Thursday, October 23, 2014

Real Madrid U19 star fires worst penalty kick ever (VIDEO)

When it comes to penalty kicks, even David Beckham has shanked a few but Real Madrid U19 star Borja Mayoral couldn't even bend it towards the goalkeeper with this epic miss against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday. 

Instead, Mayoral's freebie flew high, wide and looked more like an extra-point attempt — thus becoming one of the worst penalties of all time. 

It also didn't help that Liverpool went on to win the match at St Helens, 3-2.

World Boxing Council shortens women’s bouts because of periods: Report

The World Boxing Council, one of the four major organizations which sanctions championship boxing matches, has decided to shorten women's professional bouts ... because of periods.

In a statement published on its website, the Mexico City-based non-profit said its first World Female Convention unanimously decided to shorten championship bouts from 12 rounds to just 10 after several detailed medical studies claimed a woman's menstrual cycle has tremendous impact on the female body.

At the same time the WBC decided individual rounds should last no longer than two minutes, as opposed to the three-minute rounds of men's competition because women are more prone to suffering concussions than men.

Menstruation was given as one of four key reasons why women's boxing matches should not last as long as men's, a list based on "several facts ... reported during the convention which are of total concern."

The change from three-minute rounds to two-minute rounds brings the professional women's game in line with amateur boxing, including Olympic boxing, where both men and women fight shorter rounds.

The WBC said that any promoter staging 12-round fights for women ran the risk of fighters suffering "severe injuries" and that it would refuse to sanction any women's fight lasting more than 10 rounds.

"Several facts were reported during the convention which are of total concern regarding any changes of the 10 x 2 female boxing matches," the statement said.

"A female fighter used to fight 10 x 2 which is 20 minutes, would need tremendous effort to adjust to 12 x 3 which is 36 minutes."

The WBC said the decision is not discrimination but based upon "established medical and safety facts."

'Reporter' Rex Ryan pranks Sammy Watkins with question on conference call (AUDIO)

Rex Ryan continues to show he isn't above having a little fun even while his 1-6 Jets team sings the blues. Ryan, who has already played "reporter" as a gag a couple of times, turned the tables once again.

On Wednesday, with a little help from the New York media, Ryan duped an unwitting Sammy Watkins of the Bills with his Clark Kent routine during a conference call.

Watkins, the Bills' outstanding rookie receiver who will be facing the Jets Sunday, was doing the phone interview with Jets reporters just as Ryan came walking past the room where the call took place. Ryan was en route to his daily press conference.

A reporter motioned to Ryan that Watkins was on the call. Ryan, whose son, Seth, was a teammate of the NFL's No. 4 overall pick at Clemson University last year, gladly entered the room to begin the ruse.

"Sammy, I got a question," Ryan began. "How did you help Seth Ryan out? How'd he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn't play this game. This sounds like Rex Ryan—I know it does—but this is a reporter."

There was a pause.

"How you doing, Sammy? You all right?" Ryan asked.

Suddenly there was stifled laughter from the reporters.

"Hey, how you doing?" a confused Watkins responded.

And that's how the interview ended.

You can hear Ryan "interviewing" Watkins below. Ryan jumps in at the 5:03 mark.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

‪Mo’ne Davis' Chevrolet‬ commercial won't affect amateur status (VIDEO)

Mo'ne Davis made her paid television commercial debut during Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night but, according to an ESPNW Report, the corporate promotion will not impact her amateur status.

The 13-year-old Davis — who became a media darling at the 2014 Little League World Series  — was able to skirt the rules and make the Spike Lee-directed commercial, titled 'Throw Like a Girl,' without any NCAA repercussions because she is still in eighth grade. Once she goes into ninth grade, according to the NCAA rulebook, she would be subject to NCAA amateur rules.

In January, the NCAA Division I membership provided more flexibility on eligibility standards.

"Mo'ne Davis may be paid for appearing in the Chevy commercial without impacting her NCAA eligibility," NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said in a statement.

"The NCAA staff's decision was made within this process and based on a combination of considerations," James said in the statement. "This waiver narrowly extends the rules — which allow Davis to accept the payment and still be eligible in any other sport — to include baseball. The NCAA staff also considered the historically limited opportunities for women to participate in professional baseball. In addition, Davis is much younger than when the vast majority of the prospect rules apply. While this situation is unusual, the flexible approach utilized in this decision is not."

All of Davis’ money will go into a trust fund, said Lee on the Mike Francesa Show. Davis had to capitalize on her instant fame before the NCAA amateur rules affected her status, he added.

Davis, also a standout soccer and basketball player, even received a call from Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, congratulating her on her success, which turned out to be a minor violation for the Huskies.

Somewhere, a frustrated Todd Gurley is ripping up a lot of autographed Georgia Bulldogs jerseys.

Ref abandons soccer match after five players feign injuries all at once (VIDEO)

A Peruvian soccer team sure picked a strange way to have a salvage their dignity and have a one-sided game abandoned during a Copa Peru playoff rout by having five players go down at once with faked injuries so the referee would call the game.

Defensor Bolivar were losing 4-1 in the first round of the semi-final match against Defensor La Bocana, and already had two men sent off, before they started dropping like flies on the pitch.

With seven minutes of the game remaining, five Bolivar players fell to the ground in a disgraceful ploy to cancel the match and take flopping to a shocking new level:

Defensor La Bocana chose to play on and scored a fifth goal as they continued play with the remaining four "fit" players.

FIFA rules state that a team must have at least seven players on the field to continue and therefore the referee was forced to abandon the game.

The second leg of the tie is due to be played on Thursday but there are doubts whether that game will go on until Peruvian football officials decide whether to punish Bolivar for their misconduct.

Zamboni door gets assist on Maple Leafs goal against Islanders (VIDEO)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has meant a lot of good times for the New York Islanders — well, 30 some-odd years ago — and lately the old building has been a little cranky.

Tuesday night against  the Toronto Maple Leafs the 42-year-old structure might have said what a lot of Islander fans are thinking since the team announced it will move to Brooklyn next season — 'There's the door.'

And here's an assist too.

During the first period, after the puck rimmed around the boards in the Islanders' zone last night, it hit off the Zamboni doors and bounced away from Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey. Then it went right to the stick of Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. He then sent it to James van Riemsdyk who snuck a shot past Jaroslav Halak to tie the score 1-1.

Maybe the Barclays Center doors will be friendlier to the Isles when they move there next season — that's if anyone can see them from the obstructed-view section in the stands.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Idiot wears offensive Ray Rice costume ... complete with blowup 'wife' he drags around by hair (PHOTOS)

With Halloween just around the corner, one NFL fan already found a way to offend just about everyone by wearing a Ray Rice costume — complete with a blowup version of the player's then-to-be wife he'd just beaten unconsciousness.

Photos of a man dragging the limp blowup doll by its hair showed up on Reddit Sunday in a forum reserved for taboo and tasteless humor called Too Soon.

Comments quickly flooded the site saying that anytime was too soon for the the costume. The photos were first posted by Redditor AL0311 along with the sick caption:

"Ladies were falling for my friends Ray Rice costume."

In the offensive photos — mimicking the famous domestic violence surveillance video at an Atlantic City casino (photo at bottom) —  the man wearing the former Baltimore Ravens running back's No. 27 jersey is seen dragging around a blowup doll in a long, dark wig.

Rice was suspended by the NFL and the case led to better awareness of domestic violence involving athletes. Legal experts now believe Rice has a strong case in his appeal against the suspension, and that he will likely win an argument that his suspension should only be six weeks, which has already passed.

These might be two of the worst ideas in a long time.