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Wrestling Legend on Murder Charges

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Aging wrestling legend Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka (now 72) has been charged with third-degree murder after a previously unreleased autopsy report indicated the death of his girlfriend was a homicide.

In May of 1983 Nancy Argentino, then 23, died after an assault at a motel.

At the time Mr Snuka said the couple had argued and that he had pushed her, causing Ms Argentino to fall.

Later he contradicted this statement saying she had slipped and fallen. He blamed the first interviewers for misunderstanding him.

From that point he denied all wrongdoing.

In his autobiography, published in 2012, Mr Snuka wrote, “terrible things have been written about me hurting Nancy.” He insists they were not true.

But prosecutors, according to The Morning Call, have reopened the case declaring Ms Argentino’s death a homicide.

Mr Snuka was arrested on Tuesday morning at his New Jersey home. He appeared in court briefly before being arraigned to Leheigh country Jail under a $100,000 surety.

Records reveal Mr Snuka returned to the Pennsylvania motel room after a WWF show on May 10, 1983. He found Ms Argentino struggling to breathe and with fluid running from her mouth and nose. According to reports in the New York Post she died the next day.

The post-mortem results revealed she had sustained head injuries (cuts and bruises) consistent with being struck by an object.

Matador Gored in Groin

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The matador doesn’t always win.

Well-known Spanish bullfighter Franscisco ‘Paquirri’ Rivera Ordonez was taken to hospital on Wednesday after coming off second against a bull.

Paquirri was said to be in a serious, but stable, condition after being gored in the groin during a bullfight in Huesca, north-eastern Aragon.

The bulls horn was said to have sunk 25 centimetres into Pacquirri’s groin, but had missed his vital organs.

Footage of the fight went viral as the bull impaled Pacquirri on one of its horns and hoisted him into the air for a few seconds.

Pacquirri’s father, of the same name, also a bullfighter, was gored to death in Andalusia in 1984. While Paquirri’s grandfather, Antonio Ordonez, was reputed to be one of the greatest bullfighters in history.

But deaths from bulls don’t just come in the ring.

On Sunday a man who was using his mobile phone to film a bull run through the streets of Villaseca de la Sagra, in central Spain, was gored in the neck. He died very quickly in front of horrified onlookers.

Jeff Horn Cautiously Optimistic Ahead of Big Fight

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Australian Jeff Horn says he is fit and ready for the biggest fight of his life.

He is set to step into an Invercargill, New Zealand, boxing ring next week to face the terrifying Viktor Plotnykov, a wiry Ukranian giant-killer.

Horn has been battling his way through a line of taller, heavier sparring partners in preparation for the fight. His coach has had him practicing the skills they believe Horn will need if he is to emerge triumphant against the truly intimidating Plotynykov. These include: subtle feints, a right hand lead, weaving, and something only few boxers can do: switching from orthodox to southpaw stance midway through delivering a flurry of high speed punches.

These are all tools to put Plotnykov off balance.

Horn earned the right to face Plotnykov after defeating Ghana’s Richmond Djarbeng in New Zealand on 13th June. And the welterweiht Horn (67kg) believes he will have totaled close to 60 rounds against some of Australia’s hottest boxing prospects in preparation for the bout.

Horn has spent ring time with boxing royalty such as Sam Banney, Adam Copland, Nathan Weber, and Miles Zalewski. On Tuesday he went ten brutal rounds with Reagan Dessaix (79kg light-heavyweight) to prepare him for the much larger Ploynykov.

“All my sparring partners have given me great work,” said a barely out of breath Horn. “it’s a team effort when I fight, and I’ve got a great team behind me. I feel very fit and strong and I know Plotnykov will be in great shape and ready to give his best as well. I’m not underestimating him, he’s a terrific fighter, but I’ve always said I’m ready to fight anyone in the world.

“Plotnykov is going to be a tough challenge, we’re in no doubt about that,” said coach Glenn Rushton. “He just beat (former Commonwealth Champion) Denton Vassell in Belfast and has been ranked as high as number 7 in the world.

“I’ve had Jeff sparring bigger guys all throughout this preparation to make sure he is razor sharp for an opponent who is used to landing punches on the back-move. Jeff has done an enormous amount of work on his leg strength, using a weighted vest in training, to give him the explosive power he will need to cut off the ring against Plotynkov.

“He has been going though 10-round sparring sessions every second day so that doing 10 rounds on fight night is second nature to him.

This fight will be all about Jeff controlling the distance and shutting down Plotnykjov’s strengths: his jab, his right hand, and his movement.”

Horn is conceding 5cm in height to the Ukranian. Horn is undefeated in 11 pro fights, but Plotnykov has won 32 of his 34 professional fights and has never been stopped. His last loss came in 2012.

Weightlifter Collapses at Pan Am Games

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Audiences at the Pan Am Games in Ontario were stunned recently when Genesis Rodriguez Gomez collapsed during a lift attempt.

The young woman was competing in the 53kg weight division for the clean-and-jerk. She appeared to be in control of 106kg weight, lifting it powerfully to her throat in the first part of the manoeuvre.

But before changing her stance for the final part of the lift Gomez buckled and feinted.

She fell forward, under the bar, and lay face down for a few minutes.

Medics were nearby and quick to assist her.

Gomez was lucky to avoid the 106kg weight as it fell. She avoided all serious injury. And was even cleared to return to the competition.

Not only that, Gomez increased her weight for her third attempt and was successful at 109kg.

For her efforts she claimed the silver medal for her division and the hearts of millions for her courage.

The Mountain is Iceland’s Strongest Man for a Fifth Time

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The Mountain, Hafthor Bjornsson, has won Iceland’s Strongest Man competition for the fifth time in a row.

The Viking giant (206 cm tall and 190 kg) was never really challenged in a gruelling day of lifting, pushing, and throwing.

Bjornsson is the first man in history to have won this competition for a fifth consecutive year.

However, his ultimate goal of being crowned the World’s Strongest Man remains, as yet, unfulfilled.

After being invited through a wildcard invitation to the competition in 2011 Bjornsson finished sixth. Since then he has come in at third in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014.

This year, in April, Bjornsson finished third behind American Brian Shaw.

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Miocic Finds Hunt’s Weakness

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Hard-hitting Samoan heavyweight Mark Hunt showed he needed to improve his takedown defense.

At the Adelaide Entertainment Centre he and Stipe Miocic slugged it out for four and a half brutal rounds before the victory was conceded to Miocic.

The difference was in the grappling.

Miocic took Hunt to the canvas in only 90 seconds into the first round. Hunt, a Golden Gloves boxing champion, has knockout power and skill and Miocic wasn’t about to risk trading on the feet with him.

Hunt was able to scramble to his feet in the last 10 seconds of the first round. He managed a solid shot before the bell rang, but the damage had been done.

Miocic came out in the second looking fresh and hungry; using his jab to keep Hunt on the outside. The Samoan was already breathing heavily (after taking a beating in the first round) and couldn’t sprawl quick enough to prevent Miocic diving in for another successful takedown.

Miocic bundled Hunt against the cage (restricting his movement) and devastated Hunt with left hooks and elbows.

Hunt was able to struggle back to his feet; but he was clearly suffering from the beating – his face puffy and swollen, his breathing laboured, and the power sapped from his movement.

Just before the bell Hunt landed a haymaker that would have killed an ox. Miocic showed he too can take a punch and remained on his feet.

Hunt’s corner impressed upon him the urgency of the situation. Their fighter came out hard in the third. A short left hook landed and the crowded hushed as they hoped this was the start of a come-back.

But Miocic was having none of it.

He dove in and took Hunt to the canvas again.

He then proceeded to rain down Armageddon on his quickly tiring opponent.

It was almost impossible to believe the amount of punishment Hunt took. He was cramped at the bottom of the cage wall and was struggling to defend himself. Miocic pole-axed him with lefts and rights, elbows and knees to the body. Whenever Hunt struggled to rise Miocic would push him back down and resume the beating.

As Hunt shambled out for the fourth round both his eyes were swollen to slits and one side of his face had ballooned with bruising. Miocic looked the same as he did coming out in the first.

In less than a minute Miocic went back to what was working – taking Hunt to the ground. He pulverized Hunt with hammerfists and elbows, laying on top of the Samoan and sapping his energy and will.

Whenever Hunt tried to regain his feet Miocic took him back down and punished him.

As the fourth round closed the ringside Doctor was having a close look at Hunt. Twenty minutes of damage from one of the best heavyweights in the world was taking its toll; and the Doctor was ready to stop it.

Hunt asked to continue.

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He wobbled out for the fifth and was taken to the mat almost immediately. Miocic began to unload and Hunt became dazed with the damage.

The referee had seen enough. He stepped in and waved Miocic away.

No one, not even the most ardent Hunt fans, doubted the referee did the right thing. The fight was about to become a slaughter.

Chess Grandmaster Ignites Gender War

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UK chess grandmaster Nigel Short has defended his comments in New in Chess Magazine where he claimed women lack the brain power to succeed at the top chess levels.

The female chess community were outraged when Short asserted that the way in which women’s brains were ‘hardwired’ limited their capacity for success in chess.

The comments have since appeared on Sky News where Mr Short has appeared to defend them.

“One is not better than the other,” he said in the magazine, “We just have different skills. It would be wonderful to see more girls playing chess, and at a higher level, but rather than fretting about inequality, perhaps we should just gracefully accept it as a fact.”

Short’s comments echo those of legendary grandmaster Garry Kasparov, who defeated Short for the world title in 1993: “Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players,” he said at the time. “They are not great fighters.”

In his interview with Sky News Short claimed his comments were ‘quite uncontroversial’. The physiological reality behind his comments, he claimed, is beyond dispute: Men’s brains are ’10 per cent larger’ than women’s.

“Women have better verbal skills, women have all sorts of skills that are better than men. But the gap (in chess ability) is quite large and I believe that’s down to sex differences.

“I don’t have the slightest problem in acknowledging that my wife possesses a much higher degree of emotional intelligence than I do,” said Short in the magazine. “Likewise, she doesn’t feel embarrassed in asking me to manoeuvre the car out of our narrow garage.”

Short has received a barrage of scathing assaults for his comments. He told Sky News that ‘an amazing number of people have (since) criticised’ him.

Head of the London Casual Chess Club, Amanda Ross, was one of the first, saying in The Telegraph, it was ‘incredibly damaging when someone so respected basically endorses sexism.’

Short responded on Twitter: “You seem to suffer from incomprehension. Men and women do have different brains. This is a biological fact.

“Furthermore, I never said women have inferior brains. That is your crude and false attempt to caricature me.”

Judit Polgar, world women’s chess champion, youngest grandmaster in history, and victor in the one game she had against Short then waded into the debate: “’Different but equal,’ she posted on Twitter, “but not equal to chess is inferior in chess terms. Pls explain.”

Short answered: “Indeed, I have a poor score against the best female chess player in history. And what does that prove exactly?”

He then drove the point home with: “Men and women having very different brains (and therefore skills) is not a sex issue? How so?

There has been no further response.

One has to wonder why there are women’s and men’s divisions at all – if there are no differences between gender abilities.

World’s Strongest Viking Breaks Thousand Year-Old Record

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Icelandic strongman, and Game of Thrones star Hafthor ‘The Mountain’ Bjornsson has destroyed a 1000 year-old record.

In February Bjornnson was competing in the World’s Strongest Viking competition for his second time, when he was confronted by the log carry event.

Legend has it that Orm Storulfsson was able to carry a 640 kg log for three steps before his back snapped. The tale, which has been passed on for a thousand years, says it took 50 men to lift the log onto Storulfsson’s shoulders.

At the World’s Strongest Viking event last month, a 650 kg, 10 meter long, log was suspended between two uprights. Bjornsson was able to lift it and walk with it on his shoulders for an amazing five steps before his strength gave out.

A euphoric Bjornsson said on Twitter, “The legend of the Icelander Orm Storulffsson says that he walked three steps with this MONTER WOODEN LOG which weighs over 600 kg/ 1320 lbs! It took 50 mere mortals to help him place it on his back!! After he took his third step his back broke under the enormous pressure and he was never the same after that!! Well today, my friends, I made history!! As well as winning the title of the World’s Strongest Viking for the second time in a row, I carried this MONSTER LOG 5 steps!! My back held up fine!! As I’m on my way to my ultimate goal to win the World’s strongest Man!! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!! NOTHING CAN BREAK ME!!”

‘Pot Roast’ Fined for Being Overweight

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Terrance ‘Pot Roast’ Knighton has been fined yet again for missing his team weight markers. Over the course of his playing career he has amassed a staggering $300,000 in fines for weight-related issues.

His current team, the Denver Broncos, is intent on a shake-up. And Knighton is on the list. Team management believe his weight problems are now affecting the success of the side.

“The Broncos will undergo a number of changes in the coming days and weeks. John Elway (the general manager) won’t sit back and chill. He will be aggressive in fixing the team’s problems.

“One of those issues is Knighton.”

Knighton is listed in the players’ report as weighing in at a trim-taut-and terrific 152 kg. But everyone knows that’s not true. It’s more – maybe a lot more.

But after forking out $300,000 it seems obvious that fining him isn’t working. Elway will need a new strategy.

Knighton is arguably one of the nicest and most respected players in the NFL. He laughs about his weight problem and tells how he got the nickname ‘Pot Roast’:

“It was dark on the plane and everyone was sleeping. The stewardess was walking down the aisle saying, ‘Pot roast? Pot roast?’ and I raised my hand, as if that was my name.

The guy sitting behind me, (former teammate) Clint Ingram is probably the biggest comedian I ever played with – he said, ‘I’m going to start calling you Pot Roast.

“I was like ‘Yeah, whatever.’ But it stuck with me.

“I’m just glad I ordered that instead of the shrimp Alfredo. I just thought it was going to be something to laugh about for the week. But five years later we’re still talking about ‘Pot Roast.’”

 

Is Brock Lesnar Considering a Return to the UFC?

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Arguably the most dangerous man on the planet, Brock Lesnar, could be considering a return to the UFC.

Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been tight-lipped about the rumours. The 37 year-old gave nothing away at a recent press conference; but he appeared to be slimming down from the gargantuan bulk of a professional wrestler to the hard-bodied – strength for weight – physique required by MMA fighters.

Lesnar’s contract with the WWE draws to a close in March 2015.

UFC president Dana White has said on numerous occasions he’d be happy to consider Lesnar’s return. And why wouldn’t he? Fights featuring Brock Lesnar have attracted record-breaking Pay Per View audiences; with the man himself being one of the most marketable athletes in the world.

White further admitted at “The Time is Now” press conference in November, that Lesnar had talked about returning to the UFC.

“We have a great relationship with him. He’s healthy and he’s said that he’s interested in fighting again. We’ll see what happens.”

Lesnar came to the UFC in 2008 after seven years in professional wrestling. He carved a swathe through the heavyweight ranks and won the title belt in November of 2008 with a TKO victory over MMA legend Randy Couture.

Lesnar defended his belt against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin before losing to Cain Velasquez and Alastair Overeem.

The final months of Lesnar’s UFC career were dogged with ill-health. He was admitted to hospital with diverticulitis, underwent multiple surgeries, and had his diet completely restructured.

Lesnar, at age 37, is around the average age of UFC heavyweights. He says he is at full health and that he desires a return to the UFC. The focus of his current training is a closely guarded secret.