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Each of the 16 times that Canadian judges scored a performance by Virtue and Moir, those judges scored the Canadians higher than the average of how the other judges on the panel scored them. Eleven out of 14 times (79%) that Canadian judges officiated a performance by the French team, they marked the French lower than the average score given by their colleagues.
On the other side, French judges gave Papadakis and Cizeron an above-average score 12 out of 13 times (92%) — but gave the Canadian judges a below-average score 8 out of 9 times (89%).
Certain other countries’ judges also displayed a strong preference between the rivals. US judges gave the French pair an above-average score 12 out of 14 times (86%) — compared to just 25% of the time for the Canadians. Meanwhile, Japan’s judges gave Virtue and Moir above-average scores 10 out of 12 times (83%) — compared to just 50% for Papadakis and Cizeron.
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What a beautiful, beautiful game.
That time a young Syrian refugee and his family got to sit the stands to watch a soccer game for the first time:
In September 2015, the Santos football team in Brazil hosted a visit from 100 Syrian refugees, including 9-year-old Malek (link in Portuguese, but the pics are pretty darling all on their own tbh).
And that time when a young Brazilian soccer fan won us over with his homemade jersey, too...
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Denner couldn't afford to buy a jersey, so he made his own in order to show his support for the Cruzeiro team and went viral (link in Portuguese).
...And got invited to visit the team's training center.
Denner got to meet some of his favorite players, and of course, he also received an official jersey from the team (link in Portuguese).
That time in the 2016 South American Football Championship when James Marcelin scored Haiti's first goal against Brazil, making him a national hero — especially poignant since he had been a survivor of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Even though Haiti ended up losing the game 7 to 1, Marcelin's goal became an incredible source of inspiration (link in Portuguese), especially for the kids in his home country.
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That time this young Portuguese fan showed sportsmanship toward a French fan after the 2016 Euro Cup.
Portugal had defeated France 1-0, but omg, this little buddy was the real MVP.
That time when a fan of the Aimoré Sports Club in Brazil wrote in to ask for a jersey, and added that he didn't mind if it was stained or torn:
The team's uniform manager was moved by the letter and set up a meeting with who he thought would be a little boy — but instead, the letter writer turned out to simply be a 33-year-old super fan.
That time at the 2014 World Cup, when Serey Dié, a midfielder for the Ivory Coast national team, was moved to tears by his country's national anthem.
Later in an interview, Dié explained that he never thought he'd play for his country — and had also been thinking of his father, who died ten years beforehand.
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That time this fan showed us the true meaning of dedication:
The 47-year-old Brazilian retiree Jairton da Rocha, though unable to walk, has become a familiar face at his favorite team's games throughout the year (link in Portuguese).
That time this fan gave his extra ticket to a man collecting cans outside the stadium, and invited him inside to watch a match for the first time:
Honestly, soccer fandom >>>
And finally, that time this fan decided to "put his heart to the test" after heart surgery by going to a game:
He'd literally had heart surgery EIGHT days (link in Portuguese) before the game. What a champ!
This post was translated from Portuguese.
A star is born.
Little Tavaris Jones made his big debut on the national stage yesterday during the halftime show of the last regular season game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
He tore the dance floor up to Ayo & Teo's "Rolex," and it was both adorable and badass all at once.
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So, is the NBA a simulation, or…?
In recent years, people have noticed NBA players moving in perfect synchrony. For example, look at the Phoenix Suns taking off running at the exact same time.
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Or Trevor Ariza and Chris Paul on the bench, mirroring each other's actions.
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There was the time Ricky Rubio and Derrick Favors removed their warm-up shirts in sync.
And Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili simultaneously did a disappointed clap on the bench.
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Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins once dropped their heads and began jogging at the exact same time.
Dwight Powell and Dennis Smith Jr. ran and leapt with extended hands at exactly the same time.
Draymond Green and Klay Thompson stopped to tie their sneakers at the exact same time.
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Three Golden State Warriors expressed their dissatisfaction with a foul call in sync.
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And Kevin Love even got in sync with a referee.
This synchronized moment was particularly interesting, because it's Doc and Austin Rivers — a father and son, sharing the same frustrated reaction.
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As these mesmerizing occurrences continue to happen, NBA fans seem to be watching closer, waiting for synchronized moments during games, and even afterwards, in the postgame handshakes.
So, what do you think, are NBA players robots?
You only have seven months until next season starts. You better start figuring out who you’re going to root for now.
This post was translated from Spanish.
Go for the gold! (But you might get silver or bronze.)
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You’d be surprised.
Left: Virtue and Moir; Right: Papadakis and Cizeron
Two teams are widely seen as the top contenders in the Winter Olympics ice dancing competition that starts tonight: from Canada, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and from France, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. At the 2017 world championships, the Canadians took the gold by 2.6 points, but at the 2017–2018 Grand Prix final — the last competition in which both teams competed — the French flipped the result and took first by 2.3 points.
Lots of factors influence who takes gold at the Olympics, but one of them could be which countries’ judges are chosen. Over the last season and a half, Canadian judges have tended to up-score the Canadian skaters and down-score the French, while the French judges have tended to do the exact opposite.
Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue compete in the free dance segment of the figure skating team event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on Feb. 12.
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Last week, BuzzFeed News published an exclusive statistical analysis showing that a full third of figure skating judges selected for the Olympics showed a pattern of home-country preference so strikingly consistent that the odds of it occurring by random chance are less than 1 in 100,000.
Data alone can’t explain why these patterns emerged. Judges might not even be aware that their scoring shows a consistent pattern, and their judging could simply reflect a preference for a regional style of skating.
In Pyeongchang, ice dancing judges will be drawn at random from a group of officials from 13 countries just 45 minutes prior to the competition.
We analyzed scores at 17 high-level competitions between October 2016 and December 2017. (You can read more about our analysis here.) Here’s what we found:
Among countries that scored at least five performances for both teams at high-level competitions between October 2016 and December 2017.
The race for the bronze medal is more complicated. A handful of teams are vying for the final spot on the Olympic podium. The favorites are Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev from Russia, who currently rank second in the ISU World Standings for Ice Dance but are considered by many observers to be a notch below the other top two teams. The contenders also include three teams from the United States, and one from Italy.
Russian and Turkish judges rated Bobrova and Soloviev a total of 21 times in BuzzFeed News’ dataset. All 21 times, they provided above-average scores, whereas Italian (20% of scores above average) and US (17%) judges have been much less generous.
On the other hand, US judges up-scored the three US teams every single time they judged them. Japanese judges also gave one of the US teams, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, an above-average score in seven of eight performances, and they gave the Italian team of Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte an above-average score 10 out of 10 times.
Based on performances from high-level competitions between October 2016 and December 2017.
Elizabeth Swaney is your new favorite Olympic skiier. Trust me.
Halfpipe skiing is one of the newest winter Olympic events, featuring high-flying spins, flips, and tricks. Here's a gold-medal run from 2014 by Maddie Bowman, for reference:
Pretty amazing, right?
Swaney is an American skiing for Hungary, and managed to place on the team thanks to a combination of factors.
Basically, since women's halfpipe skiing is a fairly new event, there tend to be very few athletes competing in the World Cup to qualify. Generally the top 30 will earn a spot at the Olympics, and — as halfpipe judge Steele Spence told the Denver Post — Swaney would be up against only 25 to 28 other women.
Swaney's runs contain essentially no tricks, which allows her to consistently complete runs without falling.
That consistency is key: Swaney managed to qualify for the Olympics by attending every World Cup event she could and playing it safe with her trick-free runs.
In fact, Swaney's Olympic qualification after just eight years of skiing might even cause changes to qualification requirements.
Philippe Belanger, the head judge for freeskiing events at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, told the Denver Post that athletes might need to earn more points in the future to qualify, requiring more jumps and tricks as opposed to just not falling down.
But you know what? I say that Elizabeth Swaney gives hope and inspiration to all of us who have a dream and determination, but aren't athletic demigods who started training at age four.
Good luck in Pyeonchang, Elizabeth!
“Winter Olympics: Bobsled. Me, an intellectual: Robertsled.”
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“Honey, have you seen my gold medal?”
While I acknowledge that the Winter Olympics are now over —*wipes single tear*— the good folks over at the internet have not.
Remember how, many moons ago, the US men's curling team brought home its FIRST EVER GOLD MEDAL?! Well, now Twitter has reminded us about them...
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Like, literal fathers.
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Specifically, "I'm grillin' steaks at the barbecue tonight in my Sauconys" dads.
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And then there's Reddit, who was quick to draw a box office comparison.
Yeah, they did this:
But regardless of their undeniable (and frankly, adorable) ~dad-ness~, the US curling team truly proved you should never underestimate your old man.
This cropping job is PEAK curling dad.
Go, Curling Dads™!!!!!!!!!!
The most underpaid athlete in the history of planet Earth.
Yep, we can sum up your whole personality.
March Madness is in full effect and everybody's got their bracket — which may or may not already be busted — filled out.
It was more than the hits.
Arguably one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Ichiro Suzuki, is finally hanging up his cleats at the young age of 44 years old.
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The once in a generation talent came over from Japan at the age of 27 and immediately took Major League Baseball by storm, winning the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year and MVP in his first season.
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The future Hall-of-Famer who played for the Mariners, Yankees, and Marlins finished his career with over 3,000 hits to go along with 10 Gold Gloves and 10 All-Star appearances.
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But Ichiro's impact went far beyond his stats and accomplishments, so lets take a moment to appreciate some moments and stories you may not know about Ichiro's career that helped write his endearing legacy.
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When he sat down for an interview with Bob Costas and revealed his hilariously vulgar favorite American expression.
"August in Kansas City is hotter than two fucking rats in a wool sock."
He learned Spanish during his time in the MLB so he could talk shit to opposing players.
"I feel a bond with them," Ichiro told Lofton by way of explaining his extensive secret Spanish-language shit-talking. "We're all foreigners in a strange land ... And besides, we don't really have curse words in Japanese, so I like the fact that the Western languages allow me to say things that I otherwise can't."
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He sent a hand written note to a fan who kept track of his total hits between his professional career in Japan and in the MLB.
He befriended Negro Leagues legend Buck O'Neil and when O'Neil passed away Ichiro personally donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in his memory.
According to ESPN's Wright Thompson's profile on Ichiro, he visited the museum without telling anyone while on a road trip to Kansas City. He also sent flowers to Buck O'Neil's funeral. Ichiro has also been known to visit the graves of players who's records he's broken, and visits Cooperstown frequently.
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Despite the language barrier Ichiro was known for giving legendary excessively vulgar pregame speeches at the All-Star game.
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Ichiro was a once-in-a-lifetime player who transcended the game, and as his former teammate Derek Jeter said "we probably won't see anyone like him again."
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This game of life can be pretty dark. Warning: includes details some readers may find disturbing.
Ronald Gasser said the shooting was in self-defense, but investigators argued during the trial that forensic evidence contradicted his claim.
An analysis by BuzzFeed News shows that judges displayed a strong preference for skaters from the same country at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and that it may have made a difference in a gold medal finish.
In court in Brooklyn on Friday, McGregor's bail was set at $50,000 and the next court appearance was scheduled for June 14.
Matt Campbell collapsed on the 22.5-mile mark.
Differing rules for elite women's and men's marathon runners mean some top female runners are left prizeless.
If any of these fails happened to me, I'd just be lying on the floor and crying.
Which G.O.A.T. are you?
The hardest NBA quiz you'll take right now.
"In Titanic when Rose throws the Heart of the Ocean into the water rather than donating the money to a worthy charity."
"It's actually hard to play when I can't physically serve," she said.
The rules follow a BuzzFeed News Investigation that showed judges frequently up-score skaters from their own country.
The Eagles have shown that the only way to lose a fight with Trump is by caring about his trash talk in the first place.
The 3-year-old thoroughbred is the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown.
It was the hockey team's first championship ever.
The Olympic gold medalist said he and his wife are “beyond devastated" by the death of their 19-month-old daughter, Emmy.
The kits! The suits! The track suits! The travel gear!
TACOS FOR ALL.
Here's a hint: not USA.
*adds Cavani jersey to Amazon order* *overnights it*
Good luck, Rob Manfred.
Messi or Ronaldo?
Three minutes, thirty teams — take a shot!
I think I'm in love.
Hervé Renard is your new favorite coach.
The judges were named in a recent BuzzFeed News investigation.
My favorite part of this whole cup thing, no offense.
"We're 34 minutes in and everyone's hair is holding up well."
“It’s OK to go out and be a woman and become a mother and then come back to your job,” said the head of the US Tennis Association.
Sure, the world cup is exciting, but what's even more exciting are these awesome cups.
"First and foremost, I would like to say I’m sorry to the Uber driver for the position I put you in. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize," Winston said in a statement.
Some say Neymar is still rolling on the ground this very minute.
"Carved by the angels."
This is THE news.
Saturday's match was Williams' first grand-slam final since giving birth just 10 months ago. Germany's Kerber won 6–3, 6–3.
"Just getting started."