Games Three and Four of the 2013 World Series ended in strange, to say the least, circumstances. The St Louis Cardinals , while , not such a rare play, but unique in World Series game-ending circumstances.
This prompted us to consider the strangest ends to sporting events:
Devon Loch, Grand National 1956
The Queen Mother's horse Devon Loch was well fancied to win the 1956 Grand National and with just a few lengths to go looked a clear winner when suddenly and inexplicably the horse jumped, landed on its stomach and was overtaken by E.S.B. Devon Loch's rider was Dick Francis, who went on to become a famed thriller and crime writer.
The Play, California Golden Bears vs Stanford Cardinal, 1982
With four seconds remaining, Stanford had taken a 20-19 lead but then a kick-off return featuring five lateral passes earned the Golden Bears a controversial, game-winning touchdown. Not least because the Stanford Band was already on the field celebrating the victory. The incident became known as The Play.
Cella Renda vs Paul Samuels, 2009
Middleweights Cella Renda and Paul Samuels were in the second round of their bout when both connected with left hooks. Both hit the canvas. It wasn't quite the end though, as both beat the count. The referee stopped the fight in the next round, giving victory to the 36-year-old Samuel.
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Alex Bogomolov vs Bradley Klahn, 2013
Alex Bogomolov was trailing American Bradley Klahn 2-1 in the third and final set at the Nielsen USTA Pro Championship, Winnetka, when he just decided to stop playing. Had there been a call of "out" from the stands? Was that enough reason to give up?
England vs South Africa, Cricket World Cup, 1992
The 1992 Cricket World Cup semi-final was finely poised with South Africa needing 22 runs to win from 13 balls when there was a brief rain interruption. After the break the competition's came into play and South Africa required an impossible 21 runs from one ball.
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