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5 crazy things: Daley leaves Balding high and dry, crazy celebration ‘dangerous’

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1) DALEY LEAVES BALDING HIGH AND DRY - Daley enjoys romantic holiday with boyfriend, pulls out of BT Sport chat show

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British Olympian Tom Daley does not usually disappoint, but poor Clare Balding was left gutted when he pulled out of her BT Sport chat show at the last minute.

The 20-year-old, who had reportedly been booked for the gig months in advance, was absent from recording for the show with emails to the star's reps apparently going unanswered.

Instead, Daley was enjoying a well-earned break in Berlin with his 40-year-old boyfriend Dustin Lance Black, with swimmer Chris Mears having to step in and be Balding's guest instead at very short notice.

The expectant studio audience were sent an apologetic email, as printed by the Daily Mirror: "Our previously advertised guest Tom Daley has unfortunately had to reschedule his appearance and will not be on Tuesday’s show with Clare.

“We hope this doesn’t cause too much disappointment and can promise a fantastic bumper line-up for this very special morning recording – 7 sporting guests joining Clare in the studio."

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2) 'ONE OF THE BEST CELEBRATIONS WE'VE SEEN' - Crazy celebration ‘could’ve gone horribly wrong’

Hockey player celebrates goal by sliding on his head...

This video has gone viral of an Australian hockey player celebrating a winning shootout goal by sliding across the ice on his head.

The commentators sum up the reaction by laughing at “one of the best celebrations we’ve seen” but also noting that it “could have gone horribly wrong” at the same time.

We're really not quite sure what to make of the celebration, but he certainly can't be criticised for not being ambitious enough in marking his match-winning effort.

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3) 'CARELESS AND NEGLIGENT' - Mums to sue over children playing football

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Why children ‘should be banned from heading footballs’

A group of families is suing football's governing body FIFA for putting children who head the ball at risk of concussion, according to a report.

It is not seeking financial compensation, but wants to see a limit on the number of times young players are allowed to head the ball among a number of other rules designed to protect children.

The lawsuit, filed in California, accuses the sport's administrators of acting “carelessly and negligently”.


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4) WHAT, ANOTHER TERRIBLE INJURY? - Is this the unluckiest footballer in the Premier League?

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Premier League - QPR's Faurlin suffers third ACL injury in three seasons

Alejandro Faurlin is set to miss a large part of the season after the QPR midfielder suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Wednesday's Capital One Cup defeat at Burton.

The 28-year-old has sustained two similar injuries over the last three seasons and will now be missing from Harry Redknapp's squad for a number of months.

"We're all desperately saddened and disappointed for Ale," he said. "He is a great man and player, and he's suffered terribly bad luck over the last few years with injuries."

Faurlin penned a new one-year deal at Loftus Road in July having spent a portion of last season on loan at Palermo in an attempt to improve his fitness. Poor guy.

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5) SWANSEA SIGNING PLAYED AS THEM ON FOOTBALL MANAGER - Why? Because he wanted to research the club before joining

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When Bafetimbi Gomis left Lyon at the end of last season, he prepared to join Swansea City by researching the club and playing video games at the same time. Naturally, he did this by playing as Swansea in Football Manager.

From The Guardian:

Gomis, who scored his first Swansea goal in the 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Rotherham on Tuesday having impressed from the substitute’s bench in the 2-1 win at Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening weekend, told his new club’s website: “I play a lot of Football Manager. During my time with my previous club, we travelled quite a bit for European matches. Therefore, I used my spare time on the plane to play. I’ve been playing the game ever since my development stages, but I have found it very helpful in helping me find out more about Swansea.

“Before I signed here, I spent a month playing as Swansea to help me get to know my team-mates – to find out a bit more about them. Of course, I also watched video footage to see how the team played, but it is true that the game helped me learn a lot about each of my team-mates’ characteristics – their age, where they used to play and their attributes.”

We can only hope that Gomis introduced himself to his new team-mates by informing those he sold off in his game upon meeting them in real life.


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