World of Sport

  • Player deliberately misses penalty

    A player-manager in Northern Ireland has won admirers for a remarkable act of sportsmanship that could cost his side their place in the Premiership.

    Dungannon Swifts boss Darren Murphy deliberately missed a controversial penalty in a crucial match against Ballymena United that they went on to lose 4-2.

    When the game was still goalless, Ballymena defender Chris Rodgers went down injured inside the penalty area, but play continued.

    The referee eventually spotted the Rodgers lying motionless and shouted 'stop the play' while the ball was in the air.

    Because had not blown his whistle, the players

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  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appears to be the only person to think Manchester United's defeat to Wigan has made them more likely to win the Premier League:

    Tuesday am - City trail United by eight points
    Mancini: "It's not over. In football it's never finished. For this reason, I believe always."

    Wednesday pm - City trail United by five points
    Mancini: "It is finished. Five points is too much. United have got fantastic spirit. We don't have this spirit."

    "He's been really helpful in every transfer target we've gone for. Everyone who has come into the club since Damien has been here

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  • Team launches new strip with bizarre farm video

    Launching a new club strip is usually a turgid affiar involving a few players standing by the side of the pitch holding a ball.

    But this year Ipswich Town decided to liven things up a bit by swapping the Portman Road backdrop for a local farm:

    The Tractor Boys - so called because they are located in the middle of Suffolk farming country - decided to take their nickname literally by filming a video promoting their 2012/13 season strips alongside farmyard animals.

    Hens, goats and a shire horse all make an appearance in the video - as does the traditional buxom milk maid. We doubt that comely

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  • Why ‘Sepp Blatter’ broke into embarrassing dance


    A video has appeared on the internet of Sepp Blatter dancing acrobatically to a Brazilian song.

    Blatter is known to enjoy dancing, but on this occasion it is not the 76-year-old head of FIFA himself who is breaking out his best moves, but a spoof.

    The video, which has already been watched tens of thousands of times, has a serious message, however.

    It has been released by Swiss charitable organisation Solidar Suisse, who are campaigning against FIFA.

    They believe that FIFA are awarding the World Cup to host nations who cannot afford it, saddling them with huge debts as football's governing

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  • Shaqiri wows with acrobatic scissors kick

    Xherdan Shaqiri of Basel has been talked about as a possible superstar of European football for some time - and this remarkable goal against Luzern showed exactly why.

    The 20-year-old shone at youth level for Switzerland and impressed for his club in the Champions League against the likes of Manchester United and Benfica.

    He has been snapped up by Bayern Munich in a €10m deal, and will leave the Swiss side for Germany in the summer.

    But before departing, he scored this contender for goal of the season, a remarkable, acrobatic volley from a tight angle to help his side to a 1-1 draw.

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  • Arsenal players perform ballet in car ad

    Arsenal might be among the Premier League's most stylish teams, but a new advert shows they are no match for the poise and grace of professional ballerinas.

    Four dancers from the English National Ballet put Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Song and Bacary Sagna through their paces in the commercial for French car manufacturer Citroen.

    The advert, shot at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, shows the Gunners struggling to pick up the basics.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain looks dangerously close to dropping a ballerina as he attempts to lift her skywards at one point.

    By the end, the players

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  • Steering wheel falls off in racer’s hands

    Australian racing driver Hayley Swanson got the shock of her life when the steering wheel of her race car fell off into her hands.

    Heading into a long right-hander, Swanson looked to turn in, only for the wheel to detach, leaving her heading off track at pace.

    With cars flashing past her as they raced for position, she was fortunate to avoid a crash, but was composed enough to bring the car to a standstill in the gravel by the side of the track.

    The 23-year-old was on debut in the Aussie Race Cars series, in the Aussie Brute Utes category at the Symmons Plains Raceway circuit in Tasmania.

    A

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  • Quotes of the Week: ‘Hands up – we messed up’

    Champions Corner

    "Barca don't need these things. They are the best team in the world. I start to understand Jose Mourinho when he talks about what happens when you come here to play against them. Now I have seen it first hand and I understand it more and more." Zlatan Ibrahimovic rages against the award of two penalties at the Camp Nou during AC Milan's Champions League defeat by Barcelona.

    "Ibrahimovic wants to make friends with Mourinho." Pep Guardiola's response.

    "Let me be honest, I don't think there will be a Real Madrid-Chelsea final. I don't think. I prefer to say only this. I don't

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  • Women’s Super League’s unique plan to raise profile

    Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), Jill Scott (Everton), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea)

    The women's Super League, which starts its second season this weekend, has come up with a unique plan to help raise the profile of their competition.

    Each of the eight clubs have designated a player on their team as "digital ambassadors" who will promote their team online.

    The selected players will be the "digital face of their club" and have their Twitter handles displayed on their jerseys so supporters can get directly in touch with them.

    "The league launched with an ambition to give our fans a different type of experience and social media gives us the opportunity to really bring fans and

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  • Match halted as ball hits camera… twice

    An Asian Champions League clash had to be halted after a freak occurrence as a goalkeeper's clearance smashed into an overhead camera during the game.

    Nothing particularly unsual in that, you might think, these things happen once or twice a season... except that directly from the restart the exact same thing happened again:

    The match in question was the clash between Abu Dhabi side Al-Jazira and Iranian club Esteghlal at the latter's Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

    Al-Jazira' keeper Ali Khaseif was the man in question, whose high-trajectory clearances twice made contact with the camera suspended

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