World of Sport

  • Paralympic javelin star making Sochi Winter Games bid

    London 2012 javelin contender Nathan Stephens is determined to taste Paralympic success – but on the ice, not the field.

    The 25-year-old went into last summer’s Games as the javelin world record holder but suffered a cruel blow when his throwing style was judged illegal, and he failed to qualify for the final round.

    So when the call came from the British Sledge Hockey Association to help the British team in their bid to qualify for Sochi 2014, Stephens didn’t have to think twice about his answer.

    The Bridgend-born athlete joined the Cardiff Huskies sledge hockey side as a youngster shortly

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  • Insane Photo: Late surfer resorts to jumping from cliff

    Photo copyright Caters

    A surfer in Santa Cruz was running late for his competition so he was forced to improvise.
    That improvisation came in the form of a jump off a cliff 30 feet high and into the Pacific Ocean.

    "He timed it perfectly," photographer Allen Hughes told The Daily Mail.

    The same could be said of Hughes, who captured the spectacular photo of this anonymous surfer in mid-air as a huge wave cascaded behind him.

    Hughes was alert to the possibility that an intriguing scenario was unfolding at Lighthouse Point.

    "Everyone else was watching the surfers out at sea, but then I noticed this guy running along

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  • On This Day: The Olympic ‘Black Power’ salute

    One of the biggest political statements in the long and storied history of the modern Olympic games took place on this day 45 years ago in Mexico City.

    Tommie Smith of the US won the 200 metres sprint final and broke the world record in the process with a time of 19.83 seconds. He was joined on the podium after the race by compatriot John Carlos who finished in the bronze medal position with a time of 20.10 seconds, while Australia’s Peter Norman was second with 20.06.

    The American duo approached the podium without shoes, wearing just black socks on their feet to represent black poverty.

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  • 160,000 to attend the US equivalent of Plymouth v Warwick

    Imagine 160,000 people attending a sporting match between University of Plymouth (31,105 students) and the University of Warwick (27,440)?

    Of course you couldn't - you would be lucky to get 160 – but the simply mindboggling popularity of US collegiate sport is emphasised by that the fact that two universities with similar sized enrolments – Virginia Tech (31,087) and the University of Tennessee (27,525) – are set to play an American football game in front such a ludicrously-big crowd in 2016.

    Virgina Tech's Land Stadium holds 66,233 while Tennessee's Neyland Stadium holds an eye-popping

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  • The Spanish intellectually-disabled basketball side with their 2000 Paralympic golds (AP)

    In what may be one of the biggest scandals in sporting history, a former sports chief has been found guilty of sending a side all the way to Paralympic gold that had no disabilities at all.

    Fernando Martin Vicente selected the Spanish basketball squad at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, only for one of the players to claim soon after that they – as well as other Spanish representatives in Sydney – were not physically or mentally deficient.

    “Of the 200 Spanish athletes at Sydney at least 15 had no type of physical or mental handicap - they didn't even pass medical or psychological examinations,”

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  • Snoop’s son gets Notre Dame football scholarship offer

    When it comes to prep football talent, there are few bona fides more telling than earning a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.

    If there were any questions about whether Snoop Lion's son was a legitimate Division I prospect, perhaps we can now consider them answered.

    As reported by the player's coach, Cordell Broadus now earns a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. The offer to play with the Fighting Irish can now be stacked up next to similar scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, LSU and Nebraska, among others.

    "Cordell Broadus was offered by Notre Dame today," Diamond Bar

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  • ITV footballer presenter Adrian Chiles has come under fire for a Polish 'joke' he made during the channel's coverage of England's 4-1 victory over Montenegro.

    Near the end of the broadcast, Chiles started to look forward to England's clash with Poland on Tuesday night – a match that will secure England's place in the World Cup if they win.

    Chiles, whose mother is Croatian, said that the game on Tuesday is "practically a home game for Poland – 15,000 Poles will be in here, I’m sure."

    Pundit Lee Dixon responded by saying: "Hopefully, they’re all crying at the end," to which Chiles replied: "I'm

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  • UK football fans could be left without top European games

    Football fans in the UK could be left without top European football on terrestrial TV.

    ITV has paid £160 million to provide free-to-air coverage of every round of Champions League fixtures, but the next bidding process is set to begin.

    The terrestrial broadcaster already shares the rights with Sky Sports, who paid around £240m to show live coverage of the premier European competition each week.

    But the rights are now very much under threat with the bidding process for the Champions League broadcasting from 2015 to 2018 in the UK due to begin imminently.

    The Champions League - which for many

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  • Did the BBC cost Istanbul the 2020 Olympics?

    The BBC has been accused of 'costing' Istanbul the right to host the 2020 Olympics in what has been described as a "tragedy".

    Advertising tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell, who was heavily involved in the Istanbul bid, blamed the BBC's "unfair" coverage on Turkey's failure in the bidding process.

    Sorrell told the Leaders in Football conference that it was a "tragedy" that Turkey was passed over.

    The 68-year-old claimed that the BBC's portrayal of the Taksim Square clashes in July between riot police and anti-government protesters was responsible.

    He argues that the BBC, who were famously accused of

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  • One-year-old horse goes for world record price to Sheikh

    A world record fee has been paid for a one-year-old filly which became the most expensive horse in history.

    Qatari Sheikh Joann Al Thani successfully bid five million guineas (£5.25 million) for the yearling filly at the Tattersalls bloodstock auction in Newmarket.

    The as-yet-unnamed filly is the daughter of the most sought-after stallion on the planet, 2001 Derby winner Galileo and Alluring Park, and became the most expensive horse of any age sold at public auction in Europe, beating a record set in 2006 by Magical Romance (4.6m guineas).

    Sheikh Al Thani, son of the Emir of Qatar, was much

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