• The worst sporting excuses of all time

Ben Johnson

The original drugs cheat, Ben Johnson failed not one, but two, drugs test in his aborted career. But after the 1988 Olympic champion was stripped of his gold medal he said a herbal drink he took before the race was spiked by someone close to arch-rival Carl Lewis.

Photo by Getty Images Oct 3, 2012

The worst sporting excuses of all time

We've all used some dodgy excuses in our time for not performing - but these sports stars really needed to think before they opened their mouth...

Rugby

Results

2014/15 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

2015 Six Nations Championship

2014/15 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

Schedule

2015 Super Rugby Tournament

7:35pm NZDT Sat, 7th March
9:40pm NZDT Sat, 7th March
4:05am NZDT Sun, 8th March

2014/15 Aviva Premiership (ENG)

4:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March
4:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March
4:15am NZDT Sun, 8th March

League

Results

2015 NRL Premiership Season

2015 World Club Series

Schedule

2015 NRL Premiership Season

6:30pm NZDT Sat, 7th March
9:00pm NZDT Sat, 7th March
11:00pm NZDT Sat, 7th March
6:00pm NZDT Sun, 8th March

Tennis

Live

2015 Monterrey Open

Results

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - CZE v AUS

2015 Malaysian Open

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - BEL v SUI

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - CAN v JAP

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - SRB v CRO

Viktor Troicki def. Borna Coric

4-6 1-6 6-3 6-2 6-1

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - ARG v BRA

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - GER v FRA

Gilles Simon def. Jan-Lennard Struff

7(7)-6 2-6 6-7(7) 6-2 10-8

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - GBR v USA

John Isner lost to James Ward

7(7)-6 7-5 3-6 6-7(7) 13-15

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - KAZ v ITA

Schedule

2015 Hopman Cup XXVII

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - GER v FRA

2:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March
2:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March

2015 Malaysian Open

2:00am NZDT Sat, 7th March
2:00am NZDT Sat, 7th March

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - BEL v SUI

2:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March
2:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - SRB v CRO

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - ARG v BRA

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - KAZ v ITA

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - GBR v USA

2:00am NZDT Sat, 7th March
2:00am NZDT Sun, 8th March

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - CZE v AUS

2015 Davis Cup 1st Rnd - CAN v JAP

Cricket

Live

2014/15 Sheffield Shield

Day 3, 3rd Session
Live
Tasmanian Tigers 237 (91.5) & 1/32 (11.5)
New South Wales Blues 394 (143.0)
Bankstown Oval, Sydney, NSW Live Scores
Tea: Day 3
Live
Victorian Bushrangers 6/534 dec. (143.0)
Southern Redbacks 175 (57.0) & 1/158 (43.0)
Gliderol Stadium, Adelaide, SA Live Scores
Day 3, 3rd Session
Live
Western Warriors 7/417 dec. (146.5) & 0/4 (0.5)
Queensland Bulls 7/279 dec. (94.0)
Allan Border Field, Brisbane, QLD Live Scores

2015 Cricket World Cup in AU & NZ

Rain Delay: 1st Innings
Live
Pakistan 5/197 (40.1)
South Africa
Eden Park, Auckland Live Scores
1st Innings
Live
Ireland 1/61 (16.2)
Zimbabwe
Blundstone Arena, Hobart, TAS Live Scores

Schedule

2015 Cricket World Cup in AU & NZ

2014/15 New Zealand Plunket Shield

Football

Live

2015 CAF African Cup of Nations

ET (02:00)
Live
Congo DR 0 (4)
Eq. Guinea 0 (2)
Nuevo Estadio de Malabo Live Scores

2014/15 Australian A-League

H1 (00:29)
Live
Hutt Recreation Ground Live Scores

Results

2014/15 Spanish La Liga

2014/15 English League Championship

Fulham 1 - 5 Bournemouth (FT)

Leeds 2 - 1 Ipswich (FT)

2014/15 French Ligue 1

Toulouse 1 - 6 Marseille (FT)

2014/15 Australian A-League

2014/15 English Premier League

Schedule

2014/15 Australian A-League

7 March 7:30pm

2014/15 English FA Cup

Bradford v Reading

7 March 11:45pm

2015 International Friendlies

Bermuda vs. Grenada

8 March 12:00am

2014/15 German Bundesliga

8 March 1:30am
8 March 1:30am