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  • Publicist: Artist LeRoy Neiman dies in NY at 91

    06/20/2012 6:25:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2012 | ULA ILNYTZKY
    NEW YORK (AP) -- LeRoy Neiman, the painter and sketch artist best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday at age 91. Neiman also was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and official painter of five Olympiads.
  • Secretariat Awarded Preakness Record at 1:53 After Review (Ruling: '73 Preakness Time is a Record)

    06/20/2012 3:31:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Hegarty
    Secretariat awarded Preakness record at 1:53 after review The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to change the official time of the 1973 Preakness Stakes won by Secretariat from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53, a time that will give the two-time Horse of the Year the record in all three of the Triple Crown races. The commission approved the change after two hours of testimony at a meeting at Laurel Park, the sister track of Pimlico Race Course, where the Preakness is held. Penny Chenery, the late horse’s owner, requested the hearing on the basis of analyses conducted by companies...
  • Secretariat's Preakness Time a Record

    06/20/2012 6:34:59 AM PDT · by Holen1 · 10 replies
    The Blood-Horse ^ | June 19, 2012 | Blood-Horse Staff
    The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday in a special hearing at Laurel Park that 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who set records that still stand at the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Belmont States (gr. I), also set the record in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico 39 years ago. In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the official time of the Preakness was changed from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53. Secretariat is one of 11 Triple Crown winners.
  • Kent State eliminates No. 1 Florida from College World Series

    06/18/2012 6:08:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies
    Kent State scored four unearned runs and another on a wild pitch, then held off Florida's comeback bid in the ninth to eliminate the top-seeded Gators from the College World Series with a 5-4 victory Monday. The Gators (47-20), who reached the CWS finals last year, committed five errors in two games after coming to Omaha seventh in the nation in fielding. Florida's Hudson Randall (9-3) left after the first inning because of heat-related symptoms. Ryan Bores (10-3) got the win for Kent State (47-19), making its first CWS appearance. Pierce earned his third save. Kent State had 12 hits...
  • Baseball's Roger Clemens acquitted of all charges

    06/18/2012 4:30:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2012 | JOSEPH WHITE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress by denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.
  • Plane Crash at Legacy Air Show preview event in Rexburg

    06/18/2012 11:15:35 AM PDT · by Doogle · 13 replies ^ | 06/15/12 |
    REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — A small red stunt plane crashed into a nearby golf course Friday evening during an eastern Idaho air show preview but officials said the pilot suffered only minor injuries. The annual Legacy Air Show in Rexburg attracts stunt pilots and vintage aircraft from around the country. The Friday evening preview was supposed to be a casual affair with sponsors and guests lined up along the runway.
  • Le Mans: Electrifying Victory for Audi's Hybrid

    06/17/2012 7:51:08 PM PDT · by Route797 · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6-17-2012 | A.J. Baime
    The 24 Hours of Le Mans has always been a laboratory for wild automotive technology—part sporting event, part science fiction. On Sunday, at the 80th running of the world's most famous endurance race, a hybrid racing car won for the first time. Audi's 200-mph R18 e-tron quattro took the checkered flag in front of 240,000 fans, in the hands of German driver André Lotterer. The winning hybrid, nicknamed "Electra" by the Audi team, traveled 3,201.18 miles over the 24 hours—the rough equivalent of Miami to Seattle.
  • Garrett McNamara creditted with biggest wave ever at Portugal: 78′

    06/17/2012 11:50:35 AM PDT · by jwsea55 · 21 replies
    NorthShoreHawaii ^ | Jim Caldwell
    Video of Garrett McNamara. from Haleiwa, Oahu has surfed what is considered to be the biggest wave ever. The Hawaiian big wave rider caught the huge monster in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal, during the ZON North Canyon Project 2011.
  • LIVE FROM THE US OPEN (tough course, great weather, and huge crowds)

    06/16/2012 3:06:04 PM PDT · by James Oscar · 42 replies
    What I have seen | 6-16-2012 | Me
    3:05 Pacific Time Olympic Golf Course Daly City, California Lake Merced Golf Course Clubhouse Had to take a little nap in my truck after a liquid lunch at our hospitality room here at the Merced Golf Course. But Tiger and Furyk will be teeing it up soon and I need to shuttle back into the war that is the US Open at Olympic. Impossible to see anything, move around or get a beer but the electricity is palatable - something very noteworthy is taking place. My forehead is better after a $27 hat from the merchandise tent and I am...
  • Eurocup 2012: Greece upsets Russia, 1-0, advances to quarter finals

    06/16/2012 1:39:21 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    Greece upsets Russia, 1-0, advances to quarter finals of Eurocup 2012.
  • Go, Fight, but Don’t Win! {Germany, Euro 2012}

    06/16/2012 1:38:41 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 June 2012 | Clemens Wergin
    “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death,..I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”... .. I am a German married to an Italian. Germany is a favorite to win the 2012 championship .. The painful fact is that a German victory over the rest of Europe would strengthen a notion that many Europeans harbor already: that the Continent is ruled by a new regional superpower. At its inception, the euro was a condition the French posed to agree to German reunification. Paris believed at the time that a common currency would hold...
  • Nik Wallenda completes Niagara Falls wire walk

    06/15/2012 9:36:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 57 replies ^ | Jun 15, 2012 | staff reporter
    Nik Wallenda has successfully crossed Niagara Falls on a highwire strung high above the raging waters, a historic achievement for the American aerialist. Wallenda, who hails from a long line of high-wire artists — several of whom have died during performances — started from the U.S. side at around 10:15 p.m. ET and completed it about 25 minutes after he started. He took steady steps for most of his journey but ran the last few paces, CBC's Adrienne Arsenault said.
  • College World Series Thread: Hello Omaha!

    06/15/2012 2:28:10 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 6-15-12 | Me
    All I can say is thank God for cable, so we can watch some great college baseball. Right now it's vs. The good folk of Omaha have once again adopted the underdog, the SUNY Stony Brook (Long Island, NY) Seawolves.Both UCLA and Stony Brook had 7 taken in the draft this year.
  • Giants' Matt Cain Throws Perfect Game

    06/13/2012 9:51:28 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 7 replies
    Matt Cain throws a perfect game against Houston.
  • Matt Cain throws perfect game for Giants

    06/13/2012 9:51:14 PM PDT · by stillonaroll · 57 replies
    Perfecto for Cainer!
  • 77 deaths at Le Mans [June 1955]

    06/13/2012 8:20:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 13 June 1955 04.33 EDT
    Le Mans is in mourning today for the 77 people killed when the blazing wreckage of a Mercedes sports car crashed through the crowds two hours after the start of the 24-hour endurance race yesterday. Seventy-seven people are still in hospital and of these seven are in a serious condition. Relatives today filed through the hospitals and clinics in an attempt to identify the unnamed victims. Some of the men, women, and children killed were so terribly mutilated they may never be identified. Messages of sympathy are being received here. The first two were from the West German President and...
  • Hooligans mar Euros as Poland v Russia match sparks riots

    06/13/2012 11:36:44 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 18 replies
    Metro ^ | 12th June 2012 | Hayden Smith
    Tensions were raised ahead of the European Championship match at the National Stadium as thousands of Russian fans marched to mark their national day. Tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon were used to disperse fans at the end of the march. Riot police were also seen dragging people off as Polish fans chanted: ‘Russia whores, Russia whores’ and ‘Hit the red trash with a hammer, with a sickle’.
  • Luther Campbell in fight for right to coach high school football in Miami

    06/13/2012 10:38:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | June 13, 2012 | Andy Staples
    Miami Northwestern High's defensive coordinator stood before his players last month with a marker in his hand and a board full of plays at his back. "Any time in this game we're going to check goal line, I'm going to go Eagle," he yelled, referring to a blitz call. "We're going to hit the quarterback all night." The players nodded. Some smiled. Some scowled. His pregame chalk talk concluded, the coordinator bounded over to the offense. He told those players to score so often that the host, Vero Beach High, would be forced to use a running clock in the...
  • Gutsy Poland draw with Russia (Soccer - euro 2012)

    06/12/2012 11:46:29 PM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 June 2012 | Ben Smith
    Poland produced a stirring performance in Warsaw to hold Russia to a draw and strengthen their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. The co-hosts came from behind during a thrilling second half, captain Jakub Blaszczykowski scoring the equaliser with a thunderous left-foot shot. Russia had taken the lead after 37 minutes, when Alan Dzagoev turned in Andrey Arshavin's curling free-kick. Although both teams had chances to win the game, the spoils were shared. The result leaves Group A wide open, with all four teams still mathematically able to qualify for the quarter-finals after a night of high drama...
  • Euro 2012: Football fans in Warsaw clash (Russia - Poland match)

    06/12/2012 11:40:18 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 June 2012 | Alex Capstick
    A march ahead of the match by thousands of Russian fans to mark their national day had to be halted and some missiles were thrown. Police say they arrested at least 120 people and that 10 people were injured.A heavy police presence was in evidence around the stadium after the match as further clashes broke out.... Controversial historyRussia annexed most of Poland in the 19th Century and ruled it for more than 100 years. The Soviet Union dominated it during the Cold War, after World War II. The conservative Polish opposition condemned the march as a provocation, but it was...
  • Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan”

    06/12/2012 12:22:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8 | T. Rees Shapiro
    From their foxholes on Cape Gloucester in the South Pacific, U.S. Marines fighting Japanese forces in 1944 heard an unusual war cry from their enemies: “To hell with Babe Ruth!” Almost 10 years had passed since 500,000 Japanese crowded the streets of Tokyo to welcome the Sultan of Swat and 14 other all-star American baseball players taking part in a barnstorming tour of the country. Part diplomatic mission and part vacation for the players, the 1934 tour was organized as a way to bring the two baseball-loving countries closer together during a particularly rough period. As baseball historian Robert K....
  • Adam Dunn’s Remarkable Comeback Season

    06/12/2012 7:30:30 AM PDT · by thurmant · 4 replies
    FixMLB ^ | 6/12/12 | FixMLB
    Adam Dunn is no stranger to performing well. He was one of the few bright spots for a struggling Cincinnati team early in his career, and a solid foundation for a budding franchise with the Nationals. However, he didn’t do as well in his first year on the White Sox. In fact, he did horribly. One of the worst offensive seasons for an everyday player in quite some time, if not ever. The fact, that he has been able to do as well as he is doing this year is nothing short of remarkable.
  • Kings win the Stanley Cup with 6-1 victory over Devils

    06/11/2012 8:31:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2012 | Chris Foster
    Captain Dustin Brown has a goal and two assists to lead the 45-year-old franchise to its first NHL championship. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis each score twice.
  • Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson dies

    06/11/2012 7:07:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 11, 2012 | Anne-Marie Garcia
    Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60.
  • Brown bear mauls hiker near Bird Creek(AK)

    06/11/2012 7:50:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 10 June, 2012 | LISA DEMER
    A brown bear mauled a hiker on an offshoot of the Bird Creek Trail south of Anchorage early Sunday, and the man escaped by scrambling up a tree, Alaska State Troopers said. Ben Radakovich, 30 of Eagle River, was about three miles from the trail head hiking alone when he rounded a curve and met up with a bear cub. "(The encounter) scared the cub and the cub turned around and high-tailed it out of there," said Beth Ipsen, trooper spokeswoman. Then the sow attacked. Radakovich was wearing a backpack, which provided some protection, and carrying ski poles, which he...
  • Beware of bogus tickets for Monday night's Kings game, LAPD warns

    06/11/2012 7:42:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    daily news ^ | 06/10/2012 05:50:10 PM PDT
    LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police were warning people about crooks selling bogus tickets for Monday's Stanley Cup final between the Kings and New Jersey Devils. Some tickets are selling for up to $2,000. Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said some counterfeit tickets were being offered on the streets around Staples Center for about $500 but often sold for about $200, giving buyers the impression they got a good deal. But the tickets turned out to be fakes, and buyers were not let inside, he said. The Kings lead in the series 3-2 and could win the Stanley Cup...
  • Rafael Nadal takes record seventh French Open title (The King of Clay)

    06/11/2012 6:29:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 06/11/2012 | Eddie Pells
    Rain or shine, clay or mud, Sunday or Monday, Rafael Nadal rules Roland Garros. The man they call "Rafa" won his record seventh French Open title Monday, returning a day after getting rained out to put the finishing touches on a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic. He denied Djokovic in his own run at history — the quest for the "Novak Slam." The match ended on Djokovic's double-fault, a fittingly awkward conclusion to a final that had plenty of stops and starts, including a brief delay during the fourth set Monday while — what else? — a...
  • Three slain at pool party in Auburn, Alabama (FOOTBALL TEAM)

    AUBURN, Alabama (Reuters) - Three men including two former Auburn University football players were shot dead and three others including a current player were wounded when an argument at a pool party at an off-campus apartment complex escalated, police said on Sunday. Two of those shot to death, Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips, both 20, no longer played for Auburn. A current member of the team, Eric Mack, also 20, was wounded and admitted to East Alabama Medical Center. His condition was not released. The third fatality was Demario Pitts, 20, police said. The three athletes were members of Auburn's...
  • Timothy Bradley ends Manny Pacquiao's 15-bout win streak

    06/10/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/10/2012
    LAS VEGAS - Timothy Bradley promised to shock, though the biggest shock in his fight with Manny Pacquiao came from the judges' scorecards. In a fight Pacquiao seemed to have in hand, two judges decided otherwise, giving Bradley a split decision Saturday night and ending the Filipino fighter's remarkable seven-year unbeaten run. Promoter Bob Arum fumed, the crowd at the MGM Grand arena booed, and Pacquiao seemed stunned when the decision was announced. Arum said there would be a November rematch, though he blasted the way the decision went down. "I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing...
  • Timothy Bradley upsets Manny Pacquiao

    06/09/2012 10:15:24 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies ^ | 06/10/2012 | n/a
    Timothy Bradley won a split decision over Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight title fight Saturday night in Las Vegas. Two judges scored the bout, 115-113, for Bradley, and a third judge scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao.
  • Maria Sharapova wins French Open to complete career Grand Slam

    06/09/2012 5:43:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 06/09/2012
    PARIS — Ever since shoulder surgery nearly forced Maria Sharapova into early retirement, she occupied an odd space in both tennis and the wider world of sports. She remained among the most marketable female athletes on the planet, a superstar in every sense except the most important one. The gap between her game and her fame closed considerably Saturday, by virtue of a one-sided victory that left her knees down and crying on the red clay at Roland Garros, then bounding into the stands, where the Russian hugged her entourage and kissed not one but two babies. After Sharapova dismantled...
  • Manny Pacquiao Now Has God in His Corner

    06/09/2012 8:10:37 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 9, 2012 | JP
    Manny Pacquiao scored his greatest victory seven months ago. Not in the boxing ring, but in a Philippines church. Having been blessed with a successful boxing career, a beautiful family, and fame and fortune, the pugilist nearly threw it all away on riotous living – hard drinking, non-stop clubbing, heavy gambling and serial philandering. But the boxing game’s only eight-division world champion was convicted by the Holy Spirit following his bout this past November with Juan Manuel Marquez. Not because his long suffering wife, Jinkee, was ready to kick him to the curb. But because Pacquiao took to heart the...
  • I'll Have Another to lead post parade before start of the Belmont

    06/09/2012 6:34:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | June 09, 2012 | Bob Fortus, The Times-Picayune
    ELMONT, N.Y. — New York Racing Association officials were hopeful the Triple Crown bid today by I’ll Have Another would lure a record crowd, more than the record 120,139 who jammed Belmont Park to see Smarty Jones try to cap the Crown, but fail, in 2004. Although I’ll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont because of an injured tendon, fans still will see the Derby and Preakness winner. With jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard, I’ll Have Another will lead the post parade for the Belmont Stakes. "NYRA asked us if we’d be interested, and we told them we’d be...
  • Hitless in Seattle: Mariners No-Hit Dodgers: Millwood, five relievers combine

    06/08/2012 10:28:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1:09 a.m. ET June 9, 2012 | TIM BOOTH
    SEATTLE - Kevin Millwood and five Seattle relievers combined on a no-hitter, the third in franchise history, and the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on Friday night. The no-hitter was the fourth in the majors this season, joining gems pitched by the Angels' Jered Weaver, the Mets' Johan Santana and White Sox right-hander Philip Humber, who threw a perfect... *** It's believed to be 10th combined no-hitter in MLB history.
  • I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes.

    06/08/2012 8:41:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes.
  • I'll Have Another Scratched from Belmont

    06/08/2012 8:43:00 AM PDT · by sportutegrl · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/2012 | CNN
    CNN is reporting that I'll Have Another is scratched from racing in Belmont. No Triple Crown this year.
  • Euro 2012 June 8th, 2012 - Poland vs. Greece & Russia vs. Czech Republic

    06/08/2012 4:00:32 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Poland vs. Greece Warsaw, Poland Friday, 08 June 2012 18:00 - Friday, 08 June 2012 20:00 Russia vs. Czech Republic Wroclaw, Poland Friday, 08 June 2012 20:45 - Friday, 08 June 2012 22:30

    06/07/2012 4:15:01 PM PDT · by Chode · 22 replies
    Chode ^ | 6/7/2012 | Chode
    2012 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX - LIVE THREAD Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal Race Date: 10 Jun 2012 Circuit Name: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Number of Laps: 70 Circuit Length: 4.361 km Race Distance: 305.270 km Lap Record: 1:13.622 - R Barrichello (2004) Fri Rain 21c Sat Cloudy 22c Sun Sunny 23c
  • Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has straightened out his life and crooked-out his pitches

    06/07/2012 1:48:10 AM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/6/2012 | Dave Sheinin
    R.A. Dickey exits the New York Mets’ Pentagon City hotel, jaywalks across South Hayes Street and makes his way underground to the Metro platform. “This thing,” he grumbles, stepping gingerly down the broken escalator, “is never working.” He’s not in a bad mood, per se — just a serious one. It is Tuesday afternoon, and Dickey, 37, is headed to a therapy session — relationship therapy. Dickey and his knuckleball, they are making great progress these days, their understanding of each other growing deeper and richer. But the work must never stop, lest they drift apart again. Later that afternoon,...
  • Labor woes at Belmont as Triple Crown bid nears

    06/05/2012 1:55:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | June 5, 2012 | Staff
    A mediator was trying to settle a labor dispute at Belmont Park that threatens to scratch I'll Have Another's chance of winning thoroughbred racing's first Triple Crown in more than 30 years. An official with the union representing maintenance and starting gate workers at the New York racetrack said the mediator was meeting Tuesday morning with the New York Racing Association and union leaders.
  • Black girls don't benefit as much from exercise: study

    06/05/2012 1:43:00 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    In a new study of U.S. preteen and teen girls, daily exercise was strongly linked to weight and obesity in white girls but not black girls. Although it's still important to promote physical activity in all young people, according to the researchers that may not be enough to prevent black girls -- who have a higher rate of obesity to begin with -- from gaining weight.
  • "The Animal" Throws Out/Eats First Pitch (Wrestler George "The Animal" Steele

    06/05/2012 10:38:45 AM PDT · by commish · 33 replies
    The Hall of Very Good ^ | 4 June 2012 | Anonymous
    As a wrestling fan, I'm pretty sure I prayed for this to happen a couple dozen years ago and now that it's happened...I couldn't be more excited. And thank God America's White Boy discovered this amazing video so I can cross another item off my bucket list. Apparently, over the weekend, wrestling legend George "The Animal" Steele threw out the first pitch at a Rochester Red Wings game. No big deal, right? Well, fans of the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins got exactly what I would've hoped for from the 75-year-old WWE Hall of Famer.
  • Excess exercise 'hurts the heart' and cause dangerous long-term harm, say scientists

    06/05/2012 9:41:39 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Extreme exercise such as marathons may permanently damage the heart and trigger rhythm abnormalities, warn researchers. They say the safe ‘upper limit’ for heart health is a maximum of an hour a day - after which there is little benefit to the individual. A review of research evidence by US physicians says intensive training schedules and extreme endurance competitions can cause long-term harm to people’s hearts.
  • Baseball’s Forgotten Man: 1954

    06/05/2012 6:03:05 AM PDT · by thurmant · 6 replies
    FixMLB ^ | 06/05/12 | FixMLB
    This is a cool article about baseball coaches that appeared in the June 19, 1954 edition of the "Saturday Evening Post"
  • A Military Regimen: Bring the Pain

    06/04/2012 6:24:38 PM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1JUN12 | Jed Lipinski
    ON Monday, inside a warehouse turned gymnasium on an empty street in Gowanus, Brooklyn, a group of well-educated, accomplished New Yorkers chose to start their holiday with one of the most punishing workouts on earth. That workout, bluntly known as Murph, is as simple to explain as it was difficult to complete: a one-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats, followed by another mile — all for time. No picnic, and yet by 10:30 a.m., the gym was swarming with social workers and food bloggers, as well as F.B.I. agents and former Marines, who grunted and...
  • Bill Maher buys minority share of Mets

    06/03/2012 11:18:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies ^ | June 4, 2012 | MARK HALE
    He’s not joking — comedian and lifelong Mets fan Bill Maher now owns a piece of the team. HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” host made a surprise announcement that he’s a minority owner before last night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals after a VIP tour with Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon. “I think it’s a great investment,” said Maher, sporting a Mets cap for his inaugural trip to Citi Field. “I had my money in Lehman Brothers in 2008, so this looked pretty good,” he quipped. “I’m really happy that it turned out that this team is...
  • LeRoy Ellis, former Lakers center, dies at 72

    06/03/2012 6:05:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 3, 2012
    LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer.
  • US gymnast Shawn Johnson retires

    06/03/2012 5:43:53 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    The knee injury that sparked Shawn Johnson's comeback put an end to it, too. The Olympic gold medalist announced her retirement Sunday, saying repeated setbacks with her left knee made contending for a spot at the London Games impossible, and left her fearful she was putting her long-term health at risk.
  • This Part II: saturday stoke...Two year old son surfing with his dad, great video

    06/03/2012 3:28:14 PM PDT · by jwsea55 · 4 replies
    part ii saturday stokehow my son spends his his own words. (this is a follow-up to two-year-old stoke which is below...surfing with his father...if you haven't seen part i, it is definitely worth the watch before part ii) This is from Chet (the father)He was 2 1/2 when I shot this (part i). He's a giant kid for his age though and as fearless as they come. Most people think he's four because of his size and coordination. The water housing muffles just about all the audio, unfortunately. But yes, he squeals with delight the entire time... Jim Caldwell...
  • Johan Santana just pitched the first no-hitter in New York Mets history!!!!

    06/01/2012 6:49:43 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 42 replies
    8-0 over Cardinals...LETS GO METS!!!