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Fans down in Brazil literally place their lives in danger when they attend football matches in South America’s biggest nation. Riots and brawls are sadly a common occurrence and the fighting sometimes leads to death. Not only do opposing hooligans brawl with each other, but police in Rio de Janeiro have recently reported that fans of the same teams are now rioting against each other on occasion. Some clubs have tried to curb the violence by coming up with some creative solutions.
A couple of months ago one of the country’s biggest clubs employed the mothers of some of the fans in the hope they wouldn’t start brawls with their mothers working as security. Now we have a new idea on how to stop the violence, but this one doesn’t really make too much sense. The Sports Club Internacional team believes it would be a good idea if one of their fans meets an opposing fan before the game and walks with them to the stadium and then sits beside them for the entire match.
It appears FIFA is now having problems giving money away after several of its members were busted for corruption, racketeering, and money laundering among other things. Even the Pope and Interpol are turning down cash from the disgraced football organization. The Vatican, which doesn’t really need the money by the way since the Catholic Church is reportedly the richest organization in the world, has told FIFA to keep their cash after they originally agreed to take donations.
Conmebol, the South American arm of FIFA, had originally agreed to donate $10,000 to the Vatican for each goal scored and each penalty kick saved in the current Copa America tournament which is being held down in Chile. However, the Vatican has now told FIFA to forget about the agreement in light of the recent FBI charges against them, including some allegations against the organizers of the Copa America event. The donation money was supposed to be used for a youth educational program called Scholas Occurrentes, which was created back in 2013 by Pope Francis. The program is designed to use sports as a way to promote social integration through sports.
There will be at least seven new head coaches in place when the 30-team NHL faces off for the 2015/16 season in October. A couple of them have simply switched clubs while another two were unemployed, two have been promoted from the AHL (American Hockey League) and the other one is a former college coach. Three of the new coaches have never been behind the bench in an NHL game, so have no experience at all at the top level. However, one has coached 1,094 NHL games and another has 602 games of NHL experience under his belt.
Dave Hakstol – Philadelphia Flyers
The first club to fire their coach was the Philadelphia Flyers as they axed Craig Berube just after the regular season ended. Berube’s replacement is Dave Hakstol, who has never coached in the NHL before. Hakstol spent the last 15 years with the University of North Dakota where he was the head coach for the past 11 seasons. The Flyers hired him on May 18 and will be hoping he can improve on this year’s record of 33-31-18.
In the past we’ve seen an NHL team draft a dead player and a pair of Canadian Football League (CFL) clubs draft dead men. However, this is the first time in memory we’ve seen a dead man ranked as one of the world’s top boxers. According to the Panama-based World Boxing Association (WBA), a boxer named Ali Raymi of Yemen is the 11th-best junior flyweight on the planet. Unfortunately, the 41-year-old Raymi passed away on May 23 in his homeland, which was a couple of weeks before the WBA released its latest set of rankings on June 12th.
The WBA has come under fire recently due to its habit of naming interim champions, regular champions and super champions. Of course, this is all done as a money-grabbing process since it creates more championship bouts and therefore results in more sanctioning fees paid to the WBA. As an example, there are 17 different weight classes that are recognized by the WBA, and the organization has 41 different world champions in them. In addition, there are also champions in recess, which are titleholders who are inactive for reasons such as injury.
American Pharoah will go down in history as the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years as he captured the 1.5-mile Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York on June 6 to make it three for three. He had already won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness earlier this year and became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to achieve the feat. Forty-three-year-old Victor Espinoza of Mexico rode American Pharaoh in all three races and becomes the oldest jockey to win a Triple Crown and the first Latino to do so.
Espinoza fell one race short last year as he rode California Chrome to wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but fell short at Belmont. This was the third time Espinoza had entered the Belmont Stakes with a chance of winning a triple crown and it turned out to be third time lucky. His first shot at glory came back in 2002 when he rode War Emblem, but he and the horse struggled as they finished in eighth place. And last year with California Chrome he came in fourth place.
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