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Added December 29th, 2014 by Ian

David Beckham hires in-game bodyguard for son

According to reports from British newspaper ‘the Daily Star,’ former England and Manchester United football star David Beckham has hired a bodyguard to protect his son while he plays. Young Brooklyn Beckham recently signed a short-term contract with English Premier League club Arsenal and has been assigned to the outfit’s youth academy. The 15-year-old is currently playing for the club’s Under-16 squad and his famous last name is attracting crowds. Beckham Sr. doesn’t want to take any chances though and has hired an ex-soldier to sit on the players’ bench during games.

Sources told the newspaper that the bodyguard, who used to be a special-forces soldier, is dressed like a member of the team’s coaching staff so he doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. It’s believed that Arsenal was more than happy to oblige with the request as the club wants to make sure all of its players are safe at all times. In addition, Arsenal has reportedly increased security patrols at their youth academy headquarters and at their London Colney training base.

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Added December 29th, 2014 by Ian

50 game suspension for Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli

All Major League Baseball players know that they may have to take a drug test sooner or later and this includes Minor Leaguer’s too. However, some of them simply don’t have the willpower or intestinal fortitude to just say no to drugs. It’s hard to believe that players are still failing these tests even though their careers may depend on them. Meet L.J. Mazzilli, the latest ball player to be hit with a major suspension. Mazzilli is a prospect of the New York Mets and son of former MLB player and manager Lee Mazzilli.

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Added December 29th, 2014 by Ian

Twitter’s top 2014 sporting moments

It’s believed that half a billion Tweets are sent around the globe each day and the social network Twitter has put together a list of the most popular sports-related messages for the year 2014. Since soccer’s World Cup took place in Brazil between June and July it’s not going to come as a shock to learn that it was the most Tweeted about sports event of the year. According to Twitter, the month-long tournament prompted 672 million Tweets around the world.

Twitter measured the popularity of the sports events by counting how many messages were sent per minute during a competition. The top five sports-related Tweets in the world all came from the 2014 World Cup and all five of them were regarding Germany, who ended up winning the Jules Rimet Trophy 1-0 over Argentina after extra time.

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Added December 29th, 2014 by Ian

NBA boss Adam Silver believes teams aren’t losing on purpose

Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, recently stated that he doesn’t believe teams are trying to lose games on purpose even though things may appear that way. However, many basketball fans disagree with him since they believe franchises such as the Philadelphia 76ers are hoping to finish as low as they can in order to get a better draft pick in the offseason. As of Christmas day the 76ers owned the league’s worst record at 4-23.

One of the problems facing Philadelphia is the fact that a couple of their recent draft picks such as Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid have been hampered by long-term injuries and haven’t been able to help the team improve on the court. Of course, the lower the team finishes during the regu7lar season the better chance they have of landing a top choice in the draft lottery.

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Added December 23rd, 2014 by Ian

Woman arrested for attending soccer match in Saudi Arabia

Added December 16th, 2014 by Ian

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