World of Sport

  • Time to walk the plank? Blackbeard had more success operating out of Bristol than former Scotland and England coach Andy Robinson.

    Blackbeard the Pirate enjoyed a more fruitful career than Bristol's sports clubs. It was around nine months ago that research unearthed the news that Bristol - home of the infamous pirate - had the worst sporting facilities of any major British city. Which is hardly surprising given the mediocre output of the club's two leading football clubs.

    But perhaps the most galling moment was the failure of the local rugby side to win promotion to the Premiership on

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  • We may not see Lucozade or Powerade come out with a new 'mushroom-based isotonic', but British sport may be all the worse for it if the hype coming out of North Korea is anything to go by.

    According to North Korean state media, the country has developed a top-secret sports drink out of mushroom fungus that is "very effective" in helping athletes to recover.

    As noted by Sports Illustrated, the timing of this magic drink is uncanny, considering that North Korea recently opened a new Central Mushroom Research Institute in Pyongyang, which enjoyed a personal visit from Kim Jong-un last October.

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  • Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.

    So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last week in the sporting world.

    Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...

    1) 'WHAT ABOUT THE LION?' - Sponsors prank Ajax with new 'kit ideas'

    Ajax and Adidas (video) by le10sport

    Frank de Boer and a group of his Ajax players were brilliantly stitched up as

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  • 91-year-old woman sets remarkable new marathon record

    Most people have their own marathon stories of friends or family members who have surpassed all expectations and achieved something really special.

    But for 91-year-old Harriette Thompson, more than her 90-year-old husband Sydnor got excited about what she managed to do over 26.2 miles.

    She set a new US record for her age group (90-94) with her time of 7:07.42 at the San Diego Marathon.

    A quite remarkable achievement, particularly given that Thompson only took up the sport at the age of 76.

    Oh, and it becomes all the more incredible when you consider that there are burns all over her legs from

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  • Successful horse pockets big deal with shoe brand

    It's a story we've heard time and again: young prospect on the cusp of greatness signs huge sponsorship deal.

    Sometimes it pays off (see: Michael Jordan and Nike) and sometimes it doesn't (see: Lance Armstrong and everything).

    This is the final victory of our brand-obsessed sports culture: Skechers has signed a sponsorship deal with California Chrome.

    A shoe company. Signing a shoe deal with a horse.

    Granted, this is a special horse, one that's won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and is on the verge of winning the first Triple Crown since 1978.

    But the horse won't actually wear sneakers,

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  • ...without hitting the ball...without hitting the ball

    In a bizarre moment that has to be seen to be believed, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd had his bat break into two pieces on a pitch he swung at and missed completely.

    During Sunday afternoon's game against the New York Mets, Byrd took a typically healthy cut at a fastball from left-hander Jonathan Niese. However, before Byrd's bat could get to the baseball, it snapped at the handle and the barrel went flying toward the first base side of the pitcher's mound.

    No contact was made whatsoever — not even a tick. The bat simply broke apart mid-swing, and all that was left in Byrd's

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  • What is the London 2012 Olympic legacy, really? Well, Jon Pollock certainly does not know.

    The GB Paralympian picked up two medals during a long career in wheelchair basketball but has found life extremely tough since retiring after London 2012.

    Pollock, who won bronze at both the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games, enjoyed success for 20 years in the sport, but has struggled after stepping away.

    He says he has received no support after life in his sport and is not sure what to do next.

    Jon, who has spina bifida, was quoted as saying in the Metro: "I don’t believe in the Olympic legacy,

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  • Lewis Hamilton slammed for ‘forgetting his UK roots’

    Lewis Hamilton has been accused of forgetting his roots after making derogatory comments about his home town of Stevenage.

    Comparing his upbringing to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg before last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, multi-millionaire Formula One driver Hamilton got himself into trouble.

    "I come from a not-great place in Stevenage and lived on a couch in my dad’s apartment," he said.

    "And Nico grew up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kinds of things – so the hunger is different."

    Rosberg and Hamilton have become embroiled in a public dispute despite being on the

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  • Social media lit up with mockery after rapper 50 Cent threw an abysmal pitch to open the New York Mets' Major League Baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The recording artist and actor, real name Curtis James Jackson III, was invited to throw the first pitch from the mound at Citi Field in New York, in keeping with a long-standing a tradition of American baseball games.

    But the man who rose to prominence with the 2003 album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' failed remarkably in this seemingly straight-forward task: his left-armed throw veered horribly off target, landing way off camera and

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  • Inspirational armless body builder goes viral

    Barbie Thomas (Barcroft Media Ltd)

    Meet Barbie Thomas, a 37-year-old woman with no arms who shot to fame after earning a standing ovation at an American bodybuilding competition.

    Thomas lost both of her arms in an electrical accident aged just two, but has refused to let it halt her dreams and has competed in body-building events over the past decade.

    She might not have picked up an award at the NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championship last weekend, but Thomas was the only competitor to get the crowd on their feet.

    Thomas has brushed off her body's limitations to get into tremendous physical

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