The significance of a hack of this magnitude is massive. If the security for this many high-profile accounts can be breached, it signifies that Twitter has massive work to do to ensure the protection of its users.
The sports and entertainment world collided through a real estate transaction recently.
Famed TV star Sofia Vergara and her husband Joe Manganiello recently purchased a mansion in Beverly Park, Calif. for $26 million. The home they purchased was the longtime estate of 7-time MVP Barry Bonds.
Bonds originally bought the 1.85-acre estate for $8.7 million in 2002 and sold it for $26.5 million in 2016. Vergara and Manganiello’s purchase price was lower than the original $30 million listing price for the property in October.
The main house on the estate has 7 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms. There is a two-story pool house and sport court on the estate.
Thomas was born in Miami and went to college at Indiana State, where he was a five-time NCAA champion and led them to the 1977 national championship. He went on to compete on an international stage, representing the U.S. at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1978, he won gold in the floor exercise at the world championships, becoming the first U.S. male gymnast to do so. Thomas won gold again in the floor exercise at the 1979 world championship and added gold in the horizontal bar that year too.
Thomas won three gold medals, three silvers, and two bronzes at the world championships during his gymnastics career; two silvers and two bronzes at the Pan American Games; and three golds in the American Cup.
Thomas was the pioneer of the famous “Thomas Flair” move on the pommel horse and the “Thomas salto” in the floor exercise. He also starred in the 1985 movie “Gymkata.”
Here are some of the tributes he received online from those in the gymnastics community:
All of us in the gymnastics family are sadden ,shocked and devastated by the passing of our own
Kurt Thomas was truly a one-of-a-kind gymnast and teammate. I loved sharing a page in gymnastics history with him, but love what he taught me about hard work and toughness even more. He could be a cocky son-of-a-gun but his heart was pure gold! Rest in peace, Kurt. pic.twitter.com/j45BL9Mkxt
Kurt Thomas was a fierce rival, who went on to become a cherished friend. Proud to have been your teammate! Sending hugs to his wife Beckie, his children, Hunter, Kassidy and Kurt as well as the entire gymnastics community, who lost a true pioneer today. RIP @3XGoldpic.twitter.com/xKAYknen94
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Armstrong answered. “And I don’t want to say no because I don’t think that’s right, either. I don’t know if it’s yes or no, but I certainly wouldn’t say no.
“The only thing I will tell you is the only time in my life that I ever did growth hormone was the 1996 season [before being diagnosed with moderate to advanced cancer in October 1996]. So just in my head, I’m like, ‘growth, growing, hormones and cells.’ Like, if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn’t it make sense that if anything bad is there, that it, too, would grow?”
Armstrong began training with controversial trainer Michele Ferrari in late 1995, and that’s when he began using erythropoetin (EPO), which increases red blood cells. A former teammate says Armstrong told a doctor in 1996 that he used growth hormone, cortisone, EPO, steroids and testosterone.”
Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer in October 1996. By the time doctors examined him, they found out the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, lungs, brain, and abdomen. Armstrong underwent surgery and chemotherapy to remove and treat the cancer. By February 1997, he was declared cancer-free.
Armstrong resumed his professional cycling career and later won seven straight Tour de Frances from 1999-2005.
ESPN has followed its success with “The Last Dance” documentary series on Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls by airing a two-part documentary on Lance Armstrong. The documentary, directed by Marina Zenovich, examines the rise and fall of Armstrong.
Jeff Novitzky played a role in investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs by Armstrong’s cycling teams but did not participate in the documentary. Novitzky told The Athletic’s Greg Rosenstein that he turned down the chance to help the documentary because Armstrong was involved.
ESPN will air a documentary on the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong tonight.@JeffNovitzkyUFC, who had a major part in bringing Armstrong to justice for doping, tells me he turned down repeated requests by the director to help.
"Not interested if Lance is playing a role in it."
Novitzky is 52 and became known for leading the IRS’ BALCO investigation that blew the lid on the use of steroids by Barry Bonds and other athletes, like Jason Giambi, Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and Bill Romanowski. He later got involved in the Armstrong case and helped bring down the cyclist, who lied for years about being clean.
Novitzky now works for the UFC as the Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance.
Bjornsson’s 501kg deadlift attempt was set to take place at the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman in Bahrain, but that event was canceled. Instead, World’s Ultimate Strongman partnered with ESPN and televised Bjornsson’s lifting attempt from Reykjavik, Iceland, where The Mountain is from.
“It’s an honor to be able to help bring the sport of strongman forward during such unsure and unprecedented times,” Bjornsson previously said.
In addition to weightlifting, Bjornsson is a former basketball player and has had a few acting credits beyond his regular role on “Game of Thrones.”
On the eve when ESPN released the highly-anticipated “The Last Dance” documentary, it was a surprising “Michael” who stole the show on social media.
ESPN’s 30 for 30 Twitter account tweeted a mock promo for a documentary about Michael Scott, who played the legendary boss in “The Office.” The clip shows Michael’s clumsy attempts to play basketball in episode 5 of season 1 of the show.