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Ex-Giants Great Lawrence Taylor Gets Busted For DUI (PHOTOS)

Ex-Giants Great Lawrence Taylor Gets Busted For DUI (PHOTOS)

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Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was busted for driving under the influence in Florida over the weekend.

According to a report by WPTV, the 57-year-old Hall of Famer had sideswiped a patrol car and a motor home as he tried to switch lanes while driving his Bentley in Palm Beach Gardens at around 5:30 p.m.

 

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported and only the patrol car’s side mirror was damaged. Taylor was reportedly taken to the Palm Beach County Jail.

 

It definitely isn’t Taylor’s first run-in with the law. Aside from admitting to using cocaine during his NFL career, he pleaded guilty to patronizing a prostitute and having sex with a minor in 2010. He was also arrested twice for attempting to buy crack.

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Joey Bosa Signs “Guaranteed” $26 Million 4-Year Contract With SD Chargers

Joey Bosa Signs “Guaranteed” $26 Million 4-Year Contract With SD Chargers

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Former rookie defensive end Joey Bosa has finally signed his contract with the San Diego Chargers after being picked third during the overall draft pick, NFL’s Ian Rapoport confirms on Twitter.

According to the contract, the Ohio State-born 21-year-old will be playing with the team for 4 years and will be raking in a total of $25.8 million–plus a $17 signing bonus–“all guaranteed.”

We look forward to having Joey join us and getting him prepared as quickly as possible for the 2016 season,” said General Manager Tom Telesco in an announcement on the team’s official website.

Bosa, who towers at 6’5 and weighs 280 lbs., spent three seasons with the Buckeyes and boasts of a record of 150 tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles in 41 games.  He was also a two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and two-time first-team All-America selection over his college career.

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Lionel Messi Gets 21-Month Prison Term For Tax Fraud

Lionel Messi Gets 21-Month Prison Term For Tax Fraud

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What’s the heck is happening to Lionel Messi?

Following his sensational retirement from international football (after another heartbreaking loss to Chile at the 2016 Copa America finals), the Barcelona star and his father Jorge Horacio are sentenced to 21 months in jail and was handed with a $4.1 million fine after being found guilty of tax fraud.

According to reports, the 29-year-old 5-time FIFA World Player winner had not paid his taxes on the 4.16 euros of his income from his image rights from 2007 to 2009, and even used companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying them. However, because they’re first time offenders, Spain will most likely pardon them from actually being thrown into the slammer.

Messi and his father voluntarily paid 5.0 million euros in total unpaid taxes plus interest in August 2013 after being formally investigated.

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Lionel Messi Retires From International Football

Lionel Messi Retires From International Football

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Just after Argentina suffered another tragic loss in the final of the Copa America against Chile on Sunday, Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football.

The Barcelona superstar was obviously distraught, after missing a spot-kick in a penalty shoot out. After all, it was his fourth straight defeat in a major final with the team.

“For me the national team is over,” the heartbroken 29-year-old told reporters. “I’ve done all I can, I’ve been in 4 finals and it hurts not to be a champion. It’s a hard moment for me and the team, and it’s difficult to say, but it’s over with the Argentina team.”

It was Argentina’s third loss in a major final since 2014, when they were beaten by Germany during the World Cup with a 1-0.  They also lost on penalties (also to Chile) in the Copa America finals in 2015. They also lost at the Copa America back in 2007.

Despite his disappointing career ending and criticism from Argentina, he undeniably had a good record-breaking run, especially after being named FIFA World Player of the Year roughly 5 times. Chile’s coach Juan Antonio Pizzi also had nothing but supportive words for the newly retired player.

“As well as an admiration for Messi, I’m driven very much by his numbers,” Pizzi said. “I know what it means to value certain numbers and Messi’s numbers are unmatched, and I don’t think they will ever be matched because it’s impossible for a player to find the things that Messi finds.”

Catch the replay of Messi’s last game below:


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Swedish Soccer Player Given A Red Card For Farting During Match

Swedish Soccer Player Given A Red Card For Farting During Match

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Here’s something you don’t see or hear a lot–at least not during a perfectly innocent and organized soccer match.

Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, left-back of Järna SK’s reserve team was playing against Pershagen SK recently when he got a yellow card for passing gas in the middle of the game.

“I had a bad stomach, so I simply let go,” the 25-year-old Ljungkvist said to the Länstidningen Södertälje in a statement. “Then I received two yellow cards and then red. Yes, I was shocked. It’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced in football.”

“I asked the referee, ‘What, am I not allowed to break wind a little?'” Ljungkvist said about the moments following his burst of flatulence. ” ‘No,’ he replied. … I don’t get it but maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw the fart at him. But I did not.”

Even a member of the other team, Kristoffer Linde, testified that he “was standing a good distance away but I heard the fart loud and clear. It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen on a pitch, and I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old.”

“I perceived it as deliberate provocation,” referee Dany Kako said in his defense. “He did it on purpose and it was inappropriate. Therefore, he received a yellow card.”

It certainly wasn’t the worst that Kako had seen in a game. “Once there was a player who stood and peed next to the pitch. I showed him a yellow card, too.”

Ljungkvist pressed in another interview with the newspaper Aftonbladet, “To provoke anyone with a fart is not particularly smart or normal. It’s nonsense – I just broke wind and got a red card. I spoke to the referee afterwards, I was annoyed, but there were no bad words. I just said he was a buffoon.”

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San Francisco 49ers Ex-Announcer Sues Team For Firing Him Allegedly Due To Old Age

San Francisco 49ers Ex-Announcer Sues Team For Firing Him Allegedly Due To Old Age

 

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The 49ers are being sued, nearly 2 years after they fired their stadium announcer for 30 years.

According to the ex-announcer, 66-year-old Bob Sarlatte, he was fired after the 49ers CEO Jed York began a “campaign to terminate the older senior employees within the 49ers organization.”

In the lawsuit that he filed, Sarlatte says York had admitted that he wanted to replace the oldies with younger people because “they made a lot of money, they did a lot of cool things before they turned 40 years old, and they don’t want to play golf six days a week.”

He also claims that the management had made derogatory remarks about old people in the office, as if to drive them out. He was eventually terminated over the phone.

Sarlatte is suing the team for age discrimination and is seeking unspecified damages.

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Johnny Manziel Officially Indicted For Domestic Violence

Johnny Manziel Officially Indicted For Domestic Violence

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Johnny Manziel has finally been indicted on 1 count of misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, back in January… and we’re not exactly surprised.

We already heard from Crowley herself that the Cleveland Browns QB had repeatedly hit her several times with her hand, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum, and then “forced [her] into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard” during an argument in their car while leaving a bar in Dallas. Manziel has since denied such allegations.

Current court documents say that the grand jury believes there’s enough evidence to prove that Manziel did in fact hit his ex, so they’ve officially handed down the charge.

If convicted, Manziel would be facing up to a year in the slammer.

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Nike Drops Johnny Manziel As Athlete Endorser

Nike Drops Johnny Manziel As Athlete Endorser

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Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will no longer be endorsing Nike.

The mega sports brand confirmed the news on Tuesday, the same day that Manziel’s second agent Drew Rosenhaus terminated his contract with the athlete after giving him a 5-day ultimatum to seek treatment but didn’t respond.

Sources told CNBC that the financial terms of the deal between Nike and Manziel, which were implemented a month before the 2014 draft, was believed to be one of the highest prices paid for a rookie in the season’s class.

The decision by Nike is just another setback in Manziel’s fast deteriorating career, after being released by the Cleveland Browns last March 11 after numerous off-season issues.

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Suspended Josh Gordon Reportedly Fails Another Drug Test

Suspended Josh Gordon Reportedly Fails Another Drug Test

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has not yet been reinstated to the NFL after 80 days, and now we might know why.

The NFL star, who has been suspended four times since 2011 for his repeated violations of the NFL’s policy on substance abuse, reportedly failed another league-administered drug test last month. According to the report by Fox Sports, both of his urine samples were diluted and tested positive for marijuana. The marijuana sample was less than the 35 nanograms per milliliter required for a positive test, but is nonetheless considered positive.

While this doesn’t mean Gordon will be missing yet another season, it obviously doesn’t help his reinstatement chances and could make NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reluctant to reinstate Gordon.

And in case you were wondering what Gordon’s tweets were, yes, it seems he was talking about this news. On Monday, he sent cryptic tweets:

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NY Jets’ Eric Decker Walks Runway At NY Fashion Week

NY Jets’ Eric Decker Walks Runway At NY Fashion Week

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New York Jets wide receiver… and supermodel?

Looks Eric Decker had a great time this week. Taking a break from his life as an athlete, he—along with his country singer wife Jessie James Decker—attended the NY Fashion Week for the first time on Tuesday night. Not only that, he strutted his stuff on the runway.

If anything, he scored extra extra points with his wife. Jessie proudly posted a rather suggestive Instagram photo of herself with her husband on the red carpet, with the caption:

“Got way too excited about @edeck87 s debut as a model for fashion week. #ithinkthisishowigotpregnantwithbubby”

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Soccer Legend Landon Donovan Welcomes First Child With Wife

Soccer Legend Landon Donovan Welcomes First Child With Wife

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As you may already know, Landon Donovan has retired from soccer. It’s quite a shame, after winning a record of six Major League Soccer cups and is the US men’s national team’s all-time top leader in scoring and assists, among many others.

But that’s nothing compared to his new role, because the 33-year-old former forward is now a beaming new father!

The proud new dad gushed of his new creation with wife Hannah Bartell on his Instagram account, with a photo of him with his new little family. He wrote in the caption:

“I’ve been fortunate to achieve a lot of wonderful things in my life but nothing comes close to being a father. Welcome to the world Talon Bartell Donovan.”

He later shared more photos of him with his son. Adorable!

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Congratulations to the family!

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Carolina Panthers Fan Falls From The Stands Trying To High Five Luke Kuechly (Video)

Carolina Panthers Fan Falls From The Stands Trying To High Five Luke Kuechly (Video)

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It seems the Panthers’ huge fan base got a huge dose of adrenaline rush after the team’s exciting fourth quarter beatdown of the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night’s NFC Championship game.

Following a 34-point lead over the Cardinals, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly couldn’t help but celebrate with fans in the end zone. And during one fan’s attempt to give Kuechly a high five, the fan fell from the stands. Kuechly, of course, took a break from his small celebration to help the fan up.


In two weeks, the Panthers will be facing the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl 50. Until then, we’ll have to see if there will be more fans to contribute to making the NFL more and more exciting.

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Former USC Tight End Bryce Dixon Arrested For Carjacking

Former USC Tight End Bryce Dixon Arrested For Carjacking

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Ex-University of Southern California tight end Bryce Dixon, who was kicked off of the football team in May last year after being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct against a female student, has been arrested for carjacking. And get this, it even happened near the USC campus!

According to police reports, 19-year-old was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and was book and detained in a nearby jail. The bail for the 6’5″ 250 lb. athlete’s bail has been set at $100K.

The case is currently still being investigated by local law enforcement. No additional details about the carjacking has been reported.

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Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Undergoing More Hand Surgery, Shares Instagram Pic (Photo)

Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Undergoing More Hand Surgery, Shares Instagram Pic (Photo)

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It looks like the New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul is having more hand surgery. Nevertheless, the football star is in high spirits.

JPP needs the follow up surgeries to repair the damage to his hand caused by the fireworks accident at last year’s 4th of July weekend. It had left him with only parts of his four fingers on his right hand, and the latest surgery will supposedly help him improve his grip. Meanwhile, he has been forced to wear a protective club to protect his hand, but has also made it hard for him to bring down ballcarriers.

Today, he sent out an Instagram photo of himself on his hospital bed, wearing his surgery outfit moments before the procedure. In the caption, he wrote:

“Lord I absolutely believe you have the power to heal. You demonstrated that on earth and through me already, and you still heal in miraculous ways for me and many others. Even when my faith is weak, you say it is enough, and my love for you is strong. And I know you already hold my heart and life in your hands. It’s up to you. If I can bring you more glory through healing, then that’s what I ask for. #90powerCircle #SurgeryDay #ImSoReady #JustTheBeginning”

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Real Madrid Wins FIrst Champions League Game, Christiano Ronaldo Makes History

Real Madrid Wins FIrst Champions League Game, Christiano Ronaldo Makes History

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On Tuesday, Real Madrid started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a bang. Winning 4-0 at home in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid against the FC Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine.

Aside from winning their first fixture in the tournament, Christiano Ronaldo has now made 80 goals in the Champions League, leading by 3 goals against his rival, the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. The Portuguese international has scored a hat trick in this game following his 5 goal performance last weekend in La Liga.

Ronaldo’s hat trick came in late into the game with coming from 2 penalties and a header. This was also Ronaldo’s 11th penalty scored in the Champions League and his 3rd hat trick in the tournament.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk looked like they had a chance as the early game seemed like Real Madrid was not in their winning form especially when Gareth Bale had to leave the pitch due to a calf injury. As things progressed, Real Madrid got back on track and scored a goal from Benzema who missed a chance earlier in the game. Then within the latter part of the match, a penalty for a handball which concluded with Ronaldo scoring his 78th goal in his career. On the 62 minute, Donetsk was down to 10 men after Stepanenko got his second yellow card in the game resulting in a red card. Another foul inside the box was made which gave Ronaldo another penalty and his 79th goal. His 80th goal came from a header 10 mins before the game ended.

After losing to last year’s runners up Juventus, Real Madrid is eager to pursue their dream of winning the Champions League again. Real Madrid will be playing Swedish team Malmo for their second group stage game in Sweden.

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