Hockey legend Bobby Orr appeared on Off the Record with Michael Landsberg on Friday to discuss an array of topics, including fighting in the NHL. Spencer Ware Jersey . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. "I just think that the fear of getting beaten up is a great deterrent from all of a sudden becoming a tough guy," Orr said. "I really believe we have to get rid of the staged fighting and get rid of avenging the legal hit, but I think that we have to leave (fighting) in there. I just think a lot of guys will all of a sudden get real brave and I think that it will lead to more violence in our game." Orr was asked about the hit by Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott to the head of Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins and called it outrageous, adding that fighting is needed after illegal hits such as Scotts. "(The hit) made no sense," said Orr. "Loui Erikssons a pretty good hockey player and very important to the Bruins. I mean, Scott goes after Phil Kessel and thats outrageous. Why do you do that? This is why I believe that the fear of getting beat has to be there and a policeman has to be there if theres a reason to fight." Orr, who won Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972, said that times have changed and the game has to evolve with the changes. "Hey, we did things back in the day that if we did today wed probably be in a lot of trouble," said Orr. "Its changing now. The new fan were trying to attract doesnt want to see some of the foolishness. But I really think we have to be careful with eliminating (fighting) completely. Orr credited the NHL for doing a great job with punishments on head hits and blindside hits, as well as the new hybrid rule. "I think the league is doing a great job with the hits from behind and the high blind spot hits, and I think hybrid icing is a wonderful rule," said Orr. "Its a changing world and weve got to make changes." Chris Burford Jersey . -- Terry Francona likened the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to a playoff game in October. Alex Brown Jersey . It will then be back to business once the puck drops as the two clubs battle for key points in their respective playoff races. Watch the game live on TSN Canadiens and listen on TSN Radio 690 starting at 7:30pm et.Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston praised Marland Yardes efforts in their win over Northampton as his chances of England selection increase. The 24-year-old wing was watched by the national teams head coach Eddie Jones during the 20-9 victory at The Stoop.Jones saw Yarde produce an energetic display both in defence and attack as Harlequins moved above their opponents in the Aviva Premiership table. Bath winger Anthony Watson is set to miss the forthcoming autumn internationals after sustaining a broken jaw during Englands midweek training camp in Brighton. Eddie Jones was at The Stoop to see Yarde play as his injury problems mount With Jack Howell also facing several weeks out of action with a torn thigh, Yarde is presenting a good case to be called into the squad as a replacement.Kingston said: He was abbsolutely terrific. Jordan Lucas Jersey. . The season started a little bit slowly for him. He had a couple of knocks but in the last couple of weeks hes been fantastic. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. Ive got a huge amount of time for him. He puts everything into his training and everything into his play.He was outstanding today. I think hes really put his weight behind everything this year and he always gives 100 per cent.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Rugby on Sky Follow @SkySportsRugby Pundits Fixtures and results ' ' '
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