Daily Buzz: Is former NHL star Sean Avery joining 'Dancing With the Stars'?
Feb 27, 2014 at 6:20p ET
Former NHL bad boy Sean Avery has dabbled in several fields since his hockey career ended in 2012, and according to one report, the next chapter of Avery’s retirement will take him to the dance floor.
According to the New York Post, Avery, who led the NHL in penalty minutes twice during his 10 professional seasons, will be joining the cast of the 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
According to the Post’s report, the former Ranger has been working out with trainer Tracy Anderson in New York in preparation for the show, which premieres on March 17. The cast for the upcoming season will officially be revealed on March 4.
No stranger to controversy as a player, Avery has mostly kept the headlines positive while not on the ice, embarking on a career as a model and restaurateur and speaking out in favor of gay rights. A "Vogue" intern in 2008, Avery also worked for New York ad agency Lipman, which went bankrupt earlier this year (and reportedly owes Avery $229K).
As for Avery’s dancing skills, it’s too early to say whether his footwork on the ice translates in the ballroom. But athletes have fared well in the competition in the past. Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Hines Ward and Donald Driver all won their respective seasons.
In addition, Jerry Rice, Jayson Taylor, Warren Sapp and Evan Lysacek all had second-place finishes to their names, while Laila Ali, Jacoby Jones and FOX Sports 1’s own Erin Andrews — a co-host on the upcoming season of 'DWTS' — finished third in their respective quests for the Mirrorball trophy.
Now, for some links:
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• Gregg Popovich went to lunch with Bill Clinton:
• Chris Bosh says he would be on board with banning the use of slurs on NBA courts, but admits that imposing such a rule would be challenging.
• Bart Scott says referees’ jobs are hard enough without having to be the potty-mouth police.
• Will Ferrell interrupted a Pete Carroll speech at USC to kick field goals:
• Alexander Edler with the poorly executed hip check:
• Sandy Alderson says the Mets are a 90-win team.
• The Sacramento Kings will reportedly be the next team to take a chance on Royce White.
• The NFL playoffs are likely to expand to 14 teams by the 2015 season.
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• CC Sabathia took to Twitter to show off his intricate back tattoos:
• Marlins president David Samson was the first contestant eliminated from this season of "Survivor."
• BYU says it will not comment on honor code violations going forward.
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