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5 crazy things: Pic of Boris Becker worries fans, Balotelli posts strange image

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1) WHAT IS THAT ON POOR BECKER'S ARM? - Photos of tennis legend's arm concern fans at US Open

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Tennis legend Boris Becker has caused a stir at the US Open and not because of his role as Novak Djokovic's coach at Flushing Meadows.

The German has alarmed fans with a huge lump on his left elbow as he stepped out with Djokovic at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York.

The 46-year-old's enormous growth on his non-tennis playing arm has caused concern and confusion, becoming a big talking point at the final Grand Slam of the year.

Poor Boris.

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2) FEDERER SHOWS OFF NEW TRAINERS - Federer’s ‘super cool’ shoes made with legend

Roger Federer’s new shoes, which he’s airing for the first time at the US Open, have been causing quite a stir on social media and it’s all because he designed the trainers with basketball and sports marketing legend Michael Jordan.

As far as sports attire goes, it’s a pretty huge release, combining the sporting heroes’ two brands. “About a year ago, I heard that Roger wanted to design and wear a Jordan shoe on the court.

I have followed Roger’s career and have been a big fan for some time now,” Jordan said.

“I definitely thought this could be a really unique and special collaboration and when I heard that Roger wanted the shoe to be modelled after the Air Jordan 3, I was in."

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3) HOW TO MAKE THE FANS LOVE YOU - Balotelli instantly has Liverpool fans adoring him with this pic

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Mario Balotelli has almost instantly got the Liverpool fans loving him, and he has not even played a game yet.

Balotelli has created a big talking point by posting a very mysterious but cool photo on his Instagram page of him in a hoodie with a tribal image of Liverpool’s crest ‘tattooed’ on his face.

Most fans were delighted by the picture – a perfect way to endear new supporters – but some even thought he had an actual tattoo and were being hysterical. There's always some.

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4) PRE-MATCH DRAMA INVOLVING A BUS ACCIDENT? - Australian club accuse opposing fans of causing road trouble

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Western Sydney Wanderers eliminated 2013 AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarter-finals, but just making it to the stadium was something of a victory for the Australian side.

The Western Sydney players were subjected to the customary prank phone calls and pounding on their hotel room doors the night before the match, but they're also accusing some fans of Marcello Lippi's team of trying to orchestrate a traffic accident on the way to the stadium.

From SBS:

"A car swerved in front of our bus and who knows if it was a set-up to do with the football or not," 21year-old defender Brendan Hamill said. "We slammed on the brakes and someone ran up the back of the bus. We had a spare bus following us, fortunately.

"It worked to their disadvantage if it was a set-up. It gave everyone in the team more belief and hunger to get the job done."

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5) DEFENDER BECOMES HEROIC GOALKEEPER - Shootout hero is defender without keeping experience

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Defender Moti goes in goal for Champions League play-off shoot-out – and wins

Ludogorets defender Cosmin Moti had a greater vested interest than most of his team-mates when his side faced Steaua Bucharest in their Champions League play-off clash.

Moti was handed the gloves and shirt, and put between the sticks for the subsequent penalty shoot-out.

The result? In addition to scoring his own penalty, Moti saved two - including the vital sudden-death spot-kick - to send the unfashionable team into the Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.

"It's the first time I played as a goalkeeper," a delighted Moti said. "It was a tough game but we're a good team and we played very well. We should have won before the penalties."

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