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FA Cup third-round fever, NBA All Star talk and the perfect frozen putt

This week’s roundup also features David Brent, an irritant ball boy, more woe for Notts County and a painful shriek for Pittsburgh Steelers

1) It’s FA Cup third-round weekend, one of the most nostalgic in the football calendar. It makes sense to start with a ludicrous Liverpool comeback, at Kenilworth Road in 2006, when Rafael Benítez’s side dug deep to turn round a 3-1 scoreline to triumph. Featuring none other than Steve Howard, Stevie Gerrard and Djibril Cissé. Turn back the clock to 1992, and recall Wrexham’s famous win over Arsenal, courtesy of goals from their captain, Mickey Thomas, and Steve Watkin. Then there’s Shrewsbury Town’s toppling of Everton, in 2003, featuring a 17-year-old Wayne Rooney. Plus, when two heavyweights met in 1998 at Stamford Bridge, feat. David Beckham and Gianluca Vialli. To this weekend’s ties, one of which will trigger memories for AFC Wimbledon, who travel to Gander Green Lane, Sutton United’s home, where they were reborn 14 and a half years ago. Here’s a nice short film on their resurrection. There’s also Jaap Stam’s return to Manchester United, a little more than 15 years after he left for Lazio. His first goal came at Leicester City, much to the delight of Sir Alex Ferguson.

2) Get their attention, as David Brent would say. To get a referee’s attention? High-pitched screaming. Mike Mitchell of the Pittsburgh Steelers, fuming over a foul given in a match against the Cleveland Browns, pulls out a shriek Homer Simpson would be proud of. What a racket: the decibel level soars at Goodwood.

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