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  1. Your interview of the day: Hugh Hefner says Jerry Buss attended many Playboy parties, ‘will be truly missed’

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

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    There have been many celebrities weighing on on the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and all of the stories and interviews have been insightful, but still I feel that I’m missing something. Ah yes, that’s it: Hugh Hefner hasn’t weighed in. Well, that’s been rectified by ESPN Los Angeles Radio, where Hefner was quizzed…

  2. Jeremy Lin upset that his first technical foul cost him ’4,000 tacos’

    Feb 21, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Rough couple of days for Jeremy Lin. First the big trade in which several of his Houston Rockets teammates were sent packing, prompting Lin to say before the Oklahoma City game on Wednesday night, “I don’t even feel like playing tonight.” All grouchy and everything, Lin went out and scored 29 points in Houston’s 122-119…

  3. Dallas megachurch leader: Tebow’s home church believes ‘exactly what we do about homosexuality’

    Feb 21, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Earlier we told you about Tim Tebow’s withdrawal from a speaking date at First Baptist Dallas, the 11,000-member megachurch headed by pastor Robert Jeffress, who has been criticized for his views on homosexuality, Islam, Catholicism and Mormonism. Jeffress said that he talked with Tebow by phone on Wednesday night, and earlier today had this to…

  4. Yes, in San Francisco you can actually take a class in lightsaber combat (photos)

    Feb 21, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Not sports, you say? I find your lack of faith disturbing (reader begins to feel choking sensation, reaches desperately for throat). Yes, San Francisco is the home of two of the past three World Series trophies and the 2013 Super Bowl runnerup, but we also embrace our not-so-inner nerd. Behold: the Golden Gate Knights, a…

  5. Tim Tebow cancels appearance at controversial Dallas megachurch

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    When last we left Tim Tebow, he had scheduled an April speaking appearance at First Baptist Dallas, the church led by outspoken and controversial Rev. Robert Jeffress. But wait … here comes the safety blitz! And, Tebow is out. The Jets quarterback announced on Twitter today that he’s canceling his appearance at First Baptist, “due…

  6. Best Bar Mitzvah invite ever includes Shaq, Barkley, Ne-Yo, Turner Field (video)

    Feb 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    He calls himself D Mazel Tov, but his friends and family know him better as Daniel Blumen, a 12-year-old who has a pretty big day coming up. That would be his Bar Mitzvah in May, and rather than send out paper invitations, he made a rap video to get folks to attend. It’s a remake…

  7. Jose Canseco’s theories on gravity make prominent scientist’s head explode … as always, hilarity results

    Feb 20, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Yes, Jose Canseco is back to throw down more Twitter knowledge, and this time the subjects are planetary science and zoology. A prominent scientist emphatically disagrees with all of Canseco’s points, but what does he know?

  8. Here’s the amazing ping pong save of the week so far (video)

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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    It happened at a table tennis tournament in Kuwait recently, when Quentin Robinot of France seemed to have lost the point, his back to the ball, when suddenly … bam. YES I JUST DID THAT. Best backhand save ever, in any sport?

  9. Manchester City’s version of the Harlem Shake is too bizarre not to share (video)

    Feb 20, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Until now I haven’t done any posts on the Harlem Shake, even though many athletes are doing it. You’re welcome. But this video of Manchester City soccer players performing the latest musical dance meme is just so bizarre and disturbing that I figured, why should I be the only one to suffer through it? Frightening…

  10. British versions of NFL logos are inspired, amusing … and we talk with the guy who created them

    Feb 20, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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    What if all the NFL logos were British? Sure, we’ve all wondered that. But now here they are in actual art depictions — creations from the warped, comical mind of graphic artist David Rappoccio. His re-imagined logos are at once comical and profound, because several of them — most pointedly the one at the top…

  11. The Fargo Force have the greatest minor league hockey promo video of the year so far

    Feb 20, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Anyone who’s been traumatized by Sarah McLaughlin’s ASPCA commercial can relate to this: it’s a promo for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League, with McLaughlin’s song In the Arms of the Angels in the background. The premise is that minor league hockey players are terribly mistreated, abused and ignored … won’t you…

  12. French Rally driver completes first car backflip, because the French are crazy (video)

    Feb 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    French rally car driver Guerlain Chicherit successfully completed the first car backflip recently, and that description kind of makes me nervous … because you have to assume that to get to that point there have been several unsuccessful car backflips. Many of them, no doubt, on California freeways. Chicherit did it with a Mini Cooper,…

  13. Oklahoma State fan dad allegedly beat son for liking University of Oklahoma

    Feb 19, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Least surprising news of the decade: when reporters knocked on the door of his home for comment on this story, the dad did not answer. It happened in Perkins, Okla. (near Stillwater), where 41-year-old Gannon Mendez allegedly beat his 9-year-old son with a wooden paddle because the boy had told a classmate he likes the…

  14. Meet Phaidra Knight: just your typical female rugby star who wants to make the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team (video)

    Feb 19, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Yep, another story about an African-American athlete from a small town in Georgia who was attempting to walk on with the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team but discovered rugby instead, made the U.S. women’s team in that sport and is now training to make the Winter Olympic women’s bobsled team. Wait, you mean you’ve…

  15. Michael Jordan’s trainer says Jordan today would be Bobcats’ best player, average 20 points per game

    Feb 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    As you know, Michael Jordan recently turned 50 … although what age that is in human years is not known. Jordan’s longtime trainer says that with Jordan, age is indeed just a number. In fact, says Tim Grover, Jordan could play in the NBA today and average 20 points per game. Color me skeptical, but…

  16. Oh nothing, just a deer swimming at the beach in California (video)

    Feb 19, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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    OK, the main reason I’m posting this is that I once lived in Moss Landing, Calif., where this video was shot (it’s on the Monterey Peninsula, north of Salinas). The secondary reason is, there’s video of a freakin’ deer swimming in the ocean. Questions abound: How did the deer get so far out into the…

  17. Antarctica-bound fourth grader seeks to run marathons on all seven continents (too much, too soon?)

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    He’s only nine years old, but chances are that Nikolas Toocheck has more miles on him than you have on your car. That’s because the fourth-grader from West Chester, PA, has been running seriously since he was six, and it’s his goal to complete marathons on all seven continents. To that aim, he and his…

  18. If there’s a better gag during a hockey game delay than Zamboni water skiing, I’d like to see it (video)

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

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    OK, this was probably more entertaining, but Zamboni water skiing comes in a close second. The Braehead Clan were playing the Nottingham Panthers in a UK Elite Ice Hockey League game in Scotland recently, when some broken glass caused a game delay. So what better way to entertain the crown than this? That’s the Panthers’…

  19. Let’s watch nine golfers sink putts simultaneously on the same hole (video)

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The place: Campbell University (North Carolina). The participants: nine seniors from the PGA Golf Management program. The challenge: all must make putts on the same hole, shooting simultaneously. Campbell University sports nickname: The Fighting Camels (not really relevant to this story, but awesome).

    Good luck, gentlemen.

  20. Apparently some teams are forfeiting to avoid playing Downey High and its 11-year-old point guard Julian Newman (video)

    Feb 18, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Back in December we wrote about Julian Newman, the pint-sized basketball phenom who starts for the Downey Christian High School (FL) team even though he’s only 11 years old. Julian, a fifth-grader, is averaging more than 14 points per game for Downey, which is cruising at 18-5 overall behind their miniature point guard. It’s all…

  21. Republican lawmakers want to overturn Oregon Native American mascot ban

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Because things are so swell in Oregon right now, the state government will now wrestle over their ban on Native American sports team nicknames. The Oregon Board of Education voted to ban Native American nicknames in schools back in 2007, and if you notice some schools still have them, that’s because the enforcement mechanism doesn’t…

  22. Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield hug it out, and no one loses an ear this time

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield did a promotional event for Holyfield’s Real Deal barbecue sauce at a Chicago grocery store Saturday, and does anyone else see the irony here? No? OK then we’ll move on. It wasn’t the first time the two had met since their infamous 1997 heavyweight bout, in which Tyson chomped off…

  23. Fun Facts: Axel from The Walking Dead was once a scout for the Houston Astros

    Feb 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    His name is Lew Temple, but perhaps you know him better as Axel, the sketchy prison inmate who’s just trying to fit in from the AMC series The Walking Dead. As you know, Axel met a tragic demise in Sunday night’s episode, gunned down by the governor during his attack on the prison. Well, at…

  24. Jose Canseco doesn’t believe this whole Russian meteor business for one second

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Scientists and numerous other so-called experts told us that a meteor exploded over Russia this morning, and of course we were all so eager to believe that. But Jose Canseco wasn’t fooled. No sir.         OK, he’s sounded the alarm. But some of his readers are skeptical of his analysis. Keep drinking…