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After winning the Stanley Cup in impressive fashion in two of the last three NHL seasons, it looks like the Los Angeles Kings might not even make the playoffs this time around. As of February 8th the Kings were in 10th place in the Western Conference with 56 points, five behind the eighth-place Calgary Flames and the final playoff spot. The Kings were 22-18 in wins and losses and had also lost a combined 12 games in overtime/shootouts. They’d also scored 140 goals and allowed 141 against and were 21st in the 30-team league with just 31 games remaining in the season.
Several of the world’s top female soccer stars launched a lawsuit against FIFA a few months ago as they accused the world’s governing body of being sexist. The claim was made after FIFA announced that the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be played on several artificial-turf pitches in Canada. The women argued that FIFA was discriminating against them since all Men’s World Cup games have to be held on real grass surfaces.
The group of female players, which included American star Abby Wambach, recently gave up the fight though and said they’ve ended their legal action against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). The women originally launched the suit through the Human Rights Tribunal of the Canadian province of Ontario because they claimed artificial surfaces typically cause more injuries and the ball bounces and travels differently on artificial pitches when compared to their grass counterparts.
English League One soccer team Notts County, who are based in the city of Nottingham, recently blocked the entire nation of Hungary from its Facebook page. The team just signed 24-year-old Hungarian striker Balint Bajner from Ipswich Town of the English Championship League during the January transfer window and its Facebook page was overran with comments. Bajner played in just five games with Ipswich and that team’s Facebook page was swamped back in August when the player was dropped from the lineup. Hungarian fans visited the page and thousands of them left the comment, “No Bajner, no party!”
Manchester United appeared to be the laughingstock of the soccer world on Friday night (Jan. 23) when the famous English club was held to a 0-0 draw in Cambridge by lowly Cambridge United. Man United went into the match in fourth place in the Premier League while Cambridge sat 76 positions below them in 12th place in League Two, which is the fourth tier of professional football in the country. Since there are 92 pro clubs in the land, we saw Man United ranked at number four, being held by the 80th-ranked side. In addition, Man United has won the English championship a total of 20 times in their history as well as 11 FA Cups. This is Cambridge’s first season back in England’s top-92 after spending the past two campaigns in non-league football.
NFL fans will be familiar with the infamous Dez Bryant catch/no catch incident during the Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers divisional playoff encounter which took place back on Jan, 11th. Wide receiver Bryant of the Cowboys was ruled to have made a catch on a late fourth-down pass, but the call was overturned after Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy challenged it. Many fans felt it should have been ruled a catch, but according to a badly-written NFL, it looks like the officials technically made the right call.
The Packers ended up winning the NFC contest 26-21, but were then ousted out of the postseason a week later by the defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle will now meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Arizona on Feb. 1. One fan who isn’t happy with the ruling on Bryant’s incomplete pass is a man named Terry Hendrix, who just happens to be an inmate at the Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, in the state of Colorado.
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