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According to a marketing company in England, American President Barack Obama looks an awful lot like Manchester United and England centre-back Chris Smalling. We know Obama’s a pretty decent basketball player, but didn’t know he’s also a world-class footballer who was drafted into England’s winless World Cup squad. The unnamed company in the UK had the job of manufacturing collectors’ coffee cups for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and it was their task to put the photos of England players on the mugs.
But when it came time to find a photo of Smalling, an apprentice with the firm somehow came up with one of the most powerful man in the free world and inserted it onto the mug. Reports from the New York Post said the apprentice found the image of Obama while doing a Google search for Smalling’s mug shot. It’s unclear how he ended up with Obama’s photo, but it’s understandable that a young Briton might not recognize the president right away.
The New York Rangers finally ran out of patience with forward Brad Richards even though he helped the club reach the Stanley Cup Final this season and have bought out his contract. The Rangers announced on June 20 that Richards will be paid off the last six years of his $60 million nine-year contract. Richards signed the long-term deal back in 2011 and was costing the Rangers $6.67 million of salary-cap space per year. The Rangers will pay the player two-thirds of the contract price over the next 12 years in the buyout agreement.
Richards released a statement though the Rangers franchise which said the past few days gave certainly been tough on him since he loved living in new York and being a Ranger. He added that the fans, his teammates, and team staff were all great to him and he had the chance to make many new friends during his time in the city. He went on to say that he’ll cherish his time as a Ranger and thanked general manager Glen Sather and club owner James Dolan for handling the situation with class.
It’s not unusual for athletes to run afoul of the law over in America. We’ve seen boxers, basketball and football players hauled off by the cops and charged with anything from assault to murder. But who’d expect the nation’s national female soccer goalie to be a troublemaker? Women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo has been busted by police with the latest arrest coming in the early morning hours of June 21 in Seattle, Washington.
The 32-year-old was charged with domestic violence after she allegedly assaulted her sister and 17-year-old nephew during a party. Solo, an Olympic medal winner and goaltender with Seattle Reign FC, was held at the south King County Jail without bail after she was hauled off. Police officers say they responded to an emergency 911 call from a male who said a woman was out of control hitting people and wouldn’t stop the assault.
Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine beat American Gary Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO Featherweight Title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California by a majority decision on June 21. Seeing a 26-year-old winning a world title isn’t anything new tough, but Lomachenko’s accomplishment was a bit extraordinary considering it came in just his third professional fight.
This achievement ties the world record for winning a world crown in the fewest number of pro encounters. Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand originally set the mark back in July of 1975 as a 25-year-old when he won the WBC Junior Welterweight Championship by an eighth-round TKO in his third pro outing. Incredibly, Lomachenko could have won the belt in just his second pro bout as he also fought for the WBO featherweight championship earlier this year.
Forbes magazine comes out with annual lists regarding the richest sports clubs in the world and the top-paid athletes etc. It seems like they’re sending out new lists every month, but supposedly it’s just once a year. Anyway, the newest one concerns the best-paid sports stars on the planet and once again we have a boxer ranked as number one.
The honour goes to 37-year-old American pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr who reportedly earned $105 million over the past 12 months, which sees him top this list for the second time in the past three years. The undefeated boxer helped set a pay-per-view record for revenue last September when his bout against Saul Alvarez of Mexico pulled in $150 million on sales of 2.2 million. And let’s not forget, this is just the pay-per-view sales, we also need to take ticket sales into consideration.
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