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  • Report: Ex-Bears CB Charles Tillman now an FBI Agent

    02/23/2018 1:58:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NFL ^ | 2/23
    Evildoers running afoul of the law best keep their head on a swivel, or they might be blindsided by a Peanut Punch. Former NFL cornerback Charles Tillman is now an FBI agent, Sporting News reported. "He is currently working for the FBI. [He] has his badge and everything," a source told Sporting News. The Bureau does not comment on personnel matters. The longtime Chicago Bears cornerback began training with the FBI last year, according to the Chicago Tribune. Tillman's graduation from the Training Academy came in the nick of time. The FBI stipulates all new agents must be selected before...
  • Winter Olympics: Germany Stun Defending Champions Canada to Face OAR in Men's Ice Hockey Final

    02/23/2018 1:48:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/23
    Germany reached the men's ice hockey final at the Winter Olympics for the first time by beating defending champions Canada in the semi-finals. The 10th-seeded Germans won 4-3 at Gangneung Hockey Centre despite Canada fighting back from 4-1 down at the start of the third period. Germany will face the Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) in Sunday's final.
  • Ex-Dolphin Jonathan Martin taken into custody over social media post

    02/23/2018 1:38:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    ESPN ^ | Kyle Bonagura
    Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been detained for questioning in Los Angeles as a result of a threatening image posted on social media, according to reports. "The individual we believe responsible for the social media post in question has been detained and our investigation is ongoing," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. ABC News confirmed that Martin was the man detained by police.
  • Bullied NFL Lineman Posts Shotgun Photo, Forces High School to Close

    02/23/2018 1:35:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 23, 2018 | Justin Terranova
    Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. On Thursday, Martin caught the attention of school officials with a story that featured a photo of a shotgun and the names of former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey as well as the Los Angeles-area high school, Harvard-Westlake, that Martin attended. The 28-year-old was taken into custody on Friday, ABC reported. “When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge,” Martin cryptically posted.
  • Shani Davis Turns Down a Chance at the Olympic Sendoff He Deserves

    02/23/2018 11:05:25 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 47 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | February 23, 2018 | Michael Rosenberg
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea – It ended with a duck and a dodge, which was sad. Shani Davis deserved better than that. He finished seventh in what was probably the final race of his Olympic career, and then he ducked out of the rink without walking though the mixed zone so that he could dodge the media. As athlete crimes go, this was a parking ticket. Not a big deal. But by doing it, Davis robbed himself. Maybe he doesn’t care about a grand sendoff. More likely, he didn’t trust us to give him one, and that is what is sad:...
  • 'I Really Thought there had been a Mistake': Gold Medal-Winning Cross-Country Skier Jessie [Trunc]

    02/23/2018 10:59:03 AM PST · by Cecily · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 23, 2018 | Marlene Lenthang
    Gold-medalist and cross-country skier Jessie Diggins will have the honor of holding the American flag in the Winter Olympics closing ceremony this Sunday. Diggins, 26, was elected to carry the national banner by fellow Team USA athletes after she and skiing partner Kikkan Randall, 35, made history as the first American cross-country skiers to win Olympic gold on Wednesday. Diggins shared she is 'humbled' by her election and admits she at first thought the honor was a mistake.
  • 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 · 48 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 · 16 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 · 14 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 · 21 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 · 74 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...