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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Hockey

Hilarious video of Maples Leafs fans taking selfie at game goes viral

Maple Leafs selfie

A hilarious video of two Toronto Maple Leafs fans taking a selfie at a game went viral on Sunday.

The Leafs lost at Pittsburgh 6-1 on Saturday. The game was televised on “Hockey Night in Canada,” and one clip during the broadcast showed these two fans taking a selfie. The change in facial expressions from the man in the photo was epic:

Could that guy have been putting on any more of a fake smile for the camera? He looked like every guy sick of taking a million selfies with his girl only to have her say just one was good.

The explanations for his demeanor actually make more sense — the two are said to be brother and sister, not boyfriend and girlfriend — and his team was down 6-1. Who would actually be happy taking a selfie with their team down 6-1? Still, that clip was fantastic.

UPDATE: The Leafs fan from the video has posted the famous selfie on Instagram – here it is!

Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet over anti-immigrant comments

Longtime Canadian hockey pundit Don Cherry was fired Monday over comments he made about immigrant Canadians.

Cherry, a fixture on weekly “Hockey Night in Canada” telecasts since 1981, lost his job after criticizing immigrants for not paying proper respect to Canadian military veterans by wearing poppies customarily sold by veterans groups in honor of Remembrance Day, which is celebrated in Canada on November 11 and similar to Veterans Day in the U.S.

“You know, I was talking to a veteran, and I said, I’m not going to run the (annual Remembrance Day montage) anymore, because what’s the sense? I live in Mississauga, nobody wears, very few people wear a poppy,” said Cherry. “Downtown Toronto, forget it, downtown Toronto, nobody wears a poppy. And I’m not going to, and he says, wait a minute. How about running it for the people that buy them?

“Now you go to the small cities and you know, the rows on rows, you people love — that come here, whatever it is — you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price. Anyhow, I’m going to run it for you great people and good Canadians that bought a poppy.”

Outcry was swift, and there was widespread anger at Cherry’s use of the phrase “you people” to describe immigrants. Sportsnet, Cherry’s employer, apologized for the broadcaster’s comments on Sunday.

“Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down,” Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley said in a statement released on Twitter Monday afternoon. “During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.

“Don is synonymous with hockey and has played an integral role in growing the game over the past 40 years. We would like to thank Don for his contributions to hockey and sports broadcasting in Canada.”

The NHL also issued a statement criticizing Cherry. Cherry himself refused to apologize for his comments when reached by the Toronto Sun.

Cherry has always been outspoken. He has often been critical of European-born NHL players, especially compared to their Canadian counterparts. He has also been critical of those seeking to tamp down on fighting in hockey, and was widely criticized for a 2013 comment in which he suggested female reporters should not be welcome in men’s locker rooms. This was the last straw for his employers, and he will no longer be appearing on Canadian NHL telecasts.

Sharks’ Evander Kane sued by Cosmo for gambling debt accumulated during playoff series

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you’ve racked up a gambling debt like Evander Kane.

The San Jose Sharks winger has been sued by The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas for allegedly failing to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers, according to a story published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.

The Review-Journal says the filing alleges Kane “took out eight credits of varying amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 on or about April 15.”

April 15 was between Games 3 and 4 of the first-round playoff series between the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks won the series and eventually lost to the Blues in the Western Conference finals.

The proximity to all the casinos in Las Vegas — and the legality of sports betting in the state — was long part of the deterrent for professional sports leagues having teams in the city. This is just more evidence of why players need to be careful when in Vegas for sports events. Raiders GM Mike Mayock knows all about it.

Watch: Capitals celebrate Nationals’ World Series

Washington Capitals logo

The Washington Capitals were among the many who celebrated the Washington Nationals winning this year’s World Series.

With a victory in Game 7 over the Houston Astros, the Nationals captured their first World Series championship in franchise history. There were more than 13,000 fans who showed up at Nationals Park that were able to celebrate after the final out was recorded.

Washington’s NHL team was also in a joyous mood after the Nationals’ win. Take a look:

It’s been an impressive recent run for Washington D.C. sports teams. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time in its franchise history last year. Earlier this month the Washington Mystics won its first WNBA title. And now, the Nationals join the club.

Avalanche F Mikko Rantanen goes down with leg or ankle injury

Mikko Rantanen ankle

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen went down with what appeared to be a leg or ankle injury during the second period of his team’s game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Rantanen was skating when his left foot got turned in the wrong direction, causing him to go down sliding on the ice.

Rantanen left the game after the injury. He had an assist prior to exiting.

The 22-year-old entered with 11 points in eight games this season. He had 87 points last season and 84 the season before.

Watch: This Connor McDavid goal was ridiculous

Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is off to a hot start this season and scored an incredible goal during a monster night on Wednesday.

McDavid recorded his third career 5-point game during Edmonton’s 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. He had four assists and one goal, on which he showcased his ridiculous speed.

McDavid is now up to 17 points in seven games this season. We’re not experts, but we think that’s pretty good.

The 22-year-old has led the league in points twice in the past three seasons and is looking to make three in four times. He’s off to a great start.

Kings’ Drew Doughty taunts Flames fans ‘suck my d—‘ after winning goal

Drew Doughty Flames fans

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty offered a profane taunt to Calgary Flames fans after burying the winning goal in overtime of Tuesday night’s game.

Doughty scored on a one-time on the power play in overtime to give the Kings the 4-3 win. Immediately after the goal, he skated over to the boards and yelled at some Flames fans. It wasn’t hard to make out what he was saying to them: “suck my d—!” He even did a crotch chop.

There’s nothing like a player getting into it with opposing fans like this, especially after they were on him all game.

Doughty had two assists in addition to the goal and was credited with four hits. It was the 29-year-old’s second goal of the season.