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Daily Shorts: Victory dance or seizure?

By Steven Holloway

From a changing room dance routine to the most boring footballer on the planet, Daily Shorts takes a look at the lighter side of sport.

NRL star Josh Hoffman was a happy-chappy after his Broncos side beat the Sea Eagles last weekend. At least, we think he's happy?

The energetic 26-year old cut some serious shapes in the Broncos changing room after the game, and part of the 'victory dance' closely resembled a man suffering a ferocious seizure.

Part dance, part ab workout, part mental breakdown and fully hilarious, this is definitely the most committed, enthusiastic, and genuinely happy victory dance we've ever seen.

It was a pleasure to watch Hoffman get down with his bad self.

Why can't 50 Cent throw a ball?

Last week 50 Cent captured the world's attention by throwing arguably the worst ever first pitch at an MLB baseball game.

The throw was so bad that 50 Cent told Good Morning America that he was pulled over by NYPD officers who just wanted to laugh at him.

So it should come as no surprise that when he did a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, he would be asked about the pitch laughed about around the world. But what was surprising was his response:

Readcommentbackwards: Yo $0.50 ... what happened on that pitch?
Official50Cent I have a skeletal muscle injury on my left shoulder from excessive masturbation so take it easy lol
III-V One of us..

Sharapova gets called a teabag

When Maria Sharapova came back from a set down to win her French Open quarterfinal, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's mother, British Fed Cup captain Judy, wrote on Twitter:


So a reporter wanted to know what Sharapova thought of that assessment. Didn't go well.

First, Sharapova asked who Judy Murray is. Then Sharapova asked the reporter to explain what the tweet meant. The reporter asked Sharapova whether she drinks tea.

"I'm a big tea drinker," Sharapova replied with a laugh. "I don't understand what she means."

The reporter began explaining. "That's great. She's very creative," Sharapova said. "I guess she could have put it many different ways, and she chose the English version."

Boring James Milner

If there's one parody Twitter account to follow during the World Cup is it, of course, @BoringMilner.

Based on the unremarkable play of England and Manchester City midfielder James Milner, the account has already come up with some gems ahead of Brazil.

With more than 250,000 followers, the man himself was asked what he thought of his alter-ego, telling the English press he had unsuccessfully hunted within City for the perpetrator.

"We thought we were close. We were going through it at the club. There were a few tweets about (British supermarket) Asda so I was asking the masseurs where they shopped. One did say Asda so I thought I was close but it turned out it wasn't him."

While admirably seeing the funny side, Milner managed to sound an awful lot like the account. Judge for yourself:

- 'Roy rang me to say I'm in the England Squad. I said Me? He said Yes. I said In the Squad? He said Yes. I said For the World Cup? He said Yes.'

-'Rickie Lambert said he had factor 30 suncream. I said I have factor 30 too, is it a lotion or a spray? He said Spray. I said mine's a lotion.'

What happens when a soccer team finds out it has a really ugly new strip?

Adidas decided to play a prank on Dutch soccer club Ajax by calling in their manager and some star players to show the ridiculous new designs the company has put together for the team.

The kits call on Dutch heritage with tulips and lions, and just for good measure they throw in a few others including a minor-league-baseball-ready tuxedo jersey. Needless to say the players and manager Frank de Boer were relieved not to have to take the field in tie-dye jerseys in the UEFA Champions league.

de Boer sums the team's reaction up when he tells Ajax marketing director and former player Edwin van der Sar "I have the feeling that we won't be taken seriously," which is a strong candidate for understatement of the year.

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