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According to police reports, a 60-year-old Atlanta Braves fan fell to his death during a game at Turner Field on August 30th. Gregory Murrey fell from the upper deck of the ball park during the Braves vs New York Yankees as controversial star Alex Rodriguez was coming up to the plate for New York. Some fans said the man moved toward the railing at the stadium to jeer Rodriguez. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office later identified the victim as Murrey, who hails from the community of Alpharetta.
Murrey’s family released a press statement following the incident which read, “Gregory “Ace” Murrey was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend to many. He dearly loved his family, Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves. Greg was a season ticket holder with the same seats for 23 years. The night Greg passed away, he was doing one of his favorite things – watching the Braves.”
English international striker Harry Kane of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has said he wants to head over to America and kick for an NFL team once he’s finished with soccer. However, in the meantime he better concentrate on his present job. The 22-year-old Kane found the back of the net 31 times for Spurs last season in all competitions to lead the club and all top-tier English players in scoring. Everything he touched seemed to fly into the net and he also scored on his debut for England just minutes after entering the game as a substitute.
Tim Sherwood, the manager of English Premier League club Aston Villa, never suffered a torn hamstring during his 18-year playing career. However, the 46-year-old managed to snap it from the sidelines during his team’s 2-2 home draw at Villa Park against Sunderland on August 29th. The former midfielder with Blackburn Rovers, Watford, Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, and Coventry City, also played three games with England’s senior national team and formerly managed Tottenham.
Sherwood was angry with a referee’s call during the match and showed his disgust by kicking out at a water bottle that was sitting on the ground. But instead of kicking it forwards, he tried to back heel it and in doing so, suffered a snapped hamstring. After the match, Sherwood told the media, “I was going to kick bottles forward, but there were too many people so I thought I’d be polite and back heel them and snapped my hamstring. It feels bad.”
There are a few million boxing fans who feel they were ripped off when Floyd Mayweather took on Manny Pacquiao back in May. Most of them weren’t happy with Mayweather’s cautious approach and the fact Pacquiao fought him with an injured shoulder. So instead of repaying them with another mega fight, Mayweather has chosen to take on the unheralded Andre Berto in his farewell performance and will be asking North American fans to shell out more cash for it on pay per view. And this comes after making approximately $300 million against the Pac Man.
Mayweather, who’s 48-0 with 26 Kos, is scheduled to square off against Andre Berto (30-3, 23 Kos) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September 12th. A few years ago Berto held one of the several world welterweight titles, but has three losses in his past six fights. He’s no longer considered to be an elite boxer or any threat at all to Mayweather. When Berto was knocked out by Jesus Soto Karass two years ago he tore his shoulder tendon and hasn’t done anything since then to prove he’s worthy of challenging Mayweather.
Pro sports have long been considered to be dominated by younger athletes, especially when it comes to tennis. However, recent statistics show that’s not the case anymore. It seems older players are now better than their younger counterparts. In days gone by we saw Boris Becker win Wimbledon when he was just 17 years old and Rafael Nadal took the French Open when he was 19, but the days of young guns ousting veterans appear to be over.
Let’s take a look at the stats and see how tennis has evolved over the past couple of decades. Back in 1992, each player ranked in the men’s top 10 was an average age of 23.2 years old. In 2002 the age rose to 24.5 and this year it reached 28.6. There have been 10 occasions when a male Grand Slam tournament was won by a teenager. However, there are now just four male teenagers ranked in the top 100 and just one in the top 75. Back in 1985 there were two teenagers in the top 10. Also in 1985 just three players in the top 40 were older than 28. In 2015, 24 players in the top 40 are 28 or older.
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