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The NFL season comes to its thrilling climax this weekend when the Carolina Panthers square off against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The AFC champion Broncos will be aiming for their third Super Bowl title on February 7th while the AFC winners Carolina will be looking for their first ever crown. The Panthers were the league’s best team this season with a 15-1 record and captured the NFC South Division quite easily. The Broncos finished their campaign at 12-4 and took the AFC West Division.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia tied a men’s singles tennis tournament record in Melbourne on Sunday, January 31 when he won the Australian Open for the sixth time. The 28-year-old beat Andy Murray of Scotland in three straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to equal the previous mark of half a dozen wins which was set by Roy Emerson of Australia. Djokovic reached the final this year by beating Roger Federer in the semis while Murray made it by taking out Milos Raonic of Canada. Emerson won his six Australian Opens in a short period of time as he achieved the feat between 1961 and 1967.
American tennis star Serena Williams was arguably sports’ most dominant athlete when she entered the Australian Open tennis tournament down in Melbourne. And that’s why the 34-year-old’s loss in the women’s singles final to 28-year-old Angelique Kerber of Germany on January 30th is considered such an upset. It was Kerber’s first appearance in the final of a Grand Slam tennis event in her 33rd major appearance. Kerber is now the first German woman to win a major tennis tournament since Steffi Graf back in 1999 while Williams was draw level with Graf’s mark of 22 wins in major singles competitions.
The NHL has handed a 20-game suspension to forward Shawn Horcoff of the Anaheim Ducks for violating the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. Horcoff will also have to be evaluated by the league’s Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health department and it will determine if he needs to undergo any type of treatment. Horcoff received the ban on January 25th and won’t be paid while he serves the punishment.
The 37-year-old tried to explain why he tested positive for a banned substance by releasing a press statement which said, “While recovering from an injury I suffered this past fall, I tried a treatment that I believed would help speed up the healing process. Although I was unaware that this treatment was not permitted under NHL rules that is no excuse whatsoever. I should have done my research and I should have checked with the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program’s doctors. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am sorry.”
Defenceman Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames was handed an indefinite suspension by the NHL on January 29th after appearing to attack linesman Don Henderson from behind during a home game against the Nashville Predators on January 27th. Wideman was hit into the boards by Nashville’s Miikka Salomaki and after slowly getting up he looked around to the officials for a penalty call on Salomaki. However, there wasn’t one and Wideman skated back towards the Calgary bench. But just before reaching the door he raised his stick and gloves and pushed Henderson from behind, knocking him to the ice.
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