What's more nerve-racking: Skating for a gold medal, or playing violin on national TV? For Charlie White, it might be the second one.
Ice dancers White and Meryl Davis made US Olympic history Monday when they became the first Americans to win the gold medal in the ice dancing competition. Part of their victory lap was a stop at NBC's Today Show yesterday, where they talked about winning gold — and made good on a bet.
White and Davis appeared on the show before heading to Sochi, and they were asked about other things they might be good at. White said he played the violin, and anchor Savannah Guthrie said that if the pair won gold White would have to play the instrument on the show. White agreed, and yesterday he made good on the promise:
Yesterday was my second day at Yankees Spring Training camp in Tampa, Florida. The weather was scorching hot. The pitchers went through several plays similar to the ones done on Sunday, like fielding bunts and making pick-off throws. Also, Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira took grounders at first base, then took some swings off of a tee. Later, I went down to the backfield and found CC Sabathia hitting — yes, hitting — ground balls to his son. After the practice ended, I assumed my day was over. But I had just begun my adventure.
I’m spending several days in Tampa, Florida, attending Yankees Spring Training. And over the next few days, I’ll be blogging about the team preparing for Opening Day on March 22.
On Sunday, pitchers and catchers went through their drills in Steinbrenner Field and the other fields of the Yankees training center. The pitchers went through several plays to practice fielding bunts and picking off runners at first base. They were joined by first baseman Mark Teixeira, who greeted some fans between batting, stretching, and a workout.
Kyrie Irving Gets A MVP Trophy Holding Lesson From LeBron
He can cross up defenders and drive to the basket flawlessly. But Kyrie Irving needed some help when he was awarded this year's All-Star MVP trophy after leading the East to victory over the West, 163-155.
Irving, a two-time All-Star and first-time starter, recorded 31 points and 14 assists to help the East rebound from an 18 point deficit. An awesome stat line, but in Irving's moment of accepting the award, he didn't know what to do. That's when LeBron James, and few other All-Stars, stepped in with the assist to give the 21-year-old some guidance: Raise the trophy high above your head.
"I just wanted him to have his moment," James said afterward. "[It] seemed like he didn't know what to do, and I just wanted to try to give him a little tip. I'm extremely proud for him to receive this award. It's big time."
John Wall Saves The Dunk Contest
New rules. New energy. New winner.
This year's All-Star Slam Dunk Contest featured freestyle and battle rounds, which resulted in a lot of missed dunks. But Washington Wizards point guard John Wall's final dunk of the evening rescued the dunk competition from being being a snooze fest. With the help of the Wizards' mascot, the 6-foot-4 All-Star took flight over G-Wiz for a reverse jam. It brought a very quiet crowd in the Smoothie King Center, bored from blown dunks from both conferences, to its feet as Wall danced with G-Wiz and fellow dunk teammate Paul George after the throwdown completion.
It was only Wall's second time doing the dunk — he practiced it once last Thursday — but it was enough to crown the Eastern Conference dunk champions in the battle round and name Wall the dunker of the night. "Someone sent me a YouTube link that said '27 dunks that have never been done in the NBA dunk contest.' The first one was that one," Wall said. "It seemed hard, but for me it came out to be easy." (Wall shared his all-time favorite dunkers with SIKids.com last week.)
Defending champ Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors also enlisted some help for his dunk, tapping rapper Drake for assistance and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings teamed up with Shaquille O'Neal for his slam, which drew tons of laughs from fans who witnessed a moment of the "Shaqelmore" era.
There’s no denying one of the most exciting parts of NBA All-Star Weekend is the Slam Dunk Contest. Every year, fans across the country get to watch the league’s best dunkers perform jaw-dropping reverse jams, windmills, and tomahawk slams on the league’s biggest stage.
This year’s high-flying throw-down competition takes place tonight and will feature Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. While Wall is tight-lipped about what we can expect from his dunk performance this weekend, he did share his all-time favorite dunkers.
If you've ever wondered what the most popular Winter Olympics sport is, here are a couple maps you might find interesting. Researchers at Facebook pulled together some data from their users to see what sports are the most popular around the world.
According to the social network, more than 24 million people discussed the Olympics on Facebook during the first week of the Games. They generated a combined 48 million posts, comments, and like. Using that information, Facebook generated two maps — one is of all of Earth, the other is focused on Europe — that look at which one of 13 Winter Olympics sports people were talking about.
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