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When Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer racked up his 20th strikeout against the Detroit Tigers on May 11th he tied a Major League Baseball record that had been achieved just four times before in the league’s long and storied history. This isn’t the first time the right-hander has made the record books either as he threw a pair of no-hitters last season with one of them being an out away from a perfect game. Scherzer struck out 20 of his former Tigers teammates on May 11th in Washington’s 3-2 victory which ties the mark for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Scherzer’s feat also set a franchise record for the Nationals.
Legendary Brazilian soccer star Rivaldo has warned potential visitors to his homeland not to bother showing up for the 2016 Olympic Games this August due to the current state of the country. The 44-year-old ex player of the Brazilian national team, Barcelona, and AC Milan, recently shared his opinion on an Instagram post. The former World Cup and 1999 Ballon d’Or winner, believes the nation, including the host city of Rio de Janeiro, is currently corrupt and unsafe due to its crime rate and the Zika virus.
Rivaldo wrote, “Things are getting uglier here every day. I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio to stay in their country of origin. Your life will be in danger here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.”
Thousands of European soccer fans were undoubtedly celebrating recently when Michel Platini said he will be resigning as the president of UEFA. However, there was really no need to step down from the post since he was already booted out of it after receiving a six-year ban from the sport last year. Platini appealed the suspension to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and he lucked out as the ban was shortened to four years by the panel. The 60-year-old former French international then announced he was officially resigning from Europe’s governing body of soccer.
Platini was originally banned for eight years last year along with former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter of Switzerland. The pair was found guilty of breaching the organization’s ethics over a disloyal payment of two million Swiss francs from Blatter to Platini. However, the eight year bans were also reduced for some reason by a FIFA appeals committee to six years. Platini hoped to get lucky once again, but the three-man panel of the CAS stated it didn’t believe the controversial payment between the two men was legitimate.
When WBC Middleweight Champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez of Mexico knocked out England’s Amir Khan in Las Vegas on May 7th it was a perfect example of a one-punch knockout. Khan, who had boxed well during the first five rounds, was stopped by the first telling right hand Alvarez was able to land and the bout was suddenly and dramatically over in the sixth round. Khan arguably won the first five rounds on points due to his speed, skill, and movement, but he just couldn’t handle the power of the bigger Alvarez.
When English Championship League clubs Brighton and Hove Albion and Middlesbrough squared off at Riverside Stadium on Saturday the match was being billed as the richest in soccer history. The winner would earn promotion into the English Premier League and would benefit from all the riches that go with it. It’s believed the promotion would be worth approximately $250 million to the winner due to the new $12 billion Premier League broadcasting deals which kick in with the 2016/17 season. However, the loser of the game would still have a second chance at promotion due to the English playoff system.
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