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Added February 22nd, 2016 by Ian

Argentine soccer player guns down referee

Unfortunately for fans, players and officials, football and violence go hand in hand down in Argentina. The latest revolting incident saw a player gun down a referee on Valentine’s Day after he was sent off the pitch with a red card. The nation’s police are now hunting down the murderer after he killed a match referee during an amateur game held in the province of Cordoba. Local media and police reports said the unidentified player took a gun out of his athletic bag after being dismissed with the red card.

The disgruntled player then returned to the field of play and shot the 48-year-old referee Cesar Flores dead by aiming three bullets at his chest, neck and head. A spokesperson from the local police department told Argentine media, “It all happened during the football match. We don’t know exactly what took place, but it appears the player was angry, fetched a gun and killed him.”

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Added February 22nd, 2016 by Ian

Manny Pacquiao dropped by Nike following comments about gays

American sports apparel giant Nike has cut its sponsorship ties with boxing star Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines due to recent controversial comments he made about homosexuality. However, Pacquiao said he understands Nike’s decision and doesn’t have a problem with it. The boxer said he’s simply quoting the bible and doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage. Soon after Pacquiao’s comments were made public, Nike released a statement which said it strongly opposes all types of discrimination and then severed its ties with the 37-year-old.

However, many people find this move by the company to be highly hypocritical. Nike doesn’t appear to have any problem selling goods and making money in Middle Eastern countries where homosexuality is deemed illegal and even punishable by death in some nations. But the company does have a problem with an individual speaking his religious beliefs which come directly from the Bible. Pacquiao converted to Christianity in recent years and his comments were made to TV5 network.

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Added February 22nd, 2016 by Ian

Roy Jones Jr. will fight fan in next bout

American boxer Roy Jones Jr., who has won world titles in five different weight divisions, including heavyweight, will be facing off against a fan in his next bout. The 47-year-old, who was recently granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, will be holding a contest to pick his opponent. Those who are hoping to step into the ring against the boxing legend have been asked to send in 90-second videos to a website at URShow.tv. Once several potential opponents have been selected, the final opponent will be voted on by a Facebook poll.

The lucky or unlucky fan will be taken to Phoenix, Arizona for the contest and will be paid $100,000 if he or she wins. Reports state that this will be considered to be a sanctioned professional boxing match instead of an exhibition match and it will be a part of a pay-per-view internet card to be held on March 20th of this year. However, it’s unclear what kind of licensing an opponent will need and what types of testing he/she will have to go through.

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Added February 21st, 2016 by Ian

Louis van Gaal by numbers: Man Utd’s worst Premier League manager

The headline may be a little misleading since there have only been three Manchester United managers in the English Premier League era since the division was launched back in 1992/93. These were Sir Alex Ferguson from 1986 to 2013 and then fellow Scotsman David Moyes from July of 2013 to April of 2014 and now Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who took over at the start of the 2014/15 campaign. However, statistics show that the 64-year-old Van Gaal is the worst of the bunch. The Dutchman took over from Moyes and guided United to a fourth-place finish last year with 70 points.

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Added February 15th, 2016 by Ian

New York Mets’ pitcher Jenrry Mejia suspended for life

Added February 9th, 2016 by Ian

No surprise as Cam Newton named NFL’s MVP

Added February 9th, 2016 by Ian

Soccer pitch generates its own electricity

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