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- 06/12/15--13:40: Siri Doesn't Know There's A Women's World Cup Going On
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- 06/15/15--19:54: Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup 2–0
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“This says everything about what kind of a guy P.K. is.”
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Subban, wearing sandals, scored on Jack with a couple of one-timers.
I would say the athletes competing in the Women’s World Cup are tough as nails, but they probably eat nails for breakfast, so…
Alex Morgan, forward, United States
What does Alex think about when she's not scoring game-winning goals? All the different ways she can kick your ass and then score game-winning goals, duh.
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Nayeli Rangel, midfielder, Mexico
Guess who doesn't care if you leave the game with your head still attached to your body? That's right: Nayeli.
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Christine Sinclair, forward, Canada
Or, as I like to call her, Christine "OMG, She's After Me, RUN!" Sinclair. Seriously, this woman brings a new meaning to the word aggressive.
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This is peak Boston.
Today in Extremely Boston news: Dunkin Donuts has released a music video for a song about iced coffee that stars Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
Called "Sippin," the song is about drinking iced coffee during the summer.
Gronk and Big Papi get pumped for summer by drinking iced coffee while riding a tandem training bike in the backyard of someone's mansion.
Then Gronk lobs a water balloon at Big Papi, who smashes it off a balcony.
This is your U.S. Women's National soccer team that will be competing in the 2015 FIFA World Cup this summer.
#20 Abby Wambach
Hometown: Rochester, New York
College: University of Florida
This is her fourth and final World Cup.
#13 Alex Morgan
Hometown: Diamond Bar, California
Club: Portland Thorns
College: University of California, Berkeley
This is her second World Cup.
HE’LL BE THERE FOR YOU!
Earlier today, Kyrie Irving spoke in a press conference about his recent injury and the 2015 NBA Finals.
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A! FRIENDS! TATTOO!
Rapinoe, Solo, Wambach, and the crew have you covered.
When you're trying to warn your friend not to get with that guy:
When you and your bestie are about to go out and you're lookin' good:
When your friends are in a drunken argument and you just wanna go to McDonalds for a big mac:
When you're about to give a presentation and your friend warns you you've got shit in your teeth:
The rules, the groups, the rankings, and more.
A history of the past champions:
Team that has won the most championships: Uruguay (15)
Team that has won the most games: Argentina (112)
Team that has lost the most games: Chile (82)
Teams that have never won a Copa América: Chile, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, United States, and Venezuela.
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12 countries participate in the tournament and are split into 3 groups.
The twelve countries participating will be divided in three groups:
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Each number represents the team's FIFA ranking:
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The tournament is divided in 4 phases.
Group phase: All the teams in each group play against each other.
3 points per won game.
1 point if it’s a tie.
0 points per lost game.
The two first place teams of each group as well as the two third place teams of all groups will classify to the Quarter-finals.
If two or more teams end up with the same amount of points, this is how the winner is determined:
- Goal difference in all group matches.
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
- Head-to-head result (between two teams only).
Quarter-finals: During the quarter finals, a team can't play against any other teams from their group in the previous phase. The winners of each match move on to the semifinals.
Semifinals: The winners of the semifinals move on to the finals, and the losers play to win third place.
The final: Two teams will play to try to win first place.
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His instagram is a national treasure of memes.
When he reiterated the importance of being honest with yourself.
When he was fed up with the Ice Bucket Challenge.
When he called out bandwagon fans.
When he got biblical.
They tried their…best?
The Philippine diving team is currently competing in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
First up is John Elmerson Fabriga looking conveniently naked.
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And it looked like things were off to a good start...
Now, if this was a SOMERSAULT competition he would have taken the gold.
M-V-Penis? (WARNING: NSFW)
During the live pregame broadcast, the cameras rolled over to James tucking in his jersey, and for a spilt second part of what appears to be his penis was exposed.
Apple’s intelligent personal assistant appears to be a bit soccer-ignorant.
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The United States Women's National Soccer team will take the field at 8:00 P.M. eastern time tonight against Sweden. The match is at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Canada. The match will be shown on FOX, NBC Universo, NBCDeportes.com. I retreived this information by visiting the USWNT's splendid website. I had to go there (I didn't feel like giving my web traffic to the fine, upstanding people of FIFA) because my trusted iPhone assistant, Siri didn't know anything about the game. In fact, she's not even familiar with the Women's World Cup.
It started innocently enough:
No information, eh? Something about this doesn't smell right. Crestfallen but undeterred, I figured it must be a soccer thing. Siri's voice reveals little about her geographic origins ... perhap's she's just a soccer-ignorant American. So I inquired:
Keep your eye on the ball.
Brazil's Neymar is one of the best players in the world, and he just proved why.
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In Sunday's Copa America match against Peru he got past two defenders with an outrageous move. He kicks the ball over not one, but two defenders, twice! All while maintaining possession.
FYI, Copa America is a soccer tournament held every four years to determine the South American champion. Brazil won the game 2-1.
We feel your pain defenders.
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Everybody hating, we just call them fans though.
So the New England Patriots received their Super Bowl rings this weekend.
Here's Tom Brady & co. dancing to "Trap Queen"
In court documents unsealed Monday, attorney James Sultan claims the juror failed to disclose knowledge of other murder charges filed against his client and may have been biased.
L-R: Attorney Charles Rankin, Aaron Hernandez, attorney James Sultan in court a week before Hernandez was sentenced.
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The attorney for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, convicted two months ago of killing a man who was dating his fiancé's sister, claims that a juror never disclosed knowledge of his client's other murder charges, in an attempt to get picked.
The allegations, unsealed in court documents Monday, detail how an anonymous caller told Hernandez's attorney, James Sultan, that "she recognized one of the jurors from TV," and that she had discussed Hernandez's separate double-homicide case in Boston with the person.
The allegations were made over the course of four phone calls made from blocked numbers, according to Sultan's filing.
If true, the potential for bias would likely strengthen Hernandez's appeal to his murder conviction in the shooting death of 27-year-old semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd.
Any mention of Hernandez's separate Boston double homicide case was excluded from the Lloyd murder trial. But according to Sultan, the anonymous caller said the juror in question had expressed a desire to be on the Lloyd jury, despite having discussed the Boston double shooting.
In that case, prosecutors say Hernandez, irate with Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an encounter at a Boston nightclub, fired a gun into their car while stopped at a red light, killing them and injuring a third, on July 16, 2012.
If the allegations made by the anonymous caller are true, Sultan argued, the Lloyd juror "was untruthful during the jury selection process" and was "exposed to extraneous information which was unfairly prejudicial to Hernandez."
He noted that other potential jurors who had access to similar conversations were vetted and dismissed. If the juror had "disclosed any awareness of the Boston charges against Hernandez," defense attorneys would have sought to have the individual dismissed, Sultan said in his court filing.
In unsealing the court documents, Judge E. Susan Garsh wrote that no decision had been made on whether to investigate Sultan's allegations. Until then, details about the juror, the caller, and the specific claims made to Sultan will remain redacted.
For the third time since 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday won the Stanley Cup, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning four games to two in the best-of-seven series.
Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith celebrates with teammate Brandon Saad (20) after scoring.
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The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2–0 in Game 6 of the finals.
Speaking to an NBC reporter on the ice, team captain Jonathan Toews said the win "doesn't feel real right now."
"We just keep growing, we keep maturing, this what it's all about," he said. "I gotta say, it doesn't get any better."
The win on home turf is the team's third championship title since 2010 and adds to the budding legacy of head coach Joel Quenneville, who was hired in 2008.
Addressing the crowd prior to the cup's hoisting, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that after six championships, "You have a dynasty."
It was also the first Stanley Cup win on home ice for the Blackhawks since 1938. Other championships for the Blackhawks include 1961 in Detroit, 2010 in Philadelphia and 2013 in Boston. All three recent Stanley Cups were won under head coach Quenneville.
Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Monday.
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Blackhawk scorers Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith secured the victory, first with Keith's goal in the second period with 2:47 left on the clock, then with Kane's goal with 5:13 left in the game.
Tampa Bay's star, Steven Stamkos, had several near goals, but each time he was either blocked or just off the shot.
Keith was selected unanimously as the most valuable player.
The last team to win three Stanley Cups within a six-year period was the Detroit Red Wings, who achieved that record between 1997 and 2002.
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Dillon Tate, a right-handed pitcher out of UC Santa Barbara, entered the world of professional baseball singing “Billie Jean” when he was picked in the first round of last week’s 2015 draft.
Tate was one of nine black players chosen in the first round — an increase compared with prior years. In 2014, there were four black players selected in the first round; in 2013 there were six; and 2012 brought seven black prospects into the MLB farm system, which the league said was the highest number since 1992.
“It's our hope,” MLB Senior Vice President for Youth Programs Tony Reagins told BuzzFeed News, “that these numbers will continue to rise.”
MLB has for decades struggled to recruit black American players, and the issue was reignited after the Society for American Baseball Research published a comprehensive study in 2012. The report found that, in 2012, 7.2% of MLB players were black — on average less than two players on a 25-man roster. The league had its highest percentage of black players in 1975 at 18.5%.
MLB has been slow to address this, and the result has been that young black players have less time in front of scouts, are economically shut out from playing in expensive travel teams, and have access to few scholarships for inner-city youth. The league has only recently realized that something has to be done, and officials told BuzzFeed News they have now intensified efforts to promote its youth programs that focus on recruiting black players. Whether or not these initiatives will be successful is yet to be seen.
Even MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on the night of the draft implied that the lack of black players was an issue that has only recently been given proper weight. He called the nine first-round selections “a great improvement for us. I think it shows that some of the things we’ve been working so hard on are starting to bear a little fruit.”
Tate — chosen by the Texas Rangers as the fourth overall pick — is a product of the revamped MLB recruitment efforts. The Claremont, California, native is the highest-round pick to come out of the Urban Youth Academy, one of MLB’s youth baseball programs, which specifically focuses on underserved children in major cities. Tate began attending the Compton branch at 15, and played year-round baseball between his Claremont High School team and the MLB program. In three years at UC Santa Barbara, Tate allowed only four home runs in 149.2 innings pitched, including one from Cubs recent call-up Kris Bryant in 2013.
He officially signed with the Rangers on Friday, reportedly earning a bonus of $4.2 million.
Tate’s position is also noteworthy: Baseball researcher Mark Amour’s 2012 study showed that the percentage of pitchers in MLB who are black is around 2%, never having reached higher than 6%.
The problem, as identified by MLB and other experts who spoke to BuzzFeed News, is in the youth baseball pipeline. In a half-dozen interviews with people in youth baseball and the MLB, one word was repeated over and over: “opportunities” — as in the historic lack of opportunities for young black players.
After he was elected in 2014, Manfred decided to tackle the issue by strengthening several existing programs — specifically RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and the Urban Youth Academies — and appointed Reagins as the head.
The RBI program, started in 1989 in Los Angeles, is MLB’s in-house youth baseball league. Sharing its acronym with the Runs Batted In statistic, the program is divided into five groups, with tournaments for softball, junior (ages 13–15), and senior (ages 16–18) baseball. Twelve RBI players each year get a scholarship based on academics and financial needs.
The Urban Youth Academies were founded in 2006 in Compton. It provides physical facilities like fields, batting cages, and specialized instruction for young players. Kids also learn groundskeeping, scouting, and umpiring, among other skills. There are five academies across the country, and Reagins said there should be eight to ten in the next three years.
At the recent opening of the Philadelphia Urban Youth Academy, Reagins told BuzzFeed News that his team’s goal is to get youth baseball “groups and leagues rowing in the same direction.”
Under preceding Commissioner Bud Selig, youth initiatives that focused on minority and underserved youth was “important, but the emphasis was not as prominent or relevant,” Reagins said.
“MLB invested a lot internationally” recruiting players from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico “and I don’t feel we’ve invested enough domestically,” he continued.
Mo'ne Davis and Steve Bandura
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Steve Bandura, who coached 14-year-old pitching phenom Mo’ne Davis since she was 7, will serve as the Philly UYA manager. He has worked in recreation programs in Philly since 1989 and in 1993 he founded the Jackie Robinson Baseball League, which focuses on teaching children as much about African-American history as it does about baseball.
“When I first started here back in 1989, I was pretty shocked to see that there weren’t any programs for kids,” he told BuzzFeed News. “The kids didn’t know about baseball. There’s such a rich history of African-American history in Philly and across the country and I wanted to reconnect the kids and their families to their history in the game.”
Bandura said the Philly UYA program was 10 years in the making, an effort he said was formed by himself and the Phillies. “Once we saw the academy in Compton, we decided to try to get one here as well.”
The first UYA field in Philly opened in early June, with a ceremony attended by Phillies execs, first baseman Ryan Howard, and 92-year-old Mahlon Duckett, who played for the Negro League’s Philadelphia Stars from 1940–1949. Bandura was not in attendance, and the ground has not been broken on the indoor facility, which will be next door to the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, the longtime host of Bandura’s programs.
“The problems [with the youth baseball pipeline] are the same everywhere — it’s just a lack of opportunities for kids to find their talents and develop their talents to the best of their abilities,” he said.
The new focus of these programs is getting young black players in front of baseball scouts. “The more that we can get kids recognized by scouts ... that’s a major, major step and that’s when you start to see kids get drafted like Dillon Tate,” Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said.
He admitted that “one kid coming through the first round of the draft is not nearly enough” to remedy the league’s abysmal number of black recruits. “But it’s a start,” he said.
One of the most significant impediments to young black players’ access to programs and scouts is the rise of the travel team. Youth baseball culture pivoted in the early 2000 to these organizations, which play showcases and tournaments that get players in front of nationwide scouts.
Rick Riccobono, the senior director of development for USA Baseball — the governing body of youth baseball in America — told BuzzFeed News that for kids, the national pastime was “once a rite of passage in this country.”
New baseball field at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Philadelphia.
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For children of affluence, that may still be the case, but the modern reality is that these leagues are expensive, specialized, and prohibitive to children whose families are without a surplus of time and resources. Highly regarded circuits are frequented by scouts, and admission for the tournament alone, said Scott Reed, general manager of the SoCal Bombers, a travel team, can top $1,000.
For many families, especially those in inner cities, the financial and time investments in travel teams are nearly impossible.
In addition to the expenses, the decline of multi-sport athletes — called specialization — has hurt baseball tremendously, said Reed. For kids of all backgrounds, basketball and football are the more popular and enticing choices.
Kids and teenagers are more likely to choose the sport their friends play. Reed said his own rosters are filled by word-of-mouth, and that fact alone could point to one reason black children are involved less in baseball. A 2013 analysis by the Public Religion Research Institute found that white Americans are likely to have social groups that are 91% white. Only 8% of a white American’s social group is black, the study found. On average, only 1% of a black American’s social network is white.
This racially insular nature of American social networks demonstrates how rosters built through personal networks in predominantly white communities lead to less minority recruiting.
Another problem in recruiting black players is how college scholarships for baseball are allocated: NCAA Division I teams can have up to 35 players on their roster, though each team is allotted 11.7 scholarships. (NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, which has 16 roster spots, is allowed 13 scholarships. For NCAA football, some teams are allowed 85 scholarships, while others are allowed 63.)
For a child from a family without the means to pay tuition, basketball and football, are by far the more lucrative options. In 2012, black players made up only 2.6% of Division I baseball teams.
Without scholarships, paying for college is a hardship for many inner-city youths. Research shows that the surer way to the majors is still through college. In 2012, Douglas Watcher at SABR analyzed MLB draftees from 2002–2005 and found that while high school players reached the major leagues at slightly higher rates than college players (33.5% compared with 33.1%), college players made up the vast majority of those drafted at all positions. Over the course of the three years, for instance, Watcher found that 424 pitchers had been drafted from college (130 made it to the majors) compared to 178 pitchers drafted from high school (with 65 making the big leagues).
Investing in the future generation is as much business as it is altruism, Hall said.
“For us to survive, our longevity is really dependent on children playing the game and getting interested in the game. Then, hopefully, they’re fans for life,” Hall said.
Hall wouldn’t say if he had specific goals for the number of black players he would like to see making it from the RBI and UYA to the major league, but said “ our clubs should really be a reflection of what our market demographics are.”
“What we do now is look at the high mark, and when you’re down now to 8%” — referring to the Society for American Baseball Research’s 2012 report — “we just have to see improvement there,” Hall said.
David James, the Senior Director of RBI, said the change won’t happen overnight. “It took a long time for that number to drop,” he said, “and will take a long time to turn it around.”
The Cardinals allegedly guessed at passwords the Astros GM used while he was with the Cardinals.
The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking the Houston Astros computer network to gain information about players, the New York Times reports.
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According to the Times, the FBI claims "the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals," whose former GM, Jeff Luhnow, had left the Cardinals for the Astros in 2011.
"The intrusion did not appear to be sophisticated," according to the report.
During his eight years with the Cardinals, Luhnow used the "computer network, called Redbird, to house all of their baseball operations information — including scouting reports and player personnel information." Upon joining the Astros, he implemented a similar infrastructure called "Ground Control."
Cardinals front-office personnel became "concerned that Mr. Luhnow had taken their idea and proprietary baseball information to the Astros," and reviewed a "master list of passwords" used by Luhnow during his time with the Cardinals.
The Times reports the "officials under investigation have not been put on leave, suspended, or fired," and MLB told the Times they are "aware of and [have] fully cooperated" with the investigation.
In fact, the hacking was initially reported to the FBI by MLB, after some of the hacked Astros intel was released to Deadspin in 2014. Upon beginning the investigation, "agents soon found that the Astros' network had been entered from a computer at a home that some Cardinals officials had lived in."
"Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros' baseball operations database," the league said in a statement.
"Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly."
The Cardinals released a statement that said they "are aware of the investigation" and that "the team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so."
"Given that this is an ongoing federal investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further."
"The Houston Astros are actively cooperating with an ongoing federal investigation," the team said. "We cannot comment on this matter."
The Astros, who are currently in first place in the AL West, shared the NL Central division with the currently first-place Cardinals until 2013.
Because the game is actually the least important thing.
Mariano Andújar (Argentina)
Who wouldn't love to receive a kiss from him?
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Rafa Márquez (Mexico)
There's a reason why he is Mexico's team captain.
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Fernando Amorebieta (Venezuela)
Six feet and three inches of pure hotness.
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Mauricio Pinilla (Chile)
The bad boy of Chilean soccer has EVERYTHING you've ever desired.
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Thank you for being great.
Dear Chicago Blackhawks...
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Thank you for bringing hockey back.
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Thank you for setting a winning standard...
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Most Valuable Face.
When your friend cancels plans that you didn't want to go to anyway.
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When bae figures out the passcode to your phone.
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When your boss lets you out of work early on a Friday.
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When you're doing your laundry and guard the only empty dryer to make sure no one takes it.
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