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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Despite the best efforts of Congress and the shifting tides of fads, poker is still a thing, and the World Series of Poker remains one of the world's singular competitions (we won't say "sports"). Nowhere else can a dude come in literally — and we mean that in the classic sense of the term — off the street and defeat the sport's most notable pros.

Of course, anybody who's ever played poker is familiar with the bad beat, the moment when the cards that had been running in your favor turn horribly, irrevocably against you. Like parents, everybody's got some bad beat stories, and like your fantasy team, nobody else is interested in hearing those stories.

That said, this is a rugged one here. Carter Gill, playing in the World Series of Poker in a round televised Tuesday night, thought he was about to double his winnings. And as you can see from the stats above, he had a 93 percent chance of winning the hand. In poker terms, that's as close as you can get to a dead-solid lock.

If you're not familiar with how no-limit hold 'em works, it's this: at any time, you can go all-in and bet your entire chip stack on a hand. If you win, boom, you've doubled your holdings. If you lose, well, you're out.

Gill lost. And the way that you can see his heart break in slow motion is a special kind of agony. Chin up, big fella, at least you played the game.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Victoria Duval pulled a shocker Tuesday at the US Open.
Victoria Duval pulled a shocker Tuesday at the US Open. (USATSI)

By Evan Hilbert |

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Duval dropped the first set to Australian Samantha Stosur, but the young American battled back to take the final two on Tuesday, pulling the biggest upset of the US Open so far.
Duval overcame 35 unforced errors for her first ever Grand Slam victory, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The former US Open champion was on the ropes in the third set, with Duval serving for the match up 5-4. But Stosur fought off two match points before Duval's forehand winner buried the Aussie.
At times, Duval certainly showed her age and inexperience, but she was able to overcome both for easily the biggest win of her career.
A partisan Flushing Meadows crowd rallied behind Duval, and the teen with a tiny voice thanked the patrons after the match -- only further endearing herself to them.
She also tried -- somewhat unsuccessfully -- to explain what was going through her head when she was serving for the match.
"I just tried to stay in the moment," Duval told ESPN after the match, before adding, "I don't know, I'm just really excited right now."

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Neno Best Every struggling artist dreams of one day being front-page news, but Brooklyn rapper Matthew Best, who goes by the stage name Neon Best, probably didn’t think this is how it would happen. Earlier this week New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly held a press conference announcing that the NYPD had made the biggest gun bust in the city’s history. The police seized 254 guns and made 19 arrests as part of a weapons trafficking ring that stretched from New York to North and South Carolina.
How were they tipped off? As Gawker points out, Neon Best posted photos to his Instagram account of rolls of cash and weapons that he claimed to be selling out of an Ocean Hill music studio. The photos were noticed by NYPD narcotics investigators last year. The police were then able to connect Best to his friend Omole Adedji and follow the guns to their source in North and South Carolina.
So what’s the social media lesson here for aspiring rappers? Maybe just use your Instagram for posting photos of food. It’s a lot safer and just as fun. You can take a look at one of Best’s Instagram photos below:
Instagram - Neon Best


Big East Moment: Allen vs. Allen
Watch SportsCenter's highlight of the 1996 Big East championship game, a classic duel between Connecticut's Ray Allen and Georgetown's Allen Iverson.Tags: Big East, Big East tournament, Allen vs. Allen, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson, Georgetown, Connecticut, UConn

Allen Iverson, an 11-time All-Star who has not played in the NBA since 2010, is prepared to officially announce his retirement in the coming days, reports.
According to the report, the 38-year-old Iverson has come to terms with the fact that his playing career is finished. He has not played professionally since 2011 in Turkey.
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Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesAllen Iverson reportedly is set to officially announce his retirement from the NBA.

On his bobblehead night in Philadelphia in March, Iverson indicated he still hoped to return to the NBA. Just two months earlier, he turned down an opportunity to launch a comeback in the NBA Development League.
Iverson also previously rebuffed opportunities to sign lucrative deals in China, instead eyeing a return to the NBA.
Considered one of the best pound-for-pound scorers in NBA history, Iverson -- listed at under 170 pounds for much of his career -- averaged 26.7 points and 6.2 assists during his 14-year career that included stops with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.
"He might be the greatest athlete I've ever seen," Larry Brown, Iverson's coach from 1997-2003 with the 76ers, told Slam. "I don't think there'll be another one like him."
Iverson, a former No. 1 overall pick out of Georgetown, was the 1997 Rookie of the Year, the 2001 MVP, a three-time All-NBA First-Team selection and a four-time scoring champion.
Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals and is firmly cemented as one of the franchise's all-time greats. He is the franchise leader in 40-point games (76) and 3-pointers (885), and is second behind Hal Greer in points (19,931).
In recent years, Iverson also has made headlines off the court. In December, divorce filings revealed he had serious financial issues.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.