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In case you haven’t heard yet, the Mickey Rourke vs Elliot Seymour boxing match in Russia a couple of weeks ago was fixed. Most fans expected it was after watching the contest live or the online video of the bout, but now we have the official word from Seymour himself. Seymour, who is 1-9 as a pro with 1 Ko, said he was offered $15,000 to take a dive in the six-round fight against the 62-year-old Hollywood actor, who entered the ring with a record of 6-0-2 with 4 Kos.
According to Seymour, he was paid $10,000 up front and was supposed to get the remaining $5,000 when he got back to America. He was supposed to hit the deck in the second round from a body shot and he did just that. However, he claims that he doesn’t believe Rourke knew the fix was in. Seymour said he’s still waiting for his $5,000 payment and he was told not to punch Rourke’s face during the fight.
FIFA recently released its rankings for the world’s male and female soccer teams and there was a bit of a surprise as the American women’s squad wasn’t at the top of them. This is the first time in the last seven tears that the U.S. team hasn’t been ranked number one. That honour has now been bestowed on Germany due to their away victories over England and Sweden. The U.S. women recently lost to Brazil and China and that certainly hurt their chances of holding onto the number one position.
Germany was ranked number one with the U.S. at two, followed by France at third and Japan in fourth place. The rest of the top 10 is made up of Sweden at number five, England at six, Korea DPR in seventh, Brazil at number eight, Canada in ninth place and Australia at 10th. Five women’s teams received their highest-ever rankings. These were France, Holland at number 11, Costa Rica at 37, Ecuador at 46 and Paraguay at number 50. Holland also qualified for its first-ever women’s World Cup, which will take place in Canada in 2015.
Slugger Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles was handed a 25-game suspension by Major League Baseball (MLB) in the 2014 season for using Adderall, which is a banned prescription drug. Davis has one game to go on the suspension and will have to sit out the Orioles first game of the 2015 campaign. However, after that, he’ll be allowed to take the drug as he has permission from MLB. The league has decided to let Davis take the amphetamine to treat his ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Davis will be allowed to take the drug due to the MLB’s therapeutic-use exemption program, which is known as TUE.
A woman was recently busted by authorities in Saudi Arabia for the crime of attending a football match. The nation only allows males in stadiums and the woman claimed she didn’t know about the antiquated law. There are pretty strict segregation rules and regulations for males and females over in Saudi Arabia and this is one of them. There aren’t any designated female areas at the games and because of this they’re not allowed to attend them. However, Saudi authorities have been talking about designated family areas for some time now and women will eventually be allowed to watch the contests from that area.
The next time you see a soccer player rolling around on the pitch like he’s been hit been with a straight right hand by heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko or shot by a bazooka, you may want to compare him to hockey player Kevin Klein. The New York Rangers’ defenceman recently lost a part of his left ear during an NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 30-year-old Klein took a high stick to the head from Zach Sill in the first period. While it looked like he suffered a nasty cut, the team trainers suddenly realized that part of his ear was hanging off.
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