World of Sport

  • Fan tries to catch ball and…. fails. Ouch.

    A hapless fan became the unlikely star of the show at the Mexican top flight match between Morelia and Pumas at the weekend.

    His moment of fame came as he tried to catch a ball hoiked inadvertently into the crowd with just under a quarter an hour of the match left.

    As the ball flew towards him everything looked good, but moments later disaster struck. Maybe it was the excitement of having seen Pumas score the opening goal a few minutes later, perhaps it was a shot of tequila that still had a bit of worm in it, but either way the fan ended up overbalancing and producing a stunning faceplant

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  • Joey Barton: Sweet and tender or nasty traitor?

    The picture posted on Barton's Twitter account @Joey7Barton

    Marseille fans had a special message for Joey Barton after he signed for the French club on loan from QPR.

    Barton was in the stands to watch his new team go top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Rennes, and tweeted the above picture of a banner from the stands.

    The banner said 'Welcome Sweet And Tender Hooligan' which is a reference to a song from Barton's favourite band The Smiths.

    "I already love the fans of L'OM. The Smiths banner is impressive? Non?" wrote Barton on Twitter after posting the picture.

    Barton said he was excited about playing in the French league after his troubled spell

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  • An American college football player was at the centre of an amazing series of blunders in the first game of the season after he started running the wrong way down the field.

    Kent State's Andre Parker seemed certain to score after his Towson College opponent tried in vain to catch a punt: Parker was on hand to scoop up the spilt ball, and seemingly had to just turn round and run an unopposed seven yards to score a touchdown.

    At that point, however, the linebacker suffered total brain freeze. Rather than cross over into the opposition end zone, he somehow got confused and started running back

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  • Paralympic pain

    "It was a huge shock. As an athlete it was not only a shock but it left me very frustrated with the system. I lost faith in it a bit... I was always borderline of the S6 and the S7 category, so for me to be moved up to an S8 was very hard... I'm a T10 complete paraplegic, I have no feeling or movement from my belly button down and I'm competing against people who are bi-lateral double amputees below the knee, who have, from below the knee up, full function.It's like competing against seven athletes who are doping." - An emotional Mallory Weggemann, the world record-breaking US

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  • A car fanatic from Essex has spent 15 years and £95,000 building the world's fastest Mini.

    And wow, has he succeeded.

    Stuart Meads bought the classic Mini 1000 for just £500, but since then has spent countless thousands of hours - along with  his family and his team of mechanics - turning it into a hot rod dragster that will accelerate quicker than a Formula One car.

    Stuart's Mini will go from 0-60mph in less than two seconds - that's half a second quicker than most of today's F1 cars, and 0.2 seconds quicker than the crazy, 1200bhp, £1.5 million Bugatti Veyron, the most powerful and

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  • Sheffield United to name stand after Jessica Ennis

    Jessica EnnisBritish Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis has received thousands of tributes since winning gold in the London 2012 heptathlon earlier this month.

    But none of the plaudits were more unexpected than the one bestowed upon her by Sheffield United Football Club, who have renamed a stand in her honour.

    The Blades - who count Sean Bean among their celebrity fans - decided that they would rename the Bramall Lane Stand the Jessica Ennis Stand, a gesture that has left the 26-year-old stunned and delighted.

    "It's wonderful and totally unexpected to have further recognition from within Sheffield and from the

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  • Celtic star’s team-mates play genius post-it prank

    Bangura's old banger (@KCommons15)Celtic striker Mohamed Bangura didn't have the best of seasons after moving from Sweden's AIK to Parkhead last summer.

    And with just 11 apperances and no goals, it was little surprise when Neil Lennon loaned the £2.2m Sierra Leone striker back to AIK until the New Year.

    But while the 23-year-old failed to make his mark on the pitch, he was obviously a hit with his team-mates, who decided to give him a colourful send-off.

    Mohamed BanguraCeltic stars Joe Ledley, Kris Commons and Scott Brown covered Bangura's car with multi-coloured post-it notes, complete with the single word "Mo!" on the rear window.

    This has

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  • CricketCricket is making a major push to crack the American market with the creation of a star-studded Twenty20 league and a catchy new tagline: "Baseball on steroids".

    Given the recent history of America's favourite sport you might be forgiven for thinking that baseball is already baseball on steroids, but the director of Cricket Holdings America, Neil Maxwell, is unrepentant.

    "Twenty20 cricket is baseball on steroids," he told The Times. "It's far quicker and there's a lot more activity."

    Maxwell also predicted that the element of physicality will work in the ancient game's favour.

    "Bowlers are

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  • Lance Armstrong remains defiant despite giving up his fight against doping charges brought by the US Anti-Doping Authority.

    The American used a speech at a cancer convention on Wednesday (shown in the video  above) to introduce himself as a seven-times Tour de France winner. He insisted that he would not let the shadow of doping allegations get in the way of his fundraising efforts, which have contributed just under half a billion dollars for the fight against cancer.

    From the moment that he gave up his fight against the charges Armstrong has claimed that the USADA do not have the power to

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  • Boy with no feet to train with Barcelona

    A Brazilian boy with no feet has impressed football scouts so much that he has been offered a chance to train with Barcelona.

    Gabriel Muniz, 11, was born without feet, but refused to let the impairment stop him from joining in kickabouts with his friends.

    And now the Spanish giants  have asked Gabriel to come and train at their famous academy in the Catalan capital.

    Gabriel, who was born in the Brazilian city of Campos, has never let his disability get in his way, even as a baby.

    "He started walking before he was one. We would go after him, expecting him to keep falling, but he never fell,"

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