The Rundown

  • The Top 10 sporting epics

    Novak Djokovic with his Australian Open trophy

    Everybody is talking tennis at the moment after watching the incredible Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal that lasted just under six hours.

    The match was the longest Grand Slam final in history and it sparked our interest into what other epic contests there have been in other sports.

    So find below our top 10 sporting epics, starting with a tennis tussle whose length dwarfs even the five hours 53 minutes it took Djokovic to take care of Nadal.

    Tennis: The Mahut-Isner match at Wimbledon in 2010

    John Isner and Nicolas Mahut grabbed the attention of even the most

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  • Top 10 sporting run-ins with the tax man

    Soccer manager Harry Redknapp arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London - 0Harry Redknapp is currently on trial on charges of tax evasion, relating to two alleged payments totalling £183,000 made to foreign bank accounts during his time as manager of Portsmouth.

    The current Tottenham boss, who is hotly tipped to take over as England manager in the summer when Fabio Capello moves on, is far from the first sporting figure to have run-ins with the tax authorities.

    Some have been found guilty, while others have walked away from the charges. Here's our pick of some of the stories.

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    Boris Becker, possibly contemplating how German tax investigators ended his careerBoris Becker - GUILTY

    The German tennis star had a 10-year battle with German tax

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  • Sport’s top ten tantrums

    Marcos Baghdatis reached the final of the Australian Open back in 2006, but he exited the tournament this year and gave tennis fans an altogether different reason to remember him in Melbourne after smashing no fewer than four racquets in 25 seconds.

    But the Cypriot is not the first sports star to lose his cool while in action.

    Here we take a look at some infamous and extraordinary sporting tantrums. Decide for yourself if Baghdatis' meltdown belongs in such 'illustrious' company...

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    Kevin KeeganKevin Keegan -1996

    At one point during the 1995/96 season it looked like Kevin Keegan's Newcastle were

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  • Ali addresses his publicMuhammad Ali turns 70 today, and to celebrate the life of the Louisville Lip, we have compiled his greatest quotes.

    Here are 37 of Ali's most vicious, funny and profound sayings - one for each knock-out of his professional career.

    ON BOXING

    1 - 'I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick.'

    2 - 'There's not a man alive who can whup me. I'm too fast. I'm too smart. I'm too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked.'

    3 - 'I'm so fast

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  • Two-time plane crash survivor sinks first shot on his return

    The most satisfying technical foul of Loyola High School coach Jamal Adams' career came midway through the fourth quarter of the Cubs' 87-59 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

    Loyola received it after its entire bench charged onto the floor to mob senior Austin Hatch in celebration of his first basket in a game in nearly three years.

    Hatch, a survivor of two deadly plane crashes, has practiced with Loyola since moving from Indiana to Los Angeles in August, but he hadn't felt comfortable playing in a game until Wednesday night's league opener. The 6-foot-7 Michigan

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  • The sporting world’s top Twitter Twits

    TwitterEarlier this week Oxford City striker Lee Steele was sacked for making a homophobic remark on Twitter about Gareth Thomas.

    Thomas announced he was gay in 2009 and Steele tweeted while watching the former Welsh rugby star appearing on Celebrity Big Brother that he "wouldn't fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas #padlock my a**e".

    Oxford sacked the player saying that "his recent comment via social media (was) considered seriously contrary to the ethos of the club."

    Also this week, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was forced to apologies after saying on the social networking site that his

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  • Sport’s best and worst comebacks

    Thierry Henry, Arsenal v Leeds, January 9 2012 - 0Was Henry's goalscoring record carved on the statue unveiled a few weeks ago? And if so, when will it be changed?Many ageing sportsmen have been unable to resist the lure of a comeback but few have returned as spectacularly as Thierry Henry did with Arsenal at the ground where only last month he was immortalised with a bronze statue for his achievements.

    The 34-year-old Frenchman, back in an Arsenal shirt for the first time in nearly five years, scored 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute against Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday with what proved to be the only goal of a dogged third round tie.

    Manager Arsene Wenger described it as "a dream" and for Arsenal fans and all true romantics who love

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  • Football’s most colourful characters

    Queens Park Rangers sacking of manager Neil Warnock came as something of a surprise considering the newly-promoted team aren't even in the relegation zone.

    Warnock's bluster and bombast earned him as many enemies as friends in his stint at Loftus Road, but whatever you think of the man you can't deny that he has brightened the game up with his refusal to hold his tongue.

    Like Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, Warnock has become far more famous for his pitchside interviews than for his team's on-pitch qualities. He once gave an interview as Bury manager while wearing a Sheffield United tie,

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  • The FA Cup’s top 10 greatest upsets

    A quartet of minnows are in FA Cup action this weekend with a chance of cementing their place in the history books with a giant-killing.

    Non-league Tamworth face Everton at Goodison Park; Macclesfield entertain Bolton; Fleetwood Town host Blackpool; and Salisbury City travel to Sheffield United.

    So to offer them all a bit of inspiration, we run down the greatest shock results in FA Cup history.

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    Sutton's Matthew Hanlan scores the winnerSutton United 2-1 Coventry City - Third round, 1989

    When Conference side Sutton took on Coventry, a solid First Division side and the FA Cup winners just 18 months previously, around 8,000

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  • Top 10 funniest sporting videos of 2011

    We always do our best to bring you the funniest and most amazing sporting videos to be found on the internet.

    And with cameraphones and camcorders ever more popular, 2011 witnessed a bumper crop of clips. Here's our pick of the best.

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    Teenager teaches cow to showjump

    An enterprising German schoolgirl who couldn't afford a horse has taken up showjumping on a cow.

    Fifteen-year-old Regina Mayer refused to let her showjumping dream die when her mother and father told her they weren't able to find the cash to buy her a horse.

    Instead, she decided to teach one of the cows on her parents'

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