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  • US has WORST showing in modern Olympic history when two figure skaters FALL and [tr]

    02/23/2018 5:37:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2018 | Minyvonne Burke and Shekhar Bhatia
    t was a rough day for the US women's Olympic figure skating team when all three women botched their solo routines for the free skating event. Mirai Nagasu made history earlier this week when she became the first American woman - and third overall - to successfully land a triple axel in the team event, but the 24-year-old Olympian struggled Friday at the Pyeongchang Games. After taking the ice and flawlessly performing a few moves, everyone expected Nagasu to launch herself in the air for the triple axel but she instead turned into a single axel. She finished in tenth...
  • A 2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

    02/23/2018 4:00:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | February 23, 2018 | James Ellingworth
    A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ceremony. Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexander Zubkov told The Associated Press on Friday that a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.
  • Dominant Belarus biathlete is a former KGB agent

    02/23/2018 3:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 22, 2018 | Travis Mewhirter
    To the surprise of few, Belarus has not been a big presence at these Winter Olympics. It sent 33 competitors and, with only a few days left in these Games, has just three medals to its name. Two have come thanks to a 31-year-old named Darya Domracheva, a biathlete with an exceptional knack for shooting. Aside from the fact that Domracheva trains that aspect of the sport for competition, she had also apparently been honing it as a KGB agent, a position she held until 2014.
  • Russians strike gold, US left to ponder future [Ladies Figure Skating

    02/23/2018 3:48:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AP ^ | February 23, 2018 | Tim Dahlberg
    By the time the final group of figure skaters took the ice at Gangneung Ice Arena, things had been pretty much decided. Russia would win its first gold of the games, and the only question was whether Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva would stand on the top level of the podium. The Russian national anthem would not be played at the medal ceremony later, though that didn't seem to matter to the boisterous fans who helped pack the arena, waving Russian flags and signs as the two top teenagers squared off. They, like most, understood that the whole "Olympic Athletes...
  • Exclusive: Federal documents detail sweeping potential NCAA violations involving [tr]

    02/23/2018 3:42:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 23, 2018 | Pat Forde and Pete Thamel
    Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures of prominent former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and his agency, ASM Sports. They include expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances, as well as entertainment and travel expenses for high school and college prospects and their families. Yahoo Sports viewed hundreds of pages of documents from the years-long probe that had federal authorities monitoring multiple targets and intercepting more than 4,000 calls across 330 days, providing a clear-eyed view into...
  • Sore Loser! Furious Canadian Women's Hockey Player takes off her Silver Medal in Disgust and [Trunc]

    02/22/2018 12:56:42 PM PST · by Cecily · 72 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 22, 2018 | Danielle Zoellner
    A Canadian women's hockey player refused to wear her silver medal after her team lost to arch rivals USA in the Olympic finals. Jocelyne Larocque yanked the medal off her neck during the ceremony in Pyeongchang just seconds after an official gave it to her. The 29-year-old and her teammates lost the gold to the USA on Thursday in a dramatic shootout, ending a streak of four gold medals in the last four Olympic games. Team USA celebrated gold medal joy and ended 20 years of Olympic misery against Canada in the most anticipated clash of the Winter Games last...
  • 'I Miss Him So Much': Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Downhill Course

    02/22/2018 12:15:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Hyung-Jin Kim
    Vonn said she sprayed parts of Don Kildow's ashes "just a few days ago" on a rock that she was told was special when she visited South Korea last year to be named a Pyeongchang Olympic ambassadorLindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving something even more special behind. SNIP The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run. "I know that it would mean a...
  • 288-Pound Woman Becomes Heaviest to Run a Marathon and Aims for Ironman: 'It's about Visibility'

    02/22/2018 9:26:20 AM PST · by Cecily · 38 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | February 22, 2018 | Julie Mazziotta
    When Ragen Chastain sets a goal, she wants it to be nearly unattainable. Which is how she went from hating running to signing up for a marathon. “I decided I wanted to try a challenge and jump out of my comfort zone, and distance running had always been the thing that I was worse at in the entire world,” Chastain, 41, a speaker and writer, tells PEOPLE. “So I signed up for a marathon first thing.”
  • Team USA Scores Olympics Women’s Hockey Gold But Ratings Hit Near Low

    02/22/2018 8:22:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 22, 2018 | Dominic Patten
    It took 20 years and a shootout, but Team USA finally beat Team Canada to take the Olympics gold medal in Women’s Hockey late last night. However, for NBC, victory was not on the ice as the ratings for the second Wednesday of the PyeongChang games slide to their second worst result yet.
  • Lindsey Vonn in position to win gold in women's combined

    02/21/2018 8:39:14 PM PST · by conservative98 · 37 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Feb 21, 2018, 10:49 PM | Jay Busbee
    Vonn took off 13th, and posted a time of 1:39.37, good enough for first place.
  • The Boys of Winter -- February 22, 1980

    02/21/2018 7:30:58 PM PST · by Alberta's Child · 25 replies
    The Boys of Winter ^ | 2005 | Jim Craig
    Years before I ever heard of Lake Placid or the Olympics, before I knew the name of a single Russian hockey player, I was a kid in Massachusetts who wanted to be the next Bobby Orr. I grew up skating on Holmes' Pond, which took its name from our next-door neighbor, Mrs. Holmes, who owned it. A man named Phil Thompson, our postman, was the person who told me I should try organized hockey in the Easton Junior Hockey League. He had already been working on it with my mother. He was a fine postman and an even better...
  • Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks

    02/21/2018 5:49:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    SI ^ | February 20, 2018 | Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther
    It was an hour or so before tip–off. The Dallas Mavericks were hosting a nationally televised game during the 2010–11 NBA season. And, deep inside the American Airlines Center, a recently–hired Mavericks support staff employee was eating dinner in the media dining room. As the woman sat down, the team president and CEO, Terdema Ussery, asked if he could join her. She grew nervous, not because Ussery was her boss’s boss, or because he was one of the most prominent figures in the Dallas sportscape. It was because his reputation as a serial sexual harasser of women preceded him. At...
  • Three falls, one question: What's wrong with U.S. women's figure skating?

    02/21/2018 3:30:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 21, 2018 | Dan Wetzel
    Bradie Tennell fell. Mirai Nagasu fell. Karen Chen had to put her hand down on the ice to stop herself from falling. Three American skaters. Three errors they likely won’t be able to recover from here at the Olympics short program Wednesday. “I’m mad,” said Nagasu, who is ninth place. “I’m upset.” “I am not going to lie, I am pretty disappointed in myself,” said Chen, who is in 10th. “We’re all human,” said Tennell, who is in 11th. “We make mistakes.” The United States hasn’t won a medal in ladies’ figure skating since 2006, when Sasha Cohen took silver....
  • Redskins Tweet Donald Trump and Jeb Bush Find Common Ground on Washington’s Football Team

    02/21/2018 3:00:17 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/5/2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Mr. Trump. who has made bluntness a hallmark of his presidential bid, said that the Redskins moniker was yet another issue of unnecessary political correctness. The name has been that way for years, he said, and not everyone considers it to be a slur. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name,” he said. “They think it’s a positive.” Areas of agreement between Mr. Trump and Mr. Bush have been few since they became presidential candidates, often ridiculing each other on policy and personality. Asked if their shared view on the Redskins might help them turn over a...
  • Dangerous TV Ad for Wrigleys chewing Gum Is Banned

    02/20/2018 10:34:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 21 FEB 2018 | Neil Shaw
    Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewersA "dangerous" TV ad showing a woman chewing gum while playing football has been shown the red card. Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewers who feared the ad for Wrigley's Extra might encourage kids to carry out the "dangerous practice" of chewing gum while playing footie. The ad, which was seen last September, was found to be in breach of rules regarding children plus harm and offence. It was banned from being shown again, and Wrigley's - based in Devon - were warned not to show people chewing gum while playing sport in any future...
  • Youth semi-auto shotgun for trap. Remington 11-87?

    02/20/2018 11:20:32 AM PST · by GOP_Party_Animal · 60 replies
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    My son has joined his middle-school trap team and I'm shopping for a gun. Recommendations are for a semi-auto so as to reduce felt recoil and I would like him to have a 12 gauge so as not to handicap him with a 20. He takes hunter safety in a couple weeks and I also look forward to taking him hunting this year. The problem is that there aren't a lot of choices for new 12 gauge guns under a $750 budget. What I'd like to do is buy an 11-87 and replace the stock with an 870 youth stock...
  • This Boat is Impossible to Capsize

    02/20/2018 10:43:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | Feb 18, 2018 204 | By Sophie Weiner
    The Thunder Child is a high speed, wave-piercing boat that's built to be uncapsizable. The boat was designed by Safehaven Marine for use by Navy, law enforcement, and other groups who sail in high-pressure situations. The boat can fit 10 crew members on board and has a sleeping cabin. It's built to absorb shocks from rough seas. But by far the most impressive thing about the Thunder Child is its ability to right itself even if it is completely capsized. The video below explains how. There are a few factors that allow this boat to sail through any conditions without...
  • Louisville men's basketball program forced to vacate 2013 national title after NCAA upholds [tr]

    02/20/2018 10:40:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2018 | Alex Raskin
    The Louisville men's basketball team has been stripped of its 2013 national championship title as well as its 2012 Final Four appearance after the NCAA denied the school's appeal on Tuesday. The penalties, which were originally announced in June, stemmed from an investigation into allegations that a former Louisville staff member provided strippers to entertain players and recruits during on-campus dormitory parties between 2011 and 2015.
  • SEC baseball coach resigns after opening weekend

    02/20/2018 10:30:29 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The State ^ | 2/20/2018 | MATT CONNOLLY
    Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro resigned from his position Tuesday morning, the school announced in a statement. The move was not related to on-field success as the Bulldogs finished 40-27 last season and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional. Instead, Cannizaro made the move after what he called “poor decisions.” Assistant Gary Henderson will serve as the interim coach. The Bulldogs opened the season with three consecutive losses to No. 21 Southern Miss after being ranked No. 23 by Baseball America in the preseason. Cannizaro played professional baseball before getting into coaching and was an assistant at LSU from...
  • Forget tourism: Pyeongchang's legacy probably debt and anger

    02/20/2018 9:35:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AP ^ | February 20, 2018 | Foster Klug and Kim Tong-Hyung
    The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But even as South Korea basks in the glow of daily competition and global attention, hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what was promised during its successful 2011 Olympics bid and turn an ignored, impoverished backwater into a premier Asian ski hub.