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_ Peter Wisgerhof, Johan Cruyff Shield, July 30. Not deceptive, not effective, but Monty Pythonesque. In this match between the Dutch Cup winners and Dutch league champions, the captain of FC Twente looked like a mountain goat skipping over a rock or a frog on takeoff as he jumped into the air and rolled onto the ground after a tickle of a tackle from Ajax defender Daley Blind. To his credit, Wisgerhof later laughed at himself. “The worst dive of the match was definitely mine,” Dutch websites quoted him as saying. “I felt something, but fell much later. Why didn’t I get a yellow card? I quickly told the ref I’m a defender and don’t even know how to fall.”

But the Oscar goes to …

_ Carrasco, South American Under-20 Championship, Feb. 12. This cheeky Chilean is our runaway winner. Such ingenuity! The midfielder plumbed new depths by grabbing an opponent’s arm and whacking himself in the face with it, and then collapsing. You’ll not tire of the video, with hilarity from commentators Nicolas Nardini and Jorge Nazar:

“It could only have been better had he injured himself, knocking himself out, perhaps,” said our jury member Steve Wade, AP Sports Writer in Argentina. “This is the classic `picaro’ character of 16th century Spanish literature, the rascal seeking every advantage.”

Like all the best actors, Carrasco had done his homework.

“It was necessary to do it because we were losing 1-0 and we needed to win to qualify,” he told a TV interviewer.

“I do it in practice,” he added. “The coach sees it and says: `Hey, what are you guys doing fighting over there?’”

Drama, comedy and a villain all in one. Even George and Brad would be impressed.


John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at) or follow him at