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Off The Record: Five stories you may have missed over the weekend

A mass brawl in African football, two legendary Scottish gatecrashers and an NFL debut to forget for Brandon Weedon.

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. #FIGHTING The African Cup of Nations qualifiers are up and running and Libya took on Algeria in Casablanca on Sunday night. With a minute left to play, substitute El Arbi Hillel Soudani scored what proved to be the winner but the Libya players didn’t take the defeat very well and an on-field brawl broke out at the final whistle…

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(h/t: World of Sport)

2. #PARALYMPICS London brought an incredible summer of sport to an end last night with the closing ceremony for Paralympic Games. Headlining the two-and-a-half hour spectacle were superstars in the music world – Jay-Z, Rihanna and Coldplay.

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3. #GATECRASHERS On Saturday evening, Andy Murray booked his place in the US Open final, where he faces Novak Djokovic today, and was honoured by the presence of two great Scots at his post-match press conference.

In a surreal encounter, legendary actor Sean Connery and Manchester United Alex Ferguson dropped in to congratulate him and give his mother Judy a bottle of wine.

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4. #CHEEKY CHAPS Ireland’s Olympians were guests on the Late Late Show on Sunday night and boxing pair Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan did their best to live up to their reputation as the class clowns of Team Ireland.

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5. #EMBARRASSING Cleveland Browns rookie quarter-back Brandan Weedon had a tough NFL debut last night – throwing four interceptions during their 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. And his evening got off to a bad start when the 28-year-old got caught underneath the American flag as he warmed up.

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