World of Sport

  • Photo: Hong Kong FA

    The 10th edition of the AFC Cup — the competition run by the Asian Football Confederation for domestic clubs in 'developing nations' — has run into controversy following Tuesday evening's meeting Hong Kong's Sun Hei SC and Indonesian visitors Persibo Bojonegoro.

    Following a 3-3 draw in Indonesia last week, Persibo travelled to the return leg at Sun Hei's Mong Kok Stadium and found themselves 8-0 down after 39 minutes.

    Rather than risk a record-breaking defeat in the second half, the Indonesian Premier League apparently resorted to very unsportsmanlike tactics.

    The South China Morning Post

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  • Fabregas becomes father DURING Barca v PSG

    While Cesc Fabregas was huffing and puffing on the pitch during Barcelona's Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain his girlfriend was going through a far more trying physical ordeal.

    However, it turned into a special day for the former Arsenal man as he become a father for the first time when his girlfriend Daniella Semaan gave birth to a baby girl that they called Lia DURING the match.

    With Lionel Messi only fit enough for a place on the bench, Fabregas started the match and rushed to the hospital as soon as it was finished to meet his new bundle of joy.

    "Yesterday it was the

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  • Chelsea star’s WAG ‘had affair with team-mate’

    Kevin De Bruyne and now ex-girlfriend Caroline in happier times (Imago)

    Chelsea have been hit by rumours that one of their players' WAG had an affair with another member of the squad.

    According to Belgian magazine 'Story', Kevin De Bruyne left his girlfriend Caroline after she had an affair with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

    Both De Bruyne and Courtois are Chelsea players, but perhaps luckily for the club at this point in time, are also both currently out on loan.

    The 21-year-old De Bruyne, a £7 million signing from Genk in January 2012 is currently with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, while 20-year-old Courtois was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid after

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  • ‘Voice of darts’ quits over racist ‘jokes’

    Martin Fitzmaurice

    Legendary darts announcer Martin Fitzmaurice has quit after being caught on camera telling racist jokes.

    Fitzmaurice, whose chanted catchphrase "Let's... play... darts!" is famous throughout the game, made the offensive comments at an international match between Scotland and England being played in Fife.

    The compare had initially said that his comments were just 'a bit of banter' but after the scandal blew up he decided to offer his resignation which was accepted.

    The British Darts Organisation and the Scottish Darts Association had both condemned Fitzmaurice for his comments which included

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  • Following the bizarre sacking of Bobby Williamson as Uganda manager, we take a look at some of the lesser-known British coaches plying their trades in football’s far-flung colonies.

    Scottish coach Williamson did have a career of some note in his homeland, managing Hibernian and Kilmarnock before less successful spells in England with Plymouth and Chester.

    You can also look no further than England manager Roy Hodgson for the model of the Brit abroad – aside from a disastrous spell as Blackburn boss in 1997, since the mid-seventies he managed across Europe and the Middle East before returning

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo was able to bolster his ego yet again on Tuesday as his two goals stopped Real Madrid from suffering a shock Champions League exit to Galatasaray in Istanbul.

    And is if being the team's saviour wasn't enough of a confidence boost, he celebrated by shaking hands with a man who makes a living by trying to look like him.

    After the match the Portuguese superstar, who is almost as famous for his "look" as he is for his skills on the pitch, came face to face with Gokmen Akdogan, a 23-year-old Turkish man who earns a living by impersonating the superstar striker.

    Akdogan, who also

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  • Martin Fitzmaurice

    Darts is in uproar over sickening racist jokes made by legendary announcer Martin Fitzmaurice at a tournament on Sunday.

    Fitzmaurice, whose chanted catchphrase "Let's... play... darts!" is famous throughout the game, made the offensive comments at an international match between Scotland and England being played in Fife.

    The British Darts Organisation and the Scottish Darts Association have both condemned Fitzmaurice for his comments. The compere himself  has apologised, but claimed that, "It was banter. I apologise if I offended anybody."

    The BDO has issued a full statement decrying the darts

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  • April Fool becomes reality as Scottish manager loses job

    A Scottish football boss plying his trade in Africa lost his job days after his employers released an ‘April Fool’ statement saying he had been sacked.

    The Ugandan FA ‘hilariously’ claimed former Hibernian, Kilmarnock and Plymouth boss Bobby Williamson had left the role “by mutual consent”, in a carefully-worded press release issued to local and international news agencies.

    That turned out to be an April Fool prank, but the joke was eventually on Williamson after he was fired for real a week later.

    "FUFA hereby informs the public that a notice of termination of contract has this morning Monday

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  • Real-life Quidditch (www.worldcupquidditch.com) and Harry Potter in action

    It's not often the worlds of Harry Potter and sport come face-to-face, but this weekend in Florida that's exactly what will happen as the real-life Quidditch World Cup takes place.

    Anybody who has read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the films will no doubt be surprised at this news, since the first thing anybody really notices about the made-up sport is that it's played in mid-air on flying broomsticks.

    But apparently people have been honing the rules of a real-life version ever since 2005 - and now, for the first time, 56 teams from four different countries will come together

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  • Tsakiris SakisThe reason why all sporting champions should not be swept into one category is because of stories such as this. Tsakiris Sakis has won the Greek Biathlon Championships for 28 - yes, twenty-eight - successive years.

    To put that in context, there have been 15 different winners of the world championships over the same period of time in the corresponding event - the men's sprint.

    What were you doing in 1985, if indeed you were even alive back then?

    Sakis was busy winning his first national championship. Last month, he won his 28th in the beautiful Falakro Mountains in eastern Greece, and there is

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