Out of the Shark Zone, April 24, 2018

This year’s Boston Marathon deliver surprising first and second place

American Desi Linden, two-time U.S. Olympian, won the 2018 Boston Marathon and became the first American woman to win the race since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985. According to USA Today, Linden ran the annual Boston Marathon that was held on April 16 and, after an unofficial time of 2:39:54,she finished first. Linden, who trains in Michigan, was fourth last year and second in 2011. Meanwhile, Sarah Sellers, a nurse anesthetist, surprised everyone when she placed second despite starting her training in September of last year. She finished with a time of 2:44:04 beating 194 women.

Manchester City wins English Premier League

Manchester City won the English Premier League title on Sunday, April 15 after their rival, Manchester United, failed to defeat West Bromwich Albion, according to CNN. The United team managed by Jose Mourinho needed to win against West Brom in order to keep the title race alive. However, the team had a surprising loss at home with a score of 1-0. Manchester City had already beaten Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Saturday. Soon after United’s defeat on Sunday, the City’s twitter account tweeted: “Our Time. Our City. Premier League Champions 17/18.”

James Harrison to retire

James Harrison, longtime Steelers linebacker and five-time Pro Bowler, announced on Monday, April 16 that he is retiring from the NFL. According to USA Today, the 39-year-old linebacker posted pictures of his children on Instagram with the caption, “I’ve missed way too much for way too long… and I’m done,” adding, “”Many thanks to my family, coaches, the fans, and everyone who played a role in my football life.” He will retire after 15 seasons in the NFL, with most of them with the Steelers. Harrison won two Super Bowls and earned five Pro Bowl nods. This is not the first time Harrison has announced his retirement; he announced that he was first leaving the NFL in 2014 after a one-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Linesman in Blue Jackets-Capitals game falls, dislocates kneecap

Linesman Steve Barton suffered an ugly spill during Sunday’s Game 2 between Capitals and the Blue Jackets on April 15. According to CBS Sports, during Game 2, his leg turned all the wrong ways, taking him off the ice as the injury Barton had was serious. NHL Director of Officiating Steve Walkom said that Barton dislocated his kneecap and tore his quadriceps. He will need surgery; however, doctors have already told him that he can come back 100 percent.

Shark attacks suspend surf tournament for an hour

Two people were bitten by sharks while surfing off the same stretch of Western Australia’s southwest coast on Monday, April 16. According to The Guardian, a 37-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg at Cobblestone beach just before 8 a.m. and managed to bodysurf back to shore. A second man was bitten while surfing off Lefthanders beach around 2:30 p.m. The Margaret River Pro surfing tournament, near the second attack and about 15 kilometers away from the first, was suspended for one hour before resuming with enhanced safety measures including skis and drones. “The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority. We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes,” organizers said on Monday morning.

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