Supershorts: Things you don't see every day ...

By Cameron McMillan

Soccer fans cause ruckus, marathon man disqualified and gays clean up medals.

New Zealand celebrate a rare trophy after winning the two-match cricket Twenty20 series against hosts India. Photo / AP
New Zealand celebrate a rare trophy after winning the two-match cricket Twenty20 series against hosts India. Photo / AP

Wrong man to mess with

Two New York muggers picked the wrong man to mess with last week when they attempted to rob MMA fighter Renzo Gracie.

Gracie has a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is a two-time winner of the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Not only did he deal to one of the men, while the other ran away, he live Tweeted (@Renzo - Gracie - BJJ) all the action.

"I just gave him the old style Raccoon, it has been a while since the last time I did ... Choke him out 3 times ..." he tweeted. "And before he woke up I did hit each eye socket at least twice, tomorrow he will take up like a raccoon, and every time he woke up I was ... whispering in his ears ... That's what death feels like ... Don't do it again. My f****** hand hurts a lot. Next time I'll use my elbows."

Doubt there will be a next time.

Home town advantage

Panama soccer fans did their best to remind the visiting Canadian side that they were playing an away game by causing a massive ruckus outside their team hotel ahead of their World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday. For two straight nights around 100 Panamanian supporters stood outside the Canadian team hotel in Panama City banging drums, using megaphones, setting off fireworks and inviting passing motorists to toot their horns. According to reports the Panamanian Football Association even tweeted out the hotel location encouraging fans to turn up. Panama beat a lethargic looking Canada 2-0.

Not so fast

Eyebrows should have been raised when Olok Nykew shattered the Sioux Falls Marathon course record last weekend by a massive 25 minutes when his first words after crossing the finish line were: "Maybe I'm lost, I don't know." Organisers briefly announced him as the winner before working out that he had run only half the distance. Nykew had signed up for the full marathon but turned up 45 minutes late so ran with the half-marathoners instead. Since he was still wearing his marathon bib, organisers briefly thought that he had produced a time of just over two hours, well below the Olympic A standard. Nykew was not only disqualified but also stripped of his half-marathon time.

Andy's golf drive

After finally breaking his grand slam duck at the US Open this week Andy Murray revealed to the Guardian what was holding him back at the big tournaments - the fear of his life changing if he won. "I spoke to Ivan [Lendl, his coach] a couple of times during the year and he said, 'What worries you?' I said to him at the French Open this year, 'I worry what might happen if I win a major, how my life might change, because I want it to be the same.' I didn't really want it to change.

"He said, 'I thought the same thing, but all that happens is you get more people congratulating you. You get nicer tables in restaurants. You get to go on all the good golf courses for free."'

Better to be gay than American?

When it comes to the Olympics, statistically it seems you'll be more successful if you are gay than American. Forty-three per cent of openly gay athletes (10 of 23) won a medal in London, according to outsports.com, while only 18 per cent of American athletes medalled. Just over 7 per cent of New Zealand athletes medalled. That puts Team Gay tied with Mexico, Ethiopia and Georgia in the total medal count.

Quotes of the week:
"The problem was when I arrived, everyone was so drunk already it would have taken a while to catch up, so I didn't bother." Andy Murray on missing out on a celebratory drink after his US Open win.

"We don´t feel under pressure; it's just that fear of being killed, which makes you leave your body and soul on the field."Former Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma tries to explain what it feels like to play in a test.

"Since I got into Serie A my sex life multiplied. I like that. I find my women on Facebook. There's a lot of stuff online." Italian footballer Stephan El Shaarawy on life at AC Milan.

"I said what I said. If I'd used more sophisticated language they wouldn't have understood." Martin Kind, president of German football club Hannover 96, on calling some of his club's fans "not worthy" and "a***holes".

"On the 1996 tour of England, I went to the gym only once - to see it and not to use it"
Retired Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly reveals the team's attitude to fitness during the '90s.

"I didn't see Graham out there at all" Steve Hansen is not convinced Argentina's strong effort last weekend was solely down to Pumas consultant Sir Graham Henry.

- NZ Herald

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