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Batman: Superhero, Super Athlete 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 11, 2014, 2:00 PM

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This year is Batman’s 75th anniversary. Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the character in 1939 and introduced him in Detective Comics #27. Since that first appearance, Batman — and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne — have gone through a lot of changes. If you’re a Batman fan, then you know that today he’s one serious superhero. Whether it’s in comic books, video games, or movies, he seems to be all business, all that time. And that business is taking down really bad bad guys and stopping really complex plots to destroy Gotham City.

But the Dark Knight wasn’t always so, well, dark. He always fought crime, but Bats found time to do other things, too. Like face off with the Joker in a surf contest! That’s right: Batman and his arch nemesis the Clown Prince of Crime duked it out while hanging ten. The battle happened on TV during the third and final season of the colorful, campy, super fun Batman TV series that aired on ABC from 1966-1968. You might not know the show, one, because it’s old, but, two, because it has never been available on DVD or Blu-Ray. Until now.

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Batman: The Complete Television Series is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, which gives us the perfect opportunity to take a look back at a less gloomy period of Batman’s past — when he battled evildoers as well as played sports!
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Boston’s Seth Griffith Scores Wild, Beautiful Goal 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 11, 2014, 10:35 AM

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The 2014 NHL season is still pretty young, but Boston Bruins right winger scored an early favorite for goal of the year agains the Devils last night. And it’s so wild, so beautiful that it will be very hard to top.

It’s the kind of insane goal players make up to one-up a buddy but they’ll never be able to pull it off.  And there’s no use trying to describe it. It must be seen to be believed:
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deGrom, Abreu Named 2014 Rookies of the Year 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • November 11, 2014, 9:00 AM

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Major League Baseball's awards season is in full swing, and last night it announced a couple big ones. New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu were named the 2014 National League and American League Rookie of the Year, respectively, and they both won decisively.
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The Many Faces of Chris Bosh 0

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  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • November 10, 2014, 2:35 PM

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During Chris Bosh's senior year at Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas, it was normal to find him shooting hoops in the gym. After all, he was a McDonald's All-American who had led the basketball team to an undefeated season and a state title. But Bosh raised some eyebrows when he camped out in the computer lab before practice to play around with Adobe Illustrator, learn HTML, and lead classmates in robot design.

"The kids would ask, 'What are you doing here?' " recalls the 6′ 11″ Miami Heat center-forward, who participated in computer graphics and engineering clubs. "They saw my height, and I guess they thought the only place I belong is on the court."

Bosh didn't mind the question. He understood the stereotype that comes with his size and talent. He just wasn't going to live up to it. "I had some free time before practice. I filled that time learning about computer graphics," Bosh says. "I like trying different things that challenge me."

Things like advocating for computer science education, establishing a men's tie line, and his insatiable appetite for reading make him an unconventional athlete. And when he's on the hardwood, his versatility makes him a nontraditional big man. While most NBA pros his height live in the low post, you can catch Bosh beyond the arc, comfortably spotting up to take a three-pointer.

Today, the 30-year-old continues to challenge himself. When Miami's Big Three disbanded this summer, Bosh, the third option behind LeBron James (now with the Cleveland Cavaliers) and Dwyane Wade for the past four years, became the team's go-to guy after he re-signed with the Heat. "It's what I wanted. Just like with all of the other stuff I do, I want to push myself and see what I can do," Bosh says. "I'm ready to be the leader of this team."
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Fantasy Football 2014: Aaron Rodgers Lights Up Bears 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • November 10, 2014, 11:29 AM

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If Aaron Rodgers could play every game against the Bears, he’d probably already have all of Peyton Manning’s records by now. Rodgers threw six touchdowns in the first half of Green Bay’s Sunday night’s 55-14 shellacking of their division rival. He probably would have set the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a game, if not for the good sense of the Packers’ coaching staff to get him out of the game halfway through the third quarter. In two games against the Bears this year, Rodgers threw for 617 yards, 11.22 yards per attempt, and 10 touchdowns against zero interceptions. He did grab one record on Sunday with a 73-yard scoring strike to Jordy Nelson – it was his 16th career touchdown pass of 70 or more yards, a number no other quarterback has reached in NFL history.
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Finding #BeautifulAmbition in the Beautiful Game 0

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  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • November 7, 2014, 4:26 PM

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Five years ago, soccer star and coach Sarah Kate “Skate” Noftsinger helped found the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). The organization was created with the goal of improving the female youth soccer experience in the United States. Today, the ECNL is the premier female youth soccer league. And now it’s looking to expand its mission.

Last month, Noftsinger and the ECNL kicked off Amazing Young Women, a program to help empower girls, teens, and women everywhere.

The dynamic campaign features monthly spotlights on heroes and community leaders, and a pop-up tour of events across the country. There are also several opportunities for women of all ages to actively engage. Women can take the AYW pledge to be their own leader or join others on social media to connect and share daily instances of #BeautifulAmbition
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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 10 Start 'em or Sit 'em 0

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  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • November 7, 2014, 2:01 PM

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The Week 9 Byepocalypse was felt across the fantasy community, especially at the wide receiver position. With nine regular starting fantasy receivers taking a seat last week, guys like Allen Hurns, Odell Beckham Jr., Taylor Gabriel, Corey Washington and Jarvis Landry were among the top-24 scorers at the position last week. Receivers aren’t quite as affected this week, but another Byepocaplypse is upon us.

Teams with a bye in Week 10 include New England, Indianapolis, San Diego, Minnesota, Houston and Washington. That means three of the top-five scoring quarterbacks (Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers) are out. All six of those teams contribute a regular starting running back to the fantasy community, including top-10 scorers Arian Foster, Ahmad Bradshaw and Alfred Morris.

Finally, three of fantasy’s top-seven tight ends — Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas — are out, as is a fourth, Jordan Reed, who generally starts for his owner.

Who will be the surprise starters at quarterback, running back and tight end this week? Find out in the Week 10 edition of Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em.

The following recommendations are based on 12-team leagues that start one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, one RB/WR flex, one tight end and one defense. Starters include the top-12 quarterbacks, tight ends and defenses and top-24 running backs and receivers. The remaining backs and receivers are considered for the flex position, with the best 12 players making it as starters.
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