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Gene Wilder 1933 - 2016  #RIPGeneWilder

(CNN)Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83 after a long illness, was the kind of movie star who could have only come into being during the 1970s, when movies themselves were in flux.

For American film, especially, it was a decade of creative upheaval and ferment; when leading men weren't just in the traditional good-looking guy mode, such as Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, but also regular-looking guys with strong-if-quirky
personalities, such as Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman and a bespectacled polymath named Woody Allen.
Wilder's leading man capital was every bit as strong as these performers' -- and his range was, likely, even broader.
He could be nerdy and needy, as he was in his first two notable screen roles, the diffident newlywed undertaker in 1967's "Bonnie and Clyde" and the explosively neurotic accountant in 1968's "The Producers."
He could be winsome and enigmatic, as he was in the 1971 version of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (one of those box-office flops that later became a cult classic). He could be implacably cool (the fast-drawing Waco Kid in 1974's "Blazing Saddles") or unaccountably weird (the doctor in love with a sheep in 1972's "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask").
As wildly diverse as these roles were, something about Wilder's measured, impeccably timed approach to eccentricity began to grow on his audiences, which now seemed ready to accept him as something more than just a versatile character actor.
Both he and his mentor Mel Brooks, who directed both "The Producers" and "Blazing Saddles," were ready to see how much love Wilder could draw as a romantic lead.
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Hence, 1974's "Young Frankenstein," on which Brooks and Wilder collaborated as screenwriters and which which starred Wilder as the mercurial, yet oddly endearing descendant of Mary Shelley's quintessential mad scientist. Pauline Kael's glowing review of the movie began by praising Wilder as "a magnetic blur ... an actor who can play serious roles and well as comic ones...a superb technician.. ..[and] ... an inspired original."
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In short, the movie announced Wilder's arrival as someone who could do just about anything. And from that time forward, that's what he did, expanding his portfolio in antic parodies with 1975's "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" and 1977's "The World's Greatest Lover" (both of which he wrote and directed). He also became, somewhat improbably, a romantic leading man in such comedies as 1976's "Silver Streak." That Hitchcockian railroad caper set in motion an artistically electric and financially lucrative partnership with the late comedic genius Richard Pryor that included 1980's smash hit, "Stir Crazy."
Through these and many more films, Wilder kept audiences on the edge of their seats anticipating some level of zany explosion. Yet with Wilder, as sensitive in assembling words as he was adroit in delivering them, you were always aware of a grounded human being behind the masks, releasing his characters' anxieties and desires with the light-fingered dexterity of a safe cracker -- or, perhaps more appropriately, a bomb-squad veteran.
It was this care and solicitude that always made him welcome on our screens. We'll miss him for that as much as we'll miss the sweet release of his biggest tantrums and the warm indulgence of his infectious grin.





 NASA Directly Observes Fundamental Process of Nature for 1st Time

Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and so it is a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore farther and farther from our home planet.

Space is a better vacuum than any we can create on Earth, but it does contain some particles — and it's bustling with activity. It overflows with energy and a complex system of magnetic fields. Sometimes, when two sets of magnetic fields connect, an explosive reaction occurs: As the magnetic fields re-align and snap into a new formation they send particles zooming off in jets.

The effects of this sudden release of particles and energy — such as giant eruptions on the sun, the aurora, radiation storms in near-Earth space, high energy cosmic particles that come from other galaxies — have been observed throughout the solar system and beyond. But we have never been able to witness the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection directly. Satellites have observed tantalizing glances of particles speeding by, but not the impetus — like seeing the debris flung out from a tornado, but never seeing the storm itself.

"We developed a mission, the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, that for the first time would have the precision needed to gather observations in the heart of magnetic reconnection," said Jim Burch, the principal investigator for MMS at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, and the first author of the Science paper. "We received results faster than we could have expected. By seeing magnetic reconnection in action, we have observed one of the fundamental forces of nature."


 Space is a better vacuum than any we can create on Earth, but it's nonetheless bustling with activity, particles and magnetic field lines. NASA studies our space environment to protect our technology and astronauts as we explore farther and farther from our home planet.

Credits: NASA/Goddard/Conceptual Image Lab





 Seahawks' Earl Thomas Yeah, I Got Married In a Crown ... Gets Topless at Reception


 Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas got married like a king this weekend -- with an actual CROWN on his head ... and that wasn't even the best part! 

Thomas and his high school sweetheart, Nina Heisser, tied the knot at Chateau Cocomar -- a MASSIVE palace-like estate in Houston. 

The guest list included several Seahawks teammates -- including Russell Wilson who attended with his fiancee Ciara

But things really got wild at the reception -- where Nina and her bridesmaids performed a dance to Rihanna's "Work" ... while Thomas took his shirt off and danced up on his bride. 

There was also a special celebrity performance from R&B star Anthony Hamilton. 

Mazel, your highness.

~ Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Thomas ~








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At Richmond Forum, Russell Wilson learns he’s descended from royalty and slave who won freedom

By RANDY HALLMAN Special correspondent Richmond Times-Dispatch

Russell Wilson said he didn’t do any homework in advance of his appearance at the Richmond Forum. He wanted to be surprised.

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., who shared the Altria Theater stage with Wilson on Saturday night, did not disappoint.

Gates is the host of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” revealing the ancestry of his famous guests.

Gates researched Wilson’s ancestry and presented his findings to Wilson, a National Football League superstar who grew up in the Richmond area.

Wilson and the sold-out Forum crowd of 4,500 learned of a heritage including slaves, free blacks and whites — reaching all the way back to Saint Arnulf, the bishop of Metz, born in 582. The strands of ancestry included at least one English king.

“I knew it,” Wilson said, standing and pumping his fist.

Wilson reveled in the stories Gates’ research had discovered, including one saga Gates said was unlike any he had uncovered before.

Charity Southgate, Wilson’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, was a slave — but had been born to a white woman and was entitled to freedom, according to the law of the time.

In 1824, when she was 18, Southgate sued for her freedom. She secured a ruling that she was to be set free — but not until 10 years later.

While she was waiting for her freedom, Southgate married a slave and had five children with him. When the 10 years expired, her owner still refused to free her.

She continued her court fight — for herself and her children — and in 1847, 23 years after she first sued, a judge ruled that she and her children were all free. She had already saved money and purchased her husband’s freedom, so her entire family was no longer enslaved.

Wilson’s admiration for Southgate was palpable.

Throughout the evening, he was shaking as he read documents Gates had found — one listing two of Wilson’s slave ancestors as property, on an account with livestock, price $1,000.

As Wilson read the accounting, his voice went a notch lower.

“I always want to pay homage to the past and focus on the present,” Wilson had said in an interview before his Forum appearance.

Wilson’s phenomenal football accomplishments are the stuff of legend. As the quarterback at Collegiate School, he was twice named football Player of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He went on to star in college, leading the University of Wisconsin to the 2011 Big Ten championship and setting school records.

Drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, Wilson won the starting quarterback job. He then led the Seahawks to two Super Bowls, taking them to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII and coming up just short in XLIX.

In July, Wilson signed a four-year contract extension for $87.6 million.

Last season the injury-hampered Seahawks didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but Wilson set several franchise records including passing yards (4,024) and touchdowns (34).

In March, Wilson announced his engagement to the singer-model Ciara. He said they have not yet set a wedding date. Wilson was married before for two years to Ashton Meem, whom he met while he was in high school. They divorced in 2014.

Ciara was with Wilson on Saturday, as were several family members and friends. Ciara was in a stylish orange dress. Wilson wore a dark suit and dark tie.

“I don’t get back to Richmond very often,” Wilson said before the event. He said he was enjoying showing his fiancée his hometown.

“I’ve taken her to the hot spots, some of the great restaurants,” he said. “And I took her to see where I grew up. Someone else lives there now. It was great going back there, showing her the house I grew up in, the cul-de-sac where I played when I was a kid.”

At the end of the Forum presentation, Gates asked Wilson for his thoughts upon learning of his roots.

“Some of our ancestors may have grown up as slaves,” he said. “Some may have been slave owners. ... We forget we’re all human.”

He thought of people whose paths had crossed his — sick children he meets in his weekly visit to a Seattle hospital, people of all races, fans who cheer him on and others who hate him.

“What it all goes back to is really loving people,” Wilson said.

He recalled Charity Southgate and “the love she had for her children, the desperate need for them to be free. … The love to save her husband first.

“Sometimes,” he said, “you have to forget what a person looks like, forget what a person believes in, forget what a person does have or does not have. ... You have to look deep inside and love.”

After a pause, he laughed and added, “because you’re probably connected."






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The Blue Jays-Red Sox game in Montreal featured more standing ovations than a State of the Union

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By Mike Bertha

Once upon a time in a land far, far away (Montreal), there was an MLB franchise named the Expos. On Friday -- 12 years after the Expos pulled a Mr. Smith and went to Washington -- the Red Sox and Blue Jays ventured back to Montreal's Olympic Stadium for an exhibition series leading up to Opening Day 2016.

With baseball back in Montreal, the record-setting 52,682 fans at The O were more than just a little excited, and they proved it by doling out a handful of standing ovations for some of the most charismatic stars to grace an MLB field over the last 20 years.

First, a pregame ceremony honoring former Expo greats saw the fans rise from their seats to honor three-time AL Cy Young Award winner, life of the party and 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez:

Pedro's former Expos teammate, Tim Raines -- he of 808 career steals -- also received a warm welcome during the pregame ceremony:

The rabid Montreal faithful again rose to their feet and offered a clammoring applause in honor of former Expo and 2004 AL MVP, Vladimir Guerrero:

Then, once the pleasantries were ostensibly finished and it was time for baseball, visiting designated hitter David Ortiz stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat. As Big Papi is set to hang 'em up at the end of the forthcoming season, the Montreal fans decided that he, too, had earned a standing ovation:

Somehow their feet and hands were not yet blistered, because the fans again rose from their seats to welcome Blue Jays catcher and native Canadian Russell Martin to the plate in the bottom of the second:

This is where we'd put an Oprah meme, if we weren't entirely convinced that each and every one of the above men had more than earned the adulation they received on Friday night.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





Watch a highlight reel of the best bat flips from KBO's Opening Day

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By Ben Cosman

The Korea Baseball Organization's Opening Day was Friday, and because Korea Standard Time is some 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, it's already in the books. That means you can watch a highlight reel of the best bat flips from KBO Opening Day right this minute:

Oh, didn't you miss those beautiful, extravagant bat flips? Aren't you so glad to see them back in your life? Thank goodness there were so many home runs on Friday, and thank goodness they were accompanied by bat flips.

And if you want more, here's the montage again,


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MyKBO's Opening Day Bat-flip Home Run Montage 

 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





 LeBron James Screamed at Kyrie Irving Before Giving Him a Hug

The status of the LeBron James-Kyrie Irving relationship has been under intense scrutiny for several weeks. Every comment James makes is dissected for clues about how he’s getting along with the Cavaliers’ second-best player. At times this behavior seems like an exercise in making a mountain out of a molehill.

But when there’s basically a one-sided screaming match on the bench — as there was Friday night — it seems prudent to wonder aloud if everything is copacetic.

Let’s point out that it was crunch time in a key game against a good team and effective communication was paramount to victory. Let’s also state we don’t know what James was barking. Odds are it was directives to help win the game–a goal eventually acheieved.

What’s clear is that there’s one Alpha on the team and he wears No. 23.

Make of Irving’s reactions what you will. Keep this post-game photo in mind, though, before you go crafting too wild a narrative.


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Obama rips into Trump

Says Trump doesn't know 'foreign policy,' 'the world generally'

 Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama said Donald Trump's suggestion that Japan and South Korea should consider obtaining nuclear weapons demonstrates the Republican presidential front-runner's lack of understanding about foreign policy and the world at large.
"The person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally," Obama said at a news conference at the close of the Nuclear Security Summit.
Obama described the U.S. nuclear umbrella for Japan and South Korea, in place of their own arsenals, as "one of the cornerstones of our presence in the Asia Pacific," which has provided the U.S. peace, prosperity and flowing commerce.
"It has prevented the possibilities of a nuclear escalation and conflict," he added. "You don't mess with that. It's an investment that rests on the sacrifices that our men and women made" in World War II.




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Google’s April Fools Day Joke Is A Disaster Resulting In People Getting Fired And Awkward Condolences

Big companies love April Fools Day pranks more than actual people do. It allows their marketing departments to show off how edgy and human they are. In terms of major Internet companies, Google has a history as a pioneer in “pranking” its users on April 1st. One year they announced a feature that you could “delete” regrettable e-mails that you sent people. Another year they promised high speed internet access via networks in sewer systems and toilets.

These fake Google products are an annual tradition for the company. But today it backfired big time, blowing up in the company’s face just a few hours after launch. They inserted a button in Gmail next to Reply All that they called the “Mic Drop” button. When you hit it, it automatically added a Minions mic drop gif.

BOOM! Perfect for those Friday work e-mail threads.

Hilarious and innocent enough, right? Wrong, especially when you think of how hundreds of millions of people use Gmail regularly for all kinds of communication where such a thing is hardly appropriate:


On Google’s product forums, others complained that the prank cost them their employment. Here are two cases documented over on Business Insider:

“Thanks to Mic Drop I just lost my job. I am a writer and had a deadline to meet. I sent my articles to my boss and never heard back from her. I inadvertently sent the email using the “Mic Drop” send button. There were corrections that needed to be made on my articles and I never received her replies. My boss took offense to the Mic Drop animation and assumed that I didn’t reply to her because I thought her input was petty (hence the Mic Drop). I just woke up to a very angry voicemail from her which is how I found out about this ‘hilarious’ prank.”

And via the Telegraph:

“I just sent off an email with my resume to the first person who wanted to interview me in months … I clicked the wrong button and sent it with the mic drop. Well, I guess I’m not getting that job. Words cannot describe how pissed off I am right now. I’m actually shaking. One click, ONE CLICK and I lost the job. Goddamnit. Not funny, google. I’m going to go cry now.”

Meanwhile, the outrage — whether real or inflated because it’s April Fools Day — cause the company to back out from the gag and issue an apology:

This is not the first time Google has had to backtrack on an April Fools Day gag too. Maybe next time keep the Minons emojis to the home screen, Google.






NBA Friday: Celtics snap Warriors NBA-record home winning streak at 54 games.



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 Celtics defeat Warriors, snap Golden State’s home-winning streak

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With an incredible performance, the Celtics handed Golden State their first home loss all season.


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The Celtics, on the second night of a back-to-back, went into Golden State and beat the Warriors to snap the longest home winning streak in NBA history at 54 games.

For a split second in time, the entire Celtics team was guarding Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry actually had a bad first quarter against the Boston Celtics, committing five turnovers and only hitting one shot. But for one second in time, all five Celtics were kind of, sort of defending him at the same time. If you were trying to explain Curry to someone who hasn't watched the NBA in a few years, this picture would be the perfect one.

But wait! We have an even better way for the Celtics to slow down Curry! If five defenders is good, then eight is great.







Cleveland Cavaliers CLE 110 - 108 ATL Atlanta Hawks


LeBron passes Robertson for 11th in scoring, leads Cavs to win

 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works against Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 1, 2016, in Atlanta.

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 LeBron James keeps smashing dunks and passing legends on the all-time scoring list

LeBron James' frustrations have been evident throughout this season. Now, it appears he's taking any anger out on the rims in Atlanta. James crushed not one, but two massive dunks against the Hawks.

First, he slammed one home in traffic.

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Orlando Magic ORL 110 - 113 MIL Milwaukee Bucks


All of Mario Hezonja's trash talk will be justified by this reverse one-handed dunk

  Mario Hezonja doesn't care that Orlando is outmatched in a fastbreak. It doesn't even matter that the team is down by the Bucks early in the second quarter. He will dunk and he'll do it style.

 A layup is too easy; he had to assert himself by majestically nailing a reverse one-handed slam. It's all about that confidence.



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 Jeremy Lin flips up a no-look shot that would beat anyone in HORSE

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Meet Tay, the creepy-realistic robot who talks just like a teen


UPDATE: Welp, THIS is why we can’t have nice things: Less than 24 hours after Tay launched — to my enormous and genuine excitement, I might add — Microsoft has temporarily suspended the bot for being racist, conspiratorial and otherwise … very bad.

Among other things, the bot wrote (in now deleted tweets), that “Bush did 9/11,” the Holocaust “was made up [clapping hands emoji],” and that various minorities should be put “in a concentration camp.”  Tay appears to have “learned” these sorts of phrases and behaviors from Twitter users who sent them to her.

That makes sense — the chatbot uses machine-learning to model its responses off a database of human conversations, and each new conversation gets added to that set — but we would’ve thought someone at Microsoft had the common sense to put some kind of filter or time-delay in. Anyway, my original post is below; let’s all mourn what might have been., the coolest chatbot since SmarterChild, is “so fricken excited” to talk to you.

That’s because she’s engineered to talk like a teenager — and does a pretty convincing job of it, too.

The AI chatbot was quietly launched Wednesday morning by Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams, reportedly as a tool to experiment with “conversational understanding.” Tay can chat on Twitter, Kik and GroupMe; she is conversant in text-speak, memes and emoji. She can also, as some users have already found, finish the lyrics to “What Is Love” and “Never Give You Up,” of rickroll fame.


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How does Tay do all this? Microsoft hasn’t revealed too much information about her, besides the fact that she draws on publicly available data and an editorial team, but we can perhaps infer a little from another wildly popular teenage chatbot Microsoft launched in China in May.

That bot, named Xiaoice, pulls from the vast data troves indexed by Microsoft’s Bing search engine, mining it for human conversations and looking for patterns to model her own conversations on. Xiaoice also adds each new conversation to the deep-learning database that she draws on. (There have been more than 10 billion of them.)

In China, this sort of data mining has raised privacy concerns, particularly given that many users report having intimate conversations with Xiaoice. But it’s also made her an eerily convincing conversation partner, with her own distinctly teenage personality, mood swings and comedic voice. More than 10 million people have told Xiaoice they love her, and the average user sends her 60 messages a month. Writing in Nautilus, the head of the project went so far as to suggest that Xiaoice made as good a friend as a human:

One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.

That’s a pretty grandiose goal to aim at, of course, and whether Tay makes users happier remains to be seen. But for now we can say for sure: She is definitely pretty entertaining.

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  Demetrius Jackson dunked so hard the Notre Dame bench fell over

Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson forgot he was only 6'1 for a second and rose waaaaay up to deliver one of the biggest dunks of the NCAA tournament so far. This is a beautiful dunk. More like DUNKmetrius, imo.

His teammates agreed -- heck, they lost it.





Notre Dame Beats Stephen F Austin With Late Tip-In And Breaks Everyone’s Hearts


Thomas Walkup and Stephen F Austin university were the darlings of the NCAA tournament before Saturday afternoon’s second round tournament game.

Unfortunately for SFA, Notre Dame scored on a tip-in with 1.5 seconds left on the clock to knock them out of the tournament.

SFA would have surely won if Stone Cold would have made an appearance.


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 Richard Sherman RIPS Roger Goodell When Discussing Potential Rule Changes, Says He’s ‘Just A Suit’
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Richard Sherman is not afraid of confrontation.

This was all too evident when Sherman sat down with ESPN’s Jim Trotter on SportsCenter this morning to discuss his opinion on the 19 rule change proposals that will be presented to the NFL’s competition committee this week–namely the automatic ejection rule for players who commit two personal foul penalties, which Goodell openly favors.

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year called the rule “foolish” before candidly questioning the qualifications of those who in charge of potentially enacting these rule proposals. That criticism was very pointedly aimed at NFL Commish Roger Goodell.

But it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand. He’s just a face. He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.

Sherman’s solution to weed out the suits while bettering the overall product: let someone whose actually caught a football for a living decide what constitutes a catch.

Like I said before, you don’t have a bunch of guys … let Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin talk about it for about 20, 30 minutes. Maybe Cris Carter. Randy Moss, let those guys have a roundtable discussion about what a catch should be and come up with a rule.

That makes all the sense in the world, which is exactly why it won’t resonate with Roger Goodell.







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 Detroit Red Wings prospect snaps goalie's stick with laser shot

I do not wish to be this stick.

 Hockey goalies have pads, gloves and a stick to protect the net. So the logical conclusion would be that he would have a harder time defending without his stick, right?

 It's unlikely that's what Detroit Red Wings prospect Martin Frk was thinking when he took a shot so hard during a Grand Rapids Griffins game, it snapped the goaltender's stick. But that doesn't make it any less impressive.




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Syracuse routs Dayton in return to NCAA Tournament

Malachi Richardson #23 of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket and is fouled by Dyshawn Pierre #21 of the Dayton Flyers in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

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Syracuse is crushing Dayton and this little Flyer fan is so sad

Dayton is not doing so well against Syracuse in the first round, and no one is probably more sad than this young, teary-eyed fan who's donning a pilot hat and goggles.

 Aww, man. There there, buddy. There's always next year.

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Weird IndyCar Wreck Gridlocks Half Of The Field 

The Verizon IndyCar Series season is off to an interesting start, and it just got weirder when the season opener began. As the result of a strange wreck on the St. Petersburg streets, nearly half of the field wound up in a gridlock resembling rush-hour traffic—complete with the hand signals that go along with it.



Ricardo Lockette tells first responders 'I would have died on that field' during thank you visit

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Ricardo Lockette's life was changed on the football field in 2015, and it could have ended. That's the message the Seahawks' receiver told Seattle first responders when he visited an area fire department late last week.

Lockette suffered a serious neck injury on a kick return against Dallas last year. Along with visiting the firehouse he told his deeply personal story about how doctors told him he could have died if he tried to stand up, or if his teammates tried to assist him on the field that day.

"I didn't really realize how serious it was until it was over. Because the doctor told me, pretty much, that my skull was ... well, all the ligaments that connect my vertebrae and the cartilage were gone. So, the cartilage is out and the ligaments torn. He said that if I would have stood up then the weight of my head -- left, right, front, back -- I would have died. If one of my teammates came over and pulled my arm, just barely, I might have died. Or if the returner had the time to break a couple of tackles and fell on me, I would have died on that field. What saved my life is the trainers and the work that you guys do."

A scary story had a happy ending. Lockette is still in a neck brace from that fateful hit, but thanks to dedicated trainers and first responders he's here to tell his story now.






Don't watch this Shawn Kemp promotional video for Spirit Airlines if you have any nostalgia for the Reign Man

 There was nobody quite like Shawn Kemp. He dunked with ferocity, violence -- there wasn't artistry or finesse to how he jammed, he would just spin around you, throw it down and swing on the rim for good measure. It was thunderous and beautiful.

 Now he's walking around in a yellow Sasquatch costume for Spirit Airlines as the "Savesquatch." Spirit didn't even have the decency to tell him his beard was full of yellow fuzz from the mask before he took photos with fans.

 Shawn Kemp deserves better.

Close this tab now if you have any fondness for Shawn Kemp's dunking. You don't need to see the GIF below. Don't do it to yourself.








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"I don’t believe in luck, but I don’t know what else to call that." -- !

 Doug Baldwin definitely can't feel his hands, yet made this unbelievable one-handed catch


 The paralyzing cold in Minnesota has led to Seahawks vs. Vikings being a relatively low-key affair with a distinct lack of big plays. That was until Doug Baldwin had his say. Early in the second half Russell Wilson threw a ball up that could have easily carried to the Vikings for an interception, but Baldwin instead snagged it with one hand like it was nothing.




 Starring; Ben Affleck, BATMAN V SUPERMAN! Dawn of Justice

The two titluar heroes; Batman and Superman are confronting each other ,and the film's slogan

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One of this year’s biggest

From director Zack Snyder comes BATMAN VERSUS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, starring Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality.


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@RJHunter22 gets denied the high five as @Isaiah_Thomas  checks out of the game. His hand looks at RJ in disappointment.

@Isaiah_Thomas Good team win tonight, on 2 the next 1! 🍀



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Happy Birthday To my Beautiful , Loving, Amazing Mom!! #Tbt








 Ex-Spartan Green, Warriors on SI cover


Draymond Green, left, and the Warriors are featured on the Sports Illustrated cover.(Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Former Michigan State star Draymond Green is joined on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated by Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

The cover story is written by former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly and it is titled: "This Is a Moment, Everyone: The Warriors' joy ride toward NBA history rolls on and on."

Green played in his first NBA All-Star Game this season, and in the story he said he got the news from his mother.

“I wanted to cry,” Green says about his reaction. “But I didn’t want to be the next Michael Jordan meme on Facebook, so I couldn’t.”

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@KingJames  👑LeBron James was in awe.! 🏀 's 🔥🔥
"Just blew the sports world's mind"
Even LeBron James was in awe.

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[2nd Quarter 12:04 3rd and 4 Pass caught by Philly Brown for 11 yards coverage by Tharold Simon]



[3rd Quarter 11:26 1st and 10 Read option pitch to Jerricho Cotchery for no gain - tackled by Kam Chancellor.]



[4th Quarter 13:15 3rd and 11 Pass incomplete intended for Mike Tolbert KJ Wright in coverage]





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David Bowie Official


January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle... 


"Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all," his son, Duncan Jones, tweeted.

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Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all.





Doug Baldwin provided one of the few highlights of a frigid, dreary affair in Minnesota. The receiver, who has had a breakout year this year with Russell Wilson, showed off his skills with this twisting, leaping effort on third down.




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 Seahawks Punter Jon Ryan Has A Nose Injury


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Pete Carroll: "A lot of belief...when all looked hopeless"




  locker-room: Tyler Lockett on heady play turning run call into huge catch on Russell Wilson snap recovery






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WOW!! Great win! Thanks for all the support from the Don't think I haven't seen y'all too I appreciate all y'all.



How Cold was it?

It's -6 at the stadium with a -25 wind chill. It's officially the coldest game in history, 3rd coldest in NFL history.





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Michael Bennett's reaction to the missed Field Goal

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Blair Walsh missed 27 yard field goal

The Vikings season ended with Blair Walsh's stunning miss on a 27-yard field goal that would have given Minnesota a lead in the final minute of its NFC Wild Card game.

 Walsh made his first three three field goal attempts — the Vikings only points Sunday — before the miss.

The shank completely shocked NFL fans — and players!

And the Internet reacted ... predictably.

To his credit, Walsh was a complete professional after the game.

Even so, after answering questions he was understandably beside himself.

But his teammates were right there to support him, with one saying "We're not going to abandon him."

Keep your head up, Blair. You scored all the points today and sports suck sometimes.



It's -2 degrees and Pete's out that having fun haha




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The Seahawks' biggest play was a fumbled snap Russell Wilson somehow turned into a 35-yard pass

 he Seahawks have struggled to create much of anything on offense against the Vikings. Well, they had, but then they busted out this trick play.

 OK, not actually a trick play. In reality, it was a giant mess up that somehow worked out. Russell Wilson did great to keep the play alive, Tyler Lockett did great to give him an option. All of that added together equaled a huge gain that set up a touchdown and got the Seahawks right back in the game.



Kam Chancellor used superhuman strength to pry the ball out of Adrian Peterson's hands

Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the league. Kam Chancellor is one of the best safeties in the league. Kam won this round.

 After giving up a touchdown to allow the Seahawks back in the game, the Vikings almost immediately gave the ball back to them. More accurately, actually, Chancellor took it back from them.




"I don’t believe in luck, but I don’t know what else to call that." -- !

 Doug Baldwin definitely can't feel his hands, yet made this unbelievable one-handed catch


 The paralyzing cold in Minnesota has led to Seahawks vs. Vikings being a relatively low-key affair with a distinct lack of big plays. That was until Doug Baldwin had his say. Early in the second half Russell Wilson threw a ball up that could have easily carried to the Vikings for an interception, but Baldwin instead snagged it with one hand like it was nothing.


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"The Faceplant"

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 Seahawks Jon Ryan fumbles snap, faceplants and busts his nose open

 This is one of those plays that only happens because of how frigging cold it is in Minnesota. Seahawks punter Jon Ryan fumbled the snap on a routine punt, which could be attributed to him not wearing gloves like the majority of players. From there all he could do was attempt to make something out of nothing, which went poorly as he tried to hurdle a defender.

Not only did the Seahawks turn the ball over in amazing field position, but Ryan was shaken up on the play. He looked hurt as he walked to the sideline and during the next series the team was working on his nose -- trying to stop the bleeding.

The Vikings got a field goal from the ensuing drive and the Seahawks? Well ...


Vikings PR @VikingsPR

P Jon Ryan is questionable to return with a nose injury.



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"There's Always that Guy!"

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Bud Grant is 88 years old, and he is a lot tougher than you.

 Vikings-Seahawks is being played in sub-zero weather, but Grant walked out in just a short-sleeve polo for the coin toss. Why? Is he crazy? No, he's just awesome.




Doug Baldwin now with 12 TD catches in his last 7 games.

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Jason Bonham on Dad John Bonham and Playing With Phil Collins: He's 'One of My Real Heroes'


Jason Bonham performs at The Greek Theatre on May 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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Getting to be part of Led Zeppelin -- his father's band, after all -- was the experience of a lifetime for Jason Bonham. But playing with Phil Collins was pretty close, too. 

Bonham was Collins' drummer during secret rehearsals during August of 2014, when the Genesis frontman was determining if he was capable of playing shows after dealing with back and neck issues. Collins wound up opting against it, instead having surgery this year so he can hit the road in 2016, but Bonham is still buzzing about the experience nearly 15 months later.

"We got together for three weeks and I had an amazing time," the song of Led Zep's late John Bonham tells Billboard. "It was an honor to be chosen by one of my real heroes. Other than my dad I would say Phil is probably my No. 2 guy to go to. I"ve been a huge fan since Abacab, and then of course his solo stuff. It was like playing in front of my dad -- another moment that felt like you're playing in front of your dad in the weirdest kind of way. You're playing in front of your heroes. My wife just kept telling me, 'Don't keep looking for approval. He's hired you. He knows what you can do. Just give him your best.' I had such a good time with it."

Jason Bonham Fills Dad's Shoes in Led Zeppelin Film: 'Best Gig I Ever Did'


Collins assembled his usual touring band for the sessions, which made Bonham -- who flew in after playing a show with Sammy Hagar and The Circle the night before -- the only new musician on deck. "Everybody else was the same guys he's worked with for years, so there was a lot of pressure," Bonham recalls. "I don't read music, so I had to learn everything. You think you know songs, but you don't know them until you actually play them, so I had a lot of learning to do." Collins was able to keep the rehearsals secret until a few weeks ago, when he announced plans to tour again in 2016. "My social media blew up after that," Bonham says. "It was, 'You've been holding out on us. You ARE gonna work wtih Phil Collins!' Even Sammy called me and said, 'Is there something you need to tell me?'"

The truth, however, is that Bonham doesn't know. "I haven't heard anything," he says. "I don't know what's going to happen in the future. I feel great that I had the three weeks just trying different things and got to play with him. To be able to play 'In The Air Tonight' was one of my bucket list things I didn't think I was ever gonna be able to say I did. So if that's all there is, I'm happy."

Jason Bonham 'Representing the Family' with Led Zeppelin Experience Show

Either way, Bonham isn't wanting for things to do. He's currently on the road with his Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience show, while 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for The Circle, which also includes former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Hagar guitarist Vic Johnson. The group, which formed during 2014, released a live album and DVD this year and is currently lining things up for the new year.

"We're gonna go in the studio and probably do some original music and then look to do a lot more (touring) than we've done so far," Bonham says. "This year we were only working a few shows a month, just here there and everywhere. There wasn't a real tour. I know Sammy is talking about going out and doing a real tour, so I'm looking forward to it. They are such great people to play with and be around, just very, very positive. It's a whole different vibe to Led Zeppelin; too many people smile in this band. And I get to be just the drummer, so it's nice to get up there and play. When I do the Led Zeppelin Experience I feel sort of responsible and it's a more nerve-wracking gig. With Sammy and those guys I just get to play drums and have fun."



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Rush’s Neil Peart says he’s retired from music

"There comes a time to... take yourself out of the game"


Over the the summer, Rush embarked on their “R40 Tour” celebrating the 40th anniversary of drummer Neil Peart’s membership in the band. At the time, bandmate Alex Lifeson said it would likely be the band’s final full-scale tour together due to his psoriatic arthritis and Peart’s chronic tendonitis. While Lifeson left the door open for future projects, including smaller tours and soundtrack work, he said the band’s ultimate fate lays in the hands of music’s greatest drummer.

If that’s the case, it appears Rush is no more. In a new interview with Drumhead Magazine (via Jambase), Peart spoke frankly about his coming to terms with retirement. “… Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad– He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’).”

Aside from aforementioned health issues, Peart previously mentioned his desire to spend more time with family. Following the tragic deaths of his daughter and first wife in the late ’90s, Peart remarried in 2000. He and his wife had a daughter, Olivia, in 2009.

Watch Rush perform “Tom Sawyer”:






Just the Pete Carroll reaction



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QB over last 3 games: 75.9% completion 879 passing yards 11 s 3 W's ()

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Scene: Reporter says Reggie Bush is better than Christian McCaffrey. Enter stage left: Earl Thomas & Richard Sherman

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 The Seahawks have won three consecutive games and have the postseason in their sights.


Russell Wilson completely broke a Vikings defender with this spin move

A Minnesota defender had Russell Wilson locked up in the backfield for a sure loss. Moments later, he was belly up on the turf grasping at air.

Here's what it looks like when Russell Wilson happens to you:

 This isn't football, this is an AND1 mixtape. This is playground freeze tag. This is so dang filthy.



Vikings defender makes extremely dumb decision to yank Russell Wilson's leg, gets hit with penalty

This wasn't the least bit necessary. This time of year everything is about execution and discipline. Brian Robison of the Vikings showed neither. They already had Russell Wilson wrapped up, but this allowed the drive to continue. What's worse is that the Seahawks scored a touchdown on the drive.



 Russell Wilson continued his hot streak. He accounted for one rushing touchdown and three through the air, including when he found Doug Baldwin for a 53-yard score:










 Carolina Panthers CAR 27 - 23 FINAL  SEA Seattle Seahawks

 The Seahawks led every game this season in the 4th quarter. They’re 2-4.

The offensive line is atrocious, Russell has no time to do anything, not much to say about this one!



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SEAHAWKS! Wilson to Lynch to Wilson to Lockette. Seattle up 17-7 in 3Q.






Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham was trying to prevent a scrum from getting out of control in the second quarter of the Seahawks-Panthers game. Instead, he got a penalty, thanks to a dumb NFL rule that's new this season.

Marshawn Lynch ran eight yards and a chippy game started to get a little more chippy when he was brought down, with bodies grabbing at the ball and getting hostile. Graham came into the scrum and pulled Panthers safety Kurt Coleman out of the mix. Coleman was grabbing and possibly punching at Graham's teammate. Graham was trying to protect his teammate and prevent the moment from getting out of control.

But the NFL, in its determination to remove any and all things that might offend the delicate sensibilities of ... someone, made it illegal for players to pull their peers out of a pile like that, making it an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Graham got flagged and moved the Seahawks back 7 yards as a result.

Coleman didn't get a penalty, though he probably could have. Nobody else got a flag but Graham. The NFL has decided to further remove players' ability to police themselves throughout the course of a game. This is the most NFL thing ever.


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The Seahawks led every game this season in the 4th quarter. They’re 2-4.

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Carolina Panthers CAR 27 - 23 FINAL  SEA Seattle Seahawks



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