Even Ashley Wagner is flipping out over Taylor Swift mystery man

November, 21, 2014
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Ashley Wagner is a two-time U.S. figure skating champion, an Olympic medalist and a meme sensation, but it turns out she’s somehow really just like the rest of us normals.

On Friday morning, Wagner tweeted on the most important topic of our time, or at least of the hour. And by that I mean she gave a shout-out to the guy in Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video. Obvs. And it probably reads exactly like something you saw your college roommate post on Facebook.


Ohhhh HEYYYYYY, indeed. Ashley Wagner: Woman of the people.

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Raisman, Wozniacki join fight against sexual assault

November, 18, 2014
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Caroline Wozniacki and Aly Raisman teamed up with SB Nation and a handful of other professional athletes for a public service announcement called “It’s On Us.” Released on Monday, the spot urges viewers to help do their part to stop sexual assault. It’s the latest in a string of clips for the campaign, which has been publicly backed by President Barack Obama, and joins other entities like the SEC, the Oregon athletic department and the U.S. Military Academy that have also produced videos.

Now let’s just hope all these influential people and institutions can actually help get this crucial message across.

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Runners face 'hazardous' conditions in Beijing

October, 20, 2014
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Beijing MarathonThe Yomiuri Shimbun/AP ImagesSome of the estimated 30,000 participants at the Beijing International Marathon weekend donned masks during the race.

Runners competed in this past weekend's Beijing Marathon despite "hazardous" conditions, according to multiple reports.

Runner's World reported that an estimated 30,000 people were expected to participate in Sunday's half marathon and marathon events, but some of the runners dropped out early or wore masks during the race.

One of those runners who dropped out mid-race was Chas Pope. He posted before and after pictures of his mask vis Twitter:


For more details around the Beijing race conditions, check out Competitor.com.

Beijing International MarathonReutersThe United States embassy in Beijing described the city conditions on its website as "hazardous."

Pistorius sentencing expected Tuesday

October, 20, 2014
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Oscar PistoriusThemba Hadebe/AFP/Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of culpable homicide.

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius could be sentenced to years in prison, or he could be given a suspended sentence and a fine and receive no jail time for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

More than seven months after Pistorius' trial started, Judge Thokozile Masipa will announce what punishment she has decided on after finding him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter, but acquitting him of murder.

Prosecutors have demanded at least 10 years in prison for the double-amputee athlete. His defense lawyers have suggested that three years of correctional supervision, with periods of house arrest and community service, would be appropriate.

Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous nighttime intruder about to come out of the cubicle and attack him when he shot four times through the door with his 9 mm pistol. Judge Masipa last month ruled that Pistorius did not intend to kill Steenkamp, but he acted negligently and with excessive force in the Valentine's Day 2013 killing.

He was also convicted of unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant weeks before Steenkamp's death. That normally carries a fine for a first offense, but has a maximum of five years in prison.

Masipa has a wide range of options available to her at the climax of the trial because there is no minimum sentence for culpable homicide.

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Who wants to host the 2024 Summer Games? Anyone?

October, 20, 2014
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Marty WalshAP Photo/Steven SenneBoston Mayor Marty Walsh was part of a recent event held to generate interest in a 2024 Olympics bid for the city. The USOC is weighing whether to put in a bid.
LONDON -- Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

It will be hoping to attract a competitive, high-profile field to show there are cities that want to host the games rather than shun them.

Even before Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the race for the 2022 Games, the International Olympic Committee had started reviewing its bidding system to make it more appealing and less expensive for future host cities.

Making the process more flexible -- allowing cities to tailor a bid to their own needs from the start rather than adhere to strict IOC requirements -- is central to IOC President Thomas Bach's "Olympic Agenda 2020" reform package.

Recommendations are being finalized this week at an IOC executive board meeting in Montreux, Switzerland.

Potential bidders for 2024 are waiting to see exactly what changes are being made. The new rules will be put to a vote at a special IOC assembly in Monaco from Dec. 8-9.

Bids will need to be submitted next year. The host city will be chosen in 2017. A look at some potential 2024 candidates:

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