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Added May 14th, 2014 by Ian

Henrik Lundqvist fined $5,000 for squirting water at Crosby

There seems to be a new epidemic spreading through the NHL playoff games this season. And no it’s not cross-checking, kneeing, elbowing, spearing or fighting, it’s water squirting. That’s right; it seems players have taken to the act of squirting water bottles at their opponents on the ice. While it may seem trivial and quite childish, the NHL is taking it seriously though by handing out fines to those who are found guilty of it.

The latest culprit to be hit in the wallet is New York Rangers’ Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The netminder grabbed his water bottle at the conclusion of the Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins game a couple of days ago and gave Pittsburgh captain Sydney Crosby a squirt. The NHL then decided on May 12 to fine him $5,000 for it. The league said the fine is for unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of Game Six of the clubs’ Eastern Conference semi-final series.

 
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Added May 14th, 2014 by Ian

MLB accused of stealing evidence to fry Alex Rodriguez

According to a report by Newsday in America, Major League Baseball (MLB) knew it was buying stolen medical records, but did so anyway as the league wanted to build a strong case against Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. The report said MLB was warned several times that the records were stolen, but ignored the warnings. MLB was looking for documents from the Biogenesis medical center in Florida, which was accused of dealing in illegal performance enhancing drugs (PEDs)

MLB wanted to prove Rodriguez was connected with Biogenesis and was using PEDs. The documents were stolen on a flash drive that was owned by former Biogenesis worker Porter Fischer. It’s alleged that MLB tried to buy the flash drive, but then backed off when Fischer asked a ridiculous price for the information. The flash drive was later stolen and MLB forked over $100,000 for it from a person named Gary Jones.

 
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Added May 7th, 2014 by Ian

Kevin Durant wins the NBA’s MVP award

All-star LeBron James of the Miami Heat has had a stranglehold on the NBA’s most valuable player award by winning it four times in the last five years including the last two seasons in a row. However, he was the runner-up this season as the honour went to 6-foot-9 forward Kevin Durant of the Western Conference’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant was named the MVP after his name appeared first on 119 of the ballots. James was a distant second with just half a dozen first-place votes while Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers finished in third position in the voting. Durant led the NBA in scoring this term by averaging 32 points a game and he’s now topped the scoring charts in four of the last five campaigns.

 
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Added May 7th, 2014 by Ian

Peter Laviolette named head coach of the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators announced on May 6 that Peter Laviolette has been hired as the NHL club’s new head coach. Laviolette is just the second coach in the franchise’s 15-year history as he takes over from former bench boss Barry Trotz who was given his pink slip at the conclusion of the regular season. The Predators finished in 10th place this year with 88 points on a 38-32-12 record and missed the postseason.

Laviolette is a former player who launched his coaching career back in 1997. He’s worked with several minor league clubs as well as the U.S. Olympic team. He’s currently working with the American team in the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Belarus and will join up with Nashville when the tournament’s over.

 
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Added May 5th, 2014 by Ian

Flying toilet bowl kills soccer fan in Brazil

 
Added May 1st, 2014 by Ian

Polish fan in flames

 
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