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Supershorts: Car trouble, a gift horse proves a stabling problem and OTT Santa

Caroline Wozniacki caused a stir when she impersonated fellow tennis star Serena Williams at a recent exhibition match against Maria Sharapova. Photo / AP
Caroline Wozniacki caused a stir when she impersonated fellow tennis star Serena Williams at a recent exhibition match against Maria Sharapova. Photo / AP

Does my bust look big in this?
Caroline Wozniacki caused a stir when she impersonated fellow tennis star Serena Williams at a recent exhibition match against Maria Sharapova. Instead of replicating the American's serve or her grunt the Danish player stuffed towels in her top and skirt to make fun of Serena's bust and derriere. Wozniacki's actions were labelled as racist on Twitter but it doesn't seem like an issue for Williams. In July she tweeted a photo of her bottom, with the accompanying words: "Hummm I think this onzie makes me butt look TOO big. Ugh. #BigButtproblems."

Balotelli's direction finder
It doesn't take much to make soccer star Mario Balotelli lose his way while out driving and agent Mino Raiola - who also acts for Martin Jol - revealed that when they met at the Fulham manager's London home recently, Balotelli hired a taxi so he could follow it on the 640km round trip in his Maserati.

My Little Pony
Dutch soccer international Leroy Fer has become a laughing stock among his FC Twente teammates after buying his girlfriend a pet horse - only to find out she lives in an apartment. Fer secretly bought the stallion called Django at an auction after his partner took a liking to the horse. The 22-year-old splashed out just over £22,000 ($42,000) in a bid to impress his girlfriend only to discover that she had no way to keep it. He quickly offloaded the horse and is looking for a more suitable pet.

Santa sacked
A Santa at a Canadian mall was fired this week after reducing a three-year-old to tears by telling him his favourite ice hockey team sucks. The youngster was wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs cap which Santa took offence to. Santa told the boy that he "shouldn't be wearing that hat", as the Toronto Maple Leafs "suck". He started crying, not because Santa offended him but having thought that the cap had upset Father Christmas. The boy's mum, Mary Trent, said she struggled to try to explain to her child that the incident was not his fault. "He wanted to know why Santa said the Maple Leafs suck," said Miss Trent. "I told him that Santa was having a bad day. I can't really tell him Santa's a jerk."

Charitable Chelsea
Good deed of the month goes to the Chelsea FC which raised £480,000 ($917,000) for global charity partner Right To Play at their inaugural fundraising dinner. That of course pales in comparison to the £800,000 striker Didier Drogba spent on gold rings for his former teammates at a reunion dinner this week to celebrate their Champions League title.

What's the score?
A poll on sports site TVBET.co.uk has discovered that fans check for score updates and final results a total of 195 minutes per week. That amounts to 10,140 minutes a year - or one full week of checking results annually. The poll also revealed that 51 per cent of fans check results at work, 15 per cent during a first date and even 4 per cent while attending a wedding. Most common score checking locations were in the pub, out shopping or attending another sporting event - with nearly half of those surveyed admitting to having checked other results instead of watching the game they had gone to see.

Thrashing of the week
A girls basketball team in the US will have a lot to work on ahead of their next game after going down 107-2 this week. The Arlington Knights were handed the pasting by the Bloomington South with their only two points coming from the free throw line. The opposition coach was backing his team for not going soft on the Knights. "I didn't tell my girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing [to Arlington]," Larry Winters told the Indianapolis Star. Classy.

Bad sports
Two members of Manny Pacquiao's entourage allegedly attacked a photographer for snapping pics of the boxer laid out on the canvas at the end of his fight with rival Juan Manuel Marquez. Photographer Al Bello claims Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez punched and kicked him as he tried to take a photo of Pacquiao, who was face down on the canvas. "Had I not gotten off the ring, I have no doubt the two of them would have beaten the [expletive] out of me and I might have been seriously hurt," Bello told Yahoo! Sports.

- NZ Herald

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