Former WWF wrestler Chyna dies; Yankees outfielder breaks record


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SALT LAKE CITY — Former WWF wrestler Chyna, aka Joan Laurer, was found dead in her apartment Wednesday after a friend found her unresponsive. Police do not know the cause of her death as of now.

For those that follow wrestling, Chyna, 45, had quite the legacy as a pioneer of the sport and powerful female wrestler for the WWF (since been changed to WWE).

Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna — Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016

In 1996 Chyna was named the Rookie of the Year for the Women’s Championship and became the only undefeated Women’s Champion in WWF history. She was as much of an icon in the world of wrestling as the powerhouse names of Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna — Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016

Yankee outfielder breaks record ===============================

When we talk about ball speed it baseball, it’s almost always about how fast a pitcher is throwing the ball.

Throwing the ball close to 100 mph is an incredible feat and an extremely valuable asset for any pitcher, particularly if you’re accurate. But when you’re an outfielder who can throw it over 100 mph, you’re unstoppable.

Enter Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks, who was filling in for Brett Gardner.

In the top of the 4th inning against the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees trailed 3-1 and faced a situation with the bases loaded. A’s batter Yonder Alonso came up to the plate and hit a pop fly to left field where Hicks easily caught the ball. Normally, that would be enough for at least the player on third base to tag up and get to home for a score.

Hicks, though, fired a rocket shot to the catcher Brian McCann, who tagged Danny Valencia out for the double play and end to the A’s strong inning. MLB Statcast registered Hicks’ throw at 105.5 mph! That is the fastest of any outfielder in MLB history (at least since someone has been tracking this kind of stuff).

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