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Hamed v Eubank, Nani mocks Rio, and Jossy’s Giants cameos

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1) On Saturday, James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr will in the end settle their longstanding beef: who was simply made to look sillier by George Groves? Where point, Naseem Hamed delivered a brilliantly withering assessment of Eubank’s performance against Groves, so withering which it required another stanza; perhaps he was avenging this absolute rinsing he suffered from Eubank Sr. As well as for old time’s sake let us discuss Groves and Carl Froch showing how it is done, and here’s the very best of the Prince.

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2) To Cardiff, venue for any 65th meeting of Wales and England while in the city including a potential Six Nations title decider. There are some brilliantly bruising classics down the years, which include Wales winning 21-19 almost 30 years ago, their centenary year; the infamous ‘Battle of Cardiff’ later had loads of old-school biff, which led to the suspension of 4 England players plus a 19-12 Welsh win; England finally snapped a 28-year winless run within the Arms Park in 1991; two years later, Ieuan Evans showed a clean set of heels gain an unforgettable try; during 2007, Wales were staring a wooden spoon with a backlash, having lost all with their matches, exclusively for James Hook to inspire them beyond daylight hours old enemy.

3) It appears tough to believe now but, long ago, Manchester United were efficient at football – here they are, celebrating their 2007-08 title win. Come for Nani poking fun at Rio Ferdinand and being invited outside to get more deliberations; stay for Nani being laughed at by Ronaldo for his peculiar English accent.

4) “Sir” Charles Barkley turns 56 immediately, which is nearly as good a justification every to celebrate “The Round Mound of Rebound” overall his glory. Being a superstar of 1990s NBA and the other in the game’s greatest power forwards, here’s Barkley dropping a career-high 56 points for the Golden State Warriors in 1994; his famous game-winner over San Antonio’s David Robinson during the 1993 playoffs; his triple-double in Game 2 of your 1993 NBA Finals against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls; a selection of his best plays; and fighting Shaquille O’Neal in 1999. And more gems in retirement: racing the 67-year-old referee Dick Bavetta on the 2007 All-Star Game; getting battered again by Shaq, 18 years after their first scrap; and a golf swing technique that just a mom could love.

5) This Sunday night sees the Oscars ceremony, precisely what better strategy to mark that when compared with celebrating the skill of Francis “Freddie Mercury” Benali? Here he’s accidentally calling Aaron Ramsey a naughty word, here he is cooking a “Benali Biryani”, and here he’s launching John Fashanu into space. And, like a bonus, here’s Fashanu falling off a wall.

6) Continuing the Oscars theme, let’s take pleasure in the greatest cameo of all-time: Bryan Robson in Jossy’s Giants; and also the second-greatest: Bobby Charlton within the same show.

Our favourites from under the line last week

1) Mikkel Hansen is really effective in handball. Just ought to see this.

2) The freediver, Stig Pryds, undertaking some absolutely astonishing behaviour.

3) More freediving. Guillaume Nery base jumping at Dean’s Blue Hole, filmed on breath hold by his wife, Julie Gautier; here, they mimic a lunar landing; and here, their latest film, One Breath Throughout the world.

4) Players to observe while in the 2009 GAA season, detailed with Gaelic commentary.

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