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17:21 GMT, 18 February 2013

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American amputee scores sensational volley

One leg better than two American amputee scores sensational volley

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UPDATED:

16:05 GMT, 21 September 2012

Missing the incredible feats of the athletes from the Paralympics already Then feast your eyes on this incredible goal scored over in the United States.

In a High School football match, Concord-Carlisle Regional's Nico Calabria does what any other striker would do and attacks a corner on the volley.

The only difference is Calabria has the disadvantage of having one leg, but that doesn't stop the forward from pulling off a sensational strike.

Leaning on his crutches, Calabria throws his body to the side before swinging a volley that has the goalkeeper well beaten.

Never mind the fact that the strike is perfect and requires a high level of skill and balance, it's an effort that many with two legs would struggle to replicate with a scissors kick.

Arsene Wenger already missing Robin van Persie

Wenger already feeling the strain of life without goal king Van Persie

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 19 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

It did not take long for doubt to feast on the minds of those who thought good riddance to Robin van Persie in the belief that 24million for a 29-year-old determined to leave was sound business.

Confirmation that Alex Song was off to Barcelona deepened the gloom, as did the hint that Arsene Wenger’s spirit had been flattened by a turbulent week capped by a goalless draw against Sunderland.

The Arsenal manager accused his team of lacking creativity, perhaps a consequence of tightening up the defence, he said, and demanded more from new strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

No way through: Arsenal dominated possession but were unable to force their way past Sunderland

No way through: Arsenal dominated possession but were unable to force their way past Sunderland

What they need in the window…

Arsenal: ‘More creativity,’ said Arsene Wenger, who is adding Nuri Sahin on loan, but Arsenal always seem to be crying out for more physical presence in the centre of the pitch.

Sunderland: Martin O’Neill said: ‘What we lack is some quality in major positions and I actually think the quantity too.’ First priority is a striker, perhaps Steven Fletcher.

Like a bad dream, Wenger finds himself at the tail-end of another slippery serpent in a never-ending game of snakes and ladders. Can he summon the energy to fashion new stars in the hope that, next time, they might repay his efforts with loyalty

‘We make the players here,’ said the manager. ‘All who have left were made here or made a name here or came here very young.

‘Fabregas, Clichy, Adebayor, Henry, Nasri, all of them. Song came at 17. He had a lot to do, but he did it. That is what we face today. I don’t think it is linked at all with winning something or not. Every case is individual.

‘Part of our club is to influence people’s lives in a positive way. You would prefer to influence it in a positive way for yourself but it doesn’t always happen.’

Much of the remodelling will focus on Santi Cazorla, Giroud and Podolski, who made their first Premier League appearances against Sunderland. Cazorla, in the hole behind the centre forward, impressed. His touch, vision and balance are delightful, and although his influence faded, he was responsible for the best chance, threading a pass to Giroud who sliced wide nine minutes from time.

Bright start: Lukas Podolski put in a solid hour-long shift up front for his new club

Bright start: Lukas Podolski put in a solid hour-long shift up front for his new club

‘It felt good,’ said Cazorla. ‘There’s
a faster rhythm, a higher tempo. In Spain, games are more cautious,
more tactical. Here, there is more to-ing and fro-ing, but I like it.

‘It’s overstated, the idea that
smaller, technical players can’t do well here. We have powerful players
in Spain, too. Being tall isn’t what makes you a good footballer and I
don’t think that’s the defining factor in English football.’

Having wasted the best chance to take
three points, Giroud was aware of inevitable comparisons with Van Persie
and asked for patience.

‘People are clever enough to know
Robin took a lot of space here,’ said Giroud. ‘His last season was
wonderful but before that he took time to settle. I’m just asking people
to be a little patient with me. I know Arsenal are a great club and
need a striker ready and efficient quickly. It is up to me to succeed.’
On the miss, Giroud added: ‘The coach told me I had more time. If I had
been on my left foot I would probably have taken more time.

Attacking threat: The likes of Abou Diaby, Gervinho and Santi Cazorla all banged on the Sunderland door

Attacking threat: The likes of Abou Diaby, Gervinho and Santi Cazorla all banged on the Sunderland door

‘It was on the right foot. I’ll have
to work on my right foot. It could have been the dream start but I am
not worried. I will have plenty of chances here and I will score.’

Podolski, having started at centre
forward rather than in his familiar position on the left, had a
disappointing debut. ‘I see him as a centre forward,’ said Wenger. ‘But
he has some work to do to change his game, make runs in behind and to
protect the ball and move around the box.

‘When you come from a wide position
it’s not easy straight away. I’m positive he will get there because he’s
a fantastic finisher.’

Running man: Theo Walcott was a thorn in the side of the visitors' defence for the most part

Running man: Theo Walcott was a thorn in the side of the visitors' defence for the most part

The Germany striker was happy with his
opening day, though, and said: ‘It was fun wearing the shirt. All those
big names, the crowd chanting my name. I enjoyed it.

‘It’s difficult playing against such a compact side. We should have scored an early goal, that would have made things easier.’

There is much for Wenger to study. He
is on the brink of signing midfielder Nuri Sahin on loan from Real
Madrid but the pain of Van Persie’s exit will linger.

‘It’s a major, major loss,’ said
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill. ‘Anyone would suffer if they lost a
world-class player like that. I’m sure he would have preferred him to go
abroad — out of sight, out of mind — but he decides to go to Manchester
United and that’s as bad as it gets.

‘But you always feel that, when the season settles down, Arsenal have the quality.’

Don't forget us: Jack Colback was at the heart of the good things being done by the Mackems

Don't forget us: Jack Colback was at the heart of the good things being done by the Mackems

London 2012 Olympics: Fans gather at closing ceremony

Out with a bang! London gathers for mammoth Games send off as thousands pack out Olympic Park for closing ceremony

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UPDATED:

20:03 GMT, 12 August 2012

After London welcomed all 204 of the competing nations to the capital for what was undoubtedly one of the greatest Olympic Games in history, athletes, fans and celebrities assembled at the closing ceremony.

If the spectacular official opening ceremony of the Games – organised by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle – the close to the Games promises to be a show and a half.

London hosted an Olympics which saw Team GB win an unbelievable 29 gold medals, dwarfing the 19 won four years prior in Beijing, and those lucky enough to have tickets have filled the Olympic Park in Stratford to bid their farewell.

To celebrate the hosting of a hugely successful Olympiad, fans will be treated to a feast for the eyes and ears, amongst the spectacles are internationally renowned girl band the Spice Girls.

Fond farewell: Thousands gathered at the Olympic Park in Stratford for the closing ceremony

Fond farewell: Thousands gathered at the Olympic Park in Stratford for the closing ceremony

Fans got in the mood ahead of the ceremony

Fans got in the mood ahead of the ceremony

The Olympic flame was still burning as the Spice Girls rehearsed their routine

The Olympic flame was still burning as the Spice Girls rehearsed their routine

Burning bright: The Olympic flame was still lit as the Spice Girls rehearsed their routine

Transformed: The stadium looked completely different to when athletes competed on it throughout the Games

Transformed: The stadium looked completely different to when athletes competed on it throughout the Games

Transformed: The stadium looked completely different to when athletes competed on it throughout the Games

Transformed: The stadium looked completely different to when athletes competed on it throughout the Games

The Olympic rings were on display above the well lit arena

The Olympic rings were on display above the well lit arena

Ronaldo teams up with Neymar in Zico charity match

Neymar forms little-and-large partnership with Brazil legend Ronaldo

No matter how many Christmas calories you”ve consumed, chances are you”re probably still not as wide as the former superstar Brazilian Ronaldo.

Sadly, you”re probably not as good at football either – despite his waistline, which seems to be expanding exponentially, he starred in a charity match organised by another Samba boys star, the great Zico.

The rotund ex-Barcelona striker teamed up with current hot-shot Neymar on the side “Friends of Zico”, to put the “Stars of Brazil” to the sword.

Little and large: Is Ronaldo (left) as wide as Neymar (right) is tall

Little and large: Is Ronaldo (left) as wide as Neymar (right) is tall

Fun: the strikers gorged on a 7-5 victory

Fun: the strikers gorged on a 7-5 victory

Neymar has been heavily linked with the Catalan side himself, but instead of teaming up with Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp, he made do with another legend.

It was a good time for (goal) gluttons, as there was a veritable feast of strikes, with Ronaldo and Neymar”s side running out 7-5 winners – or walking out in some cases.

Ronaldo rolled back the years to score a penalty in the 8th minute with aplomb; his “little and large” partnership with Neymar was productive – though the latter”s athletic wizardry certainly helped.

Lethal: Ronaldo is still predatory in front of goal...

Lethal: Ronaldo is still predatory in front of goal…

... but is probably just as prolific at the buffet table

… but is probably just as prolific at the buffet table

The match at Sao Paolo”s Morumbi Stadium, in front of over 35,000 specators, saw Brazilian players from various generations enjoy some pitch time, including Junior, Edmundo and Ailton and Djaminha.

Onefamous Brazilian was sadly absent – Socrates died in early December – but his brother Rai was present to see his sibling honoured at the match.

Meaty: Zico is the filling in the Ronaldo and Neymar sandwich

Meaty: Zico is the filling in the Ronaldo and Neymar sandwich