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Catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero joined the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball club back in 2012 when he was traded from the New York Yankees for pitcher Michael Pineda. Ever since then his career has more or less gone downhill. Montero was once regarded as one of baseball’s best prospects, but he struggled during his first year with Seattle. The next year, he was suspended because of his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal and also missed several games due to injury.
This season didn’t get any better for Montero as he was out of shape when he showed up for spring training and was 40 lbs overweight. At that time, general manager Jack Zduriencik said he didn’t have any expectations for the player this year and the 24-year-old was sent down to Seattle’s Class AAA team. However, he has made a few appearances on the Mariners’ roster this year. Montero was then sent to the Mariners’ Class A club in Everett, Washington, to rehabilitate himself from a strained oblique muscle.
The brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa, Clara, California has had the turf ripped out of it for the second time in just a few days. The new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers has caused nothing but trouble for the team since they started practicing and playing there. Towards the end of the preseason schedule the 49ers were beaten at home by the Denver Broncos. Three days later head coach Jim Harbaugh said the field was too dangerous and pulled his players off of it during a public practice.
The entire playing surface was then torn up and re-sodded. The 49ers managed to beat the San Diego Chargers in their next home preseason contest, but the new turf didn’t hold up to the pounding it took from the players. The field ruptured in some areas and it was visible to the naked eye. The next day the turf was being ripped out once again.
It’s hard enough to win when betting on sports events and placing wagers on pro football matches these days, but if you make a mistake on your betting slip it’s usually next to impossible to cash in. That is unless your name happens to be Holly Griffiths and you wagered on the MK Dons in their recent Capital One Cup match against mighty Manchester United. The third-tier Dons hosted United at home in the second round of the Cup and were expected to suffer a beating at the hands of the former Premier League giants even though they have been struggling over the past year.
Perhaps it wasn’t a surprise to some people, but the Division 2 club pulled of a major upset by embarrassing United to the tune of 4-0. After placing her bet, Griffiths of Cheshire, was cheering for her United team to win the match since she believed she had bet on them to win 4-0. However, she made an error on her slip and actually placed the wager on the Dons to win.
After a long six-month wait Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals has finally been awarded with a silver medal from last winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Backstrom didn’t actually play in the gold-medal contest as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended him for one game for failing a drug test. It was revealed that Backstrom’s level of pseudoephedrine was elevated when he took the test. According to the player, he had been taking an allergy medication daily for the past seven years.
Sweden was beaten 3-0 by Canada in the Final and the IOC refused to give Backstrom a medal due to the doping investigation. A few weeks after the Games, the IOC said it handed Backstrom just a one-game suspension because it felt he didn’t take the medicine to gain a competitive advantage and they’d give him a silver medal after all.
Soccer hooligans around the world aren’t really known as the smartest bunch due to their violent nature. However, this unfortunate incident represents a new low in common sense. A player in the city of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria was killed recently when struck in the head by a rock which was thrown from the stands by his own fans. The 24-year-old player named Albert Ebosse was a Cameroonian striker who was playing abroad for an Algerian club called JS Kabylie. Ebosse’s team lost their August 23rd home match 2-1 against USM Alger with the striker scoring his side’s goal on a penalty kick.
Ebosse, who led the his league in scoring last season, was struck by the rock after the match had ended and the players were asking off the pitch. Reports said JS Kabylie fans threw objects at the players as they were upset about the team’s loss. Ebosse was taken to a hospital less than half a mile from the stadium, but doctors couldn’t revive him and he died there.
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