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Lionel Messi’s hometown bans people from naming children ‘Messi’

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Folks who live in Lionel Messi’s hometown of Rosario, Argentina are no longer permitted to name their children after the most gifted athlete their section of the globe has ever produced. According to a Spanish News outlet, Rosario officials recently passed a law that prohibits the use of “Messi” as a first name.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the rationale for the law states that using a family name as a first name causes confusion. A man named Hector Varela recently named his newborn son Messi, which apparently inspired the passing of the law. Despite that, Varela said he is proud to have named his child after the best player in the world.

The law was likely passed to protect Messi’s legacy. As Deadspin put it, this is basically the same thing as a team retiring a player’s number. Retiring a name, however, is much more intense. Given what we know about soccer and its fans, that seems appropriate.

Alex Morgan rips Women’s World Cup turf again

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FIFA is experimenting with artificial turf in advance of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and several players on the US Women’s National Team have been open in expressing their displeasure over the playing surface. One of the many complaints players have had is that artificial turf can get extremely hot and uncomfortable.

“The temperature on the turf field today,” Alex Morgan wrote on Twitter Saturday along with the photo you see above. “How is this healthy for us?”

Earlier this month, Kobe Bryant shared a photo of Sydney Leroux’s banged-up legs to support the US team in its effort to get FIFA to ditch the artificial turf experiment. Kevin Durant shared the same image on Facebook.

Abby Wambach, the US Women’s team’s all-time leading scorer, believes the turf issue is one of gender inequality.

“It’s a gender issue through and through,” she told Juliet Macur of the New York Times. “This being the pinnacle of our sport, we feel like we should be treated just like the men.”

While more difficult to maintain, most seem to agree that grass is safer than synthetic turf for soccer. As the photo of Leroux’s legs showed, players can get injured just by sliding on artificial turf. With the World Cup still several months away, you can expect the outrage to continue.

New Mexico women’s soccer hazing allegations include stripping, urine splashing

New-Mexico-LobosSeveral members of the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team claim they were brutally hazed by teammates on Sunday night. According to KOB 4 News, one of the victims ended up in the hospital after someone called 911 to report the incident.

One victim’s parent told KOB that their daughter said the team’s freshman players were forced to strip naked and drink dangerous amounts of alcohol. They were also allegedly “sprayed” with urine. At least one victim’s family has reportedly hired an attorney.

A number of UNM students said they were shocked by the allegations, including volleyball player Keaton Alley, who described the women’s soccer team as a “really close-knit team.” Another unnamed student said she or he is familiar with a lot of the players on the team.

“I know a lot of the soccer girls, and I’m surprised that any of them would even do that to someone,” the student told KOB.

New Mexico is one of just six US states without any anti-hazing laws, though that does not mean any claims of hazing would be ignored. Forcing teenagers to drink large amounts of alcohol and splashing urine on them would go well beyond the realm of playful initiation antics.

For more hazing stories, click here.

H/T Gawker

Fan runs onto field during West Ham-Tottenham game, takes free kick (Video)

Fan free kickIf you’re going to run onto the field during a game and get arrested, at least go down swinging. Or, in this case, kicking.

One fan invaded the pitch ran onto the field during Saturday’s West Ham-Tottenham game prior to a Christian Eriksen free kick in the second half. The dude managed to kick the ball prior to Eriksen’s attempt.

The fan, who was later arrested, was identified as a 22-year-old from Kent. He looks like a real thug:

Tim Howard impressed himself with saves against Belgium

Tim Howard diveTim Howard had a record-tying performance when he made 16 saves in one game against Belgium at the World Cup. Even though the US lost the game, Howard became an American legend for his performance. He even had a great “Things Tim Howard could save meme” created in his honor and it was hilarious.

Now Howard admits he even impressed himself with some of the saves. Howard did an interview on “SportsCenter” Wednesday and was asked by Jay Harris to name his favorite saves. Though Howard didn’t have one particular save that stood out, he did mention the Belgium game.

“I think most recently there were a few from the Belgium game that I was impressed with myself,” said Howard.

Howard said he was in the zone during the game and not really focused on the meter ticking after each save.

“When you’re in the moment I don’t think you have the luxury of counting them up and hoping you get a whole bunch more. It’s quite the opposite. You’re trying to plug the holes and lead from the back.

“Obviously that’s my job to make saves and it’s hard to remember how many saves you made in a game or anticipate. So just trying to be in rhythm and make myself big and do the things I’m called upon to do. At the end of the day they add up, just wish I could have had one more,” said Howard.

I’m glad Howard admitted he even impressed himself with some of those saves. He was so awesome that game, it would have been impossible not to.

Diego Maradona slaps reporter (Video)

Diego-MaradonaDiego Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. The former Argentine star and manager constantly draws attention from reporters and paparazzi, and he is not afraid to speak his mind. On Saturday, he did a lot more than just sharing his thoughts.

As Metro pointed out, Maradona slapped a journalist who allegedly gestured toward the mother of the 53-year-old’s child, Veronica Ojeda.

“Why mess with my wife if I do not mess with you?” Maradona asked, according to Metro’s translation.

Maradona seemed angry about something from the moment he started speaking with reporters, but one guy clearly sent him over the edge. Was a slap necessary? I guess we would have had to have been there to know.

H/T The Big Lead

Sydney Leroux laid in front of tow truck that was towing her car

Sydney Leroux had a rough day on Wednesday. Nobody likes having their car towed, and our favorite US women’s soccer player was not about to let hers go without a fight.

Leroux parked her car in a tow zone and returned to see it being hooked up to the dreaded truck. After taking a quick video of the scene, she apparently decided the tow truck driver was going to have to run her over if he wanted to drag the car away.

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“Over my dead body this tow truck is taking my car,” she wrote on Twitter. “#iwishyouwould.”

We’re guessing the tow truck driver eventually won out, because they always do. LeBoo later had a pretty entertaining explanation for why she thought it was OK to park where she did.

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