The photo above shows the moment 3 dogs finishing in a triple dead heat, beating odds of more than a million to one.
All three were declared joint winners when even the track's photo finish technology couldn't split them, meaning that bookies had to pay out to anyone who put a bet on one of the individual dogs as well as on a combination of more than one of them coming first in the race.
The £500 prize payout was shared equally between the three dog-owners.
Is it considered an honour to be kicked in the nuts by the President of Bolivia during a football match?
The Guardian is producing a visualisation of every World Cup game based on Twitter activity during the games.
A stunning World Cup calendar that groups together data by matches, countries, groups and stadiums.
I think you could call this man a hardcore skydiver. There are lots more breathtaking photos here.
Oppe the dog likes living life to the extreme. He's clocked up over 10,000 hours on a dirt bike with his owner. According to Mike Schelin, the dog "rides better than my ex-wife". There are more photos here.
Classic comedy from Smith and Jones.
Not for the squeamish.
A Bolivian player spices up a game of football with a kung-fu kick.
He earned a $50,000 BMW Z4 Roadster for the shot.
Definitely not for the squeamish!
Two Romanian rugby teams - Dinamo Bucaresti (red) and Farul Constata (white) - battle it out after a foul is committed.
Nearly every player was involved and the fight lasted 6 minutes. 9 players were sent to hospital.
Billed as "the safest most dangerous taste of physical and mental endurance pain in the world", the Tough Guy Challenge takes place in Wolverhampton, England and thousands of competitors tackle 21 obstacles - through mud, freezing water, across ropes and burning terrain.
Each year, hundreds drop out along the way due to exhaustion or injury - broken bones, dislocations, and over 600 cases of hypothermia.
Great photos as usual from Boston.com Big Picture.
A bright green parrot has been banned from a football ground because he kept distracting players by imitating the referree's whistle.
The bird had turned heads before kick-off in Hertfordshire when a woman brought it to the match in a cage.
It behaved itself for the first-half of the quarter-final cup tie between the two non-league teams, watching play swing from end to end.
But 10 minutes into the second-half it began mimicking the referee's whistle, causing confusion on and off the pitch.
The match was halted and the woman and her parrot were told to leave the pitch-side.
Surfer Kerby Brown has won a prestigious Oakley Surfing Life Big Wave Award, which rewards the riders of the biggest waves in Australasian waters, for riding this huge 41ft wave.
The world’s worst boxer has finally thrown in the towel after 256 defeats.
Peter Buckley, 39, has lost more fights than any other boxer and says that his next, number 300, will be his last.
‘I’ve had my eye on the 300 mark for a while, and it’s a little milestone I want to achieve, but I don’t want to fight on,' he said. Link
Historical Football Kits is "the definitive graphic archive of English and Scottish football kits". Every team that has ever competed in the English and Scottish Football Leagues is listed and you can even buy replicas of some of the old kits. The site is a great way of looking at the evolution of a kit for your favourite team. [via]
According to The Local, supporters of the Stockholm-based AIK ice hockey team disrupted the game against Leksand on Tuesday by throwing dildos onto the ice and displaying profane banners and a giant inflatable penis.
The taunts were directed at Jan Huokko, a defender with Leksand and a former player with AIK who was involved in a sex scandal. A video of him and his girlfriend circulated on the internet after his mobile phone was stolen.
According the The Local, Huokko is known for putting the biscuit in the basket (is this a Swedish phrase?). Link
Mashable has posted a list of nations competing in the 2008 Olympics that have only one or two athletes. Will be interesting to see how well they do.
The NYTimes has a really well made interactive guide showing the evolution of the Olympic torch from 1936 to the present day.
A keeper for Welsh team Montgomery Town FC scores a goal from a goal-kick.
The Sun has photos of what might be the world's only midget/dwarf/little people football team. The photos feature the 'The Giants Of The North' from Brazil playing against an under-13 team.
Today is the day of the Grand National - a horse race in which every man and his dog places a bet. This year it is estimated that us Brits will bet £300m on the National. The race is the biggest betting race in the United Kingdom and will be watched by 600m people worldwide. It is also one of the more controversial sporting events in the UK due to the injuries and fatalities suffered by the horses.
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Even though I never seem to have any luck, I've backed a few horses. I've gone for Comply Or Die, D'Argent and an outsider Kelami.
Update: I won!
Football derby's are always eventful and the Praha derby in the Czech Republic was no exception. The SK Slavia Prague and AC Sparta Prague derby took place at the Strahov Stadium, in the heart of Prague on March 31st and is likely to be the last played at that stadium. Because of this reason the the two teams fans' had a joint plan to demolish the stadium but were thwarted by the 'strom-trooper' style police (I got to witness them at a Wales game a few years back).
The game was still eventful with both sets of fans disrupting the game with numerous 'flash bangers'.
Here's a video from AWV reader Del Zan:-
Plus another from different angles.
And here's a video from the 2006 derby (it gets really crazy at 2:55)
Bloody showoffs! [via]
A Thai football referee has been beaten up by an entire team after sending off three players during a crucial play-off match.
The author of the first Shrovetide Football video that I posted yesterday has just uploaded some more crazy footage from the Ash Wednesday game.
The Royal Shrovetide Football Match is a bizarre game of football that is played on what is possibly the world's largest 'football pitch' - 3 miles from end-to-end! (Here's a map of the pitch). It has been played since at least the 12th century and involves 300 people on two teams battling to get the ball to the other end of the pitch by kicking, carrying and throwing the ball.
There are no limits to the number of players and no limits on the play area. It is for this reason that shops in the town are boarded up during the game, and people are encouraged to park their cars away from the main streets.
Also, with there being no limits on the play area, if the ball ends up in the river, everyone has to jump in and carry on playing. In fact, one of the goals is in the water!
As the above image shows, there is very little that stops the game and there are very few rules in existence. The main rules are:-
The video below is from this year's match which took place yesterday. There are lots more photos and videos on the BBC Derbyshire website.
Update: Here's footage of the Ash Wednesday match. Final Score Up'ards 2 - Down'ards 0.