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5 crazy things you missed: The deadly soap dish, and the manageress getting patronised

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The world of sport throws up a lot of stories every day - funny, shocking, bizarre and amazing. But you don't read them all. You can't. You don't have time.

That's where we come in: each day, World of Sport brings you the pick of the stories that you might have missed from the last day or two. Here's today's choice.

Think we missed something better? Let us know in the comments box down below.

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1. European football's first manageress patronised by opposing manager in very first match

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Corinne Diacre

Corinne Diacre, manageress off Ligue 2 side Clermont, endured a pretty grim night on Monday.

The former France female captain's first game in charge of the side marked the first time a woman has managed a side in any of the top two tiers in European football.

Her side lost 2-1. It was the day she turned 40. And worst of all, before the match she was patronised shamelessly by opposite number Alex Dupont of Brest, who gave her a bunch of flowers before the game.

Just wondering how many other opposing managers Brest gives flowers to, eh?

Our correspondent at Reuters failed to note in the match report if Dupont also winked, patted her bum, and/or said, "Good luck sweetie/darling/toots" as he handed over his present. But we wouldn't be surprised if he had.

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2. Michael Jordan - still got it, aged 51

The basketball legend was persuaded to return to the court, briefly, as he talked to basketball hopefuls at a summer training camp on Monday. Take on a few shots, they said - and he did.

In fact he took on 11 shots in a row, all of which went in, and all of which were caught on video by one of the dads in the crowd - who shared them with the world in this sped-up film. Amazing stuff.

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3. Jose Mourinho blows his stack at referee... after meaningless friendly

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Mourinho points finger at referee – after friendly match

Jose Mourinho ripping into a referee isn't really news. Indeed, Mourinho leaving a match official's honour un-besmirched any time Chelsea fail to win is absolutely in line with expectations. But even we were stunned to read his comments when the Blues lost a completely meaningless pre-season friendly:

"I learned nothing from this game... We were expecting a fast game a competitive game but we come here and the referee thought this was a circus for Bremen fans - for them to have fun - and he killed the match.
"This game for us would have been perfect. I like the Werder Bremen team - they are fast, intense and they defend with a lot of people.
"The opponent is perfect for us to compete today but we couldn't play."

Now, World of Sport will happily admit that it didn't see the match. But using the referee as an excuse for not winning a friendly is like grumbling about the staples in the free paper you pick up at the station in the morning. What on earth do you expect, and what does it matter?

As fans on Twitter weren't slow to point out, Mourinho's sourness was in sharp contrast to Arsene Wenger's response to a similar defeat the same day...

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4. She's back! Gun-toting Belgian World Cup beauty gets VIP reception at football match

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17-year-old Axelle Despiegelaere became one of the unlikely stars of the World Cup when pictures of her supporting Belgium went viral on the web. She even earned a modelling contract with L'Oreal - though they pulled the plug on that when she was pictured on social media apparently having blasted a defenseless antelope to death with a high-powered rifle.

But while the make-up firm was unforgiving (and understandably so, considering how hot a potato animal cruelty is in the world of cosmetics) it seems Belgian fans aren't so bothered. Axelle was not just welcomed by the fans as the new season got under way for Club Brugge, but given the full VIP treatment.

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5. Brazilian giants' new signing scuppered by soap dish

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Soap dish v international footballer

Corinthians fans were thrilled at the news that Uruguay star Nicolas Lodeiro signed for the club back in May.

But the 25-year-old's eagerly-awaited debut was put on hold in the most bizarre of circumstances.

The night before Corinthians' Serie A match against Coritiba, Lodeiro was having a shower. As he washed, he managed to knock a ceramic soap dish out of its holder and onto his foot, where it smashed and cut him so deeply he had to go to hospital to have several stitches.

While we sympathise with the pain and frustration, World of Sport is a little shocked at this story. First off, since when did soap dishes become so deadly? And secondly, Lodeiro's inability to get his foot out of the way demonstrates a lack of the sharp reflexes and self-preservation instinct that is, frankly, rather disturbing in a top class professional athlete.

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