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Study: 96% Of Pickup Games Decided By Next Score

PRINCETON, NJ—Noting that none of the game’s earlier events factored into the final outcome in any way whatsoever, a study released Wednesday by researchers at Princeton University revealed that 96 percent of all pickup games are decided by the next score.

Kevin Durant Wins Gold In Men’s Individual Basketball

RIO DE JANEIRO—Beating out Serbian Nikola Jokic by .87 points in order to claim the all-around title, U.S. forward Kevin Durant won Olympic gold Friday in men’s individual basketball, becoming the first man to win consecutive golds in the competition since Gary Payton at the 1996 and 2000 Games.

Michael Phelps Spots Estranged Father Poseidon In Stands

RIO DE JANEIRO—Immediately recognizing the booming, thunderous voice he hadn’t heard since he was 5 years old as he warmed up ahead of his first heat in the 200-meter individual medley, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly spotted his long-estranged father, Poseidon, God of the Sea, cheering for him Thursday in the stands of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
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Famous Flops In Sports

Faking outrage or egregious injury in order to draw a penalty, once the purview of soccer players, is becoming more and more common across all sports these days.

  • From 2007 to 2010 Tony Romo faked five injuries, forcing the Cowboys to block WebMD on all Cowboys franchise computers
  • Alex Rodriguez helps the Yankees win the 2009 World Series by drawing a controversial charging call on Chase Utley
  • Before his 1997 title fight against Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield placed a 500,000-to-1 proposition bet that his ear would be chewed off, and then cut off his upper right lobe when nobody was looking and planted it in Tyson's mouth with a brutal left hook
  • Manu Ginobili misses almost 40 regular season games and the entirety of the 2009 playoffs nursing a fake ankle injury sustained during a particularly violent flop
  • Kyle Busch is often criticized by NASCAR fans and analysts alike for trying to draw yellow flags by pretending to spin out, take out four other cars, hit the wall, and explode
  • Kings center Vlade Divac shamefully cost his team the 2002 Western Conference Finals by repeatedly flopping even though the NBA had set a very clear and strict no-fouls-called-on-the-Lakers policy for the series
  • Shaquille O'Neal would often reverse-flop out of genuine fouls to avoid shooting free throws

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