- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile1 day ago
If someone gave you a 99 percent chance of winning anything , you'd take that bet, right? If you got dealt pocket aces, you'd feel like you owned the table, right? And if you somehow lost, you'd conclude that life has no meaning and all is darkness, right? Strap in for this one, folks.
What we have here is the World Series of Poker's Big One for One Drop, a head-to-head showdown that features a $1 million buy-in. (For non-poker types, that means you have to pay $1 million just to play.) The winner gets almost $16 million, which is not a bad payday for playin' cards.
Connor Drinan and Cary Katz were playing their heads-up game when both got dealt pocket aces. This is the best possible hand with which to begin in Texas Hold 'Em poker, and naturally each guy thought he had the other by the diamonds. They raised and re-raised, and once the flop came, Katz realized he might have something here.
“Save your money, kid," Katz had warned Drinan before the flop. "You can’t win every pot.”
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile1 day ago
The Houston Astrodome, once dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, has sat vacant for years, a victim of changing times and a lust for skyboxes. Like many other 60s-era municipal stadiums, the Astrodome is a venue without a purpose, and also like those other stadiums, its days could end in nostalgia-shattering demolition. Voters last November shot down a proposal to convert the Astrodome to a convention center, leaving no clear future for the facility.
There are moves afoot to preserve the Astrodome's legacy, however, The Texas Historical Commission is currently discussing whether to designate the forlorn, empty dome a "state antiquities landmark." Doing so would make demolition of the facility much more difficult, but would not answer the question of what exactly to do with the structure.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile2 days ago
If you're like us, ping-pong was something you played in a buddy's house after school, and it took about five points for the game to devolve into firing-squad target practice, where the goal was to hit your opponent, not the table.
But this is the Commonwealth Games, and these two table tennis competitors could hit the ball, the table, their opponent, and probably even a postage stamp from the other side of the arena. Behold the most ridiculously precise and athletic 40 seconds you're likely to see all day.
In the Games, currently taking place in Glasgow, Nigeria's Segun Toriola (in the green) waited out Singapore's Ning Gao in the 41-shot rally. Gao threw everything he could at Toriola, from hammer-slams to drop shots, and Toriola hung in there. And Gao didn't throw his paddle at Toriola, which is probably what we would have done.
Unfortunately for Toriola, Gao would go on to win the match. But at least Toriola's rally will live forever on YouTube.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Turnstile3 days ago
This is the eighth of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
Like architects who built houses out of Legos, fashion designers who made clothes for their dolls or pastry chefs who cooked in easy bake ovens, Dave Cokin also began preparing for his future career as a kid.
The only difference is Cokin's chosen profession is a little less traditional.
Cokin, a longtime professional sports handicapper, placed his first bets at minor-league hockey games as a 6-year-old growing up in Providence, R.I. Since many of his family members enjoyed gambling, they would allow him to wager a few dollars on the Rhode Island Reds with a local bookie every time they attended a game.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile7 days ago
Jayde Taylor is a member of the Australian field hockey team that's traveled to England to participate in the latest Commonwealth Games. She took plenty of photos, as the young folk do these days, and hey presto, look who showed up in the background of one:
Yep, that's Queen Elizabeth her royal self, photobombing the unwitting hockey players. Her Majesty was in attendance as Australia defeated Malaysia 4-0.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile9 days ago
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It's been a rough week for hecklers at sporting events. (Aww, poor babies.) At the British Open on Sunday, Rory McIlroygot a mouthy gallery member booted with just three holes to go. And at the Tour de France, Thomas Voeckler of France decided he'd had quite enough of one sideline tough guy and actually stopped his bike to let him have it.
"Have you ever ridden a bike before?" Voeckler barked. The heckler, as hecklers generally do, backed down in a hurry, saying "sorry, sorry" over and over again. Satisfied, Voeckler went on his way.
Voeckler is currently 52nd in the Tour, one hour and 41 minutes behind the leaders. But we wouldn't make fun of him for that if we were you.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Turnstile11 days ago
For the past two months, I've asked the same question to everyone from friends to colleagues to athletes to executives: "What are the toughest jobs in sports?"
Their nominees have helped spawn a series of stories spotlighting eight dauntingly difficult jobs and the people who find them rewarding.
Some of the jobs are glamorous; others thankless. Some of the jobs are lucrative; others barely profitable. Some of the jobs are physically strenuous; others don't even require breaking a sweat. The only thing they all have in common is none is an easy way to earn a living.
Schedule for the series:
July 21: Manny Pacquiao's sparring partner — From black eyes to bloody noses to broken bones, David Rodela has suffered a litany of injuries trading blows with some of the world's best boxers. He explains why he loves his job anyway.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile14 days ago
The ESPYs are, at most times, an all-but-irrelevant exercise in self-promotion and self-congratulation. But every so often, the show rises above the cringeworthy and touches on something deeper. On Wednesday night, the St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott provided two meaningful, inspirational moments during their award acceptance speeches.
Sam received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award; Scott the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
Sam spoke of how he hopes to use the example of the late Ashe to inspire others:
Scott, who has battled cancer for several years, spoke of the challenges in fighting and the determination to beat cancer by living well:
Outstanding work on both accounts. More than makes up for Drake's hosting. Well done, gentlemen.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile15 days ago
You could not do this. You think you could, but you could not.
This is Kacy Catanzaro, a former Towson University gymnast. She's five feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. And she just became the first woman to reach American Ninja Warrior's finals with this standout obstacle course performance.
Just imagine doing any of the multiple obstacles Catanzaro cruises through with little difficulty here. We'd break in half, we would.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile17 days ago
Combine the influence of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte with demonstrable health and social benefits, and the result is that competitive swimming has exploded in popularity across the United States.
USA Swimming, the sport's governing entity, has released a study breaking down exactly where swimming holds the most sway. The cities most favorable to swimmers don't follow any geographic pattern, stretching from sea to sea and north to south. Metrics include the number of swimmers, swim clubs, and accessible pools, as well as the number of standout swimmers springing from each locale. The winner? Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“It’s no surprise that Ann Arbor is the top swim city in America considering the strength of the swimming community and how many great swimmers and world record holders have come out of the area,” says former University of Michigan swimming coach, Jon Urbancheck. “I lived and coached in Ann Arbor for thirty years, and I can’t think of a better place for swimming.”