World of Sport

  • News clippings about John McKissick: Everyone from Sports Illustrated to USA Today have covered his story

    With 613 career wins under his belt, the coach of a small-town South Carolina high school football team has blazed a victory trail unmatched at any level of the American sport.

    The record of John McKissick, 87, easily beats that of Florida State University's Bobby Bowden, who with 377 victories is the coach with the most wins at a major college football program. Coach Don Shula leads the NFL with 347 career wins.

    Those numbers pale into insignificance next to similar records in other sports: Sir Alex Ferguson earned 800 victories in 1,500 games as Manchester United manager, for example, while

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  • Sports Minister Helen Grant had a quite inexplicable disaster in a sports quiz as she scored zero with some pretty basic questions.

    The MP for Maidstone was asked five sports questions as part of an interview with ITV Meridian but had a complete nightmare as she failed to answer any.

    Last month, Grant told the Independent on Sunday that sport was 'in her DNA' shortly after being promoted to the role of Sports Minister.

    But that did not help her when it came to the quiz as she failed to identify the current holders of the FA Cup, the England rugby captain or the Wimbledon women's champion.


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  • Taxpayers ‘to pay £185m to convert Olympic Stadium’

    The general public may not particularly care about West Ham being able to move into their new stadium, yet it will reportedly cost the taxpayer up to £185m to convert the Olympic Stadium.

    As much as £200m will be required for the necessary redevelopment work to take place so that the Premier League club can move into the Newham venue in 2016 and the majority will come from the taxpayer.

    West Ham will have to pay £15m towards that figure, with the following organisations burdened with the remainder of the cost.

    - London Legacy Development Corporation - £120m

    - Newham Council - £40m


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  • A middle-aged German prince who skis for Mexico

    Hubertus von Hohenlohe is not your typical Mexican.

    For starters, he’s German aristocracy, the son of Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe and Princess Ira Furstenberg, and a member of the extended Agnelli family, the Italian clan who own Fiat and Juventus.

    Secondly, he’s an alpine skier, which is an unusual hobby for a nation with little regular snow. Indeed, on the occasion the white stuff does come down, locals are suitably panicked to declare states of emergency.

    Thirdly, he is 54. No, that is not a typo. At an age when most are winding down the years before retirement, he has qualified for the Winter

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  • ‘Hunger Games’ movies send interest in archery soaring

    The United States has a secret weapon for helping to produce future Olympic archery champions, but she isn't a coach or a current athlete. In fact, she isn't even real.

    She is Katniss Everdeen, who, just in case you've been living under a rock these past couple of years or don't have teenage children, is the heroine of "The Hunger Games" book and movie series.

    With a bow and arrows as her weapon of choice, Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the film, has unwittingly created a dramatic surge in American archery participation, especially among young women. Book publisher Scholastic

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  • Amazing extreme wheelchair freestyling

    Aaron 'Wheelz' Fotheringham is wheelchair bound, but that has not stopped him from performing some incredible stunts.

    Fotheringham proves that extreme freestyle sports are not only for the fully able-bodied as he flies through the air with a series of breathtaking moves.

    'Wheelz' performs outrageous stunts, jumps and even full flips - all from the seat of his wheelchair - as he shows remarkable guts.

    He falls out of the chair occasionally, but Fotheringham says it's all part of the fun as he swiftly gets straight back up and tries another stunt.

    Devin Supertramp works the camera for this

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  • Jesse Owens Olympic gold set to smash records at auction

    Nearly 80 years after his golden exploits clinched an eternal place in Olympic history and more than three decades after he passed away, Jesse Owens is seemingly still capable of breaking records.

    The sports memorabilia community is abuzz this week after one of Owens' gold medals from the 1936 Berlin Games was put up for auction, with the iconic item predicted to fetch more than $1 million. It is unclear which event Owens won the medal for – in Berlin he tasted victory in the 100 meters, 200, 4x100 relay and the long jump – and back then the prizes were not inscribed with engraving that

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  • Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman are among a group of stars sending themselves up in a hilarious new advert for an American shoe shop chain.

    The advert for Foot Locker shows a series of retired American sports stars putting wrong the rights of their past, with Tyson leading the way by returning the chunk of ear that he bit off Evander Holyfield during their infamous bout in 1997.

    The advert then shows basketball's ultimate bad boy, Dennis Rodman, booking a one-way flight to North Korea - a reference to the two trips to the isolated communist state that Rodman has made.

    Mike Tyson returns Evander Holyfield's ear in spoof advertAlso starring in the advert

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  • Michael Jordan’s 16-year-old basketball shoes have been listed for auction and are expected to sell for at least $80,000 (or £50,000).

    The iconic black-and-red US size 13 Air Jordans, worn while he fired the Chicago Bulls to 1997 NBA glory despite suffering from the flu, have been verified by multiple US auction houses after their owner decided to part ways with the treasured item.

    Jordan had to be helped off the court after his 38-point haul – including a buzzer-beating clincher – led the Bulls to a 90-88 game five win over the Utah Jazz, giving them a 3-2 NBA Finals series lead that would

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  • Magnus Carlsen has everything you might expect of a superstar athlete: a modelling contract, endorsement deals, a dedicated female fan club, a growing bank balance and millions of fans watching his every move.

    But Carlsen is a different kind of sporting celebrity. The 22-year-old from Norway is building his fame and popularity entirely on the brilliance of his own mind rather than physical brawn or dexterity.

    Carlsen is a chess player, but he is not just any chess player. He is, according to statistical computations that determine such things, the best player in the history of the game

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