Nicolas Batum punch: Competitive edge or simply uncalled for?

Nicolas Batum Punch Olympics vs. Spain

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the Nicolas Batum punch heard around the world today. The Olympics have seemingly brought out a different side of the 23-year-old competitor. At the end of France’s matchup against Spain in the men’s quarterfinals, he swung and connected on a low-blow to the groin of Juan Carlos Navarro. OUCH.

Vancouver Whitecaps Player Profile: Sebastien Le Toux

The second half of the Hassli - Le Toux French Connection (photo philly.com)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Blogger C-Mac is back with another Vancouver Whitecaps MLS player profile. This time he is taking a look at the ever dangerous Sebastien Le Toux. A native of France, Le Toux never really made an impact until he came stateside and landed with the Seattle Sounders FC. After years there he moved on to the Philadelphia Union, before finally becoming a mainstay in the Witecaps starting 11.

Northwest MLS Athlete Profile: Vancouver Whitecaps Eric Hassli

Eric Hassli Profile

NWSB insider and Vancouver Whitecaps blogger C-Mac tells us despite his size, Eric Hassli has a fine first touch and is capable of breathtaking skill at times, most notably with his dipping volley from the edge of the 18 yard box back across his body and into the top corner against rivals Seattle Sounders in 2012. Hassli was a bit of a vagabond in his European years. Onto his MLS athlete profile.

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