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Daily Shorts: Tennis dance battle

From dancing tennis pros to terrible deaf footballers, Daily Shorts takes a look at the lighter side of sport.

French tennis star Gael Monfils is known as one of the biggest entertainers on the circuit - and he took it to a whole new level with a dance-off on court at Roland Garros.

During the French Open Kids' Day - held each year on the Saturday before the tournament begins - 27-year-old Monfils took the chance to show off his moves in a dance battle with compatriot Laurent Lokoli.

And with the rain pouring and French DJ Bob Sinclair supplying the perfect music, Monfils trounced Lokoki with his moves - which included a one-handed cartwheel, a somersault turned into a handstand and a flying kick.

Smooth bro, smooth.

Deaf team concede 164 goals, blame it on the ref

An English amateur football team made up of deaf players want their relegation to be called off - because their players couldn't hear the referee's whistle during matches.

Birmingham Deaf FC lost 25 of their 26 fixtures during their local league, conceding 164 goals in the process, meaning they finished bottom of division five.

The team, which was formed in 1921 and is made up of nearly all deaf players, have been relegated two divisions as punishment (which we think sounds a bit harsh) but they claim it's all the ref's fault.

A spokesman for Deaf FC said that the refs are supposed to wave flags while, at the same time, blowing a whistle for fouls, but were failing to do so.

We're not exactly sure how that excuse justifies shipping 164 goals, but it sounds like a classic case of players not playing to the whistle.

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There have been some absolutely woeful ceremonial first pitches at baseball games down the years - Carl Lewis spring immediately to mind - and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson is the newest inductee to that particular hall of shame.

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