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Manchester United and Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson were bounced from soccer's Champions League tournament after losing to Basel of Switzerland in their final group stage game on Wednesday. Getty Images/IAN KINGTON (IAN KINGTON/Getty Images)
Manchester United and Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson were bounced from soccer's Champions League tournament after losing to Basel of Switzerland in their final group stage game on Wednesday. Getty Images/IAN KINGTON (IAN KINGTON/Getty Images)

PAUL ATTFIELD

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GOOD

Larry Tanenbaum

What do Linda Evangelista and the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. have in common? Well, apparently neither wakes up for less than $10,000 a day – although, based on Friday’s proceedings, Tanenbaum may want to up his asking rate. After picking up an extra 4.5 per cent of MLSE shares merely by getting out of bed, brushing his teeth and making it into the office – aka the Air Canada Centre – just think of what he could earn if he actually put his mind to it.

BAD

Dana White

Blood, sweat and tears. What’s the only thing missing from the octagon? How about some perspective? The Ultimate Fighting Championship president had the unenviable task of defending his Neanderthals in the buildup to Saturday’s Toronto event after fighter Rashad Evans promised to treat his opponent “worse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State,” and Miguel Torres tweeted about women going for rides in the “rape van” (an outburst that cost him his contract). But then there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?

Martin St. Louis

Hockey players are no strangers to taking it on the chin, and indeed, many thrive under those circumstances. However, taking it on the orbital bone and sinuses, as the Tampa Bay Lightning winger did from an errant puck fired by teammate Dominic Moore last Thursday in practice, was more than enough to sideline out a warrior who had been set to play his 500th consecutive NHL game that night.

Sir Alex Ferguson

European withdrawal has certainly dominated headlines in England this week, although unlike Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, the Manchester United manager, a long-time backer of the Labour Party, would like to have done things differently. Then again, Cameron doesn’t have to take on the might of Switzerland in EU politicking, whose champion soccer club, FC Basle, bundled the Red Devils out of the Champions League last Wednesday.

Jared Allen

Not that he’s exactly popular anywhere outside the Twin Cities, but the Minnesota Vikings defensive end did little to endear himself to Motown residents this week. “I don’t like going to Detroit,” Allen told KFAN-FM. “I’ll be honest, it’s gloomy, it sucks. … If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way. I’m not trying to be mean, but it’s just depressing when I go there.” Especially when your 2-10 NFL squad is about to be fed to the perennially downtrodden Lions, eh?

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