Irish MMA warrior talks about his violent ancestry and what homeless guys taught him about fighting

August 28, 2014 | No comments

At 5’8″ and 145 pounds, Conor McGregor is a small man. But you’d hardly know it by his presence in the UFC’s Octagon. Still, that’s not the Conor McGregor that Fightland and Sailor Jerry are getting to know here.

Conor McGregor

In their new series “Title Shots,” they are giving viewers a one-of-a-kind look at what’s going in the minds of fighters rather than only looking at what’s going on in the octagon. In this first episode, we visit Venice Beach with Irish UFC featherweight Conor McGregor to learn how his obsession with movement has shaped his fighting style. And not just his obsession with movement, but also his violent irish ancestry and an unlikely conversation with two homeless guys…

Football star injures both ankles and risks his entire career to save his nephew’s life — UPDATED

August 26, 2014 | 2 comments

UPDATE: John Shaw now says he lied about the story. It seems he did fall from a balcony, but details are still unclear. We’re leaving the original below here for reference.

Saturday night was a big night for University of Southern California cornerback John Shaw, who’s expected to be as high as the second-ranked cornerback in the 2015 NFL draft. The senior had just been named team captain for the school’s football team, with high expectations to lead a squad ranked number 15 in the country going into the season.

John Shaw USC

Later that evening, Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment when he noticed his 7-year-old nephew struggling to stay afloat in the swimming pool. Knowing his nephew couldn’t swim and seeing nobody else who could help, Shaw had one major problem with getting to his nephew — he was on a second floor balcony with no stairs down to the pool.

Undeterred, Shaw made the jump to the concrete floor below, immediately falling to the ground in pain. He crawled to the pool where he managed to get in and bring his nephew to safety before pulling himself out of the water with his upper body.

After ensuring that his nephew was safe, Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two very painful high ankle sprains. He’s unable to play football for a while but tells usctrojans.com,

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew. My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

College football could use a few more leaders like John Shaw.

Football fan loses BIG in Twitter bet he can’t pay. Michael Sam bails him out and everybody wins…

August 26, 2014 | No comments

Betting and sports don’t mix, but that doesn’t stop people from making absurd wagers on everything from the final score to…well, this…

When two of the NFL’s most talked-about rookies met in a preseason game on Saturday night, people paid a lot more attention than they normally do to games that are relatively meaningless.

And when one of those rookies, St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, sacked the other rookie, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, Sam had a little fun with it…

Johnny Manziel — perhaps better known as Johnny Football — has a trademark celebration where he rubs his fingers together in a money sign. As the video above shows, Sam playfully mocked Manziel with the gesture after sacking the controversial quarterback.

All of this was humorous enough without a curious Twitter bet that had been made earlier in the day by New Yorker Fisher King

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Cheri Oteri auditions for Chicago Bulls dance squad…but she’s worried she might be too sexy

August 21, 2014 | No comments

When you think of Cheri Oteri, this is what you might picture…

Cheri Oteri on SNL

But now she’s trying out to be a cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls. And, while she’s a bit nervous about whether she’ll get a spot on the team, she’s also concerned that she might just be sexier than they can handle…

This intensely heartfelt speech after a devastating loss is what coaching kids is all about

August 21, 2014 | 1 comment

After a heartbreaking loss to Chicago that sent Rhode Island home from the Little League World Series on Monday, Rhode Island coach Dave Belisle gave his team a post-game pep talk that now has the thousands watching it online holding back tears.

This is what coaching youth sports should look like…

Meet the man with ALS who started the Ice Bucket phenomenon…and grab a tissue

August 20, 2014 | No comments

You’ve definitely heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but you probably haven’t heard of Pete Frates. He’s the guy who started it all, though until last week, he’d never actually taken the challenge himself.

This story covers how the challenge got started and more importantly, it tells Pete’s story. It’s a story you don’t want to miss…

Bored fan livens up soccer game like no one else who’s ever run on the field. Hilarious…

August 19, 2014 | No comments

22-year-old Jordan Dunn was at the recent match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, and he found the competition exceedingly dull. So a few beers in, he decided to do something about it.

Hopping out of the stands, he sprinted 80 yards to where the players were standing awaiting a free kick. Without breaking stride, using his left foot, Dunn chipped this shot on goal over the defenders…

And now he is a superstar…

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Would you challenge a boxer named “The Nordic Nightmare” to a punching contest? This goalie did…

August 15, 2014 | No comments

A major advantage that goalies have in defending their nets is that they can get higher than all the other players, since they’re using their hands. And often, reaching up above everyone else, the safest thing to do is simply punch the ball as far away as they can.

This is a common maneuver, so goalie Lassi Hurskainen figured he was pretty good at it. But then he challenged professional boxer Robert Helenius to a soccer-ball punch-off.

It’s easy to see why he’s known as “The Nordic Nightmare”…

Cocky American football coach fired from British football job. (Shocking, we know!) But now he’s back…

August 11, 2014 | No comments

Coach Lasso, who we last saw beginning what ended up being a very brief stint coaching in the Premier League, is now putting that soccer coaching experience to good use back here in the good, old U.S. of A…

Insane adventurer speed flies off a mountain, swoops and drops between highrises

August 8, 2014 | No comments

Speed flying is a hybrid of paragliding and parachuting. This practitioner of the extreme sport goes for a thrilling ride in Oahu. After running off the mountain, he shoots along dangerously close the ground and then into the open sky over the Makaha Valley Towers, and that’s when things get really insane…