World of Sport

  • Table-tennis baby takes web by storm

    A talented baby has taken the internet by storm after showing off his amazing table tennis skills.

    The infant - identified only as Jamie - is shown hitting ball after ball back to his dad, demonstrating quite unbelievable technique, consistency and concentration:

    So amazing are little Jamie's skills that he is seen attracting a healthy crowd of other players gathering to watch him play.

    And that same reaction has been replicated around the world, with the video circulating the web and making little Jamie, for the moment at least, the world's most famous table tennis player.

    Obviously there's

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  • Goalie’s agonising blunder in qualifying clash

    An international women's football goalkeeper has become an unwitting global star for all the wrong reasons after her agonising blunder in top-level match.

    Costa Rica's Olympic qualifier against Canada was supposed to be a clash of the titans, with two of the best women's teams in the Americas going head to head.

    But the game at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium turned into a disaster for the visitors as they let in goal after goal to trail 4-0 at half-time.

    Any hope of an unlikely comeback was dashed just five minutes into the second period, however, when goalie Julieth Arias did the following with

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  • Quotes of the week: ‘The dressing room could be toxic’

    John Terry and Jason Roberts do battle in 2009

    "I have seen the (Anton) Ferdinand case has been put back. On this basis I do not believe that the England captain should go to the Euros. Innocent until proven guilty is not always the case in football as Rio (Ferdinand in his drugs case a few years ago) found out in his case. Also more importantly, believe me, the dressing room at the Euros could be toxic." Reading striker and BBC radio pundit Jason Roberts leads calls for John Terry to be relieved of his duties as England captain after his trial on racial abuse charges was put back until July.

    "There is no doubt in my mind that in the next

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  • Ball juggling sets up 40-yard overhead assist

    Egypt might have missed out on a place in the African Cup of Nations this year, but one of the nation's footballers has won himself new fans around the world after a breathtaking piece of skill.

    Haras El-Hodood midfielder Mohamed Tarek picked up the ball near the touchline in the 25th minute of an Egyptian Premier League match against Al Ittihad on Tuesday night.

    With defenders harrying him mercilessly, there seemed no way that Tarek could get a cross in... until the player's cheeky and astonishing move set up a wonderful goal:

    The beneficiary of Tarek's moment of inspiration was striker

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  • Top 10 parent and child sporting combos

    Harry and Jamie Redknapp

    Tottenham Hotspur have identified a potential star of the future in the shape of six-year-old Joey James Iversen — the son of former Spurs striker Steffen Iversen.

    The young Iversen  is already showing his father's potential and has been invited to train with the Spurs academy once a week despite being three years younger than anybody else in Tottenham's youth system.

    "He has a football player's physique and the same powerful legs as his father," said his mother Anna and the old adage of 'it is in the genes' could well apply.

    Of course he would be by far the first sporting offspring to

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  • Olympic Venue Guide: Eton Dorney


    Where is it?: Dorney Lake, Court Lane, Dorney, Buckinghamshire.

    How do you get there?: A journey by road or rail is the only real option. If you are travelling by road, Dorney is about 25 miles west of London, near Windsor, and can be accessed via Junction 7 off the M4, although you will have to use a park-and-ride service to the venue, as there is no public parking there.

    As for rail travel, Dorney is close to two National Rail stations — Slough on the Paddington line and Windsor & Eton Riverside from Waterloo. Shuttle buses will run from both stations, as they are 15 minutes' drive from

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  • Teen Basketball giant dominates school rivals

    It's not quite fair to say that high school junior Mamadou Ndiaye stands out. It's more like he stands above.

    At 7'5", Ndiaye is easily the tallest high school basketball player in California, and we can pretty much safely say, the rest of the United States as well.

    In fact, the 17-year-old is so tall that the Guinness World Records recently tried to track down an official measurement to determine if he is the tallest high school basketball player in the world.

    None of those strict delineations are particularly important, of course, because one thing is certain: Ndiaye is so tall that he's

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  • Striker wins match with ‘scorpion kick’ goal

    The Bolivian League season started on Sunday and Erlan Mealla of Nacional Potosi certainly opened it in style as his wonder goal sealed a 1-0 victory over The Strongest.

    Mealle managed to swivel his body perfectly to execute a wonder backheel 'scorpion kick' that flew into the corner of the net.

    The 'scorpion kick' was first made famous in England by Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita when he cleared a ball off the line in such a fashion during an international friendly at Wembley in 1995.

    Rene Higuita does the original 'scorpion kick'

    However, to guide one into the back of the net - and from distance - is something else, as you can see

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  • Olympic history: London 1908

    The mammoth White City StadiumAfter the problems of Paris and St Louis, a version of the Olympic Games was organised in Athens in 1906. Known as the Intercalated Games, the plan was to stage them at the same venue every four years in between the touring Games.

    The first attempt is credited with doing much to steady the Olympic ship, but the festival has never gained official recognition from the IOC, so the fourth Games were London's in 1908.

    Programme from 1908 GamesInitially they were scheduled for Rome, but Italy's economic problems were exacerbated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906. Faced with the cost of rebuilding the area around

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  • The Sweeney brothers preparing to leave Gran CanariaA pair of brothers who tried to pedalo across the Atlantic naked have been forced to abandon their efforts after just 43 miles.

    Kieran and Shaun Sweeney were forced to put in an SOS call when the rudder of their home-made pedalo broke a day after  they set off from Gran Canaria aiming for Port St Charles in Barbados.

    The Cumbrian duo decided to make the trip to raise £50,000 for a children's heart unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Their preparations started last summer, with the pair packing enough provisions on board to supply them with the 8,000 daily calories they each needed for

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