After seven overtimes, Ohio high school teams share hockey title
How much is enough where high school competition is concerned?
It was seven overtimes and 4 1/2 hours for Ohio High School Athletic Association administrators, who declared Sylvania Northview and Cleveland St. Ignatius the state’s co-champions and ended their game in a 1-1 tie because there is no shootout provision.
“This is an opportunity to show that wins and losses, even in a state championship game, are not more important than player safety,” the OHSAA said in a statement. “Had a player been seriously injured in the eighth overtime due to fatigue, the decision to allow the game to continue would have been seriously questioned more than the decision to end it.”
There was little disagreement over the decision, with players struggling to stay hydrated. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Coach Pat O’Rourke of St. Ignatius and coach Mike Jones of Northview both said they ultimately agree with the decision, although they seriously considered trying to play one or two more overtime periods prior to the final decision.
When asked if he thought the game should have gone to a shootout, O’Rourke said he’d rather play 1,000 overtimes than see it come down to a shootout. Per a national rule, the game could not have been decided by shootout anyway.
“I hate shootouts. It’s a team sport,” he said. “I know my boys would have kept playing. I know their boys would have kept playing too but, at some point, the adults have to step in.”
The Plain Dealer reports that this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2008, the Michigan High School Athletic Association called a tie in the Division 1 final after eight overtimes between Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
LeBron James gets kicked in the face by Jimmy Butler (video)
LeBron James found out the hard way that going against medical advice and scrapping the annoying mask that had protected his broken nose wasn’t the best idea.
In the first half of the Miami Heat’s game against the Chicago Bulls, he and Jimmy Butler became tangled as they tangled while pursuing a loose ball. James appeared to deliver an elbow to Butler’s face and, when the two ended up on the floor, Butler delivered a kick to James’s face. They shoved each other for a bit and were each assessed a technical.
Here’s video of the play:
James was supposed to wear the mask to protect the broken beak he suffered Feb. 20 for another week, but scrapped it for the second half of Thursday’s game and all of Sunday’s. “I’m good,” James said (via the Sun Sentinel). “It’s uncomfortable.”
Olympic women’s gold medallist Shannon Szabados practices with Oilers
It’s not so unusual for an NHL team to occasionally have a guest goaltender in net for practice, even for a few minutes. But the Edmonton Oilers had a very special guest Wednesday, none other than Canadian Olympic gold-medalist Shannon Szabados.
Szabados got the opportunity to face NHL players after the Oilers’ newly-acquired goaltender, Viktor Fasth, was traveling to join his teammates. Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins knew ahead of time Fasth wouldn’t arrive on time for practice, so he asked Szabados to suit up.
“I’m on Cloud 9 right now,” Szabados told reporters in Edmonton. ”It’s been an amazing couple of weeks and I’m enjoying every single moment of this.”
As for the competition?
“The guys were good about it,” she said of her practice partners. “They were chirping me and I was giving it right back to them.”
There has only been one women to play in net in the NHL, Manon Rheaume, who played a pre-season game for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992.
Allen Iverson spoofs ‘practice’ rant in new commercial (video)
“We’re not talking about the game. We’re talking about practice.”
Despite all of Allen Iverson’s NBA awards and accolades, those words from his infamous “practice” rant may be Iverson’s greatest contribution to popular culture. (Can you imagine if that had happened during the Twitter era?)
Fortunately, Iverson has a good sense a humor about the whole thing and has even made reference to it in his retirement speech in October.
In a new Reebok commercial, Iverson further spoofs his rant while starring alongside Shaq and Shawn Kemp.
It’s a nostalgic trip down memory lane for NBA fans.
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Neymar scoops up pitch invader for an adorable photo session (video)
Usually, when a fan runs onto a soccer pitch, his actions are met by onlookers with an eye-roll. When you’re a little kid running onto the soccer pitch, however, you just might be in for the coolest memory of your life.
Meet Ayo Dosumu, a 7-year-old who ran onto the field just after Brazil cruised past South Africa in a friendly Wednesday.
Brazil made Ayo Dosumu’s dream come true, and lifted him. Hope they make ours true, and lift the World Cup, same way. pic.twitter.com/v0zNBn8nlA— Sele o Brasileira (@BrazilStats) March 6, 2014
As security approached the lad, Brazilian superstar Neymar scooped him up and carried him over to his celebrating teammates. The boy’s father was greeted rather angrily by security when he tried to follow his son onto the field, but he managed to stay out long enough to pass his cellphone off to one of the players so he could take pictures of the 7-year-old with his favorite players.
The Brazil team even hoisted Dosumu up on their shoulders.
The boy’s dad: I didn’t even realize when he entered the pitch. He ran away from me but I’m delighted it went well.” pic.twitter.com/V1hNQDbMa3— Sele o Brasileira (@BrazilStats) March 6, 2014
Not surprisingly, the young Dosumu was pretty pleased with how things turned out. From Yahoo:
Globoesporte managed to track down the boy, who they identify as seven-year-old Ayo Dosumu.
“I felt very happy,” Ayo said of the experience.
“My son is now an idol,” his father, Shola, added. “I didn’t even realize when he ran out.Then I had to go and get him. It was a great thrill.”
Ayo Dosumu, the boy who invaded the pitch and his dad Shola: My son is so happy. Neymar has now become his idol.” pic.twitter.com/06BtZgVDwP— Sele o Brasileira (@BrazilStats) March 6, 2014
Here’s the full video, though it should come with the disclaimer Josh Elliott gave on “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning: “Folks, don’t try this at home. Unless you’re under 10 and totally adorable.”