16
Oct

ABC buys sitcom ‘Men in Shorts’ based on Robbie Rogers’ life

imageIt’s not often that retiring from professional soccer at the age of 25, and then un-retiring a few months later, is the stuff of TV comedies.

But Robbie Rogers made some headlines in his brief retirement and return to the game at the LA Galaxy. He became the first openly gay man to play in a professional sports league in the United States.

So now TV network ABC is taking Rogers’ experience and turning it into a comedy called “Men in Shorts.”

The show is, not surprisingly, about a young professional soccer player who comes out of the closet and will follow how his teammates, family and friends interact with him after his coming out.

Rogers, since his coming out, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in sports. He also has a book entitled “Coming Out to Play” being released November 25.

Rogers who recently started his own fashion blog and has his own menswear label is attached to the TV show as a producer.

16
Oct

#TBT: Lionel Messi’s La Liga debut

Ten years ago Thursday, Lionel Messi was handed his La Liga debut for Barcelona by then-manager Frank Rijkaard. Only 17, the baby-faced Argentinian played all of eight minutes coming off the bench for Deco against Espanyol, becoming the second-youngest in club history to wear the Blaugrana kit.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Take a look at Messi throughout the years by heading here!

15
Oct

Pennsylvania high school soccer team under fire for Ebola chants at opposing player

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A Pennsylvania high school boys soccer team is facing repercussions after allegedly taunting an opposing player of West African descent with chants about Ebola.

The Northampton High School’s soccer coaches resigned on Tuesday and the involved students will face disciplinary action.

According to The Morning Call, the school district finished their investigation into the incident on Tuesday and, according to Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, “appropriate discipline will be dispensed to any students who violated the code of conduct.”

The taunting occurred in a match against Nazareth High School last week when a 16-year-old player for Nazareth was reportedly the target of racial slurs as well as Ebola comments.

According to the targeted teen’s guardian, he came to the United States about three years ago from a small town in Guinea, where his parents still live.

"I think some of it was trash talk. He had scored the first goal," said Edward Bachert, a local police chief whose family took in the boy three years ago. "Getting him out of the game was certainly an advantage. I don’t know if that was the strategy."

During last week’s game, the teen was reportedly distressed by the alleged Ebola remarks and charged a Northampton player for which he was ejected from the game.

However, Nazareth students have rallied around him. Some have worn bracelets and posted tweets with the message, “EndRacism.”

"When there’s a teachable moment, we’re going to take advantage of that," Kovalchik said of his meeting with the Northampton players. "Education is life-long. It’s ongoing."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Image provided by Getty

9
Oct

Alan Gordon trying to win LA Galaxy fan’s hearts with beer

Forward Alan Gordon recently returned to the LA Galaxy after several years away playing for California rival San Jose Earthquakes.

Gordon wasn’t exactly the most loved player during his time at LA, and playing for the Quakes only widened the rift between him and the Galaxy supporters.

But, now that he’s back (and scoring goals a solid rate), Gordo is doing everything he can to endear himself to the LA faithful.

That includes beer. Lots of it.

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First, Gordon chugged a beer in front of one of the supporters’ sections after an LA win.

And now, he’s turning the tables and providing beer for ALL of the fans.

9
Oct

Ronaldinho kicked balls at defenseless people

It’s unclear why Ronaldinho was kicking balls at people’s heads while they attempted to walk on water, but it doesn’t really matter.

Those guys had to know what was coming at them, right?"I didn’t do it on purpose," Ronaldinho says after pegging one guy right in the skull.

Sure, Ronnie. We totally believe you. It’s not like you’re one of the best in the world at hitting a ball exactly where you want it to go or anything.

(H/T SB Nation)