The Rundown

  • Top 10 weird hobbies of the stars

    bad boy Joey Barton has revealed a surprising love of fine art since moving
    down to London after his transfer to QPR.

    The 28-year-old
    Tweeted that his recent trip to the National Gallery had been "vv
    good", and that French impressionist Monet - who apparently shares Barton's
    favourite colours - is "my new fav".

    Yet Barton's
    interest in art is anything but the most surprising odd hobby enjoyed by a
    sports star. Here's our rundown of the top 10:

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    Mike Tyson - pigeon fancier

    The famously
    brutal boxer who once bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout
    has revealed a

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  • Top 10 England v Wales encounters

    England face Wales in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley tonight.

    And to get you in the mood, we look back at the top 10 greatest England v Wales sporting encounters of all time.

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    Rugby: England 31-32 Wales in 1999

    suffered the ignominy of having to host England in London, at Wembley, since
    the Millennium Stadium was not yet complete. And it looked like becoming a
    doubly sour day as the 'visitors' made it deep into injury time leading by six
    points, on their way to a Grand Slam. Welsh centre Scott Gibbs (pictured top right) had other ideas,
    however, breaking the line thanks

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  • Top 10: Sport’s loveable losers

    Inspired by
    the sprinter who clocked a headline-stealing 15.66m in the men's 100m at the
    World Championships in Daegu, we take a look at the sports stars whose
    failure didn't stop them from being loved by fans.

    1. Trevor 'the Tortoise' Misapeka

    Sogelau the Snail  (see number 10) there
    was Trevor the Tortoise, aka Trevor Misapeka.

    American Samoa, Trevor took part in the 100m heats of the World Championships
    in Canada in 2001, clocking a time of 14.28 seconds - actually an astonishing
    time considering that he tipped the scales at 21 stone.

    He kept a
    huge sense of humour

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  • Top 10 sporting all-rounders

    Olympic 100m champion and world record holder Usain Bolt has revealed that he would love to make the switch from athletics to football - and that he's desperate to one day play for Manchester United.

    "I really want to try soccer after I retire," said the Jamaican.

    "I think I could be a good contender. I'm really looking forward to it and yes, I definitely think I'm good enough to play for Manchester United."

    So to help inspire the sprinter towards his unlikely dream, we've trawled the archives for our top 10 all-rounders, the men and women who've managed to hit the top in more than one sport.

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  • Top 10 on-pitch brawls

    The mass brawl that marred the end of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday night shocked the world of football, with the scenes a depressing sight given the superb football played over the two-legged encounter.

    Sadly, it is not the first time that on-pitch violence has made the beautiful game turn ugly.

    It is with a heavy heart that we run down the top 10 on-pitch brawls. Let these sickening incidents be a stern admonition to players everywhere who occasionally forget that football is only a game. 

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    Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao, 1984 


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  • Magnificent seven: Sport’s shock champions

    Golf fans
    staying up to watch the climax of the US PGA Championship on Sunday night were
    treated to a finale that was far and away the most thrilling climax of any of
    this year's Major championships.

    But while
    the tournament scored top marks for play-off drama, it fell woefully short of star-laden
    glamour as the world's best players fell by the wayside as unknown rookie Keegan
    Bradley and equally unknown Jason Dufner fought it out for the Wanamaker

    Bradley ended
    up winning the tournament, becoming only the second golfer in the last 100
    years to win one of the game's four Major titles

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  • Top 20 greatest football debuts

    Sergio Aguero's stunning first outing for Manchester City on Monday night - in which he scored two goals and set up another - is undoubtedly one of the best Premier League debuts ever seen.

    But he is not the only player ever to have hit the ground running.The Argentine's brilliance has inspired us to look back at some of the greatest debuts ever seen in the beautiful game.

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    Fabrizio Ravanelli for Middlesbrough v Liverpool, 1996

    silver-haired Italian arrived in the Premier League in a storm of publicity and
    excitement after his move from Juventus - and he didn't disappoint. He

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  • Top 10 transfer sagas

    The drama of the world game does not stop when the season ends. For many, this period is the most exciting time of the year when teams try to enhance their squad for the new season. Invariably, this can lead to a lot of bad blood between fans, players, agents, managers and chairmen. Wherever you stand on such skullduggery, it is difficult to argue that it is anything other than entertaining. In no particular order, we decided to look back on a few of the more memorable transfer sagas of recent years. 


    Shake on it pal! Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool

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  • Top 10 sporting teenagers

    Chelsea's £20 million deal to sign 18-year-old Belgian Romelu Lukaku has left many people wondering how the club can justify such a hefty outlay on a young player.

    But nobody in Belgium was surprised that the Blues had made a move for the striker dubbed the "new Didier Drogba".

    The 6'3" Lukaku proved a sensation after being drafted into Anderlecht's first team in 2009, and has since scored 41 goals in 98 matches for the Jupiler Pro League side, even finishing as the league's top scorer in his first full season.

    Lukaku is not the first sporting star to hit the top while still in his teens,

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  • Top 10 ‘non-British-born’ sporting Brits

    Samoan-born Manu Tuilagi will make his first appearance for the England rugby team after being selected to start against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

    He is amazingly one of 15 players in England's 45-man World Cup training squad who were not born in the United Kingdom and the issue of 'plastic Brits' competing for England or Britain is becoming an increasingly divisive debate.

    Also this week, American born 100 metres hurdler Tiffany Ofili-Porter had to come out and defend herself after being selected for the British team travelling to South Korea for the World Championship later this

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