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Kicking a ball boy; getting a kiss from your coach; ranking the Pac-12 recruiting classes

Kicking a ball boy; getting a kiss from your coach; ranking the Pac-12 recruiting classes



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LONDON — When you work in the news business, eventually you get to the point when you feel like you've seen it all.

Then, something like this happens.

A ball boy, second right, is ushered away from the sidelines following an incident with Chelsea's Eden Hazard, not pictured, during the English League Cup second leg semi-final soccer match between Chelsea and Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013. Hazard was shown the red card following the incident. (AP Photo/PA, Nick Potts)
A ball boy, second right, is ushered away from the sidelines following an incident with Chelsea's Eden Hazard, not pictured, during the English League Cup second leg semi-final soccer match between Chelsea and Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013. Hazard was shown the red card following the incident. (AP Photo/PA, Nick Potts)

The English Football Association (soccer for us Americans) charged Chelsea player Eden Hazard on Friday for kicking a ball boy — yes, you heard me right — kicking a ball boy.

How in the world could this happen?

After the ball rolled out of play, Hazard attempted to retrieve the ball from the 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, who refused to return the ball and dropped down on top of it.

In an attempt to get the soccer ball away from Morgan, Hazard thought it would be a good idea to try to kick the ball way from him.

Call me crazy, but doesn't it just seem wrong when an athlete, who is making more money in 30 minutes than I make in a year, puts his right foot into the side of a ball boy simply because he finds him annoying?

The EFA said that after reviewing the footage that the standard three-match ban for violent conduct would be "clearly insufficient" and gave Hazard until Tuesday to respond to the charge.

After the match, Hazard finally came to his senses and apologized to Morgan. Morgan's family is not planning on pressing charges.

Seal it with a kiss

Game winning shot
Kiss from a coach

While some people show their frustration with kicks, others show appreciation with kisses.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan hit a magnificent fade away game-winning shot Thursday night against the Orlando Magic.

The clutch shot sealed a great performance by the Raptors star guard, who finished with 22 points, seven assists, four rebounds and even a block.

DeRozan was greeted warmly by his fellow teammates, congratulating him on the well deserved victory.

Head coach Dwane Casey liked DeRozan's game winner so much that he gave him a nice, big kiss on the cheek.

Good call Dwane. DeRozan did in fact save your job, for at least one more game.

Pac-12 recruiting rankings

While the start of the college football season is still months away, signing day is right around the corner.

Official letters of intent for high school athletes can be sent in on February 6.

How is the 2013 Utah football class shaping up?

Currently, Bleacher Report has the Utes ranked sixth in the Pac-12 with 27 commitments, while USC (surprise, surprise) takes the top spot.

You can view the complete ranking by school here.

Robert Jackson

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