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Former NHLer Brad May lists luxury home for under $1 million

- July 15th, 2014

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Are you in the market for a retirement castle in immaculate condition for less than $1 million and owned by a former NHL player?

Have we got the home for you.

Brad May, currently working with the Buffalo Sabres broadcast team and Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto, is selling his 3,598-square-foot single-family home in Scottsdale, Ariz. for $979,000 after listing it on July 10.

Take the tour below and see for yourself:

Check out the description of the property, built in 1999, if you are still unsure about what is on offer:

“This property sits on a very private Cul-De-Sac and offers City light & mountain views as well as some pretty amazing features for the value! Putting green, huge pool & spa, built in BBQ, sport court, cozy center courtyard with massive fireplace. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home also offers a private “play room or Art room”. Open floor plan, huge kitchen, enormous master bedroom are just a few the many features this gorgeous home offers. Dont miss the opportunity to be within walking distance to all that DC Ranch offers. Minuets from Market Street, shopping, dining and night life!”

The Realtor Blog was first with the news of the sale. And, unfortunately, May has had difficulty getting a deal done.

According to the property’s history, May listed the home for sale in August 2008 for $1.25 million. It was then delisted in January 2009. Three years later, May put it up for sale again, this time for $899,000 — a bargain compared to the initial sale price.

That price didn’t attract any serious buyers, so again it was delisted in March 2012.

He is hoping third time’s the charm with a slightly higher asking price.

May, who was born in Toronto and grew up in suburban Markham, Ont., played 19 seasons in the NHL with the Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.

He played 1,041 games and scored 127 goals and 289 points while amassing 2,248 penalty minutes and won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks.

Minor league team pranks fans with unwanted ‘game-worn’ giveaways

- July 14th, 2014

Give the Lowell Spinners some credit after putting a new spin (pun intended) on their game-worn giveaway.

The minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox teamed up with Sports Illustrated to produce an in-game experience no fan would touch with a 10-foot pole.

Unless, of course, you don’t tell your fans what they are about to receive.

Various undergarments including underwear, jockstraps and socks, along with personal hygiene products were collected from players and coaches prior to the game, and were tossed to the unsuspecting patrons yearning for a piece of memorabilia.

Some in the stands dropped their “game-worn” giveaway before you could say disinfectant.

It’s one of the more off-beat offers from any sports team in recent memory, judging by the reaction from the fans.

Baseball fan caught sleeping on TV sues for $10 million

- July 7th, 2014

Who would have thought you could make a quick buck while sleeping on national television?

While attending a New York Yankees game in April, a baseball fan was caught sleeping by an ESPN camera during the fourth inning as the Bronx Bombers hosted the Boston Red Sox.

Andrew Rector didn’t think the comments made toward him by play-by-play voice Dan Shulman and commentator John Kruk — a former player — were funny as the used-car salesman filed a $10 million defamation suit. Named in the suit are ESPN, Shulman, Kruk, MLB and the Yankees.

During the game, Shulman and Kruk poked a little fun at his expense.

“It’s only the fourth inning,” Kruk said. “You don’t think he can sleep through ….”

“Did he sleep through the (Carlos) Beltran homer?” Shulman asked. “I mean 45,000 people stand up and cheer, and he sleeps through?”

“You’d think it would be tough to, but he seemed comfortable,” Kruk answered. “It didn’t look like he just started to sleep.”

The suit, riddled with grammatical errors and filed in the Bronx Supreme Court, says Shulman and Kruk made “false statements” and that the heavy-set fan was “not worthy” of being a Yankees fan and “is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure.”

The suit also says the fan was made out to be “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.”

Somehow, I don’t think Rector will be getting anywhere near what he is asking for. But you can’t fault him for trying.

Canadian ref snubbed in handshake line at World Cup

- June 19th, 2014

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At least Canadian World Cup assistant referee Joe Fletcher can laugh about being snubbed in the handshake line.

While waiting in line prior to Chile and Spain taking the field Wednesday, Fletcher offered his hand as an official (possibly from FIFA?) shook Spanish captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ hand before moving on to another player, leaving the ref high and dry.

The Niagara Falls, Ont. native tried to recover by running his hand on his head as if he were combing back his hair. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to finesse.

Casillas gave Fletcher a pat on the back as they both cracked a smile over the embarrassing moment. Seconds later, the official came back and shook the ref’s hand, which made Fletcher chuckle about the minor ordeal.

Clint Dempsey takes kick to face, likely breaks nose

- June 16th, 2014

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Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the U.S. in the first minute of their World Cup opener against Ghana.

But Ghana exacted some sort of revenge later in the first half as John Boye’s high kick for the ball smacked Dempsey in the face, which may have broken his nose.

Dempsey, whose nose was bleeding, was on the ground receiving treatment and walked under his own power to the sidelines before rejoining the action on the field.

Now that’s tough.