Les nouvelles

Long time no post, but I guess Spring Break can do that to one, eh? Anyways, here we go with some new thing I'm incorporating: gossip!!

(Little note: since this is being posted at an add hour, it'll have updates from the 30th and the 31st of March.)
  • Gossip: like I tweeted before, Shakira's music has been banned from the Santiago Bernabeau and Real Madrid because she and FC Barcelona defender, Gerard Piqué, have been publicly dating. Yes, rivalries do run that deep. Spanish source
    • Jack Wilkshere, Arsenal and English midfielder, and his now ex-girlfriend, Lauren Neal, are expecting their first baby around August. Prior to the split earlier this year, the pair dated for 3 years. No offence, but I don't see this lasting too long or too smoothly. Kickette, Daily Mail
    • Some news from the US men's national soccer team (how that word seems wrong here); Michael Bradley, currently on loan to Aston Villa, is engaged to Amanda Barletta. ONTD Football
  • Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby is in full practice now, but has yet to make a match appearance.
  • Quite dated now but, Liverpool FC has signed a contract extension with Lucas Leiva that secures his future with the great English club. LFC
  • Little update on the Barry Bonds ordeal: TSN
  • Thiago Silva, Brazilian MMA fighter, said that he "tampered with his urine sample" after having used an illegal substance. TSN
  • Just like John Tavares 6 years ago, Aaron Ekblad has been granted "exceptional player" status, and at just 15 is now eligible for the 2011 OHL Entry Draft for the upcoming season. OHL
  • Mixed martial artist, Ricardo Almeida, has announced his retirement from the high-intensity sport at the age of 34. UFC
  • WHAT?! Rafael Benitez might be the gaffer (er, manager) for Real Madrid next season?! The Spoiler
  • For those of y'all curious about the Canadian Hockey League/Ontario Hockey League/Quebec Major Junior Hockey League/Western Hockey League, here's an update:
    • OHL:
      • St. Michael's Juniors defeated the Belleville Bulls in a 4-0 series sweep
      • Sudbury Wolves have a 4-0 series sweep over the Ottawa 67's with the win on Thursday
      • Niagara Ice Dogs also earned a 4-0 series sweep against the Brampton Battalion
      • Oshawa Generals lead their series 3-1 against the Kingston Frontenacs
      • Owen Sound Attack have a 2-2 series tie with the London Knights
      • Guelph Storm has a 2-2 series tie with the Saginaw Spirit
      • Plymouth Whalers have a 3-1 series lead over the Kitchener Rangers
      • Windsor Spitfires look to repeat as OHL and Memorial Cup champions as they lead their series 3-1 against the Erie Otters
    • QMJHL:
      • St. John Sea Dogs defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-0 series sweep
      • Montreal Junior won their series 4-0 in a sweep against the Halifax Mooseheads
      • Quebec Remparts made a 4-0 series sweep against the Val-d'Or Foreurs
      • Drummondville Voltigeurs win their series 4-0 against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens
      • Gatineau Olympiques have a 3-1 series lead against the Rimouski Océanic
      • Victoriaville Tigres made a 4-0 series sweep against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan
      • Shawinigan Cataractes hold a 3-1 lead in their series against the PEI Rocket
      • Lewiston MAINEiacs have a 3-1 lead against the Moncton Wildcats
    • WHL:
      • Saskatoon Blades have a 2-2 series tie with the Prince Albert Raiders
      • Red Deer Rebels defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings in a 4-0 series sweep
      • Brandon Wheat Kings hold a 2-2 series tie with the Medicine Hat Tigers
      • Kootenay Ice and the Moose Jaw Warriors are tied in their series 2-2 
      • Portland Winterhawks sweep the Everett Silvertips in their 4-0 series win
      • Kelowna Rockets cotinue on after a 4-0 series sweep against the Prince George Cougars
      • Spokane Chiefs have a 3-1 series lead against the Chilliwack Bruins
      • Tri-City Americans sweeped the Vancouver Giants in a 4-0 series victory.

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