World of Sport

  • Basketball’s new pint-sized superstar

    Standing just 4ft 5in tall, 11-year-old Julian Newman has become an internet sensation after being picked for a high school team where he plays against people almost twice his height.

    Our video shows Julian in action for Downey Christian school in Orlando, which is coached by his father, Jamie.

    But this is clearly not a case of nepotism, as little Julian is a sensational player.

    He might not be dunking left right and centre - not at that height - but his dribbling and shooting skills are excellent.

    “He has a tremendous skill level,” says his father, Jamie. “He has moves that even NBA players

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  • Olympian exposed as $600-an-hour escort

    Suzy Favor Hamilton, a three-time U.S. Olympian, has revealed that she has spent much of the past year working as a $600 (£370)-an-hour escort.

    Since last December, Hamilton has, according to The Smoking Gun, worked with Haley Heston's Private Collection in Las Vegas, and has gone on engagements in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. The 44-year-old married mother of one worked under the name "Kelly Lundy," but apparently revealed her true identity to several male clients.

    Hamilton responded to Thursday's story with a lengthy response and apology on Twitter.

    "I realise I have made

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  • Carragher and Neville square off in 2010

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has been critically lauded for his punditry since joining Sky Sports and it now looks as if BT Vision will look to repeat the trick with Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

    Neville went straight from the dressing room into the studio and that has been cited as one of the reasons why his opinions have been so clued in.

    Therefore, BT, who will be broadcasting 38 games a season for three years starting next August after winning a bid for the rights in June, are looking at current players who could make a similar transition.

    And according to

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  • Zidane scores quality goal in charity match

    Zinedine Zidane showed he still oozes class with a quality strike in a charity match in Porto Alegre, Brazil on Wednesday night.

    The French World Cup winner captained a star-studded team in the (original) Ronaldo's annual 'Match Against Poverty' game.

    A host of legends played in the match – including Zico, Juan Roman Riquelme, Roberto Carlos, Romario, Bebeto and current Brazilian superstar Neymar.

    However, while some of the players seemed to have let themselves go a bit in retirement, Zidane still looked in great shape as he glided around the pitch in his trademark, unrushed style.

    The

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  • Messi finishes only third in Argentina’s SPOTY

    Lionel Messi has enjoyed an incredible year, scoring a simply astonishing 90 goals during 2012 which - as we pointed out earlier in the week - is more than the entire Liverpool team.

    You would think they would be immensely proud of the Barcelona star in his native Argentina but amazingly he has only managed to finish third in their most prestigious end of season sports award.

    The "Olimpia de Oro" is the closest things the Argentinians have to the BBC Sports Personality Award, although it is voted for by sports journalists as opposed to the general public.

    They voted boxer Sergio Martinez as

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  • Champions League draw EXACT SAME as rehearsal

    Rehearsal draw on the left, actual draw on the right

    Officials in Nyon who watched the Champions League draw on Thursday might have got a sense of déjà vu when they saw which teams were paired with each other.

    That is because, in an astonishing twist, the draw ended up being exactly the same as the rehearsal draw which took place on Wednesday.

    The order in which the ties were drawn was different but as you can see from our two screen grabs the matches were identical.

    The story has had internet mathematicians scrambling to try and work out what the odds of such a scenario happening are with Sky reporting it is somewhere in the thousands while

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  • Surely it is time this was an Olympic sport?

    The incredible squash rally above comes from the final of the recent Qatar PSAW World Championship Final between Mohamed El Shorbagy and Ramy Ashour.

    The Egyptian pair showed incredible skill as they battled out a keenly contested point that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

    It certainly makes good television and this is what squash desperately needs if it is to be added to the Olympics.

    The sport has been desperately trying to get into the Games but has launched two unsuccessful bids, being passed over in favour of golf and rugby sevens for the Rio Olympics.

    One of the main reasons

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  • Chelsea’s tactics found amongst rubbish

    A Brazilian website claims to have found Chelsea's tactics for the World Club Cup final in amongst a pile of rubbish.

    Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal of the game as Brazilian side Corinthians upset the Blues 1-0 in Yokohama, Japan, although Chelsea actually spelled the Peruvian striker's name wrong on the tactics sheet, referring to him as 'Guerro.'

    On the sheet that contained details on how to defend corners was a nugget of information advising the players to immediately step up after they clear the first ball, while another sheet warned the Chelsea players to 'be aware of the counter

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  • Fans of MLS club vote on manager’s future

    General Manager Adrian Hanauer (L) with Head Coach Sigi Schmid (C) and Technical Director Chris Henderson

    Wouldn't it be interesting if Arsenal held a referendum with their season ticket holders to see if Arsene Wenger should be kept in charge for another four years?

    Would he be 're-elected' or would the Gunners faithful finally cut ties with the Frenchman?

    And how many managers would Chelsea have gone through in recent years if it was left up to the supporters?

    Well at MLS club Seattle Sounders, that's exactly the policy they adopt when it comes to deciding the future of their General Manager - it all comes down to a fan vote.

    The GM of the Sounders is Adrian Hanauer, who is also a part-owner,

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  • Real star’s sees Christmas message pulled after abuse

    Real Madrid have been forced to pull a video of Sergio Ramos wishing Real Madrid's young fans Merry Christmas after the defender was ridiculed for his poor English.

    The video was posted on Real's official YouTube channel and then removed when people left abusive messages about Ramos's accent.

    Ramos said in the video, which was directed to the children who attended Real's social sports school: "Hi, we hope all of you have a great time playing football at Real Madrid Foundation School.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

    However, people left nasty messages on the video saying they couldn't

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