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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 18:54 GMT 19:54 UK
Beckham gatecrashes wedding
David Beckham
One for the album: Becks takes his place
It may not have been football, but it was certainly 'match of the day'.

England midfielder David Beckham surprised onlookers on Tuesday by a making an appearance at a local wedding.

Leo and Stephanie Theopold's wedding in Essex was due to be a quiet affair.

But the hotel they chose for the reception happened to be the England football team's base in Essex.

So they asked whether the Real Madrid star would 'blend in like Beckham' and he happily obliged for one of the odder team photos in his career.

And while Beckham has brought a few defenders down to their knees over the years, it is fair to say none of them have ever swooned before.


The future's orange

Football may have the likes of teenage sensation Wayne Rooney, but now darts has a child prodigy of its own.

Pascal poses with the dartboard
There's no need to pinch the board, Pascal

In a sport dominated by middle-aged men, Dutch teenager Pascal van Mourik has been hailed as the future.

And the future certainly looks bright - the 13-year-old entered the record books this week by becoming the youngest player in the world to hit the perfect nine-dart 501 leg.

Competing in a tournament in the Dutch city of Dongen, the youngster recorded his nine-darter in classic style with seven treble 20s, a treble 15 and a double 18.

The feat was made more remarkable by the fact Pascal has only been playing darts for just one year.

Even darts supremo Olly Croft, who seems to have sported his famous sideburns since a similar age, was amazed by the news.

"A nine-darter is special for any player, but for a 13-year-old it is a truly remarkable achievement" said Croft, Secretary General of the World Darts Federation.

Born long after most current players tried their first cigarette and beer, Pascal has already defeated many of the big names in and around his hometown Culemborg.

But professional players need not worry that their time is up just yet.

Next season, the rising star will play in junior competitions because he is still to young to compete at senior level.




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