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And to keep that impressive streak going, you not only need excellent pitch selection, you also need a helping hand from your teammates. But if you said that Yasiel Puig — who was playing in the minors a few weeks back — would be the one to do it, we wouldn’t believe you.
But he did! What a diving catch! In fact, this was only Puig’s second career start in left field. The last time he was in left field was on June 23rd 2013.
Thank you based Puig. #PuigHillsFriend
Between innings of their 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday, the Braves held a fairly simple contest: Starting from the warning track, a fan had to run to a base placed in the outfield, pick it up, and make it back in a given amount of time. Our lucky contestant? Andy, from Acworth, Ga.
Things began well. Andy, an active softball player, got a great jump off the line and showed solid top-end speed. He even got a little help from Ender Inciarte, who nudged the base a little closer to him while no one was looking. Andy made the grab, turned to head back, and came down the home stretch looking good. And then disaster struck:
Andy's stumble cost him too much time, and just like that, his dream was over. As he told the Braves broadcast later on: "When the toe caught the turf, I knew I was down."
Look on the bright side, Andy: You might not have won the battle, but history remembers those who come up just short.
CMU only got to win the game because of a refereeing mistake
Oklahoma State had the ball with a few seconds left and a three-point lead. It was fourth down, but they correctly figured they could run out the clock instead of punting and potentially giving Central Michigan the opportunity to block the kick or return it for a touchdown.
So they did this:
Mason Rudolph dropped back, waited a second, and just hurled the ball as far as he could as the clock wound to zero. It resulted in a turnover on downs, but that shouldn't have mattered because the game was over.
Shaq @ the basketball player took a step back to let the comedian shine.
Shaq, being the entertainer that he is — after all, he is the superstar who graced moviegoers with Kazaam — went all out for his Hall of Fame speech.
He started off doing what most people entering the Hall do: he thanked family members and teammates who helped him throughout his career. But every now and then, the Big Cactus/Aristotle/whichever of the hundreds of nicknames you prefer would stop to roast someone.
He has plenty of experience, too, putting together a few comedy roasts in the early 2000s.
Kobe probably got it the worst. What seemed like a genuine and wholehearted appreciation for his former teammate quickly turned into the best swerve of the night.
“Last, but not least, the great Kobe Bryant. A guy that would push me to help me win three titles in a row. But also help me get pushed off the team and traded to Miami.”
He even joked about his Buick deal. You can’t blame Shaq Diesel for that. If you were offered $3 million but didn’t fit in the car, you’d make it work anyway too.
Shaq also managed to sneak in a story about facing Yao Ming early on.
Shaq’s career spans almost 20 years with six teams and he’s widely considered one of the greatest big men in the history of the NBA. Still, his ability to entertain is almost as stellar as his time on the court. His Hall of Fame speech was practically a roast.
In November of 1902, Teddy Roosevelt took a hunting trip to Mississippi where, among other animals, he and his group encountered an American black bear. The encounter was eventually recreated in a cartoon in the Washington Post, where inventor Morris Michtom saw it and decided to commemorate it with a toy: the teddy bear.
Over 100 years later, Roosevelt participated in the Nationals' Presidents Race during Washington's game against the Phillies on Friday. Things were tight -- coming around the home stretch, all four presidents were bunched up. Any little edge could make a difference. Luckily, Teddy would get some help:
Yes, when he most needed it, a teddy bear came flying from the crowd and took out the competition. Look on the bright side, guys: It could've been worse, and a lot colder.
Everyone has a secret talent. Some people can lick their elbows, other people can name every world capital. Dae-Ho Lee's talent (which actually isn't so secret) is sending baseballs a very far distance and making it look oh so easy:
Lee's first-base coach, Casey Candaele, revealed his secret talent during the fifth inning of the Mariners' 6-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday night. As Lee stood on first after a one-out single, Candaele stood behind him, leaned back, and:
BAM. Look at that concentration -- his ability to shutout an entire ballpark full of people. For the briefest of moments, Candaele and his gum were the only things in the world.
Not bad for a party trick. Or, you know, an on-the-field-in-front-of-thousands-of-people trick.
For a select few fans at any baseball game, the impossible happens: a foul ball is hit in their general direction.
As we've seen countless times, this can lead to great moments (such as barehanded grabs while holding babies or impressive catches made possible by a glove) or not-so-great moments (such as baseballs destroying concession-stand fare or causing beer explosions).
Friday night's slate of games provided two distinct examples of the latter, with one gentleman in the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Dodgers winding up with the ball after sticking with the play:
A few hours later in Arizona, a man at the Giants-D-backs game at Chase Field ... well ... seeing the other side of things:
Hey, they can't all be amazing, nonchalant barehanded plays that are the stuff of fan-catch legend. Sometimes, events like the ones above have to happen to balance out the universe.
Carlos Beltran hit the 'H' off Safeco's scoreboard with a homer, must be great at carnival games
Remember your last visit to the carnival, when you plopped down a crisp $5 bill in exchange for a few balls, hoping to use them to knock out the teeth off a giant clown face? If you were successful, you'd win a stuffed bear.
Well, you weren't successful, since carnival games are often mind-bendingly frustrating (and designed for you to lose, much like casino games but that's a conversation for a different time). Anyway, Carlos Beltran probably comes home from the carnival with truckloads of stuffed animals, if this homer in Wednesday night's 8-3 loss to the Mariners is any example of his skills:
Really, though. That "H" was just sitting there making itself a perfect target, especially since it stands for "Hit" -- something Beltran did, powerfully, with the authority and precision of a seasoned midway pro.
As well as that of a nine-time All-Star in the 19th year of his supremely productive career. That, too.
The interception was carried out in the night time.
Now the Southern MD fighter crews continue their air defence duty.
Seahawks at crossroads: Will they become NFL's next great dynasty, or fade away?
We're so happy we stumbled on this 1997 clip of Michael Jordan faking a defender out of his shoes
Michael Jordan highlights are iconic jewels of sports history. Every one of them is carefully filed away in the part of your brain reserved for awesome moments. This particular clip from 1997 has eluded us for way too long.
On Dec. 12, 1997 the Bulls played the Hornets in Charlotte in a game where Jordan, Toni Kukoc and Luc Longley did everything, and the rest of the Bulls were floundering. It was pretty forgettable except for the first quarter, when Jordan faked out David Wesley so badly it would take a year’s worth of aloe to remove this burn.
Jordan’s pass fake is so good that Wesley is convinced Steve Kerr has the ball. He’s so convinced that even after turning and staring at Kerr for a solid second, he’s still not convinced he doesn’t have the ball.
In fact, it takes about three second from fake to realization. Wesley only turns back to look at MJ when he’s already fading away for the shot. Goodness this is pretty.
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The Pirates' dugout dance number deserves a Tony nomination
If you play for the Pirates, you're basically living in a musical. Josh Harrison breaks into song on base, Starling Marte walks around with an accordion … all that's missing is a stirring anthem featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda. Oh, and a spontaneous dance number.
But don't worry -- before Monday's 12-6 loss to the Cardinals, the team turned everyday dugout items into improvised instruments and busted out some moves:
Will the Pirates earn a Tony nomination next year? We think chances are high.
Sure, you could've laughed when Oakland ballboy Scotty missed a screaming foul liner during theAngels' 10-7 win over the A's. But you can't deny Scotty's determination, Scotty's perseverance, Scotty's all-out, HOF effort to protect the crowd and the team's defenseless relievers:
Unfortunately, he did miss it and Chris Smith got hit in the head:
We caught up with the A's two-year clubhouse attendant/ballboy Scott Masler after the game. On Smith's reaction:
On other players and coach reactions:
And regarding the play itself:
Luckily, everyone was OK and Scotty has that awesome slow-mo GIF he can show to all of his friends. He also has a lengthy portfolio of top plays from earlier this season.
Jarran Reed is already fitting in nicely in Seattle.
Recording artist Macklemore throws out the first pitch prior to the start of the Mariners game
Adam Lind makes a heads-up play on Jarrod Dyson's ground ball and fires over to third base, getting Salvador Perez into a rundown
Major League bat boy is an honorable profession -- their duties are wide-ranging, from dugout preparation to clubhouse morale to stealing Ben Revere's hat. But short of pulling a Darren Baker, they don't actually have any impact on the game, right? I mean, it's not like they're secret strategists, dugout sleeper cells waiting to be activated at just the right moment. That would be cra--
Wait a minute. Is that an Astros' bat boy delivering signs during Friday night's game against the A's? What is he saying? Who is he saying it to? This calls for a thorough investigation. Based on detailed body language examination, possible theories include:
- Elaborate game of "Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes" to pass the time
- Letting the vendor above the dugout know that he wants ketchup and mustard on that hot dog, thanks
- Signaling for the mothership to come take Orbit back home
- Participating in a sign-off with the Oakland bat boy:
The truth is out there. Stay vigilant.
All our lives, we've been led to believe that triple plays were like defensive unicorns. Really, it only makes sense -- that's three outs! On one play! It only happened four times all of last season, and it requires a truly ridiculous number of variables!
... at least, that's what we used to think, until the Brewers turned all available logic on its head. During Friday's game against the Marlins, Milwaukee didn't just turn an around-the-horn triple play -- they made it look like your garden variety ground ball:
Baseball blasphemy. An entire inning's worth of outs, all in just a few seconds -- the seventh in team history, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, and the first since 2011. What's next, Brewers, are you going to tell us Hank the Ballpark Pup is still out there?
As if the Clippers' injury situation wasn't bad enough already. Somehow, Rivers is probable to return after getting stitches in the locker room.
Rivers received seven stitches above his eye and four beneath it, coming back into the game looking like this.
Major props. I'd be out for six months after an elbow like that.
When it rains, it pours for San Jose. After being shut out for 42 minutes, Tomas Hertl got the scoring started for the Sharks then they never looked back. Two from Logan Couture, an empty netter from Tommy Wingels and a gorgeous goal from Joel Ward that broke the game open for the Sharks 2-1 were all San Jose needed to best Nashville despite the slow start.
They almost had a sixth too earlier that would have broken the 1-1 tie, if not for that pesky post.
Both teams combined for 74 shots on goal in a up-and-down match which saw Lehtonen take the win with 30 saves.
Young Radek Faksa's second career playoff goal was the 2-1 game winner for the Stars.
As our own Pat Iversen puts it:
Elliott could only do so much for the Blues, who looked sluggish defensively and allowed 42 Stars shots.
After a scoreless first, the Stars were finally rewarded with the first goal in the second period from Antoine Roussel. Strong puck movement in the zone after a good rush up ice had the Blues standing still on defense. Dallas capitalized as the rebound fell right to Roussel in front and with Elliott down and out of position from the first save, the Stars took the 1-0 advantage around the halfway mark of the game.
The Blues finally had sustained offensive zone pressure in the third period and were able to get the tying tally past Kari Lehtonen with eight and a half minutes to play. Rookie defenseman Colton Parayko went point to point with Kevin Shattenkirk at the blue line, before blasting home a puck in off the right post for the 1-1 score.
Dallas wasn't to be outdone, as less than four minutes later Radek Faksa pounced on an Elliott rebound. Ales Hemsky got behind the Blues defense and pulled a toe-drag move that had the netminder sprawling. The trailer Faska poked home the easy 2-1 tally for the Dallas game-winner.
Dae-Ho Lee hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of the Mariners' 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.
It was great. And the calls, by Seattle's TV and radio broadcast, were great. You can listen to them here.
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Dae-Ho Lee gives the Mariners a 4-2 walk-off win in the bottom of the 10th, blasting a two-run shot to left field
It's outta here!!!
Dae-Ho Lee walk-off homer!!!
On Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors put a historic bow on top of their amazing 2016 season, beating the Grizzlies, 125-104, to clinch the best regular-season record in NBA history at 73-9.
Fifteen years ago, an MLB team completed a similar journey. The 1906 Cubs won 116 of 152 games, a record that stood for almost a century .... until the 2001 Mariners came along. Seattle had it all that year: Freddy Garcia on the mound, Lou Piniella in the dugout, and some rookie named Ichiro taking the league by storm.
Still not convinced of their all-time awesomeness? That's fine, we've got a few more reasons for you.
They were the best basically everything
The Mariners' 116-46 record doesn't even begin to cover it. The M's led the league in seemingly every category: runs scored, hits, on-base percentage, team ERA, batting average against, shutouts and, just for good measure, fielding percentage.
They had a 15-game winning streak between May and June, finished the first half at 63-24, led the division by 19 games at the All-Star break, and never took their foot off the gas. In short, they were awesome, in no small part because ...
The lineup was incredibly deep, and incredibly '90s
The 2001 Mariners had traded Ken Griffey Jr. and lost Alex Rodriguez to free agency in successive offseasons. They ranked just 18th in home runs. They didn't have a single hitter in the top 10 in dingers, slugging percentage or OPS. They were also the best offense in baseball -- thanks to a lineup where everybody got on base, and nobody was an easy out.
In addition to being incredibly good, Seattle's lineup had the added bonus of being the baseball card collection your '90s self could only dream of. John Olerud slashed .302/.401/.472 and hit 25 homers; Mike Cameron realized all of his five-tool potential, hitting 25 dingers and swiping 34 bases; Mark McLemore (Mark McLemore!) stole 39; Bret Boone had a career year, driving in 141 runs and finishing third in the AL MVP vote; and Edgar Martinez was, well, Edgar Martinez: .423 on-base percentage, 40 doubles. David Bell even made an appearance.
And yet, despite all those gaudy numbers, the M's lineup belonged to someone else. A rookie from a faraway land, who would inspire odes in his honor for years to come.
They had Ichiro
With Griffey and A-Rod no longer anchoring the lineup, the Mariners needed to make a splash. So, in the winter of 2000, they won the posting process for Ichiro Suzuki -- one of the greatest players in the history of Japan at age 27. But in Spring Training, Ichiro struggled -- so much so that Piniella, who had planned on batting him third before even seeing him play, began to wonder out loud whether the team had made a mistake. And then the season started.
As it turned out, Ichiro would be just fine -- he slashed .350/.381/.457, won the batting title, and was named both Rookie of the Year and AL MVP. He could do just about whatever he wanted on a baseball field. He launched dingers:
He was a wizard with the bat:
And, of course, he had a howitzer of an arm:
15 years later, Ichiro is still going strong at age 42. Speaking of which ...
They also had Jamie Moyer, ageless wonder
Jamie Moyer's pitching career spanned, approximately, forever -- its time is a flat circle, and it will outlive us all. But for a more specific example, consider: Moyer was Seattle's No. 2 starter back in 2001 -- he pitched to a 3.43 ERA over 209 2/3 innings, and finished fourth in AL Cy Young Award voting -- at age 38. He would go on to pitch for another 11 years, because Jamie Moyer is not of this world.
But he was just the tip of the glorious iceberg that was the M's pitching staff, a mix of beloved veterans and names who would become beloved veterans. Leading the way was Freddy Garcia, who came from Houston with shortstop Carlos Guillen as the return for Randy Johnson at the 1998 Trade Deadline. Armed with a nasty mid-'90s fastball at age 24, Garcia threw 238 2/3 innings with a 3.05 ERA. Aaron Sele went 15-5, and 22-year-old rookie Joel Piniero shined in his first pennant race; he made 11 starts in 2001, and put up a 2.01 ERA.
The sweet, sweet nostalgia doesn't stop there, though. We haven't even gotten to the bullpen yet -- a group that not only included Arthur Rhodes and former Nasty Boy Norm Charlton, but also one baseball's most endearing closers.
Let's all remember Kazuhiro Sasaki
A few things to know about Kaz Sasaki:
1. He was very, very good: Sasaki saved 45 games with a 3.24 ERA while being named an All-Star in 2001, thanks to a splitter that was borderline unhittable.
2. You would absolutely watch 15 seasons of the Kaz Sasaki-Ichiro Suzuki buddy cop show, in which two fun-loving officers of the law solve crimes with a smile.
3. He had easily the best post-save celebration in baseball: the bow.
They ran the All-Star Game
The 2001 All-Star Game may be remembered for different reasons -- Cal Ripken Jr.'s final ride, for one -- but it was the Mariners' show. It marked the first Midsummer Classic at Safeco Field, and the home team didn't disappoint: Seattle sent eight representatives to the game, including four starters -- Ichiro, Martinez, Olerud and Boone. Garcia got the win, Sasaki got the save, and Tommy Lasorda managed to get out alive:
All that added up to a magical regular season in Seattle, but also a cautionary tale: After defeating the Indians in a five-game ALDS, the Mariners fell to the Yankees in five games in the ALCS. Your move, Golden State.
Usually, Joe Mauer is the man who delivers your newspaper every morning by 6 a.m. He is the rain slicker hung at your door in case of inclement weather. He is a reassuring presence. He is an inconspicuous constant of the universe.
But on Wednesday night against the White Sox, Mauer was not inconspicuous. Playing first base, he was very much conspicious. He was a thief, merciless in the night.
First, in the fourth inning, he lunged to his right, flipped to Phil Hughes covering first, and nabbed Adam Eaton for the first out of the inning.
Then, in the seventh, he erupted into the air and erased Melky Cabrera's hit from existence.
After 12 years and nearly 1,500 games, he can still surprise us, like finding a wadded-up $20 bill in the pocket of your raincoat. That, too -- knowledge that the unassuming stoics in our lives contain multitudes -- is reassuring, a reminder of all of life's possibilities.
Though the Twins lost, 3-0, Mauer himself went 2-for-4 with a double, and he's batting .393/.486/.536 on the year. And so the Earth's orbit around the sun continues.
73-9: The Warriors finished a dream (regular) season by pounding the Grizzlies at Oracle, with Steph Curry nailing 10 more threes on his way to 40 points in less than 30 minutes. Curry finished the season with 402 three-pointers; no other player has even hit 300 in a season. Golden State broke the unbreakable record and really went 73-9. Simply amazing. And, of course, it don't mean a thing if they can't win that ring ...
MEANWHILE, IN LOS ANGELES ... In his final NBA game, Kobe Bryant did the most Kobe Bryant thing possible: he took 50 shots (!) and put up 60 points for his adoring fans. This was so very Kobe that as the Warriors were putting the finishing touches on seventy-three and nine almost everyone in the known universe was watching a 37-year-old gunning away in a game with no impacts between two lottery teams. Here are the highlights. After the game, Kobe spoke to the crowd and finished by saying "Mamba out" and dropping the mic. (He's selling "Mamba out" t-shirt on his website now. Of course.) There was a lot of love for Kobe from favorite teammates.
Jordan congratulates Warriors, says they have more to do
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Statement from Michael Jordan on Warriors breaking Bulls record:
Following an instantly memorable address to the home crowd at center court -- "Mamba out!" -- Bryant met with reporters. He was once again in rare form:
"My kids actually saw me play like I used to play."
Kobe Bryant's last pre-game introduction of his career
Blues Take Series Lead Over Blackhawks On Fluke Overtime Goal
You take it. It doesn’t matter how lucky or unpretty a goal is, or how little it has to do with the person credited with it, you take the score. Especially in the playoffs, especially in overtime, especially against a Blackhawks team that’s about to get Duncan Keith back. You take the 1-0 series lead, and you don’t look back, and maybe you take a little pride in it anyway.
“That’s an ugly goal,” said Blues captain David Backes, after his cross-ice feed banked off the skate of Trevor Van Riemsdyk for the game’s only goal at 9:04 into overtime. “I specialize in those.”
Never-before displayed photos of the Space Needle construction show iron workers with no harnesses and steel, lots of steel.
When NASA's New Horizons sped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, it took the best-ever pictures of the rocky world’s surface, giving us new insight into its geology, composition and atmosphere. These stunning images are the most famous result of New Horizons, but the spacecraft also sent back over three years’ worth of measurements of the solar wind – the constant flow of solar particles that the sun flings out into space – from a region that has been visited by only a few spacecraft.
This unprecedented set of observations give us a peek into an almost entirely unexplored part of our space environment – filling a crucial gap between what other missions see closer to the sun and what the Voyager spacecraft see further out. A new study to appear in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement lays out New Horizons’ observations of the solar wind ions that it encountered on its journey.
Not only does the New Horizons data provide new glimpses of the space environment of the outer solar system, but this information helps round out our growing picture of the sun’s influence on space, from near-Earth effects to the boundary where the solar wind meets interstellar space. The new data shows particles in the solar wind that have picked up an initial burst of energy, an acceleration boost that kicks them up just past their original speed. These particles may be the seeds of extremely energetic particles called anomalous cosmic rays. When these super-fast, energetic rays travel closer to Earth, they can pose a radiation hazard to astronauts. Further away, at lower energies, the rays are thought to play a role at shaping the boundary where the solar wind hits interstellar space – the region of our solar system that Voyager 2 is currently navigating and observing.
Studying the Solar Wind
Though space is about a thousand times emptier than even the best laboratory vacuums on Earth, it’s not completely devoid of matter – the sun’s constant outflow of solar wind fills space with a thin and tenuous wash of particles, fields, and ionized gas known as plasma. This solar wind, along with other solar events like giant explosions called coronal mass ejections, influences the very nature of space and can interact with the magnetic systems of Earth and other worlds. Such effects also change the radiation environment through which our spacecraft – and, one day, our astronauts headed to Mars – travel.
New Horizons measured this space environment for over a billion miles of its journey, from just beyond the orbit of Uranus to its encounter with Pluto.
“The instrument was only scheduled to power on for annual checkouts after the Jupiter flyby in 2007,” said Heather Elliott, a space scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, and lead author on the study. “We came up with a plan to keep the particle instruments on during the cruise phase while the rest of the spacecraft was hibernating and started observing in 2012.”
This plan yielded three years of near-continuous observations of the space environment in a region of space where only a handful of spacecraft have ever flown, much less captured detailed measurements.
“This region is billions of cubic miles, and we have a handful of spacecraft that have passed through every decade or so,” said Eric Christian, a space scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who studies what's called the heliosphere – the region of our solar system dominated by the solar wind – but was not involved with this study. “We learn more from every one.”
Since the sun is the source of the solar wind, events on the sun are the primary force that shapes the space environment. Shocks in the solar wind – which can create space weather, such as auroras, on worlds with magnetic fields – are created either by fast, dense clouds of material called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, or by the collision of two different-speed solar wind streams. These individual features are discernible in the inner solar system – but New Horizons didn’t see the same level of detail.
The New Horizons data show that the space environment in the outer solar system has less detailed structure than space closer to Earth, since smaller structures tend to be worn down or clump together as they travel outwards, creating fewer – but bigger – features.
“At this distance, the scale size of discernible structures increases, since smaller structures are worn down or merge together,” said Elliott. “It’s hard to predict if the interaction between smaller structures will create a bigger structure, or if they will flatten out completely.”
Subtler signs of the sun’s influence are also harder to spot in the outer solar system. Characteristics of the solar wind – including speed, density, and temperature – are shaped by the region of the sun it flows from. As the sun and its different wind-producing regions rotate, patterns form. New Horizons didn't see patterns as defined as they are when closer to the sun, but nevertheless it did spot some structure.
“Speed and density average together as the solar wind moves out,” said Elliott. “But the wind is still being heated by compression as it travels, so you can see evidence of the sun’s rotation pattern in the temperature even in the outer solar system.”
Finding the Origins of Space Radiation Hazards
The New Horizons observations also show what may be the starting seeds of the extremely energetic particles that make up anomalous cosmic rays. Anomalous cosmic rays are observed near Earth and can contribute to radiation hazard for astronauts, so scientists want to better understand what causes them.
The seeds for these energetic, super-fast particles may also help shape the boundary where the solar wind meets interstellar space. Anomalous cosmic rays have been observed by the two Voyager spacecraft out near these boundaries, but only in their final stages, leaving questions as to the exact location and mechanism of their origins.
“The Voyagers can’t measure these seed particles, only the outcome,” said Christian. “So with New Horizons going into that region, this blank patch in the observations is being filled in with data.”
Filling in such a blank patch will help scientists better understand the way such particles move and affect the space environment around them, helping to interpret what Voyager is seeing on its journey.
Comparing New Horizons to Observations and Models
Since New Horizons is one of the very few spacecraft that has explored the space environment in the outer solar system, lack of corroborating data meant that a key part of Elliott's work was simply calibrating the data. Her work was supported by the Heliophysics Research and Analysis program.
She calibrated the observations with pointing information from New Horizons, the results of extensive tests on the laboratory version of the instrument, and comparison with data from the inner solar system. NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer, or ACE, and NASA’s Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, for example, observe the space environment near Earth’s orbit, allowing scientists to capture a snapshot of solar events as they head towards the edges of the solar system. But because the space environment in the outer solar system is relatively unexplored, it wasn’t clear how those events would develop. The only previous information on space in this region was from Voyager 2, which traveled through roughly the same region of space as New Horizons, although about a quarter of a century earlier.
“There are similar characteristics between what was seen by New Horizons and Voyager 2, but the number of events is different,” said Elliott. “Solar activity was much more intense when Voyager 2 traveled through this region.”
Now, with two data sets from this region, scientists have even more information about this distant area of space. Not only does this help us characterize the space environment better, but it will be key for scientists testing models of how the solar wind propagates throughout the solar system. In the absence of a constant sentinel measuring the particles and magnetic fields in space near Pluto, we rely on simulations – not unlike terrestrial weather simulations – to model space weather throughout the solar system. Before New Horizons passed Pluto, such models were used to simulate the structure of the solar wind in the outer solar system. With a calibrated data set in hand, scientists can compare the reality to the simulations and improve future models.
Wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors as a returner during his rookie season with the Seahawks, has been named to NFL.com's All-Under-25 team, a squad compiled by NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison.
Lockett, age 23, racked up 852 yards (25.8-yard average) on kick returns and 379 yards (9.5-yard average) on punt returns this past year for Seattle, including a 105-yard kick return for a touchdown and a 57-yard punt return for a score. He came on strong as a receiver as well, making 51 grabs for 664 yards and six touchdowns to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only two rookies in NFL history to record five touchdown catches, a kick-return touchdown, and punt-return touchdown in a season.
Here's what Harrison had to say about Lockett, who the Seahawks moved up to select in the third round of last year's draft out of Kansas State:
If a guy makes first-team All-Pro as a rookie, then he has to be on the All-Under 25 squad heading into his sophomore campaign, right? Lockett averaged 25.8 yards per kick return and 9.5 yards per punt return while catching 51 passes. His ability to do everything earns him his place on this prestigious group of up-and-comers.
Click here to check out the rest of NFL.com's All-Under-25 team.
Kobe Bryant gave the shoes off his feet to two young fans in Denver. #Respect
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This is the first Academy Award for Leonardo DiCaprio. In the Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, who is badly mauled by a grizzly and abandoned by his fellow trappers. Barely surviving his wounds, Glass is driven by thoughts of his family and a desire for revenge as he endures the frigid winter and pursues the men who left him for dead.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" may have won more honors at the 88th Academy Awards, leading all films with six. "The Revenant" won some major prizes, including the first Oscar for actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
But when the last award of the evening was read, it was the little film about Boston Globe investigative reporters digging into a sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests that was left standing.
"This film gave a voice to survivors," producer Michael Sugar said. "And this film amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican."
It was one of just two awards "Spotlight" took home. The film also won for Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer's original screenplay.
But until that moment, it looked like "Revenant," about a vengeful trapper in the 1820s, was going to go all the way.
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Gary Payton II is Gary Payton in name only. He's not known for steals like his dad was. He's out here dunking. And that's exactly what he did on Sunday against Washington State University. A quick defensive rebound gave Payton the opportunity for a wide open dunk.
But what really makes this dunk so special is the jersey number. In honor of senior night, Gary Payton II paid homage to his father by wearing his No. 20.
"When your dad is a Hall of Famer, you know they expect you to be great instantly -- just pick up those genes and follow behind that."
SEATTLE – A lot of Seahawks fans may not want to watch this Sunday’s NFL conference championship games after their team was eliminated last week. It’s too soon. It’s too painful.
Count Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett as one of them.
“No. Probably not. I’m a sore loser so probably not,” Bennett said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show Friday morning.
The Seahawks are sitting at home for the conference championship weekend for the first time since 2012. They represented the NFC in the Super Bowl the past two seasons.
After being down 31-0 at halftime at Carolina last Sunday, the Seahawks rallied back in the second half but fell short, losing 31-24.
A lot has been made about the Seahawks having to play two straight weeks at 10 a.m. Pacific time to open the postseason, first in below-zero temperatures in Minnesota then in Carolina. Since 1981, no west coast team has won a Super Bowl when having to play that early during the playoffs. But Bennett says the early start had nothing to do with what happened last weekend.
“We have no excuses. We just didn’t play good the first half. If you seen the way we played the second half, we could have won that game. We made so many mistakes early in the game, we could have won that game,” said Bennett.
You can always rely on Bennett to find a colorful way to describe just about anything. So how cold was it when the Seahawks played the Vikings in minus-6 degree temperatures?
“I think it was like being at divorce court with your ex-wife and she wants half and you’re just sitting there. It’s really cold,” said Bennett. “It was super cold out there. It was really hard to play because it was to the point where when you were sweating it turned into ice. I bet it was hard to catch the ball. I told Russell Wilson, ‘Man. You a beast for coming out there with no gloves on.’”
Bennett said he thought about playing without sleeves to be a tough guy. That changed after warm-ups.
“Oh, hell no. This is just too much for me right now,” said Bennett.
At the end of the interview, NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter asked Bennett to send a message to receiver Doug Baldwin.
“Tell Doug Baldwin I said relax, man. Relax, man. Everything’s alright,” said Carter.
Carter notoriously called the Seahawks receivers “pedestrian” and “appetizers” during their first Super Bowl run. That brought the public ire of Baldwin who was also tagged with the nickname “Angry” Doug Baldwin.
Bennett used Carter’s request to poke fun at his teammate.
“You know Doug, man. He’s one of those guys, man. He’s got Napoleon Syndrome,” said Bennett.
Napoleon Syndrome, often referred to as Napoleon Complex, is a theoretical condition in which shorter people are overly-aggressive or domineering. Baldwin is listed at 5’10” tall.
Bennett predicts the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots will advance to the Super Bowl.
Bennett was voted to his first Pro Bowl this year after a career-high ten sacks
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SEATTLE – Earlier this week, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said he’d be willing to take a hometown discount to stay with the team he’s played with for the last four years. But according to ESPN, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse says – no discount for him.
Kearse, who is now a free agent, sent a text message to ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying “I love my hometown, but I’ve put in too much hard work to give a discount. My number one priority is to take care of my family’s future, so I will consider all opportunities.”
For Kearse, it really would be a “hometown discount.” The 25-year-old was born in Lakewood and played college at the University of Washington.
Kearse went undrafted and was signed by the Seahawks in April of 2012.
He’s caught 112 passes for 10 touchdowns and nearly 1,600 yards in his four seasons with the Seahawks. He also caught the game-winning catch in the 2014 NFC Championship game that sent the Seahawks to their second Super Bowl in two years.
Here's Len Dawson smoking a cigarette and drinking a Fresca *during halftime* of Super Bowl I.
We’re disappointed, but we understand the fight we have and we’re proud of ourselves for making it as far as we did. We didn’t play well enough in the first half. Coming back to within one possession in the second half shows the fight we’ve had all season. We just ran out of time. All we can do is regroup and focus on coming out better next season.
We had a chance to be special again. We didn’t get it done. We also understand how much adversity we went through and the kind of fight this team has. We’re proud of ourselves, we still have our heads high. We battled until the end. There were a lot of mistakes at the beginning, but we fought until the end. We didn’t give up any points after half time; we just gave up too many in the first half. We knew we would have a chance to come back because we are fighters.
We’re far from done. We’re still a young team and guys are just entering the prime of their careers. We are going to be special for a long time. We’re just getting started. We faced adversity all year and almost came out on top. We can’t hang our heads down because we fought hard and came together as a team.
Thank you for all your support this year and for sticking by us.
RENTON, Wash. -- After his 209-yard performance against the San Francisco 49ers back in Week 11, Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls was asked where he developed his physical style and tough mindset.
"I am from Flint, Michigan, where you’ve got to be tough," Rawls said. "You’ve got to be a whole different breed. You’ve got to be different. You’ve got to be uncommon. So I think that’s a lot of where my makeup is."
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Rawls is in Seattle, recovering from a season-ending ankle injury he suffered in Week 14. But with the Seahawks' season officially over, the water crisis in his hometown is very much on Rawls' mind.
He still has plenty of family and friends back home, and he vowed to go to Flint and help in the weeks ahead.
"That’s where I grew up at," Rawls said. "So to know that the water is bad and to know that there’s not a lot being done back in Flint, Michigan, is kind of upsetting. It’s kind of emotional just to know my family and friends and stuff there.
"One thing that I can control is do what I can do as far as on my end, and that’s going back home, donating, having something around for the city as far as people having free water, stuff like that. Because it’s kind of hard when you can’t even shower in your own shower, when you can’t drink your own water. It’s kind of upsetting to know that I’ve got nieces and nephews, and [their] skin’s breaking out. I’ve got friends, they have kids. It’s already hard in the city just because. But just to add that on your plate, it’s kind of tough.
"One thing I can tell you about the people in Flint is they’re tough, and they are built for it. And that’s one thing that I just want to display and show my gratitude through them, go back home and do a lot for the city."
Rawls is finalizing his plans, but he said high on his priority list in the coming weeks is to get back to Flint and do anything he can to provide assistance.
"I can’t wait to go back home and help out," Rawls said. "I may even try to dig a well and try to connect it to another city or something. I want to be Superman to my city. I love my city. I don’t want to get emotional about it, but I will go home."
If Jose Bautista's clutch three-run, game-winning home run in Game 5 of the ALDS didn't rattle all of North America, then the bat flip he used to punctuate it certainly did. The bat flip to end all bat flips served as the exclamation point on a crazy afternoon in a tense series at the end of a long, exciting season.
Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs were taking batting practice on the field at the Friendly Confines on Thursday when he whipped out his impression of the performance:
Did you know? Rush lead singer calls yesterday the 'weirdest, most intense inning of baseball' he'd ever seen!
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On Thursday morning, Lee appeared on Dan Patrick's radio show to discuss his experience at Game 5, what it's like to throw out a first pitch, his collection of baseball memorabilia, and his friendship with Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, whose photograph was used as the cover of the Rush 40th anniversary DVD.
Jose Bautista's bat flip to end all bat flips has already been forever commemorated as a tattoo
If Jose Bautista's clutch three-run, game-winning home run in Game 5 of the ALDS didn't rattle all of North America, then the bat flip he used to punctuate it certainly did. The bat flip to end all bat flips served as the exclamation point on a crazy afternoon in a tense series at the end of a long, exciting season.
Hey! Bernie Sanders
CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN!!!!
But such a colossal moment requires more than just endless loops on the computer and cell phone screens of the world. They say a picture is worth a thousand Vines (or something), so allow us to present this photo timeline of The Bat Flip Heard 'Round the World:
Democratic debate; The debate in 2 minutes
G4: Series tied 2-2
LAD 3 - 1 FINAL NYM
G4: CHC wins 3-1
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Andy Dalton threw an interception in the red zone (a theme today–waves at Sam Bradford) trying to get the ball to A.J. Green. Earl Thomas’ big return was called back because Michael Bennett decided to make sure Andy Dalton would not have any chance to get a tackle.
Despite the loss, Thomas Rawls proved to be a very competent replacement for Marshawn Lynch.
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Cincinnati was undefeated, playing at home, and favored against Seattle coming off Monday Night Football. The Seahawks gave up an easy touchdown on Cincinnati’s first drive of the day.
And it’s been all Seahawks since. Here’s Thomas Rawls, the 3rd string running back, breaking three tackles en route to a 69-yard touchdown run. Seattle’s up, 17-7, and Cincinnati … well, let’s see what Andy Dalton has.
Russell Wilson with the floater
Earl Thomas with the interception, but a Michael Bennett penalty after the pick brings it back
Russell Wilson finds a wide open Jermaine Kearse for the touchdown
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Jermaine Kearse averaging 15.2 yards per catch in 2015.
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As we're sure you're aware at this point, we've run out of places in Seattle to plant '12' flags. American Express noticed and they've decided to ship in some reinforcements. Meet 'American Express Hawks Island,' a 200-foot barge that will dock at Pier 66 and host pre-game festivities on October 18 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. before the Seahawks game against the Carolina Panthers. The event is free for all Amex Card Members (21+) who RSVP in advance and will include food & drink from local eateries, a meet & greet with Hawks legend Shaun Alexander, a musical performance and free shuttle service to CenturyLink Field for the game. For non-Seahawks enthusiasts, it might be worth checking out just to see what it looks like to have a barge the size of two basketball courts anchored at the Seattle Waterfront. Seattle scrapped plans for a waterfront barge last year due to costs. Wonder what effect this might have of reviving the idea. UPDATE: Hawks Island tickets have sold out.