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- 08/20/15--13:10: Caitlyn Jenner Could Face Manslaughter Charge In Fatal Malibu Crash
- 08/23/15--17:59: Jarryd Hayne Is Straight-Up Crushin' It Right Now
- 08/24/15--18:39: IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies Of Head Injury
- 08/25/15--09:58: This Woman Made An Incredible Lego Model Of Serena Williams
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They’re shit, and you know they are.
Tom Brady and the NFLPA appeared to emerge a step ahead of the NFL during a Deflategate hearing in federal court on Wednesday.
Tom Brady leaving a Deflategate hearing earlier this month.
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MANHATTAN, NY -- After seven months of Deflategate deadlock between the NFL and poster-boy quarterback Tom Brady, the League came under intense questioning from a federal judge during a hearing here Wednesday.
Attorneys for the NFL and NFLPA on behalf of Tom Brady met in Judge Richard Berman's courtroom in downtown Manhattan Wednesday, but the dispute's key players, Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, were not in attendance for the two-and-a-half hour hearing.
Judge Berman noted that Brady and Goodell will be required to attend the next and final hearing on August 31. Berman assured that unless a settlement is reached — which at this point seems about as likely as Bill Belichick flashing a smile on the sideline — he will try to issue a decision by Sept. 4 to narrowly miss the NFL season kickoff on Sept. 10.
NFLPA attorney Jeff Kessler delivered an hour-long, scattered diatribe about the NFL's limitations of power and the role of Goodell as arbitrator in his client's appeal hearing. His arguments nit-picked at the NFL's own player policy handbook, though Berman often had to stop and ask for clarification about the very points Kessler was making.
In short, Kessler said Brady had not been given adequate notice that he could be punished for being "generally aware" — as was the finding in the NFL-commissioned investigation prepared by attorney Ted Wells — of wrongdoing, rather than actively participating. He said the NFL bylaws are clear that a player must know in advance what type of sanctions they might receive for various infractions. Kessler said that "equipment violations," which he said is where tampering with footballs falls in the complex system of NFL policies, is subject to only a fine.
Later, NFL attorney Daniel Nash disputed this simple classification of the alleged wrongdoing, calling it much more serious than a simple uniform violation.
But as Kessler spoke, Berman asked a bigger question: Why don't key sentences in the Wells Report make specific mention of wrongdoing during the Jan. 18 AFC Championship, the game in which the allegedly deflated footballs were first brought to the NFL's attention? Specifically, Berman referred to the section of the report that concludes, "It is more probably than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."
"Mr. Wells is a smart guy!" Berman said, asking why he had phrased that sentence as such.
Kessler snapped out of his granular line of arguing: "That is an outstanding observation, your honor."
It's an observation Berman first asked the NFL last week during the first hearing between the parties. On Wednesday, though, it became clear that the judge finds it an extremely important question -- and that he has not yet received a satisfactory answer.
Attorney Jeff Kessler, Brady's attorney, arrives in court on Wednesday.
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With Nash at the podium, Berman said mention of the AFC Championship was "conspicuously absent" in the vague phrasing of definitive sentences in the report.
"It probably had been done before," Nash offered.
"That's a problem for me," Berman replied, kicking off a line of intense questioning directed at the league that proved difficult for Nash to answer satisfactorily to the judge's liking.
Next, Berman moved on to the game-by-game breakdown of Brady's suspension. How much of the suspension wad due to his "general awareness" of ball tampering versus his lack of cooperation with the league's investigation by not turning over his cell phone?
"The four-game suspension is based on an aggregation of ball tampering and 'uncooperation,'" Berman noted. "Next time someone tampers with a ball but cooperates with the investigation, what happens?"
"That would be up to the commissioner's sound judgment," Nash replied.
"I'm a little troubled by that," Berman said. He then asked about an explanation Goodell offered in his statement on upholding Brady's suspension, in which he said four games was "lenient," but comparable to the standard four games given to players who use performance enhancing drugs.
Goodell called steroid use "the closest parallel of which [he is] aware," explaining that deflating footballs and using PEDs are both in pursuit of a "competitive advantage," and that Brady's uncooperativeness was akin to a steroid user's efforts to conceal his use.
Berman said this explanation "raised more questions in my mind than it answered."
He was incredulous as he asked Nash to explain the logic of the comparison, and Nash deferred again to the shared "competitive advantage" aspect of the infractions. However, Berman interrogated him again, and it seemed Nash's explanations failed to satisfy the judge.
Sometimes the best dancers are the ones you least expect.
Oscar Hernandez decided to get in on the action at a recent Arizona Rattlers dance break, and SLAYYYYYYEEEEDDD. The video has been viewed nearly four million times in a little over a day.
The King ran up like, "Let me show you how it's really done, ladies."
It turns out the Samoan "football player" was the choreographer, and actually choreographs routines for the NBA, NFL, AFL, WNBA, and cheer teams. He posted on Instagram, "IT WENT VIRAL IN 1 DAY CRAZY THANKS FOR THE LOVE YALL."
So basically, he was brought down by the CHEER GAWDS to spread the news of good dancing.
Beliebe in the board, bro.
Justin Bieber is usually known for his on stage moves...
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“He looks like he just sharted.”
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“WHERE ARE MY OPTIONS?”
The formation of every school football team, EVER.
But which one were you?
Your standard university league football team.
Chances are that you were probably all of these at least once at some point in the season.
Sunday League football neatly summarised in one image.
There's always a guy who says he used to play semi-pro football, but has no actual evidence.
Lunch time at school.
*End of lunch bell rings*
"NEXT GOAL WINS IT."
Who doesn’t love a participation award?
This was your life blood.
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And you can relate to this look on a deeply personal level.
There was no better feeling than when your parents reached into their pockets and gave you change to buy some of these.
Getting that half-time sugar rush.
After school you'd work hard on your skills to be match ready for the weekend.
Your school pitch was probably on a hill.
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Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards.
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Caitlyn Jenner could be charged with vehicular manslaughter after sheriff's investigators present the results of their investigation into a deadly Feb. 7 crash in Malibu to prosecutors next week.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesperson Nicole Nishida told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that investigators are presenting their findings to prosecutors next week, but declined to say whether they would actually recommend the misdemeanor manslaughter charge. Sheriff's investigators concluded that speed was a factor, considering the existing traffic conditions.
The scene of a collision involving three vehicles in Malibu, California.
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The crash occurred on Pacific Coast Highway when a Toyota Prius stopped or slowed down and was rear-ended by a Lexus. Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade then hit the back of the Lexus, which was being driven by 69-year-old Kim Howe.
“They did have some findings with Caitlyn Jenner — a violation of unsafe driving for the prevailing roadway conditions — and that due to the death of Ms. Howe, the case will be presented for a possible misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge," Nishida said.
Nishida emphasized that the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will make the ultimate decision on which charges to file, if any.
Jenner’s attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment.
Sheriff's investigators did conclude that misdemeanor charges of driving on a suspended license should be filed against Jessica Steindorff, the driver of the Prius, Nishida said.
Jenner, meanwhile, is fighting a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Howe's two children.
Some of these look a little wrong.
Who is this?
Who is this?
Who is this?
Who is this?
We are all #BenStrong.
Ben Holloway was diagnosed with dural arteriovenous fistula, a rare brain disorder, in April 2014. The 4-year-old was immediately sent to undergo multiple intensive brain surgeries over the course of a year.
The illness causes "vascular anomalies formed by an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that normally drain the brain" and is usually fatal in children.
After being told by doctors that the now 5-year-old would never be able to play football, his hometown high school, Murray County High School, had a better idea: The team organized a "game" for him to play in — and score his very own touchdown.
His father, Joshua Holloway, told BuzzFeed, "I work with the president of the Murray County High School Touchdown Club. He knows all about his situation, and one day in my office, we came up with the idea of letting Ben on the field. He took it and ran with it from there."
Ben, dressed in his helmet and uniform, grabbed the ball from the quarterback and started running. "Ben's reaction was like a kid at Christmas," Joshua said.
With a little help from his Chatsworth, Georgia, team, Ben got back up and sprinted toward the end zone. Go, Ben, go!
The league also promises to host more events promoting domestic violence awareness.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
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MLB and the players union on Friday announced a new policy regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
The new policy includes discipline, treatment and intervention for players involved in abuse or assault incidents, as well as education programs and resources for players and their families.
MLB has had fewer known incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse than other professional sport leagues, with outfielder Milton Bradley and pitcher Josh Lueke as the perhaps the most well-known examples.
In a statement, the MLB said the program will extend beyond players: "[T]he Commissioner's Office will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players, as well as everyone employed by a Major League or Minor League club, and the Commissioner's Office, and the MLBPA will also implement an all-encompassing domestic abuse policy for its staff."
A three-member panel of experts will advise players of a treatment plan, which may include counseling sessions and, when relevant, "limiting interactions with his partner."
Following an investigation into the allegations, Commissioner Rob Manfred can issue sanctions by his own judgment of the incident. "There is no minimum or maximum penalty prescribed under the policy," and "the Commissioner's authority to discipline is not dependent on whether the player is convicted or pleads guilty to a crime."
If a player chooses to appeal sanctions issued by the commissioner, their case will be presented to a three-person arbitration panel comprised of one representative from MLB, one from the MLB Players' Association, and an "independent arbitrator."
This panel is a key differentiator from the power afforded to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who the league claims has the power to act as disciplinarian and arbitrator. It is a hitch in the NFL/NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement that has received much push back from players, most notably in federal court as the subject of Tom Brady's ongoing lawsuit against the league.
In allowing the commissioner power, but limiting his role throughout the process, the MLB appears to be attempting to avoid similar complications down the line.
The new program also includes standards and provisions for addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse before any incidents may arise. An education program is mandatory for all in MLB-affiliated clubs (Majors and Minors), and a confidential 24-hour helpline — in English and Spanish — has been established for players and their families.
The MLB also announced that it will promote awareness of the relevant issues, including "domestic violence awareness days" at ballparks.
Ball State? More like BALLER State.
With college set to begin for another year, many incoming freshmen are taking out student loans for the first time. However, one Ball State University student's tuition just became cheaper thanks to his incredible on-court skills.
Lem Turner was randomly plucked from the crowd at a pep rally in Muncie, Indiana, on Thursday night. If he sunk the half-court shot he'd win a semester of free tuition.
NOTHING BUT NET, BABY. ?
One more instant replay...
Currently playing in a pre-season friendly against the Dallas Cowboys, Hayne is making quite a splash.
Here's a GIF of Hayne's first return:
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I’ll go change my pants now.
Daredevil Laso Schaller decided to jump off this nearly 200-feet-high cliff in Switzerland for the sake of Red Bull and setting a new world record, and he got one of the most insane POV jumps ever.
So let's go over how tall 200 feet really is. That would be like jumping off something a few feet taller than the LEANING TOWER OF PISA into a tiny-ass pond.
Goodbye. No thanks. See you later.
Luckily, his helmet cam captured everything he was seeing. *Sweat drips down face*
Well, here goes nothing. *Holds breath until one passes out*
IndyCar Series veteran Justin Wilson died Monday after suffering a traumatic head injury during a race Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
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IndyCar Series veteran Justin Wilson died Monday after suffering a traumatic head injury suffered in Sunday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, his family announced.
In what was described as a freak accident, the 37-year-old was struck in the head, while wearing a helmet, by a piece of debris that was on the track after race leader Sage Karam's car crashed.
Wilson is the second IndyCar driver to die from an accident on the track in four years. Indy driver Dan Wheldon was killed in a fiery crash in 2011 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Wilson was surrounded by his family at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, when he died on Monday, the Indy Star reported.
Justin Wilson drives during the Pocono IndyCar 500 auto race the day he was struck in the head by a piece of debris.
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Karam's car crashed while he was leading the 200-lap race. As pieces of debris were bouncing on the track, Wilson, who was wearing a helmet, was struck in the head. He was apparently knocked unconscious and his car veered out of control, eventually smashing into the inside wall. Karam suffered a foot injury.
"This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole," IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. "Justin's elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin's family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time."
Wilson was born in Sheffield, England, and had lived in Longmont, Colorado. Since 2004, he had been competing in the American open-wheel race, and in six races this season for Andretti Autosport. Wilson earned seven career Indy car victories.
Veronica Watson, Lego master model builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, is an artist you should be keeping your eye on.
This is Veronica Watson. She's a 23-year-old artist, and she's turned her childhood love of Lego building into an art form.
And more and more people are learning about Watson's talent. Earlier this year, she was profiled in the New York Times.
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Watson's most recent art piece is a tribute to the most talked about name in tennis right now: Serena Williams.
As you may recall, Williams is in New York City, gearing up for the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament, this will be her first calendar Grand Slam.
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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Runner Molly Huddle got a little too excited about winning the bronze medal for the 10,000-meter race at the 2015 Beijing World championships, and she ended up losing her place right before the finish line.
There goes first, second, and Molly Hud—uh-oh...
As Huddle threw up her arms in excitement, Emily Infeld leaned into the finish line and beat her. Huddle immediately fell into shock, and told Universal Sports, “Emily was right there the whole time with just more momentum. She got that bronze. It’s going to take a long time to get over."
And to make matters more disappointing, Huddle would have been the first non-African-born runner to place in the women’s 10,000 meter race since 2007. Instead, Infeld walked away with that title.
Infeld told Universal Sports she actually felt a little guilty: "I feel like Molly let up a little. I don’t think she realized how close I was. I was just trying to run through the line. I’m really thrilled.”
I guess your track coach was right: It's not over until you cross that finish line.
The former MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst tweeted a photo that compared Islamic extremists to Nazis.
ESPN has removed former MLB pitcher and current baseball analyst Curt Schilling from an assignment calling Little League World Series games after he tweeted a photo comparing Islamic extremists to Nazis on Tuesday.
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Schilling, who was hired by ESPN in 2010, tweeted and posted to Facebook this photo:
In November 2014, Schilling was involved in another Twitter-related controversy when he argued with fellow ESPN colleague Keith Law about creationism versus evolution. Law, on the side of evolution, was briefly suspended from using Twitter for calling out his colleague on a public forum.
Schilling is best-known for his performance during the 2004 ALCS, during which his injured ankle bled through his sock while he was on the mound. At the end of and after his career as a pitcher, Schilling ran a video game company that borrowed and ultimately lost $75 million from the state of Rhode Island.
Schilling announced early last year that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, citing smokeless tobacco, which is commonly used by MLB players, as the cause. In August 2014, he announced his cancer was in remission.
Despite being pulled from the Little League assignment, Schilling is expected to make his regular appearance on this week's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.
Childhood memory overload.