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ESPN announcer Dave Pasch mocks Kim Kardashian Twitter post with hilarious photo

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Kim Kardashian inadvertently set off a funny trend on Twitter Tuesday with a post showing off her wealth and good fortune.

Kardashian boasted about how she was able to celebrate her 40th birthday with a trip to a private island. Here was the Twitter post:

The post did not go over well for many reasons. Most notably, boasting about how great things are going for you while so many people in the world are struggling leads to resentment.

Many people mocked the post by using it as a template in which they included a funny photo.

ESPN announcer Dave Pasch had the best photo of all. He shared a picture of his broadcasting partner, Bill Walton, dressed up with a grass skirt.

That was a winner.

PFT Commenter nailed it too with an old photo of NFL coaches.

New Jersey’s Twitter account also had a winner:

Well played by all, especially Pasch.

Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings draws attention for mask posts on Instagram

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Olympic great Kerri Walsh Jennings is drawing attention for two recent posts on Instagram.

Walsh Jennings, 43, teamed with Misty May-Treanor to win three Olympic gold medals during her beach volleyball career. She continues to compete in beach volleyball and was aiming to qualify for the 2020 Olympics until the coronavirus pandemic interfered.

Over the weekend, Walsh Jennings received attention for her thoughts on the government and society’s response to the pandemic. She wrote two posts on Instagram about the subject.

The first post advocated for people to get back to life and improve their health to best combat the virus. The part of her post that irritated many readers was when she said she went shopping without a mask.

Here was her first post, which was shared on Sunday:

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Twitter Bitcoin hack results in verified accounts being unable to send tweets

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A massive Twitter hack directing users to supply Bitcoin to an account broke out on Wednesday, leading to the social media service to prevent some activity from verified accounts.

The hack appeared to involve some gaining access to the Twitter accounts of high-profile people and sending tweets from those accounts asking for Bitcoin donations as part of an apparent scam.

The accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett were targeted, among a list of others.

Twitter acknowledged the issue and said that some accounts would be unable to tweet in the meantime.

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.

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Sofia Vergara buys Barry Bonds’ former mansion near Beverly Hills for $26 million

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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.

Bonds is MLB’s all-time leader in home runs (762) and walks (2,558). Vergara is best known for her starring role on the hit TV show “Modern Family.”

Gymnastics world mourns death of Kurt Thomas, first US male gymnast to win world championship gold medal

Kurt Thomas

The gymnastics world is mourning the death of Kurt Thomas, who was the first U.S. male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal.

Thomas died at the age of 64 on Saturday, nearly two weeks after suffering a stroke on May 24 caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem, according to the AP.

“Yesterday, I lost my universe, my best friend and my soulmate of 24 years. Kurt lived his life to the extreme, and I will be forever honored to be his wife,” Beckie Thomas told International Gymnast Magazine.

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:

Lance Armstrong not sure if his PED use caused his cancer

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong recently offered an interesting answer about whether his performance-enhancing drug use caused his cancer.

Armstrong is the subject of a new documentary called “Lance” that is being aired by ESPN. In the documentary, Armstrong is asked whether he thinks he got cancer from his doping.

“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.

The answer from Armstrong is quite notable. Back in 2013, when he first finally publicly admitted to doping on Oprah, Lance said he did not think his PED use caused his cancer. Now he either has changed his mind or is being more honest with himself and the public.

Lance Armstrong investigator shares why he was not involved in documentary

Lance Armstrong

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.

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.

Video: The Mountain from ‘Game of Thrones’ sets world deadlift record

Hafthor Bjornsson

The beast known as “The Mountain” from “Game of Thrones” is every bit as strong as he looks.

Hafthor Bjornsson set a world record on Saturday by deadlifting 1,104 pounds. Take a look at this incredible feat.

Bjornsson, who first deadlifted 1,025 pounds before moving up in weight, says he could have done even more!

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.”

This ESPN 30 for 30 mock promo of Michael Scott playing basketball is fantastic

Michael Scott basketball

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.

They’re right: the greatest Michael wasn’t Jordan. It was Michael Scott.

Too bad Michael Scott never learned the real lesson: don’t sleep on Kevin on the basketball court. His jumper is nice.

Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is no longer only affecting humans.

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, National Geographic’s Natasha Daly reports. The tiger is believed to be the first known animal in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus, and several other animals at the zoo have been showing symptoms.

New York has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other region of the U.S. New York had more than 122,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon, which accounts for roughly one-third of the cases in the entire country.

There have been studies that suggest cats can contract COVID-19, and tigers and lions are obviously part of that family. Research is still limited, but Sunday’s development is a new type of concern related to the disease.