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Added October 13th, 2015 by Ian

Dodgers’ Chase Utley banned two games for breaking opponent’s leg

Infielder Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball for an illegal slid which broke the leg of an opponent. Utley slid into second base during the Dodgers vs New York Mets playoff game at Dodger Stadium on October 10th and broke the leg of shortstop Ruben Tejada. Utley was banned for games three and four of the best-of-five National League Division Series in New York.

However, Utley has appealed the suspension and he’ll be allowed to play until the matter is settled. This means he was able to dress for the third game of the series on October 12th with the teams each winning a game in Los Angeles. The slide occurred in the seventh inning of the second game, but television replays showed it was more of a tackle than a slide. Baseball fans and experts are divided on the issue as some feel he deserves the suspension or even a longer one while other believe he shouldn’t have been banned at all.

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Added October 9th, 2015 by Ian

FIFA suspends Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini

Millions of soccer fans around the world had reason to celebrate on October 8 when it was announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini had both been suspended for a period of 90 days. Most people would have liked to have seen the pair booted out of the sport for good, but will have to settle for about three months for the time being. Isaac Hayatou will be taking over Blatter’s role at FIFA while he serves the ban. UEFA originally stated that they would ignore the suspension, but later backed off on that stance as the European organization feared further reprisals and/or sanctions.

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Added October 9th, 2015 by Ian

Raffi Torres nailed with longest suspension in NHL history

The NHL handed out the longest suspension in league history just before the 2015/16 regular season faced off on October 7 when it handed out a 41-game ban to forward Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks. Torres was nailed with the half-season long suspension for an illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason contest. The National Hockey League Players’ Association stated that Torres won’t be appealing the ban and the player then apologized for his actions after the punishment was doled out.

Torres hit Silverberg at the 12:45 mark of the first period in their meeting in Anaheim on October 3 and he received a match penalty for the incident. According to the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players, Torres won’t be paid while suspended and this means he will lose $440,860.29 in pay based on his average yearly salary. The money will be forwarded to the NHL’s Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Torres is used to handing over his paycheques though as this is the fifth time he’s been suspended by the league.

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Added October 6th, 2015 by Ian

Yankees’ CC Sabathia checks into rehab a day before playoffs

New York Yankees’ left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia doesn’t seem to care that his team is entering its first playoff series in three years as he’s decided to check into alcohol rehab. He made the announcement on October 5th, a day before the Yankees are set to take on the Houston Astros in a one game winner-take-all wild card showdown. New York finished the season in second place in the American League East Division, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

The timing may seem odd to many fans, but Sabathia told the press, “Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease. I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.”

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Added October 6th, 2015 by Ian

Brazilian soccer ref pulls out gun during game

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