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Bryan Colangelo Resigns From the Philadelphia 76ers - The Ringer
His wife admitted to being behind revealing Twitter accounts, but an investigation showed that the Sixers president and GM was reckless with sensitive team information
Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Bryan Colangelo resigned Thursday, more than a week after The Ringer released a report raising questions about possible connections between Colangelo and Twitter accounts that revealed sensitive information about the team and questioned the behavior and performance of several players.
basketball  sports  social_media 
11 days ago by rgl7194
The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account - The Ringer
A collection of Twitter accounts that has criticized Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, disclosed sensitive information, and outlined team strategy shares eye-opening similarities. What does that have to do with the Philadelphia 76ers’ decision-maker?
Update, June 7: Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Bryan Colangelo has resigned from the team. His wife, Barbara Bottini, admitted to establishing and operating a handful of anonymous Twitter accounts that were critical of players and other league executives and released sensitive team information, though an investigation by an outside law firm deemed Colangelo to be source of her information, an assertion that Colangelo disputes.
Update, May 30: The Philadelphia 76ers announced that they are investigating The Ringer’s report linking several Twitter accounts to president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo.
basketball  sports  social_media 
11 days ago by rgl7194
The Supreme Court Made It Easier For More People To Place Bad Sports Bets | FiveThirtyEight
With the Supreme Court’s landmark gambling decision this week, many more Americans might soon be able to place a legal wager on their favorite sport. So what kind of money are we talking about?
The U.S. casino industry says Americans illegally bet at least $150 billion on sports every year. But it’s hard to measure exactly how much of that money might flow into legal establishments as a result of this decision; underground bookies don’t readily publish their balance sheets. But the casinos in Nevada do, and a closer look into the action taken by sportsbooks over the past few decades gives us a window into how Americans bet on sports — and how well they’re doing.
sports  politics  gambling  SCOTUS  538 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code - Bloomberg
Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time.
Horse racing is something like a religion in Hong Kong, whose citizens bet more than anyone else on Earth. Their cathedral is Happy Valley Racecourse, whose grassy oval track and floodlit stands are ringed at night by one of the sport’s grandest views: neon skyscrapers and neat stacks of high-rises, a constellation of illuminated windows, and beyond them, lush hills silhouetted in darkness.
On the evening of Nov. 6, 2001, all of Hong Kong was talking about the biggest jackpot the city had ever seen: at least HK$100 million (then about $13 million) for the winner of a single bet called the Triple Trio. The wager is a little like a trifecta of trifectas; it requires players to predict the top three horses, in any order, in three different heats. More than 10 million combinations are possible. When no one picks correctly, the prize money rolls over to the next set of races. That balmy November night, the pot had gone unclaimed six times over. About a million people placed a bet—equivalent to 1 in 7 city residents.
statistics  gambling  sports  algorithm 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Home Screens - Darren Carr — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Darren Carr (Twitter). Darren blogs at The Mac Quad and podcasts at the Mac Quadcast. Darren writes, podcasts, and does Mac troubleshooting. He’s also a graduate of the London School of Economics. Darren pulls all of this off while being paralyzed from the neck down. So Darren, show us your home screen.
iphone8  watch  homescreen  email  calendar  productivity  evernote  journal  writing  audiobooks  ibooks  ipad  news  sports  bbc  weather  siri 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Best Trampoline Brands - Our Top 7 Picks 2018 | Trampoline First
Trampolines – no matter how big or small – are an investment. Whether you’re buying one for yourself or for your family to enjoy, you want to make sure that the trampoline you purchase is durable, safe and fun to use. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that you buy from a brand that is well respected and trusted in the industry.
But let’s face it, you don’t have time to scour the web for reviews or compare brands. That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you. Listed below are the absolute best trampoline brands on the market, and a few other brands to consider, too.
sports  review  comparo  exercise 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lakers Video: Luke Walton is incredible at beach volleyball - Silver Screen and Roll
Lakers head coach. Volleyball superstar. Luke Walton is ... the most interesting man in the world.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton only retired in 2013, leaving him just a few years removed from his playing career even now that he’s two years into his time at the helm of his former team.
And while Walton was never the greatest athlete by NBA standards, literally everyone to play in the league (except Eddy Curry) is a far better athlete than 99 percent of the planet’s population, so it’s not exactly surprising that the 38-year-old is still pretty good at other sports outside of the one he specializes in.
Walton got a chance to show it while playing against Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) players in a recent game. Walton, who has the nickname “The Wall” for the way he racks up blocks on the sand, put up some impressive highlights while playing against real pros, which you can check out courtesy of the McKibbin Brothers’ YouTube channel...
lakers  basketball  coach  luke  sports 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
ESPN’s Streaming Service Is A Peek At The Future Of ESPN—And Disney
ESPN+ caters to sports fans in ways traditional TV can’t. And the lessons Disney learns could be invaluable as it launches new direct-to-consumer services.
When Disney CEO Bob Iger presided over a quarterly earnings call in August 2017, he didn’t just recap the media giant’s recent financial performance. He also unveiled wildly ambitious plan to give the company control over its own future in the era of streaming video.
The headline news was that the company had decided to get out of the business of supplying content to Netflix in favor of launching its own direct-to-consumer streaming service featuring Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel titles, debuting in late 2019 once all the necessary rights were back in hand. Disney was also taking a 75% ownership stake in BAMTech, the streaming technology company originally founded by Major League Baseball, providing it with a robust platform of its own for new services. And Iger announced that a new streaming service from Disney’s ESPN arm—once expected to launch by the end of 2016—would be ready by early 2018.
disney  sports  streaming  tv  apps 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Ski Socks: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A good pair of ski socks can make or break your day on the slopes, so we spent more than 40 hours testing and researching lightweight and midweight ski socks. In the end, we decided that the men’s and women’s Smartwool PhD Ski Light socks are the best for most people because they offer the ideal mix of comfort, cushioning, breathability, and support.
Our pick
Smartwool Women’s PhD Ski Light
The best ski socks for most women
The best mix of versatility, support, and comfort in a narrower profile than the men’s sock.
$25 from REI
$25 from Amazon
Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Light
The best ski socks for most men
The same versatile sock as the women’s model, but in different sizes and widths.
$23 from REI
$25 from Amazon
The Smartwool PhD Ski Light sock, which comes in both men’s and women’s models, is the most versatile sock for people who want to ski in everything but extremely cold conditions. It offers the best mix of fit and comfort compared with the other socks we tested because of its superior foot support and key mesh ventilation zones, which improve breathability. On top of that, the sock is made with merino wool, which wicks moisture away from your feet and helps to regulate your body heat in a variety of conditions.
sports  skiing  clothing  accessories  wirecutter  review  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Damn, We Wish We’d Done These 11 Stories | FiveThirtyEight
For a few years now, Bloomberg Businessweek has chronicled a list of stories its writers wish they’d done. We wish we’d thought of that idea ourselves, so we’re shamelessly cribbing it for the second year running. Here are 11 stories we read, watched and consumed with a mix of admiration and regret this year. Hopefully our jealousy will lead to your discovery.
news  politics  sports  538  gender  astronomy  maps  data  storage  parenting 
january 2018 by rgl7194
People Pay Pennies For Netflix, Spotify, HBO, Xbox Live & More - TorrentFreak
Forking out for every premium media service around is a hugely costly affair but some people are getting them all for just pennies each. That's thanks to so-called account generating platforms, where access to Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime, HBO, Xbox Live, EA Origin, TIDAL, WWE, and UFC, among dozens of others, cost next to nothing.
Gaining free access to copyrighted material is not a difficult task in today’s online world. Movies, TV shows, music, games, and eBooks are all just a few clicks away, either using torrent, streaming, or direct download services.
Over the years, however, the growth of piracy has been at least somewhat slowed due to the advent of official services. Where there was once a content vacuum, official platforms such as Netflix, Spotify, HBO, TIDAL, Steam, and others, are helping users to find the content they want.
While most services present reasonable value, subscribing to them all would be a massive strain on even the most expansive of budgets. But what if there was a way to access every single one of them, for just a few dollars a year – in total? Believe it or not, such services exist and have done for some time.
Described as ‘Account Generators’, these platforms grant members with access to dozens of premium services, without having to pay anything like the headline price. The main ones often major on access to a Netflix subscription as a base, with access to other services thrown in on top.
netflix  spotify  tv  cable_tv  deals  amazon  sports  pandora  soundcloud  security  privacy  hack 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Seventh | Cycling Glasses | Ryders Eyewear
5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)
Black with Grey
Photochromic Light Grey [VLT: 75% - 25%]
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The most stylish, sport semi-rim out there, the Seventh has a flat top to give it a more casual appearance than its more aggressive-looking peers. And it does this without sacrificing the performance benefits that make semi rims so popular for athletic endeavours. In fact, the Seventh performs better than many frames out there because of its fully-adjustable, hydrophilic nose pads and temple tips that allow you to custom fit the frame to suit your face, your helmet and the desired amount of airflow behind the lens.
glasses  bicycling  sports 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Ryders Seventh veloPOLAR antiFOG sunglasses review -
Highly adjustable fit, plus greater clarity and definition on road or trail
Lowdown: Ryders Eyewear Seventh veloPOLAR antiFOG Sunglasses
The ideal pair of bike riding sunglasses strikes an even balance between fit, function, and fashion. During the first half of the 2016 riding season, we’ve spent extensive time testing the Ryders Eyewear Seventh veloPOLAR antiFOG, a pair of shades designed to accentuate the positives of polarized lenses, while minimizing the drawbacks. They are designed specifically for road use, but we’ve taken them on the trail, too. Read the full review below to find out how they performed.
glasses  bicycling  sports  review 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Sport Sunglasses: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
After cycling, running, trail running, hiking, or snowshoeing daily over the course of two months, constantly swapping out and comparing more than a dozen brands and some 40 models of sunglasses, we believe that the Ryders Seventh with photochromic yellow lenses represents the best choice for eye protection in a wide range of activities, and at a great price. The Seventh deftly changes the amount of light it allows to pass through depending on light conditions, while always providing windshield-like protection and sharp contrast. We found this model to be extraordinarily versatile.
Our pick
Ryders Seventh
All-conditions shades at a great price
With yellow photochromic lenses, these sunglasses give you dawn-to-dusk versatility, work well for any sport, and are backed by a solid warranty and crash replacement plan.
$100 from Ryders Eyewear
We wore these glasses for foggy-morning bike rides and a mountain peak climb that entailed equal parts sunny exposure and forest shade. They have photochromic lenses—which means they get lighter or darker depending on how much sun they’re exposed to. It’s one of the features that makes this model such a good value. Not only is their price extremely reasonable for this technology, but they can also handle any variety of sports scenarios you throw at them, so you won’t have to buy several pairs. The yellow tint provides a high amount of contrast, so you can see rocks and slick patches as you roll down the trail at high speed.
The Seventh is not currently available in a prescription model. Ryders offers a three-year warranty against material or manufacturing defects, and a generous crash-replacement policy—a 50 percent discount to replace sunglasses should you face-plant with them, sit on them, or subject them to any other destructive horror.
glasses  bicycling  sports  comparo  review  wirecutter 
november 2017 by rgl7194
iPhone X, meet roller derby: Shooting sports photography with Apple's newest smartphone | iMore
Rene reviewed the iPhone X in our traditional style. My review methods were… a little more unorthodox.
was lacing up my skates to test the floor when the iPhone X hit Apple Store shelves. It's the first time my secret life as a skater for a top 10 roller derby team has directly interfered with my work at iMore — I had my husband pick up my iPhone X in Massachusetts and drive it down to Philadelphia, where I was skating in WFTDA's annual international championships.
I could have just called a mulligan on the weekend, tying it in with my honeymoon the next week, and left the iPhone X to hang out at the store for a few days longer. But what would be the fun in that?
Instead, I got media credentials to the event alongside my skater pass. The goal? Testing the iPhone X's true prowess as a camera for sports photography and videography, behind-the-scenes snaps, and many (many) ridiculous Portrait selfies.
sports  photography  iphoneX 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Women’s Base Layers and Thermal Underwear: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
In our quest to find the best women’s base-layer top and bottom, we sent seven testers skiing, running, rock climbing, cabin lounging, and more in 18 women’s tops and 17 bottoms for four months. The flattering and odor-resistant Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Pattern Long Sleeve handled it all, while the comfy Arc’teryx Rho LT Bottom had the best fit of any long johns we tried.
Our pick
Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Pattern Long Sleeve
The best women's top
If you're going to buy only one top, this should be it. Of all those we tested, it worked best for just about any activity—including après gatherings—and never clung to odor.
$80 from Amazon
clothing  sports  hiking  wirecutter  review  comparo  women 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Men’s Base Layers and Thermal Underwear: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
To find the best men’s base-layer top and bottom, we sent 11 testers skiing, running, mountaineering, rock climbing, and sports-game spectating in 20 long-sleeve tops and 16 bottoms for four months. The anti-stink Smartwool Men’s Merino 150 Base Layer Long Sleeve and Icebreaker Men’s BodyfitZone Zone Leggings both kept us toasty in the cold, yet cool when we were playing hard.
Our pick
Smartwool Men’s Merino 150 Base Layer Long Sleeve
The best men's base-layer top
If you're going to buy only one top, this should be it. Of all those we tested, it worked best for just about any activity—including après gatherings—and never held an odor.
$80 from Amazon
clothing  sports  hiking  wirecutter  review  comparo  men 
november 2017 by rgl7194
MLB - When it comes to closers, when will managers learn?
There's a moment, as a manager is doing something that you can't fathom, when you doubt yourself.
Sure, the stereotype is that fans think they're smarter than the manager and smarter than the GM, and maybe after a few beers they think they're even better at fielding grounders than the second baseman, but you know in your heart that actually, no.
baseball  sports  coach 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Jason Tate — MacSparky
This week's home screen post features Jason Tate (website)(Twitter). In addition to running, Jason also hosts the Encore podcast, about the music industry. Jason's also an Apple geek. So Jason, show us your home screen.
iphone  homescreen  products  workflow  podcast  twitter  music  movies  writing  weather  calendar  sports  ecosystem  icloud 
september 2017 by rgl7194
This ’76 Bradley GT Embodies America’s Can-Do Spirit | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
“Isn’t it time to make your own sports car?” That’s probably not a question that has been put to you, but it was one that Bradley Automotive posed to readers of men’s magazines—including Car and Driver—back in the 1970s. Bradley sold kits that you assembled yourself to create the affordable sports car of your dreams. The kits were designed to fit atop a Volkswagen Beetle chassis—which had to be a great idea, given how numerous and inexpensive those were back then. Granted, Beetle mechanicals weren’t considered the most sporting, but as Bradley pointed out, with its lighter body “the finished product performs even better than a stock VW.” The company boasted of a top speed that was increased to 100 mph.
cars  70s  sports 
july 2017 by rgl7194
Serena Williams’ Vanity Fair cover is a stunning instant-classic -
This story is wonderful.
It’s around this time every year that ESPN magazine releases “The body issue” for us mere mortals to appreciate the human form of the world’s greatest athletes. Serena Williams has her own version, appearing on Vanity Fair in pregnant perfection.
The accompanying story, “Serena Williams’s Love Match” features more photos of Williams from iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz — and they're all incredible. The piece itself focuses on the love story of Williams and her fiancee, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. It takes us on a journey through their relationship,
magazine  photography  sports  tennis  life_love_&_happiness 
june 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Flying Disc (Surprise! It Isn’t a Frisbee!) | The Wirecutter
After 30 hours of research and testing, we’ve determined that the Discraft UltraStar is the best recreational flying disc for most people. The UltraStar is stable in the air, relatively easy for both novices and professionals to throw well, comfortable in the hand, and exceedingly durable.
sports  wirecutter 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Lakers News: Kobe Bryant reflects on Barack Obama’s lasting legacy on sports - Silver Screen and Roll
Kobe had some insightful thoughts about the former commander-in-chief.
Kobe Bryant is a man of few wasted words, picking his spots and topics carefully as he navigates being a global icon in his post-NBA career. So far things have gone smoothly for Bryant, who’s building up his Kobe, Inc. portfolio and expanding his reach in various media mediums.
Kobe has become an ambassador of sorts, with his word carrying weight beyond the scope of sports. He recently spoke with Ben Strauss of Politico about former president Barack Obama, opening up about what he tried to learn from him when they met after his NBA retirement. He also touched on what what kind of legacy Obama’s impact on sports will leave behind.
kobe  basketball  lakers  sports  obama 
june 2017 by rgl7194
The Duke Lacrosse Scandal and the Birth of the Alt-Right
After work one day in January 2007, Scott McConnell left his office at the magazine The American Conservative in Arlington, Virginia, and walked to a nearby Thai restaurant that was hosting a panel discussion about the Duke lacrosse scandal. Nine months earlier, three members of the university’s men’s lacrosse team had been accused of raping a black woman they had hired as a stripper. Much of the Duke community, including 88 professors who signed a statement calling the situation a “social disaster,” declared this was merely the latest and most egregious example of the racist, sexist, and privileged behavior that permeated the elite campus. Jesse Jackson showed up, as did news trucks from every major network, and most of the reporting coalesced around the same narrative: A group of wealthy, white men had taken advantage of a poor, black woman, just as white men had done for centuries.
university  crime  alt-right  sports 
april 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Sport Sunglasses | The Wirecutter
After cycling, running, trail running, hiking, or snowshoeing daily over the course of two months, constantly swapping out and comparing more than a dozen brands and some 40 models of sunglasses, we believe that the Ryders Seventh with photochromic yellow lenses represents the best choice for eye protection in a wide range of activities, and at a great price. The Seventh deftly changes the amount of light it allows to pass through depending on light conditions, while always providing windshield-like protection and sharp contrast. We found this model to be extraordinarily versatile.
sports  hiking  bicycling  glasses  wirecutter 
april 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Fishing Rod and Reel | The Wirecutter
After interviewing experts and spending more than 80 hours testing spinning rods and reels, we’ve determined that pairing the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 rod with the Daiwa BG SW spinning reel makes the best all-around fishing outfit for most casual to experienced fishers without breaking the bank. This combo compares favorably to outfits costing twice as much.
Last Updated: March 16, 2017
Our new picks for the best rod-and-reel combination for most casual fishers are the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 and the Daiwa BG SW. If our top fishing-rod pick is unavailable, we recommend the Ugly Stik Elite, which is a bit stiffer than the GX2 and costs $10 more. If our top fishing-reel pick is unavailable, we suggest the Okuma Azores, a slightly larger, more expensive reel that offers a durable construction and has a high drag for larger fish.
fishing  sports  wirecutter  comparo 
march 2017 by rgl7194
The Rockies win Pi Day with delightfully nerdy photo(shop) - The Washington Post
Who says jocks and nerds can’t get along? The Colorado Rockies had a clever take for Pi Day (a.k.a. 3/14) on Tuesday.
The team now admits the image was Photoshopped, which we should’ve known because no Rockies player has ever worn No. 89, for example, but we don’t care. It’s still delightful. And for the record, it’s also 100 percent accurate. Indeed, the first 30 digits of pi are 3.14159265358979323846264338327. And the next 30 are 950288419716939937510582097494, but who’s counting?
sports  math  social_media  humor 
march 2017 by rgl7194
UConn’s 100th Consecutive Win Is an Astonishing Sports Achievement
The UConn women have made the historic seem routine, but make no mistake: Winning 100 consecutive games is an astonishing sports achievement
The Connecticut women’s basketball team won with relative ease on Monday, dispatching no. 6 South Carolina, 66–55. So in that sense, nothing new happened in the sport: Geno Auriemma’s no. 1 Huskies could just as easily have bested any of a half-dozen other regular rivals — Baylor, Maryland, Notre Dame, and so on — and the song would have played the same.
In another sense, this victory stood alone: By beating the Gamecocks, the Huskies extended the longest winning streak in college basketball history to triple digits, repelling an opponent’s best effort for the 100th consecutive game. The home crowd cheered. Fanfare ensued.
sports  college  basketball  women  record 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Barack Obama’s Greatest Weapon Was Sports
How Barack Obama used his love of the game to further his endgame
In 2012, when Barack Obama was preparing for his first debate with Mitt Romney, an aide named Ron Klain offered him a sports metaphor. Mr. President, Klain said, pretend you’re an all-offense, no-defense shooter — like the old Celtics guard Paul Westphal. Romney’s going to score a lot of points. You just have to outscore him.
gov2.0  POTUS  obama  sports  basketball 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Watch Irish choir from Britain's Got Talent rock Croke Park during Dublin and Kerry clash - Irish Mirror Online
Conductor Veronica McCarron and her team rose to the big occasion again by performing in front of 60,000 fans at half time during the Dublin-Kerry
This video shows the moment a Kilkenny girls’ choir rocked Croke Park after they blew Britain's Got Talent Away.
The Presentation Kilkenny Secondary School choir wowed the TV judges to send them through to the next round.
Conductor Veronica McCarron and her team rose to the big occasion again by performing in front of 60,000 fans at half time during the Dublin-Kerry League final at GAA HQ.
uk  schools  uniform  chorus  tie  sports  video 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Great weekend turns even better for Presentation Kilkenny's choir
We all saw their performance that blew away the judges on Britain’s Got Talent.
However now the girls of the Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny choir, along with their teacher Veronica McCarron, were given the opportunity to perform in front of a packed out Croke Park this afternoon.
As part of the Allianz Football League finals weekend, the girls performed at half time of the Division 1 final between Dublin and Kerry.
They posted a small clip of their rendition to U2’s ‘With Or Without You’ to their official Facebook page in the last few minutes...
uk  schools  uniform  chorus  tie  sports  video 
january 2017 by rgl7194
The Clown Shoe That's Changing Minimalist Running | Outside Online
In 2010, a French adventure racer named Nicolas Mermoud approached Karl Meltzer, the accomplished American ultrarunner, and asked him to try out a pair of running shoes he'd designed. They looked bizarre, like moon boots, and were wider, thicker, and softer than typical running shoes—two and a half times beefier and 30 percent cushier. Meltzer, who had been training with conventional running shoes, was skeptical, but he laced them up and cruised around his Sandy, Utah, neighborhood. He was shocked by how forgiving they were. Halfway through the run, he was sold.
footwear  sports 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Other sports teams have fun on twitter at the Chargers expense - True Blue LA
This logo set social media on fire Thursday Morning.
Twitter isn't a place for embarrassing moments to happen. The social media platform is ruthless in never letting the subject forget, often times in hilarious fashion. The Chargers had one of those moments they would probably like back after revealing what the internet thought was their new logo after announcing the team's move to Los Angeles.
sports  logo  football  humor  twitter 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Rams officially have best NFL logo in Los Angeles, beating Chargers | Rams Wire
The Los Angeles Rams didn’t have to try very hard to get their first win over their new rival. The new Chargers logo is absolutely hideous.
Here are some of the best reactions we’ve seen to the weird new branding that owner Dean Spanos announced.
sports  logo  lakers  dodgers  rams  kings 
january 2017 by rgl7194
‘Moneyball’ Doesn’t Need to Be Accurate to Be a Classic
‘Moneyball’ Doesn’t Need to Be Accurate to Be a Classic
It’s our latest entry into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame
Moneyball was nominated for six Academy Awards, but never got to take home any hardware. Well now it has a more prestigious honor: Induction into our Sports Movie Hall of Fame. Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan discuss why the movie is a classic, even though it took a handful of creative liberties.
Listen to the full podcast here. This transcript has been edited and condensed.
sports  analytics  economics  movies 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Our 28 Favorite Sports Moments of 2016
Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5 NLDS Save
Mallory Rubin: I love witnessing greatness. It’s why I’ll never tire of Alabama winning the national championship, and why I have to respect the Patriots even though I loathe them, and why I feel truly privileged that I’m alive to watch Clayton Kershaw, an all-time baseball great, pitch every five days. And so even though I’m not a Dodgers fan, I felt pain, real true pain, as the “Clayton Kershaw, Playoff Choker” narrative took hold again this postseason. Every time Kershaw stumbled in the seventh inning or gave up a hit to a leftie the past few postseasons, I felt cheated out of some semblance of order, some sense of rightness that conforms to my idea of how greatness is supposed to look and feel. And so when Kershaw demanded the ball in the decisive ninth inning of NLDS Game 5 against the Nationals after giving up eight total runs in his first two postseason starts, I felt like this...
sports  top_ten  baseball  dodgers  kershaw 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Top 25 News Photos of 2016 - The Atlantic
The past twelve months have been an eventful time for news stories, from the unpredictable and tumultuous U.S. presidential election, to continued war and terror in the Middle East and refugees fleeing to Europe, to a historic World Series win for the Chicago Cubs, ongoing protests demanding racial justice in the U.S., the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, and so much more. Today, we present the Top 25 News Photos of 2016—and starting tomorrow will be presenting part one of a more comprehensive three-part series, 2016: The Year in Photos. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.
photography  in_focus  politics  sports 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Photos of the Only Quidditch Team in Africa
The sport of Quidditch from the Harry Potter universe has been exploding in popularity in recent years in the real world. While there are now countless western teams, there’s only one that represents the continent of Africa: Team Uganda. Photographer Marijo Silva shot a photo series to share the team’s journey.
Team Uganda was founded in 2013 by John Ssentamu, a man who read the first Harry Potter book and was delighted to learn that Quidditch was being played in the real world by people in the Western world. They got their start using found items and basic gear supplied by donors.
harry_potter  sports  africa 
november 2016 by rgl7194
Today Is The Sports Equinox | FiveThirtyEight
Today, the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB all play games. It’s a sports equinox, the 16th in history:
Will all four leagues play at the same time?
They sure will! Indians-Cubs is scheduled for 8:00 p.m ET. At 8:30 Eagles-Cowboys kicks off, and at least three NBA games and two NHL games will already be in progress.
sports  football  baseball  basketball  hockey  538 
november 2016 by rgl7194
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks hoops, social change with Harvard Crimson basketball team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn't mention either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton by name, but the presidential election was on his mind when he came to Harvard on Saturday to talk to the players on the Crimson basketball team.
Nor did the Basketball Hall of Famer need to cite Colin Kaepernick by name when he said current sports stars were "getting their baptism" in social movements.
"I'm glad to see that the younger athletes are concerned and saying something about it. That's how we solve things," Abdul-Jabbar told reporters before meeting with the players.
"The Founding Fathers gave us a great method. But it requires us to listen and to inform others of our ideas in a polite and understanding way. They have a ways to go."
sports  politics  gov2.0  protest  education  KAJ 
october 2016 by rgl7194
Karch Kiraly blog Time to Close the Serving Gap
The success of the U.S. Women’s National Team this summer made me more convinced than ever that serving is a skill that young players in the U.S. need to spend more time practicing. On our way to gold medals at the FIVB World Grand Prix and the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, we created a lot of point-scoring opportunities with tough serves that combined pace and accuracy. That was a big part of why we won a total of 17 of our 19 matches in those two tournaments.
Quite honestly, serving is not a skill that our juniors and college-level players do as well as other players in those age groups around the world. That’s a generalization, but it’s largely true.
sports  volleyball 
october 2016 by rgl7194
11 of the Best Action Photos of 2016
Red Bull Illume, the world’s top action and adventure sports photo contest, has announced the winning photos for the 2016 edition. After receiving 34,624 photo submissions, the contest’s 53 judges ended up selecting 11 shots as the best action photos in the world for 2016.
The above photo, titled “Masterpiece by Yodobashi” and captured by Lorenz Holder of Germany, was awarded Overall Winner of this year’s contest. The photo shows BMX rider Senad Grosic riding over a bridge in an autumnal Gablenz, Germany.
Here are the winners in the other categories...
photography  contest  sports  adventure 
october 2016 by rgl7194
Here Are the First Real-World iPhone 7 Plus Photos: NFL and US Open
Announced last week, Apple’s new iPhone 7 Plus claims to pack the world’s most advanced smartphone camera — a dual camera system that can zoom optically and simulate depth of field. Now the first real-world iPhone 7 Plus photos have emerged: they were shot this past weekend at an NFL Sunday Night game and at the US Open.
Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho was equipped with the phone in covering the football game between the Titans and the Vikings, and ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman used the camera in New York to capture one of the grand slams of tennis.
sports  photography  iphone7  camera  football  tennis 
september 2016 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Sports Illustrated: iPhone 7 Plus Sneak Preview Photos
Sports Illustrated:
On Sunday, Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho took photos with the new iPhone 7 Plus camera at the Titans-Vikings game. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12–megapixel telephoto camera that offers new zooming capabilities.
Great photos. They don’t look like phone photos. They look like Sports Illustrated photos. The only tell is that the depth of field is so deep — it looks like SI’s test unit didn’t have the faux-bokeh (faux-keh?) Portrait mode enabled.
sports  photography  iphone7  camera  daring_fireball 
september 2016 by rgl7194
Sports Illustrated, ESPN show why you want the iPhone 7 Plus camera | iMore
If you're making your purchasing or upgrade decision about iPhone 7 based on the camera quality, Sports Illustrated and ESPN have some good news for you...
Meanwhile, photographer Landon Nordeman shot some impressive "fan photos" of the US Open for ESPN...
They're not quite what you'd get from what sports photographers typically shoot with — foot-long Canon or Nikon lenses — but the clarity and colors are now within the realm of "I don't have to lug around all that glass and I'll still get shots like this? Hand me that iPhone!"
I hope Klutho and Nordeman share their thoughts in a follow-up. Meantime, go check out all the shots.
sports  photography  iphone7  camera 
september 2016 by rgl7194
iPhone 7 release: First look at photos from the new 7 Plus |
n Wednesday, Apple unveiled the brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both of which feature an entirely new camera system. Now some of the first photos taken by the new iPhone 7 Plus camera are being unveiled exclusively on On Sunday, Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho took photos with the new iPhone 7 Plus camera at the Titans-Vikings game. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 12–megapixel telephoto camera that offers new zooming capabilities. Each new model also features a wider aperture and a lens that allows the camera to capture brighter and more vibrant colors in photos and videos. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in stores in 25 countries on Friday, Sept. 16.
sports  photography  iphone7  camera  football 
september 2016 by rgl7194
The best sports scores and news tracking app – The Sweet Setup
The best sports scores and news tracking app
Yahoo Sports
After much research, testing, and comparing, we’ve picked Yahoo Sports as the best overall sports app for iPhone. It’s been my go-to app of choice since it was launched in the early days of the App Store.
It features a clean design, customizable push notifications, relevant news, and in-depth results for your favorite games. ESPN and theScore are both worthy alternatives, but neither of them can replace Yahoo Sports on my homescreen.
sports  ios  apps  comparo 
september 2016 by rgl7194
What is all that stuff? A closer look at an Olympic-quality bow | Ars Technica
A competition-grade bow has it all, from high-tech materials to simple mechanics.
A lot of us have only seen archery on episodes of Game of Thrones, or maybe we have hazy memories of a simple fiberglass bow at summer camp. If that's your picture of archery technology, than a modern bow probably looks like it was dropped off by aliens.
To find out how this equipment actually functions, we took a subway ride to Gotham Archery, where Anjalie Field walked us through all the moving (and, hopefully, stationary) parts of a bow that's fit for competitive archery. Field got hooked on the sport while young, and she loved it so much that when she ended up at a college without an archery team, she founded one.
sports  olympics  archery  technology 
august 2016 by rgl7194
The Best Water Bottles | The Wirecutter
If you’re looking for a great water bottle, we have some suggestions. We’ve conducted almost 70 hours of research into bottles over three years, considered dozens of pieces, and tested 54 bottles made from various materials. Because different people have different priorities, however, we couldn’t pick just one, so we’ve chosen our favorites across a broad range of materials and styles, including steel, insulated, plastic, glass, and collapsible bottles. (If you want a bottle to keep hot drinks hot, check out our guide to the best travel mug.)
The 27-ounce Klean Kanteen Classic stainless steel bottle has been at the top of our list for two years running. Because it’s made of stainless steel, it’s lightweight and dishwasher safe, and it keeps unwanted smells and tastes to a minimum. Most important, it’s leakproof. It’s easy to fill, easy to drink from, and ready to be tossed into the dishwasher at the end of the day. You can also fit the Classic with any of half a dozen cap styles if you’re looking for something different.
sports  travel  camping  gear  wirecutter  comparo 
july 2016 by rgl7194
Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Roger Federer - The Atlantic
The 2016 Wimbledon Championships concluded on Sunday, wrapping up the 139th year of the world’s oldest tennis competition. Despite rain delays at the start of the tournament, players pressed on, celebrities filled the seats, and fans brought costumes, umbrellas, and good spirits. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was bested in the semi-finals by Milos Raonic, Andy Murray of Scotland took home the men’s singles trophy and Serena Williams tied the world record of 22 grand slams after winning the women’s singles title.
sports  tennis  photography  in_focus 
july 2016 by rgl7194
Rio Olympic torch relay - The Boston Globe
Earlier this year in Greece, the Olympic Flame began its ceremonial journey by torch to the site of the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The games opening ceremonies take place at Maracana Stadium on Aug. 5.
sports  olympics  photography  big_picture  south_america 
july 2016 by rgl7194
The Olympics Are Still Struggling To Define Gender | FiveThirtyEight
What is gender? It might sound like the kind of question that college students debate in a liberal arts class.1 But for the International Olympic Committee, it’s a practical question that demands a hard and fast answer. As at previous Olympic Games, athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro will be segregated into women’s events and men’s events, and that means the IOC needs a way to sort women from men.
538  gender  olympics  sports  women 
june 2016 by rgl7194
The Fan Chaos at Euro 2016 — The Ringer
Six days into Euro 2016 in France, the image that comes to mind isn’t of a beautiful pass from Paul Pogba or a wonderful goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s of the old port town of Marseille and the northern border city of Lille being turned into stages for rioting and violence by contingents of Russian and English fans.
Before the opening-round match between the two national teams on Saturday, supporters of Russia and England rioted in the streets of Marseille, clashing with French police, who used tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to break them up. Inside the stadium, as the match ended, Russian fans turned on their English counterparts.
crime  europe  politics  russia  soccer  sports 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Russia 2018 World Cup: Violence In Marseilles Should Lose Team Host Status, Say England Fans
Outraged England fans have called for Russia to be stripped of its hosting of the 2018 World Cup, after a third day of violent clashes saw numerous Brits hospitalised.
Russia is facing disciplinary proceedings into its supporters’ actions at Saturday’s last-minute 1-1 draw with England. Scenes of extreme violence were also captured on camera afterwards.
The country’s sports minister has warned the team will likely be fined by football governing body Uefa for sparking violence and unrest in Marseilles.
crime  europe  politics  russia  soccer  sports 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup is a total joke that isn't funny
Vladimir Putin's 2014 Olympics in Russia were a farce. Political activists and gay and lesbian athletes were openly repressed during the Winter Games in Sochi. The event's massively inflated budget brought to life insider excess and croneyism. 
Coupled with the geopolitical shenanigans of Putin's Kremlin, it was all enough for me to ask if Russia even deserves to host the 2018 World Cup as planned. 
But that was two years ago. Those were simpler times. 
Since then, a widespread doping scandal featuring a "deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels" has been uncovered in Russian athletics. Meanwhile, Russian thug-fans are currently terrorizing the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France with violence and mayhem — behavior that experts link to the Kremlin's foreign policy. 
It all paints a picture that's crystal clear: The 2018 World Cup in Russia is a complete joke, a dangerous premise and a potential disaster in the making. 
sports  soccer  europe  russia  politics  crime 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Starring Ali as Himself — The Ringer
What ‘The Greatest’ teaches us about The Greatest
“This, uh, no Hollywood set. This is real. Hollywood comes here and takes these kinds of scenes and sets ’em up — have somebody in the movies playing his life. This is real: We don’t pick up a script. We get up in the morning feeling tired, sometimes we feel good, sometimes bad. But we go through it with feelings.” 
— Drew Bundini Brown, When We Were Kings
Nobody could play Muhammad Ali but Ali himself. In 1977, Muhammad Ali starred in The Greatest, a biopic based on his own memoir from two years prior. The movie starts with his Olympic win in Cuba and ends with the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, 14 years later. In between, he dates white women, he gives up white women, he befriends Malcolm X, he converts to Islam, he boxes, of course, and so on — you know the story.
sports  boxing  celebrity  movies  RIP 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Apple uses its homepage to celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali | iMore
"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest."
Apple has paid tribute to the late Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3. The legendary boxer and civil rights activist spent his final hours with family at a Phoenix hospital after enduring decades of struggle against Parkinson's disease. The company has a background image of the greatest fighter the world has seen, alongside a quote "The man who has no imagination has no wings".
Apple has long respected the legendary voice of Muhammad Ali. Tim Cook also shared a special mention on social media on the day of Ali's passing...
Be sure to head to Apple's website to see the tribute page.
boxing  celebrity  RIP  sports  apple 
june 2016 by rgl7194
The Unfilmable Muhammad Ali — The Ringer
Why Michael Mann’s 2001 film couldn’t quite match its subject
Watching the opening sequence of Michael Mann’s Ali is like seeing Mount Rushmore come to life. Outsize, mythological figures are suddenly walking and talking. There’s Ali — then known as Cassius Clay — training for his first fight against Sonny Liston, in Miami, with trainers Angelo Dundee and Bundini Brown. There he is again, listening to Malcolm X give a speech. There’s Sam Cooke, performing an ecstatic live version of “Bring It on Home to Me,” like the one that would appear on one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. Segregation and civil rights, the rise of mass media and popular music, professional sports as sociocultural battlefield. The scene is just 10 minutes long, but it’s practically as big as the 20th century.
boxing  celebrity  RIP  sports 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Muhammad Ali’s Greatness Defied Statistics | FiveThirtyEight
“I’m through being amazed by Muhammad Ali.”
That, along with a wave and a shake of the head, was the exit line of the legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, who by 1980 had seen enough from Ali not to be surprised if he managed an upset over then-heavyweight champion Larry Holmes at age 38. Five years prior, Dundee had been there when Ali whupped George Foreman in Zaire in a fight before which observers had feared for Ali’s life and safety. Put nothing past the champ.
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP  538 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century - The New York Times
Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74.
His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman. The cause was septic shock, a family spokeswoman said.
Ali, who lived near Phoenix, had had Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday with what Mr. Gunnell said was a respiratory problem.
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP 
june 2016 by rgl7194
How Muhammad Ali Woke Up Sportswriters — The Ringer
The boxing legend transformed “them” into “us”
Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, may be the most important figure in the history of sportswriting. Grantland, Red, Jimmy, Bob — they’re all ranked contenders. Ali feels like the champ.
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Muhammad Ali dies at 74 - The Boston Globe
Muhammad Ali, who declared “I am the greatest” and proved it many times over, infuriating some and captivating countless more as he floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee on his way to winning the world heavyweight championship a record three times, becoming perhaps the most widely recognized person on the planet, died Friday in Phoenix. He was 74. Mr. Ali had long suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome. The condition was understood to be a consequence of his boxing career.--By Lloyd Young
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP  photography  big_picture 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Muhammad Ali: The Mission | FiveThirtyEight
In 2013, our old friends at Grantland released a 30-for-30 documentary on a little-remembered moment in the life of Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday at age 74. The film, made by Amani Martin and narrated by John Legend, recounts the story of Ali’s 1990 trip to Iraq before the Gulf War, during which he negotiated with Saddam Hussein for the release of American citizens taken hostage after the invasion of Kuwait. Ali risked his reputation, health and safety for the freedom of prisoners held by Hussein as “human shields” to deter U.S. military strikes. Only six weeks after Ali brought 15 hostages back home to their relieved families, Operation Desert Storm bombarded Iraq.
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP  538 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World — The Ringer
Four encounters with the Greatest of All Time
The news conference was unexceptional, save for the fact that Muhammad Ali was there.
It was 1983 in New York. He spoke briefly but didn’t say anything of consequence. For nearly all of it he sat at the dais, looking down at the tablecloth or up into a corner of the hotel ballroom while the promoters and fighters stood up and spouted and underscored the fact that — perhaps for the only time in history — one figure in one sport was more interesting than all the others in it combined.
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP 
june 2016 by rgl7194
Everything You Need to Read and Watch About Muhammad Ali — The Ringer
Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74. Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital earlier this week due to respiratory issues, and his condition quickly worsened. His death was confirmed in a statement by a family spokesperson late Friday night.
sports  boxing  celebrity  RIP 
june 2016 by rgl7194
NBA - Kobe Bryant remains No. 1 athlete in China ahead of Messi, Ronaldo, LeBron James
In the ESPN World Fame 100, soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ranked Nos. 1 and 3, while LeBron James ranked No. 2 and Kevin Durant ranked No. 6. It's not surprising because soccer and the NBA are among the most popular sports in China and the world.
Yet for fans in China, none of those four tops the list. Rather, Kobe Bryant, who came in at No. 11 in the overall fame rankings, sits at No. 1, totally unshakable. Yes, the "Black Mamba" is the most popular athlete in China.
He has had the best-selling sports jersey in China for five years (2007-2010, 2012) since the NBA first released jersey sales rankings for China in 2005. And his career finale attracted more than 110 million people on Tencent, the exclusive digital partner of the NBA and ESPN in China.
sports  basketball  lakers  kobe  top_ten  ranking 
june 2016 by rgl7194
ESPN's World Fame 100
It started off with a simple question: Who's the most famous athlete in the world? Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, devised a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings. The names might be familiar, but where the planet's biggest stars land on the list could surprise you.
Methodology  |  Fame by the numbers
Video: Fame trends  |  Photos: Snapshot of fame
sports  celebrity  ranking 
june 2016 by rgl7194
‘We Gonna Be Championship!’: A New Approach To ‘Fixing’ Sports Quotes | FiveThirtyEight
It’s not enough to hope for brilliant basketball in these Western Conference finals that feature four of the top-seven finishers in this year’s MVP voting. I want to see flawed quotes, in all of their glory, presented without fear of backlash. If Kevin Durant leaves out a letter of an indefinite article when disparaging an owner or Brazilian Leandro Barbosa uses broken English during a postgame interview, it could end up being the best part of the series — as long as they are allowed to truly speak for themselves.
If you think quoting people accurately can’t be controversial then you haven’t read about Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle relaying the English words of Dominican-born Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez verbatim:
Gomez: “For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be angry. They be disappointed.”
Critics, including Gomez himself, accused Smith of ridiculing Gomez by highlighting the native Spanish speaker’s grammatical inaccuracies. The editor of the Chronicle apologized.
Since when should journalists apologize for being accurate?
sports  multilingual  quotes  538  language 
may 2016 by rgl7194
Trainerbot will push your ping-pong skills to the limit | Ars Technica
Train yourself or remotely kick all of your friends' butts.
Playing ping-pong has always been a two-person experience—until now. Trainerbot is a new household robot that is almost guaranteed to be your toughest ping-pong opponent. Brothers Alex and Harrison Chen developed Trainerbot after years of playing ping-pong with each other. While away at college, Harrison developed the first Trainerbot prototype out of a garbage can so he could practice in secret while away from his brother. A dozen or so prototypes later, the newest version of Trainerbot is going up on Kickstarter today.
I've never played ping-pong in my life, so I was apprehensive of Trainerbot at the beginning. Using the companion mobile app, you can choose different drills to practice (including an intimidating one called "Crazy Mode"), create your own drills, and share them with friends to challenge their abilities. Rather than being isolating, Trainerbot can be as social as you make it thanks to the sharing abilities the app will have at launch. Of course, Trainerbot is clearly for a specific group of table-tennis-loving people (and at more than $300, those will be the only people to invest in one at first), but newbies like me might be intrigued after giving it a try for themselves. Check out Trainerbot and my first attempt at ping-pong in the video above.
sports  robot  kickstarter  ping-pong 
may 2016 by rgl7194
Top-ranked Victor boys lacrosse a tough act to follow
Two coaches in the Monroe County league high school lacrosse league recently chatted about a game that involved the Victor Blue Devils.
They seemed more than impressed.
"They can do it all,'' Webster Thomas coach Rob Ruller said. "They are deep. They are athletic. They are competitive. They are great.
"They're worth every ounce of that No. 1 ranking.''
Lacrosse Magazine announced this week that Victor moved to No. 1 in its national US Lacrosse/NIKE top 25 rankings. The Blue Devils may be the first lacrosse program in Section V history to hold this designation in any publication, certainly during the last decade.
victor  high_school  sports 
may 2016 by rgl7194
Mallory Pugh: Head of the Class - U.S. Soccer
The combination of natural born talent, hard work, an excellent support system and the tremendous support given to the U.S. Youth National Team programs has allowed Mallory Pugh to have some unique soccer experiences before the age of 18.
She started in a U-20 Women’s World Cup at 16-years-old, debuted for the full U.S. National Team at 17, scored her first international goal at the senior level in front of more than 23,000 fans and became the youngest U.S. female player ever to play in an Olympic Qualifying match.
Those accomplishments have earned her the acclaim of being one of the top young players in the world.
“I remember coming into January Camp for the WNT following the [World Cup] Qualifying tournament for the U-20s the month before and being nervous,” Pugh said. “But then as the soccer came along and we started playing more and more, that's when things became a lot more comfortable and easy. Now things are great and I'm excited for what's ahead.”
sports  soccer  women 
april 2016 by rgl7194
Rose Namajunas cuts long blonde locks, gets buzz cut in advance of Paige VanZant fight - MMA Fighting
Ripley in Alien 3? GI Jane?
Call it whatever you like. But Rose Namajunas will be going into her bout with Paige VanZant in the main event of UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas with a buzz cut.
Namajunas, known for her long, blonde hair previously, posted a picture of the new 'do Saturday on Instagram.
"It's a fight, not a beauty pageant," Namajunas wrote on the photo. " Sh*t's in my way at practice ... cut it off!"
sports  women  hair 
april 2016 by rgl7194
Skateboarder Sean Malto's documentary was shot entirely on an iPhone | iMore
Professional skateboarder Sean Malto's documentary, called MALTO, was shot entirely on an iPhone. Ghost Digital Cinema released behind-the-scenes footage from the documentary (via MacStories), detailing how they used professional lenses and a gimbal attached to an iPhone and a $10 FiLMiC Pro app to capture the visuals.
Check out the documentary above, and view the behind-the-scenes footage from the video below. It is remarkable how the video turned out considering it was shot entirely on an iPhone. Then again, this isn't the first time the iPhone has been used in such a setting.
sports  documentary  iphone 
april 2016 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Sean Malto Skateboard Documentary Shot on iPhone
Some truly gorgeous shots, and an interesting behind-the-scenes video too.
sports  documentary  iphone  daring_fireball 
april 2016 by rgl7194
Sean Malto Skateboard Documentary Shot on iPhone – MacStories
Ghost Digital Cinema released a documentary about professional skateboarder Sean Malto that was shot entirely on an iPhone using an app called FiLMiC Pro, which is just $9.99 on the App Store. The filmmakers supplemented the iPhone with equipment like professional lenses, a gimbal and a drone, but the heart of the operation was an iPhone and a $10 app.
In addition to the documentary, Ghost Digital Cinema posted a behind the scenes video explaining how they made the Malto documentary. The amazing things that people make on their iPhones never never ceases to amaze me.
sports  documentary  iphone 
april 2016 by rgl7194
Mild concussion? Simple blood test can detect injury up to a week after | Ars Technica
Molecular marker could help treat and prevent brain damage.
A barely bruised brain can send out molecular SOS signals in the blood for days after an injury, researchers report this week in JAMA Neurology.
The finding suggests that new blood tests, already in development to detect those signals, may be able to identify even the mildest concussions well after a knock to the head.
“It is common for patients who have had a concussion or mild [traumatic brain injury] not to seek immediate medical attention,” the authors write. Kids, in particular, might have delayed or mild symptoms and go without treatment right away. Letting a concussion go undiagnosed may mean returning to work or school too soon, thwarting the brain's efforts to heal. This can lead to dizziness, memory loss, depression, and headaches. And if a patient returns to play or sports too quickly, further hits to the head could lead to more severe or even permanent damage.
“This test could take the guesswork out of making a diagnosis by allowing doctors to simply look for a specific biomarker in the blood,” lead researcher Linda Papa, an emergency medicine physician and researcher at Orlando Health, said in a press release.
sports  health  medical  test  brain 
april 2016 by rgl7194
TrueHoop Presents: How Nike lost Stephen Curry to Under Armour
...THE SNEAKER BUSINESS exists parallel to the basketball business, except not completely. Estimates peg total sneaker sales somewhere north of $20 billion annually, and rising. The total worth of NBA basketball is harder to gauge, but the $2.15 billion sale of the traditionally ignoble Los Angeles Clippers speaks to its riches. Both basketball and basketball shoes are massive operations, deriving their dollars from the consumer's obsession with winners. More specifically, with cool winners. Football can be ugly and popular. Baseball can be slow and profitable. The NBA needs physical charisma, individuals with moves so graceful viewers ache to imitate them.
You can't be Michael Jordan, but you can rent a part of his life when you wear Jordans. For millions of people, that slice of happiness is worth the cost...
sports  advertising 
march 2016 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: How Nike Lost Stephen Curry to Under Armour
Ethan Sherwood Strauss, writing for ESPN:
Perhaps this is how Nike missed. Years of promoting Michael Jordan descendents made them oblivious to a player who shot the ball over that whole paradigm. It left them vulnerable to Kent Bazemore, and a company with less than 1 percent of the sneaker market. The next frontier of flight didn’t happen to be the next frontier of basketball. The next frontier happened to be Steph Curry, whose launches aren’t leaps, yet whose range commands a zeitgeist.
Nike could have re-signed Curry for just $4 million — a mistake that is now costing them billions.
sports  advertising  daring_fireball 
march 2016 by rgl7194
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