World of Sport

  • David Moyes's appointment as Manchester United's next manager has become the world's worst-kept secret.

    But even still, there is somebody at the Red Devils' press office who is set to be hauled over the coals for confirming what everybody already knows.

    The club has set up a Facebook page asking fans to submit personal messages of congratulation and welcome to Moyes on his appointment, despite the fact that he has not yet been appointed.

    You can see that page here, but the URL was obviously supposed to be a closely-guarded secret - until somebody at United's press office Tweeted it to their

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  • You know how it is - you live in South America and you see that Pele dummy and miss replayed and replayed and you think it can't possibly happen to me.

    It might not have been as high a profile match as that 1970 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Uruguay, but a top flight match in Argentina is still pretty big news.

    And that was the fate that befell Velez Sarsfeld striker Jonathan Copete on Sunday in the goal-less draw at Racing.

    Copete had done all the hard work, but scoring goals is his bread and butter isn't it....

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  • 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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