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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina (right), duels for the ball in a match against Osasuna FC in Barcalona. (AP Photo)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina (right), duels for the ball in a match against Osasuna FC in Barcalona. (AP Photo)

Soccer Sweets

Lately, Lionel Messi has been scoring two goals a game for F.C. Barcelona…except for the games in which he’s been scoring three.

At a leading Catalan restaurant in Girona, the celebration of Messi’s achievements has taken the form of a new dessert named for the striker.

Jordi Roca, one of the three brothers who own Celler de Can Roca has been working on the development of the delight for six months. He said recently, “We are making a dessert like one of Messi’s goals.”

One supposes that this would mean the dessert would have to be artful, perhaps surprising, plentiful, and certainly crowd pleasing…except if the crowd was in Madrid.

Read more here.

Goat Grabbing

For sports fans in the United States, spring means the culmination of college basketball’s annual madness and the beginning of another Major League Baseball campaign.

In Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, celebration of the spring equinox includes Kok-boru, or goat-grabbing, a competition sometimes compared to polo, in which one team of players on horseback attempts to place the carcass of a goat in the opposite team’s goal, while the opposite team attempts to prevent that occurrence by capturing the goat and depositing it in the goal at the other end of the field.

Elements of this competition may strike U.S. fans as odd. The same can no doubt be said of fans in Kyrgyzstan with regard to the infield fly rule.

To read more from the original Telegraph.co.uk article and see photos, click here.

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