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The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a brutal start in the NBA with a 1-5 record after their first half dozen games and the fans aren’t too happy about it. They’re also not too thrilled with veteran point guard Steve Nash as he’s been ruled out for the entire season due to a back injury. What has the Lakers’ fans especially peeved about the Nash situation is that the player recently posted photos and videos on his Instagram account which showed him engaging in physical activities.
The 40-year-old Nash didn’t use the best judgment when he released a video of himself hitting golf balls along with photos of himself and his partner during a hike in a canyon. A lot of Lakers fans figured if he’s healthy enough to drive golf balls and go hiking then he should be healthy enough to play basketball. Nash took so much flak for the images on his Instagram account that he eventually deleted them.
Russian winger Alexander Ovechkin is now the all-time leading scorer of the Washington Capitals NHL franchise. The 29-year-old native of Moscow earned his 826th point on November 4 when he assisted on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal against the Calgary Flames. Ovechkin, who was drafted first overall by the Capitals back in 2004, broke the old franchise record of 825 points which was held by winger Peter Bondra. The former record holder retired the same year Ovechkin was drafted.
After setting the new record, several former players sent Ovechkin congratulations via Twitter and to the Capitals head office. Bondra was one of these as was Wayne Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time top scorer. Bondra said it’s been a thrill watching Ovechkin play over the years as he’s extremely talented and he’s happy that he was able to set a new franchise record. He also wished him luck for the rest of his career and hopes he can set as many new records as possible. Gretzky stated that Ovechkin is a tremendous talent and has many great years ahead of him.
It looks like running backs who rush for 1,000 yards a season in the NFL are becoming a dying breed these days. Between the years 2000 and 2012 there was an average of 17 running backs per season who reached the 1,000-yard mark. However, that number dropped to 13 last year and it will probably fall even more this campaign. In could reach even as low as 10, which is the number of running backs who reached the mark back in 1994.
After 10 weeks of the current season it looks like six players should reach 1,000 yards without any problem, but after that it’s up in the air.
DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has already reached the plateau with 1,233 yards so far. He broke the 100-yard barrier in nine of the Cowboys first 10 games and reached the 1,000 yard mark in game number eight.
Here’s a bit of an odd statistic from the NFL. It seems that most quarterbacks who pass for 400 yards or more in a single game end up losing the contest. It used to be considered a good achievement to toss for 300 yards, but now 400 seems to be the new benchmark. In the 2013 season the 400-yard passing mark was reached by quarterbacks on 24 occasions. So far in 2014 it’s been achieved eight times. Times have changed as just three quarterbacks managed to hit 400 yards back in 2003.
However, in the eight 400-yard passing games this season the quarterbacks’ combined record is 3-5. The latest took place on November 1 when the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning tossed for 438 yards, but lost the game 43-21 in New England to the Patriots and Tom Brady. However, the top three passing performances of the season so far resulted in the three wins. This includes Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning beating the Arizona Cardinals and Matt Ryan of the beating the New Orleans Saints. Also Manning has gone 11-3 in games in which he’s passed for 400 yards.
Former baseball star Jose Canseco said he shot his finger off the other day while cleaning a gun. However, a couple of days later he admitted that he was actually trying to clean four guns at once. He and his fiancé Leila Knight then appeared on the Inside Edition television show to talk about the incident. Canseco said he heard the gun go off and then put it on the table and didn’t think that anything had happened. Then he took a look down at his hand and noticed that one of his fingers was blown off.
Canseco complained about the way Inside Edition dealt with the incident since they didn’t mention that he was trying to clean four guns and they didn’t really tell the full story. The former slugger claimed that he was traumatized by the incident since his fiancé was in the kitchen with him while he was cleaning the guns and he realized that she could have been seriously injured. He said he broke down crying when he realized what had happened, but Inside Edition edited all of those parts out of their report.
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