World of Sport

  • Paddy Crerand might be a Manchester United great, he's even a pundit on MUTV, but such lofty positions obviously don't allow you the inside track on what's going on in the corridors of power at Old Trafford.

    Crerand, never one to hide his light under a bushel, appeared on Irish radio station Newstalk on Wednesday morning and was vehement in his denial that Sir Alex Ferguson was to resign as manager of Manchester United.

    The former Scotland international midfielder was so infuriated by the suggestion, that he was extremely vociferous in his denials and even went as far as to question the

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  • The use of tear gas to disperse crowds is not an uncommon one, particularly in the seemingly lawless world of South American football.

    European fans have had to deal with their fair share as well - indeed it's almost a regular occurrence in continental Europe when some of the big boys play.

    However, nobody could have imagined that it would be necessary in an U14 Turkish football Championship match.

    Events unfolded when Bursaspor scored the third goal during extra time of their Cup match against İkitellispor.

    The Ikitellispor players objected to the goal, five of them were red carded but that,

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  • After all the trophies and the longevity and the fearsome reputation, one of the things Sir Alex Ferguson is best known for is 'Fergie Time'.

    That extra bit of added time at the end of a match that always seemed to last just long enough for Manchester United to find a goal when they needed it most.

    Dismissed as a myth and adopted as a running joke, statisticians have found that there might have been something to 'Fergie Time' after all.

    But now, as Sir Alex retires after an astounding 26 years in charge of Man United, 'Fergie Time' takes its most real and commercial form yet.

    Following Ferguson's announcement, Nando's chicken restaurants announced that nine of their Manchester locations would stay open an extra five minutes Wednesday night in his honour.

    Other restaurants in the Trafford shopping centre reportedly followed suit.

    From the Nando's website:

    So, after 26 years in charge, Sir Alex Ferguson is finally calling it a day at Manchester United. Now he can spend time enjoying the finer things in life – golf, extended holidays, and helpings of PERi-PERi chicken.

    And what better way to celebrate the legend that is Sir Alex, by keeping our Manchester restaurants open for an extra five minutes this evening. We’re calling it #NandosFergieTime.

    And that's how you do that.

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  • ‘Youse are all f*****g idiots!’ – Sir Alex in quotes

    Sir Alex Ferguson might have announced his retirement but his legacy will last considerably longer than the 26 years he spent in charge at Old Trafford. It's not just the trophies that Fergie will be remembered for though. Infamous for his withering put-downs to journalists, and fierce loyalty to his players, the man from Govan has had plenty to say whilst building his dynasty.

    Here we look at some of the quotes that have made Ferguson compulsive viewing during his time at Old Trafford.


    "My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was

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  • Has Alex Ferguson been forced to retire?

    The announcement of Alex Ferguson's retirement came as a huge surprise to the world of football.

    But even as fans' tears were flowing, some were already beginning to question the timing of the announcement: has the legendary Manchester United manager had his hand forced early in order to get Jose Mourinho in as his successor?

    Ferguson has openly talked about his retirement for some years now, though for as long as anyone can remember he has referred to it as being two or three years away.

    Yet the time has now come - and the game is reeling. But what about the timing?

    Is it simply a case of

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  • Gareth Bale has filed an application with the Intellectual Property Office to trademark a logo featuring the heart-shaped hand gesture that he does after scoring goals.

    It's an odd move, considering the fact that Bale was far from the first player to do it, but to distinguish his trademark request from any others who might have the same idea, he included his No. 11 in the center of the heart-shaped space between the two hands.

    Here's the application and the proposed logo...

    From this, we can see that Bale has his eyes on some potential merchandising opportunities, including jewellery,

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  • Messi-inspired designer watch to be auctioned for charity

    Fans of World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will have a chance to see a watch designed for him as a fundraiser on 9-10 May at Sotheby’s, shortly before it goes on auction on 11 May as part of the auction house’s spring Important Watches sale.

    The No.10 Royal Oak Chronograph Leo Messi was designed with his collaboration. It is a 41 mm chronograph in platinum, the 10th watch produced by Audemars Piguet in a limited series of 100 dedicated to the player.

    The watch is lot 110 in the sale as a nod to Leo Messi’s number 10 shirt number for both Barcelona and Argentina, and the winning bidder will

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  • Keeper dives onto post, knocks himself out cold

    Lokeren's visit to Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League on Sunday was barely five minutes old when goalkeeper Boubacar Barry dived to save a shot from Colombian striker Carlos Bacca and hit his head on the goalpost.

    The Ivorian was out cold for a couple of minutes but was stirring when paramedics stretchered him from the field.

    According to Belgian news site, Barry suffered a concussion but was later discharged from hospital.

    He was replaced between the sticks by his Serbian understudy Jugoslav Lazic, who was unable to stop Club Brugge emerging as 2-1 victors.

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  • Record smashed for longest ever continuous football match

    How did you spend your bank holiday weekend? Well, 36 footballers in Stretford spent theirs setting a new world record for the longest ever continuous football match.

    How long, you ask? 72 - yes, seventy two - hours!

    The previous record for an 11-a-side game stood at a paltry 62 hours, but that was ripped up as a Stockport sales manager and his friends raised £25,000 for the Francis House Children's Hospice.

    Nick Rose and his brothers-in-arms spent a full three days on the field in what was a quite monumental match with a staggering 1065 goals scored.

    Indeed, it was perhaps fitting that he

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    Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano's five children have filed an injunction to prevent their 86-year-old father marrying a Costa Rican woman 50 years his junior.

    One of the greatest players of all time, Argentina-born Di Stefano told El Mundo newspaper at the weekend he planned to wed 36-year-old Gina Gonzalez "because I want to and I have been a widower for eight years".

    Di Stefano, now honorary Real president, acknowledged his children might be against the marriage and they have filed papers at a Madrid court to have him declared mentally and physically incapable.

    They also want to

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