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How a Mythic Base Jumper Met His Untimely End

Ed Caesar shares the story of Hervé le Gallou and his mysterious death

(Newser) - Thanks in part to the rise of wingsuits, base jumping has transformed into a popular and professionalized sport, and with that the hallmarks of veteran jumpers—"modesty, caution, patience"—are slowly being erased as a "generation of wingsuit pilots, stimulated by speed and YouTube hits," elbows... More »

Our Love of Gangsters Created Aaron Hernandez

He's a byproduct of a society that glamorizes drugs, prison: Jason Whitlock

(Newser) - The Aaron Hernandez case was "only a matter of time," writes Jason Whitlock on Fox Sports . The former NFL tight end, accused of orchestrating a murder, is the natural byproduct of a society that glamorizes gangsters and the drug and prison culture. We used to idolize Joe Montana,... More »

Sochi Olympics a Massive 'Scam': Claim

Report claims $30B has been stolen

(Newser) - As Russia debuted its Sochi Olympic medals yesterday—bearing what the AP is calling a "patchwork quilt" design complete with sun rays, mountains, and beaches—opposition members were busy unveiling something else Olympics-themed: a report that calls the games "a monstrous scam." Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov co-authored... More »

Girls Now Allowed to Play School Sport in Saudi Arabia

Students must adhere to 'decent' dress code and Shariah law

(Newser) - Saudi Arabian girls will be allowed to play sports in private schools for the first time, according to a decision announced yesterday, the latest in a series of incremental changes aimed at slowly increasing women's rights in the ultraconservative kingdom. Saudi Arabia's official press agency, SPA, reported that... More »

Report Blows Lid Off Crime, Drugs in Aussie Sports

'Blackest day in Australian sport,' says one official

(Newser) - Australian sports are besieged by performance-enhancing drugs and organized crime, according to a year-long government investigation, reports the Wall Street Journal . The report didn't name names, but it indicated illegal hormones and other performance enhancers are widespread in Australian sports, facilitated by coaches and trainers. "The findings are... More »

Schools Spend Way More on Athletes Than Students

Six times more at Division I colleges

(Newser) - Sorry brainiacs, but if you go to a Division I public school, you can expect your institution to spend more—much more—on athletes than on education. A new analysis picked up by USA Today lays out some key stats:
  • At 97 schools that compete in top-tier football, per-athlete spending
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The Priciest Team in Sports History Is Now...

The Los Angeles Dodgers spend record-breaking bucks

(Newser) - Move over, New York Yankees. The LA Dodgers are on a mind-numbing spending spree that makes the club the most expensive in sports history, with 2013 payroll clocking in at $210 million, Yahoo Sports reports. Fueled by a local-television contract that will rake in $6 billion to $7 billion over... More »

Lolo Jones Makes US Bobsled Team

Olympic hurdler could head to winter games

(Newser) - From hurdles to ... bobsledding? Yes, Olympian and famous virgin Lolo Jones showed up in Lake Placid three weeks ago, unsure where her first foray into bobsledding could lead. The answer might be another Olympics—only this time, the winter one. Jones, a two-time Olympic hurdler, was one of 24 athletes... More »

Boys Really Do Throw Better

And it may be because of our primitive ancestors

(Newser) - Female softball players, you might want to stop reading now. Researchers say that girls are indeed inherently worse at throwing than boys, reports the Washington Post . The gap in ability starts at a young age and gets progressively bigger. Some say it's all about nurture, because boys are usually... More »

Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles

USADA yanks all 7 titles, bans him from sport for life

(Newser) - The US Anti-Doping Agency has officially stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport for life for doping, after saying it would do so last night. That announcement came after Armstrong dropped further challenges to USADA accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs... More »

25 Greatest Sports Films

Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' takes top spot

(Newser) - Missing the heart-pounding drama and heartwarming victories of the Olympics? Allow Paste to help you out with the 25 greatest sports movies of all time. The top five:
  1. Raging Bull: The Martin Scorsese film stars Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta, and the "compelling character study" is "
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Norway Wants Back US Gold Medals ... From 1904

They say wrestlers were Norwegian, not American

(Newser) - Call it the opposite of instant replay: Norway is trying to get the US to hand over gold medals that it won 108 years ago. Wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen had just emigrated from Norway when they took gold for the US in the 1904 Olympics, and now sports... More »

Olympic Sports in History's Dustbin

Olympics much bigger now, but many sports dropped over years

(Newser) - Not a fan of synchronized swimming in the Olympics? Dressage? Rhythmic gymnastics? Sure, the number of sports in the Olympics Games has grown dramatically since they were restarted in 1896, going from nine sports and 43 events to 26 sports and 302 events. But plenty of odd sports have been... More »

Most Affectionate US Olympic Team Is...

Men's volleyball, 'Wall Street Journal' determines

(Newser) - The gold medal for most on-camera displays of physical touch among US Olympic athletes goes to the men's volleyball team. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the number of high fives, group hugs, bum taps, and those one-armed "bro hugs" among US Olympic teams, and the results show... More »

Boob Tube: NBC Airs Bare Breast in Water Polo

A player gets something off her chest

(Newser) - The boobs at NBC might be considering extending the network's Olympic broadcast time delay to its live feed online—after it revealed the bare breast of a water polo player. The audience watching the US-Spain match on site didn't get the benefit of the underwater cameras, but NBC... More »

Beach Volleyball Players Get to Cover Up

Debates over female athletes' clothing roil Games

(Newser) - As the top athletes of the world go head-to-head with rivals, what are people talking about? What the female athletes are wearing. Some are removing clothing, while others are adding coverage, and still others are smoldering about battles over skirts. A female judo competitor from Saudi Arabia—which is sending... More »

Olympian's Mission: Cut Drowning Among African-American Kids

Gold medal champ Cullen Jones hopes to reduce high numbers

(Newser) - After nearly drowning at the age of 5, Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is using his watery brilliance to reduce the disproportionately high number of drowning deaths among African-American children. Jones won gold in 2008 and is competing in the London games, but in the off-season, he travels the nation with... More »

Drew Brees Lands Record $100M for 5 Years

New Orleans Saints QB will get guaranteed $40 million in first year

(Newser) - Drew Brees is the $100 million man. The quarterback for the New Orleans Saints forged the most lucrative deal in NFL history this morning—no player has ever averaged $20 million per year. His contract will pay him $100 million over five years, including a first-year fully guaranteed payout of... More »

Sports Artist LeRoy Neiman Dead at 91

Colorful depictions of sporting events made him American icon

(Newser) - Flamboyant sports artist LeRoy Neiman has died at the age of 91 after a long and colorful life and career. The artist, best known for his brightly colored, impressionistic paintings and sketches of major sport events, rivaled American artists like Norman Rockwell and Grandma Moses in popularity, notes the New ... More »

Can Greece Afford Olympic Teams?

Cuts force suspension of domestic track and field events

(Newser) - The birthplace of the Olympics might no longer be able to afford participation in the games. Crushing austerity measures mean there's not enough state funds to pay coaches and training staff, so Greece's Athletic Federation is now suspending all domestic track and field events until the government coughs... More »

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