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Dublin: 6 °C Tuesday 25 November, 2014

The YouTube Chart: because we’ve had our fill of Glasto highlights

As always on a Thursday, we round up our favourite sporting videos from the past seven days. Enjoy.

EVERY WEEK WE count down the best sports clips from internet land. If we’ve missed your favourite, I hope you won’t be too shy to let us know in the comments.

10. Passionate football supporters are hardly an uncommon sight, but do you ever get the feeling that the reactions of some fans are just the tiniest bit OTT? Then again, if you’re an Equatorial Guinea supporter, golden chances like this one are probably too rare to be passed up.

9. Note to self: if ever interviewing English international James Haskell (6’4″, 17st), don’t refer to him as a “poor man’s Dallaglio.” I don’t care that the clip is fake – consider me warned.



8. If tennis tournaments were solely decided on the quality of grunts, Maria Sharapova would probably have more Grand Slam singles titles than the Williams sisters combined (20 FYI). The crowd at SW19 might have been politely stifling their giggles for the past ten days, but the Aussies had a rather different way of dealing with the matter.


7. “Crouch, lurking back stick, rises like a salmon at the back” – another fake “viral” thingy, but would anybody be too surprised if this was the kind of thing that the big man routinely engaged in during his workout sessions?


6. Our man in Oz, Neil Sherwin, was full of praise for this mark in this week’s Aussie sports column. I’ve had better myself, but there’s never a TV camera or thousands of spectators around to see it. Guess I’m not a “big stage kinda guy” …


5. Speaking of “big stage kinda guy,” how about Ivorian sensation Souleymane Coulibaly? If you’re going to score a hat-trick against Brazil in the U17 World Cup, this is probably the way to crown it.


4. The throwing of a ceremonial first pitch is a pretty regular occurrence at baseball games (the Neviller even got a shot a few weeks ago). This one, thrown by a Cirque du Soleil performer in San Diego’s Petco Park, will take some beating though.


3. Here in the office, we’re buzzing for the start of this year’s Tour de France. If you need something to help you get in the mood, this clip of the epic battle between Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck on the Col du Tourmalet last year should help.


2. Earlier today, we brought you the sad news of the death of former Kerry minor footballer and Aussie Rules star Sean Wight. As a tribute, Wight’s club, the Melbourne Demons, have produced this clip of some of his finest moments. Boy could he play.


1. A wonderful tribute to one of the most arrogant, outrageous and beautiful tennis shots in recent memory. Enjoy.

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