World of Sport

  • Fredrik Semb Berge on the ball. (Morten Tollefsen/odd.no)

    Norway's record lottery winner has splashed some of his prize money on a 25 per cent share of a footballer so that his struggling local club can hold on to the defender.

    Yngvar Borgesen, who recently won more than 102m Norwegian crowns (£11.5m) on the Eurojackpot lottery, put up 2.5m crowns (£282,000) so that Odd Grenland could keep their promising defender Fredrik Semb Berge, according to the newspaper Verdens Gang.

    "I sat and thought about what I could do locally, and the answer was Odd. They have a good profile and mean a lot for the local community," Borgesen told the newspaper.

    Odd

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  • Well, this is incredibly unfortunate.

    This is one very unfortunate yearbook ad — imgur

    In an ad that was intended to bring good cheer to a graduating senior (or 8th grader, it’s hard to tell), a baseball player’s family dug up a photo of his time playing for his Little League All-Star squad.

    The shot is inconspicuous enough, with the unnamed player in question trotting around the bases with a couple nice smears of eye black while a distressed foe in the background holds his hands on his head. It’s a nice remembrance of a moment of glory.

    There was just one problem: The phrase the family chose to honour their son (and brother) had a wee

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  • Romanian goalkeeper ‘does a Suarez’

    Where have we seen this before? A Romanian keeper is in hot water after being caught on camera BITING an opponent.

    The incident came in a crazy match between Petrolul Ploiesti and Gaz Metan Medias in which six players were sent off.

    In the 65th minute of the game, Petrolul Ploiesti keeper Mircea Bornescu channelled his inner-Luis Suarez by clearly biting into Tha'er Al Bawab's upper arm after being unhappy with how long the Gaz Metan Medias striker had spent on the ground 'injured.'

    Al Bawab responded by punching Bornescu in the face and both players received their marching orders.

    Petrolul

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  • Former Chelsea and Juventus striker Adrian Mutu was so moved by the story of a newborn baby being found trapped in a sewage pipe that he wants to adopt the child.

    Like most of the Western world, Romania star Mutu, who now plays for French side Ajaccio, was captivated by the news that 'Baby 59' was successfully freed from a 10cm-wide sewage pipe after being flushed down the toilet just after his birth.

    The 34-year-old told Romanian TV channel ProTV that he would do everything in his power to adopt the child.

    "I couldn't figure out how to carry on living, how to eat my breakfast when I saw this

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  • "The weather was good, everything was great. Only the result was s**t." - Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp puts his feelings into words after losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Wembley.

    "I'll keep signing him until he's nearly 50 or 60, if he keeps putting the ball in the net." Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is keen to judge Kevin Phillips on form rather than age after the 39-year-old scored the winning goal against Watford in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

    "In my opinion, Gary has the support of the majority at the club - unlike previous managers,

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  • Ronaldo sidelined as Real Madrid show off new kit

    With little to note about the new design of Real Madrid's home kit, the attention turned to the players whose dubious honour it was to model the latest version of the famous all-white strip.

    Besides the fact that the manufacturers triumphantly declared that the new kit 'featured bits of orange', the main talking point regarding the release on Thursday was which stars were wearing what.

    Most notably, Cristiano Ronaldo was confined to a slotting in down the side of a shot as five players - led by second-choice goalkeeper under Jose Mourinho, Iker Casillas - strode towards a camera with a fake

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  • The Sofia derby had more at stake than usual this weekend, as Levski went into it against Slavia needing to win to seal the Bulgarian title.

    But 74 minutes into the match an astonishing own goal from Dimitar Vezalov (found at 1:05) in the video above), levelled the score at 1-1 and left Levski dependent on other results.

    Ludogorets Razgrad won their game, and took the title with it for a second straight year.

    The result clearly devastated Levski players – but it was a Slavia Sofia player who seemed to take it hardest.

    In extraordinary claims from the Slavia president, Venteslav Stefanov, the

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  • Franck Ribery shocks public with hilarious prank

    Football stars are frequently referred to being in the ‘shop window’ ahead of a potential transfer, but Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery took this all too literally.

    Fresh from winning the Champions League with the Bavarian giants, Ribery decided to stand in a shop window, posing as a still model of himself.

    Unprepared members of the public were left shocked and terrified as the Frenchman jumped at them while roaring at the top of his voice.

    It all amounted to a pretty hilarious prank from the forward as he swiftly returned to standing dead still, awaiting his next victim.

    Who knew

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  • Luis Suarez: An apology

    Luis, news of your interview in South America has reached these shores, and we are horrified to hear that the British press are so mean to you that you feel you can no longer stay and play your football here.

    You’re right. Thinking about it, the press has been jolly unkind.

    How about the time that they called you a diver? That wasn’t very nice, was it? Sorry about that.

    The press had no business discussing those contentious falls of yours, nor carrying the following quote, given by one Luis Suarez (presumably no relation):

    “I was accused of falling inside the box in a match, and it’s true I did it

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  • Photo - @MessiMinutes on Twitter

    Even before Mark Hughes had taken over at Stoke City, the protests were underway against his appointment.

    A fan, who spoke to the BBC and wanted to be known only as 'Carl', spent £50 on a sign which he put on the back of his van before parking the vehicle outside Stoke's Britannia Stadium.

    The sign simply read: 'Hughes Out!'

    Hughes, who has had Premier League jobs at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR, does not appear to be a popular choice as Tony Pulis's replacement. Pulis left the club after seven years in charge, during which he took them into the top flight and kept them

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