Now Playing
106.1 BLI
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
106.1 BLI



200 items
Results 41 - 50 of 200 < previous next >

99-year-old swimmer breaks 2 world marks in Australia

A 99-year-old man from Australia loves to jump into the pool -- and now he has two world records to show for it.

>> Read more trending news

George Corones finished a 50-meter swim in 56.12 seconds Wednesday in Queensland, Australia, setting a world record in the 100-104 age category, the BBC reported. He broke the previous mark, which was set in 2014, by 35 seconds. 

The previous record of 1:31.19 was set by British swimmer John Harrison, Inside Edition reported.

Corones also challenged the 100-meter freestyle record Saturday and beat it by a minute, according to multiple reports.

The time will become official when it is verified by FINA, swimming’s governing body.

Corones is eligible for the record because he turns 100 in April, the BBC reported.

“It was an exemplary swim for me, well-balanced,” Corones told the BBC. “And I was ready to hit the (wall) at the end very hard with my hand.”

The Brisbane resident got back in the pool 20 years ago, the first time he had competed since 1945.

“I gave it up at the beginning of the war (World War II), and I don't think I had a swim of any description until I retired,” Corones told the BBC. “I started swimming again for exercise.”

Corones stays fit by swimming laps three times a week and also goes to the gym, the BBC reported.

"At this age it takes a while to get going ... You get exhausted much more easily, but if you do it sensibly, the rewards are astronomical,” he told the BBC.

Like setting a world record.

LaVar Ball blasts Trump after report says UCLA players were freed before president stepped in

We now have a LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump Part II.

ESPN released a report on Saturday chronicling UCLA’s China shoplifting incident involving freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley. The three allegedly had stolen sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, a boutique store and a bracelet from H&M.

>> LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo out of UCLA after suspension

ESPN’s Arash Markazi wrote that Trump actually had nothing to do with the release of LiAngelo Ball, Hill and Riley.

Upon hearing the news, LaVar Ball doubled down on his stance that Trump had zero to do with getting the three out of harm’s way.

>> See his tweet here

LaVar Ball and Trump previously got into a spat on social media in the days and weeks after the highly-publicized theft. Soon after the LiAngelo Ball, Hill and Riley were released from house arrest, Trump took to Twitter seeking credit.

LaVar Ball dismissed Trump’s request for validation on multiple occasions.

The two had quieted down their tug of war, but Saturday's news has evidently resuscitated the matter.

>> Read more trending news 

LiAngelo Ball has since left UCLA to play professional basketball in Lithuania. Hill and Riley are currently serving a one-year suspension as punishment for the international shoplifting incident but were permitted to practice with the team on Dec. 26.

Jacksonville State center from Lithuania reunited with mother after 5 years 

A college basketball senior from Lithuania was reunited with his mother for the first time in five years, thanks to his coaches at Jacksonville State University, People reported.

>> Read more trending news

Norbertas Giga, a senior for the Gamecocks, had been invited to watch film with the coaching staff in a hotel conference room Tuesday as the team from Alabama prepared to play in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. 

Giga was told by the coaches that video cameras were present simply to document the team’s postseason run, People reported. Assistant coach Chase Richardson begins the session by asking the 7-footer about his mother’s discipline tactics.

“What did your mom used to tell you about belt whippings? You need them?” Richardson asks Giga. “When’s the last time you had one?”

“Oh man, that was about eight years ago?” Giga said.

Richardson walked to a door near the film screen and told Giga, “I’m tired of belt-whipping you myself. So we got the real thing for you.”

Richardson opened the door and Giga’s mother walked into the room. Giga ran to the opposite side of the room in disbelief, then returns to give his mother a teary embrace.

Giga has been a two-year starter for the Gamecocks since arriving at the school in 2016, CBS Sports reported. Prior to that he spent a season at the junior college level at Midland College and Tallahassee Community College and a year at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey, CBS Sports reported.

A HUGE Thank You to everybody that was involved in this surprise for me. I can’t even explain how much it means and how this moment feels to me,” Giga wrote on Twitter. “THANK YOU! We are Gamecocks!”

The surprise was not enough to help Giga spark Jacksonville to an OVC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. After defeating Tennessee Tech 73-70 on Thursday, the fourth-seeded Gamecocks lost 70-63 to top-seeded Murray State in the conference semifinals Friday night, ESPN reported.

Aly Raisman files lawsuit against USOC, USA Gymnastics

Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman has filed a lawsuit against the United States Olympic Committee over the group’s handling of accusations of sexual abuse against team doctor Larry Nassar.

NBC News reported that Raisman says the USOC knew that Nassar was abusing her and other athletes by saying he was medically treating the athletes. 

In a statement Raisman said that both USOC and USA Gymnastics are not answering allegations about Nassar.

>> Read more trending news 

“After all this time, they remain unwilling to conduct a full investigation, and without a solid understanding of how this happened, it is delusional to think sufficient changes can be implemented,” Raisman said in the statement to NBC News.

Raisman filed the lawsuit that cites the USOC and USA Gymnastics as defendants on Wednesday but the announcement of the suit was announced Friday morning, ABC News reported.

>>Who is Dr. Larry Nassar, former USA gymnastics team doctor?

The suit alleges that Nassar sexually molested Raisman at the Karolyi Ranch National Training Center and at competitions, including the London Olympics in 2012, ABC News reported.

The suit claims USOC members, “were aware, at the highest levels of its organization, that Defendant Nassar had molested Olympic and National Team level gymnasts who participated with Defendant USAG,” ESPN reported.

>>Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman delivers victim statement against Larry Nassar

Neither the USOC or USA Gymnastics have responded to media requests.

Raisman announced in November that she and 124 other women filed police reports against Nassar stemming back to September 2016. More than 260 criminal complaints and more than 200 civil suits have been filed against him, ESPN reported.

>>Former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years for child pornography

Nassar pleaded guilty to federal child porn charges and 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to 60 years behind bars on the child porn charges and 300 years in prison on the criminal sexual charges, which will go into effect after his federal sentence, ESPN reported. He’s technically not eligible for parole until 2117. 

Warriors’ Stephen Curry tees off on hotel room

Stephen Curry may love golf, but one hotel is going to be teed off.

>> Read more trending news

The Golden State Warriors’ All-Star posted a photo on Instagram of his hotel during a recent road trip. Shattered glass was scattered across a table and on the floor, apparently courtesy of Curry’s golf swing, ESPN reported.

“When you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some swings going in the hotel room,” Curry wrote, finishing the post with the hashtag #idiot.

Curry competed in a Tour event last year on a sponsor’s invitation, shooting back-to-back rounds of 74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, ESPN reported.

The Warriors were off Thursday and play in Atlanta on Friday night. It was not immediately clear what hotel was damaged, ESPN reported. The Warriors are in the middle of a three-game road trip.

It’s a good bet, however, that Curry will be receiving a bill from a hotel soon.

Texas college baseball coach fired after email to recruit about Colorado’s drug policies

A Texas college baseball coach and former major-leaguer was fired Thursday, partially because of comments he made about players from Colorado in an email to a potential recruit, the Star-Telegram reported.

>> Read more trending news

Mike Jeffcoat, who pitched in the majors from 1983 to 1994, was dismissed as Texas Wesleyan’s coach Thursday morning, university president Frederick Slabach announced at a news conference.

Jeffcoat, in an email to 18-year-old Gavin Bell of Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colorado, cited that state’s politicians and its marijuana policies as reasons not to recruit players from the Centennial State, the Denver Post reported.

“Thanks for the interest in our program,” wrote Jeffcoat, 58, who has been Texas Wesleyan’s coach since 2002. “Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on Student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of Luck wherever you decide to play.”

A screenshot of the email was tweeted out Wednesday afternoon by a Denver radio host.

That email, and violations of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rules regarding player eligibility, were the reasons for Jeffcoat’s firing. Slabach said. The school had been investigating the rule violations for about a week and reported them to the NAIA on Thursday, the Post reported.

“Mike Jeffcoat is no longer an employee of Texas Wesleyan University,” Slabach said at the news conference. “He was separated from the university due to the discriminatory remarks contained in the email to a potential recruit from the state of Colorado, and for another factor that we have been investigating for the past week.”

Bell told KCNC, that he "didn't know what to think" when he received Jeffcoat’s email.

"What does it have to do with anything with me playing baseball because of past encounters and not taking a chance with me?" Bell told KCNC.

During Thursday’s news conference Thursday, Slabach said the university, located in Fort Worth, “would love to have Gavin here as a student."

Since sales of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in 2014, Wesleyan has had only one other player from the Centennial State on its baseball roster, Eaglecrest graduate Aidan Laurini, the Post reported.

"My intention really wasn't to do anything to hurt anybody or get anybody fired," Bell told KCNC. "It was just me talking to my coaches and my loved ones about what do I do with this."

Jeffcoat had a 25-26 record over 255 games with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins.

NASCAR analyst has an idea that would shake up the sport

The word “change” is not usually well received in NASCAR circles. The fact that the most popular racing series in the world was still using carburetors in their cars until 2012 is a fun little piece of trivia that exemplifies the sport’s penchant for being totally comfortable behind the times. That attitude is what fans have grown to expect, so when NASCAR does make big changes, it usually doesn’t go over super well.

Ask the average fan about the playoffs, point systems or stage racing, and you are likely to get a strong opinion about how one or more of those things are killing the stock car racing they love.

AutoWeek’s Matt Weaver is undeterred by this trend of pushback, and is suggesting a huge change that he believes could reinvigorate the struggling series.

Related: NASCAR President speaks out after ratings plummet for Daytona 500

His idea? Stage Inverts. Weaver, a former dirt track racer himself, got the idea from grassroots racing series. Inversions flip a portion of the field to promote a more exciting race with slower cars starting up front forcing the faster drivers to move past the field instead of hold court at the front of a conga line. To implament this in NASCAR, Weaver would invert the top ten qualifiers at the start of the race. The driver that qualified on the pole would start tenth, the tenth place qualifier would start up front and so on.

To ensure drivers don’t sandbag during qualifying, championship points would be given out to the top ten and a playoff point to the pole winner to ensure there is still real motivation to go as fast as possible in the period.

Then, after the ends of each stage the same invert could be implemented. The added strategy and faster cars starting further back and fighting toward the front would ensure the action fans crave while also keeping the three points opportunities during each race that NASCAR seems to prefer.

With how much change the sport has already endured with the addition of stage racing, this idea might be much too much to implement any time soon, but it’s not the worst idea we have ever heard. If NASCAR continues its ratings nose dive, it could be worth a look.

It might sound too crazy to happen in NASCAR, but that’s what anyone would have said three years ago about stage racing, too.

School evacuates classroom after “LeBron James stunt”

The UCF Police Department is searching for two suspects following a stunt that led to a classroom being evacuated on Wednesday morning.

The department tweeted about a suspicious incident involving a 6-foot-2 white male wearing a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey at around 11 a.m.

#UCFAlert: Suspicious incident in Business Admin I. Police are responding and searching for a man described as 6'2, white, and wearing a red and white basketball jersey. If seen, please contact UCFPD immediately by calling 911. No imminent threat, but please avoid the area. — UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) February 28, 2018

According to the UCFPD, the suspect — who is not believed to be an enrolled student — stood up in class and threw powder in the air a la James’ pregame ritual.

The classroom was evacuated out of caution and an investigation into the incident proved that the substance matched baby powder.

BA1 Update: The suspect stood up in a class that he is not believed to be a student in, and threw powder in the air. Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the classroom and the building while we investigate. — UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) February 28, 2018 The spilled powder is a match for powdered baby formula. — UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) February 28, 2018

Authorities are also looking for a second possible suspect, who was described as an Asian male between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-7 wearing a blue shirt and carrying both a white and black backpack.

#UCFAlert: Additional subject of concern-Asian Male 5'6"-5'7" wearing a blue shirt. Had 2 backpacks, 1 white and 1 black. Please call UCFPD with any info. — UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) February 28, 2018

Thankfully, no one was harmed during the incident and classes proceeded as scheduled.

#UCFAlert: All clear at BA1. Building will reopen shortly. No threat to campus. — UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) February 28, 2018

Texas A&M just gave Jimbo Fisher a national championship plaque before he’s even coached a game

Texas A&M is already declaring national titles, as it gave new head coach Jimbo Fisher a national championship plaque without a date on it.

Read that over again. Not only because it is absurd, but due to the fact that it happens to be true. In a real world setting, in the year 2018, the Aggies gave their new head coach a fictitious future national title.

No pressure or anything, Jimbo.

Here is A&M’s chancellor doing the award giving:

Somehow, this is not exactly shocking in the world of college football. Nor is it all that surprising coming from that specific Texas A&M employee.

John Sharp, the aforementioned chancellor, said the following upon the hiring of Fisher about expectations.

“Nothing serious. Just want to win a national championship,” he said.

Texas A&M-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthe was given an actual earned plaque prior to Sharp giving his one to Fisher. The following exchange then took place because why not:

“The only difference between Colby’s and yours is you get to fill in the date,” Sharp told Fisher during the presentation “I hope I fill in a couple,” Fisher responded with a laugh.

Long live the SEC!

(H/T The Eagle)

Former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel makes his plea to return to football

Johnny Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick, took to Twitter to let people know about his intentions. Apparently, he really wants to be back playing football.

I’ll play again for FREE. It’s not about the money it’s about getting back to doing what I miss and love. — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 28, 2018

For whatever it is worth, one can surmise he means he will play for free in the National Football League. The CFL has long been chasing Johnny Football’s services, but he’s yet to head up north to hurl a football. If he wants to get back to what he misses and loves so much, he can simply do that and still get paid.

As you might recall, Manziel recently announced that he would be “returning” to football.

Back in Texas where it all started. I'll be joining @TheSpringLeague in Austin to get #ComebackSZN started! Can't wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do! #cantwaitforspring — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 14, 2018

Manziel, who was recently signed by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, went on Good Morning America earlier in the month to talk about his abuse of substances and how he’s been diagnosed as bipolar.

“I was self-medicating with alcohol because I thought that’s what was making me happy and help me get out of this depression to a point where I thought I had some sense of happiness,” Manziel said via SEC Country. “But at the end of the day when you wake up the next day after a night like that, or after going on a trip like that, and that’s all gone? That liquid courage or that liquid sense of euphoria that’s over you is all gone. “You’re left staring at the ceiling by yourself and you’re back in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole sitting in a room by yourself thinking about all the mistakes you’ve made in your life. What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgrace?”

Here is to hoping Manziel gets his shot and that his demons are done hurting him on, and off, the football field.

200 items
Results 41 - 50 of 200 < previous next >