World of Sport

  • Double amputee completes ‘world’s toughest race’

    Britain's Chris Moon has become the first amputee to complete the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley — considered one of the most gruelling sporting feats in the world.

    The 50-year-old, who lost his right arm and leg in an explosion while supervising mine clearance in Mozambique in 1995, was the first amputee to even attempt the race - and managed to complete the 135-mile course in a time of 41 hours, 58 minutes and 38 seconds.

    Photo courtesy of MTB Ltd

    Moon has been working as a motivational speaker ever since his terrible accident in Africa.

    Less than a year after leaving hospital he had run the London Marathon,

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  • Lee Dixon to leave BBC football

    The BBC's future football coverage will not feature Lee Dixon after the former Arsenal defender announced he is to leave the company.

    The 48-year-old revealed the end of an eight-year association with the BBC via Twitter.

    "Sad to be leaving BBC," Dixon wrote. "Nothing lasts forever. New challenges ahead. Loved my time there. Wonderful people... Just time to move on."

    The news has come as a disappointment to many football fans, who feel that the BBC's commentary and punditry team has become too cosy and lacks insight.

    Alan Hansen has come under fire for reported wages of £40,000 a week in the

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  • Blake warms up for London with superb run

    World 100 metres champion Yohan Blake showed he was in good heart to challenge compatriot Usain Bolt for Olympic sprint dominance in London by clocking 9.85 seconds to win at a meeting in Lucerne.

    Blake, making his first appearance since beating Olympic 100 and 200 champion Bolt over both distances at the Jamaican trials in late June and early July, burst clear in the final 30 metres to win easily on a warm and sunny evening in the Swiss city.

    Jamaica's Michael Frater was second in 10.0 with Trinidad & Tobago's Marc Burns, given the same time, in third place.

    Blake shocked training partner

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  • Watch Team GB’s first outing

    Team GB played their first match together in a low-key and little-publicised match, losing 1-0 against Mexico behind closed doors in Marbella on Sunday.

    Stuart Pearce's side have been training in Spain ahead of the tournament.

    Before they returned to the UK, however, they took on a Mexico-under-23 side in a match which was curiously broken down into three thirty-minute thirds.

    The Olympic host nation began with all three of their over-age players - captain Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards - on the field, but could not prevent Mexico from having numerous shots on goal.

    Marco Fabian

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  • Baseball star Gonzalez injured greeting small child

    Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was forced to miss matches after injuring his back greeting a small child at a shopping mall.

    The 30-year-old, who has been picked as an All-Star on four occasions in his career, was out in Tampa ahead of a Red Sox clash against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The Boston Globe newspaper report that he was grabbing a cup of coffee when he bent over to say hello to a child, only to feel his lower back lock up as he did so.

    The strangest aspect of the injury was that Gonzalez had never experienced any kind of back problem in his career before.

    "I have no idea how

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  • Dublin schoolboy Zak Gilsenan, 9, has been snapped up by Spanish outfit Barcelona after impressing their scouts in a trial.

    Gilsenan scored seven goals in the trial to beat a field of 400 young hopefuls to join the FCB Escola football academy.

    The academy is part of a world-renowned training facility in La Masia which has led the Catalan giants to dominate European football in recent seasons and produce talent of the quality of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

    Gilsenan's father Stephen told the Irish Sun the family were so excited by the news that they are now planning to emigrate to

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  • Keeper kicks off campaign with own-goal howler

    The Ukrainian Premier League began this weekend with one of the strangest own-goals you will ever see.

    Newly-promoted Hoverla travelled to Chernomorets for their opening match, and slipped to 3-0 down by half-time, in no small part due to this extraordinary blunder.

    Evgen Eliseev was the unfortunate scorer, hooking the ball away from the onrushing attacker but towards goal.

    In a moment of confusion, goalkeeper Aleksandr Nad clearly feared it would be branded a back-pass, which meant he would not be allowed to use his hands.

    Instead, he opted to try and head the ball away. Leaping salmon-like

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  • Quotes of the Week: Role Models

    Bradley Wiggins uses the facilities

    "I don't think I should sit here and justify everything I've done. I'm not some sh*t rider who comes from nowhere. I've been three-times pursuit Olympic champion, do you imagine what kind of engine you need to be Olympic champion? I was six-times world champion, fourth in the Tour de France, third in the Vuelta last year. It's not like I come from nowhere. I have an incredible pedigree since I was in my teens. I'm only human, I'm a kid from London happened to be good at riding a bike, I make mistakes, I swear, I'm not a role model" — Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins makes another fiery

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  • Crow ruffles feathers at snooker match

    Shaun Murphy was left contemplating swapping his snooker cue for a shooting iron after he was taken out 5-4 by Peter Ebdon in the Australian Goldfields Open quarter-finals while a bird squawked in the background.

    The 2005 world champion Murphy could only muster a paltry break of six among the balls in the final frame before Ebdon concluded his business with a frame and match-winning 56 inside Bendigo Stadium in Victoria.

    2002 world champion Ebdon progresses to a semi-final with Marco Fu, who throttled Stephen Lee 5-1 in the other opening quarter-final.

    Ebdon is two wins away from snaring a

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  • An Australian rugby player caused a stink after being accused of peeing on himself to put opponents off tackling him.

    But he has now been cleared of the charges after authorities accepted his assertion that he'd merely poured water onto his groin.

    The story was 'leaked' - along with an incriminating photograph that you probably ought not to click on - to the Australian Daily Telegraph by the Illawarra District Rugby Union after they received a complaint about the Avondale player.

    The complaint alleged that the player - a centre - relieved himself in his shorts during a local league match

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