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Running back Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is taking the NFL by storm so far in the 2015 season. The 23-year-old fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State has set a couple of league records already after five weeks of action and the native of Baxley, Georgia has also helped the Falcons to get off to a perfect 5-0 record early in the season.
In week four, Freeman set a modern-day NFL record by becoming the first player to score three touchdowns in his each of first two league starts. The second-year player is also the first player in nine years to score three touchdowns in two consecutive contests. The last person to achieve the feat was LaDainian Tomlinson back in 2006. Freeman added another touchdown in week five and now has eight on the season to currently lead the league.
American sports history was written on October 11th when the nation’s first women’s professional hockey league faced off. The league, known as the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), consists of just four clubs, which are the Connecticut Whale, New York Riveters, The Boston Pride and the Buffalo Beauts. There have been other pro and semi-pro leagues before in Canada, but this is the first venture to give it a go in the U.S.
Dani Rylan, the commissioner of the NWHL, said the league is starting off quite small, but it hopes to expand in the future. Rylan added that the players are paid a wage and their equipment is supplied for them. The league is hoping to attract the best women hockey players in the world and could easily achieve that due to the fact they’re compensated for their time and have access to top-brand equipment.
Infielder Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball for an illegal slid which broke the leg of an opponent. Utley slid into second base during the Dodgers vs New York Mets playoff game at Dodger Stadium on October 10th and broke the leg of shortstop Ruben Tejada. Utley was banned for games three and four of the best-of-five National League Division Series in New York.
However, Utley has appealed the suspension and he’ll be allowed to play until the matter is settled. This means he was able to dress for the third game of the series on October 12th with the teams each winning a game in Los Angeles. The slide occurred in the seventh inning of the second game, but television replays showed it was more of a tackle than a slide. Baseball fans and experts are divided on the issue as some feel he deserves the suspension or even a longer one while other believe he shouldn’t have been banned at all.
Millions of soccer fans around the world had reason to celebrate on October 8 when it was announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini had both been suspended for a period of 90 days. Most people would have liked to have seen the pair booted out of the sport for good, but will have to settle for about three months for the time being. Isaac Hayatou will be taking over Blatter’s role at FIFA while he serves the ban. UEFA originally stated that they would ignore the suspension, but later backed off on that stance as the European organization feared further reprisals and/or sanctions.
The NHL handed out the longest suspension in league history just before the 2015/16 regular season faced off on October 7 when it handed out a 41-game ban to forward Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks. Torres was nailed with the half-season long suspension for an illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason contest. The National Hockey League Players’ Association stated that Torres won’t be appealing the ban and the player then apologized for his actions after the punishment was doled out.
Torres hit Silverberg at the 12:45 mark of the first period in their meeting in Anaheim on October 3 and he received a match penalty for the incident. According to the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players, Torres won’t be paid while suspended and this means he will lose $440,860.29 in pay based on his average yearly salary. The money will be forwarded to the NHL’s Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Torres is used to handing over his paycheques though as this is the fifth time he’s been suspended by the league.
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