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Adam Johnson, who most recently played with Sunderland in the English Premier League until he was sacked earlier this year, has been sentenced to six years in prison for having sex with a15-year-old female fan. He was handed the sentence on March 24 at Bradford Crown Court after being found guilty of the offence which took place in his car last year in County Durham. The 28-year-old previously pleaded guilty to the charges of grooming a child and sexual activity with a child.
The winger was dropped by Sunderland in February after pleading guilty to those charges. However, Johnson also pleaded not guilty to a pair of charges of sexual activity with a female under the age of 16 at the same time. He was charged originally in March of 2015 and then released on bail. The case focused on events which took place from December 2014 to February of 2015. Johnson was suspended by Sunderland after he was charged, but was allowed to return to the team after his bail was extended. However, sports company Adidas ended a sponsorship contract with him shortly afterwards.
American international goalkeeper Tim Howard has announced that he’ll be leaving Everton of the English Premier League to return home and join the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS). The 37-year-old native of North Brunswick, New Jersey has spent the past 13 years in the Premier League, but has lost his number-one spot at Everton this year to Joel Robles. Howard played with Manchester United from 2003 to 2007 and then joined Liverpool-based Everton. Reports state that Everton will be paid approximately $600,000 for the transfer fee.
Howard set a World Cup record in Brazil in 2014 when he made 15 saves in a knockout game against Belgium. The majority of saves were of the spectacular variety, but Belgium managed to win the match 2-1 in extra time. Howard’s move will become official on July 8th when the MLS transfer window opens again. The English Premier League will wrap up its current season in May.
Max Kruse, a 28-year-old German international striker who plays for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg has been in the headlines for a couple of odd reasons recently. The first occasion was due to the player leaving 75,000 euros in a taxi after winning the money during a poker game. For some reason, Kruse was handed a 25,000 euro fine for his forgetfulness. It’s unclear why the player was fined by the team since he won the cash legitimately at a World Series of Poker tournament which took place last October in Berlin.
Kruse played in a match against Hoffenheim the day before entering the poker tournament, so it’s hard to understand what exactly he did wrong. The striker is reportedly quite good at the poker table as he’s won a considerable amount of money in the past and placed well at a 2014 World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas. Kruse, got a hold of the local police after he realized he left the money in the taxi, but it hasn’t been returned as of yet and likely never will.
Lucas Browne made history on March 5th when he became the first-ever Australian heavyweight boxing champion after he knocked former WBA titleholder Ruslan Chagaev of Russia in the 10th round in Grozny. Browne may now go down in history of being the first Australian heavyweight champion to be stripped of his title as he has failed a post-fight drug test. According to VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency), Browned tested positive for clenbuterol, which is known to be a diuretic. But since Browne is a heavyweight, it doesn’t really make much sense for him to try to lose weight before a fight and that’s exactly what he has pointed out.
We all know that athletes, especially the pros, are a superstitious lot. They’ll do anything imaginable if they think it will help them perform better or give them an edge over the opposition. Most of the world’s best athletes have some sort of routine they follow to help bring success even though most of it is all in their head. Still, superstitions are better than using performance-enhancing drugs to get an edge on an opponent.
Over in England, superstitious soccer goaltenders may want to start wearing black jerseys as a recent study noted that goalies who wear black have had more success in the current 2015/16 Premier League season. The survey also found that grey jerseys have had a positive effect on the way netminders have been playing when compared to other colours such as green, orange, and purple etc. But as well as helping goalies play better, black is also a much better fashion statement when compared to orange and purple.
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