Chuck Blazer, key figure in FIFA corruption scandal, dies at 72

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA official who helped blow open the United States investigation into corruption in soccer’s governing body, has died, according to his lawyer. Blazer, a large, bearded figure, was involved in US soccer for years. At one point, he was the number two for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). According to court documents, Blazer’s sentencing was scheduled for April of this…

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WBO agrees to review of Pacquiao-Horn bout; won’t reverse decision

July 7, 2017

(CNN)The boxing body responsible for Sunday’s upset bout, which saw welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao lose his belt to underdog challenger Jeff Horn, will review the fight, it said Thursday. In a letter addressed to the GAB, the WBO agreed that it would appoint a review panel to watch the bout, round-by-round. Upset The result has been called one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history. In his prime, the…

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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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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao loses title to Australian underdog Jeff Horn

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Manny Pacquiao has lost his WBO Welterweight title to a relative unknown in a shock defeat for the Philippines boxing hero. However, it wasn’t long before social media shot back with allegations the judges got it wrong. Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis disputed the result on Twitter: “This is what’s wrong with boxing. Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that…

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Police: Venus Williams at fault in car crash that led to fatality

June 30, 2017

(CNN)A police report says that Venus Williams is responsible for a car accident earlier this month in Florida, which caused injuries to a 78-year-old man who later died. According to the report, Linda Barson told police she was traveling west in the right lane and approaching an intersection, slowing for a traffic light. The report states that light changed to green, and Barson said she drove through the intersection when…

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Lewis Hamilton on preparing for life after Formula One

June 30, 2017

(CNN)“No one else is going to do it for me, that’s for sure.” One of the fastest drivers of his generation, the three-time Formula One champion has always been a go getter. Much like David Beckham in the soccer world, Hamilton has become a celebrity outside his sport, often being snapped in the front row at fashion week and on the red carpet of film premieres — and he’s also…

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Facebook scores biggest sports livestream deal yet

June 28, 2017

Marcelo of Real Madrid under pressure from Andrea Barzagli of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.Image: CameraSport via Getty Images Facebook’s live sports offer is taking a giant step-over. SEE ALSO: Facebook to stream MLB games, continues grabbing live sports rights Facebook will livestream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League, European soccer’s top tournament, as part of a new deal…

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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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New report says Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will have smaller battery than the S8+

June 25, 2017

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is easily the sexiest looking phone on the planet with its curved edge-to-edge screen, but the best has yet to come. The Galaxy Note 8, the successor to last year’s unfortunate explosion-prone Note 7, is expected to launch sometime in September just in time to rumble with Apple’s iPhone 8. And now, thanks to a new leak, we know just about everything there is to know about…

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This factory once made gas-guzzling Hummers now it’s making electric cars

June 23, 2017

Electric cars are in, Hummers are out at an Indiana plant.Image: Getty Images for Go Ultra Low A U.S. auto plant that once made giant gas-guzzlers will now make cars that don’t need gas at all. AM General, which previously built the Hummer H2, sold its factory in South Bend, Indiana to the electric carmaker SF Motors, both firms announced Thursday. SF Motors will pay $110 million to produce “intelligent…

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US Open 2017: Brooks Koepka wins maiden major title

June 19, 2017

(CNN)He took the road less traveled and it made all the difference as Brooks Koepka clinched his maiden major title at the 117th US Open. The 27-year-old American, who cut his pro teeth on Europe’s second-tier tour, triumphed by four shots over fellow American Brian Harman and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, Sunday. Harman was bidding to become the first left-hander to win the US Open, ironic given…

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Matador Fatally Gored After He Trips On Cape In French Bullring

June 19, 2017

The death of Basque matador Ivan Fandino, whose chest was pierced by a horn of a bull called Burp, was the second fatal goring of a Spanish matador in a year. Fandino, 36, died Saturday after the violent confrontation at the Aire-sur-lAdour bullfighting festival near Pau in southern France, the BBC reported. As the matador turned from the bull, his feet became entangled in his cape, which he dropped and…

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who…

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Is there such a thing as a high-fashion fitness tracker? Yes, yes there is.

June 15, 2017

Image: Withings Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While you may be accustomed to fitness trackers looking like props from sci-fi movies, more and more companies are in the business of creating stylish wearables. Enter the Activit Steel by Withings. While the competition has grown since the company originally released their analog fitness tracker, no one has succeeded at…

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Kim Jong Un Pal Dennis Rodman Reportedly Heading To North Korea

June 14, 2017

Rodman was spotted at Beijing International Airport Monday and is expected to land in North Korea Tuesday, two Pyongyang officials told CNN. Rodman knows PresidentDonald Trump personally he was a contestant on Trumps TV reality program Celebrity Apprentice and endorsed him during the campaign. Rodman said at a talk three months ago at West Point that Trump told him he wanted to visit North Korea. Rodmans agent,Chris Volo, said at…

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Warriors dethrone Cavaliers for second title in three years

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to win his first NBA championship. The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, clinching their second title in three years and their fifth in team history,avenging the loss to Cleveland after blowing a 3-1 lead a year ago.

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

June 11, 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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Family throws extravagant quinceaera for 15-year-old feline

June 10, 2017

Pets are a part of our families, and we will go to the end of the earth and beyond to make them feel that way. So, when Luna the cat from Charlotte, North Carolina, turned 15 (!!), she got the party she always dreamed of: an extravagant, pink quinceaera. A quinceaera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday with cultural roots in Latin America, but celebrated throughout the Americas….

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No wand? No problem. Anyone can apply to audition for roles in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

June 7, 2017

Acting experience isn't required to be the next 'Fantastic Beasts' star.Image: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gave Harry Potter fans a look into the wizarding world long before The Boy Who Lived was even born. And now, with sequels to the film on deck, you finally have a chance to get in on the magic. Warner Bros. announced this week that it’s seeking five young actors to…

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Guys seeking a ‘generic’ dad on Craigslist ad want a paternal presence at their BBQ

June 7, 2017

Polish up those resumes, dads, because your services are seriously needed. A few young roommates in Spokane, Washington, recently created a Craigslist ad in search of one lucky, “generic” dad who could perform some much-needed dad duties for their upcoming backyard barbecue. SEE ALSO: There’s now a Roomba for your lawn, but it’ll cost ya What kinds of dad things? The usual: – Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)–…

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Mountain Climber Makes History With Rope-Free, Death-Defying Ascent At Yosemite

June 5, 2017

The 31-year-old elite climber on Saturday became the first person to scale the nearly 3,000-foot face of Yosemites El Capitan granite formation without ropes or safety gear, an act known in mountaineering as free-soloing. National Geographic, which exclusively reported Honnolds ascent, called it perhapsthe greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport. Fellow elite climber Tommy Caldwell had another way of describing Honnolds feat: After Honnold…

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Eating on the Road With the Alabama Shakes

June 4, 2017

Singer Brittany Howard is about to take the stage in front of a packed New York crowd, but she just wants to talk about her newfound passion: fishing. Seriously, the frontwoman and guitarist for indie-pop sensation the Alabama Shakes, who is famous for her gut-wrenching performances that go seamlessly from screeching to cajoling, has gotten so immersed in the sport that she even packs her Sage 7-weight rod when the…

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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