Out of the Shark Zone, April 16, 2019

Astros sued for injury caused by T-shirt cannon

Jennifer Harughty filed a lawsuit against the Houston Astros after being injured last July by a T-shirt cannon. Harughty is seeking $1 million in damages for “compensation for mental anguish, loss of opportunity and loss of enjoyment of life,” according to ABC News. Harughty filed the suit on April 8. “Harughty was at a Houston Astros game with her family in July 2018 when she severely injured her left index finger after it was hit by a T-shirt fired from a cannon,” according to ABC News.

Magic Johnson quits as L.A. Lakers’ president

Last Tuesday, Magic Johnson resigned as the president for the Los Angeles Lakers, abruptly. According to the Associated Press, “Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season.”

Rugby Australia to terminate Israel Folau after anti-gay comment

Fullback Israel Folau will be terminated by Rugby Australia after posting anti-gay comments on his social media. According to the Associated Press, “RA chief executive Raelene Castle said in a statement that she and NSW Rugby Union head Andrew Hore made “repeated attempts” to contact Folau directly and via his representatives on Thursday, but that he failed to communicate with them.”

US women’s hockey team advances to semifinals in world championship

The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Japan 4-0 last Thursday and advanced to the semifinals of the women’s world championship. According to the Associated Press, “Japan reached the knockout round for the first time since it was instituted in 2011, while the U.S. was playing in their first quarterfinal after a change in the format meant that the top finisher in the preliminary rounds no longer receives a bye to the semifinals. The Americans, who finished with 53 shots, took 22 of them in the first period and broke through when Knight scored on the rebound of Shelly Picard’s shot with 3:12 remaining.”

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