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After Gabriela Muguruza won her Wimbledon match yesterday, she was doing the usual signing of autographs on programmes and tennis balls, then I noticed she put her signature on... someone's prosthetic leg. Huh?
 
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Really not cricket to go these lengths to get a game cancelled.

The Leinster Senior League will meet on Thursday evening to decide what punishment will be handed down to Ballybrack after the club falsely reported the death of one its players in order to have an away game in Arklow called off over the weekend.

The precise whereabouts of Fernando Nuno La Fuente were unknown when the story broke but it has now been confirmed that he is alive and well in Galway after moving there in September. He previously lived in Dublin and during that time lined out for Ballybrack. With the Spaniard gone and the team apparently in need of a postponement, somebody decided the thing to do was to tell the league he was dead, the victim of a traffic accident on the way home from training last Thursday night.

“We get calls from clubs saying that somebody connected to the club has died and they need a game called off all the time and there is never any hassle about it,” Leinster Senior League chairman David Moran told The Irish Times. “But things started to unravel here when we followed up on Monday to see if we could get in touch with the lad’s family and see if there was anything we could do. They said the body was already back in Spain which didn’t really add up. It’s a shocking thing to do to get a game of football called off,” he continued.

“We had a minute’s silence at all the other games and the players wore black armbands. You have to have something wrong with you to do something like that.” ...

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/so...y+policy&utm_campaign=morning_briefing_digest
 

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The legendary Formula 1 doctor, Sid Watkins, had a bit of a bad feeling about the race weekend, that fateful Saturday in 1994.

After the tragic death of Roland Ratzenburger on the Saturday, Watkins tried to talk Senna out of racing in the Sunday.

The excellent documentary on Senna goes into their closeyr but sometimes fraught relationship.

For a medical man who had seen so much to be so prescient always struck me as a bit Fortean, given the further tragedy that unfolded.
 
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Probably looking for a game of chicken golf.

Sent off for a fowl! Footballer is given a red card for killing a CHICKEN during a match in Croatia
  • Ivan Gazdek, 23, was playing football in Croatia when chickens ran on the pitch
  • Athlete was filmed chasing after the flock before kicking one of the animals dead
  • He then picked up the chicken's body and hurled it over a nearby fence
  • He was shown a straight red card by the referee for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7654835/Croatian-footballer-killed-chicken-match-shown-red-card.html
 
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Would bunnies be better players?

Hungry rabbits left a football club "hopping mad" after munching through a goal net.

Cambridge United groundsman Ian Darler was preparing the pitch for Saturday's home game against Stevenage when he noticed "we've had a little visitor". The bunnies chewed through the bottom of the net and left "other little gifts" in the goalmouth, he said. Mr Darler managed to tie it back together and said he was inspired by "watching fishermen mend their nets".

Fans were quick to comment when photographs of the damage were posted on social media. Those despairing of the League Two club's form - they have won one of their last seven games and did not score at all in the last two - suggested the rabbits might make better players.

"At least the rabbits actually found the net," one wrote, while another said the club should "sign them up - they appear to know where the net is".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-51148811
 
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I think this just about fits here.

Six Nations: The Wales rugby international 'shot by a poison arrow'

"I could tell immediately that he was going to be a fascinating story."

In 1908, Norman Biggs was reported to have been shot by a poison arrow while in northern Nigeria working as a district superintendent. But Biggs was not from Nigeria, he was born in Cardiff and was Wales' youngest rugby international, said local historian Ted Richards.

He explained that Biggs first appeared in the newspapers aged about 12, with a story about his rugby talent. He later played for Cardiff aged 16, before joining the Welsh team aged 18.

"That record stood for 120 years," said Mr Richards.

Mr Richards, a former toxicologist, was researching people killed by poison when he stumbled onto Biggs' story in an old newspaper article.

"The more I researched him and his family, the more interesting the story became," he said.

Biggs' first international game was against the New Zealand Natives, which later became the All Blacks, in Swansea.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51325491
 
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