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  • Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

  • Steven Adams: 'If I'm a d---,' they'll think all New Zealand guys are

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    New Zealand native and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams takes being a role model seriously. Along with some of New Zealand's other famous athletes, Adams spoke to a group of elite young athetes in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday at the Powerade Breakthrough Academy. Adams isn't one to mince words, and wasn't shy about the responsibility he has to represent his home country. "For me once I go out there to America I'm pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven't met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I'm like a d---, then they're like New Zealand guys are d----," Adams said. "If you've just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they're fine with it. That's one of the key things." In his first season with the Thunder out of the University of Pittsburgh, Adams was a refreshing interview, candid and unfiltered (see his Thunder exit interview). "It's just who I am," said Adams, who's sitting out the Tall Blacks' World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind."

  • Future OSU-TU football, basketball games added in contract

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Oklahoma State and the University of Tulsa have finalized the details of a contract resulting in three additional football games and two men’s basketball games, the Tulsa World reports. The OSU and TU football teams were already scheduled to play in 2017 in Stillwater. The schools are adding games in 2019 (H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa), 2020 and 2021 (both in Stillwater). The basketball teams will play a home-and-home series starting in Stillwater in 2015.  

  • Kurt Warner wants Sam Bradford to 'develop confidence, take some chances'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner wants to see Sam Bradford be successful, and he has some idea for things he wants to see out of the former OU great. Warner went on 101 ESPN in St. Louis on Monday and said he'd like to see "him (Bradford) develop the confidence where he's willing to take some chances with the football." "That he's willing to say, 'Guys, follow me.' I'm going to carry us a little bit. I'm going to take that shot down the field because I see it and I believe I can make it as opposed to second-guessing himself and throwing the checkdown." Warner, who was the quarterback of the Rams' Super Bowl championship team in the 1999 season, acknowledged the need for improvement from the supporting cast around Bradford, but also said Bradford has expectations on his shoulders as the quarterback . Bradford was having his best season as a pro in 2013, throwing 14 touchdowns and four interceptions before going down with a torn ACL in week 7. "They haven’t always had the pieces around him to allow him to make plays but being where he’s at, now they’ve got some young talent here, it becomes that next step for him to take that next leadership role and to take more upon himself," Warner said.

  • Serge Ibaka Q&A: I'm not 100 percent back yet

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Serge Ibaka took time out after one of his summer workouts to answer some questions from Bleacher Report senior writer Jared Zwerling, talking about his calf injury, what the Thunder learned from losing to the Spurs (Ibaka called the Spurs' way "The perfect way to play," and working on his game this summer. ON HIS INJURY B/R: What was the hardest part during the recovery? SI: The hard part is it was the playoffs, and I had to sit down for almost 10 days and not do anything. You take 10 days off and then also you're not 100 percent yet. I was out of shape and I was only playing with really one leg when I returned, so it was tough. B/R: So how are you feeling now? SI: I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better. I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time. ON THE SPURS B/R: Regardless of the injury, what did you guys learn from losing to the Spurs? SI : When we played them, we learned that we still have room to grow. We have to defend first and then focus on offense. We need to make sacrifices on our team to beat them, 100 percent. We cannot give 80, 90 percent, or we'll go home. Ibaka goes on to talk about his offensive game ("I don't have any expectations, but I work on my offensive game just to be ready") and the misconceptions that the Thunder needs more low-post scoring ("In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook.") Ibaka has also been working out with Team Spain in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

  • Newspaper Runs Image Of 'Jackass' Star Instead Of Killed Israeli Soldier

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A New Zealand newspaper had to get itself out of hot water on Sunday after it published a picture of the late "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn alongside a story of an Israeli soldier killed in Gaza, according to The Huffington Post. The story on the New Zealand Herald's front page was in honor of Guy Boyland, the 27-year-old combat engineer who died in Gaza last Friday. But next to the story, where a picture of Boyland should have been, was an image of the MTV celebrity who died in a car crash in 2011.

  • Why Women Are Getting Smarter Faster Than Men

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    When it comes to smarts, women are catching up to men in some areas and outpacing them in others, according to The Huffington Post. In particular, women, on average, are better than men at so-called episodic memory, which involves recalling and describing experiences and facts, while men's edge over women in numerical abilities has narrowed somewhat. The findings were drawn from a large study of older people from 13 different European countries. Overall, humans have gotten smarter through time. That cognitive leap is thanks largely to better health, education and living conditions, the new study finds.

  • Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A poster showing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles falling from a skyscraper with the date September 11 has appeared on Twitter, according to SKY News.   The apparent promotional image was shared on Paramount Australia's Twitter account but was removed when it started receiving criticism from users. The Michael Bay-produced film hits cinemas in Australia on the same day that the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York's Twin Towers will be commemorated, SKY News reports.

  • Why we're eating less beef

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Beef. It's still what's for dinner, but not as often as it used to be. At least, that's what recent USDA data suggests, Reviewed.com reports. According to department records, Americans consumed roughly 300 million pounds less beef in 2013 than they did in 2012. In fact, per capita consumption has been dropping since beef-eating peaked 94.4 pounds in 1976. Last year, it hit an all-time low of 56.4 pounds per person. But a recent report from Mother Jones argues that dwindling consumer preference for beef—while worrying for U.S. cattle producers—may be good news for everyone in the long run, Reviewed.com reports.

  • Ebola only a plane ride away from USA

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say. USA TODAY reports the outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90% in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization. The virus — which has an incubation period of a few days to three weeks — could easily travel to the USA through infected travelers, says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

  • Player finds Obama's golf ball

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A Sunday golfer at Congressional Country Club near Washington found a special prize in the woods, according to USA TODAY. A presidential golf ball . Obama played Congressional on Saturday, and obviously had at least one errant shot.

  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Surgeon general: Stop tanning and save your skin

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It's a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it's coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. USA TODAY reports the call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a "major public health problem" and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ultraviolet light is a major cause. It comes just two months after the Food and Drug Administration announced it will soon require labels on tanning beds and lamps warning against use by anyone younger than 18. But more action is needed, because skin cancers in the United States, unlike many other cancers, continue to rise, the new report says. Nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer each year, at a cost of $8.1 billion, the report says. About 63,000 cases are the most serious kind, melanoma, and about 6,000 of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning, the report says.

  • Photo: James Harden made out of human hair

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    This happened. Someone went there. Former Thunder guard James Harden has had his face re-created in serveral mediums and styles by designer/illustrator Filip Peraic on jameshardenillustrated.com. The latest creation is (appropriately) a Harden portrait made entirely of hair. "For this portrait I had to enter the creep zone and ask barber for some hair leftovers," Peraic wrote on jameshardenillustrated.com.  

  • New giant holes found at 'end of the world'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    One of the most remote areas in the world seems to be slowly turning into something resembling a slice of Swiss cheese. Two new huge holes have been discovered in a Siberian region nicknamed "the end of the world," reports the Siberian Times. A 260-foot-wide crater found in the area caught the world's attention earlier this month, and now researchers and reindeer herders have uncovered two more: one with a diameter of around 50 feet, and another—which nearly swallowed the herders who stumbled across it—with a diameter of only about 13 feet but an estimated depth of up to 328 feet, Gizmodo reports. At the larger of the two, "there is also ground outside, as if it was thrown as a result of an underground explosion," says a regional lawmaker who inspected the site from a helicopter. "It is not like this is the work of men, but [it] also doesn't look like natural formation," says one of the Russian experts puzzling over the phenomenon.

  • NBPA elects first female union chief of major North American sports league

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union. At the close of a chaotic Monday filled with meetings, conference calls, presentations and an array of emotions, NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts as the successor to the ousted Billy Hunter, six more than she needed for election.

  • Zac Efron opens up on rehab stint

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Monday on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," Zac Efron took some time out from braving the elements to discuss what led up to his 2013 stint in rehab, according to Yahoo TV. He talked about how the paparazzi was ever-present in his life and trying to deal with that kind of attention was confusing. "Pretty soon, you need a social lubricant. And once I needed that, it became to go anywhere," he confessed.

  • How Johnny Manziel almost became a Cowboy

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    It almost happened, everybody: the perfect marriage of unhinged player and untethered town, the match of talent and spotlight and hedonism that the NFL hasn't seen since Joe Namath in the early '70s. Johnny Manziel was almost a Cowboy, according to Yahoo Sports. You remember draft night from earlier this year, yes? Manziel's fate was one of the draft's biggest stories, and as he fell further down the draft board, the realization dawned: he might be available for Dallas! How amazing would that be? On paper (or, you know, iPhone) it all seemed perfect: Texas kid joins the Texas royal family, learns the ropes from the aging gunslinger, takes over in 2018, stacks up trophies of both the Lombardi and wife varieties, becomes governor in 2045.

  • Surprise! New NSync album drops today

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Surprise, there's a new 'N Sync album out today. It's such a surprise, in fact, it was even news to… the group?! On Monday night, Lance Bass took to the '90s boy band's official Twitter account to announce that, unbeknownst to the fellas — also including Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and, of course, Justin Timberlake — the record, "The Essential," is dropping Tuesday, according to Yahoo Music. The other members of the group, which went on a "temporary" hiatus back in 2002 when Timberlake went solo and never reunited, have yet to comment about the release of the album.

  • Batman or Superman: Who's tougher?

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A select few got to see the new "Batman v Superman" trailer at Comic-Con and were asked who looked tougher: Ben Affleck as Batman or Henry Cavill as Superman? What do you think?