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Robots Hit the Pitch for RoboCup 2014! 0

  • Posted by: Scott Chiusano
  • July 23, 2014, 2:26 PM

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Having a hard time accepting that World Cup is over? Then you might want to check out the 2014 RoboCup, happening this week in Brazil. Just don’t expect any tears or flops from these robot competitors!
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LeBron's College Yearbook 0

  • Posted by: Scott Chiusano
  • July 23, 2014, 12:27 PM

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LeBron James never went to college — he jumped to the NBA straight from high school. But in his essay about why he decided to return to Cleveland, LeBron said his four years in Miami were “almost like college for other kids.”

King James’ time with the Heat was not without its ups and downs, just like a normal college experience. So that got us thinking about what his four years in Miami would look like if here were actually attending college — let’s call it Heat University.

Here’s what we came up with:
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Watch NFL Rookies React to Their Madden Ratings 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 22, 2014, 4:07 PM

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If there's one thing athletes obsess over, it's their stats.  And when it comes to football, one thing NFLers really, really care about is their Madden rating. EA Sports knows all about this, so they decided to have a little fun with some top 2014 draft picks.

The video game publisher asked players like Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel what they thought their Madden 15 rating should be. The athletes answer — with really high numbers, of course — and then EA Sports showed them how they're really rated in the game. Needless to say none of them really agreed with the game's assessment of their talents:
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Playing Tricks with Rashad Jennings 0

  • Posted by: Elizabeth McGarr
  • July 22, 2014, 2:15 PM

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings was only six when he first fell in love with magic. "I was watching TV, and this guy pulled a rabbit out of his hat — the old classic," says the sixth-year player, who signed with the Giants in March. "I was like, 'Wow! I wonder how he did that.' " He received a magic kit from his family for Christmas, and he was hooked. "I figured out one or two little tricks," he says, "but when I tried to do them, they didn't have any awe effect."

It wasn't until Jennings got to Liberty University that he focused on honing his skills as a magician in his spare time, choosing to focus on card tricks for an entire semester. When he went home for a family dinner, he practiced what he had learned. "They lost their minds," he said of his family's reaction to his sleight of hand work. Has he tricked his Giants teammates yet? "I'm going to wait for camp," he says. "When everybody is tired, it's a good time to make everybody smile."

This summer, Jennings shared his tricks to pull your own card tricks. Check them out, and watch Jennings work his magic on one of SI Kids' editors!
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Canada Takes Gold at World Lacrosse Championship 0

  • Posted by: Caitlyn Stroh
  • July 22, 2014, 10:43 AM

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Over the weekend, the FIL World Lacrosse Championships came to an end. And for the fifth straight time, the United States met Canada in the final. And for only the second time, Canada went home the winner.

The Canadians defeated Team USA, 8-5, to win their third FIL World Lacrosse championship and second in three tournaments. Canada won thanks to some incredible defense, especially from goalie Dillon Ward. He stopped 10 shots in the championship game, earning him All-World goalie and MVP titles.

“The defense makes a couple great stands and Dillon Ward makes a couple great saves," said Rany Mearns, Canada's head coach. "I’m so proud and happy for our guys. They put a lot of work into this, and any time that you can end up on top, it’s a special moment.”

Canada and the US meeting for a rematch of the 2010 title game attracted plenty of attention. But the bigger story came earlier in the day in the third-place game: The Iroquois Nationals defeated perennial medal-favorite Australia, 16-5, to take bronze in the tournament.
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Video Game Soccer in Real Life 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 21, 2014, 4:57 PM

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Earlier today we gave you a look at the cover for FIFA 15. But it was a busy weekend for EA Sports, and they had more up their sleeve than just a simple announcement.

The FIFA series bills itself as the most realistic soccer/football game you can buy. But YouTube power user and Electronic Arts employee Marius Hjerpseth wanted to know just how the game stacks up to the real thing. So he enlisted the help of his co-workers, hit the pitch at EA Sports HQ in Vancouver, and filmed the game. Then he edited the footage as if it were a game from the FIFA series.

The result is wild, and a little bonkers:
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Talking Basketball and Blasters with Steph Curry 0

  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • July 21, 2014, 2:45 PM

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It’s already been an eventful NBA offseason, but for the Golden Gate Warriors guard Steph Curry the excitement has just begun. Before heading to FIBA World Cup training camp later this month, Curry headlined perhaps the most intriguing trial of his career – a BOOMco Blaster Challenge against Sacramento Kings guard Rudy Gay.

First: BOOMco is a new line of blasters from the toy company Mattel that debuted earlier this month. The shoot out hollow plastic darts that have an eraser-sized tip made of a special material that will let it stick to targets and parts of blasters and not to walls, windows, or anything else.

To help really launch BOOMco, Steph and Rudy put together teams to compete on the night of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards to see who get hit the most targets and named the Ultimate Blaster Champion. 

Before the challenge, Curry spoke with SI Kids about BOOMco, NBA offseason transactions, and his goals for the 2014 NBA season.
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