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SOME­TIMES – okay, quite of­ten – or­gan­i­sa­tions put out press re­leases which make us go “Huh”. Many are point­less, like this week’s an­nounce­ment from the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil. “The ICC to­day an­nounced that it has re­named the ICC World T20 as the ICC T20 World Cup. This means next edi­tions of the events in 2020 in Aus­tralia will be known as the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.” Well, phew, glad they did that right, how would we all have coped?


IF YOU’VE not seen it yet, the Tsh­wane Spar­tans have an ad­vert out that is well...pretty aw­ful. There’s a bloke in cricket gear who keeps get­ting kicked – or some­thing. Ap­par­ently it has some­thing to do with the movie 300. And no, In­jury Time hasn’t watched it ei­ther. It stars the mayor of Tsh­wane Solly Msi­manga, Pierre Spies, some shirt­less Afrikaans singer badly in need of a tan, a burly drag-queen, Dean El­gar and Spar­tans as­sis­tant coach Mandla Mashim­byi. Check it out on the Spar­tans’ twit­ter feed @Spar­tan­sMSLT20. We don’t think you’ll thank us.


FROM the weird apol­ogy/ex­pla­na­tion from for­mer Man­ches­ter United left-back Pa­trice Evra about that chicken video: One day af­ter post­ing pos­si­bly the strangest video any of us had seen in a while, Pa­trice Evra is back... The for­mer Man­ches­ter United and West Ham de­fender, 37, filmed him­self kiss­ing, ca­ress­ing and spank­ing a RAW chicken to “cel­e­brate” Thanks­giv­ing, the na­tional hol­i­day in the United States. It pro­voked a huge re­ac­tion from peo­ple on so­cial me­dia, many of whom were dis­gusted and a lit­tle bit dis­turbed by his over-sen­sual ad­mi­ra­tion for the raw poul­try. Well, Evra has now posted an apol­ogy for his ac­tions say­ing, in his own words, it was “a lit­tle bit nasty nasty”. “Some peo­ple found it funny, some peo­ple found it weird, some peo­ple found it dis­gust­ing – we are all dif­fer­ent, thank god!” he con­tin­ued. “Yeah. OK, I went too far when I, [sucks thumb sug­ges­tively], when I sucked the toes of the chicken.” The French­man says peo­ple on­line have “wished” he con­tracted sal­monella – a type of food poi­son­ing that causes di­ar­rhoea, fever, vom­it­ing, and ab­dom­i­nal cramps.


ZLA­TAN Ibrahi­movic on what he has hang­ing on his wall at home: “My wife does not al­low me to have pic­tures of my­self. She says, ‘There is al­ready enough talk of you and I don’t want to see you on the walls, it is enough that I see you in real life’. “There is one of my feet on the wall. That is what has given us what we have, it is a re­minder for the fam­ily, not for me, of what we have. That is what has cre­ated the whole sit­u­a­tion, the whole buzz around me – the two feet. I play this beau­ti­ful sport with my feet. Even if it is ugly toes, we don’t care – we put it on the wall just as a re­minder, we have food to eat thanks to those feet so you should kiss those feet ev­ery day – no, I’m jok­ing. Ev­ery foot­baller’s toes and feet around the world are ugly – there is no beau­ti­ful out there.” Right


ITALY’S RUGBY coach Conor O’Shea was not happy with the ref­eree against the Wal­la­bies. “You have to be very care­ful in choos­ing your words be­cause my wife would be pretty an­noyed if I got fined, and we don’t have that sort of money lead­ing up to Christ­mas.”


WE DIDN’T give a damn about the “Tiger v Phil” golf one-on-one thing that played out in Las Ve­gas on Fri­day. Two blokes worth over $2 bil­lion dol­lars play­ing in a pay-per-view (no­gal) “match” for a $9 mil­lion pot seemed ob­scene. And we’re glad we didn’t watch it. “You know, Amer­ica, you’re watch­ing some re­ally crappy golf,” Charles Barkley, a for­mer bas­ket­ball star who was com­men­tat­ing on ‘The Match’ said about half an hour into ‘The match’. That about sums the whole thing up, re­ally.

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