sport: January 2012 Archives

It's not just the top-ranking tennis players showing off their skills at the Australian Open -- the quick hands of this ball boy have made him an online hit.

During a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Federer hit a long serve and after it was returned by Nadal hit it out of play towards the net.

And that's when 14-year-old Dylan Colaci grabbed the ball (and the spotlight) by plucking it out of the air as it flew towards him.

The speed of his reactions not only earned him a nod of a approval from two of the world's best tennis players, but also a round of applause from the arena.

275x250.jpg Racehorses carrying the No1 cloth win more races than any other nag, new figures have revealed.

A detailed analysis of results from 9,500 races in the UK during 2010-- which took six weeks to compile -- revealed No1 wins on 15 per cent of occasions.
It also emerged there is no such thing as a lucky No 7, with the hapless horse accounting for 20 per cent of all disqualifications throughout the season.
More jockeys are unseated by horses wearing the No 3 than on any other number and No 2 is the most likely to fall.

When this ball girl was asked to remove a cricket for the court at a Australian Open match, she knew she had to do it -- but she wasn't happy about it.

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe -- who had been taking on Lleyton Hewitt -- tasked the girl with removing the insect after it had landed on his side of the court.

And while she ran over to help, she then appeared to try to shoo the cricket away, before eventually picking it up and running off with a look of disgust on her face.

275x250.jpg Five times British rhythmic gymnastics champion Frankie Jones recently performed at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, confusing travelers.

Jones performed as a sculpture was unveiled there in her honour and to celebrate gymnastics at the official Host Airport of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old, who earned a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games 2010, is hotly tipped for London 2012 and has spent the week competing in her test event.

The three metre high carbon fibre resin sculpture by artist Eleanor Cardozo has taken centre stage in Terminal 5 Departures.

Shunsuke Nakamura used to play for Celtic, but while there we're pretty sure he didn't make any shots as impressive as this on.

Appearing on Japanese television, Nakamura -- who now plays for Yokoham F Marinos -- took his skills to the street to perform the stunt.

Using mirrors to time his kick to perfection, the 34-year-old smashed a ball so that it flew through the open window of a passing bus.

We just hope the people on the bus weren't too shocked by the sudden inclusion of a ball to their morning commute.

Former football ace turned TV pundit Martin Keown received quite a shock while broadcasting during the recent FA Cup game between Arsenal and Leeds.

And it wasn't just the late winner by Thierry Henry -- it was the ball which smacked him in the side of the head.

Keown had been chatting on ESPN with Robbie Savage when a ball was whipped in by a Leeds United player during the warm-up and hit him hard.

Despite catching him by surprise, Keown showed his toughness by carrying on with the job as fans cheered. It's not known if the player had targeted Keown or it was accidental.

This lovestruck man hoped a popping the big question to his girlfriend on the big screen at a basketball game would win him a wife… WRONG!

The man had gone down on one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him after appearing on the "mistletoe cam"  at a UCLA game

But rather than see the moment a couple decided to get married, fans (and now the internet) saw her take one look at the ring and say "Is this a joke?"

She then grabbed her bag and left the would-be groom on his knees as other fans jeered him. Harsh.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has become the fourth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League after this amazing (albeit wind-assisted) goal

32-year-old Howard saw his clearance go in the back of the net after high winds carried it towards the Bolton net.

It flew straight over visiting keeper Adam Bogdan and ended up in the back of the net, prompting team-mates to mobbed him in celebration.

But Howard didn't celebrate the accidental goal, because he knows how it feels to be at the wrong end of a freak gaol, something similar happened to him in 2005.

275x250.jpg For years people have used all sorts of things to explain the offside rule -- but now all you need is a 50 pence piece.

That's because the Royal Mint have released a coin with a diagram explaining the rule to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

Designed by Neil Wolfson the 50p coin features a diagram of a football pitch with markers showing when a player is, or isn't, offside.

He came up with the idea after hearing that the Royal Mint wanted members of the public to suggest designs for a series of new sporting 50p coins.

Other olympic coinage includes ones featuring rowing, cycling, basketball and archery.

Tennis players Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka served up fans some unusual entertainment at a charity tournament -- by dancing the macarena.

The world number one and number three had been playing each other to raise money for victims of the Thailand floods when they decided to get a groove on.

In front of the packed Thailand crowd, the duo exchanged a handshake before jigging around the court at the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin

Once they got around to the game, Azarenka won in straight sets 6-2, 7-5… but the dance was the highlight of the contest.

275x250.jpg A semi-final at the World Darts Championship had to be halted when Adrian Lewis and James Wade complained of a draught.

The darts aces said their game was being impacted by a draught coming across the stage at Alexandra Palace and affecting their arrows.

As such the duo refused to throw and the match was halted -- much to the annoyance of fans who reacted furiously.

Even after a restart the players said the breeze was noticeable and would not continue to play until all doors and windows were closed.

Organisers complied and after ensuring "every air movement was natural" the match started about 30 minutes later.

American footballers had a lucky escape recently, when a camera which had been suspended above the field fell and almost hit them.

During the Insight Bowl between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners, the ESPN camera became tangled in its own wires.

This meant that it fell as it was being repositioned after a kickoff and came plummeting down narrowly missing a huddle of players.

After hitting the ground it nearly took out Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt who dodged the bouncing the camera equipment.

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