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Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in UFC record 14 seconds (Video)

For the second straight fight, Ronda Rousey won her UFC bout in a matter of seconds. This time it was a world record for Rousey.

Rousey needed just 14 seconds to defeat Cat Zingano Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles as she won by her patented armbar. Zingano came out attacking with a flying knee, which turned out to be a huge mistake. Rousey avoided the strike, they flipped twice, and Rousey ended up on top of Zingano. Rousey needed just a few seconds to crank the arm so quickly that Zingano tapped out.

Rousey, who is now 11-0 in her professional career, has won 10 of her 11 fights in the first round, including eight in the first minute. Her 14-second submission finish ties for the second-fastest submission finish in UFC history, and is the fastest finish in UFC title fight history.

Much like Miesha Tate in her first fight with Rousey, Zingano made the mistake of being overly aggressive. She is talented enough to hang with Rousey otherwise, but she made a desperate move early on and paid the price.

Zingano forgot the cardinal rule when facing Rousey: Always protect your arm.

12 Life Lessons from Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers was a television host, a writer and, perhaps most importantly, a neighbor.

In the early 1960s, he used his talents as a minister, a songwriter and an educator to create a children’s show that he truly believed would benefit all. Mister Rogers debuted on local Pittsburgh public broadcast channel WQED and expanded nationwide as Mister Rogers Neighborhood in 1966. More than 800 episodes aired over 40 years.

Most people who were alive between 1970 and 2000 were in some way influenced by the gentle words and helpful teachings of Mister Rogers.

To honor the memory of the kind-hearted man who welcomed viewers into the living room of his television home, here are 12 inspiring quotes from Mister Rogers that everyone should be living by:

  1. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
  2. “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
  3. “Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front-and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”
  4. “We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.”
  5. “The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of others.”
  6. “In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of — moments when we human beings can say ‘I love you,’ ‘I’m proud of you,’ ‘I forgive you,’ ‘I’m grateful for you.’ That’s what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff.”
  7. “When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”
  8. “There are three ways to ultimate success:
    The first way is to be kind.
    The second way is to be kind.
    The third way is to be kind.”
  9. “There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”
  10. “There’s no ‘should’ or ‘should not’ when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.”
  11. “Most of us, I believe, admire strength. It’s something we tend to respect in others, desire for ourselves, and wish for our children. Sometimes, though, I wonder if we confuse strength with other words—like ‘aggression’ and even ‘violence’. Real strength is neither male nor female; but it is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that a human being can possess.”
  12. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

Leonard Nimoy Explains the Origins of Mr. Spock’s Famous Vulcan Greeting Hand Gesture on ‘Star Trek’

In 2014, actor Leonard Nimoy, who sadly passed away yesterday, explained to the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project how his idea for Mr. Spock‘s Vulcan hand gesture came about during a Jewish ceremony, how he incorporated the greeting into the Star Trek series and how it quickly became an international symbol throughout the world.

5 or 6 guys got up on the bimah – the stage in front of the congregation. The get their tallit over their heads and they start this chanting, I think it’s called Dukhanen, and my father said “don’t look”. So everybody’s got their eyes covered with their hands, their tallit over their faces or turned away, turned their back to these guys and I hear this strange sound coming from them. They’re not singers, they were shouters and dissonant – it was all discordant. …It was chilling, something major is happening here, so I peeked. And I saw them with their hands stuck out from beneath their tallit like this toward the congregation and I thought “wow”.

Here’s the full 2014 interview during which Leonard Nimoy speaks Yiddish and tells the story of his family origins.

Astronauts Bid A Fond Farewell to Leonard Nimoy, Noting the Profound Effect That Mr. Spock Made on Their Lives

NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Fincke and ESA European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano bid a touching farewell to actor Leonard Nimoy, each noting the profound effect that his famous Star Trekcharacter Mr. Spock had on the lives of scientists, engineers and astronauts around the world.

And as we at NASA along with our international partners explore the moon, Mars and beyond, will take the spirit and energy that Leonard brought to his character Mister Spock along with us -Live Long and Prosper


Rangers shut down Edgar Olmos due to shoulder impingement

The Rangers recently picked up pitcher Edgar Olmos on a waiver claim from the Mariners, but they’ll have to shut him down. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the left-hander has a shoulder impingement.

Olmos, 25 in April, has had a busy offseason. In November, he went to the Mariners from the Marlins on a waiver claim, then was picked up by the Rangers earlier this week. And now he’ll be on the disabled list.

Olmos made his major league debut in 2013 but racked up only five innings. He spent last season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, compiling an aggregate 4.06 ERA with a 60/30 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings across 51 relief appearances. Olmos has a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s and certainly could become a useful reliever if he can stay healthy.

The Pittsburgh Pirates issued a statement about “Jihadi John” wearing their cap

We live in weird times.

This . . .


Leads to this official statement from the Pittsburgh Pirates:

“The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride,” the statement read. “It is absolutely sickening to everyone within the Pirates organization, and to our great fans, to see this murderer wearing a Pirates cap in this old photo.”

I’m not going to go back and check, but I am fairly confident this is the first time since the advent of baseball that a club has felt the need to distance itself from an actual terrorist like this.


Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek’, dead at 83

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film’s most revered cult series.

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Rajon Rondo reportedly ‘extremely unlikely’ to re-sign with Mavericks

Rajon Rondo was suspended for Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, which came in the wake of at least two heated exchanges that the Dallas Mavericks point guard had with head coach Rick Carlisle. Will the tension ultimately lead to the end of their working relationship?

Tim MacMahon of reports that Rondo is “extremely unlikely” to re-sign with the Mavericks when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Apparently the disagreements between Rondo and Carlisle have had to do with who should be calling offensive plays. Rondo believes his track record speaks for itself and that he should be able to call plays as the team’s point guard, while Carlisle — one of the best offensive minds in the game — has been hesitant to give a player who has been with him for less than one season that much control.

MacMahon notes that Carlisle had similar issues with Jason Kidd several years ago, though never quite as public as the spat between Rondo and Carlisle. The Mavs went on to win an NBA Championship a few years later with Carlisle and Kidd working together.

Dallas gave up a first-round pick, a second-round pick and three players for Rondo. Mark Cuban and company would not have given up that much for a one-season rental, but it’s hard to ignore the shouting match Rondo and Carlisle had on the court earlier this week.  The tension apparently spilled over into the locker room area after the game.

On Wednesday, Carlisle admitted that his communication with Rondo needs to improve.

“The incident last night was born in large part out of poor communication between him and I,” he said. “That’s on both of us. We had a long talk about the situation today, and we both agreed that we need to communicate more frequently.”

It has long been rumored that Rondo did not get along with Doc Rivers and was one of the reasons Rivers ultimately chose to leave the Boston Celtics. The veteran guard certainly isn’t one of the more coachable players in the NBA.