Cursed putters

On twitter, gravislizard takes us on a tour of the wild world of unorthodox golf putters marketed to a certain kind of player.

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Robert Kraft allegedly paid for sex act on morning of AFC Championship game between New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft today got a court date stemming from multiple prostitution charges. Read the rest

As sports company abandons support for "smart" basketball, Nike pushes a software update that bricks its self-tying shoes

Wilson X was the sports manufacturer's entry into the market for smart basketballs, but maintaining the app that made sense of the telemetry from your sensor-equipped roundball was expensive and stupid and so the Wilson X app is no more, and the "B" in "B-ball" stands for "bricked." Read the rest

How to win at Sumo wrestling

In the matter of Chiyonokuni vs Takanoyama on Day 7 of Hatsu Basho 2013, YouTube commenters note that the winning manoever, a Henka sidestep, is generally considered bad form, but in this case the larger wrestler had earlier disrespected the smaller one, so it's all cool.

The spank really makes it, doesn't it?

Here's another example of a Henka:

Here's a failed Henka (bout begins at 6:20m), though it still puts the wrestler at an advantage and he soon wins the bout:

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Watch: Inebriated gentleman and 2 cops fight and tumble down arena seats during sports game

An obnoxious gentleman at a Miami Heat game Wednesday who was shouting at people around him didn't take kindly to a couple of police officers coming around to see what the commotion was about.

According to NBC, they tried to talk to the 23-year-old man, who was "behaving in an aggressive manner," and noticed "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage in his breath." They then pulled the man up to escort him away from the crowd when things got a bit physical. Jump to 1:48 to see how the man and the cops suddenly get tangled up with each other and tumble down many rows of seats. Read the rest

Watch fantastic night freeskiers illuminated by fiery flares

Swiss freeskier and filmmaker Nico Vuignier of Centriphone fame, delivers "Heatseeker," an exhilarating night skiing adventure illuminated by fiery shots from a flare gun.

Edited by Nicolas Vuignier & Jules Guarneri; Shot by Jules Guarneri; Riders: Jeremie Heitz, Nicolas Vuignier, Samuel Anthamatten, Laurent DeMartin, Florian Bruchez, Mathieu Schaer

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Trump showing off his 300 hamburgers for Clemson national championship football team 🍔 (VIDEO)

Clemson's national championship football team went to the White House on Monday where President Donald Trump hosted them for winning the title. Trump had a bunch of burgers ready for them: Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King. Read the rest

Watch runners cheat in big Shenzhen half marathon

More than 200 runners in last weekend's big Shenzhen Half Marathon were caught cheating by traffic cameras as they snuck through trees, cutting out up to three kilometers from the course. (I did similar things in high school gym class although my motivation was not the competitive spirit but rather laziness.) Other cheaters in Shenzhen wore fake number bibs or ran under others' names. From The Guardian:

Xinhua (news agency) quoted organisers as saying: “We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event. Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself.”

ther marathon events in China are reported to have started using facial recognition technology to track runners.

Competitors in other marathons are now kitted out with electronic chips that register runners’ progress as they pass over timing mats installed around the course. This provides more accurate times – but it also gives organisers, and anyone who cares to look, a wealth of data to examine for suspicious results.

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Unpleasant mascot introduced

Behold the personification of a ritalin pill and an anxiety attack. Sports Illustrated reports on Gritty, the Philadephia Flyers' new mascot.

Philadelphia Flyers fans were in for a bit of a shock today: the Pennsylvania hockey team unveiled their new official mascot to the public. His name is Gritty. He looks like a rejected Muppet creation, a Where the Wild Things Are misfit or a stuffed animal gone seriously, terrifyingly rogue. He’s a bright orange, furry creature of bizarre design.

This video clip shows Gritty's introduction to a group of children. The screams/cheers ratio is worthy of note. Read the rest

How a prisoner's amazing drawings of golf courses set him free

“Creating golf holes with pencils is how I pass the time. Maybe one day I'll get to play the game I've only imagined.”

A man who was serving 39 years to life in prison decided to started drawing golf courses. His art was really cool. One thing led to another, and his drawings made their way to Golf Digest, which then wrote about him, realized his conviction sounded dubious, investigated, and guess what.

Valentino Dixon is now free. Read the rest

Seattle can't afford to fund arts, housing or tourism, but it can find $135 million to repair the Mariners stadium

King County Council was ambushed by a series of surprise amendments to its meeting on Monday that resulted in $135,000,000 being diverted from hotel lodging tax funds earmarked for affordable housing, arts, and tourism boosting, to effect repairs to the Mariners stadium, despite the team being valued at nearly $1.5 billion. Read the rest

Classic sports video games, one per sport

Wide World of Sports Video Games picks just one classic video game to represent each sport and organizes them into a neat gallery. It's the work of Tim Szetela, with Jason Eppink and John Sharp.

Players compete in more than 8,000 different sports around the world, but many sports video games focus on baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. Wide World of Sports Video Games explores the range of sports that have been adapted to video games over their 60-year history, featuring 123 different sports from Aerobics to Zumba.

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Now, a smiley-faced basketball

I don't think I've been around a basketball in two decades, never mind played with one. (Who am I kidding? It's easily been three decades.) Yet, I can't help but dig this bright yellow Smiley basketball by Chinatown Market ($59). Dare I say that it put a smile on my face? (Yeah, I'd better not.)

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Watch this impressive motocross champ jump obstacles

Toni Bou is famous for making seemingly impossible jumps between rocks, stumps, and other obstacles. Check out this compilation of some of his best moves so far this year. Read the rest

Watch how these BASE jumpers created a giant swing stunt

This making-of documentary not only shows how much preparation goes into a YouTube-friendly high-octane stunt, but it's also an interesting explanation of why BASE jumper Sean Chuma goes to such great lengths. Read the rest

Wallace the mule just made an ass of all those fancy dressage horses

Dressage sensation Wallace the mule was rescued in Ireland, and his new owner quickly saw his potential as a dressage competitor. It took a lot of work to overturn his intial ban on competing, but now he's won the UK dressage championship. Read the rest

New documentary on elite athletes who went vegan

The Game Changers is a new documentary about the vegan movement within sports and physically demanding occupations. It's by Louie Psihoyos (director of The Cove) and executive produced by James Cameron. Read the rest

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