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  • QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has become the subject of criticism after revealing a bizarre new tattoo.

    The former England striker showed off his new ink on Instagram (above) - a gun, a grenade, a flick-knife and a machine gun down the side of his torso.

    Together, when looked at from the right angle, they spell out the word love.

    The meaning, Bothroyd explained, is that "you have to fight for love.... More than anything it's artistic."

    But if Bothroyd was hoping to inspire with his message, he soon found he was the subject of a backlash.

    Amongst those to voice their displeasure with the tattoo was

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  • Kid drills softball into fan’s iPad

    There's something about people taking iPads to sporting events that makes World of Sport irrationally annoyed.

    Perhaps it's the way they blight centuries of tradition with a gleaming slab of technology; or maybe it's the modern obsession with recording events on camera instead of just watching and enjoying them.

    So it was with some delight that we watched this incident from a kids' softball game.

    The batter fouls off a pitch and manages to plant the ball square into a spectator's iPad.

    However, it seems Apple had the last laugh - the man's expensively-acquired piece of kit survived the

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  • Incredible spinning assist outfoxes goalkeeper

    It's not often Algerian football reminds you of an Ashes Test match. but that's just what happened when a mis-hit in the Cup semi-final between MC Algar and defending ES Setif produced spin worthy of Shane Warne himself.

    Setif goalkeeper Sofiane Khedairia raised his hand to signal he had everything under control when a shinned shot looped into the box, apparently on its way out for a goal kick.

    But as the ball hit the turf it gripped and ripped, spinning away from the helpless Khedairia and into the path of an attacker.

    Hadj Bougueche eventually bundled the ball in to give MC Alger the lead

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  • Terry snubs Bernstein handshake

    John Terry snubbed the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein at a ceremony welcoming the Champions League trophy to London.

    The Chelsea captain admitted that he had declined the handshake at the event in Whitehall.

    Bernstein was the man responsible for stripping the defender of the England captaincy last year after he allegedly racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

    Terry was found not guilty in a court hearing last summer, but in the FA’s subsequent review of the incident, where the burden of proof is lower, he was handed a four-match ban which the defender did not appeal.

    Bernstein will step down

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  • Star pulls off outrageously cheeky ice hockey goal

    Jan Sykora of Slovakia produced a superb goal against the Czech Republic in a World Championship warm-up match.

    With his team trailing 2-0 in Prague, Sykora pulled off a move that would look more at home on a lacrosse pitch than on an ice hockey rink.

    After getting the puck behind the goal, Sykora then flicked it up with his stick and shift it into the net in a rapid and slick move that left the Czech goalie flummoxed.

    It seemed to inspire the Slovaks too as they went on to beat their neighbours 3-2.

    The 2013 World Ice Championship will take place in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland

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  • Gremio, Huachipato coaches spark mass brawl

    At the end of Gremio's 1-1 draw against Chilean side Huachipato on the final night of Copa Libertadores group stage matches, a spat between the two managers started a large and at times comical brawl. Gremio manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo was blamed with antagonizing his Huachipato counterpart, Jorge Pellicier, with his laughter and snide remarks.

    In the video above, former Real Madrid coach Luxemburgo can be seen smiling and running towards the tunnel as tempers flare. When he reaches the riots cops, he stops and attempts to dodge the charging Huachipato players, but slips and is left in a

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  • Neymar becomes a comic book character in Brazil

    Neymar's rapid domination of all corners of Brazilian culture continues with his new comic book, which debuts later this month. The series was created in partnership with legendary Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa, who quickly became frustrated with Neymar's ever-changing hairstyles.

    From the AP:

    Neymar will be portrayed as a child with his own football-playing friends and his well-known Mohawk hair style. The first issue is called "A boy with talent.''

    Other Brazilian players who have become children's comic book characters include Pele, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

    At the launch event for

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  • Superb bicycle kick goal in Saudi Arabia

    Emad Al Hosani of Al Ahli scored a stunning wonder goal against Al Nassar in the Saudi Arabian Pro League on Thursday night.

    The Oman international put his side 2-1 up just after the hour as he produced a wonderful bicycle kick direct off a corner.

    His celebration wasn't bad either.

    Al Hosani had also scored Al Ahli's first goal of the match but his side had to settle for a 2-2 draw when Euro 2004 star Angelos Charisteas came off the bench to net a late equaliser.

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  • Argentine players robbed as ‘hooligans’ break into club

    Riot policemen in the stands during an Argentine match between Velez Sarsfield and Huracan in 2011. The match was played without spectators due to a sanction imposed by the Argentine FA against Huracan (Reuters)Riot policemen in the stands during an Argentine match between Velez Sarsfield and Huracan in 2011. The match was played without spectators due to a sanction imposed by the Argentine FA against Huracan (Reuters)

    Around 100 hooded 'hooligans' brandishing sticks broke into the changing rooms at Argentine second division club Huracan and stole players' money and clothes, coach Jose Maria Llop said.

    The incident occurred a day after the team were knocked out of the Copa Argentina by first division side Godoy Cruz.

    "After (Thursday's) practice, when we were in the dressing rooms having showers, the barras bravas (hooligans) came into the club with their faces covered and sticks and intimidated us all," Llop said.

    "They hit some of the lads," he added.

    "When we left, the physical trainer's car and some

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  • School baseball team has 11 rattlesnakes on field

    The West Ranch baseball team celebrates a win ... on a rattlesnake-free home field — West Ranch BaseballThe West Ranch baseball team celebrates a win ... on a rattlesnake-free home field — West Ranch Baseball

    Forget touch pitching matchups, the Valencia West Ranch High baseball team in California has much more harrowing concerns. Rattlesnakes, for instance.

    Yes, rattlesnakes. The West Ranch field is apparently full of them. In fact, according to the Los Angeles Times, the team has discovered 11 rattlesnakes on or near the team’s diamond since school started in August. That’s more than one per month, a significant increase from the grand total of 17 that had been discovered in the general vicinity in the past seven years.

    In fact, the snakes have been so prevalent that West Ranch’s coaches,

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