely a case of nepotism from the Chairman of the London Organising Committee, however - the friend in question is none other than double Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson.

    But is the star of the 1980 and 1984 Games the right man to light the flame?

    Are there more deserving candidates than the 52-year-old? Should it necessarily even be an Olympic champion - or someone who represents the best of Britain?

    We take a look at some of the serious candidates

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  • Six of the best: Sporting feuds

    With Alex Ferguson finally having ended his seven-year feud with the BBC, we look at some of the best feuds from the world of sport.

    Alex Ferguson and the BBC

    Back in
    2004 the BBC's Panorama programme put out a documentary alleging that Alex
    Ferguson's football agent son Jason had exploited his father's position and
    fame in order to set up transfer deals.

    Fergie Sr
    hit the roof about the documentary - which was called "Father and
    son" - calling the Beeb "arrogant beyond belief" and blasting
    their "inabbility to apologise".

    "They
    did a story about my son that was whole lot of nonsense," he

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