World of Sport

  • Gareth Bale becomes photographer for Real Madrid fan who prefers James Rodriguez

    The 25-year-old showed his versatility by becoming photographer for an eager Real supporter.

    Gareth Bale has endured an indifferent season at Real Madrid after starting his debut campaign so well.

    The Welshman received widespread criticism from Los Blancos supporters' following several subdued performances which coincided with poor results for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

    Bale, an £85.3 million signing from Tottenham, may be the most expensive footballer on the planet right now but it didn't stop Real supporters from picking their favourites upon the team's arrival at Sevilla on Saturday.

    Colombian winger James Rodriguez was asked to pose for a photo with an excited supporter who decided

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  • No one was expecting this man to invade Diving World Series final

    A man shocked the diving world by charging up to a platform and stealing the show.

    It may not be surprising to see a crazy man in his speedos jumping off a very high platform at the Diving World Series final, but in this case it really was.

    That's because the man in question was not a competitive diver at all, but rather a member of the audience who quite fancied having a go himself.

    It all sounds very fun, but actually the potential dangers of fans invading sports events do not need to be spelled out.

    The intruder evaded security at the London Aquatics Centre, ran up to the platform and executed a solid pencil jump in front of a stunned audience.

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  • Arsenal fans celebrate St Totteringham's Day

    May 4, 2015: the day Arsenal made sure they would finish above Tottenham for the 20th season in a row

    Happy St. Totteringham's Day, Arsenal fans!Happy St. Totteringham's Day, Arsenal fans!

    It’s official: Arsenal will finish above Tottenham in the Premier League for the 20th consecutive season.

    Their 3-1 victory at Hull City carried them onto 70 points in the table, meaning that Spurs (58) can’t catch their north London rivals in their remaining three matches.

    Such is the regularity of the event, Gunners fans have branded this special annual day ‘St Totteringham's Day’.

    And Arsenal fans did not disappoint on social media after the clash:

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  • Collin Quaner scores incredible heel-volley own goal

    At least the VfR Aalen man managed to see the funny side…

    Collin Quaner lifted his heel up above his head, connected with the ball and watched his improvised volley fly into the top corner.

    It was a memorable finish from the VfR Aalen man, who will probably never score a better goal in his career.

    But there was one tiny problem: he had inadvertantly sent the ball into his own net.

    Quite what he was doing waving his foot in the sky remains to be seen, but we're glad he did. A definite contender for own goal of the season.

    Quaner’s awkward moment contributed to his side's 4-2 defeat to VfL Bochum in Bundesliga 2. Still, as you'll see from the video

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  • Final proof that Cristiano Ronaldo is a very, very nice man indeed

    The Portugal and Real Madrid star often gets a bad press for his perceived arrogance - but the evidence is stacking up to shatter that conception.

    Ronaldo's infamous celebrationRonaldo's infamous celebration

    The picture above says it all: Cristiano Ronaldo, the preening prima donna more interested in showing himself off than in being a good footballer and a decent man.

    And it's easy to see where it comes from. The goal celebration above wasn't a man cheering after a length-of-the-pitch run finished with a wonderful strike; it was a piece of outrageous gloating after slotting home a penalty in the death throes of a match that had already been comfortably won.

    Rather than celebrate with team-mates, Ronaldo made the moment about himself, running away from the men who are behind his glory, posing for

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  • Half-naked man rescued after being found dangling from basketball hoop

    A shirtless man was helped down by police in Seattle after being found just hanging around.

    When you're a policeman in America, you probably expect to come across all sorts of things.

    People shooting at you.

    Car chases.

    But it's probably fair to say that semi-naked men hanging from basketball hoops are not on your radar.

    Yet that's what met officers of Seattle's police force when they were called to attend an incident in the city's Cal Anderson park.

    Just another regular weekend in America...

    There

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  • Makes You Think: Louis van Gaal is a genius - and Michael Carrick could replace Xavi

    Alexander Netherton praises Louis van Gaal for keeping Manchester United's powder dry in the run-in, but fears Michael Carrick could leave.

    Louis van GaalLouis van Gaal

    Like your football opinions hard-hitting, ill-thought-out and ceaselessly xenophobic? Good. You're in the right place. Because ALEX NETHERTON is here to SHOUT the FACTS the others don't even have the BALLS to whisper. This is a spoof.

    It was a wonderful weekend. Steven Gerrard finally got his fairytale. Having missed a penalty, against QPR, who will soon be relegated, he remained unbowed. He was determined to finish the match in the way he, his club, his city and his country deserved. There was a Royal Baby to welcome, and Gerrard was going to pay tribute to this wonderful moment with his

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  • Watch: Guto guilty of a horrendous penalty miss in Chinese league

    Guto was responsible for this awful penalty for Chongqing Lifan against Shandong Luneng.

    The art of taking a penalty, in its most basic form, is pretty uncomplicated: run and kick it hard in the back of the net.

    If you leather it hard enough and the keeper saves it, then that’s unlucky, but you’ve at least got the basic concept.

    Elaborations, though, are risky.

    If you are Lionel Messi or Andrea Pirlo then a Panenka is fine. If you are Jermaine Jenas, it is not.

    And if you stutter in the run-up , you have to then go on to bury your effort from 12 yards. Otherwise you are going to look pretty stupid.

    Especially if you balloon your shot miles over the bar, just as Guto did for

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  • BS Detector: Floyd Mayweather LOST to Manny Pacquiao. Or did he?

    Everyone who watched the fight knows full well that Mayweather won fair and square in the fight of the century at the MGM Grand this weekend. Well, ALMOST everyone.

    Mayweather v Pacquiao Mayweather v Pacquiao

    WHAT'S THE STORY?

    In the history of boxing there have been few fights as eagerly awaited as Saturday night's clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    So the fact that it didn't turn out as planned was, naturally, a huge disappointment to many fans.

    But while Pacquiao himself took defeat on the chin - not to mention the torso, arms, face, and pretty much everywhere else - some of his fans just refused to see the truth. So much so that a group on the internet have clubbed together to form a truly insane conspiracy theory. 

    GO ON, THEN, WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

    The judges, they claim,

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  • Watch: Ronaldinho booked for hilariously bad dive for Queretaro

    Ronaldinho might be a legendary player, but this was worthy of a pub match.

    Ronaldinho might be one of the most extravagantly talented players of all time but in his 35 years on this earth he has clearly never learned how to dive properly.

    The legendary Brazilian was booked this weekend for a frankly embarrassing attempt to con a referee when playing for Queretaro in the Mexican Liga MX.

    Ronaldinho spotted a chance to launch a quick counter-attack against Morelia and nicked the ball past an opponent, but chucked himself to ground in hilarious fashion.

    Ronaldinho's hilarious diveRonaldinho's hilarious dive

    The playmaker did score in his side’s 2-1 victory but the abiding memory will be this appalling piece of simulation.

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