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TFD: New York Post erroneously reports former NBA player's body found

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: March 24, 2014 - 5:17 PM

At the end of the day, a man named Quinton Ross is dead from an apparent murder, which is terrible and sad. The fact that it is not a former NBA player by that name ... well, we'll let the New York Post handle that:

Cops are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found buried in a shallow grave on the Far Rockaway beach Monday morning.

Initial reports that the victim is former Nets basketball player Quinton Ross are incorrect, police said.

The victim, also named Quinton Ross, was stuffed into a trash bag that was hidden in a patch of weeds midway between the water and the boardwalk at Beach 40th Street, cops said.

To recap: Awful story. Awful mistake. Carry on.

The fine print keeps college student from winning $10K in hoops promotion

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 17, 2014 - 12:31 PM

From the highest high to the lowest low. That has to describe life right now for a West Chester University student who, during a halftime basketball promotion, made a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a half-court shot ... only to come up short in his quest for $10,000 because of some fine print.

See, he made those first three shots in a row, then missed his first attempt at a half-court shot. He scrambled to get the ball back, and made a heave at the buzzer ... but it apparently didn't count. He needed to make all four shots in 25 seconds without a miss.

Lame. Per NBC Philadelphia:

"This is really tough for me honestly. After all that celebration, they told me I'm not going to get it. I feel a little hurt," said finance major Jack Lavery, 18. "No one from West Chester has even reached out to me yet."

The bad news came moments after the cheers. West Chester University officials told Lavery he won't take home the $10,000 prize because he didn't make the first half court shot attempt.

"We are hopeful that the university will award him with $10,000 for his unbelievable feat like they promised," said Bill Lavery, Jack's father. "We kind of feel a little let down. They made him believe he won after the shot. It's kind of frustrating."

Here's the video, if you'd like to relive his pain:

Thursday (LeBron, Harden and 'Cuse buzzer beater videos) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 13, 2014 - 9:59 AM

It was a big night for buzzer beaters in basketball on Wednesday, so while we normally try to put together some sort of cohesive thought in this space during the first post of the day, we will instead just let you watch three big-time players making big-time shots:

Tyler Ennis, to keep Syracuse undefeated:

LeBron James, being LeBron:

James Harden, at the rack:

You can't open Canada's Olympic beer fridge without a Canadian passport

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 11, 2014 - 2:42 PM

Canada! They thought of everything, like maple syrup ... um, Bryan Adams songs ... and this!

Oh wow this is amazing: the beer fridge where Canada's Olympians are staying in Russia only opens if you use a Canadian passport.

We might have to get one of those in our house just because.

Here's a pretty cool map of where people run in Minneapolis

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 5, 2014 - 3:14 PM

This map of where people run in Minneapolis is not terribly surprising since the dark areas you see represent pretty much everywhere we've ever run in the city (and will continue to run once it gets above, say, 40 degrees again on a regular basis).

The map was created by the good folks at Flowing Data using stats from RunKeeper.com, and it has been picked up by a few places, including Deadspin. As a result, it seems as though their server isn't working so well right now. So here is the map of Minneapolis via Deadspin:

 

 

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