World of Sport

  • Greatest ever pitch invaders

    The all-pink pitch invader at Sunderland this weekend has sparked a few fond memories of other times when the arenas of the stars have been interrupted by unlikely fans.

    We run down seven of our all-time favourites.

    1.Pink suit man, Sunderland v Aston Villa, October 2010

    Sunderland's match against Aston Villa at the weekend was livened up by the fan who invaded the pitch dressed in a skin-tight, bright pink bodysuit.

    The hosts won the match 1-0 thanks to a brilliantly-timed strike from Richard Dunne; unfortunately for the Villa defender, his crisp shot put the ball into the back of his own

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  • Meet the unbeatable robot goalkeeper

    It is not as if the Germans need any more help winning penalty shoot-outs but they have now gone and built a robot who seemingly cannot be beaten from 12 yards out.

    'RoboKeeper' was developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund and since 2008 has been touring around the country amazing those who fancy themselves from the spot.

    As you can see in the video below, even those with bullet strikes can find no way past this unique goalkeeping talent who cannot be stopped.

    According to the RoboKeeper website: "Two cameras recognize the complete ballistic curve of

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  • Striker misses open goal from five yards

    Irish footballer Sean Stewart has entered the annals of footballing history by producing an incredible miss from just a few yards away.

    The St Patrick Athletic striker was delivered an inch-perfect pass in the final moments of his side's Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final against Athlone Town, presenting the unmarked forward with an open goal from inside the six-yard box.

    But incredibly Stewart managed to bungle the chance, pulling his effort across the face of goal and missing at the far post.

    The whistle blew just moments later - but, luckily for Stewart, St Pat's were already a comfortable

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  • Real Betis coach to release mystery novel

    Real Betis coach Pepe Mel has an unusual way of relaxing when he is not occupied with coaching the La Liga side - writing mystery novels.

    The 48-year-old presented his first book 'The Liar' on Thursday, which recounts the adventures of a millionaire antiques collector who clashes with the Vatican while hunting for stolen manuscripts.

    "What I most love about writing is the process of preparing for it," Mel, whose side play Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday, told a news conference.

    "The novel's plot reflects my passions, the everyday things I like," he added.

    "It helps me to relax and

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  • Is this the luckiest goal ever scored?

    An Italian footballer has scored a surefire contender for the flukiest goal of all time.

    The mystery player was taking part in a reserve match when straight from kick-off he managed to dispossess an opponent and break towards goal.

    But just as he was shaping to shoot, a boisterous challenge from behind robbed him of his balance - and he tripped over the ball.

    As he fell to the floor, however, something incredible happened: the ball connected with his trailing heel and was sent on a perfect trajectory to lob the hapless keeper before bouncing into the net.

    What the player did next was as

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  • Tottenham star ‘got booked to attend party’

    Rafael van der Vaart's former manager has claimed that the Tottenham star once deliberately got suspended so he could attend his wife's birthday party.

    Huub Stevens, who was in charge of German club Hamburg in 2008 when Van der Vaart was there, makes the claim in a new book.

    Before a game against Duisberg, Stevens told his assistant to expect Van der Vaart to get his fifth yellow card of the season in the match as the next one clashed with his wife Sylvie's 30th.

    "Van der Vaart is equally aware of his fifth yellow card. His wife Sylvie is celebrating her 30th birthday, and he wants to be

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  • Chelsea fans hack Man Utd call centre

    A group of Chelsea supporters hacked into Manchester United's telephone system at the weekend in order to taunt their rival fans.

    Callers who phoned Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon were stunned to hear a group of Chelsea fans chanting 'We are the champions' in place of the usual message explaining that the offices would be closed for the weekend.

    "I couldn't believe my ears," one fan told the Daily Mirror. "I thought they worked all weekend but instead all I got was 'We are the champions' from a bunch of Chelsea supporters."

    An Old Trafford source confirmed that the breach had taken place -

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  • Greyhound trainer ‘gave his dogs Viagra’

    A court has been told how a greyhound trainer fed his dogs Viagra so that they would run faster in races.

    Anthony Fowler, a 61-year-old from Stockton-on-Tees, also ejected the steroid nandrolone into dogs as a boost and then gave them cannabis when he wanted to them to lose.

    Fowler is being prosecuted by the RSPCA who were contracted by police after Fowler admitted to giving his dogs drugs when being questioned about selling cannabis.

    He told police the dogs would "run their heads off" if given the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

    John Ellwood, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said in court:

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  • Marathon man disqualified for taking bus

    A man who finished third in a marathon was disqualified for taking a bus to the finishing line.

    Rob Sloan produced an impressive time of 2:51:00 to finish third in the Kielder Marathon but things were not quite as they seemed.

    After being spotted by a number witnesses, Sloan finally admitted that he started to feel tired after 20 miles of the 26.2 mile race, so he decided to hop on a bus that was carrying spectators to the finish.

    He then hid behind a tree and waited for the first two runners to come through, before rejoining the race in time to pick up the bronze medal for third.


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  • ‘Unemployed’ footballer escapes driving ban

    German international Thomas Hitzlsperger has escaped a driving ban after being caught speeding at 107mph because he is currently 'unemployed'.

    Hitzlsperger, who is said to have earned £45,000 a week at West Ham last season and has over £1 million in savings, successfully argued in court that he needed to have a car if he was to find a new club.

    Instead he paid a £750 fine, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after being clocked doing the speed in his Range Rover on the 70mph limit A14 in Suffolk in April.

    His lawyer Craig Harris told the court: "It's the first time in all of his career

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