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Forward Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers moved into fifth place on the all-time NHL goal scoring list on March 19 when he found the back of the net in a game against the Detroit Red Wings at home at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The goal was the 718th of his illustrious career and it saw him leapfrog over Phil Esposito, who had 717. Jagr scored the first goal of the game at the 10:55 mark of the second period when he beat goaltender Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot fired from the left faceoff circle.
It was the 13th goal of the season for the native of the Czech Republic and his second with the Panthers since being traded there by the New Jersey Devils back on February 26th. Jagr is now 13 goals back of Marcel Dionne for the fourth-most goals in NHL history as Dionne retired with 731 under his belt. There’s no doubt the 43-year-old Jagr would be higher up the list if he didn’t leave the NHL for three years a few seasons ago.
Millions of people across the world are put off by the huge salaries that professional athletes make, but the life span of an athlete can be quite short, especially in when it comes to American football. Dozens of players launched a lawsuit against the NFL a year ago accusing the league of withholding important information regarding concussions and head trauma. The players’ association and NFL finally came to a payout agreement and it cost the league hundreds of millions of dollars.
Head injuries are still a legitimate concern in the sport and linebacker Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers is retiring because of it, even though he’s just 24 years old and has played only one season. According to Borland, he’ll gladly repay 75 per cent of his signing bonus to the club since he played just 25 per cent of his contract. He said he’ll hand over approximately $463,000 to the 49ers since he signed a four-year deal and played just one of them. He announced that he’s concerned about the affects of long-term brain trauma and that’s why he’s leaving the league.
Most sports fans in New York City are excited about the arrival of the Big Apple’s Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in 2015, but Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees aren’t among them. The franchise known as New York City FC (NYCFC) begins play in the 2015 season and since the club is co-owned by the Yankees and Manchester City of the English Premier League, it will be playing its 17 home games this season at the famous Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The club sold 30,000 seats for its home debut and already seems to be quite popular among New Yorkers. However, the Yankees have to share the field with the new kids in town and have 81 home games to play this year. The ball club is a bit apprehensive about sharing their turf with the soccer team and Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ first baseman recently told the media, “It’ll definitely cause an issue, but it’s nothing that we can control, so we can’t worry about it. It’s terrible for a field… Grass, dirt, everything gets messed up.”
The Bhutan men’s national football team went into their two-legged 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sri Lanka in dead last place at 209 in the FIFA rankings. However, the squad managed to pull off a huge upset by winning both matches and now face the likes of regional big boys such as Korea, Australia and Japan in the next round. Bhutan managed to stun the 174th-ranked Sri Lankans 1-0 on the road in Colombo in the first leg of the tie and then beat them five days later at home to secure a spot in the second round of qualifying.
The last time a professional American sports team played in Cuba was back in 1999, the next time one will play on the tiny Caribbean island will be in June of 2015. This is when the New York Cosmos soccer club will travel to the capital city of Havana to take on the Cuban national squad. The trip to Cuba will be the first by an American team since the U.S. government ended its embargo with the country in December and restored full diplomatic relations with it.
The match is scheduled for June 2 and will feature the full Cuban national squad as it prepares itself for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup event this July. The tournament is the biennial championship for the CONCACAF region of FIFA, which is the Caribbean along with North and Central America. The contest will be played during a break in New York’s regular schedule as the club plays in the country’s second-tier North American Soccer League.
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