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You’ve got to hand it to the NHL.  In a league that has typically based it’s discipline policy on precedent, it seems that in the wake of a never ending run of head injuries, they’ve decided to throw history away and break new ground. And until some more systemic changes are implemented from the big leagues [...]

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You had to know that it wouldn’t be too long before Raffi Torres found himself in hot water over a headshot. Having watched him play all season, it’s been clear to me that, while he tends to hit cleanly (and beautifully, at times), he also hits often (134 this season). This style of play is not without its risks. By this, I mean head hits like the one Torres laid on Jordan Eberle.

I’m not excusing it or arguing against the suspension handed down this afternoon. Torres deserved to be suspended for this hit because of what it was. This was a headshot. He did not, however, deserve to be demonized for it. Unfortunately, he was, and it wasn’t fair. This was an accident. Most headshots are.

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When the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League was made the assumption was that although Barcelona would progress fairly comfortably the rest of the games were too close to call. How wrong that assumption was. Three of the four ties are as good as over and in the other one Manchester United has [...]

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