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   Monday, 30 December, 2002, 13:31 GMT
Felix from the flames
BBC Sport Online picks out some of the quirky, offbeat or plain daft stories doing the rounds.


Felix from the flames

Boxing legend Felix 'Tito' Trinidad could be set for a re-match with the only man who beat him - in a cage filled with barbed wire and flames.

The bizarre claim was made in a respected Puerto Rican newspaper, which suggested the former welterweight king would return to the ring as a wrestler.

El Nuevo Día stated Trinidad would begin his new career in January, building up to a clash with Bernard Hopkins in September - two years after the American comprehensively beat him in a middleweight world title fight.

The paper said Tito - once regarded as the best pound-for pound fighter on the planet - would exact revenge on Hopkins inside a chain link cage containing fire, barbed wire and a Puerto Rican flag hanging above.

And if that all sounds a tad ridiculous, it is. Take a look at the date on the paper and you realise it is Puerto Rico's equivalent of an April Fool's Day joke (ho, ho).

Shame Audley Harrison can't use the same line.


Choccy horror

A young football fan excitedly opened a box of club chocolates - only to find they contained a rival team's sweets.

Sweets
Sweet FA for Middlesbrough fan

Seven-year-old Cory Taylor had been looking forward to tasting the Middlesbrough treats, but discovered Southampton marshmallows in their place.

The incident on Teesside is said to have left a nasty taste in the boy's mouth.

At least they weren't past their sell-by date - which is more than can be said for the West Ham-bugs.


Bored stupid

Crowd trouble during a recent cricket international in New Zealand is being partly blamed on boredom.

Forty one arrests were made during the match with India after fighting broke out among rival fans.

Police Inspector Derek Davison said: "It's been years since this level of problem. It was a surprise. One factor was that it was probably a very boring game."

If you apply the same logic, the World Angling Championships could all end in tears.

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