World of Sport

  • What's the best way to win a game of chance? Turn it into a game of certainty.

    That, a British casino is charging, is exactly what world-renowned poker player Phil Ivey did in winning £7.6 million — about $11.9 million — in one spectacular run of punto banco, a baccarat game. Crockfords is charging that Ivey observed tiny flaws in the game's cards, and used that knowledge to give the house a severe thrashing. As a result, the casino is refusing to pay, and Ivey has filed suit to receive his withheld winnings.

    Basically speaking, the idea in punto banco is for the player to draw two or three

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  • Whoops! Goalie throws ball into own net

    The Benny Hill music has never sounded so apt than when accompanied by this ridiculous video from Moldova.

    In a match against Rapid Ghidighici, Milsami-Ursidos’s keeper Radu Mitu came up with the ultimate howler as he inexplicably threw the ball into his own net.

    Mitu put a hand out apologetically after the incident in a casual manner which seemed to suggest he didn't actually think the goal was going to count.

    However, of course it did, and Milsami-Ursidos ended up losing the match 2-1.

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  • With the Copa del Rey final to be played this coming Friday, Real Madrid decided to rest a number of regulars during their match against Espanyol. Defender Fabio Coentrao was one of those players not selected for the match, yet he still took a seat on the bench anyway. When his teammates who were supposed to be there caught on to his mistake, they had Iker Casillas inform him. Coentrao gave him the blank stare of a kid who was just asked about a homework assignment he forgot to do before laughing at his error.

    Coentrao then went over to assistant manager Aitor Karanka to make sure everyone

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  • Controversial referee Enrique Osses, widely criticised for failing to send off immediately a player he booked twice in a match in February, has been picked to officiate at the Confederations Cup.

    El Salvador's Joel Aguilar who, together with the match delegate controversially allowed a World Cup qualifier to go ahead despite heavy snow in March, was also among the 10 referees named by FIFA on Monday.

    Osses, famous in his native Chile for his frequent use of red cards and his involvement in a number of stormy matches, was at the centre of a row following his handling of the Libertadores Cup

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  • Marian Hossa had a big night for the Chicago Blackhawks in their Game 5 victory over the Minnesota Wild on May 9, scoring twice as his club moved on to the second round. But as it turns out, his impact may have gone beyond that.

    Hossa's second period goal, which was a big one, as it pushed the Hawks' lead to three, may have induced labour in one fan. Midway through the middle frame, Donna Lebano, eight months pregnant, started having contractions.

    But the diehard Hawks fan wasn't going to miss an elimination game just to give birth to some baby.

    "No way was I leaving," Lebano said in a

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  • Van Bommel sees red in final match before retirement

    During an illustrious career that has lasted 21 seasons, Mark van Bommel has brought his uniquely aggressive brand of football to PSV, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Milan. Back with PSV this season, the 36-year-old midfielder played his 350th Eredivisie game on Sunday, which turned out to be a 3-1 loss at FC Twente.

    Even though he earned a straight red card in the 70th minute for a nasty challenge on opposing striker Dusan Tadić, Van Bommel announced his retirement with immediate effect after the game. It was the ninth dismissal of his career.

    Hence, the Dutchman successfully pulled a Zidane,

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  • Giro d’Italia: The story of the race so far

    Bradley Wiggins, a well-known mod and musician with a love for Paul Weller and new-wave punk rock, often plugs into his iPod when on the rollers, either warming down from a gruelling stage or getting into the zone ahead of a time trial.

    But it seems that Wiggo's iPod had Bon Jovi's best-selling album from the 80s, Slippery When Wet, stuck in a loop in a week which left the Team Sky leader very much Livin' On A Prayer.

    Having lost 17 seconds in stage four when held up by a crash in apocalyptic conditions in Serra San Bruno, Wiggo showed the descending ability of an in-form Michael Rasmussen

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  • Neil Lennon gives away SPL medal to young fan

    Neil Lennon stunned fans at Parkhead at the weekend as he gave away his Scottish Premier League winners' medal during Celtic's victory celebrations.

    The Celtic boss was parading round the pitch after Celtic's 4-0 thrashing of St Johnstone on Saturday afternoon, greeting fans who had stayed after the match to see the Hoops receive the league trophy for the second consecutive year.

    It was a grand gesture from the Celtic boss. Though considering that he already had six SPL medals back home, it may be that he'd just run out of space in his cabinet and couldn't face a trip to Ikea for a bigger

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  • Owen’s £55k car egged and floured by team-mates

    Michael Owen and his egged and floured Mercedes (PA/Twitter)

    Michael Owen's Stoke City team-mates gave him a slightly disturbing send-off ahead of his final home game before retirement.

    The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker found his car on Sunday morning utterly caked in flour and eggs - and immediately vowed via  Twitter to get back at the culprits.

    "It's a long week lads. Revenge is in the air!" Owen tweeted, adding that he believed Dean Whitehead, Glenn Whelan and Rob Huth were the most likely to have done it.

    Owen's £55,000 Mercedes C63  was so badly caked in muck that he was delayed getting to the Britannia Stadium. Not

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  • Bungling organisers of the Marathon of the North have been forced to apologise after 5,000 runners ended up running 264m short of marathon distance because of a blunder by race marshalls.

    Only the winner, Jake Harrison, completed the correct course in Sunderland.

    But Harrison had built up a sufficient lead of the race that the vehicles following him were out of sight.

    The second- and third-placed runners headed off in the wrong direction, and that meant that everyone thereafter did not complete the full distance.

    For those runners who fell short of the 26.2 mile route, it meant that all their

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