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Added January 25th, 2016 by Ian
NBA

First-place Cleveland Cavaliers replace head coach David Blatt

In a bit of an odd move, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA club has fired head coach David Blatt midway through the season. The oddity of the move is because the team was sitting in first place in the league’s Eastern Conference at the time of the firing with an impressive record of 30-11. In addition, the Cavaliers had won 11 out of their past 13 contests. The basketball club didn’t waste any time in naming a replacement for Blatt though as they announced that his assistant coach Ty Lue would be taking over for him.

Reports out of Cleveland stated that the 38-year-old Lue has already agreed to a three-year contract to assume the head-coaching duties. It’s no secret that the Cavaliers’ top star LeBron James and his player agent have been pushing for the club to name Lue as the head coach for the past year. The 56-year-old Blatt was in just his second season as the club’s coach and had led the squad to a record of 83-40 under his guidance. However, Cleveland was beaten in last year’s NBA championship series by the Golden State Warriors in six games.

 
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Added January 25th, 2016 by Ian
NFL

Kathryn Smith becomes NFL’s first female assistant coach

The Buffalo Bills recently announced the hiring of Kathryn Smith to the NFL club’s coaching staff, which makes her the first female to hold down a full time job with the football league. The 30-year-old Smith will act as an assistant coach starting in the 2016 campaign while helping out head coach Rex Ryan. Officially, she will be the quality control coach of the club’s special teams. Smith said she’s thankful for the opportunity and said, “Maybe we’re getting more recognition, but there’s definitely a lot of women holding pretty important roles. I have an entry-level position.”

 
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Added January 25th, 2016 by Ian

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned for eight years but still being paid

It’s no wonder FIFA is seen as being corrupt by most soccer fans across the world and UEFA is close behind them. It doesn’t help the organizations’ causes considering that both of their presidents have been hit with eight-year suspensions, but the pair of them is still being paid. FIFA boss Blatter will reportedly be paid until February 26th when the governing body of world soccer is scheduled to hold an election to name his replacement. As far as Platini goes, UEFA said he’ll continue to be paid until further notice. Both men have said they will appeal their bans.

 
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Added January 25th, 2016 by Ian

Real Madrid tops soccer’s earning list for 11th straight year

Once again we have another list released which lets fans know just how much money the world’s top soccer clubs are raking in. This comes courtesy of Deloitte’s sports business group. According to the research, the top 20 franchises across the globe had combined revenues of 6.6 billion euros last year or approximately $7.18 billion U.S. This was an eight per cent increase from the year before. Leading way for the 11th straight year was Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid. They may have struggled somewhat on the pitch last season without winning any silverware, but they brought in 577 million euros of revenue. Spanish rivals Barcelona came in second with 560.8 million euros and third place went to English Premier League side Manchester United at 519.5 million euros.

 
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Added January 18th, 2016 by Ian
NFL

NFL’s Rams heading back to Los Angeles