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Added September 9th, 2014 by Ian

14th-seeded Marin Cilic captures U.S. Open

Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic went into the U.S. as the 14thseeded male tennis player in the world with the odds in the online tennis betting of winning the tournament stacked against him at 66-1. Two weeks later those who bet on him cashed in big time as he beat Kei Nishikori of Japan quite handily by scores of 6-3. 6-3. And 6-3 in New York City on September 8.

Hardly anybody expected the 25-year-old to win the event, including Cilic himself. Cilic wasn’t the lowest seeded player to win the U.S. Open, but he was probably the least expected to take it. In fact, the odds of a Cilic vs Nishikori final were very low indeed. When Andre Agassi won the event back in 1994 he was unseeded and when Pete Sampras captured it in 2002 he was seeded 17th.

 
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Added September 9th, 2014 by Ian

Austrian soccer player nailed with 70-game suspension

An Austrian footballer has been hit with a 70-game suspension for his attack on a referee during a match. It’s believed the ban is one of the longest ever handed out in the history of the world’s most popular sport. The player named Ismail Gunduz plays for a non-professional club called SK Rum in the fifth-division of the nation’s footballing tier. Gunduz was sent of the pitch in the 86th minute of a game against SPLG Innsbruck West when he received a second yellow card. SK-Rum was ahead 3-2 at the time, but Gunduz lost the plot and then head butted the referee.

 
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Added September 8th, 2014 by Ian
NFL

Oakland Raiders the least desirable team among NFL players

ESPN recently conducted a poll in which they asked over 100 NFL players if there was a specific team they wouldn’t want to play for. The television network went about it in a roundabout way by asking the players to fill in the blank in the following sentence, “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary.”

At the end of the poll the Oakland Raiders fared the worst as 23 per cent of the players named that club while the Buffalo Bills came in second at 19 per cent followed by the Cleveland Browns at 16 per cent and then the Jacksonville Jaguars at nine. By no coincidence, those teams are among the four worst in the NFL when it comes to results and haven’t made the playoffs in years.

 
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Added September 8th, 2014 by Ian
NHL

Pro hockey teams agrees to wear the ‘Puffy Shirt’ to honour Seinfeld

Poor Jerry Seinfeld was duped into wearing the ‘Puffy Shirt’ by Kramer’s low-talker girlfriend, but a professional ice hockey team out in California is going to wear the shirts voluntarily. While Seinfeld said he didn’t want to be a pirate, the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors don’t have a problem with it. The club, which is based out in California, is an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Edmonton Oilers.

The Condors plan on wearing a version of the Puffy Shirt when they play at home on November 16 as their unique way to honour and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Seinfeld show. Most readers may know all about the Puffy Shirt, but for those who have never seen the episode, Jerry inadvertently agrees to wear a shirt designed by Kramer’s girlfriend since he couldn’t hear a word she was saying.

 
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Added September 2nd, 2014 by Ian
MLB

Jesus Montero suspended for throwing ice cream at team’s scout

Catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero joined the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball club back in 2012 when he was traded from the New York Yankees for pitcher Michael Pineda. Ever since then his career has more or less gone downhill. Montero was once regarded as one of baseball’s best prospects, but he struggled during his first year with Seattle. The next year, he was suspended because of his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal and also missed several games due to injury.

This season didn’t get any better for Montero as he was out of shape when he showed up for spring training and was 40 lbs overweight. At that time, general manager Jack Zduriencik said he didn’t have any expectations for the player this year and the 24-year-old was sent down to Seattle’s Class AAA team. However, he has made a few appearances on the Mariners’ roster this year. Montero was then sent to the Mariners’ Class A club in Everett, Washington, to rehabilitate himself from a strained oblique muscle.

 
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Added September 2nd, 2014 by Ian

British punter win big after mistake on betslip

 
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