Outside Edge: Big and bouncy? Keep it clean

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It's not the kind of rule that would go down well in English football. Brandon Davies, a forward for the Brigham Young University Cougars basketball team, has been banned for the rest of the season after he had sex with his girlfriend.

The Mormon college in Salt Lake City, Utah, asks its students to "live a chaste and virtuous life" and the 6ft 9in 19-year-old faces an "honor code review" to decide if he should be expelled.

Meanwhile, Serse Cosmi, the coach of Palermo in Italy's Serie A, has been showing porn videos to his players on the team bus to away games.

"It creates a great atmosphere and motivates the troops," he said. Troops were almost needed to intervene in the testosterone-fuelled argy-bargy that kicked off in an Argentinian football match between Victoriano Arenas and Claypole.

Referee Damian Rubino issued 32 red cards, sending off both teams, all the substitutes and the coaching staff. The previous record was 20 red cards in Paraguay 18 years ago. But do dirty films cause dirty tackles?


Number of minutes it took the world keepy-uppy champion Dan Magness to ascend the 920 steps of Tower 42, one of the tallest buildings in the City of London. He completed the feat for the homeless charity Shelter without allowing the football to hit the floor once. He also did a lot of step-overs.

Howls of outrage at dead winger

More South American football mayhem: Luis Moreno, a Panamanian defender who plays for Deportivo Pereira in Colombia, has received death threats after he killed the mascot of Atletico Junior, an owl. The bird was lying on the pitch injured after being hit by the ball, and he removed it by kicking it into touch.

At least racehorses will no longer have to suffer the indignity of being given rude names after they were banned by the British Horseracing Authority; so farewell Oil Beef Hooked, Drew Peacock and Arfur Foulkesaycke. And it's a breath of fresh air to hear that retired racing greyhound Tommy may finally find a home after his bad breath was treated with mouthwash by carer Elaine Sheppard in Bishop's Stortford, Essex.

Some 300 prospective owners turned him down. At least now the old speedster won't have to keep his trap shut.

Good week

Jimmy Connors has been voted the greatest tennis player of all time after Filippo Radicchi at Northwestern University created a "diffusion algorithm" which examined 133,261 tennis matches played since 1968...

Helen Skelton, the Blue Peter presenter, became the first person to walk a high wire between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station to raise money for Comic Relief – 66m above the ground...

Jerome Boateng, the Manchester City footballer, has had his £3m house in Cheshire voted as the best property in the North.

Bad week

Danny Cipriani was fined by the Melbourne Rebels rugby union team after allegedly stealing a bottle of vodka from a nightclub by secreting it down his trousers...

Fernando Alonso, the Formula One driver, has complained about the Spanish government's decision to decrease the motorway speed limit because "at 110kph it is hard to stay awake"...

Cricketers in the Palace Shield in Lancashire learned they will face Andrew Flintoff after the former England all-rounder signed for Penwortham.

Loneliness of a long-distance slide ruler

Aspiring ski-jumper James Lambert revived memories of Eddie the Eagle at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Holmenkollen, Norway, after organisers told him he could not take part in the combined large-hill event because it was too dangerous.

The 45-year-old from Todmorden in West Yorkshire was banned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) after one of his jumps in the small-hill version – 57m – had to be estimated because it was too short to be measured electronically.

"I'm an amateur who can clearly jump," he said. "It's safe as eggs."

Perhaps the FIS should have had a leap of faith after the success of Teddy Keen in the gruelling 200km Kuopio Ice Marathon in Finland. Just three months after taking up ice-skating, the Londoner was not only the first Briton to complete the challenge – it took over nine hours in temperatures of -28C – but also the only competitor to finish because of the adverse conditions. The champagne was on ice.