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Major League Baseball implemented a few new rule changes this year with one of them being a video review system. In theory, managers are able to challenge an umpire’s call on certain plays and officials will review the video replay and then make a final ruling on it. This is all supposed to take place in a matter of a minute or two. However, in a recent game National League between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds, it took well over six minutes to come to a decision after video replay was called upon.
During the game Cincinnati had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth inning. Todd Frazier of the Reds hammered a pitch into right field where outfielder Giancarlo Stanton happened to catch it. Stanton then fired the ball into home plate as Zack Cozart broke for the plate after the ball was caught. The home-plate umpire ruled Cozart out after the catcher caught the ball and tagged him.
The San Antonio Spurs recently made a historical decision by hiring Becky Hammon as the NBA club’s assistant coach. Hammon is a six-time WNBA All-Star who has played in the women’s league for 16 years. She’s already living in San Antonio since she’s played for the San Antonio Stars for the past seven years. The move is historical since Hammon is the first fulltime female assistant coach in the NBA. In fact, she’s also the first to be hired as an assistant in any of North America’s five major sports of basketball, baseball, football, ice hockey, and soccer.
Hammon suffered with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last year and during her time off she spent a lot of hours with the Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich. Hammon was asked for her opinion by Popovich on numerous issues and she attended the teams’ practices and watched their games from the bench. Hammon plans on retiring from the WNBA because of her torn knee and said the injury is actually a blessing in disguise for her.
Although forward Andrew Wiggins was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the University of Kansas with the first overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, it looks like he’s not going to set foot on a basketball court with the team. This is because the Cavaliers have already agreed to trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Kevin Love. Cleveland will be sending Love to the Timberwolves along with a 2015 first-round draft choice and Anthony Bennett.
However, while both clubs have come to an agreement over the trade, they can’t officially announce the deal until August 23 since NBA rules state Wiggins can’t be traded until at least a month after signing his contract. Either team can pull out of the deal up until that point. In addition, the trade could also become bigger with more players or teams getting involved in it.
Female international soccer players aren’t too happy with FIFA at the moment and are calling the world’s governing body of soccer both sexist and discriminatory. The women’s beef with Sepp Blatter and company is that they are being forced to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on pitches with artificial turf. The men, of course, have to play their World Cup matches on grass pitches.
A group of female players has told the press that FIFA’s rule is a form of gender discrimination and it also violates human-rights law as well as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The players have hired a couple of elite and high-profile law firms to help represent them and their case. These firms are Osler Hoskin and Harcourt out of Canada and Boies Schiller and Flexner LLP of the USA.
Gerry McIlroy, the father of golfer Rory McIlroy, cashed in big time when his son won the British Open at Royal Liverpool on July 20. Is seems McIlroy senior knew his son was a very special golfer as far back as 10 years ago. This is when he and three of his pals placed a combined 400 pound bet on Rory winning the British Open by the time he reached the age of 26. The four men made the wager at odds of 500 to 1 back in 2004 and the paid off when the Northern Irishman won the Claret Jug at the age of 25.
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