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Nobody really expected League One’s Preston North End to upset mighty Manchester United of the English Premier League in their recent fifth-round FA Cup match in Preston. However, one of the losing side’s players did manage to earn a bonus. The third-tier squad took a 1-0 lead in the match when Scott Laird found the back of the net and fans were wondering if they could hang on for a historical upset. They couldn’t though as United stormed back for a 3-1 and a shot at home against reigning FA Cup champions Arsenal in the quarterfinals.
But Laird came out of match a pound richer courtesy of his grandmother. According to Laird, his granny has been giving him a pound for every goal he scores during his career. The trend started when Laird and his brothers were just kids and it’s continued up until now. Laird, a left-back who hails from Taunton, Somerset, told the BBC after the match, “Every time we scored as kids, she used to give me and my brothers a pound. Even though I’m 26 now, I still carry that tradition on.”
It was bound to happen sooner or later, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lacing up the gloves to take on American Floyd Mayweather Jr, but for boxing fans it’s coming several years too late. Mayweather will be 38 years old when the two enter the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2nd while Pacquiao will be 36. This isn’t to say that it won’t be a competitive fight, but it would have been nice to see them go at it while they were both in their prime. Mayweather has one knockout since 2007 and the last time the southpaw Pacquiao recorded one was in 2009.
Down in Argentina we have the famous River Plate football club which has taken to new resorts as a way to battle altitude sickness. The team recently headed to the Bolivian highlands and each member of the squad was given sildenafil citrate, which is basically the generic name of the drug which is more commonly known as Viagra. Some soccer teams have taken the drug along with aspirin and caffeine as a way to beat off things such as nausea, drowsiness, and headaches when playing in high altitudes, such as 12,400 feet above sea level in Bolivia.
If you’ve ever watched a Major League Baseball (MLB) game you realize it can sometimes take about five minutes for some batter’s plate appearances due to stepping in and out of the box etc. We also have pitches who take their sweet time between pitches and this can often drag games into the three-hour zone. MLB has been trying to come up with ways to speed things up and they announced some new rules on Feb. 20 in hopes of doing so.
One of the rules states that a batter must keep one of his feet in batter’s box at all times between pitches. There is an exception to this though, such as a wild pitch or foul ball, or if the umpire has granted the batter time. Another new rule states that managers who want to challenge a call via an instant-replay they have to make the challenge from the dugout. Last season, managers who challenged calls walked out onto the ball diamond. But the biggest change of all is the introduction of a timer for the half-inning breaks.
A lot of fans stay away from pro soccer games in Brazil as they feel they’re not really safe. Hooliganism often runs rampant down in South America’s biggest country and the rioting sometimes results in death. One club is trying to figure out the best way to stop the trouble and they believe they have the answer. The team believes if it hires the mothers of fans to act as security guards then there won’t be any more trouble, at least temporarily. Sport Club do Recife therefore decided to hire several mothers to provide security for their match in the Classico dos Classicos game with their rivals Nautico.
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