World of Sport

  • Man City still top of spending league

    Manchester City, the
    world's richest club, and Paris St Germain, owned by wealthy Qataris, spent the
    most money in the transfer window as they pursued their quest to turn riches
    into silverware by splashing the cash.

    And despite new regulations forcing club in European competition to balance their books, the Premier League has set a new spending record in 2011.

    Research by Deloitte's shows that Premier League clubs have spent an estimated £710 million this year, with £225m being splashed out in the January transfer window and £485m being  spent over the summer.

    That smashes the previous

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  • Blackburn stars in hilarious chicken ad

    A video has been leaked on the internet of the Blackburn Rovers team appearing in a hilarious advert for Venky's chicken.

    The cheesy advert shows most of the team's players playfully fighting over the chicken made by the company that owns the club.

    Venky's became the first Indian company to own a Premier League club when they purchased Rovers for £54 million last November.

    One of their first actions was to surprisingly fire Sam Allardyce as manager saying they expected the club to challenge for the top five on a limited budget, only to then go and back replacement Steve Kean despite the club

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  • Pole vaulter’s pole snaps during jump

    A Russian pole
    vaulter's hopes of gold were left in tatters at the World Championships in
    Daegu when his pole snapped during the final.

    Russia's Dmitry
    Starodubtsev was going along well in the early stages of the final when his
    pole snapped as he attempted 5.75m, sending him flying awkwardly into the mat.

    The
    accident left him clutching his hand in pain, and unable to continue in pursuit
    of a medal.

    Then, almost
    unbelievably, the exact same thing happened to his fellow competitor Jan
    Kudlicka of Czech Republic at the same height.

    Poland's Pawel
    Wojciechowski ended up winning the competition

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  • Hargreaves sets up YouTube fitness channel

    A surefire
    contender for the most injury-prone footballer in the Premier League has
    launched an internet video channel showing people how to get fit.

    Former Manchester
    United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has played just 10 minutes of football in the last
    three years after a string of debilitating injuries, but that has not stopped
    the Canadian-born star from setting up a fitness video channel on YouTube.

    The former England
    and Bayern Munich star shows off a series of fitness exercises on the web page,
    including running through cones, working on a plastic sliding board and
    performing exercises

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  • ‘Pfffff… come on Jack’

    Our look at the week of sport in quotes takes us into the dench world of Emmanuel Frimpong, the angry world of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the inspirational world of 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius.

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    "@JackWilshere:
    Good luck to my friend @Nanas08 (mr Nasri) learnt a lot from him. World class
    player! Will be missed!" Jack Wilshere bids adieu to former Arsenal team-mate Samir Nasri on Twitter.

    "Pffffff comeon Jack" - Emmanuel Frimpong doesn't feel quite the same way, and becomes a Twitter sensation at a stroke.

    "@piersmorgan
    Loooool You're annoying and at the same time funny Have you ever put

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  • Yankees star to honeymoon in Afghanistan

    A New York
    Yankees superstar is to spend his honeymoon in Afghanistan.

    Outfielder
    Nick Swisher and his new wife, actress Joanna Garcia, have eschewed the normal beach
    paradise choices and will visit US troops in the war-torn country.

    The pair got
    married in December, but were forced to put their honeymoon on hold due to
    their work schedules.

    Now that
    the end of the baseball season is in sight they have finally managed to plan their
    first trip away together - and Afghanistan is their choice.

    "I
    come from a military family," the $9m-a-year Swisher explained to the New
    York Post.

    "No
    matter what

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  • Would City’s reserves beat Arsenal’s first team?

    Samir
    Nasri's transfer from Arsenal to Manchester City gave a stark illustration of
    the financial gulf between the two clubs.

    With
    Arsenal unable to persuade the Frenchman to sign a new contract, City swooped
    in with a megabucks deal that increased the pressure on Gunners' boss Arsene
    Wenger.

    Following
    Cesc Fabregas's departure, the question is no longer how Arsenal measure up to
    City, but whether they are even better than City's second XI.

    Let's
    take a position-by-position look:

    Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny (youth team) v Costel Pantilimon
    (loan)

    Arsenal have Poland's No.1 in goal, while

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  • Gerrard voted ‘hottest player’ by gay men

    Gay men in the UK have voted Liverpool's Steven Gerrard the' hottest player' in the Premier League after an online poll.

    Gerrard won the voted conducted by Gaydar.co.uk, the UK's largest online gay dating website ahead of former team-mate Fernando Torres and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard who finished second and third respectively.

    Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas finished fourth in the voting.

    Tottenham's Peter Crouch was bottom of the voting after receiving just two per cent of the 4,200 votes cast.

    The website also conducted other polls such as worst hair (Wayne Rooney) and best-looking team

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  • Golfer travels 800 miles to buy opponent a pint

    A German
    golfer travelled 800 miles to buy a Briton a pint of beer after losing a bet -
    but failed to track the man down.

    Sebastian
    Steinzen lost a bet during a round of golf against a man he knew only as
    Patrick while on holiday in Majorca in 2005, but never paid his debt.

    Last week,
    armed only with a photo and Patrick's first name, 34-year-old Steinzen
    travelled to the West Country in an attempt to find his opponent, who told him
    he lived in Portishead near Bristol.

    However, a
    week searching the area's streets and golf courses proved fruitless for
    Sebastian and his wife Nina.

    Mr Steinzen,

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  • ‘It’s not every day you get to date 25 women’

    A look at the week's best quotes from the world of sport.

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    "Mourinho
    is destroying Spanish football. There is talk about the Catalans, but the
    problem is with Madrid. I think it's going too far. It cannot always end well.
    In the end this will end very badly." Gerard Pique after Real
    Madrid coach Jose Mourinho appeared to poke a Barcelona coach in the eye.

    "We came here to play. What I'm about to
    say is not a criticism, I'm just stating a fact: there were no ball-boys in the
    second half, which is something typical of small teams when experiencing
    difficulties. I'm not going to say we're

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