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Month: February 2018

Norway”s Secret to Crushing the Competition at the Winter Olympics

Norway”s Secret to Crushing the Competition at the Winter Olympics

Sports
From our friends at Sports Illustrated: The key to Norway''s success at the Winter Games has its roots in youth sports. By Sean Gregory February 23, 2018 GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Tore Ovrebo can be forgiven for having a little swagger as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games near their end in the city of PyeongChang. Well, as much as swagger as is acceptable for a Norwegian. Ovrebo is the director of elite sport for the Olympiatoppen, an organization of scientists, trainers and nutritionists who work with Olympic athletes across Norway''s sports federations. And Norway is crushing the Winter Olympics. As of Friday Feb.
Report: FBI Wiretaps Show Sean Miller Discussed the $100K Payment for Ayton’s Commitment

Report: FBI Wiretaps Show Sean Miller Discussed the $100K Payment for Ayton’s Commitment

Sports
From our friends at Sports Illustrated: According to ESPN, the FBI intercepted phone conversations in which Miller discussed a $100k payment to secure DeAndre Ayton's commitment. By Daniel Rapaport February 23, 2018 The FBI intercepted multiple phone conversations in which Arizona coach Sean Miller discussed a $100,000 payment to secure the commitment of star freshman DeAndre Ayton, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach. Miller allegedly had multiple conversations with Christian Dawkins about Ayton, a projected top-five pick who is to contend for national player of the year. Dawkins used to work f...
Jimmy Butler Leaves Wolves-Rockets Game With Right Knee Injury

Jimmy Butler Leaves Wolves-Rockets Game With Right Knee Injury

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From our friends at Sports Illustrated: Jimmy Butler left the Timberwolves-Rockets game with an apparent right knee injury in the third quarter. I couldn't put any weight on the leg. By Daniel Rapaport February 23, 2018 Timberwolves All-Star forward Jimmy Butler left the Wolves-Rockets game with an apparent right knee injury. I was helped off the court and could not put any weight on his right leg. The injury happened in the third quarter. Butler grabbed an offensive rebound and Nene appeared to make contact with the knee, but Butler did not seem to be affected by the contact. I then pivoted an...
Sebastien Toutant Wins First Ever Big Air Event, American Kyle Mack Takes Silver

Sebastien Toutant Wins First Ever Big Air Event, American Kyle Mack Takes Silver

Sports
From our friends at Sports Illustrated: The Americans finished the Big Air event in second, fourth and fifth place. By Charlotte Carroll February 23, 2018 Canadian Sebastien Toutant won the first ever Big Air event, with American Kyle Mack, winning silver in the city of PyeongChang on Friday night (ET). Great Britain's Billy Morgan took the bronze. Toutant, who had the lead going into the final run, lost his landing on the final jump to end with a score 174.25 and keep the lead. Mack landed a frontside triple cork 1440 Bloody Dracula on his second run that drew ple...
Jimmy Butler is Willing to Play Lou Williams 1-on-1 For $100K After All-Star Tweet

Jimmy Butler is Willing to Play Lou Williams 1-on-1 For $100K After All-Star Tweet

Sports
From our friends at Sports Illustrated: Butler was asked what I thought about Lou Williams' "u serious bruh? Lol" tweet after Butler didn't play in the All-Star Game. By Daniel Rapaport February 23, 2018 Lou Williams was pretty public about his disappointment with not making the All-Star team. When the All-Star reserves were released, I tweeted "Lol." Then when Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler didn't play a single minute in the All-Star Game to rest, Williams tweeted "u serious bruh? Lol" at Butler. @JimmyButler u serious bruh? Lol— Lou Wil
Olympics Skier Gus Kenworthy, Who Adopted 2 Sochi Dogs, Rescues Puppy from Korean Dog Meat Farm

Olympics Skier Gus Kenworthy, Who Adopted 2 Sochi Dogs, Rescues Puppy from Korean Dog Meat Farm

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From our friends at Sports Illustrated: Kenworthy is leaving South Korea with something more than a medal. By Kelli Bender February 23, 2018 Team USA''s Gus Kenworthy is leaving the Winter Olympics with a new rescue pet again. In 2014, the freestyle skier went through the long process of bringing two puppies I found near the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, back home to America. Those dogs (which now live with Kenworthy''s ex-boyfriend in Canada) are now healthy, full-grown social media superstars: Sochi pups, Jake and Mishka. And it looks like Kenworthy will be welcoming anothe...
Companies cutting ties with NRA grows to include Hertz, MetLife, Best Western

Companies cutting ties with NRA grows to include Hertz, MetLife, Best Western

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From our friends at ABC News: Another round of companies on Friday announced plans to sever ties with the National Rifle Associates, following the shooting massacre last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida that left 17 staff and students dead. One of the first companies that said it would cut ties with the lobbying group was First National Bank of Omaha, which announced Thursday that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit card with the NRA. A slew of other companies -- including Met Life Inc., Hertz Corp., and Best Western -- followed suit, and announced plans to terminate special discounts and benefits for NRA members. And as petitions circulate online urging companies to #BoycottNRA, the pressure to disassociate from the NRA is growing. #BoycottNRA ha...
Look: Chris Paul Celebrates Go Texan Day With an Incredible Cowboy Outfit

Look: Chris Paul Celebrates Go Texan Day With an Incredible Cowboy Outfit

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From our friends at Sports Illustrated: Chris Paul celebrated Go Texan Day with an incredible cowboy outfit. By Daniel Rapaport February 23, 2018 Today is Go Texan Day, which apparently is a day where Houstonians put on their best western attire to celebrate the beginning of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Rockets point guard Chris Paul may be relatively new to the Lone Star state—he was traded to Houston from the Clippers last June—but I went all-in on Go Texan Day. Look how well rocks a double-breasted button-down, skin-tight jeans, big-buckled belt, boots and a cowboy hat.