World of Sport

  • Quotes of the week: I’m a phenomenon

    The self-proclaimed ' phenomenon' that is Sir Alex Ferguson

    "I'm a phenomenon….Young people can do something else. When you're older and you've been on that treadmill for (the) length of time I've been on it — if I get off the treadmill, where do you think I am going? Down there. Trust me. When you get older, don't retire." 70-year-old Sir Alex Ferguson on why he is still going strong at Manchester United in his 26th year in charge.

    "I have a big problem, I can't write so I don't keep anything. I am the most disorganised person, I am ashamed to say, in the world. You talk to anybody at the football club. I don't write. I couldn't even fill a team

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  • Ball boy earns huge ovation at Australian Open

    Tennis fans at the Australian Open were treated to a thrilling spectacle when Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in a pulsating semi-final on Thursday.

    But one of the biggest cheers of the night was reserved for the ball boy, who wowed crowds with an athletic catch that would have shamed a Test cricketer.

    14-year-old Dylan Colaci has since become an internet star as his catch has been replayed round the world.

    "I didn't have much time to think about it," said modest Dylan.

    "I just stuck my hand out and the ball just stayed there. I couldn't believe it myself but then I just had to get

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  • Niko Kranjcar: Now we know what he reads in his (plentiful) time on the benchA group of Premier League stars have picked their favourite books to help boost literacy through the Reading Stars scheme - though some of them have let the side down spectacularly by picking their own literary efforts.

    One player from each of the clubs in the top flight recommend their two favourite books, one for adults and one for children.

    Some of their choices were beyond reproach: Tottenham's Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar picked genuine classics To Kill a Mockingbird and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, while Brazilian writer Paul Coelho's highly-regarded novel The Alchemist

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  • Boxing pundit’s brainfreeze live on air

    Former international boxing judge Chuck Giampa retired from the ring to embark on a new life as a TV pundit at the weekend.

    It was a big move for the veteran of over 100 world title fights - but sadly, his TV career received a knockout punch almost instantly as he froze on air after being introduced to viewers for the very first time.

    Even funnier than Chuck's brainfreeze was that fact that his gaffe made it look as if there is nothing whatsover going through the mind of a top boxing judge, an assessment that may be shared by many of those who have witnessed his often controversial scoring at

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  • Kids flee in terror as stadium roof collapses

    A group of kids should have enjoyed the ice hockey experience of their lives when they trained with a NHL legend - but that dream turned into a nightmare when the stadium almost collapsed on their heads.

    The children took to the ice in a new rink in Namestovo, Slovakia, to play alongside former Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders star Richard Zednik.

    But parents at the side of the rink suddenly noticed bits of the ceiling had started to fall onto the ice and quickly screamed at their offspring to evacuate. What happened next is almost beyond belief:

    The roof of the stadium - which only

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  • Veteran athletes shine with gutsy performances

    Pensioners' sporting efforts generally tend to revolve around genteel sports such as golf and bowls.

    But a group of gutsy senior citizens in Germany have been turning those preconceptions on their heads at an indoor athletics championships.

    86-year-old Hans Eberle is probably the star of the show. The sprinter and jumper is the star of his 85-years-and-over age group with a 17.05 second 100m run under his belt, and his famous 3.53m long jump at a meeting last summer would have been good enough for the gold medal even in the under-80s.

    Here are some pictures of the athletes in action

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  • Aquatics Centre

    Outside Acquatics Centre

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

    How do you get there?: The centre is situated to the south-east corner of the Olympic Park and stands at the park's entrance. To reach it, rail, underground, Docklands Light Railway, bus or coach can be used. 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 coach services to the park.

    Capacity: 17,500.

    Inside the Aquatics Centre

    What events will be held there and when?: Diving (July 29-August 11), swimming (July

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  • Argentine star scores inch-perfect 70-yard free kick

    Argentina star Cristian Villagra has scored an incredible goal with a 70-yard free kick that crashed in off the underside of the bar.

    The defender went to take a free kick for Ukrainian top flight side FC Metalist in a friendly against Russian giants Dinamo Moscow during a pre-season training camp in the UAE.

    Metalist were already 1-0 up when they were awarded a free kick for an offside by Dinamo's Kevin Kuranyi. Quick-thinking right-back Villagra spotted opposition goalkeeper Evgeni Frolov slightly off his line, and... well, you have to see his strike to believe it.

    The only thing that takes

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  • Olympic history: St Louis 1904

    After the shortcomings of Paris, the fledgling Olympic movement could have done with a successful event in 1904. It didn't get one, though.

    Having selected the United States as hosts, and Chicago in particular, the IOC then acceded to a request from Theodore Roosevelt, President of the nation and its Olympic committee, to take the Games instead to St Louis in order to align itself with another trade fair.

    Numbers vary according to which source is consulted, but the Games lasted from July untilAn Olympic medal from St Louis 1904 November, were attended by 12 to 15 nations and featured upwards of 650 competitors. But because of

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  • Player gets opponent booked with least convincing dive ever

    An Omani football star pulled off one of the least convincing dives in football history - but somehow got his opponent booked.

    Amad Al Hosni of Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli was being chased down by Al Hilal's Sultan Al Bishi as he ran on to Marcelo Camacho's long ball in a top flight match last week, but was hot favourite to get to the ball first and send a cross in.

    Yet rather than play the ball, Al Hosni decided to fall to the turf clutching his legs - despite the fact that Bishi was still several yards away from him.

    Incredibly, neither the referee nor the linesman noticed the subterfuge,

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