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The YouTube chart: the best virals from the past seven days

Brian Cowen may not be going anywhere for another while, so why not rewind the past week of sport.

8. #BLOCKED I realise we’re bordering on LBJ obsession around here: but he’s the best and increasingly the most interesting sports star around.

Apart from the tiresome soap opera too, there’s some good stuff on the court:

7. #INJURED But as Larry David might add.. having said that, the soap opera is pretty interesting too.

LeBron taunted his former side the Cleveland Cavaliers with a silly ‘Karma’s a bitch’ tweet, in the wake of the Cavs heaviest defeat ever.

Inevitably, he then went out and goosed his ankle as the Heat lost (2.15 minutes in).

6. #USE YOUR HEAD This doesn’t look particularly fresh, but it was featured in the Guardian YouTube round-up earlier. So it’s good enough for us.

5. #HERE COME THE JETS BABY! The brash Jets take on the Patriots in a mouth-watering play-off tie this weekend.

New York head coach Rex Ryan is acting the complete goat as usual (check out our NFL column) – but we still love the larger-than-life, loudmouth, alleged foot fetishist.

Here he is during the HBO Hard Knocks series last autumn.

4. #WHISTLE-HAPPY Veteran NBA ref Ken Mauer has been taking some heat this week for calling five technical fouls in 10 seconds on the Minnesota Timberwolves against San Antonio on Tuesday night.

3. #SLÁINTE We mentioned this during the week, but it definitely bears repeating. The Barca contingent relax on the flight home with some champers as Ballon D’Or winner Leo Messi toasts his team-mates, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

It’s the kind of thing any of us would do if one won world player of the year ahead of my two best friends and I was drinking champagne on a private jet.

2. #HANGOVER CURE Of course, he then went out and hit a hat-trick on Wednesday night.

1. #CROSSBAR CHALLENGE I’ve never kicked a rugby ball in my life, but I could actually play for Ospreys. Leinster beat the Welsh side last weekend thanks to bad kicking from Dan Biggar like this.

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