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Dublin: 18 °C Friday 31 October, 2014

Off the record: the biggest sports stories you might have missed this weekend

Bill Murray invokes the spirit of Carl Spackler at Pebble Beach and there’s that other Handshake Gate from Villa Park.

UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN glued to the internet all weekend, there’s a chance that some weird and wonderful sporting tidbits might have slipped through the cracks. Here’s a run-down of some of our favourites…

1. #NOT AGAIN All the talk was about the absence of a handshake between a certain two players at Old Trafford on Saturday but a little over 24 hours later there was another similar incident. Aston Villa’s mascot completely blanks his rival, leaving him stunned, and moves straight past to greet referee Michael Oliver. Harsh.



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2. #STREAKER 19-year-old Martin Pratt (appropriate name) downed 24 beers before making a dash onto the pitch in his smalls during the Rugby Sevens game between New Zealand and Samoa last weekend. He isn’t your run-of-the-mill streaker however, and proceeded to take Samaon player Alatasi Tupou out with a tackle. His excuse? “I was pretty drunk. I didn’t expect to tackle the guy but he had the ball”.



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3. #BODYGUARD You will no doubt have read about Zambia’s incredible African Cup of Nations win over Ivory Coast after a penalty shootout last night. What came next was like the famous scene from one of the late Whitney Houston’s best-known movies – manager Herve Renard carries injured Joseph Musonda half the length of the field so he can join in on the celebrations.



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4.#BILL MURRAY Dressed in camouflage and putting on the character of Carl Spackler from ‘Caddyshack’, legendary actor Bill Murray stole the show at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament in California on Saturday.



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5. #POOR MICK Ok, so this clip has been around for some time now but it deserves to be dusted off after today’s news that Mick McCarthy was sacked by Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite the downbeat lyrics of the George Michael classic, we’re sure Big Mick will be dancing his way to another club in the next week or two. Leeds, anyone?



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