Review Category : National Sports

California Dog Crushes World Record as Fastest Runner on Two Front Paws

Guiness Book of World Records(TUSTIN, CA) — A pooch named Konjo has crushed the Guinness World Record for the fastest 5 meters on front paws by a dog, surpassing her predecessor Jiff the Pomeranian by an impressive 5.37 seconds.

“Konjo has claimed the title with a time of 2.39 sec, smashing Jiff’s record of 7.76 sec,” Guinness confirmed. “The attempt took place at Tustin Sports Park, Tustin, California, USA on 22 December 2014.”

Owner Julia Pasternack told Guinness she was confident about her pup’s ability when she entered a claim for Konjo’s attempt at the record.

“My dog, Konjo, will break the recently added record of fastest dog on two paws,” Pasternack wrote to the organization. “Baby Konjo, as she is so lovingly called, is a very special 2 pound Papillon/Chihuahua mix who walks on her front paws on a daily basis at a speed that already does surpass the existing title holder.”

Pasternack added that Konjo first started running on her front paws, naturally, when she was a puppy.

“My theory as to why she started doing this is that her center of mass resides primarily in the front, allowing her better balance,” she said. “Her smaller stature probably makes her more agile.”

Jiff the Pomeranian was the very first dog to hold the record in August 2014, until Guinness’ announcement of Konjo’s achievement on Thursday.

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Report: Cavaliers Shopping Brendan Haywood’s Contract

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Brendan Haywood’s future with the Cleveland Cavaliers may be up in the air.

Sources tell ESPN that the team is shopping the center’s $10.5 million contract in an effort to upgrade the Cavs’ roster following their loss in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

In some cases, the Cavaliers are also offering Haywood’s contract with their pick in the NBA draft, the sources say.

“The Cavs have tested the market in swapping Haywood either for a player or a future draft pick, sources said,” ESPN reports. “On their wish list is a facilitating guard they can bring in to either back up or play alongside Kyrie Irving.”

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MLB Has Thrown Out Up to 65 Million All-Star Game Ballots

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Royals were last year’s American League Champions so it’s expected that some of the team’s players will likely make the MLB All-Star Game roster. But should eight of the starting nine players for the American League be from the Royals?

That’s how the lineup is shaping up with less than two weeks left until voting closes on July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Major League Baseball is suspicious of the results and has thrown out up to 65 million votes of the more than 300 million cast so far in the online ballot box.

“I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman told Yahoo Sports. “But it’s between 60 and 65 million votes that have been canceled. We don’t really trumpet it because if someone thinks they’re getting away with it, they’ll try to again.”

Royals manager Ned Yost, who is managing the American League team, is urging fans of other teams to stuff the ballot box.

“Vote. Vote. Vote,” he said. “And not only Royals fans. Indians fans. Houston fans. Angels fans. Vote. That’s what it’s there for. Get out and vote.”

The 86th All-Star Game will take place July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The winning league will get home field advantage in the World Series.

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Sprint Cup Series Off This Weekend; XFINITY Series at Chicagoland

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sprint Cup drivers have Father’s Day weekend off. They’ll return to the track on June 28, when Sonoma Raceway in California hosts the Toyota – Save Mart 350.

Kevin Harvick is the current points leader. He has a 15-point edge over Martin Truex Jr.

You can still get your NASCAR fix this weekend with XFINITY Series action. The Owens Corning AttiCat 300 will be held Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Fox Sports 1’s coverage of the race begins at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/18/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 2, Baltimore 1
Minnesota 2, St. Louis 1
Houston 8, Colorado 4
San Diego 3, Oakland 1
L.A. Angels 7, Arizona 1
N-Y Yankees 9, Miami 4
Tampa Bay 5, Washington 3
Toronto 7, N-Y Mets 1
Boston 5, Atlanta 2
Kansas City 3, Milwaukee 2
Pittsburgh 3, Chi White Sox 2
Cleveland 4, Chi Cubs 3
San Francisco 7, Seattle 0
L.A. Dodgers 1, Texas 0
Detroit at Cincinnati (postponed)

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Deflategate Football Up for Auction

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Now’s your chance to own a little piece of Deflategate history.

According to ESPN, a ball used by the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game was consigned to Lelands.com, an online auction house. The auction will close July 17 for the company’s summer auction.

The owners, Laura and Matt Nichols, told ESPN the ball was handed to them by Patriots Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell in the third quarter of a the January 18 game. At first they said they didn’t think it was a Deflategate ball, but an NFL-commissioned report by Ted Wells said the 12 balls used in the first half of the game were re-inflated in the second half.

The Patriots fans who were married last year told ESPN they would rather have the money than having the ball “sit on some shelf in their house.”

Lelands.com has set the lowest bid allowed for the ball at $25,000.

“This is a ‘wow’ type of collectible,” Joshua Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands.com, told ESPN. “This is one of the best conversation pieces that has ever been sold.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/17/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE:

Baltimore 6, Philadelphia 4

N.Y. Yankees 2, Miami 1

Tampa Bay 5, Washington 0

Toronto 8, N.Y. Mets 0

Atlanta 5, Boston 2

Chicago Cubs 17, Cleveland 0

Kansas City 10, Milwaukee 2

Pittsburgh 3, Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 3, St. Louis 1

Houston 8, Colorado 4

Cincinnati 8, Detroit 4

Arizona 3, L.A. Angels 2

Oakland 16, San Diego 2

Seattle 2, San Francisco 0

Texas 5, L.A. Dodgers 3

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It’s ‘Hammer Time’ with 15-Year-Old Golfer Cole Hammer at the US Open

iStock/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash.) — Cole Hammer might look like your average teen, but the soon-to-be high school sophomore is about to make golf history. At 15, the young Texan is the third-youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Thanks to a recent growth spurt, Hammer is now all of 5-foot-9 and 125 pounds, but he still has parental supervision: His dad, Gregg, moonlights as Hammer’s caddy. The teen may not be old enough to get behind the wheel yet, but he’s definitely driving with the big boys.

“Playing with all these pros … I mean, you see them on TV. You kind of look up to them so you know it’s really cool to be able to play with them, hit balls next to them,” Hammer told reporters after practice this week. “Hitting next to Rory [McIlroy], that’s pretty special for me being 15 to come out here and playing against all these guys. It’s a dream come true.”

Hammer even got to play a practice round with his idol, Masters champion Jordan Spieth.

“I’ve always wanted to play with Jordan,” he said of the opportunity. “I think it’s going to be really, really cool, really fun.”

Spieth has noticed the up-and-comer himself.

“I think it’s amazing that he’s here,” Spieth said. “He’s had a smile on his face every moment that I’ve seen him.”

But even Spieth did not accomplish at 15 what this prodigy is poised to do. Neither did McIlroy or Tiger Woods. So, whether he makes the final cut, “Hammer Time,” as people call him, has come.

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NBA Finals Ratings Break Post Michael Jordan Record

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is the most watched series since 1998, Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls.

The series averaged 19.94 million viewers on ABC, breaking the post-Jordan finals record of an average of 18.9 million viewers that was garnered by the 2001 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reports.

The 2015 Finals averaged more than double the viewership of the 2007 Finals, LeBron’s first ever final.

That series against the San Antonio Spurs averaged 9.3 million viewers, the least watched championship series in TV history.

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Sen. Nelson Does Pushups over Stanley Cup Wager

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — It’s not every day you see one Senator doing pushups on another’s office floor.

But that’s exactly what happened Wednesday as Florida Sen. Bill Nelson paid off the debt he owed Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin as part of their friendly Stanley Cup wager – Nelson’s Tampa Bay Lightning lost to Durbin’s Chicago Blackhawks.

Nelson was only supposed to do 23 pushups – the total number of goals scored during the final series – but he upped the ante to double that, 46, in order to avoid going to Tampa to buy Durbin the Cuban sandwiches that were also part of the wager.

It was quite a sight – Nelson, in shirtsleeves, down on the Persian carpet in Durbin’s elegant office, dropping and giving him 46, with Durbin counting along.

“Thank God that you lost and I did! They’d take me out on a stretcher!” Durbin said after Nelson finished paying out his side of the bet.

Nelson, 72, is a former astronaut and in good shape. He regaled reporters before his pushups that he used to be able to do many more when he was training in NASA.

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