World of Sport

  • Brooklyn Beckham joins QPR academy

    Queens Park Rangers have been criticised for splashing the cash on expensive signings - but their latest capture has not cost a penny and comes with pretty good genes.

    The recently relegated club have snapped up Brooklyn Beckham for their academy side, according to the Daily Mail, as he looks to shoulder the family's football hopes after his father's retirement last weekend.

    It is quite a coup for Rangers, who may have expected the young Beckham to join a Premier League side.

    His dad, of course, will forever be associated with Manchester United in this country - while Brooklyn himself is said

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  • Barca offer up ‘Homage to Catalonia’ with new kits

    The home and away kits that Barcelona will wear next season have been unveiled, revealing a take on tradition.

    La Blaugrana will maintain blue and red colouring for the home jersey, as well as switching back for next season to a regular and more traditional striped pattern, with a yellow V-shaped collar marked out. The shorts and socks are blue, with the socks including yellow detailing.

    The away style, as reported as far back as last September, adopts the colours and design of the Senyera, the flag that represents four of Spain’s autonomous communities - Catalonia, Aragon, Valencia and the

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  • Woodwork denies Liverpool Champions League place


    There are three kind of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. But these bunch of stats from our friends at Opta certainly make for interesting reading.

    Suppose every shot that hit the woodwork this season had counted as a goal, the Premier League table would have taken on a very different look.

    Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been partying hard thinking of the Champions League next term and the riches it bring rather than the slightly impoverished Europa League.

    Andre Villas-Boas's side would have finished third in the Premier League table with 76 points netting 83 goals if not for those

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  • Arda Turan shaves his head to celebrate Atletico triumph

    Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan decided to shave his head after his side's 2-1 win over local rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

    Turkey international Turan had promised to shave his head before the match if his side could overcome the odds to upset Jose Mourinho's men.

    Joao Miranda thumped home an extra-time winner as Atletico Madrid secured a 2-1 win over Real Madrid to claim Copa Del Rey glory in a fiery final that saw both Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo sent off.

    The Brazilian defender headed in a 99th-minute cross to clinch a first victory over Los Blancos since 1999 and

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  • A football fan has bought 700 West Bromwich Albion programmes marking Sir Alex Ferguson's final match as Manchester United manager.

    West Brom published a 144-page programme to mark the occasion - the biggest produced for fixture in England.

    The match programme contains a 40-page tribute to the legendary Scot with 5,000 sold online on Friday before Sunday's match.

    One fan bought 700 copies for £2,800 at a cost of £4 each. Another shelled out £1,200 for three copies. 20,000 copies were printed for the momentous match.

    The game ended in an astonishing 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns.

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  • Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey bus that was never used


    Real Madrid were understandably confident going into Friday's Copa del Rey final.

    Atletico Madridhad not beaten them in over a decade and Jose Mourinho had to win in order to avoid the first season of his top-flight career without a trophy. But then Mourinho was sent off. And so was Cristiano Ronaldo. And Atletico ended up winning the Copa del Rey in extra time.

    As a result, Real Madrid didn't get to use their customized open-topped bus, which was spotted in the city on its lonely trip back to the garage.

    Atletico did use their bus as they paraded through the streets on Friday, though. Here

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  • Is this the stupidest red card of all time?

    A player in Thailand earned himself an early bath when he made the eminently sensible decision to take off his shorts and put them on his head.

    Yes, that is sarcasm.

    In perhaps the most idiotic goal celebration of all time - given that he was already on a yellow card - Muang Thong's Mario Djurovski then struck a pose in front of a stand full of celebrating fans.

    When the referee arrived, he began the process of restoring the shorts to their rightful place. It was too late, however - a second booking and red card followed.

    The midfielder turned away in disbelief, but he would have the last

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  • Canadian singer Alexis Normand says she's "embarrassed" after a video of her performing the United States national anthem without knowing the words went viral.

    The jazz vocalist had been asked to sing before an ice hockey clash between the Halifax Mooseheads and the Portland Winterhawks.

    Struggling through her performance, Normand could no longer remember the words by the third line, and only the crowd stepping in helped get through the rendition.

    Players from the Winterhawks, a US-based side, made little attempt to conceal their amusement.

    Normand tried to take the incident in good spirits,

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  • Incredible 80-yard lacrosse goal

    World of Sport has brought you some amazing goals - but never one from 80 yards out.

    Exclusively the domain of girls in Britain, lacrosse is a popular macho sport in American high schools and colleges - Stiffler from American Pie was a dab hand at it, as was his dopey mate Oz.

    But WoS bets they never scored a goal like this.

    Defenseman Stefan Bergman brought fame to La Salle College High School recently when, in a match against Haverford in the 2013 Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival, he unleashed hell from fully 80 yards out - almost behind his own goal, in fact.

    The Haverford goalie didn't

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  • New England shirt resembles West Germany 1966 kit

    The new England kit was revealed by Jack Wilshere on Twitter - but just moments after it appeared online it was being compared by fans to Germany's.

    Most likened it to the classic 1966 kit that West Germany wore when they infamously lost 4-2 to England in the World Cup final.

    Arsenal midfielder Wilshere had been the first to tweet an image (above) to the newest England kit, made by Nike for the first time and emblazoned with a logo to celebrate 150 years of the Football Association.

    "Like this kid," Wilshere wrote, "my England dream began here, so he was first in #theshirt."

    The switch to

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