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Off the record: five stories you may have missed this weekend

Gavin Henson made his return to rugby, while Roger Federer played down recent death threats he received.

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. #DEJA VU Remember that contentious was-it-a-cross-was-it-a-shot goal that Ronaldinho scored in the the 2002 World Cup quarter-final? He’s only gone and done it again. The 32-year-old then broke down after scoring the goal, on account of his step-father having died from a heart attack the previous day.

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2. #RETURN Gavin Henson made a losing return to professional rugby, as his London Welsh side were narrowly beaten 28-23 by Saracens. The side’s head coach, Lyn Jones, subsequently praised the star for his display, saying: “I thought for his first game back in God knows how long, his performance was very good. He was hugely influential.

London Welsh’s Gavin Henson lines up a penalty kick during the Aviva Premiership match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

3. #ADEBAYOR Emanuel Adebayor hasn’t been getting much first-team action for Spurs lately. Unsurprisingly therefore, he’s had plenty of time of free time to make silly advertisements, among other things.

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4. #DEATH THREAT Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has played down a death threat he recently received.

The threat was posted on a fans’ website dedicated to the star, and speaking to reporters after the incident garnered attention, Federer said:

“I’m a bit disappointed that it became a lot more public and came out in the press.

“It was very small on a website, nothing very clear and concrete – people debating. To make that kind of big news is a bit surprising for me.”

5. #NICE GUY Despite LA Galaxy’s recent 2-1 loss against Real Salt Lake, David Beckham was in a good enough mood afterwards to sign autographs, and even gave one lucky young woman his shirt. To express her delight, the fan then pulled in the ex-England star for an affectionate hug.

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