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This Week in Sports - November 5-9, 2007

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A hockey legend retires and another legend, Don Shula, says what about the Pats? See what else happened this week!

Sports News - Shula Disses Patriots

Hall of Fame coach Don Shula had some harsh words for the unstoppable New England Patriots. Shula stated in the New York Daily News that if the Patriots go undefeated this year, then their legacy will be tainted. He is referring to the season opening game where the Pats cheated by videotaping the opposing sideline. Shula also compared the Patriots season to Barry Bonds' home run record, saying both need asterisks. A lot of the Patriots have taken offense to the former Miami Dolphins coach's comments.

Sports News - Lindros Retires

Toronto Maple Leafs star Eric Lindros announced on Thursday that he is hanging up his skates after 13 seasons in the NHL. The former NHL MVP's career was slowed down by different injuries throughout his career including concussions. The power forward played for four different teams - Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas and the New York Rangers. In 1997, he led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals, but eventually lost to the Dallas Stars. His best season was 1995, where he was named league MVP where he scored 29 goals and 41 assists in that lockout-shortened season.

Sports News - Beckham Mania hits Canada

David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy played an exhibition game in Vancouver, Canada on Wednesday night. The game against the Vancouver Whitecaps ended in a 0-0 tie, but drew an audience of 48,000 - the fourth largest soccer crowd in Vancouver history. The game was actually scheduled for a month ago, but Beckham was injured so they rescheduled it. This is the soccer legend's first game in Canada - the Galaxy played in Toronto earlier this summer, but again, Beckham missed the game due to injury. Beckham played 72 minutes in the contest.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • This week, tennis star Justine Henin stated she might skip the 2008 Summer Olympics, because of the heavy pollution China has. Henin suffers from asthma and fears the smog could trigger it.
  • So far in this young NBA season the Clippers and Celtics are both undefeated. While the Heat, Bulls, Sonics and Warriors are all winless.
  • On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates named John Russell their new manager. The former minor league coach replaces the fired Jim Tracy.
  • The Ottawa Senators remain red hot with a 13-1 record as on Friday. The Detroit Red Wings are not far behind with a 12-2-1 record.
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