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American soccer star Clint Dempsey of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders has been hit with a two-year ban from the U.S Open Cup tournament. Dempsey, who formerly played in the English Premier League with London clubs Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, was punished for recently grabbing a referee’s notebook, throwing it to the ground and then ripping it to pieces. And yes, he also received a red card for the temper tantrum.
MLS suspended Dempsey for three matches for the incident and then the United States Soccer Federation stepped in and doled out their punishment. When all was said and done, the American federation banned Dempsey for half a dozen U.S. Open Cup contests or the next two years of the tournament, whichever is greater. Dempsey was also hit with a fine, but the amount of it wasn’t released to the public.
Gonzalo Jara of the Chilean national team has been booted out of the Copa America in his homeland after inserting his finger into the rear end of Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani. The two players were facing each other in the quarterfinals of the competition which Chile won 1-0 after the reigning champions were eventually reduced to nine players.
The incident infuriated Jara’s club team, German Bundesliga side Mainz, so much that they’re now trying to offload him. The German team saw the videos and photos of Cavani getting the bum’s rush and weren’t too happy with him. And neither was Cavani of Paris Saint Germain. When he felt the 29-year-old Jara prodding around in his backside, he brushed Jara’s face with his hand and Jara hit the deck as if he was shot. Cavani was then sent off the pitch by the referee with a second yellow card.
Andong ‘Misha’ Song of Oakville, Ontario made NHL history on June 27 when he became the first-ever Chinese born player drafted into the league. The New York Islanders chose the 18-year-old defenceman in the sixth round with the 172nd overall pick. The 6-foot, 161-pounder was drafted out of Lawrenceville School in the state of New Jersey, USA, where he scored 10 points on three goals and seven assists last season in 26 games.
The school’s head coach Etienne Bilodeau told the media said Song has been a key player since arriving at the school a couple of years ago and was named the squad’s captain this year. Song was born in Beijing and learned English there while starting his hockey career in China. However, at the time there weren’t many teams in the nation and Song’s parents had to buy equipment for him from Russia. They also had to take two and three hour road trips just to take him to practice.
There will definitely be no NFL team in the immediate Los Angeles area in the 2015 football season, but it looks like that could change next year. The league has recently begun to look at suitable venues to house a club in Southern California as a temporary home for a temporary home for a Los Angeles-based side. A couple of the grounds being considered are the Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Coliseum.
In the meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are hoping to join forces on a new open-air $1.7 billion stadium which both teams will play out of as their new home. This ground would be situated in the area of Carson, which already houses the StubHub Center, the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
American golfer Jordan Spieth won his second major tournament of the year on June 21 when he captured the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington. The 21-year-old had already won the Masters in 2015. Spieth came up with a one-under par 69 on the final round to give him five under for the four-day tournament and he won it by just one stroke over Dustin Johnson of America and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa who tied for second place. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the top-ranked golfer in the world, finished the event at par.
Spieth still has a shot at becoming the first ever golfer to win all four of the majors during a calendar year. In addition, he’s now the youngest player to capture the U.S. Open since back in 1923 when Bobby Jones did it. He’s the sixth golfer to win the U.S. Open and Masters in the same year and is the fourth youngest to triumph in two majors. While he showed steady hands on the course, Spieth happened to drop the lid off of the trophy soon after he was handed it.
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