World of Sport

  • Aussie Rules player sent off for dangerous haircut

    An
    Australian Rules Football player has been sent off for having a haircut deemed
    too dangerous by the referee.

    Nathan
    van Someren of the Simpson Tigers was given his marching orders by an umpire in
    the match against Otway Districts, who claimed that his Mohawk haircut could
    have poked another player in the eye.

    Team
    coach Leigh Walsh confirmed that match officials had dismissed Van Someren
    "because his hair was too dangerous".

    The
    player himself - who has played with his Mohawk for three years - was left
    stunned by the incident.

    "Before
    the game the umpire said that I could not play with my

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  • Goalie nutmegged by own player

    A goalkeeper
    was left red-faced after an astonishing blunder in a Russian top flight
    football match.

    Rubin
    Kazan's Lithuanian goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis looked under no pressure
    as veteran defender Roman Sharonov slotted a pass back to him in the 10th
    minute of the Premier League clash against Krasnodar.

    And Arlauskis appeared to be taking no chances as he tried to play the ball
    cautiously back out of his own box.

    But
    astonishingly the goalie somehow let the ball slip clean through his legs,
    gifting the opposition the opening goal of the match.

    Luckily
    for Arlauskis, two goals from Turkish

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  • Roberto Carlos signs autograph for pitch invader

    Brazil legend Roberto Carlos amazed fans and fellow players
    alike by signing an autograph for a pitch invader during a match.

    The veteran full-back, a World Cup winner with his nation in
    2002, currently plays for Russian Premier League team Anzhi Makhachkala.

    And during that side's clash against Volga at the weekend, a hoodie-wearing
    fan charged on to the pitch and ran up to the former Real Madrid star to ask
    him to sign his shirt.

    The bemused Carlos - perhaps a little impressed by the intruder's
    unusually good manners - agreed, and even gave the man a hug that prompted him to run off back

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  • Sights and scenes in Istanbul

    Check out our
    gallery of the best images from the fourth round of the 2011 Formula One season
    in Istanbul, featuring:

    -a plea on behalf of the Turkish GP

    -topless fans

    -a marriage proposal

    -(non)alcoholic celebrations

    -and more...

    Opening practice sees a late spring shower, here causing Michael Schumacher to spin out.

    World champion Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull RB7 is a casualty of the conditions, causing him to miss the whole of second practice.

    Lewis Hamilton cleverly waits until the last moments for a spin in the McLaren - and makes it about a hundred yards.

    This fan takes her love of

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  • Racing punter turns £2 into £1.4 million

    A heating engineer became a millionaire at the races despite only spending a measly £2.

    Steve Whiteley got a free ticket to the Exeter Races and used his bus pass to get to the course.

    At the races, the 60-year-old spent £2 on the Tote Jackpot and successful picked all six of the day's winners to win a whopping £1.4 million jackpot.

    The massive win came on the day of his partner Jill's 53rd birthday but, despite the big win, Whiteley said he would not be buying her a present.

    "I'm not getting her a present now - I've already got her a 65p card," said the father of two from North Tawton,

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  • Clasico traitors

    With the fourth and final Clasico of the recent and acrimonious
    mini-series on the horizon, we take a look at some of the players who understand
    both sides of the warring factions - the small band of brave (and quite
    possibly stupid) men who have pulled on the shirts of both Barcelona and Real
    Madrid.

    Both Catalans and Merengues, including some of the biggest
    names in world football, have committed this perceived sin over the years and
    all have served to stoke the fires of what is one of the most fierce and bitter
    rivalries in world football.

    Samuel Eto'o

    The Cameroon international arrived at

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  • Footballer’s clever celebration backfires

    Vancouver Whitecaps star Eric Hassli was left with egg on
    his face when his plan to pull off a comic goal celebration led to him being
    sent off.

    The Frenchman wanted to celebrate scoring a goal for his new
    side in style, so after slotting in a 55th minute penalty against the New England
    Revolution on Wednesday he ran up to the home supporters and took his shirt off
    before throwing it into the crowd.

    Having already been booked in the match he knew he would
    ordinarily have risked a sending off for such an act - but Hassli thought he
    would be safe thanks to his cunning plan of wearing a second,

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  • Incredible somersault penalty

    Forget the nonchalant chip down the middle - a new way to
    humiliate goalkeepers from the penalty spot is born.

    Joonas Jokinen of Swiss side FC Baar has created a sensation
    by converting a penalty and executing a spectacular somersault at the same
    time.

    The Finnish teenager, who plays for a youth team at Baar,
    completed the feat against FC Sempach, whose unfortunate goalkeeper was left
    red-faced by Jokinen's extraordinary piece of showboating.

    After Antonin Panenka scored his famous 'falling leaf'
    penalty against Germany in 1976, it provoked a spate of copycat spot-kicks from
    players lifting

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  • Awful Beckham statue unveiled in Iran

    You might have thought the Michael Jackson statue outside of Fulham's Craven Cottage ground was bad - but surely it is an artistic masterpiece compared to this wax sculpture of David Beckham unveiled in Iran.

    Yes, that right - we did say David Beckham. For the sculpture on the left of the picture really is meant to be the English football superstar.

    The Beckham piece, which bizarrely stands beside a not-quite-as-bad-but-still-terrible recreation of former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, can be found at the Saint Petersburg's museum in the Niavaran Cultural Centre in northern Tehran.

    Why

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  • The ultimate Copa Clasico preview

    Tonight sees the second instalment of the 18-day quadruple Clasico battle - and you can follow live text commentary right here with kick-off at 20:30 UK time.

    After Madrid escaped the Bernabeu with a point which nevertheless cements Barca's hold on the Liga title, the Copa del Rey final represents a direct route to the first meaningful trophy of the season.

    Barcelona captain Carles Puyol did not train on Tuesday but tests confirmed he is fit to face Real.

    Jose Mourinho must resolve a tactical dilemma when he attempts to land his first piece of silverware as Real Madrid coach.

    Mourinho has

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