World of Sport

  • Bournemouth fans were initially overjoyed on Tuesday when the club announced that it had secured a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid.

    But that joy quickly turned to astonishment as it emerged that the long-suffering Cherries fans are being asked to stump up an astonishing £60 for tickets to the match.

    Club chairman Eddie Mitchell had described the fixture as, " a well-earned gift to our fans for their unwavering dedication to AFC Bournemouth," a reference to the years of financial turmoil which almost saw the side go out of existence just five years ago.

    But it also appears to be an

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  • 'Lionel Messi and Friends' beat a Rest of the World team in a charity match in Peru on Tuesday night but Neymar stole the show with an incredible goal.

    Messi and Neymar will play with each other at Barcelona next season but were on opposite sides in Lima as they both wore the number 10 shirt in this match arranged by Messi's foundation.

    In the second-half of the game, Neymar, who won player of the tournament at the recent Confederations Cup after inspiring Brazil to the title, received the ball 45-yards out and without a moment's hesitation, curled a superb strike into the net after spotting

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  • Mario Goetze's unveiling as a Bayern Munich player appears to have led to a falling out between major sportswear brands Nike and Adidas.

    Goetze, along with fellow new arrival Jan Kirchhoff, turned up to be presented at Bayern in Nike T-shirts - which violated an agreement that the club had with their club shirt sponsor Adidas.

    Not only do Adidas provide Bayern with their kit - they also own a 9.1% stake in the club.

    That led to a hasty apology from Bayern, with Adidas far from happy.

    "The pictures from today's press conference with Mario Gotze have negatively surprised us," said Adidas

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  • Euroleague teams to appear in NBA 2K14

    2K Sports and Euroleague Basketball have announced a multi-year global partnership that will see top teams from the Euroleague introduced into NBA 2K14 – the world's bestselling basketball computer game on Xbox and Playstation.

    This will mark the first time Euroleague teams have appeared in the NBA 2K series.

    Fourteen teams in total will be integrated as playable teams in NBA 2K14, allowing fans of European basketball to pit their local teams against the biggest teams from the NBA for the very first time.

    "We’re absolutely delighted to be able to welcome top Euroleague teams into the NBA 2K

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  • With so many stories around about sport stars doing stupid, selfish things, it is nice to report on the exact opposite.

    There are few more iconic figures in sport over the last 20 years than former LA Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal – his larger than life personality means he is one of those names known by everybody and not just fans of basketball.

    He produced some great moments on the court and was always known as a bit of a prankster and a colourful clown off it but he seems serious about his latest incredible act of generosity.

    While being inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Shaq

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  • The list of cities in the running for hosting each Olympic Games is usually pretty predictable. After all, there are not that many places in the world that have the resources, money and infrastructure to hold such a vast event.

    But there is a city that is hoping to be successful with a hugely ambitious and surprising potential bid for the 2024 Games.

    Yes, you guessed it - Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Not the big-hitting American rivals like Los Angeles, Boston and Dallas. No, Tulsa. Oklahoma.

    That's the 43rd biggest city in the United States bidding to host the world's greatest sporting event. To put

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  • Andre Villas-BoasAndre Villas-Boas

    Though just 35 years old, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says he will retire from football management within the next 10 years to live his dream of competing in the Dakar Rally.

    And judging by the conviction with which he speaks of the decision, it seems like this is a serious plan that he is committed to carrying out.

    From Sky Sports:

    "My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things," he is quoted as telling Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

    "For me, there is a limit and, in the next five to

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  • Toulon and Marseille have decided to take each other on in a battle-of-the-sports pre-season friendly. Which might just mean that Joey Barton could find himself in a line-up against 15 angry men...

    The rugby club and the football team will clash on July 17 at Toulon's Stade Mayol stadium.

    There will be a half of rugby, a half of football - although quite how an overall winner will be established is a bit less clear.

    As for the referees, who else would be appropriate than Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, and former France rugby head coach Marc Lievremont?

    The match, billed as 'Le choc'

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  • Lawyer issues Carlos Tevez prison sentence warning

    Carlos Tevez risks being handed a suspended prison sentence if he does not fulfil his community service order for motoring offences, lawyer Nick Freeman has warned.

    Tevez was this week sold by Manchester City to Juventus but the Argentinian striker, who has signed a three-year deal with the Italian giants, still has to complete the court order he was handed in April for driving while disqualified and without insurance.

    Although he has started to fulfil the 250 hours of unpaid work he was ordered to do by Macclesfield Magistrates Court, the vast majority is still outstanding.

    Tevez's legal

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  • Premier League match to be shown on freeview

    Sky Sports have announced that they are to show a Premier League football match free-to-air for the first time as their war for viewers with BT hots up.

    Sky will broadcast the match at 5:30pm on August 17 - the opening day of the season - and will also offer-up a Football League match at lunchtime on the same day.

    The fixtures they will broadcast have yet to be confirmed.

    Telecoms giant BT is launching a sports broadcasting service that aims to rival Sky in the summer having paid £738m for the rights to 38 Premier League matches a season in each of the next three years, and they have already

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