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India’s largest video streaming service, owned by Disney, breaks Safari compatibility to fix security flaw

Hotstar, India’s largest video streaming service with more than 300 million users, disabled support for Apple’s Safari web browser on Friday to mitigate a security flaw that allowed unauthorized usage of its platform, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.

The incident comes at a time when the streaming service — operated by Star India, part of 20th Century Fox that Disney acquired — enjoys peak attention as millions of people watch the ongoing ICC World Cup cricket tournament on its platform.

As users began to complain about not being able to use Hotstar on Safari, the company’s official support account asserted that “technical limitations” on Apple’s part were the bottleneck. “These limitations have been from Safari; there is very little we can do on this,” the account tweeted Friday evening.

Sources at Hotstar told TechCrunch that this was not an accurate description of the event. Instead, company’s engineers had identified a security hole that was being exploited by unauthorized users to access Hotstar’s content, they said.

Hotstar intends to work on patching the flaw soon and then reinstate support for Safari, the sources said.

The security flaw can only be exploited through Safari’s desktop and mobile browsers. On its website, the company recommends users to try Chrome and Firefox, or its mobile apps, to access the service. Hotstar did not respond to requests for comment.

Hotstar, which rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in India, maintains a strong lead in the local video streaming market (based on number of users and engagement). Last month, it claimed to set a new global record by drawing more than 18 million viewers to a live cricket match.

India’s largest video streaming service, owned by Disney, breaks Safari compatibility to fix security flaw

Hotstar, India’s largest video streaming service with more than 300 million users, disabled support for Apple’s Safari web browser on Friday to mitigate a security flaw that allowed unauthorized usage of its platform, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.

The incident comes at a time when the streaming service — operated by Star India, part of 20th Century Fox that Disney acquired — enjoys peak attention as millions of people watch the ongoing ICC World Cup cricket tournament on its platform.

As users began to complain about not being able to use Hotstar on Safari, the company’s official support account asserted that “technical limitations” on Apple’s part were the bottleneck. “These limitations have been from Safari; there is very little we can do on this,” the account tweeted Friday evening.

Sources at Hotstar told TechCrunch that this was not an accurate description of the event. Instead, company’s engineers had identified a security hole that was being exploited by unauthorized users to access Hotstar’s content, they said.

Hotstar intends to work on patching the flaw soon and then reinstate support for Safari, the sources said.

The security flaw can only be exploited through Safari’s desktop and mobile browsers. On its website, the company recommends users to try Chrome and Firefox, or its mobile apps, to access the service. Hotstar did not respond to requests for comment.

Hotstar, which rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in India, maintains a strong lead in the local video streaming market (based on number of users and engagement). Last month, it claimed to set a new global record by drawing more than 18 million viewers to a live cricket match.

San Diego Padres stay classy with ‘Anchorman’ race

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The Milwaukee Brewers race sausages (tasty!). The Washington Nationals race presidents (America!). But the latest entry into the MLB comically sized mascots running for the laughs of drunk baseball fans might be the classiest.

The San Diego Padres debuted the Anchorman runners on Friday, and in the words of Ron Burgundy, “Don’t act like you’re not impressed.”

Burgundy ran away with the win, handily beating Champ Kind, Brian Fantana, and noted lamp fan, Brick Tamland.  Read more…

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Twitter rages at a high school referee who forced a wrestler to cut off his dreads

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A high school wrestler from New Jersey, facing the threat of a forfeit, had his dreadlocks cut at a wrestling meet on Wednesday, sparking outrage across the internet against the white referee that gave him the ultimatum.

A video of 120-pound Beuna Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson getting his hair cut was posted to Twitter by SNJ Today News sports director Mike Frankel. Johnson can be seen being consoled by his teammates and appears visibly upset after his overtime victory over his opponent.

Epitome of a team player ⬇️

A referee wouldn’t allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a winpic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI

— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelSNJ) December 20, 2018 Read more…

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Football player stuns fans by retiring from the entire sport at halftime

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It might be only two games into the NFL season, but it’s been a sorry affair for the Buffalo Bills already.

After losing their first game 47-3 against the Baltimore Ravens in the first week, the Bills were pummeled by the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.

Cornerback Vontae Davis, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Bills earlier this year, did something most only dream about. Then and there, midway through the game, Davis decided to quit and retire. Even his teammates had no idea.

“I’ve never seen it ever … it’s completely disrespectful to all his teammates,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters. Read more…

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Free beer! But wait, this smart fridge only opens if Cleveland Browns win.

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Cleveland Browns fans have been suffering for a long, long time.

Not only did the team go winless last season, but its last win was back in 2016 when they narrowly beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 16.

In recognition of this despair, a “Victory Fridge” full of free Bud Light beer has been installed in bars around Cleveland that will open when, or if, the Browns win this season.

You’ve stood by us through it all. We love you for it, and so does @budlight.

These special fridges will unlock celebratory beers when we get our first regular season “W”.#VictoryFridge pic.twitter.com/LgsGNabMpt

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 14, 2018 Read more…

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Two surfers, same waves. But people aren’t cool with the difference in pay.

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Over the weekend, surfers competed in the Ballito Pro, which takes place in South Africa’s east.

In the Billabong Junior Series, the under-18 mens winner was Indonesia’s Rio Waida, while the womens competition was won by South Africa’s Zoe Steyn.

While the news would invite congratulations, a Facebook post showing the two winners has angered people. 

As the photo shows, Waida received 8,000 SAR ($577), while Steyn — who was standing right beside him — received exactly half of that. It’s… not a good look.

“Did the girls surf a different ocean that was easier we don’t know about? This is pathetic,” reads one comment.  Read more…

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This country’s prime minister intervened because people couldn’t watch the World Cup

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Never get between fans and the World Cup.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stepped in after people complained of streaming issues with Optus, which holds the right to locally broadcast all the games at the tournament.

On Twitter, Turnbull said he had spoken with the telecommunications company’s CEO, Allen Lew, who reassured the problems would be fixed by Monday night.

I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention and he believes it will be fixed this evening.

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) June 18, 2018 Read more…

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Nifty Spanish reporter gets around French-only rule with phone translator

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As the French national soccer team gears up for this week’s World Cup, speculation continues to mount over the playing future of one of the team’s star forwards, Antoine Griezmann.

And journalists want to know what the heck is going on — in any language.

Griezmann, who plays for Spanish team Atlético Madrid, is rumoured to be moving to rivals FC Barcelona next season. The striker has so far confirmed that he’s made up his mind, although he stopped short of revealing where he’s going to.

To stop Spanish reporters from constantly bothering Griezmann about his plans, team France’s press officer only allowed questions to be asked in French during a conference on Tuesday. Read more…

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NFL star has last laugh on Twitter after once being hated on after Draft

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It’s hard to believe it now, but Houston Texans fans once hated on J.J. Watt.

That was all the way back after the 2011 NFL Draft, when the player was selected by the Texans as its 11th overall pick. 

The now-beloved NFL star, one of Time‘s 100 most influential people of 2018, hasn’t forgotten the bad times. In a caption-less tweet on Thursday, coinciding with this year’s NFL Draft, he reminded everyone about the hate he received online at the time.

Watt also retweeted a video of fans booing him in 2011, right after he was picked by the Texans in the NFL Draft. Read more…

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Fergie performed a jazzy rendition of the national anthem. It did not go well.

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Alright, where do you even start with a performance like this.

Pop star and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie opened the NBA All-Star game with her rendition of the national anthem, and by goodness, it was an interesting rendition to say the least.

While other singers may have opted for a straight-up, no fuss performance; Fergie gave the anthem a jazzy twist, which is incredible in both its braveness and repugnance for the ear. 

There’s no saving jazz this time, folks.

Throughout the performance, Fergie wildly shifts between different keys for some reason.  Read more…

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Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl, poles now being climbed

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It’s party time in Philly.

The Philadelphia Eagles ended a 57-year gap between championships by beating the New England Patriots on Sunday, claiming their first ever Super Bowl title. 

When the Eagles won the NFC championship two weeks ago, the city descended into relative chaos as fans ascended Crisco-greased poles designed to keep them from doing so.

Ahead of the Super Bowl, police opted for hydraulic fluid (a.k.a. motor oil) as a deterrent.

Philadelphia pole climbers: meet your match tonight. As predicted, no Crisco on the poles. Instead, police are using hydraulic fluid. And it’s water resistant, too, they said, so this afternoon’s rain won’t make it any easier for you to climbpic.twitter.com/5GvI9BRhaQ

— Caitlin McCabe (@mccabe_caitlin) February 4, 2018 Read more…

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Serena Williams has no time for divisive Tennys

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Everyone loves an underdog, but the fast-rising Tennys Sandgren is proving to be quite polarising.

The once-unknown Tennessean is the first American male tennis player since 2010 to make the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

But in the past 24 hours, questions have been raised about Sandgren’s alleged alt-right sympathies and belief in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. It culminated in the player completely purging his Twitter account of tweets.

While support for your countrymen often comes automatic in sports, Serena Williams fired away with a two-word tweet seemingly aimed at Sandgren on Wednesday, who was set to play South Korean starlet Chung Hyeon. Read more…

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Tennis pro Tennys Sandgren’s sudden rise prompts questions over alt-right links

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This year has been rather fruitful for the underdog at the Australian Open tennis tournament. 

One of the unexpected successes is a Tennessean with a funny name, Tennys Sandgren, whose giant-killing efforts have earned him a place at the tournament’s quarterfinal and plenty of admiration.

But as people began to jump on the Sandgren bandwagon, questions have been raised about the player’s alleged support of the so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement, and the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

Tweets from the player have been circulated which indicate his support for Mike Cernovich on “fake news,” a denial that America has a problem with systemic racism because it elected a black president twice, and his belief that the “collective evidence is too much to ignore” in regard to the Pizzagate emails. Read more…

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Philadelphia greased poles to stop Eagles fans from climbing them. It didn’t work.

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The last time the Philadelphia Eagles were in the Super Bowl, we only just started using MySpace and the iPod was still some newfangled thing.

So it’s no wonder the city was extra careful in the lead up to the Eagles NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings, because a win — taking the team to the Super Bowl — would have the place in raptures.

Last week, businesses were also warned to put everything they owned inside and keep security cameras on. Then there were the crews dubbed “Crisco Cops” who greased poles to stop people from climbing on top of them.  Read more…

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ESPN’s new streaming service will launch in the spring and be called “ESPN Plus”

 Today on Disney’s Q3 earnings call CEO Bob Iger gave a preview of ESPN’s upcoming direct to consumer streaming service. The announcement comes after another disappointing quarter for ESPN, with decreased ad revenue and higher programing costs compared to the prior year. The service will be called ESPN Plus, and live inside a new app that will be launched by the sports… Read More

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NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests

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Football players are lashing out at Donald Trump after the president went on an extended rant about athlete activism at a rally Friday night.

Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem and encouraged fans to boycott the league.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump said.

Read the transcript from Trump’s racist rant on Black players in the NFL

It’s WAY worse than I thoughtpic.twitter.com/WbbUEZvVgr

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017 Read more…

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Classy football fan brings his own cheese plate to the game

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Sometimes you’re too fancy for a limp, overpriced hot dog. 

Like this dude who brought his own cheese platter during an Australian rules football match between the Melbourne Demons and St Kilda Football Club on Sunday.

Look, we’re not going to lie, bringing your own cheese platter for instant consumption sounds like quite the idea. The occasion however, is a little questionable.

Demons fans bringing cheese platters #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/XBqG6GxPk1

— Brendan Maloney (@OnlyBaloney) August 13, 2017 Read more…

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Usain Bolt's final race ended with an unexpected injury, but he's still a legend

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This wasn’t supposed to be how it ended.

What should have been a triumphant finish to a momentous career ended in injury when Usain Bolt fell to the track in the midst of his last-ever race at the IAAF World Championships in London on Saturday.

Bolt had apparently developed a cramp in his left hamstring just after taking the baton in his anchor leg of the 4×100 relay and was unable to finish.

The United Kingdom went on to win the race, and America and Japan took second and third as Bolt’s teammates helped him limp off of the track. Read more…

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Ice Cube kicks off celebrity 3-on-3 basketball league in new ad

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Now that the Olympics has added three-on-three basketball as a medal-worthy competition, the usually street ball/playground-based game is big time, and Ice Cube is about to cash in on it. 

Actually, the rapper/actor announced his Big 3 league long before the Olympics added the sport to the 2020 games (in January), but his timing for the official launch is perfect.  

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Nike’s Breaking2 initiative was a crazy physical achievement and a brilliant marketing campaign

 Nike’s Breaking2 initiative didn’t quite reach its goal of breaking the two-hour marathon mark, but that hasn’t stopped the company from crowing about the results.
Nike has been working with three runners, Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese, to break the two-hour threshold. It wasn’t just giving them shoes — a variation of the Zoom Vaporfly… Read More

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Dog playing fetch on an ice rink is as enjoyable as you think it is

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We know Disney hasn’t made any Air Bud-related movies for at least four years now, but we’re hoping this will give its executives the spark of inspiration they need to continue the series.

What we’re presenting to you is a golden retriever playing fetch. On an ice rink. With a police officer before a game between the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Don’t you dare tell us this is unenjoyable.

Maybe the Capitals and the Coyotes game was great, but a direct-to-DVD release of this cute dog chasing a puck up and down the rink in a loop for 90 minutes sounds better, we daresay. Read more…

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Why can't Colin Kaepernick get a job?

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Why can’t Colin Kaepernick get a job? He apparently can’t get so much as an interview. 

Even Spike Lee or all people smells something “fishy” about the the stone-cold reception Kaepernick’s talents are receiving in the NFL world. 

A post-brunch Instagram post by Lee that made headlines Monday could initially be dismissed as just another bizarro bubble in the celebrity fishbowl. But it actually illuminates one of the football world’s most fascinating and controversial spring storylines. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, the director and sports fan implored his hometown New York Jets to sign Kaepernick, who’s currently an NFL free agent. But Lee also wrote something more. His caption read in part: “How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me,Stinks To The High Heavens.” Read more…

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Watch NBA stars morph from rookies into vets in these mesmerizing GIFs

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NBA stars: They grow up so fast, you know? 

One season, your favorite player is a young rookie full of promise. Then, what feels like a few months later, your guy is a grown-ass man with a bushy beard and the sneaky veteran’s bag of tricks to match. 

That’s why these 10 GIFs are so completely mesmerizing — they cram years of growth and evolution into just a couple seconds. 

A few months back, we showed you an eye-popping GIF that illustrates LeBron James’ progression from teenage rookie to NBA demigod. Now the folks behind that animation, SportsBettingExperts.com, are back with more. Bless them for it.  Read more…

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How Derek Jeter's once-mocked startup became a sports media powerhouse

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For the better part of 20 years, Derek Jeter ruled New York like few celebrities before or since.

He wore the Yankees’ pinstripes from 1995 to 2014, racking up more hits than anyone who wore them before. Was called “Mr. November” for his habit of coming up huge en route to five World Series titles, and “The Captain” because that’s what he was.

Deep in the belly of the American media machine, he became renowned — and resented — for exercising meticulous control over his public image: Late-inning heroics in the Bronx, exiting the clubhouse looking fitted for a GQ shoot, whisked through the side-door of a Manhattan hotspot as a pack of reporters shouts futile questions. Read more…

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Young fan saves the day during intense college basketball game

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We’ve got a new sports hero on our hands that will could join the same ranks as Ali, Ruth, Robinson and DiMaggio.

After the ball was knocked over the backboard and got stuck behind the rim at a Fresno State- Boise State basketball game, this young kid saved the day when he was hoisted onto the backboard framework and retrieved the stuck ball. 

The players tried everything to get the ball down, including a broomstick. But, it wasn’t until this boy worked his magic that the game could continue.

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Young fan saves the day during intense college basketball game

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We’ve got a new sports hero on our hands that will could join the same ranks as Ali, Ruth, Robinson and DiMaggio.

After the ball was knocked over the backboard and got stuck behind the rim at a Fresno State- Boise State basketball game, this young kid saved the day when he was hoisted onto the backboard framework and retrieved the stuck ball. 

The players tried everything to get the ball down, including a broomstick. But, it wasn’t until this boy worked his magic that the game could continue.

MVP! MVP! Read more…

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Young fan saves the day during intense college basketball game

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We’ve got a new sports hero on our hands that will could join the same ranks as Ali, Ruth, Robinson and DiMaggio.

After the ball was knocked over the backboard and got stuck behind the rim at a Fresno State- Boise State basketball game, this young kid saved the day when he was hoisted onto the backboard framework and retrieved the stuck ball. 

The players tried everything to get the ball down, including a broomstick. But, it wasn’t until this boy worked his magic that the game could continue.

MVP! MVP! Read more…

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99-year-old runner beats 92-year-old in impressive photo finish

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It was a photo finish for the ages. 

A 99-year-old runner, sneaked by his 92-year-old competitor, winning a 60-meter dash by 500ths of a second. A little lean forward was all World War II veteran Orville Rogers needed to clinch victory.

Just look at how close the two sprinters get at the end of the race earlier this week at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Rogers told Runners World he was visualizing the win, a technique he uses to guide his competitive spirit. 

“That’s still my objective: I train hard and I visualize crossing the finish line out in front. And I work at it pretty consistently. It’s very rewarding to be able to accomplish what you set out to do,” Rogers said.  Read more…

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Warriors learn once again that being the best team means the memes are coming

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The Golden State Warriors are good at many things — like winning lots of basketball games and selling jerseys. Photoshoots, however, is not one of them. 

It’s the NBA‘s All-Star Weekend, which annually warrants a bizarre, pseudo-magazine spread to celebrate the NBA all-stars. Just as the internet chuckled at the Warriors’ photos last April, the trusty ol’ Twittersphere is picking on these guys once again.

The NBA takes player portraits every year during All-Star Weekend, and — to be fair — the Warriors aren’t the only ones with outrageous photos (see: DeAndre Jordan’s incredible cloak situation). But the Warriors are the NBA’s best team, making them a perennial target. And after last year’s corny photoshoot led to plenty of trolling, folks apparently couldn’t resist this time around.  Read more…

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DraftKings has received a Malta gaming license, paving the way for European expansion

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16:  The fantasy sports website DraftKings is shown on October 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. DraftKings and its rival FanDuel have been under scrutiny after accusations surfaced of employees participating in the contests with insider information. An employee recently finished second in a contest on FanDuel, winning $350,000. Nevada recently banned the sites.  (Photo illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images) DraftKings was just approved for a Controlled Skill Games License from the Malta Gaming Authority, which is the entity that runs gaming in Malta – a small island nation south of Italy. While this may not sound like a big deal, (especially considering Malta has a population of under 500,000 people) the nation is part of the European Union, meaning DraftKings can now expand into some other… Read More

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Well, this Twitter fight between NBA stars sure escalated quickly

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Some good-natured trash talk or a general airing of grievances is far from unheard of among pro athletes on social media, but this little beef between two NBA stars got real personal real fast. 

Grab your popcorn. 

It all starts with some-good natured ribbing during Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers’ official account tweeted out a GIF making fun of Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons for air-balling a three-pointer. 

To be fair, the NBA 3-point line is really, really far away from the basketpic.twitter.com/dHusI9cHcW

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Well, this Twitter fight between NBA stars sure escalated quickly

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Some good-natured trash talk or a general airing of grievances is far from unheard of among pro athletes on social media, but this little beef between two NBA stars got real personal real fast. 

Grab your popcorn. 

It all starts with some-good natured ribbing during Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies. The Blazers’ official account tweeted out a GIF making fun of Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons for air-balling a three-pointer. 

To be fair, the NBA 3-point line is really, really far away from the basketpic.twitter.com/dHusI9cHcW

— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 28, 2017 Read more…

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Apple's iOS 10.3 brings cricket support for Siri and a way to find your lost AirPods

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The latest iOS 10 beta update, 10.3, is sure to bring cheer for Indian users as Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, will now be offering cricket scores, stats and trivia.  

The new feature makes Apple’s intent in its fastest-growing market very clear. India is a cricket-crazy nation and the demand for such content is huge. However, Apple is actually playing catch-up with Google Now which added cricket support three years ago. 

Apple said in a statement that Siri will be pulling in information from International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments and the wildly popular Indian Premier League (IPL). Users can ask for team rankings, live scores, individual player records, tour itinerary and other general match information. Queries can be as specific as: Show me Virat Kohli stats or as basic as when is the next cricket match?  Read more…

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Let’s meet this week for a Micro-Meetup in New York

beer In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique ten pitches on January 25 at 6:30pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 3rd Floor. This is an informal pitch-off but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually… Read More

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Sweet thank you card from ball girl to tennis pro Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes viral

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There isn’t always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend.

You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year’s Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court.

Here’s a video of the moment to help jog your memory.

Well, twelve months on, the ball girl — real name Giuliana — penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament. Read more…

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Kid casually drains 3 half-court shots in a row

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North Carolina recruiters, take note.

At halftime during the Tar Heels’ matchup with NC State earlier this month, ball kid Asher Lucas sank three straight half-court shots, much to the delight of fans watching. What looks like a regular shoot-around with all of the ball kids turns into a spectacle of young athletic prowess.

And it’s not like North Carolina needed any help that game. The Tar Heels won by an absurd 51 points.

But it’s never too early to start recruiting. 

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You're breaking my balls: Tennis pro smashes rival in the groin during match

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That must’ve hurt.

The tense five-setter to reach the Australian Open second round on Monday took a dramatic turn when pro Stanislas Wawrinka slammed a ball at his rival, Martin Klizan’s groin. 

The defenceless Klizan, standing by the net, was taken by surprise to say the least.

Wawrinka, who later won the match, immediately jumped over the net to apologise. “That was, for sure, a tough shot for him. The thing is there are some players they fake you, and you stop playing and then they just put up the racquet,” Wawrinka told SMH post-game.

“So for me I already miss some easy ones. For me the most important thing was to run straight over to him. I just wanted to make sure he was OK. I realised he was OK. I’m sorry I touched him in the wrong place. But I think it was OK at the end,” he said.  Read more…

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An NFL player went on Facebook Live from the locker room and nothing good happened

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Yesterday after the Steelers upset the Chiefs in an AFC playoff game, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown decided to go on Facebook Live from the locker room to celebrate with his fans. And the fans loved it – he went live for 17 minutes and had almost 900,000 views within just a few hours, before the video was deleted. A player using technology to celebrate directly with his fans… Read More

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Yes, the new Rams coach is old enough to drink

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On a day when LA’s newest football team — the Chargers — stole most NFL headlines, the Los Angeles Rams made a big announcement of their own. 

The team hired 30-year-old Sean McVay as their new head coach, the youngest in NFL history. 

McVay, who turns 31 in a couple weeks, barely surpasses Alabama head coach Lane Kiffin as the youngest NFL head coach to date. Kiffin was 31 when the Raiders hired him in 2007. 

McVay spent seven seasons on Washington’s coaching staff, most recently as offensive coordinator. Given his age and boyish charm, Twitter had some pretty great jokes to accompany the Rams’ new hire.  Read more…

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The San Diego, er, Los Angeles Chargers epitomize the rotten scam that is pro sports

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As with most everything these days, internet jokes provide thin cover for a darker truth. 

Yes, the Los Angeles Chargers’ new logo is lame. Yes, it deserves the online roasting it got Thursday. But beneath the derisive laughter is the despair of thousands upon thousands of San Diego Chargers fans who just got told that they — and their treasured memories and shared traditions — mean nothing in face of dollars and cents. 

The Chargers officially announced a move to Los Angeles Thursday after 56 years as San Diego’s NFL team. Owner Dean Spanos decided to move the team after the San Diego voters reasonably declined to give the Chargers millions in public funds to build a new stadium. Public money, voters commendably decided, should fund social programs and infrastructure rather than a professional sports team that exists to turn a profit. Read more…

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How a 23-year-old kid suddenly became the Oakland Raiders' best shot at a championship

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For a moment, the Raiders had it all.

Their best record in 16 years, a ticket to the postseason, a homegrown quarterback having an MVP-calibre season. Oakland’s 2016 season was surreal for a franchise that had only seen one Super Bowl in the past three decades.

In theory, Saturday’s wild card playoff game against Texas should be cause for celebration, seeing as Oakland hadn’t seen the postseason since 2002. 

Instead, Oakland’s storybook season hangs in the balance. 

A season-ending injury to quarterback Derek Carr — and an injury to the guy who replaced him —  leaves the Raiders offense in the hands of a 23-year-old kid named Connor Cook, Oakland’s third-string quarterback, who is suddenly the NFL’s most intriguing figure as the path to the Super Bowl begins.  Read more…

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