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  1. The Japanese have invented a solid gold Lionel Messi foot worth $5.25 million

    Mar 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

    500-Million-Yen Golden Statue Of Leo Messi Left Foot Go On Sale

    Why? Because they can. The Japanese are so ahead of us in precious metal foot technology that it’s not even funny. The Lionel Messi foot — a cast of the real thing — weighs 25 kilograms and is being displayed at Harajuku Quest Hall in Tokyo today before going on sale on Thursday. Price? It’s…

  2. John Kerry doesn’t think much of Dennis Rodman’s North Korea trip: ‘As a diplomat, he is a great basketball player’

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    Dennis Rodman returned from a recent trip to North Korea announcing that he and its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, are now pen pals. Then after a grilling by ABC’s George¬†Stephanopoulos, Rodman cancelled several other TV appearances and has faded into the background. But not before a parting shot by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,…

  3. Tim Tebow has scheduled another speaking engagement at a controversial venue

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


    Only this one will be closed to the general public. Tebow, who caused quite a few waves recently when he cancelled plans to speak at a controversial megachurch in Dallas, has another speaking engagement planned on Friday: this one at a conservative private college whose officials have criticized gays. Tebow will speak at Liberty University…

  4. This color film shot in the stands at the 1939 Army-Navy game is pretty amazing (video)

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT


    Pretty nice find by SportsbyBrooks, and I’m not sure what delights me more: the video (see below) of the 1939 Army-Navy football game, or the newspaper account of said game by the Charleston News and Courier. This was when sportswriting was sportswriting. Lead paragraph: Its hostile operations often shrouded in heavy fog, Navy won its…

  5. Pole vaulter has epic meltdown, still wins gold medal (video)

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Day Three

    It kind of goes without saying that in pole vaulting, one minute you’re up and the next you’re down — but that applies emotionally as well as physically. Take Renaud Lavillenie, for example. He’s the world’s top active pole vaulter, and for a moment there at the European Indoor Championships on Sunday, he thought he…

  6. How much does the Minnesota Timber Wolf hate the Harlem Shake? A lot (video)

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT


    Fact: the Miami Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, 97-81. Fact: The Heat did a Harlem Shake video recently. Fact: The Timberwolves mascot, Crunch, is fed up and wants revenge. Well played, Crunch.

  7. Dennis Rodman cancels remaining TV interview schedule following return from North Korea (with update)

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Handout photo of George Stephanopoulos interviewing former NBA star Dennis Rodman

    Who would have thought that a week-long visit with a totalitarian dictator would be so controversial? As you know, Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un are the bestest of pals now, and are probably Skyping as I write this. It all happened when Rodman visited North Korea last week in a series of…

  8. Well, that didn’t work out so well: first female to try out for NFL injures herself on second kick attempt

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

    Lauren Silberman Participates at NFL Regional Scouting Combine

    And David Akers’ job is safe for another day. As you surely know, Lauren Silberman was attempting to become the first woman to play in the NFL, and in fact, was the first female to even try out. That ended on Sunday when she injured herself on only her second kickoff attempt during the NFL…

  9. Ray Rice calls for bullying to be criminalized in response to 12-year-old’s tragic death

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT


    When pro athletes use their powers for good, it can be an inspiration to us all. And hopefully in the case of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, it can make a real difference. Rice wrote a touching statement on his Facebook page late Sunday on the tragic death of 12-year-old Bailey O’Neill, a Darby…

  10. College baseball highlight of the day: pitcher tackles runner to prevent him from scoring (video)

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


    Usually when there’s a collision at the plate the catcher’s involved, and someone has the ball. Not in this case however. It happened at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., in a Div. III game against Hendrix College of Conway, Ark. Berry’s Levi Austin threw a wild pitch, and Conway’s Colin Radack sped down the…

  11. Kansas fans petition White House to stop Jayhawks from wearing Adidas’ new basketball jerseys

    Mar 1, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT


    As you may have read here on Thursday, Adidas has come up with new men’s basketball uniforms for March Madness, which presumably will be worn by a handful of teams, among them Kansas. Colorful, no? Coach Bill Self said the Jayhawks will wear them “for one or two games” during the Big 12 Tournament. But…

  12. No, you can’t take pictures of Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic, even if you are Serena Williams

    Mar 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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    APTOPIX Australian Open Tennis

    Excuse me ma’am, have you heard about our no photography policy? Security at the Honda Classic golf tournament saw Serena Williams pointing a camera at Tiger Woods, and like secret service agents at a presidential rally, threw themselves into the line of fire. Williams was told to put away the camera, in no uncertain terms.…

  13. 11-year-old high school hoops star Julian Newman takes on Conan O’Brien one-on-one (video)

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    As you may recall from previous posts, Julian Newman is an 11-year-old fifth grader who plays varsity basketball for Downey Christian High School (FL). The lad’s social media star is rising so quickly that he was booked on Late Night with Conan O’Brien last night, and proceeded to take on Conan, Andy Richter and one…

  14. Stephen Colbert speculates where the resigned Pope’s vestments will end up, and somehow the 49ers are involved

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT


    Of course you know by now that you can wager on who will become the next Pope: there are more than a dozen gambling sites that will give you sweet action on the new Pontiff. One of the biggest, Paddy Power, has installed Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana as the favorite, at 5/2. ( also…

  15. Rio stadium will have special section for obese people at 2014 World Cup

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT


    Will one stadium at the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janiero have a section with double-wide seats for fat people? That was the report in The Sun this morning, and because it’s The Sun, I was skeptical. So I did some looking around, and by godfrey, we have this from Brazil’s official federal government…

  16. Best-ever use of a Mike Krzyzewski bighead: University of Virginia

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve seen bighead signs of all stripes and sizes in college basketball, but rarely does one capture the exact expression of the real-life guy it’s depicting on the court. Well played, Mike Krzyzewski bighead guy. And well played, Cork Gaines of Business Insider. Coach K, however, was not amused. Virginia beat Duke 73-68 to pretty…

  17. Shocking details of Brewers’ Italian Racing Sausage kidnapping revealed: was forced to do the Harlem Shake (video)

    Feb 28, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    As you know, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Italian Racing Sausage was kidnapped on Feb. 16 (the costume was stolen), and then returned last night. Police are still looking for the culprits, but now shocking new details have emerged. USA Today has obtained photos and a video of the sausage, taken during its time in captivity. In…

  18. I don’t mind telling you that this photo of Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un absolutely frightens me

    Feb 28, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    North Korea Rodman

    Photos of Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea are beginning to leak, and I’m a bit concerned. Is he choking on a lozange? Was he hit in the neck with a poison dart? In the country on a mission of “basketball diplomacy”, Rodman took in an exhibition basketball game between North Korean and U.S. players…

  19. The missing Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausage has been found!

    Feb 28, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

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    Guido the Italian Racing Sausage, who went missing on Feb. 16 and was feared kidnapped, has been reclaimed by relieved Milwaukee Brewers officials who located him — unsurprisingly — in a bar. As you surely now from nonstop international news coverage, the Klements Racing Sausage (pictured, far left) went AWOL two weeks ago following an…

  20. Tiger vs. snowman — a struggle as old as nature itself (photos)

    Feb 28, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Brookfield Zoo Winter Fun

    Not sports, but when a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip comes to life, you know it will be reported here. It’s a dilemma that nature photographers face on a regular basis: when photographing wildlife predators, do you resist the temptation to step in and and save the prey? In this case, an Associated Press photographer…

  21. Singer butchers not one, but two National Anthems at spring training game (video)

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Well, I’ve seen a singer screw up the National Anthem before — but I’ve never seen a manager come out to the mound to remove him in the middle of the song. “That’s it for today, kid.” (Reaches out, takes microphone, pats singer on butt). It didn’t exactly happen that way during a Grapefruit League…

  22. New Colorado Rapids jersey to include names of all their season ticket holders (video)

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT


    This is either very said (as in, only three season tickets sold this season) or very impressive (as in, very tiny names). And in fact it’s the latter, as the MLS Colorado Rapids will wear jerseys this coming season that include the names of all their season ticket holders on each shirt. And not only…

  23. Ladies, ladies … Ronda Rousey’s next UFC opponent is already talking trash (video)

    Feb 27, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Miesha Tate, Bryan Caraway

    Female UFC competition has only been a thing for one fight, which occurred this past Saturday. But already the ladies are involved in serious trash talking. Ronda Rousey beat Liz Carmouche in the first female UFC fight in history, and now Rousey’s next opponent, Miesha Tate (pictured), would like you to know that he’s not…

  24. The Brewers’ Italian Racing Sausage is AWOL, was seen bar-hopping in Cedarburg, Wis.

    Feb 27, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

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    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    One of the Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausages has been kidnapped. As cops scramble toward patrol cars and helicopters, a local mustard company is also snapping into action: offering a year’s supply of their product to the person who returns the sausage unharmed. Meanwhile, the AWOL sausage has been spotted bar-hopping in a nearby town. Note:…

  25. Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans unleashes the fury of the jump shot free throw (video)

    Feb 27, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT


    There aren’t a lot of ways to shoot a free throw, but every now and then a true pioneer comes along to show us that innovation lives, even at the charity stripe. Rick Barry’s underhand style was quite successful, but never caught on (except with his sons, and of course Ollie from Hoosiers). Then we…