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Scotland nearly plunged the planet into World War III and not – as everyone was expecting – due to the comedy stylings of Frankie Boyle. The North Korea ladies’ team walked off the pitch minutes before their game with Colombia because the flag of South Korea was displayed alongside the team line-up at Hampden Park. After an hour of behind the scenes diplomacy and hasty photoshopping, the North Koreans returned to the pitch and duly beat their South American opponents 2-0, despite the upset caused.
To put that in a context the locals could identify with, that’s like one of the Old Firm being represented by the crest of the other. With nuclear weapons instead of Tennants.
Of course, that analogy doesn’t quite work as it’s virtually impossible to confuse Rangers Football Club and North Korea. One is characterised by lies, disinformation, a series of despotic leaders and the constant threat of international sanctions, the other is a North Asian country.
There are also several conspiracy theories doing the rounds, some suggesting it was done deliberately by the Scottish to undermine London’s big event, others saying it was a scheme to get people to pay even a tiny bit of attention to women’s football.
Manchester City’s captain fantastic, Vincent Kompany has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club long after City have racked up a several more league titles and a couple of European Cups. Possibly. The six year deal has been signed, it’s the trophy haul that’s a little less certain. City are 6/5 favourites to retain their Premier League title this season.
There was all the drama and booze-fuelled off-key chanting we’ve come to expect from the darts at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens last night. Dutchman, Raymond van Barneveld is packing away his flights and shafts after a defeat to Terry Jenkins. Barney had been 8-6 up in the first to 13 legs match, but a strong fight back from Jenkins sees him through to the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, Barney’s less crap compatriot, Michael van Gerwen had a nine-darter in the course of his win over Steve Beaton. The oldest looking 23 year old man in the world also managed a 104 three-dart average in the match, the highest of anyone so far at the tournament. Adrian Lewis and James Wade also won their second round ties, but with less drama and no nine-darters, meaning they only get a small mention.
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Jamaica’s team doctor has announced kind of broken his Hippocratic oath to tell the world Usain Bolt is fit, healthy and ready to compete in the Olympics. As it was good news, no-one seems to care about the breach of patient-doctor confidentiality. There had been whispers about the 100m and 200m world record holder missing the games due to leg and back issues, but Dr. Winston Dawes says there’s nothing to worry about.
“He’s back fully. He has been training very, very hard and his performance is on track. We expect he’ll be fully fit by the time the Olympics come around,” the doctor said before scribbling a prescription no-one can read.
He also gave a glowing report on the health of Yohan Blake, Bolt’s main rival in both the 100m and 200m, declaring “Both of them are at the top of their game.”