N. Korea banned from World Cup for bizarre reason

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N. Korea banned from World Cup for bizarre reason

From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, August 25, 2011
ZURICH (AP) FIFA banned North Korea from the 2015 Womens World Cup afterfive players tested positive for steroids from traditional musk deer glandtherapy at the tournament last month.FIFA on Thursday imposed bans of up to 18 months on all five players, whoNorth Korean officials said were treated with traditional therapy after beingstruck by lightning at a pre-tournament training camp. Jong Pok Sim, Hong Myong Hui, Ho Un Byol and Ri Un Hyang were suspended fromall soccer-related activity for 18 months, while Song Jong Sun was ineligiblefor 14 months, FIFA said.North Koreas soccer federation was fined 400,000, and team doctor Nam JongAe was banned for six years.The fine exactly corresponds to the prize money the association would havereceived for their 13th place in the final ranking of the Womens World Cup inGermany, FIFA said.Defenders Song and Jong failed drugs tests before the World Cup game againstColombia. FIFA then tested the entire North Korean team after its final match.FIFAs disciplinary panel also banned Colombia backup goalkeeper YinethVaron for two years for doping at the tournament.The doping case was the most serious at a major FIFA tournament in 17 years.In July, FIFAs chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak said after extensivetesting, we can really say with far-reaching confidence that these steroidswere the result of this so-callled Chinese traditional medicine.

At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

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At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

The Celtics are getting more than they bargained for against the Philadelphia 76ers who are once again, record-wise, among the worst teams in the NBA.

They didn’t look like it in the first half which ended with the Celtics trailing the Sixers 53-45.

Boston came into the game having won its last four road games. And they did so by playing solid defense, something that has been noticeably absent in the first half.

Philadelphia came into the game as one of the NBA’s better 3-point shooting teams and has lived up to the lofty ranking.

In the first half Philadelphia made nine of its 18 three-point attempts while the Celtics are way, way, way at the other end of the 3-point shooting spectrum while missing eight of their 11 3s with Isaiah Thomas making a pair with the lone other made 3-pointer coming from Marcus Smart.

The defense struggled, the offense never had any kind of flow and not surprisingly, the Celtics found themselves playing from behind most of the first half.

Here are the first half stars from Saturday’s game.

STARS

Sergio Rodriguez: His playmaking was solid as usual, but it was Rodriguez getting it going with his jumper that really produced surprisingly strong results for the Sixers. He had 11 points, four assists and a steal in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas: Playing his game which is shooting and attacking the rim, Thomas was Boston’s lone double-digit scorer in the first half with 15 points which is tops among all players.

STUDS

Dario Saric: It was a solid first half as Saric contributed both on the boards and the scoreboard. He had 10 points in the first half along with five rebounds.

Gerald Henderson: Henderson had one of those high efficiency-type games with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

DUDS

Celtics 3-point shooting: It was a miserable first half for a team that has been among the NBA’s leaders in 3-pointers made and taken this season. At the half, Boston has shot 2-for-10 on 3's.

Celtics defense: Boston has shown little to no signs of providing the kind of push-back they’ll need in order to leave Philly with a win. In addition to allowing Philadelphia to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, Boston also allowed the Sixers to knock down nine 3's.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game: