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Added October 28th, 2014 by Ian
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Denver Broncos release John Boyett after drunken assault

The Denver Broncos released safety John Boyett on October 24 after the practice-squad player made an ass of himself during a night of drinking. According to local police, the 24-year-old punched and head butted a cab driver in the head and then dug a hole with a stolen shovel and tried to hide from police. He also head butted the window of a police car and told the cops to call Broncos’ general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway.

The Denver Post reported that Boyett began the night drinking at a pub called the Sports Book Bar & Grill. Patrons and employees there said he was making threats and was intoxicated. They claimed that he attempted to take food from a customer’s plate and was asked to leave the establishment. He then refused to pay his bill and threatened to hit a bartender.

 
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Added October 28th, 2014 by Ian
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Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sets new NFL record

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set a new NFL record on October 26 after throwing six touchdown passes and passing for a total of 522 yards. The remarkable performance came in Pittsburgh’s 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. But the record wasn’t for the most TD passes and yards gained in a game. Instead, Roethlisberger sets the record for becoming the only NFL player to pass for more than 500 yards in two separate games. The 522 yards tie him for the fourth-most in league history.

He did come close to the 63-year-old all-time passing yard record though and he would have broken the old mark if he had managed to gain just 33 more yards. There have been 15 quarterbacks to throw for more than 500 yards in the league’s history, but no one had ever managed to pull off the feat twice until Roethlisberger. He first threw over 500 yards back in 2009 when he tossed a franchise-record 503 in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. His October 26th game set new Pittsburgh records for both touchdowns and passing yards.

 
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Added October 28th, 2014 by Ian
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Canadian Hockey League sued over minimum wage issue

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the 60-team Canadian Hockey League (CHL) which says it is violating the country’s minimum wage laws. The CHL consists of three junior leagues across the nation which supply many players to the NHL each year via an entry draft. The league is made up of the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). There are also several American-based clubs belonging to the CHL.

The $180 million lawsuit claims that the three leagues are paying their players less than minimum wage and it was filed by lawyer Ted Charney on behalf of former junior player Sam Berg. The young man played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL, but his career was cut short after suffering a serious injury. Charney claims that all CHL hockey players have to sign contracts which require them to put in fulltime hours for their clubs in the form of practices, games and traveling, but they’re paid just a maximum of $50 per week.

 
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Added October 28th, 2014 by Ian

Floyd Mayweather says MMA fighters are being ripped off, wants to promote them

Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known as the world’s highest-paid athlete and he wants to share the wealth. Well, not exactly, but he wants to help out mixed martial arts fighters since he feel’s they’re being treated unfairly by promoters and organizations such as the UFC. Therefore Mayweather wants to promote MMA events to make sure the participants are properly paid.

While Mayweather can command between $30 million and $40 million per fight, the highest-paid MMA fighters earn nowhere near that, even though UFC fights usually set pay-per-view records and sell out stadiums. According to Forbes, Georges St. Pierre of Quebec, Canada was the highest-paid MMA fighter in 2013 when he took home $12 million for the entire year. However, in 2014, each of the top-10 mixed martial artists have been paid less than $1 million.

 
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Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Peyton Manning sets new NFL touchdown-pass record