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<span class="element-image__caption">Red Rum delights the crowd by winning the Grand National for a record third time in April 1977.</span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: PA</span>
Red Rum delights the crowd by winning the Grand National for a record third time in April 1977. Photograph: PA

1)It’s Grand National weekend – 40 years since Red Rum secured an unmatched historic treble by winning the signature steeplechase at Aintree in 1977. Here’s his first win, when he came from 30 lengths behind to grasp glory in a remarkable finish, and his second, in 1974. He also finished second in 1975 and 1976. And here’s the BBC report after his death in October 1995, which ends with footage of him being trained on the beach at Southport: “Nearly two decades have passed since Red Rum last pounded the sands at Southport. But neither tide nor time will ever erase the hoof prints left behind by a legend.”

2)Here’s howRafa Nadal’s press conference started after his defeat in the Miami Open final last Sunday. Reporter: “Congratulations on your win. I would like to know how you feel after the game and if you’re ready to give it another try?” Nadal: “I lost, by the way.” Reporter: “Yeah I know, but it’s a win anyway.” Nadal: “Hmmmmmmm.” There are different ways of dealing with daft questions, of course. Here’s another.

3)Ever wondered what synchronised swimming looks like under the water, upside down? Well, wonder no more.

4) This is special: 12-year-old Brianna Lyston winning an age-group 200m race at Jamaica’s 2017 Boys and Girls Championships in a time of 23.46secs – that run was wind-assisted, but she later became the first under-13 athlete to run a legal sub-24-second time in the final, a mark that’s only 2.38secs slower than Florence Griffith-Joyner’s senior women’s world record. And here’s Lyston channelling Usain Bolt in the 100m, winning in a time of 11.86secs.

5)Every good dog-on-the-pitch video needs a comedy soundtrack. So enjoy all seven minutes speeded up as stewards, players, fans and officials try to coax a canine off the turf at Halesowen Town. It’s always worth a flick through some other genre classics: here’s the Anfield Cat, 1962’s Jimmy Greaves moistening dog, 2011’s Twickenham fox, 2013’s player-nibbling Swiss pine marten, and a proper beast at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Florida. “Dave, get next to it for perspective.”

6)And another talented nipper: 13-year-old Jamarion Styles, who lost both arms to a rare bacterial infection when he was a baby, draining three-pointers for his middle school basketball team in Florida. He told the Sun Sentinel that going viral was “just a great feeling”, and offered some advice to others facing challenges. “I try hard every day… Just stay positive, and you can do whatever you want to.”

Highlights from last week’s blog

1) One of Gianluigi Buffon’s best moments on a long list: a world class swipe for Italy against France in the 2006 World Cup final. And in the semi-final, he did this.

2) Acres of rippling flesh, and all of it safe for work. Highlights from last month’s Haru Basho sumo tournament in Osaka.

3) Some stellar ding-dong overtaking – highlights from the Comer Cadet Class at the Super 1 British Karting Championships in 2013.

4) And Keith Houchen’s diving header in 1987’s Proper FA Cup final wasn’t his only golden FA Cup moment. Here he is in 1985, scoring a last-minute winner for York from the spot in a fourth round shock over Arsenal. Wenger Out!

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