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Video: Mickey Rourke knocks out wrestler Chris Jericho!

FRESH from his acclaimed turn in The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke stepped inside the ring for real, at a recent WrestleMania event in Houston. He knocked out pro wrestler Chris Jericho, who had called him out in the audience, with a single punch – or at least that was how the script went.

Rourke had wanted to wrestle in a proper bout, but his insurers – and his agents – had warned him against it. Rourke is currently working on Iron Man 2, and so he couldn’t don the spandex for a full bout, in case of injury.

Watch the video below (apologies for poor vid quality):

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Posted: 6th, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Which BBC sport presenter mocked Grand National-winning jockey’s teeth?

THIS Liam Treadwell, the little fella who rode 100/1 shot Mon Mome to a barnstorming victory in Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree. As you can see, he has what Americans might politely call an “Austin Powers smile”.

But which BBC Sport presenter has been forced to apologise to Treadwell after making fun of his teeth? Answer after the jump…

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Posted: 6th, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (2)

Farting footballer booked for gamesmanship

A Sunday league player was booked for breaking wind, just as an opponent was about to take a penalty. Impressive farting skills, you have to say, Brian.

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Posted: 6th, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

New Arsenal Away Kit Season 2009-10

THE new Arsenal 2009/10 away shirt – white with redcurrant pinstripes. One in the eye for those G20- protestors.

It also looks like pyjamas, as won by baseball players.

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Posted: 6th, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (8)

Federico Macheda: a new Man Utd starlet is born

REMEMBER the name Federico Macheda – you will probably be hearing it a lot more in the next few seasons.

On his first-team debut for Manchester United, Macheda, 17, scored a quite stunning winner to help his side sink Aston Villa, 3-2 at Old Trafford. The result lifts the reigning Premier League champions above Liverpool in the table – and United still have a game in hand.

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Posted: 5th, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (2)

Gremio FC Take Viagra To Enhance Performance

ALARICO Endres, the doctor for Gremio, has been good to his word and will dish out Viagra to players for the club’s games in the Copa Libertadores, in Bolivia.

Viagra can help you reach new heights!

Be the keepy-uppy champion in your team!

Says the good doctor:

“I had this illumination reading a magazine. We did a scientific test.”

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Posted: 5th, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1)

Michael Ballack Slapped In The Face By Team-Mate

QUESTION: Is this the face of a man who deserves a slap?

ANSWER: Does a bear poop in the woods.

Chelsea’s Michael Ballack is supremely arrogant, massively overpaid, and 100% German. If that doesn’t qualify him for a slap, we don’t know what does.

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Posted: 3rd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (2)

Sven Goran Eriksson Sacked As Mexico Coach

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked as coach of the Mexican national football team before they reached the quarter-final of a cup and got knocked out…

Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Football video: Peter Crouch does “the rope”

AFTER scoring England’s opening goal against Ukraine last night, Peter Crouch introduced another celebration to his impressive repertoire.

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Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

13 Bizarre Ways To Check For Testicular Cancer

CHECK your balls for testicular cancer. A how to guide…

The Top 13 Way To Check Your Testicles – the hard ways:


Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Checking For Testicular Cancer, With Teddy Sheringham

SAYS Teddy Sheringham, face of testicular cancer:

“I admit it wasn’t the sort of call-up I was used to but when I was asked to support Keep Your Eye on the Ball, I had no hesitation in saying yes. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 44 while prostate cancer is the biggest killer of men over 50 – that’s a huge portion of football fans in the UK. I want to encourage men to put as much attention into their health as they do their football so we can beat these diseases.”

Everyone at White Hart Lane has cancer?

Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

F1 FAIL! Lewis Hamilton disqualified from Australian Grand Prix

LEWIS Hamilton and his McLaren team has been stripped of his third place in last Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

Why? No one seems to know, although the FIA (motor sport’s governing body) said they were excluded “for providing evidence deliberately misleading to the stewards at the hearing on 29 March”.

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Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (14)

Tottenham’s New Ground Pimped Out

THAT’S pimped out, not just pimped in the MTV sense of the word.

This artist’s impression of Tottenham’s new stadium shows that the club is really pulling out all the stops to attract a mega-rich new sponsor to name the ground after – much like Arsenal did with their Emirates Stadium, in fact.

Corporate whoredom ahoy – any other Middle East airlines reading this, please contact Daniel Levy asap.

[Spotted at Off the Post]

Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Jose Mourinho Gets Lap Dance On Chiambretti Night TV

IF you can’t get Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho in a lap dance club, then the lap dance club will come to them.

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Posted: 2nd, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment (1)

Wales V Ireland 6 Nations Finale Must Be Replayed

Wales V Ireland 6 Nations Finale to be Replayed.

Irish rugby fans are shocked and Welsh fans delighted at the breaking news that the last match of the 2009 Six Nations Championship is most likely going to have to be replayed.

It transpires that a rogue team of groundskeepers incorrectly marked the pitch, and the WRU have grounds to request a replay. While we’re awaiting the final decision from the IRB watch our exclusive report where we talk to the Groundskeeper, the fourth official, the IRB and Irish bookie Paddy Power.


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Posted: 1st, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Barack Obama requests visit West Ham’s stadium

AS if he didn’t already a busy enough G20 schedule, Barack Obama has set aside a couple of hours to pay a visit to Upton Park, home of West Ham United.

Obama is a self-confessed West Ham fan, since a visit to Britain six years ago – some of his English relatives are Hammers, prompting the U.S. President to adopt the club as his go-to Premier League team.

This afternoon, after French leader Nicolas Sarkozy  and Germanys’ Angela Merkel have held a press conference, Obama will be whisked by helicopter to east London, where he will be given a half-hour tour of Upton Park by manager Gianfranco Zola. Obama will then return for his meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, at 5.30pm.

Good to see he has his priorities straight.

Posted: 1st, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (3)

Six Reasons Why Alan Shearer Will Fail As Newcastle United Manager

THE football world has been rocked – well, shaken a bit – by the not-that-suprising news that Alan Shearer has taken over as Newcastle Utd boss, at least until the end of this season (unless this is a brilliant April Fool’s story??). Howay the lad!

Big Alan’s first game in charge is home to Chelsea. Oh dear. Here, Anorak lists six reasons why Alan will take his beloved club down…

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Posted: 1st, April 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (4)

Referee’s assistant pulls out gun to defend himself

IN a recent league match in Romania between Popesti Stefan and Unirea Dragalina (great names, both), the referee allowed a dubious goal to stand. The decision didn’t go down well with some of the home fans, who invaded the pitch to protest. They hassled the assistant ref (or linesman, as we like to think of them, still), who replied by pulling out a handgun!

Wow, Romania must have some nutty fans – and some even nuttier match officials.

The website of German newspaper Bild has some grainy footage of the shocking incident. Watch it here and hereunder

Posted: 31st, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Frank Lampard hates his new England top

FRANK Lampard likes to look good, so he wasn’t a happy bunny when he was made to wear Umbro’s latest England “off-duty” casual shirt, a striped affair that screams “Chav!” in a very loud voice.

During a press conference in the wake of England’s 4-0 thumping of Slovakia on Saturday, Lamps tugged at his sleeve, saying:

“Even though we have these terrible tops on, at least we are all wearing the same… Have we got a better chance of winning the World Cup now? Possibly. We’re in a good position, we’re working hard but hopefully they’ll change these shirts!”

Not-so-subtle message to Umbro: change the shirts, they look crap. Unlike England’s new all-white kit, which looks rather smart.

The Current Bun has a video of Frank getting shirty.

Posted: 31st, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (6)

Sportsmanship Is Alive! Player Refuses To take Penalty

SOMETIMES, professional footballers do the right thing. Take Costin Lazar (pictured), a journeyman midfielder who plays for Rapid Bucharest.

During a recent Romanian league match between Rapid and the mysteriously named Otelul Galati, Lazar was “fouled” in the penalty area. The ref awarded a penalty to Rapid, despite the protests of Galati’s players that the tackle was fair (it was).

Lazar clearly knew the ref’s decision was wrong, so he refused to take the penalty. The ref changes his mind and awards a drop-ball instead. What a refreshing change.

Watch the incident below…

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Posted: 31st, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (5)

FAIL! Footballer Shows Up At Wrong Ground

FORMER Middlesbrough defender Dean Gordon now plays for non-league Workington. This week, 35-year-old Deano (that must be his nickname, surely) hit the back pages for the first time since he player in the top flight.

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Posted: 30th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Referee Poos Pants During Football Match

HERE’S a video billed a referee soiling his pants during a football match. But while the camerman is trained on the apparent crimescene, the changing rooms are on fire…

Posted: 30th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Top Six F1 WAGs

NOW that the F1 season is up and running, it’s time to take a closer look at the formula’s top WAGs (click on images to enlarge)…

1. Isabell Reis (Timo Glock)
The 27-year-old German, who drives for Toyota, may not be a star driver – yet – but he has still managed to bag himself a ridiculously good-looking model.

Posted: 30th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (3)

Craig Bellamy cares

AFTER Wales lost at home to mighty Finland in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday, a result that means Wales almost certainly won’t make it to South Africa in 2010, fans were treated to a sight they probably never though they’d see: Craig Bellamy showing genuine emotion:

As fine an example of schadenfreude as you’ll see today.

Posted: 30th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Romain Mesnil Is The Naked Pole Vaulter

ROMAIN Mesnil, of France, won a silver medal at the 2007 Athletics World Championships in Osaka.

He was sponsored by Nike but that deal is done and he now has no sponsor. Will you sponsor him? Go on. Romain’s a laugh.

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Posted: 29th, March 2009 | In: Sports | Comments (3)