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We're going to a ball tonight. Ooh, fancy! We heard murmerings about free food and booze, but apparently there's a purpose to it all - sport, of all things. To practice our small talk, we've chosen a selection of amazing sports-themed facts about Friday, November 26. Please, bear with us . . .
» Kenny Dalgleish scored his 100th league goal for Liverpool today 21 years ago today. We have no idea what a "league goal" is - probably something to do with a measure of distance.*
» West Ham turned down an offer from Tottenham for Frank Lampard in 1998, sending out a message the team was not skint. "And we give our players a WHOLE orange each at half time, because we're not short of fruit, either. And we buy the expensive washing powder for the kits," the team manager may not have said at the time.
» The British Olympic gold-winning curling team were made MBEs by the Queen two years ago today. The ladies opened a fete near us the following summer, and we had to interview them. It was fair to say we struggled to make the sport sound too sexy on that occasion . . .
» On the same day (as the MBE honours, not the summer fete), Zimbabwean goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar was ordered to pay £1million in legal costs for a failed libel action. Why people can't sort things out over a nice cup of tea and a Jammy Dodger, we'll never know.
» No sports-related birthdays today we're afraid. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball died today in 1939, if that's any consolation.
*Please feel free not to correct this error in the comments box. We are being purposefully obtuse.

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