Here Comes A Monkey With The Match Ball

A macaque monkey (fun fact: the most widespread primate genus aside from humans) delivered the match ball in a Japanese J-League match over the weekend while threaded out in full Cerezo Osaka kit. The monkey attempted a brief session of free styling before picking up the football and delivering it to the referee.

It’s not as riveting as War for the Planet of the Apes, but you do get the feeling that an evolved chimpanzee like Caesar would absolutely hate something like this.

Michael Owen Is A Jockey Now

Lots of athletes pivot to different sports after their days playing their first-choice have come to an end. Rio Ferdinand just did it with boxing. This is the first time, though, we have heard of an athlete pivoting to being a jockey. Michael Owen, the 37-year-old former Liverpool, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Manchester United striker, has done just that.

Owen rode a horse called "Calder Prince" in the Prince's Countryside Trust seven-furlong flat raced, and impressed with a second-place finish.

Pitch Invader Who Popped Ball Finally Corralled By Police

This dog has extremely good close control, although I'm not sure the "popping the ball and carrying it in your jaws" technique deployed here is strictly legal.

Oh well.

The dog manages to avoid the footballers, but the police finally got him. It sure looked like he had a fun adventure though.

3 Times Animals Channeled Their Favorite Defenders And Crunched Into Tackles

Defending, on the face of it, is a pretty animalistic art. Without a doubt, there are a myriad of subtleties to transform it into a fine art, but you still won’t get very far as a defender without being physical and instinctive. You’ve got to have the appetite for getting stuck in and crunching — you’ve got to mark your territory with blood, sweat and piss. 

I See A Ladybug, Hello Lady Ladybug

You'll forgive us if, for a little bit during Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg's Bundesliga clash Sunday, our attention was taken away from the actual soccer being played.

You see, there was a ladybug. FOX Sports 1 analyst Eric Wynalda was particularly fixated by the little insect.

Good Dog Runs On Soccer Field, Gives Good Interview After

A dog running on the field is pretty much the best event possible in a soccer match. It's fun, and you don't have to be stressed about the outcome of the game for a little bit. You can just be like "hey there's a good dog" and revel in the dog's goodness until someone herds it off the field.

A match in Argentina was interrupted by a particularly lively dog that ran around and chased the ball while even the players looked on, pleasantly entertained.


Good Dog Brings Goals To Brazil-Colombia World Cup Qualifying Match

Everyone loves a good dog. Especially when he brings goals. 

Moments after a dog wandered onto the pitch in the World Cup qualifier between Colombia and Brazil, Willian opened the scoring with a beautiful goal in a 1-1 draw between the two teams who came into the match atop the CONMEBOL standings.