Colin Kaepernick is righter than you know - Few people know this because we only ever sing the first verse. But read the end of the third verse and you’ll see why “The Star-Spangled Banner” is not just a musical atrocity, it’s an intellectual and moral one, too: From Popper
Inside The Painful History Of The First Baseball Glove | Popular Science - April 4th is the official opening day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, and Popular Science is celebrating the occasion by looking back at the first ever patent for the baseball glove. It was filed in 1885 by George R. Rawlings, who owned a St. Louis sporting goods' store and wanted to create a device that used felt and padding to protect the fingers and palms of those who were flocking to the relatively new sport, which became popular during the Civil War. From X Isle
The real March Madness is how much money the coaches make per win - MarketWatch - By comparing each teamâ€™s head coachâ€™s salary with the number of wins theyâ€™ve had this season, MarketWatch found that Nick McDevitt, the head coach of the 15th-seeded University of North Carolina at Asheville Bulldogs, is the best coaching deal. With 22 wins and annual earnings of about $114,000, according to 2014 state employee data, McDevittâ€™s wins cost the school just $5,182 a game. Thatâ€™s compared with more than $262,000 per win for Duke Universityâ€™s famed head coach Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipari â€” head coach of NBA churning ground the University of Kentucky â€” is paid $244,615 per win. From X Isle
The Irrepressible Spirit of Paralympic Snowboarder Keith Gabel - The Atlantic - The Atlantic - By the time the snowboarder Keith Gabel had his left leg amputated following an industrial accident, he had already experienced considerable trauma: childhood homelessness, parental drug abuse, and witnessing his stepfatherâ€™s suicide. Following the amputation, however, Gabel had only one question: â€śHow soon can I snowboard?â€ť Today, he holds multiple world championship titles and a goal of sharing his story through public speaking. In this short documentary, Gabel and his father reflect on how a lifetime of adversity has inspired him to succeed against all the odds. From X Isle
The World's Largest Bouldering Gym Opens in Austin, Texas - austin, texas, a 50,000 square foot facility believed to be the largest bouldering gym in the world has opened its doors to the public after nearly two years of construction. the project’s architect was dylan johnson of DJA architects, while the interiors were completed by interior designer lilianne steckel. named the austin bouldering project, the indoor facility offers 23,000 square feet of climbing surface, with 250 different configurations set and rotated every seven weeks. in addition to bouldering, guests can use the fully equipped on-site gym, or take part in yoga or fitness classes. the upstairs includes a comfortable lounge and work space overlooking the activity below. From X Isle
8 high-wire via ferratas to give you vertigo - You donâ€™t need to be a top climber, or own a lot of equipment, but you can have a lot of fun on hikes by giving a via ferrata a go â€“ providing you have a head for heights.For anyone currently wondering what exactly a via ferrata is, climbing blogger Robin Van den Hende explains: â€śA via ferrata is a way of accessing high and exposed mountains and cliffs without all the time-consuming gear and rope work you need in rock climbing.â€śBasically, it's a cable connected to the rock at intervals that you clip on to â€“ if you fall, the idea is that the cable and a specially-designed, shock-absorbing lanyards set stop the fall. From Nony
Interested in running at the Pyongyang Marathon? Here's how! - It's less than 2 months to go till the Pyongyang Marathon 2015, and you're not too late to sign up. Also known as Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, this is an annual marathon race that takes place each April in the capital of North Korea. Held for the first time in 1981, the race has been opened up to foreign tourists and everyday runners starting from last year. This will be an incredible opportunity to visit the hermit kingdom. Join other Shanghaiist readers at the marathon by choosing one of four Pyongyang Marathon tour options departing from Beijing and Shanghai. Read on for the details! From Nony
Fifa under fire after World Cup corruption report | The Australian - FOOTBALL Federation Australia has reacted angrily to the release of findings by FIFAâ€™s Ethics Committee claiming Australia broke bid and ethics rules, tried to buy votes and later attempted to cover-up its actions during the failed bid for the 2022 World Cup.
Too much money involved in sports these days .. what do you expect when "sport" is traded on the stock market. From Nony
Abandoned Athens Olympic 2004 venues, 10 years on - On 13 August 2004, the Olympic Games came home to Greece for the XXVIII Olympiad at an estimated cost of approximately â‚¬9bn. A decade after the sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues now lie abandoned. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty, with many questioning how the nation has benefited from the multi-billion-dollar event From Nony
Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences - Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels â€” to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if itâ€™s running, isnâ€™t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms. From Nony
Homeland Security details Super Bowl safety plan - More air marshals and behavioral detection officers, radiological detection teams and random baggage checks at transit hubs are among the security measures the federal Homeland Security Department will deploy in the next few days to help local police in New Jersey and New York secure the Super Bowl. From Nony
Student-athlete literacy: Death threats and denial for whistle-blower - More shocking is that the University of North Carolina is now disavowing her research as a whistle-blower -- research that showed between 8% and 10% of the school's football and basketball players are reading below a third-grade level.UNC issued a statement Wednesday night saying it did not believe Willingham's account of a basketball player who could not read or write. From Nony
Formula 1's Leading Team Has a Big Secret - Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel is quick. Too quick. The three-time Formula 1 champion dominated the Singapore Grand Prix, leaving his closest competitor 32.6 seconds behind as he took his eighth win of the season.In F1, where teams battle it out for tenths of a second, thatâ€™s a massive margin. And the secret to his speed is turning into one of the greatest conspiracy theories in modern racing. From Nony
Dick Trickle May Have Commited Suicide - Former racer Dick Trickle, a colorful character who won hundreds of short-track races across the Midwest, died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. From Nony
The Real-Life Incredible Hulk (48 pics) | Rocking Fundas - Ukraine born, Denis Tsyplenkov, is a member of the Russian strongman team and the winner of multiple arm-wrestling championships. He also holds the title of â€śThe Biggest Bicep of Russiaâ€ť. I wouldnâ€™t want to get into a â€śhead-flickingâ€ť war with him.
SURF BERLIN: The Quest for the Last German Wave - Surf Berlin is a documentary film about one manâ€™s journey to surf the last wave in Germany. Whatâ€™s unique about this German surf spot, besides being the only one, is the beautiful head-high wave that rolls through once a day when a giant ship passes by. Yet this unusual point break is endangered, as the ship thatâ€™s been producing the wave is getting old, and will be replaced soon. With no known documentation of this wave being surfed, local Berliner, artist, and filmmaker Ira Mowen (originally from Santa Cruz, California), has set out on a seemingly endless quest through the depths of German winter to ride this rare man-made wave into the annals of surf history. The film, now in production, is set to come out summer 2013. From Nony
Toe Wrestling: The Bizarre Sport Sweeping the World Off its Feet - Take off your shoes and socks, folks â€“ itâ€™s toe-wrestling time! Although you might not believe it, toe wrestling is a real sport complete with its own world championship. And if the steely grip of five interlocked digits isnâ€™t enough to knock the competitionâ€™s socks off, the names of the participants certainly will! From Nony
Video: 14-year-old Tiger Woods discusses race and golf in rare interview footage - These days, it's rare to see a superstar athlete speak candidly on hot-button topics like race or politics. Most likely have an opinion on the subjects, but when every word that comes out of your mouth is over-analyzed, it's easier to keep your thoughts to yourself and keep them guessing.
Tiger Woods is without a doubt a superstar athlete who falls into this discussion. We rarely hear Woods voice his opinion on off-course issues these days. However, if you go back into the archives, you'll find footage of Woods talking about, among other things, race as a 14-year-old to Trans World Sport in a rare interview that was posted on YouTube to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company. From Popper
Vestas Sailrocket hits 65.45 knots - Fresh off the TRIMBLE... 68.01 over 1 second, 65.45 over 500 meters.I'll let the pictures tell the story. The triple rum and cokes are already hitting the mark. From X Isle
Fuuuuhhhhhhhtttball: The Modern Two Minutes’ Hate - He can click on the TeeVee and feel – temporarily – empowered. He can bask in the reflected glory of “his” team. He imagines himself to be a part of the spectacle – a member of the community of men once more. If “we” win, he feels proud and strong. He will literally puff out his chest and strut. He feels as though something has been accomplished. By him personally. From Roddy
First Ever Crossing of Gulf Stream on SUP Paddleboard - All At Sea - Starting with a first paddle at the docks of the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina to a final stroke just landing north of Haulover Beach in Miami Beach, Miami Watermen Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history in June becoming the first to cross the Gulf Steam on stand-up paddleboards.â€śIt was paddle, hydrate, eat and paddle more,â€ť said the 58-year-old Whiddon. â€śWe did battle a 40 minute tough squall with the first hour of leaving the Bahamas and the seas went from flat to three-foot swells breaking into us.â€ťThe pair, paddling to raise awareness for Surfrider Foundationâ€™s Rise Above Plastics campaign, battled rainsqualls, searing summer heat and the natural northern drift of the Gulf Stream, to complete the 60-plus mile epic journey in 17 hours, 11 minutes and 43 seconds from the first stroke to the last. From X Isle
How the 'Wall Street Journal' Beat NBC's Olympics Embargo [VIDEO] -
NBC paid more than $1 billion for the rights to this year's Summer Olympics in the United States. With that kind of investment, it's no wonder the television giant isn't sharing nice. Meanwhile, a partiality for embargoing video content until tape-delayed primetime broadcasts air has helped make the #NBCfail hashtag a common site on Twitter over the past few weeks.
The geniuses over at the Wall Street Journal, however, have found an innovative workaround: Puppets! Mashable has a video where you can see the WSJ's makeshift broadcast of American swimmer Missy Franklin's 100-meter backstroke medal race from Monday. From X Isle
Saudi woman approved to wear headscarf during Olympics judo competition - CNN.com - A female Saudi Arabian judo fighter will be allowed to compete while wearing a hijab, a Saudi Olympic Committee spokesman said Monday.Razan Baker told CNN that International Olympic Committee, International Judo Federation and Saudi officials had agreed that Wojdan Shaherkani could wear a headscarf during her matches. From Nony
Infographic: A Design History Of The Olympic Gold Medal | Complex - In light of the impending 2012 London Olympics, it seemed highly appropriate to dig into the history of the games since the ancient times. A substantial part of this history has been the prizes, which weren't always gold, silver, and bronze medals. Distinctions between the Summer and Winter games considered, here's A Design History Of The Olympic Gold Medal. From X Isle
The Rising Costs Of The Olympics - Visual News - PaydayLoan.co.uk - With the 2012 Summer Olympics fast on our heels, we thought that we would look at how some of the countries that have hosted the big games in the past have stuck to their budget, or not - as you'll soon see. We'll also take a look at what the 2012 Olympics is expected to cost and how it will be the most expensive games to date! From X Isle
The 20 Best Nutshots in Sports: 2012 Edition - They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Is it the same for videos?And if so, I wonder what the other 999 words were following the painfully tragic, "ahhhhhh!" From Nony
Terms and conditions of olympic ticket purchase - LOCOG has established the following Terms and Conditions for the sale of all Tickets to the London 2012 Games.Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. By completing a Ticket Application Form and applying for a Ticket you are certifying that you have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions and agree to bring them to the attention of others, as set out below. By accepting, holding or using a Ticket, you are certifying that you have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions.
By the time you read all that legal crap the games are over From Nony
Report: Witnesses In Armstrong Case Unmasked? | Cyclingnews.com - Four former teammates of Lance Armstrong will receive six month bans after they confessed to doping and testified against the seven-time Tour de France winner, according to De Telegraaf.George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie are said to have given evidence in the USADA investigation which has charged Armstrong with doping. All four riders are currently taking part in the Tour de France, but in recent weeks, USA Cycling revealed they opted not to be considered for the Olympic Games. From Nony
The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty - Weightlifter Sarah Robles is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name. And even though she's the U.S.â€™s best chance at an Olympic medal, she'll never get the fame or fortune that come so easily to her fellow athletes â€” in part because, at 5 feet, 10.5 inches and 275 pounds, she doesn't fit the ideal of thin, toned athletic beauty. From X Isle
Bummed-Out Surfers Make Their Own Waves With a Huge Tarp - When centuries of arid weather dehydrate the earth and dry up our major bodies of water, future wave-chasers wonâ€™t be too bummed out about the loss of their primo surfing spots. Like this crew, theyâ€™ll just roll out a big blue tarp, grab some longboards, and â€” voila! â€” tarp surfing. Righteous.
From X Isle
Lance Armstrong faces new doping allegations - The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has accused Armstrong and five former members of his support staff — three doctors, a trainer and a team manager — of engaging in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011. Armstrong, 40, who retired from cycling last year, could see his Tour titles get stripped as a result.
One of NeoCon's heroes disgraced ... not the first one either From Nony
Olympian Lolo Jones, 29, is staying a virgin until marriage - Lolo Jones' journey to the Olympics hasn't been easy — but it's been easier than finding a husband!
The 29-year-old Olympic track and field star revealed on Twitter she's a virgin and further explained why in Tuesday night's interview with HBO's Real Sports . From Popper
Home - Whats the score - Whatâ€™s the score? is a fun way of looking at how the countries playing in the Cricket World Cup score in terms of serious development issues. Have they been able to bowl out poverty yet? From Nony
Shed-hunting with dogs - Josh, of New Richmond, Wis., and Easton are at the forefront of what in recent years has been a fast-growing hobby, and now is a fast-growing nationwide sport: shed hunting.Not sheds as in buildings where lawn mowers are stored. But sheds as in antlers dropped each year in winter by whitetail bucks."Hunting'' for the dropped antlers, or sheds, in spring as snow melts has become increasingly popular among sporting types, as deer numbers have increased. From X Isle
The Most Dangerous Race on Earth - Two competitors stand side-by-side, waiting for the signal to begin their race. If they're a little more nervous than your average race competitors, there's a good reason: this is not your average speed trial. The track for this event is a 750-meter (2,500 foot) drop down the side of a cliff, and a wrong move can have a consequence far more terminal than a sprained ankle or a twisted knee.The competition is the World BASE Race, and the title up for grabs is 'The World's Fastest Flying Human Being'. To win, participants must race each other to the bottom of a cliff using only a wingsuit, the law of gravity â€” and nerves of steel. From X Isle
A ‘broke’ and ‘sick’ Dennis Rodman is way behind on his child support payments - It's a story we've seen all too many times. A famous athlete divorces his wife either during his playing career, or just a few years removed from it while the endorsement opportunities are still rolling in. The athlete gets tagged for child support and/or alimony payments that are in line with a level of income that dwindles significantly within a few years. The famous athlete then gets way, way behind on those payments. Toss in a hard-partying lifestyle, way too many appearances at way too many pathetic public events, and you have the case of Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. From Popper
How Do You Ship A Horse To The 2012 London Olympics? - The elite athletes who travel to London for this summer's Olympic Games will include petite gymnasts, huge wrestlers â€” and elite horses, which compete in dressage and other events. Getting these strong and delicate animals to the Olympics is no job for an amateur. In fact, it's the job of Tim Dutta, who owns an international horse transport company. From Nony
What the F*ck Is This Full-Body Horse Suit From Hell? - f you are rich race horse, I got great news for you! If you arenâ€™t a horse, youâ€™re going to freak out looking at this image: a horse in a full body suit. Why in hell does a horse need a suit?For the same reasons athletes need compression leggings, the inventors say. Called Hidez, these suits â€śare specifically engineered garments [made with] fabric cut in specific ways, then sewn together and strategically placed around the garment to focus in on certain muscle groups.â€ť From Nony
Hockey: Sandeep Singh leads India to London Olympics 2012 - Eight-time champions India are back in the Games with a 8-1 drubbing of France in the final of the 2012 London Olympic men's hockey qualifiers at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Sunday. Having missed an Olympics (2008 Beijing), for the first time in 80 years, India were this time determined not to suffer the same disaster. From Guest_2012
Need a Fix Now That Football's Over? Try Tazer Ball! - We here at Woot like to consider ourselves at the cutting edge of mocking new extreme sports, which is why we were so happy to see the latest craze sweeping the nation: Tazer Ball! Take two teams of four dudes, add a giant novelty soccer ball, throw in eight tasers, and stand way the hell back: From Nony
World Record Shallow Dive into Paddling Pool - A US shallow diver has broken his own world record by swan-diving 36ft (11m) into a paddling pool containing just 12in (30.5cm) of water.Darren Taylor, also known as Professor Splash, dived into a pool of near-freezing water in Trondheim, Norway, making the jump his 13th Guinness certified record. From Nony
Simoncelli killed in horror crash - The Malaysian MotoGP was halted four minutes after the race began when Honda rider Simoncelli fell and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.The 24-year-old Simoncelli had his helmet knocked off in the accident, which occurred when the Italian lowsided from his bike at Turn 11. From Nony
Dan Wheldon Dead | IndyCar Champ Dan Wheldon Dies in Vegas Crash - IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon accepted an offer of $US2.5 million to compete in the race that was to claim his life in a fiery 15-car pile-up.The English driver, one of the sport's most popular figures who won the series in 2005, was critically injured when his car flew over another and slammed into the barrier fence early this morning (AEDT). From Nony
Row over 'ferret legging' contest - A retired headmaster has defended his plans to raise charity cash by resurrecting a sport in which ferrets are placed down competitors' trousers.Frank Bartlett described claims that the "ferret legging" contest in Whittington, Staffordshire, would cause distress to the animals as absolutely ludicrous. From cw
Esther Vergeer - - Esther Vergeer (born 18 July 1981, Woerden) is a Dutch wheelchair tennis player. Combining singles and doubles, she has won 37 Grand Slam, 21 year end championship and 5 Paralympics titles. Vergeer has been the world number one wheel chair tennis player since 1999. In singles, she has not been beaten since January 2003 and is on a winning streak of 418 matches. She is often considered the most dominant player in professional sports. From Nony
Olympics 2012: FIFA bans headscarves for Iranian women%s soccer team - Not participating in the 2012 London Olympics is a nightmare for every serious athlete, but for the Iranian womenâ€™s soccer team the defeat was extra bitter after they were disqualified right before a crucial qualifying match because they wore Islamic headscarves From Nony
David Fleming on the Tao of Poo - The Body Issue - ESPN - Do I stop? Or go?Exhausted and dangerously dehydrated, Moss was losing control of her body with every step. But she trudged on, pushing herself toward victory. The legs went first. A quarter mile after passing the Sizzler, Moss wobbled, then her knees buckled inward and she telescoped to the ground like a dynamited building. The moment she hit the pavement, her bowels cut loose, emptying against her will. The torrent breached her dainty, light-blue running shorts and moved down her legs, where the hot, acidic fecal matter stung her skin and the putrid stench tattooed the inside of her nostrils. From Nony
Can a complete novice become a golf pro with 10,000 hours of practice? - One wet, raw day last April, at the Broadmoor public golf course in Portland, Ore., Dan McLaughlin stood in the center of one of the greens. He wore running shoes, blue jeans and a yellow rubber raincoat. He wrapped his frozen fingers around a two-buck putter and hit one-foot putts, and he did that for two hours straight, stopped for a cup of hot, decaffeinated tea, then did it for two hours more. That's how this started.On his 30th birthday, June 27, 2009, Dan had decided to quit his job to become a professional golfer. From Nony
Tour de Pakistan Is a Tough Ride - SUKKUR, Pakistanâ€”When the creators of the Tour de Pakistan launched Asia's longest cycling race in 1983, they were inspired by the Tour de France, right down to the name of the event and the yellow jersey awarded to the leader. But there the similarities come to an abrupt halt. From Nony
Cricket passion - The Big Picture - Boston.com - Only soccer rivals cricket in transcending the world of sport to become a deeply felt expression of culture. And in cricket-mad South Asia, a frenzy of feeling for the game burst open for the past two months as the Cricket World Cup 2011 was played out in host countries India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Fourteen nations participated in the tournament, and the semifinals featured what is arguably the world's most heated sports rivalry: India vs. Pakistan. Collected here are pictures from the past few months of people playing, watching, and living cricket in several countries in South Asia. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total) From cw
Belgian Stefaan Engels completes record 365th marathon - A Belgian runner has set a new world record by completing 365 marathon races in a year.Stefaan Engels, dubbed "Marathon Man", began his challenge in Belgium a year ago and has since run a marathon every day across seven countries. From Nony
Feds seize sports websites before Super Bowl - The federal government has seized the Web addresses of 10 websites that allegedly live stream sporting and pay-per-view events online, shutting them down just days before one of the biggest televised sporting events of the year: the Super Bowl.
All in the name of freedom and security I presume ... From Nony
Mark Beaumont online - In 2007/8 Mark broke the World Record for cycling around the world, covering 18,296 miles in 194 days and 17 hours, breaking the old record by 81 days.In 2009/10 he cycled from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, stopping to climb the highest peaks of Denali and Aconcagua on route. From Nony
Star Rugby Player Joel Monaghan Quits Team After Sex With Dog - A star Australian rugby league player has quit after a photograph of him performing a sex act with a dog was distributed on the Internet.Joel Monaghan played with the Canberra Raiders in Australia's National Rugby League, the highest level of professional rugby in the world -- a league as popular in parts of Australia as the NFL is in the United States.
Must be related to Azprick ... (Talking about the dog) From Nony
Former NFL Running Back Roger Craig Runs Marathons - A four-time Pro Bowl player and three-time Super Bowl winner with the Joe Montana-era San Francisco 49ers, Craig has run five marathons and says the wave of euphoria that envelops him at the 26.2-mile mark is virtually second to none. From NeoCon
Michigan Girl Bags 448-pound Black Bear with Arrow - Her father, Tim Olmstead, told The Associated Press that his daughter eats the animals she hunts, including the bear, and does not kill just for fun.
He told the paper he's been teaching others to hunt for more than 30 years and that he's never had a student pick up the fundamentals as quickly as his daughter. From NeoCon
Raiders legend George Blanda dies at 83 - "We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great George Blanda. George was a brave Raider and a close friend of Raiders owner Al Davis. Our heart goes out to his wife, Betty, and the Blanda family, and we grieve with them for our great friend." From NeoCon
Las Vegas woman, 75, fulfills dream to curl at Scottsdale ice rink - On Friday, the 75-year-old woman from suburban Las Vegas satisfied a bucket-list passion to try the winter Olympic sport.She fulfilled the dream at a Scottsdale ice rink, sliding 42-pound stones across the pebbled ice."This is fantastic! I told you it was," Pitchford said to those around her after watching her stone glide into the house, or scoring target. "I should sweep, too, but it's so much fun I hate to give it up." From Nony
Jewish Wife Battles Catholic Family for the LA Dodgers - Jamie's Jewish parents, who did not attend the couple's 1979 wedding because they disapproved of their daughter marrying an Irish-Catholic, sit in the front row. Last Friday, Jamie sipped from a coffee cup scrawled with the name JEFF, conspicuous given that she has been accused by Frank in court filings of having an affair with her driver, Jeff Fuller. From NeoCon
Rude New Yorker Using F-Word Ruins Tennis Match - The fisticuffs began just after 9 p.m., when a female fan complained to a loud man in his early 20s about his repeated use of the f-word during the first set. At one point, she slapped the young man across the face during the verbal confrontation. From NeoCon
The Tragedy of Andres Escobar (1967-1994) - 120,000 people came to Andres's funeral. Every year, many fans come to his grave to memorize this wonderful player, they bring photos and flags of andres to every match. They even built a statue for him outside the stadium. His father, Dario Escobar, never recovered from his son death. From NeoCon
Mexico Blows Past France in World Cup - With four points, Mexico is tied with Uruguay, its Tuesday opponent, atop the Group A standings and need only avoid a loss in its final match to advance. From NeoCon
The Soccer Hero Who Vanished - SIXTY YEARS AGO THE U.S. UPSET MIGHTY ENGLAND IN THE WORLD CUP ON A SINGLE GOAL BY JOE GAETJENS. IN MOST COUNTRIES GAETJENS WOULD HAVE BEEN IDOLIZED. BUT IN THE U.S. HE WAS IGNORED, AND IN HIS NATIVE HAITI HE WAS MARKED FOR DEATH From NeoCon
Italy's Francesca Schiavone: Grand Slam Finalist - Stunned at first, Schiavone broke into a grin, then fell to her knees to kiss the clay in a reprise of her quarterfinal celebration."I've already made history for my country," she said. At 29, she had never previously advanced beyond the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam. On Saturday she'll play the winner of the second semifinal between No. 4-seeded Jelena Jankovic and No. 7 Samantha Stosur. From NeoCon
Henin edges Sharapova at French Open - On a windy, chilly, damp afternoon, the hitting was worthy of a final. Both players took ferocious swings from the baseline and charged forward when they had the chance. From NeoCon
LPGA player Erica Blasberg Found Dead - Paul said police responded to a 911 call and were dispatched to Blasberg's suburban three-bedroom house around 3 p.m. on Sunday. Paul declined to say who made the call, saying it was part of the investigation. Blasberg's agent, Chase Callahan, confirmed her death but declined to provide details because of the investigation.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/golf/articles/2010/05/10/20100510lpga-player-blasberg-dies-police-investigating.html#ixzz0ndPRlg8N
Suns Sweep the Spurs - When those hated San Antonio Spurs were reeling backward, they made one last strike at the hero. An inadvertent Tim Duncan elbow to Steve Nash's right eye drew blood and conjured up dreadful memories of another bloody Sunday in the 2007 prequel. From NeoCon
The Wisdom of Tom Watson - It wasn't until 1994 that he properly learned to hit low shots, he said, and that's because it wasn't until 1994, in his mid-40s, that he finally discovered the swing he had been looking for his entire life. On Wednesday, preparing to compete in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Champions Tour event here, Mr. Watson graciously spent 90 minutes on the practice range teaching me some of the things he has learned over the years, especially hitting low long irons. From NeoCon
Jim Nantz Blasts Tiger Woods - "If I said what he said on the air, I would be fired. I read in the USA Today and it was called “mild language.” Someone on my broadcast dismissed it as him having a camera in his face. Well, guess what? Phil Mickelson had a camera in his face all week and did you even hear him come close to approaching that? He didn’t hit every shot the way he wanted. Have you ever heard Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus use that kind of language? What are the parameters between what’s right or wrong?" From NeoCon
USA Swimming coaches molested young swimmers - Youth swimming coaches, many certified by USA Swimming, the sport's national governing body, have been able to molest young swimmers and then move from town to town, escaping criminal charges and continuing to victimize other under-aged swimmers, an ESPN "Outside the Lines" investigation has found. From Nony
Dixie's Greatest Golfers: Bobby Jones - Jones was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He battled health issues as a young boy, and golf was prescribed to strengthen him. Jones, encouraged by his father, loved golf from the start. He evolved into a child prodigy, who won his first children's tournament at the age of six, and made the third round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at 14. That same year, 1916, he won the Georgia State Amateur Championship for his first important title at Capital City Club located in Brookhaven, where he became an active member later in life. From NeoCon
How 'bout Them Huskies - The Huskies won despite shooting only 32.8 percent (19-for-58), the lowest percentage of their 78 straight wins and the lowest by a winning team in an NCAA championship game. But a win is a win.
Tiger Mistress at Georgia Srip Club During the Masters - Her manager Gina Rodriguez told me this morning that the Los Angeles-based James will be appearing at an Atlanta stripclub called the Pink Pony from April 8-10, the same weekend that Tiger Woods will be in Augusta for The Masters. From NeoCon
Double-Medalist Reutter Repays Parents for Support - If I didn't have a strong parent there to encourage me to work hard and not accept laziness and excuses, there's no way I'd be where I am," said Katherine, who lives and trains in Salt Lake City. "I feel like all their hard work finally paid off. ... They built the foundation of who I am as an athlete and I intend to give back every sacrifice they've ever given to me." From NeoCon
Mexico has high hopes for World Cup - Eleven months after taking over for Sven-Goran Eriksson, Aguirre has transformed the Mexican squad from a sluggish underachiever that was in danger of failing to qualify for the World Cup into a team that could go deeper in the tournament than any in Mexican history. From NeoCon
USA's `Night Train' drives into bobsled history - Holcomb drove USA-1 to the gold medal in four-man bobsledding Saturday, the first American pilot to do so since Francis Tyler at St. Moritz in 1948. By winning, he cemented the status of his famed "Night Train" sled and push team of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz as sliding's best. From NeoCon
Sweet Hockey Gold for Canada - The players stormed back onto the ice half an hour after beating the United States 2-0 on Thursday and staged a raucous celebration - smoking cigars and swigging beer and bubbly.Haley Irwin poured champagne into the mouth of Tessa Bonhomme, gold medals swinging from both their necks. Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed with goofy grins. From NeoCon
Triumph and Tears for Canada's Joannie Rochette - Only three days since the news was gently broken to Rochette that her mom, Therese, had collapsed and died shortly after arriving in Vancouver, the valiant 24-year-old took her aching heart onto the ice at Pacific Coliseum and skated from the depths of her soul, surrendering to the comforting embrace of her sport and the warm hug of the crowd. From NeoCon
ESPN Suspends Tony Kornheiser for Mean and Nasty Comments - "Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences," said John Skipper, ESPN's vice president for content. "Tony has been suspended from PTI for two weeks. Hannah is a respected colleague who has been an integral part of the success of our morning SportsCenter."
SO THERE'S A GROIN KICK WORLD RECORD - Kirby Roy set a world record nobody else would want for receiving the hardest kick in the groin. American Gladiator and MMA fighter Justice Smith delivered the record kick, a 22 mph blow with 1,100 pounds of force. The video below explains why he didnâ€™t keel over dead from this. Heâ€™s been kicked in the groin repeatedly for the past five years (WHY?), so now his testicles only process about 10% of the Substance P neuropeptide that signals pain, and his pelvis can withstand more force without breaking (Wolffâ€™s Law). I bet he picks up lots of girls with the line, â€śmy pelvis can withstand more force without breaking.â€ť From Nony
Kearney Strikes Gold for US in Women's Moguls - Kearney insisted she was more mature, more able to turn her brain off and simply ski than she was four years ago in Italy, when she came in as a favorite and was out of the running before she reached full speed From NeoCon
US Shooter Hopes for Biathlon Win - Burke, who is 27 and from Paul Smiths, N.Y., attributed his performance in the 20-kilometer individual event to his self-confidence and relaxed demeanor. “It really felt like another training day out there,” Burke said in a teleconference after the race. “I was able to keep my composure on the range, and that made all the difference.” From NeoCon
Orange County Surfer, 12, Signs with Quiksilver - Kanoa joins a list of elite surfers sponsored by the Orange County-based surf brand, including nine-time world champion Kelly Slater. He also joins a slew of young surfers from the area to pick up sponsorships from big brands, but few – if any – have nabbed a major sponsor at such young age. From NeoCon
Bad Weather is Good News for USA's Lindsey Vonn - Her good break came Thursday when the Whistler weather got worse. A day after she openly wondered if she would be able to compete in these Olympics, a grungy amalgam of snow, rain and fog forced the cancellation of Vonn's anticipated downhill training run. And that bought her precious healing time in an effort to recast herself as Alpine's multi-medal contender. From NeoCon
Sumo failed to keep champ in check - Yokozuna Asashoryu, who announced his retirement Thursday, is one of the strongest sumo wrestlers of modern times.
But his frequent misbehavior — long overlooked by the Japan Sumo Association — also made him one of the most controversial grand champions of all time, critics said.
Running Marathons Helps you Live Longer - scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Williams has put together the world's largest study on runners, and the evidence found over 20 years of research points to an important conclusion: When it comes to exercise, more is almost always better. From NeoCon
Justine Henin in Superb Return - Since emerging from a 20-month retirement, Henin has made a remarkable advance to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Today she is just one win away from a dream berth in the women's final at Melbourne Park, giving her the chance to match compatriot Kim Clijsters' comeback triumph at the US Open last year. From NeoCon
Saints are marching to the Super Bowl - NEW ORLEANS -- If you weren’t in the Superdome on Sunday night, and a lot of New Orleans Saints fans are going to claim that honor for years, let’s make you feel as if you were. Let’s turn it over to Jerry Romig, the official public address announcer in the Louisiana Superdome. If you’ve been to a Saints game, you’ve heard the voice because Romig has been here for a long time. Here’s the microphone, Jerry:
“Ain’t this beautiful?” Romig said over the speakers a couple of minutes after the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime in the NFC Championship Game. “The Saints are going to the Super Bowl.’’ From CC
How 'Bout Them Cardinals - In the highest-scoring playoff game in NFL history, the 38-year-old quarterback had more touchdown passes (five) than incomplete passes (four).
"What more is there to say about Kurt?" Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He is one of the best playoff quarterbacks of all time." From NeoCon
Jets dedicate win - and game ball - to owner Woody Johnson - "There's only one game ball," said the coach, as he started to choke up, "and it goes to Woody." Johnson did not address the team, but quarterback Mark Sanchez said he didn't have to: Players were well aware of the intensely private owner's pain. From NeoCon
Christian Faith Keeps Texas Quarterback Focused - "I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life. And I know that if nothing else, I'm standing on the Rock," McCoy stated. From NeoCon
Slinging.org - Welcome to Slinging.org! - When I first became interested in this fascinating weapon, I could find little information on the web or in published material. I hope this website can be the definitive source for slinging related information and news. Of course, it needs a community of slingers to experiment and pass on their knowledge. With your help, I hope we can rekindle the interest in this truly simple, effective, and historically significant weapon. From Nony
Consider the 20-gauge shotgun by Massad Ayoob Issue #120 - A year or more ago in these pages, I made the suggestion that sometimes less is more, and usually shooters with less powerful guns with which they are more skilled, will shoot better than if they had a bigger, more powerful firearm that kicked the heck out of them every time it went off. I haven't changed my opinion in the intervening months, and I'd like to focus on the shotgun side of that. From Nony
Top Cuban Pitcher Defects From Communist Cuba - Chapman, 21, walked out of his hotel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where Cuba was participating in a tournament, and never returned, according to the Spanish-language Web site cubaencuentro.com, which first reported Chapman's defection. From NeoCon