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Rugby Fight Leads to Flop of the Year Candidate That Made Even the Ref Laugh [Video]

greatest Rugby dive in history

This amazing flop comes from Samoa in a rugby match between Vaiala and Vailele. One player gets shoved. He slaps back. Then the original shove-er throws kind of a slap/punch that looks like it hits his opponent in the shoulder. From there Samoa’s finest acting takes place as the player takes a dive that will be nominated for Flop of the Year. The crowd laughs. The referee laughs. The players laugh. 

The worst part is how he looks at the ref and points as if to say, “you saw that, right?” before taking the dive. 

If only flopping basketball players embraced how silly they look when they flop.

[YouTube, h/t Guyism]

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Florida Fisherman Catches 11-Foot, 805-Pound Shark on Shores of Gulf

Florida fisherman Joey Polk told his son he was going to catch a big fish, but even he wasn’t expecting what he reeled in off the Florida panhandle last Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Polk, with the help of his two cousins, Earnie Polk, 43, and Kenny Peterson, 21, caught an 11-foot, 805-pound mako shark at a secret location in Florida.

Polk and his cousins battled the fish for an hour and told the Houston Chronicle the fish showed off its impressive speed: “She was pulling line out of my reel at easily 60 miles and (sic) hour. We call that ‘smokin’ the drag’ round here.”

According to Polk, the catch sets a new land-based fishing record, which was previously held by his cousin Earnie for a 674-pound shark caught back in 2009.

While Polk normally tags and releases his catches, this shark was unable to swim away after the hour-long fight:

This is one of only a few sharks Polk and his cousins have not just tagged and released. This one was cooked with a Polk family secret recipe and served for the community, feeding around 200-250 local people.

“We release about 98% of what we catch…we only bring in the ones too injured to swim away,” said Polk, who concedes that not everyone agrees with fishing the animals just for sport.

[YouTube, Houston Chronicle]

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Police Officer Trips & Pushes Students Celebrating Texas High School Soccer Championship, is Placed on Leave [Video]

An officer on the Georgetown (Texas) Police Department was placed on administrative leave on Monday after this video surfaced of him blatantly tripping students during a Texas girls soccer state championship celebration. Officer George Bermudez was allgedly caught tripping and pushing students who ran onto the field at Georgetown High, which is located in Austin.

What a idiot.

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Meb Keflezighi Becomes First American in 30 Years to Win the Boston Marathon

“The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.

A year after tragedy struck at the finish line, triumph was the storyline for distance legends Meb Keflezighi and Rita Jeptoo, who took the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, to capture titles at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.

“I’m blessed to be an American, and God bless America and God bless Boston for this special day,” Keflezighi said.

Jeptoo, who won the 2013 event, set a new course record at 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She beat the previous record by nearly two full minutes, finishing ahead of second-place Bizunesh Deba (2:19:59) and third-place Mare Dibaba (2:20:35), both of whom also broke the previous record.

He was the first American to win a medal in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter won gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. Keflezighi also is the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since prize money was first awarded in 1986.

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There Is a 16-Foot-Long Great White Shark Off the Coast of Australia, Because Australia Is Horrifying

A shark so enormous it literally triggered satellite monitoring devices was just found off the coast of Australia. 

A 16 foot, roughly 3,600 pounds Great White Shark who has now been given the nickname “Joan of Shark.”

great-white-shark-australiaThe shark was last spotted near the town of Albany, in the south of Western Australia. City officials have advised residents to stay out of the water, but good news: the shark carries a sophisticated electronic tag in its stomach which authorities say will be used to track its location for more than a decade.

It’s believed to be the largest shark ever tagged. From the Telegraph:

The huge shark, which is believed to be around 30 years old, has not left the area. She was detected early on Tuesday morning off Ellen Cove, one of Albany’s most popular beaches, prompting warnings to swimmers.

“Obviously, with that whale incident and because of the distress signals that it would have sent out, it would have attracted sharks and they will probably frequent the beach for the next few days,” said Martin Kleeman, a spokesman for the state department of fisheries.

Mr Kleeman described the successful tagging of a shark that size as “potentially a world first”.

“For the next 10 years, we’ll be able to keep a track of her movements, which is going to open up a whole new world,” he continued. “We’ll have a better understanding of the large-scale movements of white sharks.”

Absolutely insane….

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Delino DeShields Jr. Hit in the Face With 90MPH Fastball, It Wasn’t Pretty

delino-deshields-jr-faceDelino DeShields Jr., the son of former MLB player Delino DeShields, is with the double-A Corpus Cristi Hooks this season. During a game on Friday, the 21-year old Astros prospect took a 90mph fastball to the right side of his face. DeShields Jr. amazingly walked off the field and later took this picture from the hospital. According to one site, DeShields broke a bone in his cheek which looks about right.

According to CBS Sports’ Mike Axisa, DeShields Jr., who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, was able to walk off the field under his own power after the play.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports DeShileds Jr. has a fractured cheekbone:

[@ctcase10 via @jeromesolomon]

 

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