Outside Edge: Progress in leaps and bounds

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Let's hear it for the girls. After last week's first all-female race meeting in Carlisle, the cause of women's sport was further advanced – or maybe not — by the introduction of the Basketball Lingerie League in Los Angeles, in which competitors play in their pants and bras.

It follows the success of the Lingerie Football League, the gridiron equivalent, but there's more bouncing around. In Croatia, Nives Celsius, a WAG who once claimed to have made love to hubby Dino Drpic on the pitch in Zagreb after a league game with the floodlights on (she also recently penned a pop song about having sex with Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres), has allegedly been signed by the top-flight club Slaven Belupo. Meanwhile in Miami, Nadya Suleman, the much-hated "octomom" who gave birth to octuplets in 2009 and now has 14 kids, is inviting all-comers to take her on in the boxing ring. That's really striking a blow for feminism.


Number of months it took Stuart Trueman, originally of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, to kayak 10,000 miles around the coast of Australia. The 48-year-old arrived back at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia, to find a shark's tooth embedded in the sea kayak's rudder. Hull's teeth!

Various scandals hitting the post

Special delivery! Last week Edge brought you a postmistress in rural China who has walked some 124,000 miles in the last 15 years. From that outpost to Coventry, where postie Darren Swain was found guilty of racially aggravated criminal damage after he scrawled in the depot toilets that Andy Murray was a "useless Jock". You could see the writing was on the wall; maybe if he had said "bog standard", it would have been more acceptable. And former stalwart Bristol City defender turned postman Andy Llewellyn has been accused of passing on information about when homeowners were away using the Post Office's Keepsafe Service, leading to a spate of 19 burglaries being committed in Weston-super-Mare. The victims would probably say they "wuz robbed". It sounds like these postmen have not been sticking to the letter of the law.

Good week

Dave Walker, a Port Vale fan, whose bride Nicola Williamson was walked down the aisle by Boomer the dog (pictured), Vale's mascot, at his wedding in Hanley, Stoke on Trent.

Rikki Clarke, the Warwickshire all-rounder, equalled the record for most catches in a first-class innings by an outfielder, seven, and in a match, 10, against Lancashire in Liverpool.

Neil Elliot, a 48-year-old vicar, has become the first person to gain a PhD in Snowboarding, from Kingston University.

Bad week

Bojana Jovanovski, the Serbian tennis player, flew to the wrong town for a tournament, arriving in Carlsbad, New Mexico rather than Carlsbad, California, 900 miles away.

Triathletes in Padiham, Lancashire were sent the wrong way during the run after signposts were switched around – only seven out of 40 competitors finished the race.

Slubbing Billys morris dancers were thrown out of the Swan and Three Cygnets in Durham because bells on their shoes contravened the pub's no-music policy.

Golf has new Roary and the racing car

Tiger may be back in action in Akron but at Crystal Springs golf club near San Francisco the members have been warned that a mountain lion is prowling the course. If you need to make a quick getaway, you'll not only need a good driver but a good buggy too, and luckily a company in Utah has the answer. For a mere £18,000, Pennwick will make you a golf cart that looks (a little) like a Ferrari Enzo. You can also get a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley (though not a Jaguar). At the other end of the scale, a farm in Turner's Hill, West Sussex has introduced to the UK a Dutch version of the game that takes away some of the snobbery. "Farmer's golf" involves playing with a wooden club which has a clog on the end, hitting a rubber ball 20cm in diameter, and with a field instead of a fairway. A hole is made by placing a bucket in the ground with a flagpole beside it. A tip from the experts: when taking your tee shot, make sure you give it some welly.