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Man Jumps in River to Save Hat, Must Be Saved Himself

He and his Blackhawks hat are fine

(Newser) - OK, Chicago, we get that you're excited about your Stanley Cup win . But emergency crews don't want to have to dive into the Chicago River to pull out any more fans who decide to go for a swim. That's what local officials say happened last night when... More »

SF World Series Celebration Gets Ugly ... Again

San Francisco got rowdy overnight as fans threw bottles at cops

(Newser) - Just like in 2012 , Giants fans went wild last night in San Francisco as their team took home its third championship in five seasons . But this third time was even less charming: Police made multiple arrests as thousands of fans lit bonfires in the street, sprayed champagne and beer, and... More »

Soccer Fan Offers Family for Sale Online

French ad says plan is to keep goaltender Guillermo Ochoa

(Newser) - A die-hard French soccer fan is willing to give up house and home for the goalkeeper of his dreams, the Daily News reports. A fan's ad on Le Bon Coin—sort of the French eBay—offers to sell his house and family in order to keep Guillermo Ochoa playing... More »

Fan Falls to His Death at 49ers Game

And 2 others were hurt in Indianapolis

(Newser) - It looks like football isn't just hazardous to the players' health—it might be hazardous to fans, too. A man died at Candlestick Park in San Francisco yesterday, falling from an elevated walkway just after the kickoff in the 49ers-Packers game. Witnesses tell the AP that the man appeared... More »

SF Giants Fans Go Bonkers

City erupts after World Series sweep

(Newser) - Giants fans went crazy last night in San Francisco after their team trounced the Detroit Tigers in a clean sweep to grab their second World Series title in three years. Bar crowds near the ballpark and across the city poured into the streets, and thousands watching the big game on... More »

Worst Part of Being a Football Fan: 'I Still Watch'

The medical dangers keep making it harder, writes Travis Waldron

(Newser) - Travis Waldron watched college football Saturday, just as he has all his life. Except for the first time, he found that he "can't watch the game the way I used to," he writes at ThinkProgress . It's impossible with the drumbeat of news about concussions, chronic traumatic... More »

Too-Rowdy NFL Fans Must Take Online Course

If they don't, they might not get back into stadium

(Newser) - NFL fans who get booted from a stadium for bad behavior might find it tougher to get back in. Starting this year, the league is requiring all ejected fans to take a four-hour online course that covers alcohol abuse, anger management, and crude behavior before being allowed to attend games... More »

Sweden to Create Registry of ... Sports Hooligans?

Agency approves preliminary government plan

(Newser) - Sweden is on the lookout for threats to society—in the form of hardcore sports fans. The government has received the OK from the country's Data Inspection Board to develop a registry of sports hooligans, the Local reports. There's one hoop to jump through, however: The agency first... More »

Beer Bottle Hurled Close to Usain Bolt

Abuse-spewing fan busted

(Newser) - In an extremely un-Olympics move, a spectator hurled a beer bottle close to gold-medalist Usain Bolt yesterday just moments before the 100-meter final, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . As Bolt and the other runners crouched before the start, someone in the first row "shouted abuse" and tossed the bottle—... More »

Devoted Sports Fan Dies From Exhaustion

Jiang Xiaoshan stayed up for 11 nights, working the next day

(Newser) - A Chinese soccer fan has paid the ultimate price for supporting his favorite teams, the Telegraph reports. Jiang Xiaoshan, a fan of France and England, died this week from exhaustion after staying up for 11 sleepless nights to watch every Euro 2012 match-up. With the time difference, he watched games... More »

Hey, Fans: Players Don't Care as Much as You

For most, it's just a job: Bill Plaschke

(Newser) - For all the Patriots fans out there still crying in the beer and assuming their favorite players are doing the same, sportswriter Bill Plaschke has a "dirty little secret" to reveal: "The players don't care as much as you do," he writes in the Los Angeles ... More »

Angry Packers Fan Faces Child Abuse Charges

Mother choked her daughter after loss, say cops

(Newser) - From the serious-lack-of-perspective department: A woman in Wisconsin faces felony child abuse charges because she choked her daughter in a rage after the loss of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, say police. The 11-year-old girl had red marks and scratches on her neck and said her mother asked her,... More »

NFL Wants Full-Body Patdowns at Stadiums

This year, it's from the 'ankles up'

(Newser) - Airline passengers aren't the only ones: The NFL is telling all teams to pat down fans from the ankles up before they enter stadiums, reports USA Today . In previous seasons, fans endured patdowns only from the waist up. The league's "enhanced" security procedures come as a Cowboys... More »

Vancouver Erupts in Rioting After Canucks Lose

Fans go on rampage as Bruins lift Stanley Cup

(Newser) - Hockey fans enraged by the Canucks' 4-0 home loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals went on a rampage in downtown Vancouver. The mood turned ugly downtown as some 100,000 fans watched the game's final minutes at bars and restaurants, and on... More »

8 Dumbest Things in Sports

... and Tiger Woods sex coverage makes the cut

(Newser) - America has a complicated relationship with sports—a constant source for entertainment, but also a whole lot of stuff to make you scratch your head and say, "Huh?" Bleacher Report compiles eight such head-scratchers from fans. A sampling:
  • Baseball's designated hitter: "A pitcher who doesn't have
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Football Fans Who Cheer Too Loudly Are Cheaters

So says the Canadian philosophy professor

(Newser) - This is what happens when philosophy professors go to football games: You get a sincere treatise on how wildly cheering fans are being unsportsmanlike. (He's talking about Canadian football, but still.) "When Saskatchewan had the ball on offence, the Winnipeg fans, encouraged by some of the players, set... More »

Lions Fan, 63, Walks 425 Miles to Inspire Team

Joe Paquette Jr. walks to team's front door, bringing 'sisu'

(Newser) - A 63-year-old Lions fans walked 425 miles to training camp, aiming to inspire his team to reach new heights this season, the Detroit News reports. Joe Paquette Jr. says he made the trip from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to a Detroit suburb to give the Lions a little "sisu"—... More »

All Hail the Sports Nut-in-Chief

Obama's jock-a-riffic weekend riles Dana Milbank

(Newser) - The only difference between the boys and the presidents is the scale of their jockalicious birthday weekends, and Barack Obama just threw himself a doozy, a predictably cranky Dana Milbank writes for the Washington Post. The president kicked it off with a round of golf with the boys, kept the... More »

Ballpark Puker Sentenced to 30 to 90 Days

Matthew Clemmens pleaded guilty to barfing on fellow Phillies fans

(Newser) - The New Jersey man who pleaded guilty to intentionally vomiting on fellow Phillies fans will serve 30 to 90 days in jail. Matthew Clemmens' sentence for assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment also includes 50 hours of community service, and the judge suggested at today's sentencing hearing that he spend that... More »

Spain Fans Party in the Streets

World Cup victory over the Netherlands sparks nationwide celebrations

(Newser) - Cries of "Viva Espana" are echoing through the streets of Spain as fans celebrate the national team's first World Cup title. "It's an extraordinary feeling, of happiness and nerves," one reveler in Madrid tells AFP . Says another: "We are very proud and very happy." Spotted... More »

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