• In the build-up to Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday, TWC reporter Kelli Tennant was smacked in the back of the head by a rogue football in the middle of a live broadcast. 

    Instead of taking a break to process the pain or turning around to make sense of the blow she just received, Tennant simply smiled and carried on with her sentence like nothing had happened. What a pro.

    The incident is reminiscent of Sky Germany reporter Jessica Kastrop, who has been struck under similar circumstances on two separate occasions (here and here).

    Tennant was able to see the funny side of the incident and later revealed that the Whitecaps quickly came over to offer apology hugs. She also brought attention to a sign that seemed to have been made just for her...

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  • Hearts switched places with Ross County at the bottom of the Scottish Premier League on Saturday with a crucial 2-0 win. The opening goal came from a penalty converted by defender Jamie Hamill in the 65th minute.

    After celebrating with his teammates, Hamill decided the best course of action would be to run straight into Ross County manager Derek Adams, knocking the 38-year-old to the ground.

    In the melee that followed, the Hearts captain received his marching orders from the referee.

    Once in the dressing room, he received a call from the Houston Texans offering him a job as a defensive tackle and a lucrative offer from Zlatan Ibrahimovic for him to do the same thing to Pep Guardiola. 

    This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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  • Miesha Tate had a simple goal at the start of her UFC on Fox 11 main card bout against Liz Carmouche on Saturday night. "I was just trying not to be a psycho in the fight," she said.

    Tate has become one of the main faces of female UFC fighters but had yet to earn a victory in the Octagon heading into Saturday night. In her first UFC fight, Tate lost a great battle to Cat Zingano.

    Next, she rematched (they first fought in Strikeforce) her nemesis and UFC champ Ronda Rousey and lost via arm bar once more. Tate believed that she had perhaps spent herself too quickly in prior fights on account of fighting too emotionally.

    Against Carmouche, Tate wanted to "be a little bit more calculated," as she said at the UFC on Fox 11 post fight press conference.

    That may have resulted in a slow start for Tate, however, as Carmouche got her down early and dominated the first round. Tate rode out the storm and earned the unanimous decision and her first UFC 'W' after three rounds, though, and beat back

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  • Roy Hibbert finished with eight points and five fouls in the loss. (Getty Images)

    As you’d expect, the Indiana Pacers put up a brave face and consistent tone following the team’s somewhat shocking 101-93 defeat on Saturday night, a professional reaction following a disappointing home loss in the first game of their opening round playoff series to the Atlanta Hawks. The group had worked all season to earn the first seed in the Eastern playoffs bracket, purportedly to play a Game 7 in Indianapolis against the Miami Heat sometime in June, but in one two and half hour mid-April flourish the team quickly lost first round home court advantage to what some have surmised to be the worst NBA playoff team ever.

    The 38-win Hawks expertly attacked Indiana’s strong and weak points in the Game 1 win, though, pulling the Pacer big men away from the basket while relentlessly attacking a step-slow Indiana offense that constantly had a hand in its face. Nowhere was this more evident than a 30-16 third quarter turnout in Atlanta’s favor, one that had the Pacers completely out of sync

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  • Fabricio Werdum earned a UFC heavyweight title shot with a dominating win over Travis Browne Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox 11 card. Scores were 49-46 and 50-45 (twice) in favor of the Brazilian.

    Werdum tagged Browne over and over for five rounds, though the Hawaiian hung tough and heard the final horn. From the start, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert landed the cleaner and more frequent strikes on the feet, scoring to the head, body and legs with punches and kicks.

    Werdum also managed to take Browne down three times throughout the fight, the first times the resilient slugger has ever been taken down in his UFC career. Werdum added insult to injury as he taunted Browne repeatedly in between landing big strike combinations.

    For his part, Browne started the taunting when he made light of the first big body kick that Werdum would score in the fight. Browne also refused to quit, even when he was dazed and slowed by the accumulation of strikes absorbed, and landed one of his

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  • The opening game of the NBA playoffs was meant to display the best the league has to offer. Instead, it ended up with a goofy technical malfunction that turned the end of Saturday's Game 1 between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets into a goofy scene.

    Approximately halfway through the third quarter at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, both shot clocks malfunctioned and turned off, forcing a stoppage in play. Arena workers and technicians attempted to install portable clocks at the corners of the court, but those didn't work either.

    So, with the break in play stretching on, they decided to resort to a decidedly more analog solution. Public address announcer Herbie Kuhn informed the players and crowd when the shot clock had reached 10 seconds, then five seconds, and then counted down to zero from there. Except, when the shot clock expired, there was no horn — he just said "horn."

    Yes, it was all very bizarre.

    In the fourth quarter, one of Kuhn's scoring table compatriots got control

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  • This Premier League season took another wildly unpredictable turn as bottom-placed Sunderland claimed a 2-1 victory over title contenders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

    Very few people would have predicted that Gus Poyet's side would be the ones responsible for Jose Mourinho's first ever Premier League home league defeat, ending the Portuguese manager's 77-game streak that dates back to August 2004.

    (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

    Samuel Eto'o gave the Blues the lead after just twelve minutes with his ninth goal of the campaign, but Sunderland's Connor Wickham scored his third goal in two games just six minutes later to equalize. The visitors won the match through a controversial 82nd minute penalty, awarded when César Azpilicueta was deemed to have brought US international Jozy Altidore down.

    Azpilicueta catches Altidore's left foot to concede the winning penalty (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

    The penalty was converted by Fabio Borini, who just happens to be on loan from Liverpool, a club who will benefit greatly from Chelsea's misfortune. With a win at Norwich on Sunday, the Reds could go five points

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  • NOTE: The Instagram video below includes an instance of foul language. User/reader/listener discretion is advised.

    After a five-year postseason drought, the Toronto Raptors returned to the playoffs Saturday, kicking off their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Brooklyn Nets at home. The city's fans were extremely fired up for Game 1, with thousands flocking to Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre to watch the matinee affair on a huge outdoor screen outside the arena.

    Evidently, Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri — imported in the spring of 2013 after winning Executive of the Year honors for his work with the Denver Nuggets — was pretty fired up, too. After addressing the amped-up crowd at the pre-game pep rally outside the ACC, Ujiri punctuated his remarks with a four-letter expletive to which I, personally, was first introduced as a lad by Van Halen. As we live in the age of smartphone cameras, the moment was, of course, captured and quickly shared via social

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  • For our money, two fights stand out as the biggest wins of UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum's career. Tonight, Werdum squares up against Travis Browne for the right to challenge Cain Velasquez for his UFC heavyweight title.

    Werdum has had a long path towards UFC title contention. Five and a half years ago, he was quickly dispatched with via KO by an unknown rookie named Junior Dos Santos.

    Werdum vs. Fedor

    Of course, Dos Santos turned out to be a world-class champion himself. Werdum has had to slowly and steadily work his way back up into the heavyweight's elite class.After losing to JDS, Werdum was released by the UFC and went to Strikeforce. There, three fights after the loss, Werdum faced one of the best of all time - Fedor Emelianenko - as a big underdog in 2010.

    It took Werdum under one round to submit "The Last Emperor," and make the realize that he himself was one of the best heavyweights in the world. Check out the full fight video above.

    Werdum vs. Nelson

    In 2012,

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  • Tonight, UFC heavyweight contenders Travis "Hapa" Browne and Fabricio Werdum meet in the main event of UFC on Fox 11. The winner will then be next to face heavyweight king Cain Velasquez for his championship belt.

    Browne and Wedum have contrasting styles - Browne is the athletic slugger and Werdum the slick ground submission artist - but both men always seem to be fighting for a finish. Browne recently spoke with Sports Net Canada about the match up, the stakes and his goal in every fight.

    Check out the video interview below and let us know who you're picking in the comments section!

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