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Drone crash near-miss leads to international ski federation ban

By: Ben Gourlay | Sport | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 @ 15:43 CST

The ramifications from this week's drone crash near miss at the Alpine slalom race in Italy as reported yesterday are becoming a little clearer, with the international ski federation moving swiftly to ban the use of drones in future competitions.


Speaking to the Associated Press, the federation international de ski men's race director Markus Waldner confirmed that drones will be banned for "as long as I am responsible ... because they are a bad thing for safety. It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt. I am very angry." Sports marketing agency Infront, who employed the drone pilot said in a statement that "the most likely reason is a strong and unforeseen interference on the operating frequency, leading to limited operability. The pilot followed the official security procedure, purposely flying the drone as close as possible to the ground before releasing it. The aim was to destroy the drone, in order to prevent it from losing control."

Unfortunately, that almost led to disaster as the $10,000 dollar Cinestar X-8 drone, with a total payload of around 10 kilograms, crash landed precariously close to champion skier Marcel Hirscher.

Drone crash nearly wipes out champion skier mid-competition

By: Ben Gourlay | Sport | Posted: Dec 22, 2015 @ 21:02 CST

World Cup champion skier Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided serious injury during an Alpine slalom race in Italy this week, when a heavy duty drone literally fell from the sky during competition.

The drone which was being used for broadcasting the race for TV fell just inches away from Hirscher, who didn't react and continued tacing, perhaps not even aware until its completion. But afterwards, he was unsurprisingly displeased, telling Associated Press: "This is horrible. This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury." Despite the accident, Hirscher finished second and took to Instagram to make light of the situation.

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Tour de France organizer dedicated to fighting off 'mechanical doping'

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Jul 26, 2015 @ 5:53 CDT

No evidence of "mechanical doping" in professional cycling hasn't stopped the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) from checking bikes during the Tour de France.


"For years we've been taking this seriously by checking bikes at races," a UCI spokesperson said in a statement to Cyclingnews. "We've heard the rumors. The main fact is that we know you can buy such bikes on the market and restoring credibility in the sport is important."

In addition to public grumbling from fans, the use of motors on regular pedal bikes has increased in recent years - and that has certainly caught the UCI's attention: "We know that the technology is available on the market. We've been making checks as we don't want this to enter professional cycling."

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Patriots will win Super Bowl, Microsoft Cortana platform predicts

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 @ 13:13 CST

We're quickly approaching Super Bowl XLIX, and the New England Patriots will top the Seattle Seahawks, according to Microsoft's Cortana. Cortana predicts a narrow 24-23 victory, using Bing's predictive algorithm that takes a number of statistics into consideration before cranking out a final prediction.


So far in the NFL playoffs this year, Cortana has an impressive 8-2 record.

Gambling lines in Las Vegas agree with Cortana, and the Patriots are favored by about one point - such a close line, it'd be fair to say the game is up for grabs.

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YouTube will have its own halftime show at the Super Bowl this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | Sport | Posted: Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:33 CST

The halftime shows of Super Bowl are usually massive extravaganzas, but guess who is going to be putting on a big show at this year's Super Bowl? YouTube.


Google's video sharing service will be hosting its first-ever halftime show on February 1, with the live Internet event bringing in YouTube stars such as comedy duo Rhett and Link, EpicMealTime's Harley Morenstein and Freddie Wong performing a bunch of stuff during the show to fake Super Bowl spots.

Peyton Manning becomes touchdown record leader in rout of 49ers

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Oct 20, 2014 @ 0:57 CDT

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, a future Hall of Famer, became the NFL leader in touchdown passes on Sunday night, breaking Brett Favre's record of 508. During the Broncos' dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers, Manning threw four touchdown passes, and now has 510 career touchdown passes.


In front of 77,047 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Manning went 22-26 for 318 yards, including four touchdown completions and no interceptions.

"Quite an honor," Manning said following the game. "I do have an appreciate for the quarterbacks who have played this game over the years. A lot of people helped get me to this point. I'm very honored."

Conor McGregor backs up gamesmanship, trash talk with brutal TKO win

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Sep 28, 2014 @ 17:54 CDT

Irish fighter Conor McGregor backed up his trash talk by destroying Dustin Poirier in a highly-anticipated featherweight fight at UFC 178. He picked up a TKO win at 1:46 in the first round against Poirier, netting him a $50,000 Performance of the Night post-fight bonus. McGregor broke into the UFC in 2013 after winning the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) featherweight and lightweight titles earlier in his career.


"He's a humble guy and he came to fight," McGregor noted about his opponent. "Make no mistake, though: I'm cocky in prediction. I'm confident in preparation, but I am always humble, in victory or defeat."

True to form, McGregor could be next in line for a title shot against Jose Aldo, and the Irish fighter noted: "The division is filled with rookies and has-beens," he said during the post-fight press conference.

San Antonio Spurs win NBA championship against Miami Heat

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 @ 2:51 CDT

The San Antonio Spurs basketball team topped the Miami Heat to capture the 2014 NBA championship, winning the series in five games. Playing under coach Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobi and Tony Parker are the winningest trio in NBA playoff history - and have captured multiple championships together.

"We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that's why they're the champions in 2014," said opponent LeBron James, admitting the Spurs were just too dominant.

The Spurs-Heat series was a rematch from the 2013 season, which the Heat went on to win.

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Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson defends UFC flyweight championship

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Jun 15, 2014 @ 19:12 CDT

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson completely dominated Ali Bagautinov during their UFC 174 main event fight from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Johnson controlled the five-round, 25-minute fight, using both speed and great technique to keep Bagautinov from implementing his game plan.


Johnson scored a clean sweep on the judges' scorecards, easily winning the fight 50-45, with the champion now expecting the winner of Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett. It's still unsure what is next for Johnson, as he has looked good since winning the flyweight title in 2012.

The lighter weights in the UFC struggle to capture attention from casual fans, as viewers like to see bigger fighters slug it out. However, the UFC has a true star in Johnson, with his 8-1-1 record in the UFC, successfully defending his championship four consecutive times.

Nairo Quintana wins 2014 Giro d'Italia cycling grand tour

By: Michael Hatamoto | Sport | Posted: Jun 1, 2014 @ 14:11 CDT

Colombian cycling climbing specialist Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) won the 2014 Giro d'Italia grand tour cycling race, finishing the 21-stage race 2 minutes, 58 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), and 4 minutes, 4 seconds ahead of Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team). Incredibly, this was Quintana's second grand tour, and he looked comfortable in the mountains, able to maintain pace with any attacks on steeper inclines.


"Now that the final finish line is crossed, I am so happy," Quintana said after sealing the overall victory. "I had the support of my team, and the support of my nation. I am very content to win this Giro. It was never easy, but the team backed me in all the hard moments."

It's an impressive victory for the 24-year-old, as he also won the best young rider classification and two stages throughout three weeks. Although Quintana will skip the Tour de France in July, he could lead the Movistar team during the 2015 Tour next season.