Leafs hope yoga bearable

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Seeing as the belligerence and truculence isn’t working so well, some of the Maple Leafs are taking the serenity route.

They will try to stretch their bodies, minds and spirits with former pro wrestler Trish Stratus at her yoga studio north of Toronto.

The yoga workout is set for next Wednesday and it’s for a segment on the show Extreme Close-up with Andi P on Leafs TV.

Not sure how many Leafs are familiar with the ancient Indian workout, but they shouldn’t need any introduction to one of the best-known yoga poses, “Downward Dog.”

Getting schooled

Duke and UCLA both have 14 former players on NBA rosters, the most of any universities, the league has announced.

Connecticut and North Carolina have 13 former players apiece, followed by Arizona with 10.

Hey, not so fast, there, NBA! We know for a fact that at least a dozen current Raptors went to Carleton University ... okay, it was just for training camp.

Ring or treat

Faster than you can say “insurance claim,” we’ve been besieged by stories of people losing their rings on Halloween.

An Edmonton man believes his wedding ring fell off while he was handing out candy.

An Ohio woman says her vintage three-diamond ring slipped off while she was doling out sweets.

And now a Washington State woman thinks her two-karat diamond ring got caught on a trick-or-treater’s plastic pumpkin.

No one is capable of that many fumbles in one day ... except maybe the Arizona Cardinals backfield.

Serious Series

At one time, when you heard the term “World Series,” you knew it was baseball.

But SportsBusiness Journal has come up with a few other fringe events that also use the designation, such as: The World Series of Archery; World Series of Backgammon; World Series of Beer Pong; World Series of Birding; World Series of Dreidel; and World Series of Housekeeping.

That final event includes such spirited events as toilet-paper bowling and making a bed while blindfolded.

Tennis violence

It’s not just hockey and soccer that have trouble with rowdies.

In Sun City West, Ariz., two tennis players got into a scuffle with a deputy and were arrested after they refused to leave a recreation centre.

The trouble started when George Morell tried to enter the centre with only a photocopy of his membership pass.

Morell and three others allegedly threatened the staff and a deputy was called.

The four were ordered to leave, but Raymond Moore reportedly refused, then resisted being handcuffed. At that point, Morell entered the fray and additional deputies had to be called to quell the scuffle.

Morell is 85 years old and Moore is 82.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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