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Off the record: 5 sporting stories you may have missed this weekend

Featuring bald cheerleaders, tekkers from Julio Cesar and Ricky Hatton’s farewell.

UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN glued to the internet all weekend, there’s a chance that some weird and wonderful sporting tidbits might have slipped through the cracks. Here’s a run-down of some of the stories you may have missed.

1. #RAFA OUT A large section of Chelsea fans let their feelings known before yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City by booing new manager Rafa Benitez at the kick-off. Sky’s Geoff Shreeves quizzed the Spaniard after the game but he insisted he was so focused he didn’t hear it.

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(h/t: WhoAteAllThePies)

2. #GOOD CAUSE Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders Megan M and Crystal B support head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September, by shaving their heads before Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills. The pair raised $22,000 for leukemia research.

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We think it’s a good look…

Credit: AJ Mast/AP/Press Association Images

(h/t: Yahoo Sports Blog)

3. #COYBIG Shane Long answers Soccer Am’s questions on his West Brom team-mates. Lessons learned? Keep your children away from Jonas Olsson if he’s on the pitch.

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4. #RETIRED Ricky Hatton suffered a sad return to boxing on Saturday night with defeat to Vyacheslav Senchenko after a ninth round stoppage. After the fight, the Hitman announced his retirement from the sport for a second time. Watch the press conference below:

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5. #TEKKERS QPR’s Brazilian goalkeeper stays true to his Samba roots with this piece of skill to get away from Wayne Rooney. And while we’re on then topic, Spanish midfielder Isco, who has been excellent for Malaga this season, is worth a mention.

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(h/t: 101greatgoals)

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