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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has been awarded his purple belt in the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The singer has practiced the grappling technique for years under the guidance of jiu-jitsu icon Rickson Gracie, but had been sidelined by injuries for some time. However, Keenan started his training again recently and was given his purple belt in recognition of his advancement. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one of the most widely-used skills in the sport of mixed martial arts. (Loudwire)
The NFL announced its Deflategate punishments yesterday (May 11th), suspending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fining the team $1 million, and taking away two draft picks. Patriots fans have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay the fine.
“A Dallas Cowboys fan and prison inmate in Colorado has sued the NFL for over $88 billion due to the no-catch call officials made during the NFC divisional playoff game between the Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Cowboys fan Terry Hendrix, who said he is appearing on counsel for “Dez Bryant, all Dallas Cowboys fans and all people in or from the sovereign republic of Texas,” is seeking $88,987,654,321.88 from the NFL over the decision.
“(NFL vice president of officiating) Dean Blandino, (referee) Gene Steratore, and (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell are wrong and have stolen a victory from the plaintiffs,” Hendrix wrote, via WFAA.com. “The Cowboys’ offensive line would have perfectly created an ‘Autobahn’ for DeMarco Murray to drive into the endzone for the score and victory.” ” CLICK to see the letter. (247Sports)
On November 16th, The Bakersfield Condors will wear “puffy shirt” jersey’s, in reference to a Seinfeld episode. The Edmonton Oilers affiliate will also be “sponsored” by companies from the show and will have character names on the back of the jersey. The Sweaters will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the M.A.R.E. Riding Center in Bakersfield. (ESPN)
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>I guess any part of the body is up for eating.</p>— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) <a href=”https://twitter.com/holyfield/statuses/481507319595823104″>June 24, 2014</a></blockquote>
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World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has charged Uruguay’s Luis Suarez with biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini in the teams’ match yesterday (June 24th), announcing early today that its disciplinary committee had opened proceedings against him. The outcome could lead to a suspension for Suarez, who’s Uruguay’s best offensive player, for at least two matches. A decision must be made by Saturday, when Uruguay plays Colombia in the round of 16 after beating Italy 1-0. One minute before the game’s only goal was scored, Suarez and Chiellini clashed and he was seen on TV apparently biting the Italian’s shoulder. The referee didn’t appear to see what happened, so no action was taken. The 27-year-old Suarez, who was suspended earlier in his career for biting opponents, didn’t say whether or not he’d bitten Chiellini, but said he was angry that the defender had hit him in the eye.
Boxer Evander Holyfield, whose ear was famously bitten by Mike Tyson in a 1997 bout, weighed in on Twitter…
Boxer Floyd Mayweather is at the top of Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the second time in three years, earning $105 million over the past year. The top 10 athletes on the list and what they earned in the past year are:
Floyd Mayweather — $105 million
Soccer’s Cristiano Ronaldo — $80 million
NBA’s LeBron James — $72.3 million
Soccer’s Lionel Messi — $64.7 million
NBA’s Kobe Bryant — $61.5 million
Golf’s Tiger Woods — $61.2 million
Tennis’ Roger Federer — $56.2 million
Golf’s Phil Mickelson — $53.2 million
Tennis’ Rafael Nadal — $44.5 million
NFL’s Matt Ryan — $43.8 million
Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl, after being awarded the NFL championship game in a vote by owners yesterday (May 20th). Minneapolis, which has a new $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome, set to open in 2016, beat out New Orleans and Indianapolis for the game. This will be the second time Minneapolis has hosted a Super Bowl, after 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.