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Floyd Mayweather appeared in a cold open sketch on The Late Late Show, with host James Corden. Photo: CBS

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Floyd Mayweather has a disturbing history of domestic violence

You can’t criticize Donald Trump in one breath and cajole a serial domestic abuser in the next.

Last Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to President Donald Trump, calling out the commander-in-chief for his appalling defence of the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and pleading with Trump voters to admit they were wrong. It was a fairly de rigueur performance when it comes to this new wave of politically conscious late-night hosts—a choir of voices that pride themselves on calling out social and political injustices.

And then, mere minutes after giving Trump a vicious tongue-lashing, Kimmel welcomed that night’s big guest: Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The undefeated (49-0) champion is currently making the rounds to promote his August 26 bout against UFC fighter Conor McGregor, an event that critics have labelled a shameless money grab.

Kimmel lightly ribbed Mayweather about his reputation for throwing around absurd sums of money (Mayweather confessed to once owning a Brink’s truck to haul all his cash) and, during a particularly cringe-inducing exchange, couldn’t contain his giggles while questioning why Mayweather doesn’t receive lap dances from the entertainers at his strip club.

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Note the Narrow Track and the Meager Protection Along the Grandstands.

Terror at Le Mans

Le Mans 1955 horror crash that killed 84 people, some of them decapitated, will always be motor sport’s darkest day

The Le Mans start is historical now, but this was a regular feature of racing at Le Mans and other circuits until the late 1960s. All the cars lined up angled in the direction of travel. Drivers stood opposite their cars across the track. The flag dropped, drivers ran to their cars, hopped in, fired up—and all hellacious competition broke loose.

Cars were arranged by engine size, the largest in front. However, as shown in this photo (below), a quick-footed Lance Macklin put his Austin-Healey (#26) temporarily ahead of the Mercedes-Benz SLRs of Pierre Levegh (#20) and Karl Kling (#21). Tragically, Macklin, Levegh and Jaguar D-Type driver Mike Hawthorn was to interact 35 laps later in the worst accident of motor racing history.

Along the pit straight, Macklin swerved to avoid a late-pitting Hawthorn. Levegh’s Mercedes hit the Austin-Healey. The Mercedes went airborne and disintegrated into the crowd.

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race in Le Mans, France in June 1955, when a crash caused large fragments of debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver Pierre Levegh died and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

Heading up to 1955’s 24 hours of Le Mans, Mercedes-Benz was a heavy favourite -– the team had set a record at that year’s Mille Miglia with Sir Stirling Moss at the helm, swept various podiums and was the pinnacle of German industrial engineering. Still, Jaguar was planning on upsetting the German juggernaut with its capable D-type racer. While the winners ended up being Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb in a Jaguar, the race is better remembered as the deadliest event in motorsport history.

Blame was put on the track which had insufficient protection for the spectators. Don’t worry though, today those spectator walls stand firm and have an attached chain link fence. People still get killed all the time at race track events but lucky not compared to this.

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New Zealand v Australia – 1st ODI (Auckland)

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It’s all on.  Our cobbers from across the ditch are coming to put is in our place again.  Except…

Can they make it six out of six?

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Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James.

Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James.

Racer by Day, Getaway Driver by Night

Roy James, the Great Train Robber

Roy “The Weasel” James was a true racing driver but to fund his habit he turned to a life of crime. In the swinging sixties, crime sometimes did pay…for motor racing. Like any other sport, motor racing can boast its share of shady individuals. Whispers and rumours are as far as it gets in many cases, but sometimes the facts are incontrovertible and occasionally sensational.

In the early nineteen sixties, Roy James was a promising young racing driver. He was also a criminal*. In 1963 he was the getaway driver for what was referred to as ‘the crime of the century’- the Great Train Robbery that took place on August 8th, 1963.

He was a good racing driver and therefore an excellent getaway driver. When he took part in the Great Train Robbery, his intention was to use his share of the loot to finance a drive for himself in Formula One.

And he did have Formula One connections. This is why for many years, it was thought that the mastermind behind today’s F1 success was also the brains behind the train robbery.

James was sentenced to 30 years for his part in The Great Train Robbery, and spent 11 years in gaol for his part in The Great Train Robbery, and then, after 18 years of freedom which included an attempted racing comeback, went inside again for the attempted murder of his father-in-law. From a promising racer in Formula Junior, then F1’s training ground, he became instead a notorious double convict.

James didn’t smoke or drink and had a promising career as a racing driver, having won a series of trophies in 1963.

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Bob Jones on the Parker fight fiasco

Bob Jones writes at NBR:

For nearly seven decades boxing has been part of my life. That includes Joseph, who I sponsored in his amateur days and managed in his initial professional years.  Plus, I count as friends promoter Duco’s Runyanesque principals Dean Lonergan and David Higgins, who I contracted Joseph to, and also his Las Vegas-based trainer Kevin Barry, who I arranged to look after Parker.

So should I run along with the lapdog media and pretend this fairly non-descript matching is actually for the world heavyweight title, or instead care about the sport’s credibility?

I chose the latter path, more so after watching Trevor McKewen, the sports editor of NZME, owners of the Herald, Radio Sport etc. unbelievably tell television it will be the greatest event in Auckland’s history. God help us all. That remark is possibly the most stupid ever uttered in Auckland’s history and this contest wouldn’t rate in the first 10,000 events, sporting and otherwise in the city’s history.

When it comes to rugby, league, cricket, soccer and netball, our sports journalists are excellent. But with the exception of Joseph Romanos and Mark Reason, who always do their homework, they’re unprofessional, indolent slobs when commenting on minor sport, especially boxing.

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A Mysterious Beam of Light Shines down on the Body of a Boxer Killed in the Ring

 As the referee began the count, a beam of light encircled Luther… the referee declared ‘Ten … you’re out!’

The shaft of light suddenly vanished … and Luther was dead

“Calgary’s new Manchester arena was packed to the rafters with fight fans, the air thick with hubbub and cigar smoke as the city basked in the spotlight of the boxing world. No one was more excited than promoter Tommy Burns, the famous former world champ who had moved to Calgary in 1910. Here was the slugfest he knew would put the city on the map: Canadian brawler Arthur Pelkey versus Luther McCarty, a handsome, fleet-fisted Nebraska boy touted as the next “Great White Hope.” Spectators and sports writers travelled from near and far to attend. A $10,000 purse and a potential title shot were on the line.

What happened in the ring the afternoon of May 24, 1913, would indeed change fortunes, but not as expected.”

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Babe Ruth Bows Out. New York. Nat Fein, New York Herald Tribune. His jersey number 3 was retired at his last appearance at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948, which also commemorated the stadium's 25th anniversary. Ruth died on August 16, 1948. More than 100,000 people paid their respects at Yankee Stadium and at his funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

Babe Ruth Bows Out. New York. Nat Fein, New York Herald Tribune. His jersey number 3 was retired at his last appearance at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948, which also commemorated the stadium’s 25th anniversary. Ruth died on August 16, 1948. More than 100,000 people paid their respects at Yankee Stadium and at his funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

Babe Ruth Bows Out

It was a gloomy dismal day in New York. June 13, 1948. The day that Babe Ruth announced his retirement to the Yankees due to illness. George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth would die two months after this photo was taken. The day was not only his last day in uniform but also the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth built. It was also the day that the number three, Babe Ruth’s number, was retired along with him. Thin and frail as a result of a long illness, Ruth emerged from the dugout into the caldron of sound he must have known better than any other man.

The field was swarming with photographers, and one Nat Fein (the N.Y. Herald Tribune) took the rear-angled composition that effectively captured the significance of the anniversary of the stadium, of the retired number and uniform and stooping figure of sick Babe Ruth. Ruth’s identity was unmistakable even without the sight of his face. Fein refused to use flash on that overcast day and used f5.6 and 1/25 shutter speed to slowly take the picture.

His picture caught the whole essence of what Babe Ruth was… and it allows the reader to take his own imagination and experience into the story. The Babe Bows Out won a Pulitzer Prize for Fein, the only sports related photograph to win the Pulitzer. The magnificent photograph is featured in the Smithsonian Institute and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, besides the immortal uniform.

In all of baseball history, there has never been anyone like Babe Ruth. Yes, he was an athlete of imposing skills, but we have had plenty of those. He was a grand performer in the arena of professional sports, but there seems to be a new one of those every weekend.

He forever changed the way baseball was played, inventing the home run as an offensive weapon, but some authorities will tell you that if it hadn’t been Ruth, it would have been someone else. What made him so unique and endearing was the way all these things were wrapped up in one boyish, fun-loving package.

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What does sport, gender reassignment and Islam have in common?

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Getty / via The Telegraph

Eight of Iran’s women’s football team are actually men awaiting sex change operations, it has been claimed.

The country’s football association was accused of being “unethical” for knowingly fielding eight men in its women’s team.

Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league, told an Iranian news website: “[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations.” Read more »

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Iranian Soccer player Niloofar Ardalan
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Despite being a woman and despite following the ideology of Islam, champion Iranian soccer player Niloofar Ardalan has experienced a lot of success. She manages to cover her hair and to dress according to the rules of her religion and still manages to beat women not burdened by all the extra clothing. Her success some might say is a success for all Muslim women as it shows that she can still follow her dreams while adhering to the restrictions of Islam. Well they might have said that if they hadn’t read this…

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Don’t laugh Labour will push this here given half a chance

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If you thought controlling which light bulbs to use or forcing you to have dribbly cold showers was bad wait until they adopt the no running in school playground rules.

Children at a primary school have been ‘banned from running in the playground’.

The head teacher at Riverview Juniors in Cimba Wood, Gravesend, Kent, said pupils risked injury from a chasing game

But angry mother Rachael Sparks said it was “a step too far”.

She said her son, 11-year-old Diesel, returned home on March 27 upset because he and other children had been told they could no longer run in the playground.

Ms Sparks, 41, said: “My son came home on Friday and said ‘they’ve banned running in the playground mummy’.

“I thought I am not going to react too much, too quickly, because kids do get it wrong sometimes.

“I thought I’d check with the receptionist when I took him to school on Monday.   Read more »

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