REPORTING FROM MYANMAR
The strong, gusty crosswinds and choppy waves were unlike anything Singapore’s national kayaking team had faced.
But they battled against what some members called one of, if not the, “worst conditions ever” at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar to emerge with one gold, silver and bronze apiece.
Suzanne Seah, who paired with Stephenie Chen for gold in the women’s K2 (doubles) 500m event, told Yahoo Singapore the team had attempted to simulate the waters at Ngalike Dam weeks ahead of the competition.
Coach Balazs Babella used a speedboat to produce choppy currents while they trained in Kallang, and they also purposely paddled perpendicular to the wind, said Seah, 23.
While their preparations didn’t make the powerful winds any less “scary”, the Singapore duo showed pure fight and desire for gold by coming from behind to race home a clear two seconds ahead of host country Myanmar.
It was sweet redemption for their narrow second-placel finish at the last Games two
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It has not been an especially normal week of basketball for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. On Monday night, Jordan experienced the misfortune of having the "Los Angeles" name on the front of his jersey ripped off by Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, which was not his fault but still something of an embarrassment for anyone who values high-quality sewing. Yet that event was mere prelude to the truly goofy moment of Jordan's week of basketball goofery.
Although the Clippers have declared the end of Lob City, Chris Paul and his teammates still throw their fair share of alley-oops. With just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter of their road game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, Paul found Jordan for one such play off a pick-and-roll play. Unfortunately, the uber-athletic big man did not find the bottom of the net. He did, however, figure out a way to jam the ball between the rim and backboard.
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With a 19-3 start, the Indiana Pacers have continued to establish themselves as one of the few legitimate title contenders in the NBA, building on the success of their run to the final game of the Eastern Conference Finals last spring. The team's players are earning more notice from diehard and casual fans alike, and Paul George and Roy Hibbert could be on the brink of becoming household names. It's a good time to be part of the Pacers.
Apparently, this new level of popularity has its perks. After Indiana's very impressive 90-84 win over the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, Paul George got the opportunity to play HORSE against a very famous fan and admirer: Justin Timberlake. Check out the Instagram video below from Rich Nye of Indiana's WTHR (via All Ball via EOB):
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Face it, we're in the middle of the 2013 holiday season and you still need something for that golf-obsessed friend/dad/wife/uncle. Stop stressing out, because we have the perfect golf gift guide to make your holiday experience easier and better.
1.) Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL -- Sure, you've seen Oakley sunglasses since your tee-ball days, but did you know they make lenses now specifically engineered for golf? These Half Jacket 2.0 XLs have the G30 Iridium Polarized lenses, which helps your short game, diminishes the glare from bunkers and hazards and helps bring depth to the terrain. $180, oakley.com
2.) TaylorMade SLDR driver -- If TaylorMade knows one thing, it's how to make a really great driver, and that is totally the case with the SLDR. A total change in the way we look at drivers, the SLDR allows you to add loft and gain distance. A driver that brings technology with a sleek look and a long, long head, the SLDR is definitely something that you'd love to have wrapped up underRead More »from Check out our Devil Ball Holiday Gift Guide
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: SB Nation. Kurtis Blow’s 1984 hit “Basketball” is a dead set classic, so the good folks at SB Nation decided to put together an oral history on the songs roots, production, and influence. To the hoop link, y’all.Read More »from The 10-man rotation, starring Kurtis Blow
PF: NBA.com. Scott Howard-Cooper discusses Pau Gasol’s contract options following what could be his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
SF: Grantland. Jonathan Abrams breaks down the career arc of Andre Iguodala, and how his semi-superstardom and often overlooked contribution somehow relate to Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen.
SG: National Post. Eric Koreen with a fascinating feature on former Toronto Raptor Quincy Acy, a heady banger attempting to work his way into the rotation in Sacramento despite a lingering ankle injury.
PG: HoopsAnalyst. Harlan Schreiber with his always-great ‘Quick Thoughts,’ including an aside on miserable free throw shooters, and Pablo Prigioni’s inability to get to the charity stripe.
Three teams finished atop Champions League group F with 12 points, but only two could advance. And despite beating Arsenal 2-0 in their final match, Napoli came up a goal short of being one of those two. This was understandably upsetting to the Italian side and left Gonzalo Higuain, who scored their first goal against Arsenal, in tears after the final whistle.
Napoli staff tried to console the Argentine, but getting knocked out of the tournament's group of death on the same number of points as the group winner is tough to swallow. It's only his first season with the club, but he's been embraced by the fans to a deafening degree (his pre-match introduction is enough to make anyone feel loved).
While Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal go on, Napoli will now have a chance to give manager Rafa Benitez back to back Europa League titles (he won it last season with Chelsea). So that's something to look forward to, right Gonzalo? Gonzalo?Read More »from Napoli getting knocked out of the Champions League with four wins made Gonzalo Higuain cry
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was hit with a shocking diagnosis during his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers last year. According to a physician working with the team’s medical staff, Howard was consuming “the equivalent of 24 Hershey bars a day” because of all the candy and glucose-rich carbonated soda he was drinking.
Dr. Cate Shanahan, in a fascinating feature by CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, described her shock at Howard’s alarming levels of glucose in his system, telling CBS that she became concerned because Howard’s sluggish play and blood work “reminded me of patients who have pre-diabetes and neurological problems because of how sugar impacts the nervous system.” A subsequent blood test revealed frightening amounts of glucose in his system.
And before you dump on the often immature Howard for continuing to gorge on sweets and soda well into his mid-to-late 20s, have some compassion and understand that Dwight showed all the signs of a sugar addict, someone who needed help more than he needed a lock on the pantry drawer. From Berger’s report:Read More »from Prior to a doctor’s intervention, Dwight Howard was eating ‘the equivalent of 24 Hershey bars a day’ via candy and soda
Going into Barcelona's final Champions League group stage match, Neymar had never scored a goal in all of his time in the competition (which was entirely comprised of the five previous matches). On top of that, he had never scored a hat trick since joining Barcelona (at the start of this season). Clearly, he was well on his way to becoming a total bust for the Spanish champions and would almost certainly be selling lawn furniture on the side of a country road in denmark.
Realizing he needed to do something about these matters, Neymar decided that he might as well get them both out of the way on the same night against Celtic. And so that's what he did.
With Lionel Messi injured, the 21-year-old scored in the 44th, 48th and 58th minutes as Barcelona squashed Celtic 6-1 at the Camp Nou, making him the first player to ever score a hat trick in both the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League.
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Neymar goes over 450 minutes without scoring in CL, then bags three in 15 minutes [not
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UFC welterweight Matt Brown has competed with serious injuries before, and so he didn't want to let the two herniated back discs he suffered last week while wrestling to stop him from fighting this week. Brown was just a little over a week away from his highly anticipated contender's fight against former UFC title holder Carlos Condit this Saturday on the UFC on Fox 9 card when he badly injured his back and was forced to pull out of the fight.
Brown once fought with a cracked sternum. So, needless to say, he didn't want to let even this debilitating back injury stop him from fighting Condit. Luckily, his doctors, family and coaches helped him make the decision.
"It was a good thing they pushed me to pull out of the fight," Brown tells Cagewriter.
"It was extremely difficult for me to pull out even after the injury and the doctors told me the seriousness of it. On my own, I didn’t want to make the call. My family and coaches were more adamant about it."
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Shawn Stefani — Getty ImagesIn golf, there is one golf shot that every person wants, and it's the ace. You step up to the tee, hit that perfect golf shot and the only worry in the world is if you have enough money in the old bank account to cover the drinks you'll be buying, and while professionals are known to hit great shots, even they get fired up for a hole-in-one.
The PGA Tour people put together a fun video of the best aces of 2013, so sit back, relax and enjoy some of the better golf shots you'll ever see.
My favorite? Definitely the Shawn Stefani hole-in-one at Merion, but the Hunter Mahan ace at the BMW Championship is still one of the better executed shots you'll ever see, and definitely the best swing of this entire group.Read More »from Watch the best holes-in-one from the 2013 golf season
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