Here are 4 of Jeremy Clarkson's offensive comments: But fans of suspended Top Gear host want him back

Britain's BBC said on Tuesday it had suspended Jeremy Clarkson, the presenter of the globally popular 'Top Gear' show, after he was involved in a fracas with one of the broadcaster's producers.

​Following Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's suspension after a "fracas" with a producer, fans from all over the world are saying they want him back on air.

They have backed a petition calling for the presenter to be reinstated as host of the popular BBC show. 

Media reports said Clarkson, who is well known for his outspoken remarks, had punched a producer following an argument about food. 

In an official statement, the BBC said the show would not be aired this Sunday.

The corporation’s news website said it was unlikely the other two remaining episodes would be transmitted.

As a result, more than 630,000 fans have retaliated by backing the petition, which is called "BBC: Bring Back Clarkson", on petition site Change.org.

While the fans are clearly impassioned, it seems that Clarkson himself isn't too bothered.

The 54-year-old presenter told reporters before getting into a car outside his home in west London: "I'm off to the job centre."

Clearly, he is used to controversy, having been involved in a number of incidents in the past.

 

 

Here is a list of his more infamous transgressions.

1. Racist children's rhyme 

Last year, when choosing between two cars, Clarkson sang the 'Eeny, meeny, miny, moe', which has racist origins.

While the footage shown on BBC shows Clarkson saying "Catch a teacher by his toe", raw footage showed that he used the n-word instead. 

2. Mocking people with 'special needs'

In 2010, Clarkson was judging two Ferraris on the show and descried the older car as a 'simpleton'.

He said it should be renamed the "430 special needs" instead of the 430 Special.

And he faced a backlash from the National Autistic Society after making that remark. 

3. Stereotyping against Mexico

In February 2011, the BBC had to apologise to the Mexican ambassador after all three of the Top Gear presenters including Richard Hammond and James May made offensive remarks about Mexico.

Their comments included likening the national food to ‘sick with cheese on it’ and describing Mexican people as ‘lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight’.

4. Naming his dog after footballer Drogba

After naming his black pet dog after Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba, Clarkson was accused of racism... once again.

But he defended himself on Twitter saying that he was simply naming his dog after a "brilliant footballer".

 

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Sources: Reuters, Metro, The Independent 

 

 

Golfers, keep calm & carry on: Never mind the alligator on the green

An American alligator estimated to be 3.6 to 4 metres long walks onto the edge of putting green on the seventh hole of Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Florida.
An American alligator estimated to be 3.6 to 4 metres long walks onto the edge of putting green on the seventh hole of Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Florida.

Golfers at a course in Florida on Wednesday were careful to putt around a large alligator, days after the beast was photographed lounging on the edge of the green.

The image has since gone viral on Facebook.

The reptile is estimated at up to 4 metres long.

A women’s tournament went on as planned at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, on Florida’s west coast, as the gator lounged in full view of about 100 participants, said the club’s general manager Mickie Zada.

Zada added: 

“If we stopped playing because of alligators, we’d never have golfers.”

Zada said she had spent much of Wednesday morning fielding calls from reporters asking whether the photo, taken by a golfer on Friday, was doctored to make the alligator appear larger.

“This gentleman is well into his 80s. He wouldn’t even know Photoshop,” Zada said.


Photos: Reuters

While more than 200,000 people had clicked the Facebook photo as of Tuesday, the club said the alligator is far from the first – or even the biggest – to show up on the course.

A 4.5-metre long one, nicknamed 'Big George', hung around for years until his death, Zada said.

Despite nearly-daily alligator sightings at the course, there have been no attacks in the club’s 37-year history, Zada said, owing in part to a strict policy against feeding the animals.

Dangerous confrontations between humans and alligators usually stem from people feeding them, Florida wildlife officials have said.

The new alligator has yet to be given a moniker, but that may soon change, Zada said.

“We might name him Viral,” she said. - Reuters

Mourinho: Chelsea deserve to be out of Champions League

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas looking dejected at the end of the match
CHELSEA 2 PARIS ST GERMAIN 2 (Agg score 3-3)
Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday night as 10-man Paris St Germain twice came from behind to win an ill-tempered last-16 tie on away goals at Stamford Bridge.

 

Jose Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of Chelsea and believes his side deserved to exit the Champions League to Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.

The Blues twice allowed 10-man PSG to come from behind to draw 2-2 and win an ill-tempered last-16 tie on away goals at Stamford Bridge.

"We didn't deserve to go through," Mourinho said.

"When a team cannot defend two corners and concedes two goals, a team doesn't deserve to win.

"The individual performances were not good enough and when you concede two goals from two corners it's about lack of concentration, lack of responsibility to cope with the markers and the space you have to control.

"When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being one player more and playing at home... we couldn't cope with that pressure.

"We deserved to be punished with this draw, defeat."


The first leg was drawn 1-1 and Chelsea's advantage grew when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was harshly sent off after 31 minutes.

Gary Cahill's strike nine minutes from the end of normal time was cancelled out by former Chelsea defender David Luiz, but the hosts went ahead for a second time through an Eden Hazard penalty early in extra-time.

PSG captain Thiago Silva, who conceded the spot-kick for handball, was denied from a corner by Thibaut Courtois but then netted with a header moments later to make it 2-2 on the night and send the visitors through.

The Frenchmen exited the competition last term to Chelsea on the away goals rule, but advanced to the last eight for a third straight season.

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, meanwhile, are left to focus on their Premier League title bid.

PSG were fortunate not to be reduced to nine men in the first half when Luiz elbowed Diego Costa off the ball.

Striker Costa was then denied a penalty after a trip by Edinson Cavani as Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers had three big decisions to make within 12 minutes and arguably got all of them wrong.

The visitors had begun well in their bid to emulate Bradford, the League One side who inflicted Chelsea's only prior loss at Stamford Bridge this term.

Cavani hit a post for the visitors after rounding Courtois, who then saved from Javier Pastore as PSG created the better chances.

Costa might have been sent off for a foul on Silva and a confrontation with Luiz. As it was Costa and Luiz received only yellows.

Cahill converted after a corner and Luiz headed in before Silva was adjudged to have handled and Hazard converted the resulting penalty.

Courtois made a miraculous save to deny Silva before the PSG skipper's looping header from the resulting corner beat the goalkeeper.

It was unusual to see Chelsea concede two set-piece goals and they were made to pay after being second best in the contest.

The Capital One Cup winners exited the competition and there is the distinct possibility of no English presence in the quarter-final draw on March 20, unless Arsenal and Manchester City can overturn deficits next week.

- Sporting Life

Happy 75th birthday, Chuck! 10 of the best Chuck Norris bits from around the Internet

Chuck Norris, star of the Walker Texas Ranger TV series, turned 75 on Wednesday morning.
Chuck Norris, star of the Walker Texas Ranger TV series, turned 75 on Wednesday morning.

Here's a Chuck Norris fact - the manliest man on Internet is now 75.

The Walker Texas Ranger star celebrated his 75th birthday on Wednesday morning (Singapore time) and is still kicking all sorts of behind in cyberspace.

 

 

For those unfamiliar with Norris - beware, he might be standing behind you right now for not knowing who he is. The Oklahoma-born actor and martial artist is such a badass that even Hollywood can't but reference him in action movies like The Expendables 2.

 

 

And if you didn't know already, the joke about the cobra is a typical Chuck Norris Fact - a satirical one-liner celebrating Norris' toughness and masculinity - among other things.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best videos and memes that we've found around the Internet about the Internet's favourite tough guy.


10) Chuck Norris is the cure for the zombie apocalypse



9) Chuck Norris doesn't cry...



Photo from funnyand.com


8) Chuck Norris could be why we're discovering new stuff in space all the time...


 

 


7) You might want to think twice before watching a Chuck Norris movie in 3D...



6) A picture is worth a thousand words



From knowyourmeme.com


5) No material in the world can keep a piggie safe from Chuck Norris


 

 


4) Chuck Norris did lose once to Bruce Lee...but only probably because he wanted to


 

 

This YouTube video from Way of the Dragon has been viewed more than 19 million times. Presumably because disbelieving Chuck Norris fans viewed it multiple times expecting Norris to resurrect himself and kick Bruce Lee's butt.


3) Van Damme's split atop two semi-trucks was epic, but Chuck Norris always finds a way to come out tops...


 

 

He probably could do that in real life, mind.


2) Death? Chuck Norris laughs in the face of such trivial matters



1) What's more awesome than a Chuck Norris Fact? Chuck Norris reading Chuck Norris Facts


 

 

UK woman wants S$4m from ex 22 years after divorce (P.S. He's now a multi-millionaire)

Dale Vince started Ecotricity which claims to be the first green electricity company in the world.

A UK woman is asking for 1.9 million pounds (S$4m) from her ex-husband for bringing up their child by herself.

What's so unusual about that? Well, the divorce happened 22 years ago. 

Oh, and her ex is now a millionaire.

Mr Dale Vince and Ms Kathleen Wyatt married in 1981 and had a son. They broke up in 1984 and were formally divorced in 1992.

At that time, both of them were poor.

Mr Vince: From poor to rich

After their separation, Mr Vince spent about a decade living from hand to mouth in a converted ambulance, attending New Age festivals and anti-nuclear arms protests.

In the early 1990s, he began experimenting with green energy.

He started at the Glastonbury music festival, where he fixed a windmill to the top of an old pylon, installed batteries at its foot, plugged in four large mobile telephones and offered festival-goers a wind-powered phone service.

From those modest beginnings, Mr Vince, now 54, eventually built up Ecotricity, a green energy business worth an estimated 57 million pounds.

He remarried and has three children with his wife, Kate, who used to work at Ecotricity.

Ms Wyatt: Still poor

Meanwhile, Ms Wyatt, now 56, and her four children get by on state benefits and earnings from low-wage jobs.

In 2011, Ms Wyatt launched legal action asking for 1.9 million pounds from her ex on the basis that she had brought up their son alone with no money from him.

Her claim was struck out by the Court of Appeal in 2013, but Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (March 11) that she could pursue her claim.

So Ms Wyatt will get her day in court.

Should the penniless British woman get childcare support from her millionaire ex-husband? Tell us what you think on Facebook.

Source: Reuters

An uncertain season

EXCITEMENT DOWN UNDER: Defending Australian Grand Prix champion Nico Rosberg (above) posing onboard an iconic Melbourne tram holding this year's trophy outside the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit yesterday. 

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Who will face Arsenal, Everton and Stoke in Barclay's Asian Trophy?

HUMBLED: The Singapore Selection, who included Baihakki Khaizan (near right) and Hariss Harun, were beaten 5-0 by Juventus in an exhibition match last August.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said yesterday that a Singapore Select XI will be fielded for the inaugural Barclay’s Asia Trophy, taking on English Premier League clubs Arsenal, Everton and Stoke at the National Stadium in July.

The tournament is set to generate tremendous excitement, and takes on even greatest significance in Singapore’s 50th year of independence, and one school of thought would be to see the Lions play, and experience and learn against the likes of Santi Carzola, Mesut Oezil, Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Peter Crouch.

In all likelihood, the squad will be similar to the one beaten 5-0 by Italian champions Juventus in a one-off exhibition match last August.

Back then, the team comprised mainly players from the national side, with the addition of three foreign players in S.League trio Sirina Camara (Home United), Miroslav Pejic and Nicolas Velez (both Warriors FC).

The man at the helm was national coach Bernd Stange and, even though the German’s contract is reportedly up this August, he could get the nod to guide the Singapore team in the glamour quadrangular.

In response to queries, FAS director of marketing and communications Gerard Wong said the uncertainty over the availability of Singapore’s overseas-based players means a decision on the squad’s make-up will be made only later.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 12.

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Safuwan scores again, but Melbourne City lose

"It felt really good to score again. It was just a case of being at the right place at the right time...:" - Safuwan Baharudin (above)

It all seemed promising for Safuwan Baharudin 30 minutes into his team’s A-League clash with reigning Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers at the Pirtek Stadium in Sydney yesterday.

The 23-year-old Singapore football star struck a classic poacher’s goal for Melbourne City when he nodded in a 28th-minute header past ex-Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis — his second goal for the club since joining on a three-month loan last month.

But it went downhill for Safuwan and City after that, as they ended up losing 3-2 after conceding two late goals.

Worse, Safuwan, who played the whole 90 minutes, is now a doubt for City’s next game because of a head injury.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 12.

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Former greats praise New Zealand

Brendon is dynamic. He leads by example up front with not just his captaincy and his batting, but also his fielding. — Ex-England all-rounder Ian Botham, on New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (above, right)
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NBA's best best game?

League's on-form team finally living up to pre-season favourites' tag

"No, just the most recent one... The best thing about tonight — we played 48 minutes tonight, we shared the ball offensively, we moved the ball, we pushed the ball, we defended and we played a great game." - Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James (above) on whether his team’s big win over Dallas was their best
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