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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes record freefall jump (Video)

Crazy Felix Baumgartner set a world record by jumping from 128,097 above the Earth and breaking the sound barrier in a freefall over New Mexico on Sunday. The daredevil feat was sponsored by Red Bull and aired live online where an approximately 8 million people watched him jump from the stratosphere to Earth — a distance of about 24 miles.

Here are some of the crazy stats from the jump:

Altitude reached: 128,097

Total time from jump to landing: 9 min. 3 seconds

Freefall duration: 4 min. 19 seconds

Speed: 1137 km per hour

You can read more about all the technology used for the trip — including his pressurized suit and the stratospheric balloon — at the Red Bull Stratos site.

Below is full video of the jump:

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JJ Watt mocks discount double check after sacking Aaron Rodgers

Houston Texans defensive star JJ Watt sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night, and he made an even louder statement by mocking the MVP’s touchdown dance.

Watt muscled down Rodgers on a second-and-nine play in the first quarter of the Texans-Packers game and did the Rodgers “discount double check.” Watt pretended to throw the invisible wrestling title belt on the ground before doing a salute, which really ignited the crowd at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

If you’re wondering about Rodgers’ reaction, it probably wasn’t a bad one. He said last season that he loves when opposing players mock his touchdown dance. The two could be seen talking later in the game.

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Joe Buck takes cable car from Giants-49ers to AT&T Park for NLCS

Sunday was a day to remember for FOX announcer Joe Buck who lived out most sports fans’ dreams by getting to call a premier NFL game and MLB playoff game back-to-back.

Buck was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco for a 1:25 PM PT kickoff between the 49ers and New York Giants. After announcing the game for FOX, he traveled across the city to AT&T Park for Game 1 of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

Buck took a cable car/trolley and had the help of a police escort to travel the approximate 7-mile trip. He made it to the park in about 30 minutes and arrived in time for the first pitch.

Here’s a look at how far he had to go:

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Robinson Cano booed by Yankees fans amid postseason slump

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was booed by his home fans on Sunday amid his postseason slump.

The four-time All-Star ended the regular season as one of the hottest hitters in baseball, but he has been the exact opposite in the playoffs.

Over the final nine games of the regular season, Cano was a scorching 24-for-39 (.615) with 11 runs, 7 doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBIs to help the Yankees win the AL East. He went 2-for-8 with two doubles in the first two games of the ALDS against the Orioles, but he’s been on a record-worst streak since then.

Cano double in the first in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Orioles and has gone hitless since then. He’s a postseason record worst 0-for-26. He did have an RBI ground out in Game 4 to give the Yankees their only run that game, but that’s been it.

The slump has been so bad that Yankees fans booed Cano after he grounded out against the Tigers in the eighth during a 3-0 loss in Game 2 of the ALCS.

And here we thought Kansas City was the only time Cano was going to be booed all season. Guess we were wrong.

Umpire Jeff Nelson’s error on Omar Infante call costs Yankees (Video)

The Yankees were hurt by a brutal call during the eighth inning of ALCS Game 2 against the Tigers on Sunday that cost them two runs in a 3-0 loss.

Tigers second baseman Omar Infante was advancing from first to second on a two-out single to right by Austin Jackson. Right fielder Nick Swisher threw into second to catch Infante off the base, and Robinson Cano tagged him out. Unfortunately, second base umpire Jeff Nelson called Infante safe, keeping the inning going for Detroit.

The next better was pinch-hitter Avisail Cabrera, who blooped a single to right to score Infante and make it 2-0. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out to replace pitcher Boone Logan, and was ejected after arguing with Nelson about the awful call.

Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to score Jackson, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They eventually got out of a bases loaded jam and escaped down just 3-0, but not before the blown call cost them two runs.

Girardi was ticked off about the call after the loss.

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Kevin Love still seems irritated by contract situation with T-Wolves

Kevin Love has developed into one of the best players in the NBA, but the Timberwolves did not appear to view him that way when it came to their contract negotiations.

Love wanted a five-year contract extension from the team — the maximum they could have offered, but they offered him a four-year deal instead. They compromised on a four-year, $61 million contract agreed to in January that gives Love a player option for the fourth year.

Speaking to The Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski, Love expressed his disappointment with the Timberwolves over their contract agreement.

“I wanted them to say, ‘When people think Minnesota Timberwolves, they think Kevin Love.’ And I felt with my contract we didn’t really do that.”

Minnesota wanted to maintain payroll flexibility, and that is why they did not give him a fifth year guaranteed.

“There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes that people didn’t know about and they will never know about,” Love said. “A lot of people looked at me and said, ’Oh, he doesn’t want a four-year deal?’ No. I wanted to be the guy. I wanted to be THEIR guy. The fact that I worked as hard as I possibly could and made my mark in many different ways, even after last season, I felt I was a little bit slighted. At this point I’m past that now.”

While Love may be satisfied with some of the offseason moves the team made, it’s obvious some of these issue are still in his head. If he really were past being slighted by the contract situation, he wouldn’t be bringing it up now. He also vented in July that he had very little patience for losing in Minnesota.

You better believe that Love will leave the Timberwolves in three seasons if they don’t start winning. They will be an improved team, but can they really keep up with the Thunder or Lakers? That’s doubtful.

Chest bump to Matt Moore at Pro Basketball Talk
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Dez Bryant blows up, melts down in Cowboys loss

Dez Bryant had the type of game on Sunday that the Cowboys had been waiting for all season. And then he went out and ruined it all with a couple of terrible plays at the end.

Bryant had a career-high 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. The 95 yards were the third-highest of his career, and he matched a career high by catching two touchdowns.

But in the end, those stats didn’t matter as much as one other: a drop on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 31.

Bryant also made a boneheaded mental error at the end of the game. Dallas recovered an onside kick to give themselves another shot at winning the game. They got 20 yards on a pass interference penalty and were situated at the Ravens 34. With 26 seconds left, Dallas threw a short slant to Bryant toward the middle of the field. Bryant was taken back a few yards on the tackle from where he caught it, but he started arguing with the referee about where the ball should have been spotted. Instead of Dallas lining up to spike the ball or call timeout, Bryant spent 3-4 seconds yelling at the ref. Tony Romo couldn’t decide whether to run another play, spike the ball, or use the team’s final timeout. 20 seconds after their previous play, he finally decided to call timeout.

The Cowboys went 20 seconds between plays at a time when clock management was critical. They lost a chance to get a closer field goal attempt, and kicker Dan Bailey ended up missing a 51-yard attempt on the next play. They lost 31-29.

Once again, coach Jason Garrett makes a mistake at the end of the game. Dallas looked completely unorganized in the final 26 seconds, and it cost them the game.

Eagles reportedly will release Mike Vick if he doesn’t lead team to playoffs

Michael Vick was an MVP candidate in 2010, but that doesn’t mean he has proved himself as the franchise quarterback for the Eagles. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Eagles are expected to release the quarterback if he doesn’t lead the team to the playoffs this season.

Schefter explains that the Eagles can release Vick prior to Feb. 6 2013 and not be obligated to pay him any money, nor be faced with a salary cap hit. If he is on the roster past that date, the team reportedly would owe him $3 million of his $16 million salary.

This may come as a surprise in light of the $100-million contract Vick signed last year, but remember that NFL contracts are not guaranteed, and they are often highly complex with teams afforded different options to back out after each season.

Vick has been a turnover machine to start the season. He threw six interceptions and fumbled eight times, losing five of them through the team’s first five games. But the Eagles went 3-2, and I can easily see them reaching the postseason.

Based on how well the team felt rookie Nick Foles looked in the preseason, they probably consider the Arizona product an intriguing option.

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Jermichael Finley: Aaron Rodgers and I have chemistry issues

Jermichael Finley seems to be writing his ticket out of Green Bay.

The Packers tight end is underachieving for his second straight season, and he said during the week that he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are having chemistry issues.

“It’s OK,” Finley said to FOX Sports Wisconsin about his chemistry with Rodgers. “Not good enough at all. Something to be worked on, and try to work on it as much as I can, try to talk to him as much as I can, but like I said, it takes two people.”

Finley hurt his shoulder in Week 5 against the Colts. He was asked if he can still produce at the high level he wants despite the injury. That’s when he brought up his chemistry with Rodgers for the second time.

“I can, (but) it takes two people to do that,” Finley said. “And I need the quarterback on my side, and I need to catch the ball when he throws it to me. So it takes two things to get that going, the chemistry. I feel we need to get that going.”

This isn’t the first time Finley has said his chemistry with Rodgers was lacking. During OTAs in June, Finley said the same thing.

Finley has been considered a player with tremendous athletic ability who has been expected to break out the last few years. His stats have been above average for a tight end, but they’ve fallen short of expectations. A lot of that is due to his inconsistent hands; he’s had way too many drops. If he thinks Aaron Rodgers has less confidence in him, it’s probably because he hasn’t been a trustworthy target.

And now I have no doubt that Finley’s agent was reflecting his clients thoughts when he criticized Rodgers’ leadership ability.

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Derek Jeter has fractured ankle, out for playoffs (Video)

Derek Jeter is out for the postseason after fracturing his ankle while fielding a ground ball at short during the top of the 12th inning of ALCS Game 1 between the Yankees and Tigers on Saturday.

The Yankees shortstop was trying to field a grounder from Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta when he went down to the ground in obvious pain. He tried passing the ball to Robinson Cano to make a play, but his efforts were fruitless and Peralta reached on an infield single.

Jeter was carried off the field and replaced by Jayson Nix at shortstop. Detroit scored on the next batter to increase their lead to 6-4.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media after the game that Jeter suffered a fractured ankle on the play and that he was out for three months. Eduardo Nunez will replace Jeter on the postseason roster.

Girardi also told the media that Alex Rodriguez was not an option to replace Jeter at shortstop and that it would either be Nix or Nunez playing shortstop.

“I wouldn’t do that. It’s just been too long,” Girardi said.

Rodriguez was a Gold Glove shortstop before switching to third base when he signed with the Yankees. He’s only played shortstop five games since joining the club.

Jeter has been bothered by an ankle injury since September. He left a Sept. 12 game at Boston with a sprained ankle and served as the team’s designated hitter the next few games while trying to heal. He also hurt his left foot on Oct. 10 against the Orioles.

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