World of Sport

  • Player scores amazing free kick from own half

    He might be
    an unknown defender playing for a mid-table side in the Northern Ireland Premiership, but Johnny Black has suddenly found himself one of the most famous footballers
    in the world.

    The Coleraine
    left-back's new-found fame is due to an incredible goal he scored at the
    weekend during his side's 4-3 victory Portadown at Ballycastle Road.

    With his
    side trailing 1-0 in the 18th minute, Black stepped up to take a free kick from
    inside his own half.

    But rather
    than try to find one of his team-mates, the 23-year-old spotted the opposition keeper
    slightly off his line - and he decided to

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  • Kettering players sent-off for fighting each other

    Kettering Town players Moses Ashikodi and Jean-Paul Marna were both sent-off for fighting each other on the pitch during their 5-3 Blue Square Premier defeat to Hayes & Yeading.

    Kettering were awarded a penalty in the last minute of the match at their home ground of Nene Park while trailing 5-2, and both Ashikodi and Marna argued over who should take it.

    Ashikodi eventually took the spot kick but it was saved by Hayes keeper Delroy Preddie and then from the resulting corner Marna scored.

    As the players returned to the centre-circle. the two forwards restarted their argument and the whole

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  • Six sent off following underpants row

    A youth game descended
    into farce after Bath City's youth team had five players and their manager sent
    off following a row about underpants.

    Darren Adie, refereeing
    the contest against Newport County, contentiously ruled that some of the Bath
    team's underwear contravened the official rules.

    The FA's rule 4 says "if thermal
    undershorts are worn, they are of the same main colour as the shorts."

    Several players fell foul
    of the ruling, wearing white pants which were visible under the club's red
    shorts.

    That said, the match was
    20 minutes old before the issue came to a head.

    Defender Billy Cooper

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  • Keys and Gray’s bizarre YouTube channel pulled

    Shamed Sky Sports
    presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray's bizarre new YouTube channel has been
    pulled after just a few days online after attracting minimal traffic.

    The Mirror reports that
    their thoughts from a video posted a week ago had attracted just 517 views in
    five days.

    A sexism row, which
    began with some off-air comments about assistant referee Sian Massey, cost
    Keys and Gray their jobs.

    Keys and Gray have been
    presenting a radio show on TALKsport since then, but their turn on YouTube
    represents the first time they have been seen on-screen together thereafter.

    However, if it was

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  • Pampered
    prisoners in a South Wales jail have lodged a formal complaint because they
    only have one of the four Sky Sports channels.

    The inmates reportedly believe that their human rights
    are being violated because they are only able to see Sky Sports 1 and cannot follow key games shown on the
    company's other channels.

    One officer
    at Category B prison HMP Parc in Bridgend told The Telegraph, "They can spend all day watching Sky Sports 1. But
    they're hacked off because they don't have Sky Sports 2 and 3. They've been
    moaning it is a breach of their human rights.

    "Some have even talked about

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  • Sights and scenes at the Singapore Grand Prix

    An absorbing Singapore Grand Prix was matched by the scenes around the race.

    Although Sebastian Vettel took another commanding victory for Red Bull, the unique feel of the night race saw some remarkable scenes.

    Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher were both responsible for causing controversy, with the Brit leaving an enraged Felipe Massa squaring up to him after the race, while the German was reprimanded for his smash with Sergio Perez.

    And, as ever, there were the grid girls to focus on for the more casual viewer...

    For all those who spent the Singapore Grand Prix wondering 'Who's the

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  • Top 10 sporting ailments

    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was forced out of a Europa League game in Kiev when his face swelled up following an allergic reaction to the pitch.

    Balotelli, 20, eventually came off in the 57th minute after being over a minute late coming out for the second half with City losing 2-0 to Dynamo Kiev in the last-16 first leg game. He appeared in some distress and was constantly rubbing his face before being replaced by Carlos Tevez.

    Manager Roberto Mancini said: "Mario had an allergy, I don't know what, his face was swollen, I don't know why. He wanted to play in the second half but he

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  • ’50 years younger and I’d kick your ass’

    In this week's quotes of the week we start
    off with a spat that put boxing on the back pages, marvel at FIFA's ability to
    shoot themselves in the foot, get to grips with a US president's underwear, and
    wonder what on earth a growler might be...

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    The fight after the fight

    Veteran broadcaster Larry Merchant, 80, took Floyd
    Mayweather Junior
    to task after the 34-year-old
    had controversially knocked down Victor Ortiz to secure a fourth-round
    stoppage.

    Mayweather Jnr:  "You don't never give me a fair shake. So
    I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I'm through. Put somebody else
    up

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  • Outrage over 8-year-old cage fighters

    A controversial cage fighting event which included children as young as eight has prompted a barrage of criticism and outrage.

    The British Cage Fighting Association have described the parents who allowed their children to participate as "morons" following footage of the bouts being posted on the internet.

    At one stage, one of the schoolboy fighters taking part is shown breaking down in tears at the event, staged at the Greenlands New Labour Social Club in Preston.

    Lancashire police have now said they will investigate whether children were put at risk as a result of taking part in the event.

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  • Messi’s special celebration for 11-year-old

    Anyone who watched Barcelona's 8-0 victory over Osasuna last weekend might have noticed a rather odd celebration from Lionel Messi after he scored the opening goal of the match.

    Messi did his traditional celebration of lifting his hands to the sky but he then followed that up by seemingly inexplicably slapping his thighs.

    However, there was good reason why Messi did what he did - it was a special signal he had worked out with an 11-year-old boy from Morocco named Soufian to show that he was dedicating the goal especially to him.

    Soufian lost both of his legs due to the rare genetic

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