Sport’s biggest surprises
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You may have heard this before but Leicester were priced up at 5,000/1 to win the Premier League before a ball was kicked in the 2015/16 season. Nobody batted an eyelid at the time. The Foxes only just stayed up at the end of the previous campaign and Claudio Ranieri replaced Nigel Pearson as manager during the summer and was immediately installed as the favourite in the 'sack race' betting. Only Arsenal beat the Foxes in their opening 17 games of the season though and suddenly Ranieri was everyone's favourite manager and the King Power Stadium club were being talked about as outsiders for a European place. It got a lot better than that. As the Premier League big guns floundered, Leicester held their nerve with a string of sensational performances in the run-in to seal the title triumph with two games remaining. It will never be the same again for the Foxes but those fantastic memories will live forever.
Red Devils' late, late show
Manchester United completed the first two parts of the Treble in 1999 by taking the Premier League crown and easing to victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup final. That left only the Champions League final against Bayern Munich at Barcelona's Nou Camp to come and surely the Red Devils would add more silverware with similar ease. That wasn't the case. Mario Basler put Bayern ahead in the early stages and all was looking good for the German giants as the match entered injury time. Three minutes went up from the fourth official and David Beckham's corner was turned in by Teddy Sheringham almost immediately. Extra time was the next destination and United were on the front foot. But it wasn't needed. Another Beckham corner followed and this time it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the right place to seal the most dramatic of Champions League triumphs.
Liverpool's miracle of Istanbul
Half-time in the 2005 Champions League final and AC Milan lead Liverpool 3-0 in Istanbul. Milan were the big pre-match favourites so it's no real surprise that Rafael Benitez's Reds have found the task too difficult. All Milan have to do is see the game out without fuss and the trophy goes to the San Siro. That reckoned without the fightback of all fightbacks from Liverpool. Steven Gerrard scores and there's a little bit of hope. Vladimir Smicer nets and suddenly the impossible dream is on. Xabi Alonso converts the rebound after his penalty is saved and the game is level at 3-3. It could really happen! No more goals follow in the remainder of the 90 minutes and extra time so on to penalties. All about one man now. Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek re-enacts Bruce Grobbelaar's 'spaghetti legs' from the 1984 European Cup triumph against Roma and Milan's players turn to jelly. Three penalties are missed by the Serie A heavyweights with Dudek enjoying the crowning moment as he keeps out Andriy Shevchenko.
Foinavon's National surprise
Aintree in April 1967 and the stage is set for the 121st running of the Grand National. Nobody knew it before the race started but this was to be Foinavon's moment. The Irish outsider was on offer at 100/1 in the betting and owner Cyril Watkins was so unmoved by his horse's chances of victory that he wasn't even at the course. Foinavon wasn't in the reckoning for the first circuit and a half. Twenty-eight of the 44 starters were still in contention after the 22nd fence but then there was drama. Popham Down, who had unseated his rider at the first, caused a collision and then stopped other contenders getting over the 23rd fence. Foinavon was so far behind though that he had time to jump over the outside of the obstacle to leave jockey John Buckingham with an insurmountable advantage. Favourite Honey End closed the gap before the end but there was to be no stopping Foinavon. The 100/1 outsider somehow created the headlines.
Broad bowls Aussies out for 60
An August morning in Nottingham and the fourth Ashes Test of the summer of 2015 is about to get started. England win the toss to bowl first against Australia; nothing out of the ordinary so far. Spectators settle in for a day of watching the Aussies bat. It doesn't turn out that way. In 94 minutes and less than 19 overs, Australia are bundled out for 60 and their defence of the Ashes is in tatters. Stuart Broad was the man to make the headlines. Eight wickets for 15 runs in just 9.3 overs is the stuff of legend. Extras put up the sternest defence for Australia, a total of 14 pipping Mitchell Johnson to top scorer by one run. Ben Stokes' catch to dismiss Adam Voges is the moment from the short innings that will live longest. The ball can't be caught but somehow it is and Broad's face conveys the giddy shock that all at Trent Bridge will remember from just over an hour-and-a-half in the East Midlands.
Warne's ball of the century
The Ashes hold plenty of better memories for Australia. Shane Warne's Ball of the Century to dismiss Mike Gatting during day two of the first Test at Old Trafford in 1993 is one of those memorable moments. This was Warne's first Ashes Test. The leg-spinner had played 11 Tests up to that point taking 31 wickets at an average of 30.80 runs. Decent enough but nothing spectacular. His ball to Gatting, now that was spectacular. The delivery pitched well outside Gatting's leg stump and all looked good for the England stalwart. However, this wasn't just any delivery. The ball spins an incredible amount and passes Gatting's outside edge to clip the top of his off stump. Gatting couldn't believe it with Graham Gooch saying "he looked as though someone had just nicked his lunch". Warne had certainly nicked his wicket and changed the course of cricket history.
Goran the great
Goran Ivanisevic arrived at Wimbledon in 2001 as the 125th best male tennis player in the world and a wildcard was required to get on court. The Croatian had been runner-up in the men's singles in 1992, 1994 and 1998 but surely his time had been and gone. That reckoned without the most incredible Wimbledon of all-time. Defending champion Pete Sampras was defeated by unknown 19-year-old Roger Federer in the fourth round. That wasn't to be the last of the Swiss ace's memorable moments but Federer had to wait to wear the crown. Ivanisevic enjoyed his first success over British opposition in the fourth round as he got the better of Greg Rusedski. Tim Henman provided the semi-final test but it was all about Ivanisevic as he won a memorable tussle in five sets. Pat Rafter, another man looking for his first Wimbledon title, provided the final challenge. And what a challenge it was. Another five sets were needed but this was Ivanisevic's moment as he won the fifth set 9-7 to end Rafter's challenge and complete his incredible fairytale success.
Miracle at Medinah
The hosts are feeling good. The United States are 10-6 up against Europe after two days of the 39th Ryder Cup in Medinah, Illinois in 2012. Just four-and-a-half points are required for the USA to regain the trophy and Europe have the monumental task of eight points to retain and eight-and-a-half points to win outright. USA are odds-on and then some but that isn't enough. Europe are the Sunday best as the momentum all swings to Jose Maria Olazabal's men. Europe claim victory in the first five singles matches on the board, Justin Rose's victory over Phil Mickelson leading the way with the most magnificent putt included. Europe go ahead when Martin Kaymer beats Steve Stricker and the Ryder Cup is retained. Tiger Woods halves the final match with Francesco Molinari and the glory all belongs to Europe. What a win!
Japan shock South Africa
South Africa v Japan in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Brighton. A chance for the south coast to see rugby union at the highest level and for South Africa to get their bid for the sport's biggest prize started in style. The Springboks had been World Cup winners in 1995 and 2007 while Japan hadn't won a game in the tournament since 1991. A 24-year wait for a win wasn't going to end against such heavyweight opposition, was it? South Africa went 12-10 up, a hard-working performance from Japan so far but the favourites still had enough to take the advantage. That didn't hint at the drama to come. Twenty-four points from Ayumu Goromaru kept Japan right in the contest and they had a chance of the most surprising victory in the final stages. Eddie Jones' men refused to go for the draw as they twice turned down penalties that would have levelled things up. That tough decision was rewarded in spectacular fashion. Karne Hesketh went over and the shock of shocks in rugby union was completed, 34-32 the final score.
Buster knocks out Tyson
Mike Tyson arrived in Tokyo in 1990 with a professional record of 37 wins from 37 fights. He was up against James Buster Douglas, a challenger who wasn't given a hope against the dominant heavyweight champion. Douglas stayed in the bout during the early stages. That was victory enough to begin with as so many of Tyson's opponents had been taken care of long before the fans had chance to finish one drink. Late in the eighth round and Tyson sent Douglas crashing to the canvas. No drama though for the challenger and he was up to dominate the ninth to leave the champion in serious trouble. In the 10th round the unthinkable happened. Douglas knocked Tyson out and his unbeaten record was finished. The aura of Tyson's invincibility over and even though Douglas' reign as the king did not last long, the tales of that night in Japan will never end.