For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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The Billions at Stake in Britains Biggest-Ever Divorce

July 4, 2017

An extraordinary insight into the life of a couple widely regarded as among Britains most vulgar billionaires–Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt–was on public display this week, as the opening salvos in their mammoth 5.5bn ($7.1bn) divorce battle were fired in Londons family court. It has been widely reported that the divorce could result in Britains biggest ever settlement. Petra, the cherished eldest child of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire founder of…

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The Rock is very happy Elizabeth Warren is a huge ‘Ballers’ fan

July 3, 2017

Image: Getty Images for Paramount Pictu Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can smell what Elizabeth Warren is cooking … and he likes it. On Friday afternoon, the movie star tweeted this after it was revealed that the Democratic senator from Massachusetts was a big fan of the HBO show Ballers, which is basically Entourage but with sports agents:

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Sweaty strangers yell at each other in Twitter’s most honest ad campaign yet

June 28, 2017

Shaq engrossed in Twitter debate in a new ad.Image: twitter Twitter is notorious for its fight club atmosphere. More than any other social network, it’s a place where users don’t hold back in debating one another, whether they be the president of the United States or a blank avatar with five followers. While that environment can easily veer into harassment or intimidate prospective users, it has some upsides too. That’s…

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Fitbit will bring wearables to the NBA with brand new sponsorship deal

June 21, 2017

Fitbit enters pro basketball via a new sponsorship deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.Image: fitbit UPDATE: June 20, 2017, 5:27 p.m. EDT This story was updated to better reflect how the Timberwolves players will use Fitbit’s technology. Fitbit is finally making the leap to the major leagues. Fitbit and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves have signed a deal to make the wearable maker just the seventh jersey patch sponsor in the NBA,…

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Dennis Rodman just gave Kim Jong-un Trump’s key to success, and hoo boy here we go

June 17, 2017

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents "Trump: The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Tremendous news, everyone! There is a good chance that right at this very moment, Kim Jong-un you know, the leader of North Korea holds in his powerful hands President Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal. Yep. In a series of completely comforting and not at all stressful…

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We really need to talk about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport

June 12, 2017

Pickup hoops in Jersey City.Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Three-on-three basketball is having a moment. On top of Ice Cube’s newly launched league for aging NBA folk heroes, the playground staple also just got added as an Olympic sport. That’s right 3-on-3 basketball will be at the Tokyo Games. We’re still picking our jaws up off the floor. And we have so many questions. Chief among them: Is this Good or Bad?…

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Uber driver who took Bills player on 500-mile trip thought he just wanted to get some wings

June 10, 2017

Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright took a $632 Uber from Chicago to Buffalo for practice this week. Why might an Uber driver consent to such a lengthy trip, you ask? Well, he just thought Wright wanted to eat some Buffalo wings. Driver Hadi Abdollahian, who spoke with the Washington Poston Wednesday, says that after he elected to pick up Wright on the Uber app, Wright called him to discuss their…

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NBA star Russell Westbrook returns to Los Angeles in new Samsung ad

June 6, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has had quite the season with his triple-double average in 2016-17. Although it wasn’t quite enough, as his team fell short against the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. In a new ad for Samsung titled Driven, Westbrook takes it back to where it all began, where he grew up in Los Angeles. The ad is of course littered with shots of Samsung products, but also…

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Kevin Spacey uses ‘House of Cards’ to force you to embrace the silly and serious sides of VR

June 2, 2017

Discovering virtual reality in Season 5 of 'House of Cards.'Image: netflix  What’s crazier than the insane political machinations of House of Cards being outdone by the very real politics of 2017? How about the show taking Season 5 viewers into yet another layer deeper into the surreal by introducing virtual reality into the very plot of the show. Here’s your Spoiler Alert warning. If you haven’t already binge-watched the latest…

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Vox could become a better version of Mediumand The Ringer could be its first step

June 1, 2017

Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Of all the horrible things the internet has brought us, the word “platisher” is among the worst. That’s the word used back in 2013 when Medium first launched. The brainchild of Twitter cofounder Ev Williams, Medium at the time was one of the most beautiful things onlinevery much the opposite of the word used to describe it. The company also launched with some of its own content,…

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These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

May 28, 2017

Riddell's next step in football helmet technology includes personalized 3D head scans.Image: lili sams/Mashable Helmets already make the violent game of football safer, but one of the biggest equipment makers in the sport is making them even better. It’s developed a new process to create helmets that could play a role in preventing the traumatic head injuries that currently plague the game and threaten its future. Riddell, the company behind…

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USA 1967: When American soccer’s Summer of Love ended in tears – BBC News

May 27, 2017

Their positive reaction to the football – a sport most viewers actually knew little about – prompted a group of US businessmen to get together to draw up plans to establish a professional football, or soccer, league in the country. Image copyright Keystone/Getty Images Image caption The Beatles led the so-called British Invasion of the US in the 1960s Back then Mr Rothenberg was a lawyer for sports entrepreneur Jack…

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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

May 20, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American…

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