World of Sport

  • NFL star retiring after suffering shocking on-field stroke

    If you were armed with the knowledge that an NFL player suffered a stroke on the field because of a hit, you'd figure it would be apparent what happened when you saw the replay.

    Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen suffered a stroke on the field and is now retiring as a result. And the most frightening part is the hit in question looks like any other NFL play.

    If a hit caused a dead spot on an NFL player's brain, as it did with Allen, it should be clear, right? The kind of hit that looked like it resulted in a bad concussion but turned out to be much worse.

    That's not the case with

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  • It's the dream of many sports fans to have a pair of personalised Air Jordans made up in their honour but, well, everyone's tastes are different.

    So when world-famous rapper Macklemore was given the privilege of helping design his own unique pair of trainers with the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan, he thought he'd won the lottery.

    Before performing at the Jordan Brand Classic, Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, debuted the new shoes that were the result of his collaboration with Nike's Jordan Brand.

    The 30-year-old hit machine, who boasts, two Grammys and a platinum

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  • World Snooker Championship: LIVE

    Follow live coverage of the World Snooker Championship from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield here.

    The Twitter feed below will keep you up-to-date for the first week of the tournament and then for the second week Desmond Kane will be with you with full live comments and reaction for every session.

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  • Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr suffered a horrific facial injury but is taking it in good spirits.

    The 21-year-old Georgia native, who was drafted by Houston in 2010 but mostly features for their feeder teams, was struck on the side of the face during a Double-A match on Friday night.

    While he was able to walk off unaided, DeShields - who is the son of namesake and former MLB star Delino Snr - was rushed to hospital for evaluation.

    His team-mates then photographed and Tweeted his swollen mush, much to his own mirth:

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  • News emerged this week that China have embarked on their latest attempt to convince World Snooker to switch the sport’s showpiece event – the World Championship – from Sheffield to the Far East.

    China have gradually increased their influence in snooker in recent years with the arrival of new ranking events and an influx of fledgling talent, spearheaded by the rise of Ding Junhui over the last decade from prodigal teenager to one of the world’s top-ranked players.

    The latest attempt by the nation – who are aggressively seeking to continually raise their profile in global sport, including

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  • With its lyrics about "Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands and tigers on a gold leash," it may surprise you to learn that Lorde's monster hit "Royals" wasn't inspired by P. Diddy or some other bling-loving rapper, but legendary baseball player George Brett.

    Now, after months of near-misses, Lorde, 17, and Brett, 60, have connected. The two finally met on Tuesday in Las Vegas, following Lorde's concert at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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    Brett called the meeting "awesome" and described the Grammy winner as "such a sweet little girl." Speaking to TMZ, the baseball legend

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  • Who could Ronnie get? World Championship draw live at 12:00

    The draw for the World Snooker Championship takes place at 12:00 and you can watch it here live courtesy of World Snooker.

    Ronnie O’Sullivan will start his bid for a third consecutive title – and sixth in all – at 10am on Saturday in the first session of the 17-day tournament but who will he face in the first round?

    The top 16 players in the world are seeded and have their positions in the draw set but they could meet any of the qualifiers which includes the likes of Ken Doherty, Alan McManus, Ryan Day and Dominic Dale.

    Top half of draw

    Ronnie O’Sullivan (1)

    Joe Perry (16)

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    Marco Fu (8)

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  • Super Bowl winner takes autistic girl to her prom

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    A couple months after being part of a Seahawks team that won a Super Bowl, Christine Michael couldn't have looked any happier dancing at a high school prom.

    His date, Taylor Kirkwood, looked even happier.

    Kirkwood, from Houston, is autistic and suffered from scoliosis until surgery a couple years ago. Michael, a former running back at Texas A&M, was a friend of the family and gladly accepted an invitation to be Kirkwood's prom date, according to a story on Click2Houston.com.

    That's how the running back, a second-round pick of the Seahawks last year, ended up at Anahuac High School getting

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  • Why has Mo Farah got two waxworks?

    Marathon man Mo Farah has two wax figures to go with his two Olympic golds but he isn't likely to be running the distance between them any time soon.

    The two wax figures are around 250 miles apart with one given pride of place in Madame Tussauds in London, and the other taking up residence in their Blackpool branch.

    According to Madame Tussaud's official website: "The British track and field World Champion will be portrayed in his trademark “Mobot” pose, and will take up residence in the interactive sports zones at both attractions.

    "Here in London he'll join fellow Olympians Usain Bolt, Tom

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  • Donations pour in after tragic London Marathon death

    Donations have now topped £23,500 for Robert Berry's money-raising effort after he died having crossed the finish line at the London Marathon.

    The 42-year-old, who was previously not named by organisers, collapsed after completing the marathon on Sunday and was pronounced dead upon reaching hospital despite having received medical attention on the course.

    Berry was running to raise money and awareness for the National Osteoporosis Society, and his Just Giving page has now received a staggering amount of donations.

    On his JustGiving donations page, Mr Berry - who is from Reading - said he was

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