World of Sport

  • Youth team bans high-fives and handshakes

    There is a flu epidemic doing the rounds in the New York metro area and it’s getting worse. In fact, now it’s even temporarily killing off two of the most treasured past times in youth sports.

    The Manhattan Soccer Club has discouraged both high fives and handshakes amid flu concerns — ManhattanSC.orgThe Manhattan Soccer Club has discouraged both high fives and handshakes amid flu concerns — ManhattanSC.org

    As reported by the New York Post and a variety of other sources, a Manhattan-based youth 'soccer' club has acted to discourage its elementary school athletes from giving each other high fives or even walking through the traditional postgame handshake line. The reason? Officials are worried that contact from high fives and handshakes could spread flu germs.

    In an email sent out to parents, the Manhattan Soccer Club (MSC) outlined a variety of ways to minimize flu risks among its players, including the following paragraph:

    At this point the MSC Board and the coaching staff would recommend that players not shake/touch hands with opponents after the games. The safest thing to do is to touch elbows. The coach or manager can explain this to the other team prior to the game.

    While the email doesn’t explicitly ban high fives or handshakes, it does go to lengths to discourage them from ever taking place.

    And while the soft-ban might seem severe, at least one parent expressed support for the ban when speaking to the Post.

    "It shows that (the club) is on top of what is going on with the flu outbreak, and they have come up with a great solution that shows good sportsmanship while also reducing the chance of transferring the flu," Andy Stenzler, whose 10-year-old daughter plays with MSC, told the Post.

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  • Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been banned from driving for six months after ignoring police letters about speeding offences because he did not understand the word 'constabulary'.

    The Manchester Evening News reported on Wednesday that the Argentine international had pleaded guilty to three offences, including driving without a valid UK licence, at a magistrates court hearing.

    The player's lawyer told magistrates that Tevez, who has played in the Premier League for seven years, had not responded to the letters because he had not understood them.

    "He does understand the word

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  • Fan’s $1,000 shot gets stuck teetering on rim

    Rounding up fans to try and win $1,000 by heaving a ball into the basket from half-court is a time-honoured tradition in the NBA.

    But you've never seen one quite like this.

    During half-time of the Atlanta Hawks' Friday night match against the Utah Jazz, a Hawks fan by the name of Kevin managed to get the ball stuck on the edge of the rim from half-court. Yep, right on the rim.

    It's possible that the ball was slightly deflated from NBA standards, but repeat viewings suggest that this really was a one-in-a-million shot that got stuck in the corner wedge between the rim and the backboard.

    The

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  • Judd Trump wows crowd with funky £2,000 shoes

    Snooker's world number two Judd Trump was already a crowd favourite when he turned up to play in the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

    But he earned even more kudos from the crowd by turning up to play his opening match in a quite staggering pair of shoes.

    The £2,000 slip-ons are apparently inspired by the film Rollerball, and were dreamt up by famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin.

    And Trump admitted before his first round clash with Barry Hawkins that he hopes they'll become something of a lucky charm for him.

    Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way: Trump's funky footwear looked good, but

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  • Ice hockey star scores audacious dummy penalty

    We’ll assume goalie Rastislav Staňa in this Kontinental Hockey League clip is doing his traditional all-star game duty and allowing the shooter to score with ease – after all, there were a combined 29 goals scored between the two KHL All-Star teams in Chelyabinsk on Sunday.

    But this penalty shot by Jori Lehtera – a 2008 St. Louis Blues draft pick who plays for Sibir Novosibirsk – is still a goalie's nightmare, as he makes a move without making a move to score.

    Had the Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk made this move, we’d be calling for a bronze statue to built in his honour.

    Then again,

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  • Galatasaray match halted by puppy power

    Turkey's biggest football club was brought to a standstill at the weekend by two of the cutest pitch invaders ever seen.

    Galatasaray's friendly against German second tier side Vfr Aalen in Antalya had to be halted early in the second half when the football-loving pooches cantered onto the pitch and began playing with the stars.

    Aalen's Brazilian striker Cidimar - wearing the number 33 shirt - immediately started petting the two dogs, earning huge cheers from the thousands in the stadium before the dogs were successfully chased off.

    The disruption didn't put Cidimar off in the slightest: a few

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  • Mo Farah helps turn drug-taking brother’s life around

    Omar Farah, who is 20-years-old, was arrested and spent a month in a young offenders’ institution, before he became homeless and admitted to regularly smoking cannabis.

    But double Olympic champion Mo, 29, has stuck by his brother – who was present to watch his elder sibling storm to victory in the men’s 10,000m final - and given him his full support as he attempts to turn his life around.

    Omar said: “The experience of being in the young offenders’ unit made me never want to go back.

    “Mo’s success has inspired me to do something with my life. I don’t want to doss around and get into trouble

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  • Former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie left the club and joined big rivals Manchester United in a painful £23m switch in August, but it hasn’t stopped the Dutchman featuring in the Gunners’ official 2013 diary.

    Fans who were given the diary as a gift for Christmas got a shock when they flicked ahead to June and found their former hero celebrating with team-mates.

    And despite the blunder, the calendar is still on sale at the Arsenal club shop, priced at £5, complete with the offending picture of Van Persie.

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  • Basketball player sets up own amazing dunk

    A very small percentage of basketball players could pull off the dunk San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin unleashed at Fresno State and an even smaller percentage would dare to attempt it.

    With San Diego State leading by six at Fresno State early in the second half of its 65-62 victory, Aztecs forward Jamaal Franklin led a three-on-three fast break counter attack.

    Neither of his teammates were open as Franklin approached the top of the key, so he improvised, hurling the ball off the glass, running under it and slamming it for a two-handed off-glass self alley-oop.

    Video of the dunk hit the

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  • Type Raheem Sterling's name into a search engine and the first two searches that come up are 'Raheem Sterling kids' and 'Raheem Sterling children.'

    An internet rumour spread like wildfire late last year that the recently-turned 18-year-old Liverpool star had at least three different children from three different women but the winger has finally debunked the myth.

    "Some of the stuff you see is unbelievable. I’ve read stuff that I’ve got five kids and another on the way. It’s just crazy and it’s completely wrong," Sterling told the Daily Mirror.

    The England star actually has only one daughter,

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