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Travis Wolford Poos Pants After MMA Loss

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MMA fighter Travis Wolford has earned himself the nickname The Brown Bomber.

Wolford pooed himself when he lost a match to heavyweight rival Danbiel Cooper.

Cooper sunk a chokehold into Wolford forcing him to tap. But the loss of air forced his body into survival mode. His body diverted blood from all non-essential areas in its fight for life – and this meant the bowels were on their own.

The fight took place at West Virginia’s Ruckus in the Cage Event. Cooper released his hold on Wolford, who lies gasping for air for a moment.

He rises shakily to his feet and that’s when it happens.

Be warned, this video is not for the faint of heart.

The crowd were horrified. One woman is heard dry retching and saying, “Oh my God, I’m going to throw up.”

Wolford appears barely sensible as he meanders away from scene.

Commentators attempt to lighten the mood by calling for volunteers to clean up the mess and laying on trite jokes like ‘Cooper just beat the crap out of Wolford – literally!’

Wolford has said he plans to fight again next month.

We wonder if he’ll be wearing nappies.

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Image: Youtube

Twitter Dare Backfires for Patriots Fan

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Mike Tetreault made the mistake of daring the social media world.

He was in the stands at a New England Patriots game when he dared to take the field if he received 10,000 re-tweets.

Unfortunately for him the NFL was keeping a watchful eye over all the social media channels.

They sent security to escort him from the game.

But Mr Tetreault wasn’t done.

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Images: https://twitter.com/TheOfficialTATE

He declared the security officers attempted to intimidate him by saying, “We know everything about you. We know your whole life.”

Mr Tetreault claimed it was nothing more than a joke, and that he had no intention of taking the field. But his proximity to the astroturf and ease of access was enough to make the ground officials nervous.

Mr Tetreault was outraged and demanded an apology from the NFL.

He released a statement, again via Twitter.

Olympian Turned Call-Girl Tells All

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American track and field superstar Suzy Favor Hamilton has released her autobiography Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running from Madness this week.

In it she describes how she went from celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary with a threesome to being an AUS $800 an hour escort in six months.

Favor Hamilton, now 47, tells how she “devoted myself to sex (and) my need to be unsurpassed in the bedroom …” and how it “replaced the need to be best on the track.”

Favor Hamilton explains that sex was the avenue through which her bipolar disorder manifested itself.

It effectively bought about the end of her athletics career once the media got hold of the facts. She was vilified in the press, her sporting achievements all but overshadowed – even though she represented the US at three Olympic Games.

“I still crave that high,” Hamilton says about the risky-sex that fuelled her mania.

Hamilton says her pre-finish collapse at the Sydney 2000 Olympics began the downward spiral that would finish with her feeling suicidal.

She found a way out through thrill-seeking behaviour and self-medicating.

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Her double life was exposed by a reporter from the website The Smoking Gun; which exists to bring to light factual but outrageous stories of public interest.

But upon the birth of her daughter and a course of prescription antidepressants when remembers “suddenly having more energy than I could remember (ever) having. I wanted ot live like I had never lived before.”

Hamilton became a real estate agent, a motivational speaker, and high class hooker.

She became one of the most sought after call girls in Las Vegas and loved every minute of it.

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Matador Gored in Groin

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The matador doesn’t always win.

Well-known Spanish bullfighter Franscisco ‘Paquirri’ Rivera Ordonez was taken to hospital on Wednesday after coming off second against a bull.

Paquirri was said to be in a serious, but stable, condition after being gored in the groin during a bullfight in Huesca, north-eastern Aragon.

The bulls horn was said to have sunk 25 centimetres into Pacquirri’s groin, but had missed his vital organs.

Footage of the fight went viral as the bull impaled Pacquirri on one of its horns and hoisted him into the air for a few seconds.

Pacquirri’s father, of the same name, also a bullfighter, was gored to death in Andalusia in 1984. While Paquirri’s grandfather, Antonio Ordonez, was reputed to be one of the greatest bullfighters in history.

But deaths from bulls don’t just come in the ring.

On Sunday a man who was using his mobile phone to film a bull run through the streets of Villaseca de la Sagra, in central Spain, was gored in the neck. He died very quickly in front of horrified onlookers.

LFL Players in Court for Wages

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In a stunning admission the women employed in the Legends Football League (formerly the Lingerie Football League) have not drawn a wage since 2009!

The Legue’s founder and chairman, Mitchell Mortaza, said on Grantland.com: “If we paid a dime to a player, we wouldn’t sustain a season of play.”

Mortaza worked hard to get a Legends of Football League in Australia. But he was unable to secure a TV deal; without which the league’s success was doomed.

When he returned to the American league he walked back into a storm of controversy.

Mitchell Mortaza: https://twitter.com/mitchellmortaza

Mitchell Mortaza: https://twitter.com/mitchellmortaza

Despite an average attendance of 5000 to each game the players haven’t received payment since the inaugural season of 2009/10.

The players (incredibly) have to pay their own health insurance.

Despite the flimsy outfits this is a rough game, injuries do happen. But it’s the players who must pay for their own treatments and rehabilitation.

Mortaza points to the state of the league. It has shrunk from its original 12 teams to 6. Mortaza believes there isn’t any money to give.

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Image: www.flickr.com

Whether or not he is right will be examined by a court.

Lawyers are contesting the ‘contractural’ status of players.

“These women have to be there for practices, or they don’t play. They have to be there for promotional events, or they don’t play. They have to look a certain way. That’s not an independent contractor-client relationship. It’s an employee-employer relationship,” said a lawyer to Grantland.

These girls should at least be receiving the minimum wage.

Feminists are using the furore to push their own barrow. They decry the skimpy outfits saying they detract from audiences’ appreciation of the athleticism of the players.

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Streaker Pitches Tent on Cricket Ground

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You know the ground security guards are slow when a pitch-invader has time to erect a tent.

Yep, that’s what happened at Canterbury County Cricket Ground yesterday. A fan ran onto the pitch, erected a tent, crawled inside, stripped off, and emerged completely naked – but for a crash helmet.

‘Mr Lee Marshall disrupted play for several minutes with what must be one of the most ludicrous pitch-invasions ever.

A solitary female attendant confronted Mr Lee Marshall.’

But upon her approach he simply hid in his man-cave.

Reinforcements dawdled onto the county ground and eventually Marshall was escorted from the field.

Marshall (who goes by the Twitter handle #Discoboy) is, according to his profile an “Entertainer, prankster and DJ.” He has performed the same stunt at shopping centres.

He later claimed on social media that he had been released without a fine. He says authorities simply told him, “You can’t camp there.”

Athletes Think Better Under Stress

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As if we needed another reason to envy gifted athletes – here is another:

A recent study commissioned by Dunlop Tyres in association with University College London (UCL) has found extreme athletes performed significantly better than average members of the public when subjected to physical and mental duress.

The parietal coretex (an area of the brain responsible for determining reaction speed) remained unimpaired when elite athletes were forced to complete tasks while under extreme stress. Not so for the rest of us.

UCL professor Vincent Walsh took five athletes – multiple Isle of Man TT winner John McGuiness, leading free climber Leo Houlding, racing car driver Sam Bird, wing-suit diver Alexander Polli, and Olympic bobsled gold medallist Amy Williams – and subjected them to a series of mental and physical pressures before engaging in timed visual tasks.

The athletes were worked to exhaustion before being challenged to identify a series of shapes and patterns.

Elite sportspeople, it was found, performed 82 per cent faster than average.

Motorcyclist McGuinness performed better under pressure than in the stress-free control study. While overall the athletes performed 10 per cnt better when under pressure.

In contrast, non-elite athletes saw their scores go down by 60 per cent.

The results are tunning.

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John McGuiness: commons.wikimedia.org

They show that athletes can perform under intense distractions three times better than average members of the public.

Professor Walsh was still uncertain as to whether this ability was because of inborn neurological advantage or something developed through exposure to physical and mental stress through sport training.

Prof Walsh is adamant the skills can definitely be improved: “We might to be able to become a John or a Leo, but all these areas of the brain can make connections in later life, so we can enhance ourselves.”

GO! St. Louis Marathon Winner to Get Special Award Presentation

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GO! St Louis marathon winner Andrea Karl has told SL Today she was “just as surprised as anyone else” to find Kendall Schler had crossed the finish line before her.

“They said someone had crossed before me.

“I don’t know. People were telling me on the course as I was going that I was the first female. I thought I was (the lead runner) most of the way.”

The 23 year-old marathoner crossed the line to a bewildered reception, as Schler was already in the recovery area claiming she’d won.

But Schler, it was later discovered had removed the time strip from her bib and eased quietly into the course without running the full distance.

When speaking to USA Today Ms Karl was gracious: “There’s too much to celebrate to be disappointed in something like that.

“Winning was awesome, but it’s not the reason I was running that race.”

Nonetheless, the GO! St. Louis marathon organisers are working to recreate the awards ceremony so that the rightful winner can have her moment of glory.

CBS New was told that Ms Karl will receive her award at a local St. Louis Cardinals baseball game where she will be officially declared the event’s winner.

“Andrea is a lovely woman,” said Nancy Lieberman, president of the GO! St. Louis event, “and she’s very excited. She’ll be running with the glory of a true champion when she comes from the outfield down the third baseline to home plate. We will have a finish line tape for her to cross. We will then present her with her medal, flower, and some other gifts.”

Kendall Schler, 26, the woman found to have cheated her way to first place, has eluded reporters thus far.

Officials had concerns about her win the moment she crossed the finish line, but needed evidence before they acted.

Schler, against race regulations, had removed her bib and had the race number on her leg covered by a shirt. Upon being questioned about why she posted no early stage times Schler admitted to removing the timing strip.

On-course officials from US Track and Field do not remember seeing Schler in the early part of the race; and they certainly don’t remember her running with the lead pack.

GO! ST. Louis organisers immediately consulted their records. It soon became apparent Schler had done exactly the same thing in last year’s event, where she placed third.

Liieberman said Schler has not responded to her request for photographs of her running the 2014 race.

“It was kind of a nondescript conversation,” Lieberman told reporters. “Most people, quite frankly, would be defensive, but say, ‘Yes, I really did (run the race).’ I explained I would have to contact Boston and let them know (about the questionable qualifying time), and she wanted to know how she could find out if she can run Boston. That was pretty much the end of the conversation.”

Go! St. Louis Marathon Winner Disqualified for Cheating

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26 year-old Kendall Schler of Columbia, Missouri, has been stripped of her winner’s title in the GO! St. Louis Marathon.

Officials became suspicious when Schler failed to register several early checkpoint times. Nor could any of the race-start officials remember her toeing the line for the starter’s gun. Neither did the race cyclist (who rides with the lead runners) ever remember seeing her.

Schler had finished third in last year’s St. Louis Marathon, but had her place and time voided for doing exactly the same thing!

Nancy Lieberman, president of GO! St. Louis, said in the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “It’s a difficult situation for everybody, including the people who run a fair race and don’t get the recognition they should receive. I said to her (Schler), ‘It looks like you perpetrated a fraud.’ I have nothing legitimate that says she officially started and ran 26.2 miles in 2014 or 2015.”

Schler stood to win $1500 and an immediate entry into the prestigious Boston Marathon (being raced Monday) for a first place.

Organisers have found she removed the timing strip form her official competitor’s bib and crept quietly onto the course mid-race.

When confronted, Schler admitted to removing her race timing chip in both the 2014 and 2015 events.

She has since been banned from the GO! St. Louis event.

Ms Schler could not be contacted for a response.

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Real winner of Go! St. Louis marathon Andrea Karl image: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/other/fake-go-st-louis-marathon-winner-disqualified-for-boston/article_3ccaac16-1a45-5a14-aaf1-723fa3feb5df.html

The official winner was Andrea Karl, a doctoral candidate at Washington University. Karl ran the full course in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 28 seconds. But she crossed the finish line almost unnoticed and was told another woman had finished before her.

Welcome to the World of Ultra-Marathons

Dakar Rally. Image: en.wikipedia.org

Every athlete claims their sport makes the toughest claims on individuals. But when you stakc them up against ultra marathoning they don’t have a lot to say.

Ultra marathoning are gruelling foot races that last anywhere between tow and six days.

They are oftn held in hostile environments like deserts or snowbound valleys and are designed to push competitors to their absolute physical and mental limits.

But despite what you might think, it’s not a sport for masochist. The ultra marathon community are close-knit, well organised, and caring of each other. The competition is against the event, not each other. So you’ll often see competitors giving each other advice and encouragement within the event.

And encouragement is a necessary ingredient for anyone hoping to finish.  Blisters, torn toe nails, sleep deprivation, dehydration and exhaustion are only some of the challenges competitors face. Depending upon the race runners may also face threats of twisted ankles, sun stroke, snakes, snow sink-holes, thin ice and – worst of them all – motorists.

Despite a host of environmental and physical challenges presented each race contestants agree the hardest to overcome is sleep deprivation. The hours between 2 and 5am are the worst. These are the hours when the body is usually in its deepest rest state. And the body doesn’t want to give it up.

Competitors are told to eat a minimum of 4,000 calories a day while competing. And it doesn’t matter what. Any food you ingest will be used as energy; so pizzas and hamburgers, chocolate cake and coffee are all on the menu.

It’s obvious then that no one enters an ultra-marathon without a well-staffed and prepared team able to refuel and look after their runner. While pictures may show an individual crossing the finish line none of them would have made it without the assistance of a host of hidden others.