World of Sport

  • Brazilian star Luiz Adriano guilty of horror miss

    Funny videos of footballers blazing over the bar from point-blank range are all well and good, but as often as not it's a lower-league player, or an out-of-position defender, who is at fault.

    Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian superstar Luiz Adriano has no such excuse for this astonishing blunder. The 24-year-old was served up a perfect pass that presented him with an open goal from inside the six-yard box in the 33rd minute of the Ukrainian Premier League clash against struggling Illichivets:

    The reactions of the striker, his team-mates and the men on the bench say it all: that, my friend, was an

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  • Olympic history: Berlin 1936

    1936 hero Owens begins the sprintHaving missed out on the chance to host the 1916 Olympic Games because of the First World War, Berlin stepped up 20 years later as a second global conflict loomed.

    Adolf Hitler, the German Chancellor, seized the opportunity to promote his belief of racial supremacy. But the supreme athlete of these Games turned out to be Jesse Owens, a black American who won four gold medals.

    Some commentators suggested Hitler lavished money on the Games because he fully expected Berlin to host them permanently. He built a new track and field stadium with a 100,000 capacity, six gyms and many small arenas. The

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  • Chas & Dave try to persuade Redknapp to stay

    Chas & DaveTwo of Tottenham's most famous supporters have joined the chorus of Spurs fans begging Harry Redknapp not to leave the club: Chas & Dave.

    The cockney songsters - famous for such hits as 'Gertcha' and 'Rabbit' - have recorded a short song trying to persuade Redknapp not to quit White Hart Lane for the England job.

    Redknapp remains red-hot favourite to become the next permanent England boss following the resignation of Fabio Capello last month, but Spurs fans are terrified of losing the manager who took them from the threat of relegation to the Champions League.

    And Chas 'n' Dave hope their song

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  • Astonishing double-overhead kick goal

    An overhead kick goal is always something special. So, how about an overhead kick set up by another overhead kick?

    And what if that overhead kick, set up by another overhead kick, were scored in the third minute of stoppage time?

    That is the quite incredible scenario that played out for Korean side Seongnam in their Asian Champions League match away to Nagoya Grampus of Japan.

    Trailing 2-1 in the dying seconds, Seongnam saw an attack foiled as Grampus cleared the ball to the edge of the box.

    What happened next was truly unique, as Brazilian Everton Santos produced an agile volley to hook the

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  • Quotes of the week: “They use real bullets”

    In this week's best sporting quotes, we cordially present Tiger Woods as Navy SEAL, Vladimir Putin as biathlete, and Park Ji-Sung as de facto frog juice salesman - and that's before we get to Glen Johnson...

    Guns don't kill people, golfers do

    "With the U.S. Open 18 days away, do you think it was a good idea to go on a Navy SEALs mission? You need to get that whole SEALs thing out of your system and stick to playing Navy SEAL on the video games. I can tell by the way you are talking and acting that you still want to become a Navy SEAL. Man, are you crazy? You have history to make in golf and

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  • Fans come face-to-face with Champions League trophy

    Football fans, including Eurosport-Yahoo!'s Tom Adams, got an almighty shock when they checked into a hotel room and found the Champions League trophy waiting for them.

    Their reactions were secretly filmed by Heineken, who set up the stunt as part of their Champions League trophy tour.

    The fans believed they were simply travelling to Milan to watch Arsenal's last-16 first leg, and were taken aback by the unexpected guest in their rooms.

    Watch the video to see what happened:

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  • From left to right: Gabby White, Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier

    A trio of British badminton stars have ended up in a love triangle with a difference after 23-year-old Chris Adcock ditched his girlfriend in search of Olympic glory.

    Wait a second, though: Adcock has not pulled the plug on his relationship with 21-year-old Gabby White, but has stopped playing mixed doubles with her in order to play alongside her 24-year-old arch-rival Imogen Bankier.

    Adcock and Bankier are now hot favourites to grab Britain's Olympic qualification spot, while White will have to do with watching the Games on TV.

    And the situation sparked a Twitter spat between the two women.

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  • Olympic history: Los Angeles 1932

    US sporting legend Babe Didrikson winning the 80m hurdles

    The Great Depression provided the backdrop as the Games returned to the United States for the first time since the unbalanced activities of St Louis 1904.

    1932 Games posterThe number of competing nations held up quite strongly but with lack of funds and great distances to travel, they sent smaller teams. The total of participants dropped well below 2,000, whereas in Amsterdam it had exceeded 3,000.

    Whether or not the economics around the Games dictated the format is not clear, but for the first time outside Athens the schedule was compact rather than spread out over months on end. In that sense, Los Angeles

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  • Olympic countdown: ExCeL

    Where is it?: Royal Victoria Dock, East London.

    How do you get there?: The Docklands Light Railway and bus routes provide the most suitable ways of getting to this venue, although London City Airport is only five minutes away. ExCeL is on the DLR Beckton line and is best reached via Custom House station. For your return journey, though, you have to board at Prince Regent station. Transport for London runs several bus routes in the area.

    Capacity: 6,000-10,000.

    What events will be held there and when?: Boxing (July 28-August 12), fencing (July 28-August 5), judo (July 28-August 3), table tennis

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  • McIlroy takes on Sharapova at tennis

    Golf's new world number one Rory McIlroy tried his hand at a different sport on Monday, winning a rally against Maria Sharapova during his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki's tennis exhibition.

    Dane Wozniacki summoned McIlroy from his courtside seat at Madison Square Garden and handed him the racquet in a lighthearted moment before the final game of her match, which she lost 6-3 6-4.

    McIlroy resisted at first but then placed the tennis ball down on the blue surface, addressed it as if hitting a golf chip shot, then picked it up and started a friendly rally with the number-two ranked Sharapova.

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