World of Sport

  • Village club president suspended over Messi bid

    The president of a village team in France has been suspended for six months for trying to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

    Cedric Enjolras, the president of FC Borne, who play in the second division of the Haute-Loire district league and represent a village of just 400 people, hatched the plan over what was said to be a "well-oiled" dinner with friends.

    He then submitted a formal transfer offer for Messi with the French Football Federation and asked them to forward it on to the Spanish champions and the Spanish Football Federation.

    However, the FFF did not see the humour in the stunt

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  • Abramovich spends £25m on ‘stop-gap’ house

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has splashed out £25 million on a 'temporary home' while builders redevelop his main £150m residence.

    The Russian billionaire, who is the 15th-richest person on the planet with a fortune of more than £11 billion, bought the nine-bedroom, 10-bathroom house in Chelsea as work on his main house in Knightsbridge could take up to three years to complete, according to The Independent.

    The paper also claims that the general public may be able to get a sneaky glimpse of the house in September this year as the property was once part of the original manor house of

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  • Bizarre hole-in-one caught on camera

    An Australian golf nut has scored an amazing hole-in-one by
    throwing the ball at the green - and his friends caught the entire thing on

    The group gathered on the 104m fifth hole of the Lakes
    Course at Collier Park golf club in Como, Western Australia, after the last
    golfers had finished for the day.

    The idea was to see how close they could get to throwing the
    ball into the hole, which is modelled on the famous par-3 16th at Augusta.

    But amazingly, after just half an hour of throwing golf
    balls onto the green, one of the gang succeeded in getting the ball into the

    Watch the

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  • Sao Paulo goalkeeper scores 100th goal of his career

    Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored the 100th goal of his career to give Sao Paulo a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Corinthians in a pulsating Paulista championship derby marred by three red cards on Sunday.

    Rogerio, who holds the world record for goals scored by a goalkeeper, placed a free kick in the top right corner nine minutes into the second half to put Sao Paulo 2-0 up.

    The 38-year-old former Brazil goalkeeper, a reserve when his country won their record fifth title in Asia in 2002, was booked for taking off his jersey as he celebrated.

    "When a goalkeeper goes on to the pitch he doesn't think

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  • Fan takes out mascot for mocking cheerleaders

    Sports fans can get pretty protective of their cheerleading
    squads - but one fan took things a bit too far at a college basketball match
    last week.

    The cheerleaders for the Mount Royal Cougars took to the
    court ahead of an Alberta Colleges Final Four game being played in Lethbridge,
    Canada, prompting the mascot of opposing team NAIT Ooks to join and start
    lampooning their hilariously dull routine.

    While such cheeky mascot antics wouldn't raise an eyebrow at
    an English football match, it's apparently not the done thing in Canada - and a
    Mount Royal fan became so furious at the slight that he

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  • The world of racing is sending its best wishes to legendary commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan after the 95-year-old suffered a mild stroke.

    The former 'voice of racing' was said to be recovering well in London's Charing Cross Hospital on Wednesday after he was admitted on Sunday.

    O'Sullevan, who commentated on 50 Grand Nationals, retired in 1997 and has since enjoyed good health into his 90s.

    He even drove himself to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting in Paris in October 2012 and attended the Cheltenham Festival earlier in March.

    Affectionately known as "the voice of racing", Sir Peter

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  • Mascot ‘eats’ player during match

    A minor league baseball mascot has become an internet hit
    after 'eating' the pitcher during a game.

    'Clammy Sosa', a giant clam mascot, was  entertaining fans at a Myrtle Beach Pelicans
    game by playing fetch with the pitcher, who was throwing the ball for the
    mascot to chase during the seventh-inning stretch.

    The pitcher decided to play a prank on the mascot by sending
    him running without having thrown the ball - then added injury to insult by
    throwing the ball at the back of his head.

    That was it: the mascot snapped, and gobbled up the player
    to the delight of the fans.

    Watch the video:



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  • Wayne Rooney enrols 16-month-old son in football school

    Wayne Rooney has enrolled his son Kai in a Brazilian football
    skills school at just 16 months old.

    The Manchester United and England striker is apparently determined that
    his son will follow in his footsteps, and has signed him up with SocaTots, a
    Brazilian football school that has now expanded to the UK.

    In Brazil kids are taught to play football almost as soon as
    they can walk, with players like Ronaldinho and Kaka famously having started as
    toddlers - though the emphasis is invariably on having fun playing with the
    ball and interacting with team-mates rather than the more formal skills

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  • Match on flooded pitch goes ahead

    There is nothing spectacular about a waterlogged pitch - games get called off all the time if the pitch is unplayable.

    When it becomes a story, though, is when the referee decides to play the game despite the pitch being covered in water.

    That's what happened in Brazil last weekend when the referee decided that the Carioca Championship Serie B match between Itaperuna and Aperibeense should go ahead despite half the pitch being completely submerged in water.

    The teams splashed through the whole 90 minutes at the Estadio Jair Bittencourt near Rio, with Itaperuna even managing to win the match

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  • Police mistake cricket game for gun battle

    Armed police surrounded a factory in Cheadle, Greater Manchester because they thought a factory cricket match was a gun battle.

    Workers at the Power Star sports equipment factory were playing a game of cricket inside their building but whenever the ball hit the shutters it made a noise similar to that of a gunshot.

    An alarmed passer-by then phoned the police to report the "gunshots" and police rushed to the scene only to find a few employees inside playing a game of cricket.

    "'We'd been watching the England match and finished work so thought we may as well play cricket," worker Mohammed

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