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Off the record: sport stories you might have missed this weekend

There’s a horror tackle in Germany, an embarrassing fall in Canada and the biggest win South African football has ever witnessed.

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 our favourites…

1.#OUCH Hamburg’s Jose Paolo Guerrero was handed an eight-match ban for this outrageous challenge on Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich in his side’s 4-0 defeat on Saturday. While Dietmar Hamann has said Guerrero should be “taken out of service”, the Peruvian international can’t comprehend why the German media have made such a big deal about it.

“I cannot claim that I intended to play the ball, no,” Guerrero is quoted as saying. “At that moment, I was not really considering it – I was frustrated. But such things don’t just happen to me and to be quite honest, I cannot understand all the fuss.”

Oh, I get it… he’s not that type of player.

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(H/T: Christian Machowski)

2. #YOU FELL OVA’ The Montreal Canadiens were trailing 4-3 with ten seconds remaining when Devin Setoguchi scored to square the game up. However, the winger’s heroics were soon forgotten when he lost control of his balance and wound up on his backside in the shootout. Well, that’s embarrassing.

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(H/T: Deadspin)

3. #CONFUSED BBC reporter Damien Johnson gets his Italian names mixed up and not once but twice and calls Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini ‘Mario Balotelli’. Mancini, in good spirits after watching his team beat Bolton in a 2-0 win, laughs off the identity mishap and cracks a joke about wishing to be young again.

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4. #WHAT A CATCH You won’t see a better one-hander than this for awhile. Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath, who has been omitted from their squad for the Asian Cup in Bangladesh, pulled it off during the one-day clash with Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.

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5. #WHITEWASH South African outfit Mamelodi Sundowns made history yesterday by putting 24 goals past Powerlines FC in the Nedbank Cup. Notice the commentator’s enthusiasm steadily declining as the goals fly in.

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(H/T: James Dart)

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