World of Sport

  • England v Netherlands: Classic matches

    England take on Netherlands in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night.

    The Dutch arrive at Wembley as hot favourites, with the visitors having finished as runners-up at the last World Cup - while England's young squad have been dogged by injuries.

    As ever between two traditional footballing nations, a great tussle is expected. We look back at some of the best England v Netherlands matches from down the years.

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    2002 (Friendly) Netherlands 1-1 England

    This match was notable for two reasons: Michael Ricketts and Darius Vassell both made their international debuts, and both experienced

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  • Olympic countdown: Amsterdam 1928

    Ethel Catherwood competes for CanadaThe Amsterdam Olympics wrote new chapters in the history of the Games and continued a few enthralling stories which had begun at previous celebrations.

    They are remembered as probably the last Olympic Games to take place free of issues ranging from economic hardship to political posturing, drugs cheats and terrorism.

    The monument to the success of the event was the stadium in Amsterdam, designed by Jan Wils and considered worthy of a gold medal for architecture in the art competitions which were still part of the schedule.

    Of greater significance were the three medals — a gold and two silvers

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  • Snooker player wins frame with amazing fluke

    Thai snooker player Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon pulled off an amazing fluke to win a frame in his Haikou World Open match against England's Robert Milkins.

    Thirapongpaiboon was trailing 4-1 in the first-to-five match and hanging on by a thread as the sixth frame went to a black ball decider.

    The Thai was lining up a long black to effectively stay in the match - and then this happened:

    The miraculous shot kept Thirapongpaiboon in the match, and buoyed by his good fortune he went on to win the next frame to make it 4-3.

    After that, however, Milkins recovered to take the next frame and win the

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  • This is crowd control, Ukraine-style

    Football hooligans looking to cause trouble at this year's Euro 2012 tournament better tread carefully if they are in Ukraine: the hosts have called in a quartet of fighter jets to help quell any disorder.

    The Russian-built MiG 29s - each packing 30mm cannons and air-to-air missiles - will be deployed to the football tournament for the duration to counter any extreme troublemaking.

    And just in case the 1,5000mph jets aren't enough, there will also be a pair of helicopter gunships on hand to help keep the peace.

    "Up to four fighters and two helicopters will be constantly keeping watch,"

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  • The world of sport has excelled itself with some memorable quotes - but despite contrite Argentines, belligerent left-backs and angry Russian diving coaches, this week's round-up has to start with two British boxers bringing their sport into disrepute...

    Haye and Chisora's brawl of shame

    "How's your toe? How's your toe? How's your toe?" — Chisora baits the former world champion.

    "He glassed me. I swear to God, David, I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you. I am going to physically shoot David Haye. He glassed me. He glassed me. He glassed me. I'm not having it. He glassed me" —

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  • A British skier was brought back to life after being buried in an avalanche for a quarter of an hour.

    Rhianna Shaw, Britain's luckiest skierRhianna Shaw was skiing off-piste with a group of friends in St Anton, Austria, when she was caught up in the avalanche and buried alive.

    "We went round this one bit and me and my friend Alistair were coming down side by side and he was on a snowboard and we had a minor collision and I lost both skis. It normally wouldn't be a problem but it started a bit of snowfall," she explained.

    "Then the others came down and a massive ledge of snowfall broke away and it carried me down the slope around

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  • ‘Bird man’ smashes legs in Table Mountain leap

    Daredevil basejumper Jeb Corliss has become famous around the world over the last few years thanks to his series of online videos showing off his death-defying aerial stunts.

    His quest for ever more outrageous base jumping and extreme flying stunts has led him to jump off the Eiffel Tower, glide through a Swiss waterfall and whizz through a hole in a Chinese mountain.

    So few eyebrows were raised when, for his latest trick, the 35-year-old decided to jump off Table Mountain in Cape Town. Few eyebrows, that is, until his stunt went horribly wrong:

    The American was just a minute or so into his

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  • Brazilian star misses open goal from two yards

    Brazilian star Deivid is a good footballer. Last season he was top scorer for Flamengo, the side within which former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho plies his trade.

    On Wednesday night, however, he made the kind of blunder that would shame a novice striker playing for his school U10s.

    In the 35th minute of his club's Guanabara Trophy semi-final aganist Vasco da Gama, with the score at 1-1, he was set up for the easiest tap-in of his career thanks to a brilliant bit of dribbling and a perfect pass from right-back Leonardo Moura. What happens next beggars belief:

    Vasco, scarcely able to

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  • Get this house for free*! (*assuming Brighton get promoted)A football fan has pledged to give away his house if Brighton make it to the Premier League.

    And it's no dingy two-bed terrace we're talking about, but a luxury £1.4 million mansion in the seaside town of Hove.

    Brighton & Hove Albion supporter Martin Senior has his house on the market - but he has pledged that he will refund the entire purchase price should his beloved Seagulls make it into the top flight this season.

    And it's not as if it's a particularly unlikely scenario. Despite bookies' odds of 12-1, Brighton currently sit ninth in the table and on 50 points, putting them firmly in the

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  • Olympic venue guide: Water Polo Arena

    The Water Polo Arena from the airWhere is it?: Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.

    How do you get there?: The Water Polo Arena can be found in the south-east corner of the Olympic Park, adjacent to the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre. The park is accessible by rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach. National Rail, London Underground and DLR all serve Stratford station to the east of the park and West Ham station to the south, while Transport for London has bus stops in the area and there will also be coach services to the park.

    Capacity: 5,000.

    What events will be held there and when?: Water polo

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