The Rundown

  • Who should light the Olympic flame? Your choices

    We have to say a big thank-you to you all for your suggestions - some serious, some less so - for candidates to light the Olympic flame.

    We were so inundated with options that we thought we ought to present another selection of the names in the frame.

    Together with our original list, there's quite a selection of possibilities open to Lord Coe and his colleagues at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

    The list is in the post to Seb as we speak...


    Kate Middleton
    tips the newest member of the royal family to do the honours. Hard to imagine many more popular

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  • The top (and not so top) candidates to light the Olympic flame

    Lord Coe wants his 'mate' to light the Olympic flame and mark the start of competition when the Olympic Games begin in 2012.

    It's not merely a case of nepotism from the Chairman of the London Organising Committee, however - the friend in question is none other than double Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson.

    But is the star of the 1980 and 1984 Games the right man to light the flame?

    Are there more deserving candidates than the 52-year-old? Should it necessarily even be an Olympic champion - or someone who represents the best of Britain?

    We take a look at some of the serious candidates

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  • Six of the best: Sporting feuds

    With Alex Ferguson finally having ended his seven-year feud with the BBC, we look at some of the best feuds from the world of sport.

    Alex Ferguson and the BBC

    Back in
    2004 the BBC's Panorama programme put out a documentary alleging that Alex
    Ferguson's football agent son Jason had exploited his father's position and
    fame in order to set up transfer deals.

    Fergie Sr
    hit the roof about the documentary - which was called "Father and
    son" - calling the Beeb "arrogant beyond belief" and blasting
    their "inabbility to apologise".

    did a story about my son that was whole lot of nonsense," he

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  • Top 10 weird hobbies of the stars

    bad boy Joey Barton has revealed a surprising love of fine art since moving
    down to London after his transfer to QPR.

    The 28-year-old
    Tweeted that his recent trip to the National Gallery had been "vv
    good", and that French impressionist Monet - who apparently shares Barton's
    favourite colours - is "my new fav".

    Yet Barton's
    interest in art is anything but the most surprising odd hobby enjoyed by a
    sports star. Here's our rundown of the top 10:

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    Mike Tyson - pigeon fancier

    The famously
    brutal boxer who once bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout
    has revealed a

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  • Top 10 England v Wales encounters

    England face Wales in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley tonight.

    And to get you in the mood, we look back at the top 10 greatest England v Wales sporting encounters of all time.

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    Rugby: England 31-32 Wales in 1999

    suffered the ignominy of having to host England in London, at Wembley, since
    the Millennium Stadium was not yet complete. And it looked like becoming a
    doubly sour day as the 'visitors' made it deep into injury time leading by six
    points, on their way to a Grand Slam. Welsh centre Scott Gibbs (pictured top right) had other ideas,
    however, breaking the line thanks

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  • Top 10: Sport’s loveable losers

    Inspired by
    the sprinter who clocked a headline-stealing 15.66m in the men's 100m at the
    World Championships in Daegu, we take a look at the sports stars whose
    failure didn't stop them from being loved by fans.

    1. Trevor 'the Tortoise' Misapeka

    Sogelau the Snail  (see number 10) there
    was Trevor the Tortoise, aka Trevor Misapeka.

    American Samoa, Trevor took part in the 100m heats of the World Championships
    in Canada in 2001, clocking a time of 14.28 seconds - actually an astonishing
    time considering that he tipped the scales at 21 stone.

    He kept a
    huge sense of humour

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  • Top 10 sporting all-rounders

    Olympic 100m champion and world record holder Usain Bolt has revealed that he would love to make the switch from athletics to football - and that he's desperate to one day play for Manchester United.

    "I really want to try soccer after I retire," said the Jamaican.

    "I think I could be a good contender. I'm really looking forward to it and yes, I definitely think I'm good enough to play for Manchester United."

    So to help inspire the sprinter towards his unlikely dream, we've trawled the archives for our top 10 all-rounders, the men and women who've managed to hit the top in more than one sport.

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  • Top 10 on-pitch brawls

    The mass brawl that marred the end of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday night shocked the world of football, with the scenes a depressing sight given the superb football played over the two-legged encounter.

    Sadly, it is not the first time that on-pitch violence has made the beautiful game turn ugly.

    It is with a heavy heart that we run down the top 10 on-pitch brawls. Let these sickening incidents be a stern admonition to players everywhere who occasionally forget that football is only a game. 

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    Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao, 1984 


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  • Magnificent seven: Sport’s shock champions

    Golf fans
    staying up to watch the climax of the US PGA Championship on Sunday night were
    treated to a finale that was far and away the most thrilling climax of any of
    this year's Major championships.

    But while
    the tournament scored top marks for play-off drama, it fell woefully short of star-laden
    glamour as the world's best players fell by the wayside as unknown rookie Keegan
    Bradley and equally unknown Jason Dufner fought it out for the Wanamaker

    Bradley ended
    up winning the tournament, becoming only the second golfer in the last 100
    years to win one of the game's four Major titles

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  • Top 20 greatest football debuts

    Sergio Aguero's stunning first outing for Manchester City on Monday night - in which he scored two goals and set up another - is undoubtedly one of the best Premier League debuts ever seen.

    But he is not the only player ever to have hit the ground running.The Argentine's brilliance has inspired us to look back at some of the greatest debuts ever seen in the beautiful game.

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    Fabrizio Ravanelli for Middlesbrough v Liverpool, 1996

    silver-haired Italian arrived in the Premier League in a storm of publicity and
    excitement after his move from Juventus - and he didn't disappoint. He

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