Olympic doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing gymnasts and other women

Larry Nassar was sentenced today to 175 years imprisonment, Justice Rosemarie Aquilina telling him "I've just signed your death warrant." 163 of his victims—many of them young women athletes all but ordered to tolerate his abuse by sporting authorities who held the power to end their careers—gave accounts of assault at his sentencing.
Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.” “It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.” Nassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.
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Trial cyclist vs the obstacle course that is Düsseldorf

Here's two minutes of Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill doing astounding bike tricks in Düsseldorf, making his bike leap from one narrow ledge to another, climb over walls and fences, and many other feats of daring, coordination and balance. There's a full 26 minutes of this on Ali Clarkson's Vlog 69. (via Kottke) Read the rest

Youth basketball team finally booted for racist jerseys printed with "Knee Grow" and "Coon"

It took three weeks for Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League to kick out a Kings Mills area team due to their disgustingly racist jerseys with phrases like "Coon" and "Knee Grow" emblazoned on the back. The "Wet Dream Team," as they were officially named, was about to play its fourth game of the season before referees booted them. From Cincinnati.com:

Charrise Middleton, the coordinator for Kings Rec Basketball 7-12, told FOX19 NOW:

"When I learned of the uniform infractions last night the team involved was immediately removed from the league and will not be returning to play this season. Kings Rec Basketball for grades 7-12 does not in any way support or condone the uniform infractions that occurred. We strictly follow and support the rules set out by CPYBL and fully support their decision to remove the team from play as well."

Middleton also provided a statement on behalf of the team's coach:

"We sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by the jerseys. We offered to cover them up or change, however the league saw fit to remove us and we have accepted that decision."

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Exhilarating highlights from a year of pro snowboarding

Heart-pounding snowboard footage set to the original version of "Major Tom"? Yes please! Read the rest

RIP Bruce Brown, groundbreaking surf film pioneer

The Endless Summer is the most important film in the history of surfing, and a lot of that is due to director Bruce Brown's evangelistic narration and participatory enthusiasm. Brown died this week at age 80. Read the rest

Australian government upholds dismissal of sneaky golfer who shielded his employer-issued tracking device in a chip-bag

Tom Colella worked for 20 years as an Instrument Electrical Tradesperson for Aroona Alliance in Western Australia, until he was fired in on Sept 20, 2016 for sneaking off to play golf every Wednesday afternoon and hiding his absences from his employer by putting the PDA that he was obliged to carry -- in order to track his movements -- in a mylar potato-chip bag that acted as a Faraday cage and prevented it from receiving GPS signals and other location-identifying beacons and storing or communicating his location for his employer. Read the rest

How do you train for the most polluted race in the world?

Emily James (previously) writes, "The air in Delhi is so polluted the government’s instruments can't measure it but they are still going to run a half marathon on Sunday!" Read the rest

How the University of New Hampshire spun blowing a frugal librarian's donation on a stupid football scoreboard

In September 2016, we learned that the University of New Hampshire was going to use $1 million that an incredibly frugal librarian saved while working as a library cataloger for 50 years to buy a new scoreboard for its stadium. Read the rest

Impressive golf trick shot involves trusting friend

Garrett Clark & Micah Morris post a lot of cool trick shots, but the between-the-legs ricochet shot below is a testament to their friendship. Read the rest

Great behind-the-scenes video of trying out a floating dock for surfing

Making of 'The Dock' looks at the logistical challenges of constructing and towing a floating dock out into the Bali surf, as well and the challenges of surfing from it. Read the rest

No one wants to host the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented step of announcing the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities (Paris and LA), because both cities were bidding unopposed, and LA had to be bribed with a $1.8B "grant" from the IOC to agree to host the games. Read the rest

Watch some relaxing surfing on Hawaii's famed North Shore

The ocean has been featured prominently in a lot of bad news lately. Here's Morgan Maassen's reminder of how lovely it can be, featuring surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Read the rest

Watch these thrilling underwater marble races

The MarbleLympics dodecathlon just concluded, but the real excitement came in the 11th round, an underwater marble race that encompassed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Read the rest

Watch the first-ever kayak race on one of the world's hardest rapids

It's astonishing that these kayakers survived, let alone navigated a slalom course as they plunged down the class IV+ – V rapids of Norway's lower Myrkdalselva. Read the rest

Great explainer on how glass top pool tables work

Ever since transparent pool tables came on the market, I was curious about how they worked. Elite Innovations' designer Craig Nottage explains. The trick? Vitrik:

The playing surface is called ‘Vitrik’, it is a patented technology by Elite Innovations. It is a coating and mesh multi-layer combination, fixed to the glass, which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table, plus spin(English) can be applied. It’s highly durable, completely non-toxic and is 96% transparent. Please view our video to see our table in action, you will see that the balls indeed behave as they should.

The Vitrik™ playing surface is durable and will give years of game play, but when it needs to be recovered eventually (just as cloth tables do), please contact us to have it recovered. We offer a 12 month warranty on the playing surface against workmanship. Warranty does not cover wear and tear, or misuse. Only balls supplied by Elite Innovations can be used on the Vitrik surface – though others will not affect the physical properties of the surface, other balls may leave significant, highly visible, burn marks.

Some people learned the hard wayafter shelling out $75K for one of these babies.

Bonus video: table underlit with colored LEDs:

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Scottish government agencies move to block expansion of Trump's unprofitable golf courses

Trump's Scottish golf courses are hemorrhaging money (they lost $1.8M in 2015) and the only way they can be profitable is if they're allowed to expand, but that's almost certainly not going to happen. Read the rest

This adorable dog gives pro kitesurfer Kevin Langeree a run for his money

Professional kitesurfer and water sports athlete Kevin Langeree has a wonderful moment of inspiration in this video with one very good dog.

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