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The top five forgetful sports stars

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world champion Raymond van Barneveld turned up for the World Matchplay Darts
championship in Blackpool without one crucial item - his darts.

"It's your worst nightmare!" admitted
van Barneveld. "I practised on Friday and I think I forgot to put my darts in
my suitcase when I got home."

It was the only thing anyone was talking
about as the tournament got into full swing - but fortunately for the former
postman from Holland, it mattered little - he beat Steve Brown 10-3 and booked
himself a place in the last 16 regardless.

A staggering piece of forgetfulness, but
there have been instances of forgetfulness every bit as dopey in the past.

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Jermaine Pennant 'forgets
he owns a Porsche'

Earlier in the year Spanish paper Marca claimed
that Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant had left a Porsche worth £98,000 at a
railway station in Zaragoza after leaving La Liga and returning to England.
Despite the registration plate of the car reportedly reading 'P33NNT' the 28-year-old
laughed off the story that officials had only worked out the car was his when
they tried to track him down for thousands of Euros worth of unpaid fines.

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Diver Aleksandr
Dobroskok forgets to dive

The job of a diver is to dive. The job
of a synchronised diver is to dive at precisely the same time as your
team-mate. Unfortunately for Aleksandr Dobroskok, the Russian's mind went blank
at just the wrong moment and he let colleague Gleb Galperin head into the water
on his own at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, thereby derailing
their hopes in the competition.

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Liam Broady's
father forgets to register him for the French Open

Last month Liam Broady was causing a
stir at Wimbledon, reaching the singles final of the boys' tournament at the
age of 17 and hinting that Britain may just have unearthed another player
capable eventually of making an impression on the men's tour. A month earlier,
he was kicking his heels during the French Open because his father forgot to
enter him for the competition.

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Rio Ferdinand
forgets to go to a drugs test

Ferdinand's forgetfulness had serious
consequences - having forgotten a routine drugs test in 2003 because he was out
shopping, Ferdinand, then just 24, was banned from all football for eight
months. Reports did once go round that several years later Ferdinand had
managed to turn up for a match for Manchester United having forgotten his
boots, suggesting that forgetfulness runs deep.

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Referee Peter
Walton forgets his cards

Another man who forgot the tools of his
trade, Peter Walton caused a stir earlier this year when he refereed the match
between Everton and Birmingham City having forgotten his cards.

Drawing attention to it when the first
player earned a bookable offence, Walton simply brandish an invisible yellow
card, much to the confusion of players and fans alike.

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