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4 visually impaired Paralympians finished the 1500m final with times that would have won Olympic gold
On Sunday, at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Abdellatif Baka of Algeria and three other visually impaired runners ran the 1500m T13 final seconds faster than the Olympic gold medalist who ran the same race in Rio. Baka set a new Paralympic world record of 3:48.29; his brother Fouad’s 1500m time of 3.49.84 was faster than that of Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz, but earned him only a fourth-place finish in the Paralympic 1500m.
Distance races vary in pace — and this year’s Olympic 1500m was slower than most — but the comparison between the two races still helps shine a light on just how impressive these Paralympians are.
Here’s the final result for the first five runners:
Here’s what Baka had to say after winning gold, per the official Rio 2016 website:
“It wasn't easy to get this gold medal,” said Baka. “I’ve been working one or two years non-stop and it’s been very, very hard for me,” said Baka.
(h/t Huffington Post)
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Adrian Beltre is a very good baseball player with several above average skills, but this is the best one.
This seems more or less impossible, but he does it all the time. Maybe he should just start out on one knee. Of course, that would probably take this work of art out of the equation, so he can stick with what he's been doing.
So many good dogs. There are Guinness World Records for just about everything, including the number of dogs to attend a sporting event. No really, that’s an actual record. And now the Chicago White Sox hold it.
The White Sox held a dog night on Tuesday and encouraged as many canines as possible to attend in an attempt to set the world record. They succeeded when a whopping 1,122 dogs showed up.
In writing! pic.twitter.com/YGVYATZSKx— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
That is a lot of very good dogs. We unfortunately don’t have pictures of all 1,122, but let’s instead enjoy a sampling of the good dogs who helped make the record happen.
These are good dogs.
Some of the #SoxDogs in attendance for #BarkinthePark tonight. pic.twitter.com/tAR3CdBN90— CSN Chicago (@CSNChicago) September 14, 2016
Same with these.
#SoxDogs pic.twitter.com/nqDvWtFyc0— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
Definitely some good dogs here.
So. Many. Dogs. #SoxDogs pic.twitter.com/XW2cObmiem— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
#SoxDogs pic.twitter.com/mXJr4sVX2T— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
Bandit is such a good dog.
Best @whitesox game of the year is here! Bandit can't wait to enjoy the game & a hotdog #BarkAtThePark pic.twitter.com/fpCIZRWSrh— ktkat (@bpsoxgal) September 13, 2016
Very good dog.
Someone is ready for her first @whitesox game! pic.twitter.com/QVrVkLCBNf— Zavala (@Zavala5) September 13, 2016
Jaxon is ready for @whitesox Bark at The Park! pic.twitter.com/ItO98zSQ9b— Sarah henneke (@Soxgrl05) September 13, 2016
Some good dogs wore tutus.
When you look good in your tutu: pic.twitter.com/Ev0uR5p61b— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
Other good dogs wore hats.
pic.twitter.com/4nBVehJ8yA— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
This good dog wore some sunglasses.
pic.twitter.com/p6KExdEZtB— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
What a great dog.
pic.twitter.com/Dl1SBtf4Ra— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 14, 2016
Congrats to the White Sox on their record. And congrats to all those dogs on being so good.
Ooooooo, shiny. I have personal credo: chrome helmets are always good. Therefore these new Louisville lids are good.
We will be debuting our new red chrome helmets this Saturday for @CollegeGameDay! pic.twitter.com/dqTp0atc0m— Louisville Equipment (@UofLEquipment) September 14, 2016
You may think to yourself, “Yeah but it’s still a bird with teeth.” Sure, you’re right, but it’s a shiny bird with teeth. That’s important, especially with the youngsters watching the game in person or on TV thinking to themselves, “I’d love to go to Louisville and wear something like that and play in a big game like this against a big team.”
You are not them. You are probably a few years, if not decades, removed from that age. You are not the target audience. These are also much better than Louisville’s last two alternate helmets as well, so props for that, UL.
You may remember the very, very angry bird the Cards sported on their noggins last season. And who among us can’t recall the matte camo lookin’ things that they wore the last time they played FSU, a loss due in large part due to the zombie magic quality of Jameis Winston in 2014.
These are certain to shine in the afternoon sun when Louisville takes on Florida State Saturday.
Our panel of experts is unanimous in its faith that the Cardinals will get back in the win column this week. They're more divided over the Cowboys and a few others. It's hard to pick games for the opening week of the season. You don't have anything to go on other than the depth chart and whatever precedent carried over from the year before. Plus, it takes some teams more time than others to shake off the offseason rust (looking at you, Arizona Cardinals).
So major props to our panel of experts here. Nobody finished the week with a losing record, even the computer came in at a healthy 9-7. The big winner was Joel "The Blog Father" Thorman. I'm not sure what his secret is, but he wiped the floor with the rest of us, going 12-4 with his Week 1 picks. What really set him apart was that he was the ONLY person on the panel to pick the Patriots to beat the Cardinals last week.
Joel broke with the pack again this week, making the Colts his underdog team, while everyone else is going with the Broncos. Most sportsbooks have the Broncos as six-point favorites. And our picks are straight up, not against the spread. Joel's really going out on a limb here, but maybe he's onto something.
There's not a lot of consensus among the picks for Week 2. Everyone is taking the Raiders to beat the Falcons, the Cardinals to beat the Bucs and the Panthers to prevail over the 49ers. All of those look like very reasonable, very safe choices for your survivor pool. If there's an upset in that bunch it might be the Buccaneers, albeit a longshot.
The toughest game to pick when you compare the two teams side-by-side is Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Both teams are very complete from top to bottom, both can score a ton of points, and they also have a knack for beating the living hell out of each other.
As a reminder, because we do our picks so early in the week, our panel gets the chance to make a couple re-picks on Thursday, based on late developments. Last week, we only had one person re-pick a game: Fooch flipping from the Titans to the Vikings, very prescient.
I suspect everyone will be watching the status of Russell Wilson. Pete Carroll has said that the Seahawks starting quarterback wasn't dealing with anything serious, but that was a painful ankle injury he suffered last week.
The Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets will both try to pick up their first win on Thursday in a matchup too close to call at the sportsbooks. The Buffalo Bills are a perfect 5-0 straight up and against the spread in their last five games against the New York Jets. The Bills will try to pick up a sixth straight win over their division rivals this Thursday night at home.
Buffalo and New York are going off as a pick 'em at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Both games between Buffalo and New York had the same final score in 2015, with the Bills coming out on top 22-17.
No team had fewer yards on offense in their season opener last week than the Buffalo Bills, who with just 95 passing yards and 65 rushing yards accumulated only 160 yards in a 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
With that road loss, the Bills fell to 0-5 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games on the road. This week's return home could help Buffalo as the Bills are 4-0 SU and ATS in their last four games at New Era Field.
The Bills have also played well coming off a loss recently with an 8-3 SU and ATS record in their last 11 games following a loss per the OddsShark NFL Database. Buffalo is 19-6 ATS in its last 15 games played in Week 2.
Betting Line / Total: Buffalo PK / 40.5 Points
Trend: The Jets are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games against the Bills.
Trend: The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Bills' last 14 games as home favorites.
The Jets held the lead through most of their season-opening game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds left on the clock gave the Bengals a 23-22 road win.
On the bright side for the Jets, offseason free agent acquisition Matt Forte seemed to fit well in the offense, rushing for 96 yards and catching five passes for 59 yards. The passing defense will need to be better this week after giving up 366 yards through the air on Sunday. New York is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven Week 2 games.
Thursday night's total is set at 40.5 points. The UNDER is 3-0 in the last three games between these two teams.
With the New England Patriots seemingly in good hands with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, neither of these teams can likely afford to fall to 0-2 in the AFC East. Plenty will be on the line for both of these teams as they fight for an important spot in the win column.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 8:25 p.m. ET
Where: New Era Field, Buffalo, N.Y.
Jets at Bills OddsShark Matchup Report