World of Sport

  • Greatest sporting streaks

    Brett Favre's astonishing run of consecutive starts in
    American Football's NFL has finally come to an end, more than 19 years after it

    And Favre's amazing longevity has inspired us to take a look
    at six of the best longevity-related feats in the world of sport - starting with
    the inspirational quarterback himself.

    1. Brett Favre: 297 consecutive
    starts in the NFL

    The Minnesota Vikings quarterback is one of American
    football's true legends - and one of the few names recognisable even to
    non-fans of the sport outside of the US.

    Okay, maybe that's going a bit far; probably the only NFL

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  • Dutch fans ejected for wearing mini-dresses

    FIFA ejected 36 female Netherlands fans from their World Cup match with Denmark for wearing an orange mini-dress designed by a beer company.

    The dresses were made by Bavaria beer and despite the outfits containing no branding, the organisers said it was against their rules on "ambush marketing".

    "It's a nice dress. Very fashionable. In my opinion, people should have the right to wear whatever they want," Peer Swinkels, from Bavaria beer, told South African newspaper The Star.

    "We launched the orange item on April 30 on the Queen's birthday, which we call Queen's Day. The Dutch people are a

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  • World Cup gallery: Red, hot and Dutch

    A selection of the best photos from South Africa with the ever eccentric Oranje out in force for their Group E opener with Denmark.

    Anyone who thinks the Dutch fans are bonkers is entirely disproved by this photo, from left to right: An 'Oranje Angel', a man with a cow skin scarf and wonky glasses, and a Huggy Bear clown sporting an orange swimming cap.

    Who says the Paraguayans lack flair? This buoyant pair's joy is unbridled as they celebrate Antolin Alcaraz's strike against Italy.

    It's fair to say Giorgio Chiellini was not 'playing the ball' with this robust challenge on Paraguay's

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  • ‘Diski’ goal celebration craze hits World Cup

    Forget famous goal celebrations such as "The Robot" by Peter Crouch and "The Dive" by Juergen Klinsmann, here comes the South African "Diski dance".

    The Diski dance, which is performed through heading and kicking an imaginary ball, may be a goal celebration to watch in this World Cup.

    South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala and his team mates displayed this distinctive dance when they celebrated his goal against Mexico in the opening World Cup game on Friday - and the dance is already sweeping the globe.

    Video: Learn how to do the Diski!

    Even South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has learnt the

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  • Shayne Ward packs a punch

    X factor winner Shayne Ward is back in the charts and out on the town. He spoke to Eurosport's Desmond Kane about his love for boxing at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity night in London. 

    It was not exactly Frank Sinatra turning up for a world heavyweight title bout in Las Vegas, but Shayne Ward appears to appreciate his boxing as much as Ol' Blue Eyes.

    The Mancunian pop singer, winner of X Factor in 2005, appears to have made as glorious a comeback as Muhammad Ali in returning to the charts after a three-year hiatus since the release of his last album Breathless in 2007. 

    His third album

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  • ITV’s £1.5m Nike ad blunder

    Nike may withhold a £1.5 million payment to ITV because they cut the end off their breathtaking new advert after the Champions League final.

    The three-minute ad, which features stars such as Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo, ended 10 seconds early - before the Nike logo could be displayed.

    ITV are due to receive the bumper payment from the sportswear manufacturer for the primetime slot immediately after the final whistle - but may now have to write it off.

    "It is disappointing," said a Nike spokeswoman. "We're waiting to hear back from ITV."

    ITV spokesman James Macleod said:

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  • Brand new Roo: Prodigy breaks Rooney’s records

    Wayne Rooney's schoolboy record of scoring 72 goals in a season has been broken by 11-year-old Gerard Garner.

    The Liverpool Boys star equalled Rooney's record from the 1996/97 season - achieved with the same team - with two matches left to play.

    He then broke it with a goal in the North West Cup Final against Macclesfield before ending his season with a hat-trick against Wirral to sign off a 76-goal season.

    "I never thought I would get anywhere near the record at the start of the season," said Garner. "I didn't even know there was one until much later!"

    The incredible season has helped his

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  • Murray ‘may not bow’ to Queen

    Andy Murray says he may not bow to the Queen when she attends Wimbledon this week, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

    The Queen will attend the championships this Thursday for the first time since 1977, and the Scot has said he will "wait and see" what other players do before deciding whether to bow if he plays in front of her on Centre Court.

    "It should be personal preference," said Murray.

    "I'll have to wait and see. I don't want to be bowing and the person I'm playing with walk straight past or the other way around."

    The custom of players bowing or curtsying before blue-blooded

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  • World Paper Round: Defoe to star, omens good

    all about Jermain Defoe in today's papers, and suddenly the Tottenham striker
    is going to inspire England to clinch the World Cup trophy - the omens are good.

    is in every paper saying he is not crazy after staunchly insisting that
    his side can still prevail in South Africa, but surely there is no greater test
    of his sanity than if he really does finally drop Emile Heskey.


    tells The Sun that Heskey's time is up, and the impotent striker should
    be ditched along with the less-than-trusty 4-4-2 formation, while Defoe is the
    answer according to others.


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  • World Cup Gallery: Azzurri out

    A selection of the best photos from South Africa as Italians worldwide are left reeling after the Azzurri's early exit.

    This Denmark fan, who saw his side lose 3-1 to Japan to finish third in Group E, is undoubtedly loud and proud.

    The message is clear from the Japan faithful after the Samurai Blue qualified for the last 16 for the first time away from home soil. 

    This Italian beauty was full of optimism ahead of the Group F clash with Slovakia - but that was not to last long with Marcello Lippi's crashing out after a 3-2 defeat.

    Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik shows Italy defender

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