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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Was in Separate Wing Of Hotel Doing Yoga When Deadly Shooting Occurred in Lobby

When a deadly shooting occurred inside the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel lobby on Tuesday in Vancouver, the U.S. Women’s soccer team was not far away. In fact, they were in the same hotel. According to the Vancouver Sun, a man is his 20s was shot multiple times and killed. No players or staff from the U.S. team witnessed the incident, but the shooting occurred a bit too close for comfort as Hope Solo shared with us on Twitter:

“Saved by our instant Yoga session,” Solo wrote. “Was about to walk to Starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel! Life is precious…”

Fortunately, the team was in a separate wing of the hotel when the shooting occurred and no players or staff are believed to have been near the lobby. The incident was supposedly a targeted one, but still frightening for the soccer team nonetheless. There have been no arrests and no information is known about any potential suspects.  Thank God for yoga.

H/T to Dirty Tackle for the story

Careless Goalie Gives Up Pathetic Goal (Video)

Real Socieded keeper Enaut Zubikarai isn’t exactly the slickest cat around. The dude surrendered six goals Tuesday during Copa del Rey play in a 6-1 loss to Mallorca. The fourth goal he allowed was easily the most embarrassing.

Mallorca’s Gonzalo Castro was hiding away slyly, and as soon as Zubikarai dropped the ball, it was on. Check the video:

What an idiot! Don’t forget to use the go-go gadget eyes in the back of your head next time, clown.

Thanks to Dirty Tackle for providing some of the info.

Angry Soccer Fan Kicks Bleachers, Falls Three Rows (Video)

Soccer fans have been known to do some dumb crap when they’re angry. Whether it be punching a player in the face, trying to run a ref over with a motorized scooter, or lighting a section of a stadium on fire, they aren’t exactly the most reasonable bunch of people at all hours of the day.  Come to think of it, soccer fans do some pretty idiotic things when they’re happy too.  At least this particular fan was only hurting himself when he became upset with the way his team was playing. Check out this hilarious video that Dirty Tackle shared with us:

There has to be a better way of kicking a seat than that.  Trust me, I’ve kicked a few seats at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park in my day.  There’s a balanced and professional way to go about it.  He was probably drinking, you say?  No excuse.  If you’re going to fall three rows trying to express your frustration, you’re probably safer watching from the couch at home.

Drogba Rides Stephen Warnock Like a Cowboy

Didier Drogba went a wee bit crazy on Stephen Warnock during Chelsea’s match with Aston Villa Saturday. After falling on top of Warnock, Drogba rode the defender like a cowboy. As you can see, the entire incident was slightly disturbing. Video below.

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Soccer Fan Karen Bell Gets Married in Manchester City Wedding Dress (Picture)

I don’t care how big of a fan you think you are of your favorite team, Karen Bell has you beat. You may have memorabilia lining your bedroom, 15 jerseys, and three pairs of underwear with your favorite team’s logo on them. Heck, you may even sleep in sheets that are plastered with that same logo. But did you or your wife get married in a detailed wedding dress with your favorite team’s colors and logo all over it? I didn’t think so. Check out this Manchester City wedding dress that Dirty Tackle passed along:

Checkmate, right?

“We wanted to do something different because we have both been married before.” Bell explained to the Manchester Evening News. “It was a labour of love. I was at the sewing machine six nights a week.”

We’ve seen soccer fans do worse, I suppose.  As far as we know she didn’t bring a dead body to a game or light a section of a stadium on fire.  This is good, clean fun if nothing else.

Soccer Player Chris Whelpdale Suffers Torn Scrotum

Soccer players need to do something to better protect themselves from injuries to the groin area. With football we’re always talking about concussions and head injuries which are disturbing enough, but nothing makes people cringe quite like an injury to the man region.  Last week we showed you a hilarious headline about a soccer player who had ruptured his testicle.  This week, Gillingham’s Chris Whelpdale suffered a torn scrotum.  Deadspin shared some pretty entertaining quotes about the injury with us.

“The tackle on Chris Whelpdale, he’s probably going to have to have five stitches in his testicles believe it or not, it’s ripped his testicles open,” Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler said. “It’s absolutely disgusting, it was a shocking challenge for me and worthy of a red card.

“I’m not making that up, we’ve seen it in there. It’s an horrific injury and it’ll be pretty sure and I’m sure his wife won’t be too happy about that tonight either!”

It may not sound as bad as getting gored in the scrotum by a bull, but that can’t be fun.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Whelpdale and his boys. We wish them all a full and speedy recovery.

H/T to Gillingham FC’s team website.

Goalie Esteban Alvarado Gets Red Card for Kicking Fan Who Rushed the Field (Video)

When a fan charges the field in the middle of a game, isn’t he always the bad guy?  In the Netherlands, apparently not.  A drunken fan ran up behind AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado during a Dutch cup match on Wednesday and Alvarado took care of business.  Perhaps he was a little excessive in kicking the moronic fan, but how was he supposed to know he wasn’t being attacked?  You could see Alvarado possibly getting into trouble with police after the fact if the fan — a 19-year-old drunk — pressed charges, but getting thrown out of the game? Check out this video that The Big Lead shared with us:

Talk about a tough night. First you think you’re about to be attacked by a fan and then the referee slaps you with a red card.  The match was suspended for 36 minutes before Alkmaar coach Gertjan Verbeek ordered his team to walk off in protest, stopping play with Ajax leading 1-0.  We usually commend security guards for laying fans out when they jump onto the field, but apparently such behavior is frowned upon from keepers in the Netherlands. That’s a shame.