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NFL football players often suffer some pretty serious injuries during games. In fact some of them are so gruesome they could lead to a player’s forced retirement or knock them out for the season. However, rarely do we see an NFL star injure himself so badly that he has to sit out the remainder of the campaign. That’s exactly what happened to middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch of the Detroit Lions though as he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee while celebrating a sack on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The incident took place in the first quarter of the Lions 19-7 win at home against the Green Bay Packers.
It’s quite common for professional athletes to have bonus clauses inserted into their contracts which sees them earn extra money if they reach specific team or personal goals. One such clause for many Major League Baseball pitchers is to be rewarded if they pitch a certain amount of innings in a season. For example, Phil Hughes, a pitcher with the Minnesota Twins, will be awarded a $500,000 bonus if he manages to pitch 210 innings this year.
Hughes has appeared in 201.2 innings so far in 2014 and has just one more scheduled start to go, which will be this Wednesday, September 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, it’s highly unlikely that Hughes will reach the required number of innings pitched to cash in on his half-million dollar bonus. And the reason for this could be a rain delay that interrupted his pitching rotation a couple of weeks ago.
Although there are just 20 teams in the English Premier League at a time, Manchester City player Frank Lampard has now scored against 39 different clubs, which sets a new record. The 36-year-old English midfielder, who recently retired from international football, scored against his former side Chelsea to set the record on September 21.
Lampard came on as a late substitute and leveled the score against his former team in a 1-1 home draw at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The previous record of scoring against 38 different teams was held by former English international striker Andy Cole, who played for several teams including Manchester United and Newcastle United.
For the second time in the last three years ESPN has named the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League as the worst sports franchise in all of North America. ESPN ranked 122 professional franchises across the continent and once again, to nobody’s surprise, the Leafs once again came in dead last in 2014, the same position they finished in 2012. The club finished as high as 119 last year as they reached the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
ESPN’s Ultimate Standings publication ranked all of the clubs in various categories such as ‘bang for the buck’, fan relations, ownership, coaching, players, affordability, stadium experience, and the number of wins per fan dollars spent. The Maple Leafs came in last in several of the categories and close to last in the rest of them. With the team making the playoffs just once on the last 10 years and charging the highest ticket prices in the NHL it’s easy to see why the franchise ranked so poorly. The average ticket price for a Leafs home game is $122.20, which is 34 per cent higher than any other NHL club.
There’s been a lot of political pressure on Russia ever since the MH17 Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down in a war zone over Ukraine earlier this summer. Many world leaders are asking FIFA to strip them of the 2018 World Cup which Russia is scheduled to host. Up to now, FIFA has ignored these requests, but it’s conceivable that Russia could lose the world’s biggest sporting event if the country involves itself in any further international turmoil.
As the World Cup hosts, Russia won’t have to qualify for the event, which is a relief to them since the nation’s football team hasn’t performed too well recently. They made the 2014 World Cup, their first appearance in the event since 2002, but managed just two points in three games and didn’t get out of the group stage. Also, the Russian Under-21 side was recently eliminated from the European Championships during the group stage. Russia wants to be prepared to take on the world’s best once the 2018 tournament kicks off. To do this, the Russian FA said it would like to take all of the national team players and place them on one team. This will enable them to play together prior to the event and gel as a team.
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