World of Sport

  • Antwerp 1920

    Postcard of opening ceremonyAs war raged throughout Europe, preparations continued for the 1916 Olympic Games in Berlin because no one imagined the hostilities would last so long. And though the Games of the VI Olympiad were cancelled, they retained their place and number in the sequence.

    So Antwerp, at the heart of Europe's First World War battleground, became the venue for the VII Olympiad in 1920, and the innovations were of peace and unity. Victor Boin, who had won water polo medals for Belgium in 1908 and 1912, became the first person to swear the new Olympic Oath, and went on to win a silver in fencing.

    The Olympic

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  • Del Piero’s voice wakes girl from coma

    Alessandro del Piero: Goalscorer, legend, and now miracle workerAlessandro del Piero is already a legend in Italy after scoring the goals which helped his country win the World Cup in 2006.

    But now the veteran striker - who still turns out for Juventus at the age of 37 - has become even more famous in his homeland after he apparently brought a 12-year-old girl out of a coma.

    Italian schoolgirl Giada Scalise suffered a brain hameorrhage on January 22 while watching her beloved Juve on TV at her home in the southern city of Crotone.

    She lapsed into a coma, and after several weeks of making no progress her parents got in touch with the prolific striker to ask

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  • Quotes of the Week: ‘The Queen is above it all’

    Fabio Capello. Let's hope he has now turned that frown upside down, and is on a beach counting his dosh.Ciao, Capello

    "One cannot be punished until it's official and the court - a non-sporting court, a civil court - has made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he has been accused of. I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain's armband. The fact that the board has decided in this way is because it falls under the competence regarding ethics." - Fabio Capello's words to an Italian TV show which set in motion the chain of events which resulted.

    "I didn't run away, I left because there was a misunderstanding. I felt great but sometimes you decide to leave." - Capello

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  • Ex-England star caught speeding in banger

    David James

    Bristol City goalkeeper David James has been fined for speeding in a 12-year-old Vauxhall Astra that typically trades for only £500.

    James, who was capped 53 times by England, was caught doing 90mph on the M5 in the V-reg banger in July of last year — 20mph over the road's 70mph limit.

    James was ordered to pay £275 for the incident that occurred in between his family home in Chudleigh, Devon, and his current club Bristol City.

    He was fined £175 but also had to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

    At the time of the incident James accepted the option of attending an educational driving

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  • Hilarious last-minute own goal levels match

    A footballer in Israel scored a terrible own goal equaliser in the 89th minute of a cup tie before finding the ultimate redemption in extra-time.

    As you can see in the video above, Maccabi Umm al-Fahm's Ashraf Soliman slumped to his knees after firing into the corner of his own net from six-yards out despite not having an attacker anywhere near him.

    The goal came in the last minute with his side 2-1 up against Hapoel Afula.

    However, Soliman amazingly had the last laugh as he went on to score the winner (at the right end) in the seventh minute of extra-time.

    The victory puts second-tier

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  • Meet the world’s greatest tennis player

    Vergeer at the US Open in 2007

    The Laureus Sports Awards took place this week in London and Novak Djokovic used the opportunity to get his photo taken with the tennis star he considers to be one of the best in the business.

    But it was not a snap with one of his fellow ATP pros such as Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer that he sought. Nor was he searching for a picture with a McEnroe, a Graf or a Navratilova.

    No, the recent Australian Open champion was hunting down Dutch wheelchair player Esther Vergeer, a sports star who is unknown by most, but truly dominant in her sport.

    Djokovic tweeted his picture with Vergeer to his

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  • Son crashes father’s prized car into sea

    When a back injury forced Andrew Miedecke out of Tasmania's famous Targa Wrest Point rally he decided to lend his beloved 1970 Ford Capri Perana to his son George so he could compete in his place.

    Miedecke senior gave his son just two clear instructions before the race: "Don't crash and don't finish second."

    Well, as you can see from the video which should autoplay above, things didn't quite go to plan as George lost control at a tight corner and saw the car plunge into the sea at 80 mph.

    It happened just moments after another car had found the water - but amazingly nobody was hurt by the

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  • Olympic venue guide: Basketball Arena

    Where is it?: Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.

    How do you get there?: The arena is located in the north of Olympic Park. It can be reached 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 be coaches direct to the park.

    Capacity: 12,000.

    What events will be held there and when?: Basketball (July 28-August 7), handball (August 8-12).

    Public facilities: To be shared with the Velodrome

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  • Sweden 1912

    On the one hand, the organisers opted to streamline the Games by reducing the number of events. On the other, they came up with the idea of adding art competitions to the schedule.

    Baron de CoubertinSo no boxing, because Sweden wouldn't allow it, but plenty of music, sculpture, painting and architecture. And literature, with the gold medal won by Baron de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, under a pseudonym.

    Other firsts included the introduction of electronic timing for the running events, a debut appearance by Japan and the first death in a Games event following the collapse of the Portuguese marathon

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  • Super Bowl ads: The funny, the sexy, the downright bizarre

    The Super Bowl is just one of the highlights of the sporting calendar - but for American advertisers, it is the undisputed biggest moment of the year.

    Some of the biggest companies in the world spend millions creating the perfect advert, knowing that making a splash guarantees them huge kudos, goodwill and incessant replays around the world.

    Such is the importance that the NFL recently secured a broadcasting deal worth an incredible $6 billion for TV rights for the season, with the Super Bowl alone worth an estimated $250 million.

    Each 30-second slot costs around $3.5m, with some prime moments

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