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Paid to practice

In China and Sweden, top players are paid just to practice.

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Naughty, Naughty Fred!

American Fred Lorz’s marathon victory in the 1904 St Louis games was overturned when it was revealed he had hitched a lift in a car for most of the distance before racing to the finish from four miles out.

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Minimum number of football players.

In an 11 a side football team, there must be at least 7 players on the pitch. If a fifth is sent of the match is forfeited and 3-0 given.

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Won’t happen again, for sure.

Only 3 clubs have won the UEFA Champions League fielding local players – Celtic (1967), Real Madrid (1966) and FC Steaua Bucarest (1986).

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Before hoops?

Originally when peach baskets were used as the hoop, every time someone scored, a referee had to fetch the ball by climbing a ladder.

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Deuce

The term “deuce” is derived from the French “deux”, an advantage of two points having to be gained.

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Exhausting

The longest surf ride ever recorded was 3 hours and 55 minutes which must have been exhausting! The 13-time national Panamanian surfing champion Gary Saavedra took on the 2011 “Canal Cross” challenge and rode a 41.3 mile wave for nearly 4 hours. The artificial wave was created by a power boat.

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Humans are faster than F1 car

From a complete standstill, a human is capable of outrunning a Formula One Racecar for about 30 feet.

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Visors in NFL

To wear a “visor” on your helmet in the NFL, you have to have a doctors note. Almost all the visors in the NFL are prescription.

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Itchy Feet

Australian tennis champion Ken Rosewall didn’t have to join the Army in 1953. He had a medical skin condition that made it impossible for him to wear regulation army boots.

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Olympics were a Pagan festival!

The early Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C until 393 A.D., when the games were banned for being a pagan festival (the Olympics celebrated the Greek god Zeus)

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Federer

“FEDERER” CAN BE TYPED ENTIRELY WITH THE LEFT HAND. DON’T WORRY WE HAVE LOTS OF OTHER FACTS ABOUT ROGER.

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down to the wire

Came from horse racing, used in a close finish. Horse races would have a length of wire stretched across a racetrack at the finish line to help determine the winner.

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Favorites dont always win!

In horse racing, the favorite wins fewer than 30% of the time!

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Kite Flying for money?

Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand

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Mute grab, Stiffie or Nose Poke

A Mute Grab is a Boarding, Skiing, Skateboarding move where you take your leading hand and grab hold of your toe edge anywhere between the bindings. If you then Straighten both legs and you’re doing a ‘stiffie’, or straighten your front leg only and you’re doing a mute nose poke.

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Shane Warne

“You can’t afford to live your life with regrets.”

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The Kop

Liverpool was not the first club to be able to boast a Kop – that honour is believed to belong to Woolwich Arsenal – but there’s no doubting which one became the most famous.

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Love

“Love”, is said to derive from the French “l’oeuf”, meaning “egg” . The shape of an egg is similar looking to a zero!

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100 points in a game

On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia centre Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against New York. That is the most one player has ever scored in one game.

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Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

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Real Madrid

Real Madrid have the record number of consecutive participations in the European Cup, taking part in the first 15 tournaments from 1955–56 to 1969–70. They won the first five editions of the competition, and they are the most successful team in the competition’s history with 10 wins. ATOW

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Olympic Logo

The Olympic rings cover every flag in the world. Yellow, green, red, black, and blue were selected because at least one of those five colors appears in every flag in the world.

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Brian Lara

Brian Lara, Trinidadian cricket player. Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. Debated as one of the greatest cricketers. He has the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out.

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Birdie

“Birdie”, meaning a score of one stroke under Par, comes from the early 20th century American slang term “bird”, meaning anything excellent.

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Margaret or Madeline?

1984 Games in Los Angeles, Puerto Rican athlete Madeline de Jesus tweaked a hamstring in the long jump. Not wanting to miss the opportunity of running in the 4x400m final she  got her twin sister Margaret to run in the 4x400m relay heat. The coach withdrew the team upon finding out!

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Drogheda United FC

Drogheda United FC, an Irish football team, has a logo based on the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans secretly smuggled food into Drogheda during the Great Famine

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Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish is the best road race sprinter ever. Mark has won 26 Tour de France stages. Oh, and by the way he’s won Classics and the Worlds as well!

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Impressive driving

“The drivers have one foot on the brake, one on the clutch, and one on the throttle.” –Bob Varsha

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Champions League Top Country

ATOW Spain has produced most winners of the Champions League (European Cup) 58 year history. 13 times. However, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only teams to have won it.

 

 

 

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Golf Obsessed

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a massive golf enthusiast, so much so that he had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.

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When and why did the ancient Olympics finish?

We always talk about the 1896 start of the modern Olympics but the ancient Olympics demised only once the Roman emperors became Christian. Pagan festivals were at first discouraged and then completely outlawed. The Olympic games were first and foremost a religious celebration in honour of Zeus, they held no place in the Christian empire. […]

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Larry Brown

“You have to do something in your life that is honourable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”

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Cough Cough

In the 20’s the riders would often share cigarettes while riding. The were believed to help “open the lungs” before big climbs.

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Hand picked fans

Not surprisingly North Korean World Cup soccer fans are actually hand-picked by the government. The fans are also made up of Chinese volunteers since North Koreans are not allowed to travel.

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After You

The Greek team always leads the opening ceremony procession. The last team is the hosting country and the order of the teams in the middle is in alphabetical order.

 

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