Great boundary catches, snowballs disrupt skiing and vintage Yeovil

1) The passing of Jimmy Armfield this week brought forward a flood of tributes. Footage of the Blackpool and England stalwart in action is not easy to find but Armfield was also admired for his warm and authoritative broadcasting, and it can be savoured as he reflects on his life in football here, and on his England days here.

2) Oriente Petrolero striker Tanque jumps off the bench, scores with his first touch to seal a 2-0 victory in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores tie with Universitario de Deportes, and jumps into a car to celebrate.


3) Is this joint effort, from Ben Laughlin and Jake Weatherald of the Adelaide Strikers, cricket’s greatest boundary catch? Maybe, but Bevan Small and Michael Mason give it a run for its money in New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition. Here’s a similarly impressive piece of teamwork between Joe Root and David Miller for Yorkshire against Worcestershire. And to show boundary athleticism isn’t solely the preserve of white-ball cricket here’s Glenn McGrath dismissing then man-of-the-moment Michael Vaughan at Adelaide in the 2002-03 Ashes.

4) Roger Federer is better known for his elegant groundstrokes than for rallies. Here, the sky is his friend.

5) League Two teams in the spotlight in this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round include Manchester United’s opponents Yeovil, whose FA Cup pedigree is rooted in their 1949 upset of Sunderland, and Newport, who face Tottenham on Saturday. County have cup pedigree in Europe, having reached the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners Cup in 1981, drawing 2-2 at Carl Zeiss Jena before being squeezed out in the return leg 0-1 at Somerton Park. And while we’re on football, here’s the late, lamented Mark E Smith reading the football results on the BBC.


6) Skiing hooliganism? The Norwegian skiier Henrik Kristoffersen’s second downhill slalom run is dogged by flying snowballs.

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