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  • BILL DEBLASIO BOOED big time at US Open Opening Ceremony!

    08/29/2016 4:43:04 PM PDT · by Toespi · 31 replies
    Just about everyone booed DeBlasio, just a couple of hand claps.
  • Kaepernick’s protest is as American as that flag

    08/29/2016 12:17:18 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    ESPN The Undefeated ^ | August 29, 2016 | Domonique Foxworth
    I am just as much an American as I am a Foxworth. My son and his future sons will be as much Foxworths and Americans as I am. And my father is and his father was and so on. But my bloodline in this nation can be traced back to before America was even a country — when my ancestors were neither American nor Foxworths.
  • 49ers preparing to put Colin Kaepernick ‘on ice’ in 2016?

    At least two prominent NFL reporters believe the San Francisco 49ers could pull a RG3 on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who could be protected in 2016 so the 49ers can save millions against injuries guarantees next offseason. Albert Breer of MMQB became the latest national reporter to weigh in on Kaepernick Thursday morning. “Colin Kaepernick’s injury history, combined with the heavy injury guarantees in his contract, would be a motivator to put him on ice for the year if the team isn’t sold he’ll rebound in Chip Kelly’s offense,” Breer wrote. “The Redskins pulled something similar last year—they knew Robert Griffin...
  • Mr Fuji, WWE Hall of Famer, Dies at 82

    Harry Fujiwara known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, died Sunday morning. The five-time WWE World Tag Team Champion was known for his black tuxedo and bowler hat and his trademark move of grabbing a handful of salt (hidden in a small bag in his tights) and throwing it in the eyes of his opponents to “blind” them.
  • A look at Penn State scandal legal fallout after 5 years

    08/28/2016 2:27:50 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 28, 2016 1:06 pm | MARK SCOLFORO
    AP Photo: Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa. Photo caption: It’s been nearly five years since retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges. The scandal has produced new state laws regarding child abuse, millions in civil settlements to his victims and significant changes to Penn State’s policies and procedures. HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It’s been nearly five years since retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges, and earlier this month he testified as he seeks to have his 45-count criminal conviction overturned. The...
  • Don Cheadle Slams ‘POS’ Donald Trump for Politicizing Shooting Death of Nykea Aldridge

    08/28/2016 6:13:25 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 42 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/27/16 | Seth Kelly
    After facing backlash for an earlier tweet, Donald Trump reacted by writing, “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.” Don Cheadle blasted Donald Trump on Saturday after the presidential candidate politicized the death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA playing Dwyane Wade.
  • Cool Stuff, You Gotta See This (Vanity)

    08/27/2016 9:52:27 PM PDT · by Paleo Pete · 2 replies
    Published on Nov 23, 2012 Song: Hard To Get Along (Instrumental Version) By Dhruva Aliman
  • "Greater" The Brandon Burlsworth movie.

    08/27/2016 8:27:27 PM PDT · by Vote 4 Nixon · 5 replies
    Campus Rush ^ | August 26 2016 | Andy Staples
    On Friday, an 11-year odyssey to bring Brandon Burlsworth's story to the big screen will reach its conclusion when Greater opens in 400 theaters in 20 states. "You will laugh and cry," said Chris Severio, the actor who plays Brandon. Judging by the trailer, you will indeed do both.
  • UFC on FOX: Maia vs. Condit Live Thread

    08/27/2016 3:30:01 PM PDT · by Impy · 32 replies
    8-27-16
    Prelims and Main Card on Fox broadcast network. Prelims airing now, Main Card starts at 8 eastern. Damian Maia vs. Carlos Condit Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey
  • Source: Tony Romo to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back

    08/27/2016 12:03:53 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 96 replies
    Pro Football Talk ^ | August 27, 2016 | Mike Florio
    If that hit on quarterback Tony Romo’s back looked bad, there’s a good reason for it. It was bad. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Romo is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back. The team will be announcing the injury; it’s unclear whether the team will put a duration on the absence.
  • 2016 FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - LIVE THREAD

    08/26/2016 3:43:24 PM PDT · by Chode · 16 replies
    8/26/2016 | Chode
    Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps First Grand Prix 1950 Number of Laps 44 Circuit Length 7.004KM Race Distance 308.052KM Lap Record 1:47.263 by Sebastian Vettel (2009)
  • Tre Mason's mother thinks he has the 'mind of a 10-year old', per report

    08/26/2016 2:46:52 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 8/26/16 | Ron Higgins, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The mother of former Auburn running back Tre Mason told Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies last month that head injuries her 22-year old son sustained playing football has given him a "10-year-old's mindset." Tina Mason believes CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, has caused her son's erratic behavior. CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions. The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported Mason, mother of the Los Angeles Rams' running back who is staying in her house after not reporting for training camp, was heard on audio recorded...
  • NFL General Managers Laughing at Chargers for Ruining Joey Bosa's Rookie Season

    08/26/2016 11:28:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | August 26, 2016 | Mike Freeman
    here is a resounding feeling across all of football that the rookie season of Joey Bosa isn't heading toward trouble. It isn't close to over. Actually, what three general managers said in interviews was that it is over. It's done. It's gone. The dumbass Chargers flushed it down the toilet. "If Joey Bosa ended his dispute tomorrow," said one NFC general manager, "he would barely get something from his rookie year. But it won't end tomorrow. It could be weeks. So effectively, the Chargers threw away the rookie year of their own high draft pick."
  • JPP’s Fireworks Debacle Could Now Cost ESPN Millions

    08/25/2016 9:50:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 25, 20 | Julia Marsh
    A Florida judge has green-lighted Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against ESPN and its reporter Adam Schefter for posting his private medical records online to millions of readers. SNIP The NFL star says Schefter “improperly obtained” Pierre-Paul’s medical chart, showing the defensive end had his right index finger amputated, and posted an image of the records on his Twitter page. SNIP
  • The MCC Warns Spectators at Lord's Ground

    08/25/2016 7:21:43 PM PDT · by Churchillspirit · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail UK | 08.25.2016 | Daily Mail reporter
    The MCC warns spectators at Lord's ground not to injure players with stray champagne corks.
  • Brazilian President Rousseff to Face Final Impeachment Trial This Week

    08/25/2016 2:47:47 PM PDT · by fella · 2 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 24 August 2016 | Ysol Delgado
    President to Hear Final Decision August 31 Brazil’s senate will kick off the trial that will decide the fate of President Dilma Rousseff Thursday, August 25, which will determine whether she will be removed from office or not. The final decision will come on August 31 if there are no delays. Should she be convicted of violating the constitution by approving finances without informing Congress, she will be removed from office and won’t be able to run again for years. If she is acquitted, she will recover her mandate, which still has two years and four months remaining. Several surveys...
  • No penalty for drunk hockey player's full-contact with woman's 'gigantic breasts'

    08/25/2016 10:37:42 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 24, 2016 | Postmedia Network
    Police have cleared a Swedish hockey player accused of touching a woman's breasts in an Ostersund night club because the woman's "gigantic breasts" could not have been avoided when he put his arm around her. The incident reportedly happened at the Rest Marite night club Saturday night. The player for Swedish pro team IF Bjorkloven was not named. "(Two women) were standing at a table and when the accused came up drunk and draped his arms around both of them from behind, he accidentally brushed against the breasts of one," investigator Mikael Lundberg said, according to Expressen. "And it should...
  • Joey Bosa Gets Bitter Chargers Lesson Eli Manning Knew All Along

    08/25/2016 10:06:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 25, 2016 | Dieter Kurtenbach
    No one thought this could happen. The NFL went into a lockout to prevent things like this from happening. It seemed to be one of the only things that the NFL Players’ Association and the league’s owners agreed upon in that lockout. Yet, somehow, there’s a rookie holdout.
  • Study: Ramen noodles replacing cigarettes as primary currency among U.S. prison population

    08/24/2016 6:48:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    TUCSON, - A U.S. study indicates cigarettes are being replaced as currency among state prisoners by another highly-coveted item -- instant ramen noodles. Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona School of Sociology, said ramen noodles are on the rise as a form of currency among male inmates in U.S. state prisons due to cost-cutting measures leading to a drop in food quality and quantity. Gibson-Light, who is due to present his study at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, said the rise of ramen has less to do with the popularity of tobacco...
  • French MP calls for schools to have compulsory martial arts

    08/22/2016 10:56:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 Aug 2016 14:15 GMT+02:00
    A French politician who hopes to run for president next year has come up with an original idea of how the country can combat the “culture of fear” in the wake of recent terror attacks. Compulsory martial arts classes in France’s schools would help children respond to the fear of attacks in a productive but safe way, centrist politician Jean Lassalle believes. “There is fear everywhere,” Lassalle said to Le Figaro newspaper. “That leads some people to go around with a knife. But with martial arts, you develop self-control and learn to defend yourself peacefully.” …
  • 'Marathon sex session' at Olympics leads to end of synchronized diving tandem

    08/22/2016 10:08:14 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 82 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 16 Aug 2016
    After an apparently sleepless night for both divers – albeit for very different reasons – the two finished in last place in the women’s 10-meter synchronized platform dive, a performance described as "pathetic" by local outlets.... Blame it on Rio.
  • Whatever Happened to 'Agony of Defeat' Ski Jumper?

    08/22/2016 8:33:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    ESPN ^ | 8/15 | Thomas Neumann
    It's been nearly half a century since the term "agony of defeat" joined the lexicon of American sports. To this day, the phrase remains a broadcasting staple, whether it's coverage of the Olympics or any number of sports. A Google search for "agony of defeat" returns nearly 500,000 results. With that in mind, we revisit the viral video that made an indelible mark on the sports world long before the era of social media -- the frightful ski jumping crash from the opening montage of "ABC's Wide World of Sports."
  • Every Detail That Makes the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Special

    08/22/2016 7:52:42 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 91 replies
    Road & Track ^ | 22 Aug, 2016 | CHRIS PERKINS
    No car sums up Chrysler's utter insanity during the muscle car era better than the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, and its Dodge companion, the Charger Daytona. These so-called "Aero Cars" were designed as NASCAR racers first, street cars second, and they're among the most outrageous things to come from Detroit. Road & Track contributor Steve Lehto wrote the book on the Aero cars, and he found us an example of a Superbird at the Woodward Dream Cruise this past weekend. Along with a fellow Mopar expert, Lehto tells you more than you ever thought there was to know about the...
  • Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren end Ryan Lochte endorsement deals

    08/22/2016 12:57:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | FoxNews/AP
    Ralph Lauren announced Monday it would not renew its sponsorship contract with Ryan Lochte, becoming the second company to drop the U.S. Olympic swimmer in the wake of his scandal in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier Monday, Speedo USA executives said the company would drop its sponsorship of Lochte and donate $50,000 to charity. In Ralph Lauren's case, the company stated its contract with Lochte was for the 2016 Rio Olympics only, and would not be renewed. "Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody."
  • Notre Dame Football Players Arrested On Gun, Marijuana, Battery Charges

    08/22/2016 11:12:13 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/2016 | Frank McGurty
    (Reuters) - Six University of Notre Dame football players were arrested in Indiana overnight, five on suspicion of marijuana possession and the sixth after an altercation at a local bar, officials and local media reported on Saturday.Devin Butler, identified as a cornerback on the nationally ranked team, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of battery and resisting law enforcement, both felonies, after a fight at a bar in South Bend, the St. Joseph County Police Department said. An affidavit claimed that “a police officer said the player punched and slammed him to the ground outside a bar,” NBC Sports...
  • Texas High School Football Stadium Price Tag Balloons to $70 Million

    08/22/2016 9:08:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 22, 2016 | Merril Hope
    The price tag of one Texas school district’s high school football stadium and events center just ballooned to $70 million, making it, reportedly, the most expensive high school football complex in the United States.
  • Olympic pole-vaulter dramatically halts his run-up at the LAST second to stand to attention [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:32:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Clarence Michallon
    A patriotic pole vaulter stopped right before a qualifying jump in Rio to pay attention to his national anthem. US Army reservist Sam Kendricks, 23, from Mississippi, was running pole in hand when he heard the first notes of the Star-Spangled banner. The second lieutenant was set to perform one of his attempts to qualify that day - but instead stopped dead in his tracks and let go of his pole to respectfully stand still.
  • Ouch! Ukrainian wrestler BITES his American opponent in the middle of quest for Olympics bronze [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:29:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Clarence MIchallon
    A Ukrainian wrestler was caught on camera biting his American opponent's arm in the middle of an Olympics match. Andriy Kvyatkovskyy, 26, fought against the United States' Frank Molinaro, 27, during the men's freestyle 65 kg quarterfinals on Sunday in Rio. Molinaro held Kvyatkovskyy in a tight grip, pinning him against the ground and twisting Kvyatkovskyy's left leg. The Ukrainian wrestler resorted to unusual means to get away from this dire situation - and ended up planting his teeth into his rival's arm.
  • 'I used to love the Olympics. Then NBC decided to use tape delay': NBC is criticized again [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:26:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    NBC came under fire Sunday night after frustrated viewers took to Twitter to complain about the closing ceremony being aired on an hour delay. Tweets poured in from across the United States as viewers slammed the network for choosing to air the closing ceremony at 8pm, rather than 7pm. Typically, a network will delay a broadcast due to time difference.
  • Olympics ends with a spectacular closing ceremony..held in front of a half-empty stadium [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:13:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Shekhar Bhatia, Ben Ashford, Ruth Styles, and Regina F. Graham
    Rio said farewell to hosting the Olympics on Sunday as the closing ceremony experienced periods of rain that poured down on the thousands of athletes and spectators in attendance from around the world. The Olympic flame was extinguished at Maracana stadium, signaling that the Rio Games are officially over. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach gave a poignant speech during the ceremony that saw Toyko's new governor, Yuriko Koike, the first woman to hold that job, happily accept the Olympic flag from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
  • Japanese Prime Minister as Super Mario Ignites Social Media

    08/21/2016 11:15:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    How do you connect the current host of the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, and the next, Tokyo? Send in Super Mario, of course — with a little political help. SNIP a video showed Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who announces he won't make it to Rio in time. So Abe turned into the Japanese video game plumber Mario and then popped up in the flesh out of a huge green pipe in the stadium that he allegedly used as a shortcut to get from Tokyo to Rio. SNIP
  • Where Texas Would Rank in Olympic Medal Count if it Was its own Country

    08/21/2016 9:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Chroncle ^ | Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Matt Young
    If Texas was its own country - which, let's be honest, to many of us, it is - it would rank eighth in the 2016 Olympics medal count with 41 total medals. That means the Lone Star State by itself has more medals than all of Canada (22). Countries like Australia (29), Italy (28) and Spain (17) don't want to get into any kind of medal-counting contest with Texas, either. Oh, and host country Brazil (19)? Thanks for all your medals. The 26 gold medals from athletes with Texas ties would rank third, only behind the United States (46) and...
  • Why no white players on the US Olympic basketball team? (vanity)

    08/21/2016 2:03:57 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 66 replies
    08/21/2016 | Me
    Watching the awards ceremony and I notice not a single white guy on the team. Usually I wouldn't care and I'm all for putting the best players on the team but after all the whining we heard about no black nominees during the Academy Awards this must be asked.
  • Simone Biles & Her Golden Girls Hit The BeachIn Rio As She Prepares To Make History

    08/21/2016 1:56:43 PM PDT · by drewh · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 15:40 EST, 21 August 2016 | By PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR. FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    If anyone deserves a beach day, it's Simone Biles and her Final Five teammates. The US gymnasts traded their leotards for bikinis and enjoyed a day out at Rio's Barra da Tijuca beach Saturday. Biles, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian — part of the Final Five team that took nine medals in Rio — frolicked on the sand and took a dip in the ocean. Laurie Hernandez posed for a poolside picture with Biles earlier in the day. And Gabby Douglas, 20, who was not at the beach, posted a picture on Instagram of herself golfing with friends. Biles, 19...
  • Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title

    08/20/2016 7:02:19 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 2 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 8/20/16 | Doug Feinberg, AP
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished. The dominant U.S. women's basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 101-72 on Saturday.
  • UFC 202: Diaz/McGregor 2 Live Thread

    08/20/2016 4:57:36 PM PDT · by Impy · 69 replies
    8-20-16
    Premlims starting soon on Fox Sports One and Fox Sports Go.com. Main Card on Pay-Per-View Nate Diaz v. Connor McGregor (170) Anthony "Rumble" Johnson v. Glover Teixeira (205) Rick "The Horror" Story v. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (170) Stun Gun Kim v. Mike Perry (170) Tim Means v. Sabah Homasi (170) Prelims Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135) Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips (135) Artem Lobov vs. Chris Avila (145) Randa Markos vs. Cortney Casey (115)
  • Fishing Report keeps anglers informed

    08/20/2016 12:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Looking for the latest info on where the best fishing spots are in southern Arizona and across the state? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has regular updates from anglers all over Arizona detailing what fish are hitting what baits and where as part of its weekly Fishing Report. Compiled from regular input from fishermen and women as well as Game and Fish officials, the report covers the fishing conditions at dozens of lakes and waterways, as well as stocking schedules, water levels and updates on which fish species are most active and when. “The idea is...
  • Time for "Mid-Majors" to re-align.

    08/19/2016 1:23:16 PM PDT · by dangus · 25 replies
    vanity | 2016-08-16 | dangus
    I'm not delusional enough to think that the Big East realigned because I suggested it. I didn't even suggest adding Creighton and Butler. But in case somewhere out there IS reading: Here's a proposal for the next great realignment. First an explanation: The NCAA has rescinded the corrupt and stupid rule that a conference needs to have 12 teams in order to have a highly profitable football conference championship game. Also, the AAC is the big loser in the new playoff system; whereas most football conferences will make a LOT more money, the ACC will lose almost half of their...
  • VANITY: NBC News segment says Team USA women winning in Rio & neglects to mention Thrasher & Rhode!

    08/19/2016 11:04:24 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 6 replies
    Self ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | n/a
    Watched NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt last night (Thursday, August 18th). Lester's last segment was on how the USA women were winning more medals than the men in Rio 2016. They showed a variety of photos of different women who have won medals - but I noticed that they didn't include Ginny Thrasher and Kim Rhode, air rifle and skeet shooter respectively, in the segment. They've won medals too -- Gold Medal for Thrasher and 4 or 5 career Olympic medals for Rhode, including one in Rio. The NBC Nightly News website shows last night broadcast, but it does...
  • The Unknown Olympic Champion

    08/19/2016 9:25:39 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 Aug 2016
    How do you manage to win a medal at six straight Olympics and remain more or less unknown? ... . It probably doesn’t help that Mrs. Rhode is an outspoken critic of gun-control laws and a Donald Trump supporter. ...Even when the press has reported on her achievement, the tone has often been dismissive. An NBC story noted that her medal record is arguably “far less impressive than, say, a gymnast or a swimmer” because shooting “requires fewer physical attributes.” Sure, all it takes is remarkable hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes, steady nerves and dedication over 20 years.
  • I'm not a Usain Bolt fan

    08/19/2016 6:46:58 AM PDT · by McGarrett · 72 replies
    Vanity | 08/19/2016 | McGarrett
    I have to admit Usain Bolt is an amazing athlete. He looked like a man running against boys in 200 meter final yesterday. Still, his constant showboating turns me off. His total lack of respect for his competitors and post-race antics make me want to gag. I suppose I could stomach those a bit better if he was an American, but I can't say it would greatly change my opinion either. What really chaps my a** is the way NBC and the commentators fall all over this guy. We get these extended segments on him crammed down our throats instead...
  • Olympics = American Exceptionalism (100+ Medals!)

    08/19/2016 6:39:27 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    VANITY
    President Obama dismissed "American exceptionalism" a few years back saying all countries believe they are the best. Let's look at the evidence from the Olympics. A country of 300 million is dominating sport after sport (gymnastics, swimming, etc.). Not seeing NYT articles on, "Why We are Better." What is it about our culture that drives our people to be the best in the world at sports?
  • Have We Reached the Athletic Limits of the Human Body?

    08/18/2016 10:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Scientific American ^ | August 5 | Bret Stetka
    Record-breaking has slowed, but science could find new ways to make us keep getting stronger and fasterAt this month’s summer's Olympic Games in Rio, the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt—a six-foot-five Jamaican with six gold medals and the sinewy stride of a gazelle—will try to beat his own world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash. If he does, some scientists believe he may close the record books for good. Whereas myriad training techniques and technologies continue to push the boundaries of athletics, and although strength, speed and other physical traits have steadily improved since humans began cataloguing such...
  • Should Caster Semanya be allowed to compete as a woman? Tipped for 800m gold, she has no ovaries...

    08/18/2016 10:13:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/14/16 | Guy Walters
    Caster Semenya, 25, a South African runner, is tipped to win the 800m But the athlete has ignited a debate about gender at the Olympic Games Semenya has testosterone levels three times the normal level in women She has no womb or ovaries but rather internal testes due to abnormality Of all the stars at Rio, few are as hotly tipped for resounding victory as 800m runner Caster Semenya. Fewer still can match her for controversy. There are those who say she should not be allowed to compete in the Olympics women’s 800m, which she is almost certain to win....
  • (NJ) Union Catholic goes wild watching Sydney McLaughlin advance at the Olympics (VIDEO)

    08/18/2016 7:44:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jim Lambert
    After seeing teen star Sydney McLaughlin place 5th in her heat in the opening round of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games, many of the close to 1,000 people that jammed themselves into Union Catholic's gym to watch the race began to head for the exits.  For some, the heat inside the gym was beginning to take its toll, but many others left feeling that the 17 year-old McLaughlin, a rising senior at Union Catholic, had probably come up short in her attempt to advance to the semifinal round at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But not brothers...
  • Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper gets 18 years in federal prison

    08/18/2016 12:12:26 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/18/2016 | Janet McConnaughey
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, telling him she couldn't understand how he did what he did, since he was college educated and obviously had grown up "in one of the most loving households." "We can never ignore the damage you inflicted on those women and society at large," she said.Sharper had pleaded guilty in federal court in...
  • Gymnastics Champ Always Keeps Mom’s Rosary Close

    08/18/2016 12:02:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | August 15, 2016 CONTRIBUTOR
    U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her. \ Biles, who won gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition Aug. 11, an individual gold in the vault Aug. 14, and who helped lead the U.S. women to a team gold Aug. 9, with two other events still to go, made those comments to Us Weekly. “My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary at church. I don’t use it to pray before...
  • How Ryan Lochte turned a drunken, frat-boy night into an international mess

    08/18/2016 11:50:34 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 53 replies
    Yahoo!!!!! ^ | 1 hour 37 minutes | Dan Wetzel
    How Ryan Lochte turned a drunken, frat-boy night into an international mess Yeah, it’s come to this: The story of the Olympics, a likely fake claim of robbery at the end of a drunken night of debauchery turned into global story courtesy of a publicity-mad swimmer-turned-reality-TV-star who, unlike his three buddies – teammates Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz – is home safe in the United States. This is likely bad news for Ryan Lochte, who appears to have found his three compatriots throwing him under the bus to authorities. At least two of the swimmers are at the...
  • Two Olympic swimmers CONFESS Lochte armed robbery story WAS made up as Brazil cops release [tr]

    08/18/2016 10:52:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2016 | Ruth Styles, Matt Roper, Ben Ashford, Chris Spargo
    US swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz have told police that they fabricated claims that they and their Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte were robbed at a gas station on Sunday. The sudden admission came as video was released in which the men can be seen running to and from the bathroom, spending over 10 minutes at the gas station a little after 6am in the morning. Sources have confirmed to DailyMail.com that Lochte and the group destroyed a gas station door and refused to pay for the damage until a security guard demanded they hand over money.
  • TV presenter Charlie Webster in coma with malaria in Rio

    08/18/2016 7:58:45 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 Aug 2016
    A television sports presenter is in a coma with malaria in a Rio hospital following a 3,000-mile charity cycle ride. She was admitted to hospital the day after the Olympics opening ceremony after her condition deteriorated. A statement on her Twitter feed two days later said her condition had "since been diagnosed as a severe complication caused by a bacterial infection".