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Details are still sketchy, but it doesn't sound good:
Video from the finish line showed screams and an enormous cloud of white smoke, and about 20 seconds between the blasts. The Associated Press reported that bloody spectators were being carried to a medical tent that had been set up to care for tired runners.Edit - enough details are coming out now to suggest that it was almost certainly deliberately placed bombs, and not just an accident. So far two confirmed dead,
Jackie Bruno, a reporter for New England Cable News, said on Twitter that she saw people's legs blown off.
"Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror," she said.
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Well that was a strange one, wasn't it?
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Did Manti Te'o, the star Notre Dame linebacker who is (was) a virtual lock as a first round draft pick in this April's NFL draft, really create a fake story about a fake girlfriend he fake talked to every fake night and who was in a fake car accident and later fake died from fake leukemia?
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Posted to Sport on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:27:33 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by Acefantastik). RSS.
The matchups for the National Football League playoffs have been set.
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Forget the players beating the shit out of each other with lead pipes and sacks full of doorknobs in front of refs that can't even control the game! Basically, the Green Bay Packers got screwed on a blown call at the last play of the game in front of millions of Americans on Monday Night Football. Fans immediately got pissed. The players took to the internets with tweet heat. Bill Clinton even got involved! The NFL released a final statement saying that the result of the game is final. At this point the league (a multibillion dollar business) is about $3 million apart from the referees it locked out.
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Football. The regular season, that is. No links because I'm pretty sure everybody here has the ability to find their own preferred source of NFL analysis. I've been paying much less attention this year than in the past, so with minimal analysis my picks:
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Wojdan Shaherkani, the first women to represnt Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, lost her first match. Now all she has to do is get back home alive.
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The opening ceremonies of the 30th Olympiad of the Modern Era. You know you want to talk about them. Here's your chance
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It was a sad day in Happy Valley as the NCAA imposed a severe punishment on Pederast University. The university community and its fans were left reeling in the shock from sanctions which would see Coach Joe Paterno stripped of all wins since 1998, a $60 million fine and the removal of a large portion of athletic scholarships for the next several years. Although it is reported that the university agreed to this penalty, some on the board of trustees say it rolled over the memory of Joe Paterno in its haste to put the incident behind it. Other sports writers say that the NCAA wanted to subject Penn State Football to years of embarrassment which is probably worse than just shutting down the program. After all of this, the former President of Penn State came out as an alleged victim of child abuse (corporal punishment) who says he would therefore never have let this happen had he known about it. Now that Penn State football is all but allegedly destroyed for the next several years, what do you think about it?
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Posted to Sport on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:57:32 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by Acefantastik). RSS.
One week ago, Jeremy Lin was Guard No. 4 for New York's Knicks NBA basketball team. He was notable mostly for being his league's only Asian-American; his parents emigrated from Taiwan 40 years ago. Although he led his high school basketball team to victory in California's state championships, he didn't get offered any college basketball scholarships, and when he graduated Harvard, he wasn't drafted by any NBA team. He played minimal minutes for Golden State Warriors last year, but then was cut. He was claimed off waivers by Houston's Rockets, then cut and claimed off waivers by New York. But this week, Lin miraculously led New York to four straight wins, his team's longest streak of this shortened season, and its first win over L.A.'s Lakers since February 2007, with little or no assistance from either of his team's stars, Carmelo Anthony or Amar'e Stoudemire.
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Well, the Giants won (just in case you hadn't heard). It was a great game, but at the end the Patriots came up about a foot short (the extra distance Rob Gronkowski would have needed to catch Tom Brady's final Hail Mary pass to the end zone as time ran out). It definitely ranks in the top five or so of the Super Bowls that I've watched - we've really had a good run lately. It's hard to believe that in the 80s and 90s the Super Bowl was usually a joke game that featured substantial blowouts and was usually hardly worth watching, which helped fuel the tradition of tuning in for the commercials and halftime show. Now we've done a 180 - the game is great, but the halftime shows and the commercials are mediocre-to-awful. So, what did you think of the game? What did you think of Madonna (+LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, Cee Lo, that guy doing slacklining, the oiled Roman dudes etc.)? Any commercials stick out to you?
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Super Bowl XLVI will reprise Super Bowl XLII. This year's playoffs have given us some good, tense, close games, and some blowouts marred by low quality defensive play and sub-par quarterbacking. Championship weekend certainly lived up to its billing, with both games going right down to the end and all four teams playing pretty well. The last Giants versus Patriots Super Bowl was one of the all time classics - do you expect another great game this year, or do you expect a blowout one way or the other?
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Posted to Sport on Sat Jan 07, 2012 at 03:40:04 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by Acefantastik). RSS.
The NFL regular season ended, and the playoff picture is finally set.
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