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Added April 27th, 2015 by Ian

European soccer leagues threaten to sue FIFA over 2022 World Cup

The EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues) isn’t very happy with FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in the winter since that’s right in the middle of their league schedules. FIFA recently announced the World Cup Final will be held on December 18, 2022 in Qatar and the tournament will begin in November. FIFA said the dates needed to be changed from the traditional summer event since the temperatures in the nation can often reach more than 40 degrees centigrade. However, officials in Qatar said they could easily build air-conditioned, roofed stadiums for the spectacle.

But since Sepp Blatter is still in charge of FIFA, the organization isn’t concerned with anybody other than itself. The EPFL has publicly said it’s against a winter tournament and said it will support any legal action taken against FIFA. The EPFL stated, “This is seriously damaging the European Leagues both from a sporting and financial standpoint. This decision raises serious questions about the motivations of many involved in the decision-making process and further demonstrate the lack of good governance within international football governing bodies.”

 
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Added April 27th, 2015 by Ian
MLB

San Francisco Giants face chewing-tobacco ban at home stadium

The San Francisco Giants have obviously being doing something right since they’ve won the World Series three times in the past five years. And since most pro athletes are superstitious they don’t like to change their ways when they’re winning. However, the city of San Francisco might make some changes for them if it has its way. What the city wants to do is stamp out the team’s use of smokeless tobacco. The product is banned in baseball’s minor leagues, but it’s still allowed at the Major League level. However, there are some rules concerning it which are aimed at reducing the visibility of players using it.

 
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Added April 27th, 2015 by Ian
MLB

San Diego Padres re-sign injured player LaChappa each and every year

The San Diego Padres MLB club had a busy offseason by acquiring several new players such as Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and James Shields. But perhaps the most important contract of all was offered to former pitching prospect Matt LaChappa, who hails from the Barona Indian Reservation in California. LaChappa, who’s now 39-years old, suffered a heart attack back in 1996 while he was warming up in the bullpen for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga team. The incident happened during the opening game of the season and La Chappa survived the heart attack and a second one while he was in hospital, but is now confined to a wheelchair.

 
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Added April 22nd, 2015 by Ian
NHL

NHL teams clean house after missing playoffs

Several NHL clubs have dropped the axe on their employees this season after they failed to make the 2014/15 Stanley Cup playoffs. It didn’t take long for the franchises to start cleaning house shortly after the regular season came to an end. Those clubs who have already made changes include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks.

The Maple Leafs got the ball rolling after finishing the season 26th out of 30 teams with a woeful record of 30-44-8. The Leafs had already fired head coach Randy Carlyle earlier in the season and replaced him with assistant Peter Horachek. It turned out to be one of the worst decisions in club history as Horachek posted a brutal record of 9-28-5 and the Leafs had their worst season in the last 20 years. Horachek was fired by team president Brendan Shanahan after the season, but Shanahan didn’t stop there. Also sacked were several assistant coaches as well as general manager Dave Nonis and almost the team’s entire scouting staff. When the dust had settled a total of 23 people were fired from their positions.

 
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Added April 22nd, 2015 by Ian
NHL

Edmonton Oilers win Connor McDavid Sweepstakes

 
Added April 22nd, 2015 by Ian

Soccer player sacked for sex on the sidelines