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Six Degrees: Bent to Mehsud

October 19th, 2009
11:53 AM ET

It’s time for “Six Degrees” - our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/19/art.goal.gi.jpg caption="Sunderland striker Darren Bent (obscured) shoots towards goal and the ball hits a beach ball that had been blown onto the pitch."]

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

This week we’ve chosen Sunderland striker Darren Bent, who scored one of the weirest goals in football when a beach ball thrown onto the pitch by a Liverpool fan rolled in front of Reds' goalkeeper Pepe Reina, from where it was struck by Bent - and Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who is being pursued by Pakistani forces in South Waziristan.

You need to come up with five other people between those two for a total of six links.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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  1. Ajit Ukken

    HAKIMULLAH MEHSUD succeeded BAITULLAH MEHSUD as the chief of the Pakistan Taliban. Baitullah Mehsud was interviewed by AHMAD ZAIDAN who is the Al-Jazeera Correspondent in Pakistan. Ahmad Zaidan appeared in CNN's "International Correspondent" show with CHRISTIANNE AMANPOUR who must surely know the sports correspondent PEDRO PINTO. Pedro Pinto has interviewed SIR ALEX FERGUSON who saw his Manchester United Side being held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland last week(Bent's team in the Barclay's Premier League). DARREN BENT scored the first goal for Sunderland in that match.

    October 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  2. Jubaraj

    Darren Bent scored a controversial goal against Liverpool on Saturday ...
    .... Liverpool at one point in time was managed by Graeme Souness who was also a former player who was very successful with Liverpool.

    Souness was born on the same day (6 May 1953) and in the same city (Edinburgh) as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    Tony Blair was succeeded by Gordon Brown as the Prime Minister of England.

    Gordon Brown on occasions met Barack Obama the US President.

    Barack Obama, the US president nominates the Director of the CIA, and the CIA was responsible for the drone attack that killed Baitullah Mehsud, who was succeeded by Hakimullah Mehsud as the head of the Pakistani Taliban.

    October 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  3. arafat49

    Reports went around Pakistan a few months ago that a factory in Sialkot was burned down by the Taliban, as it was involved in the making of goods for the western world, which according to Baithullah Mehsud was as close to ideological fusion reaction, as it could possibly get.
    However, the last two articles made in that very factory found their way safely out of the factory and onto the cargo plane en route to London.
    Those two articles, by sheer coincidence, made contact with each other for a few milliseconds, and popped the air out of Liverpool's title hopes.
    Yes! you guessed it absolutely spot on. The factory might be reduced to ashes but the last two goods produced by it, a football and a beachball respectively, were made to meet after days of painful separation,
    all thanks to Mr Bent who continues to amaze everyone with his accuracy and amazing skill. Mehsud maybe dead, but for sure he'd be turning in his grave, no! not cause of fearing the US might further drone him to be completely certain of his death, but for the fact that those very articles he tried to keep away from the western world will find their way into eternity, thanks to youtube, facebook, twitter and what-not-space thereby, forever, rendering them priceless!

    October 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  4. Reindorf adjei mensah

    Darren Bent plays for sunderland ,manage by steve bruce,philip hughes and steve bruce both played for manchester united,philip hughes shares the same name with an australian cricketer who played in the midlesex cricket team as paul farbrace who was on the bus of the sri lanka cricket team attacked by gun men masterminded by hakimullah mehsud

    October 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  5. LoveLess

    It is rather interesting for me to read the post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more soon.

    Sincerely yours

    February 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Reply

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