IN PICS & VID: 10 sportsmen turned actors

Brendon Netto 26/02/2017

It’s the biggest night of the year in Hollywood as the 2017 Oscars take place on Sunday.

But rather than focus on the nominated actors, we’ve decided to go down a different route.

Several athletes have made the switch from the world of sports to acting and here, we look at 10 such stars.

BOB UECKER

Sport: Baseball

Career: 1962-67

Teams: Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves

Popular Filmography: Mr. Belvedere, Major League (trilogy)

VINNIE JONES

Sport: Football

Career: 1984-99

Teams: Wealdstone, IFK Holmsund, Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, QPR, Wales

Popular Filmography: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; Gone in 60 Seconds; Mean Machine; EuroTrip; X-Men: The Last Stand; She’s The Man; The Condemned; Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

O.J. SIMPSON

Sport: American Football

Career: 1969-79

Teams: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

Popular Filmography: Roots; Capricorn One; Firepower; The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!; The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear; Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

DWAYNE JOHNSON

Sport: Wrestling

Career: 1996-present*

*has only made cameo appearances post 2013

Teams: WWE

Popular Filmography: The Scorpion King; Walking Tall; Be Cool; The Game Plan; Get Smart; Race to Witch Mountain; Tooth Fairy; The Other Guys; Fast Five; Fast & Furious 6; Furious 7; San Andreas; Baywatch

JIM BROWN

Sport: American Football

Career: 1957-65

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Popular Filmography: Dark of the Sun; 100 Rifles; Black Gunn; Take a Hard Ride; The Running Man; Any Given Sunday; Mars Attacks!

TERRY BRADSHAW

Sport: American Football

Career: 1970-83

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Popular Filmography: Failure to Launch; Everybody Loves Raymond, Married… with Children, The Larry Sanders Show

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

Sport: Basketball

Career: 1969-89

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers

Popular Filmography: Game of Death; Zero Hour!; Full House, Living Single, Amen, Everybody Loves Raymond, Martin, Diff’rent Strokes; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Scrubs, 21 Jump Street, Emergency!, Man from Atlantis, New Girl

ERIC CANTONA

Sport: Football

Career: 1983-97

Teams: Auxerre, Martigues, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, Leeds, Manchester United, France

Popular Filmography: La vie est à nous !; Looking for Eric; Switch; The Salvation

MICHAEL JORDAN

Sport: Basketball, Baseball

Career: Basketball (1984-93, 1995-98, 2001, 2003) / Baseball (1993-94)

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Birmingham Barons, Scottsdale Scorpions

Popular Filmography: Space Jam

BUBBA SMITH

Sport: American Footballer

Career: 1967-76

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers

Popular Filmography: Police Academy 1,2,3,4,5 & 6; The Naked Truth; Black Moon Rising

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On This Day: West Indies blow past England

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West Indies cricket has never looked back since this day 87 years ago, when the great George Headley’s twin hundreds helped demolish England for their first-ever Test victory.

The Windies had been competing internationally since June of the previous year, when they were seen off by the same opposition at Lord’s. But the tables were to turn in the familiar surroundings of Guyana’s Georgetown.

Headley cracked 114 and 112, while fabled all-rounder Learie Constantine finished England off with nine wickets. A monstrous 209 from opener Clifford Roach in the first innings also set a platform from which the West Indies would historically build on.

Other memorable sporting events on this day

1839: Lottery made history by winning the first official annual running of a steeplechase which later became the Grand National.

1918: Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604.

1935: New York Yankees release baseball legend Babe Ruth, who moves to Boston Braves.

1989: Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

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Tweets of the week: NBA All-Star Weekend dominates Twitter

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All eyes were focused on NBA All-Star Weekend, which had a lacklustre Slam Dunk Contest, former team-mates-now-turned-rivals Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant reuniting, New Orleans’ own Anthony Davis earning MVP and DeMarcus Cousins being traded.

Here are some of the best tweets of the week…

TWEETLETS

Lincoln City’s massive upset to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals stole headlines, but Joey Barton drew the ire of
Twitter for his flop, while Sean Raggett fulfilled his dream.

WTA STARS HIT DUBAI

Players have been enjoying themselves in the emirate during the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

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