If you aren't familiar with the type of cactus called the jumping cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida for all you purists), you are about to get a primer on the species courtesy of Rory McIlroy.
During match play at the World Golf Championships in Marana, Ariz. Wednesday, McIlroy found himself in the desert on the fifteenth hole after his tee shot on the par-4 ended up in the rough. And by "rough" we mean, rocks, sand and various species of plants and cacti. With his ball next to a good-sized rock, he carefully attempted to punch out, but his shot sailed toward the gallery ahead on his left. Rory cringed immediately, with the announcers stating what must have been running through his head: "It hit somebody!"
Although the video replay couldn't quite pinpoint who or what the golf ball hit, they did reveal a man whose back was completely covered with jumping chollas, cacti that attach themselves to things with the slightest touch. Evidently the man tried to jump out of the way of the errant shot, and landed right on a cactus. He did seem extremely composed about the whole thing, especially while people with all sorts of tools came to his aid to extract the chollas. Then again, golf is a gentlemen's game.
Orange is the new beaten
The No. 1 Syracuse Orange were 25 of 25 coming into Wednesday night's game at the Carrier Dome against the visiting Boston College Eagles. But the Eagles, with only six wins on the season, played emotionally charged basketball and upset the Orange in OT, 62-59.
Hurdling in the halls
Australian hurdler and Internet darling Michelle Jenneke has never been shy in front of the camera. So it stands to reason that if she were ever going to set up hurdles, say, inside a home to practice, she would tape it. Which she did.
Her latest video on Instagram shows Jenneke logging some final prep work for Saturday's Perth Track Classic by hurdling not one but two hurdles in a carpeted hallway turned makeshift track. As she captioned the post, "Who needs an indoor track with a hallway like this!"