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Maxwell Strachan is a senior sports editor at The Huffington Post. He was previously the senior editor of business and technology. He has also worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and KCET.

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This Kid Is Everyone Who Was Ever Forced To Play A Sport They Hated

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:32 PM

 When I was five or so, my dad made me play soccer, and I hated it. So much running around with kids who disliked me, and for what? Camaraderie? Fun? Happiness? Winning? I didn't care about any of those things then (and I sure as hell don't now). 

As such, I used to just hang out with the other team's goalie and shoot the shit, spin in circles, etc. Good times. There was some footage of me doing this at one point, but it's now lost. Luckily, someone sent Deadspin this video of my new idol, and I look forward to lying to my children one day by telling them it's actually me. Seriously, bless this kid. He will one day make a great musician or theatre nerd or something. Happy Wednesday. Over and out. 

H/T Deadspin

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The NFL's First Female Coach Has An Important Message For Young Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:24 PM

 

Jen Welter became the first woman in NFL history to hold a coaching position this week...

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Paul Pierce Accidentally Proves LA Is Still A Lakers Town

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Paul Pierce might be a Los Angeles Clipper next season, but he'll always be a Boston Celtic in the eyes of Los Angeles Lakers fans. For years, Pierce personified the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, and now he personifies the city's "other" team in the minds of many Lakers fans like myself. 

So...

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LeBron James Doesn't Totally Deny The Possibility Of Starring In 'Space Jam 2'

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:33 AM

LeBron James of "Trainwreck" fame and other occasional professional pursuits blessed Twitter with his presence for a few minutes on Tuesday evening. The reason was a few minutes of the Q&A format of our time: the "Ask Me Anything And I'll Answer The Questions I Like."

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This Triple Play Was So Confusing No One Knew What Was Going On

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Baseball can be a very simple sport, and it can be a very complicated one. What transpired to end the top of the fourth at Safeco Field on Sunday was unambiguously the latter. 

The Mariners pulled off a 3-6-2 triple play against the Toronto Blue Jays that was, for lack of better words, bizarre to watch. Especially since it ended with two Blue Jays -- Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera -- on the same base, neither of which knowing exactly what to do before one of them inexplicably fell to the ground and both were called out.

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They say baseball players should always be prepared for every possible base-running situation. But to be honest, we can't really blame Pillar and Carrera here. We couldn't tell what was going on, either. Oh, and the Mariners would go on to win the game...

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The Best Sport On Television Is ... 'The Bachelorette'?

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 11:08 PM


At around 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 22, I found myself in an awkward position. The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team was kicking off a critical game against Colombia at the Women’s World Cup in Canada, and I am one of the sports editors of this very...

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The Problem With Asking Football Players To Act Like White Guys

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 10:22 AM



As far as the rookies, and I know they probably got mad, but I said, "Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people. Why don’t you act like that?" They all looked at...

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Kobe's New Teammates Were Asked If They'd Heard From Him, And Their Answer Was Priceless

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:08 PM

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Rubik's Cube Champion Feliks Zemdegs On Whether Puzzles And Intelligence Are Linked

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 3:05 PM


Over the weekend, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia took home his second straight Rubik’s Cube world title at the 2015 Rubik’s Cube World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 19-year-old solved the traditional three-by-three cube at an average speed of 7.56 seconds -- one time just barely missing the...

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Bill Simmons Is Headed To HBO To Host A Talk Show

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:14 PM


 Bill Simmons, perhaps the most famous voice in sports media, has agreed to a multi-year agreement with HBO, the network announced Wednesday in a press release. 


Simmons will host a weekly HBO talk show, which is set to start in 2016, but he'll have his fingerprints all over...

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Adorable Baseball Fan Can't Figure Out This Whole 'Hot Dog' Thing

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Hot dogs, like life at times, can be hard to take down. Such was life for one young Los Angeles Angels fan when he recently tried to eat the confounding combination of bread and whatever the hell is in a hot dog.  We've all been there, kid. You'll learn in due time. 

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Young People Significantly More Likely To Find ‘Redskins’ Name Disparaging, Poll Finds

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:49 PM


In a sign that public opinion might one day turn against the Washington professional football team, young Americans aged 18-29 are significantly more likely to find the term “Redskins” disparaging to Native Americans than people of an older age, according to a new YouGov poll conducted...

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ACC Removes Clear Cry For Help Buried Deep Within Football Media Guide

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Someone is not happy about something, but we may never know what or why.

Deep within the ACC Football Media Guide unveiled Monday was a not-so-subtle cry for, well, something. On page 145, in the bottom right corner, just below Wake Forest’s 2014 game results, sat three words that we need...

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Competitive Gamer Counts His Chickens Before They Hatch; Chickens Die

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. The chickens might not live to see the day.

A gamer named Woshige was recently playing "Guilty Gear Xrd" at the Evo 2015 tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he reportedly mounted a magnificent comeback against Ogawa, who has been described as the Michael Jordan of the game.

Woshige, "realizing" he had won, was so excited that he couldn’t help but leap from his chair, turn to the crowd and raise two fists to the air. "I am the best," he implied.

"GENIUS!!!" one of the commentators calmly stated. (Please take 90 seconds of your day to listen to the hilarious video above.)

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The only problem is he hadn’t yet won, and, well, this is what it looked like when he realized the exact opposite had just occurred.

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"[INAUDIBLE] OH MY GOD ... NOT LIKE THIS ... WHAT ARE YOU STANDING UP FOR … WHY?!?! WHY?!?!?!" one of the commenters asked. 

The Michael Jordan of "Guilty Gear Xrd" stood and raised his hands to the air. Was he mocking his overly expressive opponent? We can't say. We can only ask leading questions from which you can gather what we are implying.

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Ogawa would go on to win the tournament, while Woshige would be tossed into the depths of the losers bracket. He would eventually come in at a lowly third place.

The lesson here is so basic we won’t even say it. Just remember it.

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Here’s 2-Time Rubik’s Cube World Champion Feliks Zemdegs Solving The Puzzle In 5.7 Seconds

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:17 AM

For the second straight year, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia has won the Rubik’s Cube world title.

 The 19-year-old solved a three-by-three Rubik’s cube at an average speed of 7.56 seconds at the 2015 Rubik’s Cube World Championship over the weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

One time, he completed the puzzle in a startling 5.695 seconds, just a few tenths of a second shy of the 5.25 second world record, which is held by an American named Collin Burns.

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 This is what it looks like to just miss a world record.

Because I won last time, I was less nervous this time -- because I had already won one,” Zemdegs said. “So that helped a bit."

Zemdegs is a full-blown celebrity in the Rubik’s Cube community. His mother, Rita, told NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro that so many people asked for his autograph throughout the weekend that finding time to take a bathroom break proved difficult.

 "It's a crazy feeling as a parent to have him mobbed by so many fans," Rita said. "It's hilarious.

Zemdegs's three-by-three competition is just one of seventeen held at the championships. And let's just say some people just like things a little harder in life. 

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「トランスジェンダーは大切な存在。尊敬を受けるのに値する」 ケイトリン・ジェンナーのスピーチ全文

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 8:08 PM

ケイトリン・ジェンナーはスピーチの大部分を、拡大するトランスジェンダーコミュニティーの数多くの問題について、思いやりのある、感動的な考察に費やした。

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Andre Iguodala Gives The Bay Area A Collective Heart Attack

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr talked all last season about the importance of sacrifice on the way to the team’s championship. And no one personified that sacrifice more than Andre Iguodala, the former All-Star who willingly came off the bench for the sake of the team.

Iggy would go...

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Just Drink Water When You’re Thirsty Like A Normal Person, Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:46 PM


After much deliberation, a 17-member expert panel representing four countries and nine specialties, including sports medicine, body fluid homeostasis and exercise physiology, have come to the research-based consensus that people should really just, well, drink water when they’re thirsty, you know?


The experts came together in Carlsbad,...

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USA, Greatest Doggone Country In The World, Decimates France 82-0 In Game Of AMERICAN Football

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 10:25 AM

Sorry July 4, 1776, but July 15, 2015, just became the most American day of all time.

The United States of America beat France in a game of American football, 82-0, on Wednesday night in the very American city of Canton, Ohio. Read that sentence over a few...

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Ronda Rousey Calls Out Known Domestic Abuser Floyd Mayweather After Winning 'Best Fighter' At ESPYS

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 8:28 PM

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey won the “Best Fighter” award at the ESPYS on Wednesday, and she didn’t waste any time in the spotlight before taking a not-so-subtle shot at one of the losers, known domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather.

“I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” she said. “I’d like for him to pretend to not know who I am now.” 

Floyd Mayweather, who has been found guilty of beating four separate women, once pretended to not know who Rousey was, despite her being one of the most famous and dominant fighters in the world. He certainly knows...

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