World of Sport

  • Sweden coins new verb after footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had such an impact for Sweden on the football pitch that he’s now having one on the language.

    The forward, who has enjoyed success across Europe and is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, is recognised as one of the world’s best footballers.

    The Swedish Language Council has added the word zlatanera to the dictionary, a verb which loosely means ‘to dominate by force’, but more specifically means, well, to Zlatan.

    The origins of the term are French, however, where the term zlataner, ‘to dominate on and off the field’, was used on satirical puppet show Les Guignols.

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  • Spectacular Santa dunks own beard – ouch!

    It’s the season to be merry, but this Santa probably ate his Christmas dinner through a straw after a spectacular mishap at half-time of the festive NBA clash between Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

    The traditional Christmas fixture at the United Center in Chicago was a dreary affair as the Bulls were beaten 120-97.

    To brighten things up, organisers laid on a half-time spectacular of flying, slam-dunking Santas leaping off a trampoline in sequence to some lively music.

    All well and good, you may say – and it was until one unfortunate Saint Nick went face-first into the rim before landing

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  • Glorious year for GB sport hits bookies in the pocket

    British gamblers took the bookmakers to the cleaners time and again in 2012 – and it was all thanks to a glorious year of sport for the nation.

    Punters tend to back home teams or players, and so the triumphs for the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Andy Murray and Team GB at the Olympics as a whole have left bookies facing big payouts.

    And some results – such as the European Ryder Cup triumph – were picked off at sizeable odds thanks to some improbable comebacks.

    But the most damaging result for the bookmakers in 2012 was the final twist in the Premier League season, with Sergio Aguero striking in

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  • ‘The Pele of futsal’ scores wonder goal

    Brazilian futsal star Falcao has been breaking boundaries again with one of the most extraordinary set-pieces you will ever see.

    The man known as the ‘Pele of futsal’ scored for his club side Atletico with a spinning, backheeled lob.

    That’s right – Falcao has the ball rolled to him by a team-mate, scoops it up with his feet and then spins in mid-air before looping the ball over a confused wall of defenders and a goalkeeper and dropping it safely into the net.

    If that sounds too good to be believed, don’t worry – there are plenty of slow motion replays in our video clip for you to make sense

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  • Players hit as fans throw fireworks at ex-hero

    Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz received the wrong kind of Christmas cracker as he played for Galatasaray against former club Trabzonspor.

    Yilmaz moved to Galatasaray in the summer and received a hostile reception from his old fans, but matters got out of hand in shocking scenes of crowd unrest.

    Just before the hour mark, an object hit Yilmaz on the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

    As Trabzonspor defender Giray Kacar came across to tend to his ex-team-mate, a firework exploded near the pair.

    The players had a lucky escape, however, and were able to continue after receiving medical

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  • The Queen dons 3D glasses for the first Christmas broadcast in 3DThe Queen will use her Christmas message to pay tribute to Team GB’s efforts at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The London 2012 Games were the highlight of a remarkable sporting year, with the nation gripped by the achievements of their athletes in their home Games.

    The address, which will be broadcast for the first time in 3D, will focus on sport.

    "As London hosted a splendid summer of sport,” the Queen will say, “all those who saw the achievement and courage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were further inspired by the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes.

    "In

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  • Basketball’s new pint-sized superstar

    Standing just 4ft 5in tall, 11-year-old Julian Newman has become an internet sensation after being picked for a high school team where he plays against people almost twice his height.

    Our video shows Julian in action for Downey Christian school in Orlando, which is coached by his father, Jamie.

    But this is clearly not a case of nepotism, as little Julian is a sensational player.

    He might not be dunking left right and centre - not at that height - but his dribbling and shooting skills are excellent.

    “He has a tremendous skill level,” says his father, Jamie. “He has moves that even NBA players

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  • Olympian exposed as $600-an-hour escort

    Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time U.S. Olympian, has revealed that she has spent much of the past year working as a $600 (£370)-an-hour escort.

    Since last December, Hamilton has, according to The Smoking Gun, worked with Haley Heston's Private Collection in Las Vegas, and has gone on engagements in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. The 44-year-old married mother of one worked under the name "Kelly Lundy," but apparently revealed her true identity to several male clients.

    Hamilton responded to Thursday's story with a lengthy response and apology on Twitter.

    "I realise I have made

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  • Carragher and Neville square off in 2010

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has been critically lauded for his punditry since joining Sky Sports and it now looks as if BT Vision will look to repeat the trick with Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

    Neville went straight from the dressing room into the studio and that has been cited as one of the reasons why his opinions have been so clued in.

    Therefore, BT, who will be broadcasting 38 games a season for three years starting next August after winning a bid for the rights in June, are looking at current players who could make a similar transition.

    And according to

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  • Zidane scores quality goal in charity match

    Zinedine Zidane showed he still oozes class with a quality strike in a charity match in Porto Alegre, Brazil on Wednesday night.

    The French World Cup winner captained a star-studded team in the (original) Ronaldo's annual 'Match Against Poverty' game.

    A host of legends played in the match – including Zico, Juan Roman Riquelme, Roberto Carlos, Romario, Bebeto and current Brazilian superstar Neymar.

    However, while some of the players seemed to have let themselves go a bit in retirement, Zidane still looked in great shape as he glided around the pitch in his trademark, unrushed style.

    The

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