Get a Sky Zone x Vuly 14-foot trampoline on sale for $299 at Walmart

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TL;DR: You can bring the fun of a Sky Zone trampoline park into your own backyard with a Sky Zone x Vuly 14-foot trampoline on sale for $299 at Walmart — a savings of $380 off its usual price of $679. 


Having spent many afternoons of my youth repetitively jumping up and down on a trampoline for hours with no regard for the well-being of my equilibrium —  it’s a pastime I deeply respect. 

In a world ruled by smartphones and the newest tech, it’s comforting to know the gravity-defying recreational activity is still a fan-favorite among kids of all ages and parents alike. A big part of the trampoline’s staying power is due to the 200-plus locations of Sky Zone Trampoline Parks that bring aerial action to the masses, tbh. 

This Prime Day, you can snag an official Sky Zone x Vuly 14-foot trampoline for $299 at Walmart to bring that same fun into your own backyard. With a savings of $380 on the trampoline, it’s a pretty jump-worthy deal (sorry, it had to happen). 

If summer vacation with the kids is becoming a lot less easy to keep up with, you can send them out into the great outdoors knowing the Sky Zone x Vuly trampoline is designed with top-notch safety features in mind, like a built-in safety door and the tallest safety enclosures on the market. 

Designed with double galvanized steel, dual layers for maximum air, and plush safety padding, you’ll get the most bang for your buck without sacrificing safety. Plus, it features no-nut-and-bolt assembly, so taking it down is a breeze — or you could leave it up to do this in the winter. 

Head to Walmart to elevate your backyard’s fun with the Sky Zone x Vuly 14-foot trampoline for $299. 

Serena Williams’ daughter’s doll Qai Qai is the real star of the Australian Open

One of the biggest moods of 2018 was a doll. 

But not just any ol’ doll – it was Qai Qai, the rather witty and cynical companion of Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., daughter of tennis champion Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Between engaging in memes and generally pondering life, Qai Qai has embarked upon many an adventure with her human guardian, often sitting courtside at Williams’ many matches — all of it posted to the doll’s total 106K followers on Instagram and Twitter. 

And she’s made her most recent splash in Australia, at the Australian Open and Hopman Cup tennis tournaments in January, where the G.O.A.T. has been playing.

When Williams faced off against fellow tennis superstar Roger Federer when Switzerland took on the U.S. in the Hopman Cup mixed doubles in Perth, Qai Qai was there.

Arriving later in Melbourne for the Australian Open, Qai Qai left her hotel in to do a little sightseeing:

And getting that sweet sunset #content:

Travel snaps aside, Qai Qai was quickly was back in the game, even jumping behind the camera at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena:

Gearing up:

And cheering on Williams in her show-stopping, badass green romper and fishnet tights, which she donned playing Germany’s Tatjana Maria on Tuesday.

After winning the match, Williams talked about Qai Qai to reporters.

“I wanted her to have a black doll,” she said during a press conference. “Growing up, I didn’t have that many opportunities to have black dolls. And I was just thinking, like, I want her first doll to be black. And her heritage, obviously she’s mixed, she’s Caucasian and black, but I feel like that was her first doll and I said her second doll would be Caucasian.”

“I definitely want to always teach her love and teach her just basic human — humans should always have love for each other, no matter what colour they are.”

Qai Qai’s jubilant posts on tour in Australia signal a shift in mood for the characteristically nihilistic doll — for a full rundown of Qai Qai’s evolution, read our feature. 

Exactly who runs the doll”s social media accounts has been debated, but Qai Qai’s grandad and Reddit founder Ohanian basically admitted to being behind it on Twitter Wednesday, responding to a New York Post article.

Qai Qai wasn’t having a bar of it though.

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Twitter rages at a high school referee who forced a wrestler to cut off his dreads

A high school wrestler from New Jersey, facing the threat of a forfeit, had his dreadlocks cut at a wrestling meet on Wednesday, sparking outrage across the internet against the white referee that gave him the ultimatum.

A video of 120-pound Beuna Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson getting his hair cut was posted to Twitter by SNJ Today News sports director Mike Frankel. Johnson can be seen being consoled by his teammates and appears visibly upset after his overtime victory over his opponent.

While the video doesn’t show the conversation that happened prior to Johnson’s hair being cut, SNJ Today reported that the referee in question, Alan Maloney, told Johnson that the cover he had over his hair was non-compliant and that he either had to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit the match. Not wanting to give the opposing team six free team points, Johnson elected to have his hair cut above his neckline by a trainer.

Maloney has been accused of racist behavior before, having previously been called out for using a racial slur at a social gathering attended by other wrestling officials. Maloney said he didn’t remember using the slur, but never denied that he said it.

Frankel reported that coaches argued with the referee for several minutes, and only once the referee signaled for injury time to start did Johnson decide he would get his hair cut rather than forfeit.

Immediately, people who saw the video posted by Frankel began criticizing Maloney’s decision to have Johnson cut his hair as both humiliating and racist.

The ACLU of New Jersey pointed out that Maloney’s decision as a referee was discriminatory.

After the video spread, the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association said in a statement that Maloney has been temporarily suspended from officiating any events while the association reviews the incident.

“As a precautionary measure, given the degree of attention being focused on this matter, the NJSIAA will recommend to chapter officials that the referee in question not be assigned to any event until this matter has been reviewed more thoroughly in order to avoid potential distractions for the competing wrestlers,” the association said.

Fellow wrestler Jordan Burroughs shared his own reaction to the situation on Twitter, outlining his own feelings about Johnson’s decision to cut his hair for his team, but also how much it sickened him to see this display of power unfold.

Reactions online have raised questions about the referee and many other adults in the room that allowed this situation to transpire as it did.

Many took issue with the framing of the original video, in which Frankel called Johnson a team player instead of focusing on the larger social issues at hand.

Some even pointed out that other wrestlers with long hair have competed in matches with no problems. 

There are regulations for hair length and hair covers that are laid out by the National Federation of State High School Associations, but they are vague at best and only note that a legal hair covering is one that fits snugly and doesn’t prevent any legal holds.

Meanwhile, rules set out by the NJSIAA specify that hair covering should be worn at weigh-in to ensure that they are legal. Either the officials at the weigh-in didn’t properly assess Johnson’s hair cover, they decided to ignore it, or found it to comply to the regulations.

The timing of Maloney’s decision for Johnson to cut his hair or forfeit is especially interesting because this was at least a month into the regular high school wrestling season, and Johnson had already wrestled two matches without any problems. Why now?

Maloney has not been reached for comment by any publications.

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Canadian Football League player chugs a cold one in sudsy touchdown celebration

While the NFL has recently relaxed its stance on touchdown celebrations, leading to some terrific antics, the Canadian Football League still found a way to one-up its U.S. counterpart thanks to an Ottawa Redblacks player.

On Friday night, after scoring a touchdown to increase Ottawa’s lead over Toronto, Red Blacks lineman Jon Gott ran for some the stands and grabbed a beer, handed to him by his girlfriend, for one heck of a Stone Cold Steve Austin-esque celebration.

Tremendous. Take that, Lambeau Leap.

In an interview after the game (Ottawa won 24-9), Gott said he’d been thinking about doing something like this for years before adding, as a joke aimed at any league officials who may decide to fine him for the celebration, that it was just water. 

Fans on Twitter were quick to react, showering approval on Gott’s unique jubilation display.

Reports Saturday afternoon were that he would not be fined by the CFL which is a good call.

Of course, if an NFL player ever did this during a game, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s head would explode, Donald Trump would tweet about it, and the country would spend weeks consumed in a flame war about what constitutes “sportsmanship” and appropriate public behavior. 

May the light shine forever on Jon Gott’s fortune and may every beer he has be crisp and cold. 

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Red Sox fan somehow hits Yankees player with his own home run ball

Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton hit multiple home runs against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park this weekend.
Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton hit multiple home runs against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park this weekend.

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The Boston Red Sox should consider signing one of their fans that got ejected from Fenway Park on Saturday.

After New York Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run to the top of Fenway Park’s infamous Green Monster at the top of the seventh inning on Saturday, a Red Sox fan took that ball and whipped it back onto the field in protest, hitting Stanton in the arm after a hop as he rounded second base. That’s a pretty impressive feat.

Stanton, who didn’t seem to be hurt in the slightest by the ball, was impressed himself, looking up at the fans on the Green Monster and giving them a smile and a salute as he trotted his way to home base to put the Yankees up 8-2 in the second game of the teams’ final series of the regular season. The Yankees ended up winning the game 8-5.

In a post-game interview, Stanton smiled when asked about getting hit by the ball, saying that he didn’t think the fan meant to hit him and noting that home run balls from opposing teams get thrown back onto the field at Yankee Stadium all the time.

In fact, it’s not unusual for Yankee Stadium to erupt in chants of “throw it back” after someone catches a ball that the opposing team hit into the outfield stands.

After the game, Stanton posted a video on Instagram that cut the footage of the Red Sox fan with footage from the 1993 movie Rookie of the Year, which was about a child who had an unnaturally strong throwing arm after getting a freak injury.

Whether the Red Sox fan meant to hit Stanton or not, Fenway Park security later told ESPN that the fan was ejected.

The final game between the Red Sox and Yankees of the 2018 regular season kicks off on Sunday before the respective no. 1 and no. 2 teams of the American League East division head into the playoffs.

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Try not to wince watching this mascot accidentally shoot himself with a T-shirt gun

It’s probably not an awesome idea to use a T-shirt gun if you’re not absolutely sure which end the tees are meant to come out. Alas, this was the grievous mistake that led to a mascot injury last week. 

The University of Colorado’s mascot Chip the Buffalo was carted off the field during a football game against the University of New Hampshire last week after shooting a T-shirt gun in the wrong direction, according to Buzzfeed.  

Instead of sending a tee into the crowd as intended, he shot himself. Ouch. 

Chip — well, technically the person behind the Chip costume — was then carted off the field to seek medical attention. 

You can see the whole unfortunate incident unfurl in the two tweets shared by Josh Parcell and Lindsay Joy below:

Despite the mascot’s absence on the field, Colorado still beat New Hampshire, 45 to 14.

After the incident, Chip shared a photo on Twitter to let everyone know that he’s doing okay and appreciates the support.

We hope that at the very least, Chip got to keep the shirt.

[H/T: Buzzfeed]

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How to follow along as China’s derelict space station falls to Earth this weekend

A Chinese 'Long March 3B' carrier rocket blasts off in 2007.
A Chinese ‘Long March 3B’ carrier rocket blasts off in 2007.

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This weekend, a derelict Chinese space station will plummet to Earth.

While the station — named Tiangong-1 — will mostly burn up in the atmosphere when it falls to the planet, some relatively small pieces of that spacecraft may make it all the way to Earth’s surface.

However, we don’t know where those bits of orbital junk might land. Chances are, though, that it won’t be on top of your head.

In all likelihood, the bits of space debris won’t fall in any populated areas — the chance of being hit by a piece of space debris are less than 1 in 300 trillion — but we still don’t know exactly when and where Tiangong-1 will come down. 

At the moment, the best estimate is that the station will fall to Earth sometime between the morning of March 31 and the afternoon of April 1. 

That said, some intrepid trackers and space agencies are keeping a close watch on Tiangong-1 — which translates to “Heavenly Palace” — as it makes its rapid descent, so expect that estimate to be refined in the coming days. 

Here’s how to keep an eye on the falling station yourself:

Twitter

A few helpful Twitter users are keeping close tabs on  Tiangong-1’s re-entry. 

Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell has been keeping members of the public and press updated with new data showing the path of the space station for the last few weeks, and he shows no signs of slowing down now. 

The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques has also been releasing new radar images of Tiangong-1 tumbling in space, making for some interesting, if not slightly unsettling viewing. 

Marco Langbroek is also a good Twitter follow for detailed analysis about Tiangong-1 and its whereabouts. 

The European Space Agency (ESA)

The ESA has been keeping very close track of Tiangong-1 with daily updates for the past few weeks.

The space agency’s FAQ about the falling spacecraft is also pretty helpful when it comes to all of your Tiangong-1 needs, and especially for calming your nerves after seeing those radar images. 

For example, the ESA has even explained when exactly we’ll be able to predict where the space station will come down: 

Only from one day before the actual reentry will it become possible to roughly predict which ground tracks, and hence which regions on Earth, might witness the reentry.

But even then, an impact location prediction on the order [of] kilometres is, for an uncontrolled reentry, beyond current technical capabilities due to complexities of modelling the atmosphere, the dynamics of the reentering object and limitations in observing the spacecraft.

Check out the full FAQ and the agency’s tracking page for other information.

China’s space agency

The Chinese National Space Agency has also been putting out updates regarding the fate of Tiangong-1.

In all likelihood, we’ll get some kind of official confirmation from the agency that Tiangong-1 has met its fiery end, so check its website regularly.

China launched the Tiangong-1 in 2011, and since then, crews of taikonauts — China’s astronauts — have visited and performed experiments while onboard. 

The agency launched Tiangong-2 in 2016, in preparation for a large future space station that could make it to space sometime in the 2020s.

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Dude crashes Olympic skating rink wearing only a tutu and monkey sock

The men’s 1,000m speed skating event at the Winter Olympics may have been the most risqué event in Pyeongchang yet, thanks to a nearly-naked man in a tutu with a monkey pouch covering his privates. 

Nope, this is not a joke. 

With the words “PEACE + LOVE” written on his bare chest, a semi-nude streaker (quite possibly the infamous Mark Roberts) barreled down the seats of the venue and onto the ice right after the men finished competing on the ice. Thanks to this blurry footage caught by @mhj.kooij on Instagram, you can watch him land on the rink, strip down to a tutu and then fall flat on his face. 

If it is Roberts, this is now one of the hundreds of events he’s streaked. He’s bared it all in front of Super Bowl audiences and soccer game attendees for years now, so the Olympics is really just all in a day’s work.

“I’ve just had this taste for doing crazy things, mostly just to make people laugh, Roberts told The Guardian in 2015. “I love to see people smile and laugh if I do something silly or tell a joke whatever it may be.”

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir watch a montage of themselves, and it’s too much

Shut up and date already.
Shut up and date already.

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With sultry routines that’ve long threatened to melt the ice, people can’t help but egg on figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to requite their apparent love.

Following their Winter Olympics gold medal win, Virtue and Moir sat down with CBC to watch a montage of their 20-year career together on the ice. 

The pair shed tears as grabs of them talking about how proud they were of one another and images — so many images — of them embracing each other played out on screen.

C’mon and just date each other already, you guys.

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It’s not just us either — Adam Rippon and Leslie Jones thought so too. When asked about what’s the deal with their relationship by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb, Virtue gave a rather diplomatic answer to the prodding.

“That’s such a compliment that you feel that when you watch us skate. We absolutely love performing together. We love storytelling,” she said.

Their time at Pyeongchang possibly marks the end of a love story which has led them to being one of the most decorated and charismatic skating teams in the world.

Of course, they could always continue that story in another way.

[h/t Deadspin]

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Curling faces a doping scandal, yes you read this correctly

Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky faces allegations of doping.
Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky faces allegations of doping.

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It’s hardly the most physically demanding of sports, but a Russian curling athlete has left the Winter Olympics under suspicion of doping.

Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles curling event with his wife last Tuesday, has been suspected of testing positive for meldonium. 

He now awaits a test of his B sample before a ban can be implemented, a Russian official told Reuters. Used primarily to treat heart conditions, meldonium helps to increase blood flow, resulting in increased exercise capacity. 

It is the same drug that resulted in the ban of tennis star Maria Sharapova back in 2016, shortly after the World Anti-Doping Agency added the drug to its banned list.

The allegations certainly don’t help Russian sporting officials, still dealing with the consequences of its athletes participating in a state-backed doping program for years: It’s why you’re seeing its countrymen compete as Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) at the Winter Olympics.

Of course, the craziest part of this debacle is that a curling player considered doping to gain an advantage. Curling is often referred to as “chess on ice,” requiring balance and mental dexterity from players, rather than brute strength or endurance.

“We were all shocked when we found out yesterday. Of course we very much hope it was some kind of mistake,” Russian curler Viktoria Moiseeva said, as reported by the wire service, who added that the team believed Krushelnitsky was innocent.

“With us it’s not faster, higher, stronger; it’s about being more accurate. I can’t imagine what kind of drugs you could use in curling … so it’s very hard to believe.”

It’s certainly left the internet scratching their heads, too.

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