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Teenage baseball player has amazing at-bat routine

This high school baseball player in Japan sure has panache at the plate!

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South Korean rhythmic gymnast is world's most stylish baseball pitcher

Say what you will about the accuracy of Shin Soo-ji's first pitch at the July 5 Doosan Bears/Samsung Lions game, but you can't fault her for style! (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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Watch these swooping paragliders skim across water in style

Competitive canopy piloting has added a remarkable event where pilots get points for skimming their feet across a shallow water feature and landing within a small square. Points are given for precision and style.

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Dogs jumping rope

Better than you do, says the Dodo (who made this supercut). But hey, why compare? They jump better than we expect them to.

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Fantasy Sports: dungeon crawl ends in epic, eldritch basketball game

In Fantasy Sports No. 1, a berzerker adventurer and his spellslinging, underappreciated apprentice go on a dungeon crawl that takes them into an eldritch game of basketball -- for the highest stakes imaginable.Read the rest

Dan Pink's sensible idea: ban parents from their kids' sporting events

Daniel Pink, author of books about business, work, and behavior, says when parents come to their kids' sports games, it distracts the kids from being able to focus on "the mastery of something difficult, the obligations to team mates, and the game itself."

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WATCH: Girl limbo skates record distance under 6-inch hurdles

Indian limbo skater Little Rithika set a crazy new record after skating 60 meters while staying under 21 bars set just 15cm (~6 inches) high.

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What's inside golf balls? Watch this guy slice open 10 of them, and find out.

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This video from Golf Digest is oddly captivating.

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Beer to be named after Joe Paterno, late coach who enabled Jerry Sandusky sex abuse

Jerry Sandusky, L, and Joe Paterno, R.  [Reuters]


Jerry Sandusky, L, and Joe Paterno, R. [Reuters]

For fans of beer honoring a sex-abuse enabler, this one's for you.

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FBI and DoJ investigating whether St. Louis Cardinals hacked networks of rival Houston Astros baseball team

 Players on the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, high-fiving one another in happier, more innocent times. [Reuters]


Players on the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, high-fiving one another in happier, more innocent times. [Reuters]

Prosecutors with the FBI and U.S. Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of a rival team, The Houston Astros, to steal valuable private data on players.

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The best knee brace for my damn osteoarthritis

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I was 15 when I noticed the popping and cracking coming from my joints. The stiffness, especially in my knees, followed not long after, and it's only gotten worse since. Getting up from a kneeling position was painful and difficult by my late 20s. It was frustrating.

After my first, painful winter in Pennsylvania—where I had to go upstairs backwards, on my ass, because I couldn't lift my right leg—I went to the doctor.

Osteoarthritis.

She asked me if I played sports as a kid.

"Nope."

"It's good that you didn't."

When my x-rays came back, though, it was good news: it turned out that none of my joints were bad enough to require any type of special medical treatment. Prednisone gives me bad side effects, so I was instructed to take a maximum of 2400mg of ibuprofen a day (up to 800mg a time) for no more than two weeks, during flare-ups. And get a knee brace.

I love my knee brace.

The frustrating thing about wearing a brace isn't its existence, it's others' reaction to it. Old men at the gym ask “What happened to your knee?”, I respond “I have early onset osteoarthritis”, and they say “You're too young for that.” This pisses me off.

“You have a conversation with my fucking body then,” I said to one guy. "Explain to it that it's too young for EARLY ONSET osteoarthritis.”

I love my knee brace.

I hate the fact that I have to use it, but I love it because I've spent the last five years with osteoarthritis, I'm lucky that it hasn't gotten bad enough to warrant hardcore treatment, and the knee brace makes it OK.

41ZzcpmAnjL Of all the brands I've tried, the DonJoy OA Lite Osteoarthritis Knee Brace is the one that works for me, good for "active daily living" and the gym, thanks to it being both high-quality and lightweight.

It's durable, too: one one you see in the photo above is five years old and often worn daily. It's not cheap.

I've reached a point where I qualify for steroid injections, and am needing the brace less often as a result. But it's still a necessity on leg day.

DonJoy Lite Osteoarthritis Knee-Brace [Amazon]

Watch BMX session inside huge abandoned sports stadium

The Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan is a massive abandoned sports stadium. Watch BMXer Tyler Fernengel shred the place.

Shin Kicking is the best sport

"It takes a great tolerance for pain," said the visibly insane British man. "But it's quite skillful. There are rules. You can only kick the shin."

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Swiss cops' dawn raid snags top FIFA officials


Six top executives of international football's (notoriously corrupt) governing body were arrested at the crack of dawn in their Zurich hotel by Swiss police acting on a US criminal corruption warrant.

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Explaining Cricket

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Springtime turns American minds to college basketball, but the world is not watching. No, everyone else is fixated on the Cricket World Cup, going on right now, which brags a TV viewership of 1.85 billion.

Hating to be left out, my wife wanted to know what the fixation was, and she challenged my knowledge of the game, which my brain kept interpreting as an insect. Together, we spelunked down the YouTube rabbit hole, only to get more confused the more we tried to understand. Here's what we learned:

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Tactical cutlery


The Buck 941 Travelmate Kit Chocolate Paperstone Knife is a tactical spreading knife with a clip-on multispork.

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