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The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

Groundbreaking Columbia law school study sets out in shocking detail the flaws that led to Carlos DeLuna's execution in 1989<p>• Highlights from our Reddit discussion with Ed Pilkington and James Liebman<p>A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold …

Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male <i>and</i> female players. …

The Private Life of George Harrison

Preview pictures from 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'<p>The new issue of <i>Rolling Stone</i>, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All …

Trends

The Five Best Exercises You're Not Doing

As an athlete you train to be bigger, faster, and stronger for that competitive edge. Sure, your classic exercises like the bench press, squat, and …

Health

12 Thrilling Facts About Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video

The real stories behind the King of Pop's spooky mini-movie<p>Michael Jackson's video for "Thriller" was released nearly 30 years ago, on December 2nd, …

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Lakers Set to Pay Kobe Bryant Whopping $24 Million Lump Sum on Friday

How's your Friday looking? It doesn't matter, because Kobe Bryant's weekend will start far better than any of yours.<p>The <i>LA Times'</i> Eric Pincus reports the Lakers are set to part with a sizable amount for their star guard who continues to heal from offseason surgery.<p>Negotiated as part of his specific …

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin put on an incredible 35-second dunk extravaganza last night

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined to make 35 seconds of the most entertaining basketball of the entire three-day old season on Thursday. The duo strung together three consecutive alley-oops on the utterly shell-shocked Golden State Warriors in the third quarter.<p>First this happened …<p>Then this …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant Gets A $24 Million Check Today Because Of A Quirk In His Contract

The Los Angeles Lakers star will receive 80% of his $30.5 million salary today in one lump sum payment today, Eric Pincus of the LA Times reports.<p>That means he'll get a check for $24,363,044.<p>NBA players typically get paid bi-weekly during the season, but they have the right to negotiate a different …

Kobe Bryant

Germany adopts third gender law

Germany has become Europe's first country to introduce a third gender by allowing babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.<p>The new law gives parents an option of leaving gender section blank on birth certificate, creating a category in public …

Kevin Durant Talks About the Nike KD 6 "Peanut Butter & Jelly" | Video

Author:<p>John Kim<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>69<p>69<p>SHARES<p>If there's anything we've come to expect from Kevin Durant's signature Nike shoes, it's a deeply …

adidas Crazy Ghost – Officially Unveiled

Author:<p>John<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>0<p>0<p>SHARES<p>During the upcoming NBA season, a trio of up and comers playing on three different teams — Harrison …

adidas Basketball Presents All-New NBA On-Court Collection For 2013 Season

Author:<p>John<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>4<p>4<p>SHARES<p>The NBA season is set to tip off on October 29th, and when the teams emerge from the tunnel they’ll be …

NBA news roundup: Derrick Rose out with knee soreness; Al Jefferson, Tyler Zeller hurt

A couple of big man are going to be on the shelf for a while, but Anthony Bennett and Victor Oladipo gave NBA fans plenty of reasons to smile Friday night.<p>Derrick Rose will not play Saturday afternoon in Brazil because he's suffering from left knee soreness, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. …

Trey Burke injury: Jazz rookie suffers broken finger

In Utah's preseason loss to the Clippers in Salt Lake on Saturday, the Jazz's starting point guard Trey Burke broke his finger. He is out indefinitely.<p>Trey Burke, the lottery pick Utahans hope will be the next great Jazz point guard, broke his index finger on his right hand in the first quarter of …

NBA preseason schedule: Knicks vs. Celtics headline Wednesday's action

Despite it being just an exhibition, the marquee matchup of the Wednesday's preseason is an old classic with plenty of compelling stories.<p>The New York Knicks will square off against the Boston Celtics in their preseason opener at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday night as …

Andre Drummond, the monster that had draftnicks fooled

It's only been one year, but Andre Drummond is making his detractors during the 2012 NBA Draft look silly. How does he build on his highlight-filled rookie year?<p>Maybe the problem with Andre Drummond was that he always made it look too easy.<p>Dummond entered the 2012 draft with the type of measurables …

Ersan Ilyasova injury: Bucks forward suffers sprained ankle in preseason opener

The Bucks forward will undergo more tests on Wednesday.<p>Ersan Ilyasova suffered a sprained right ankle in the Milwaukee Bucks' preseason opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Initial X-rays taken at the arena showed that there was no fracture, but the forward will undergo further …

4 players who probably shoot too many three-pointers

Of the 25 guys who shot the most threes in the league last year, only four shot below league average from long-range. This is why they should probably shoot less. Plus: Chris Mullin gives us an All-Star idea and the Philippines are wonderful.<p>The league as a whole hit 35.9 percent of the …

Amar'e Stoudemire hoping to be ready for Knicks' season opener

The Knicks big man is ramping up his workouts and has expressed optimism about returning in time for the start of the regular season.<p>New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire has increased his workload as he continues to rehab from a July knee surgery, and he hopes to be ready by the regular-season …

Samford adds 7-year-old with rare illness to its basketball roster

The Samford University men’s basketball team added a new member this weekend, 7-year-old Nathaniel “Biggie” Henderson. Henderson suffers from CLOVES, a rare syndrome with fewer than 100 diagnosed cases. Henderson signed a national letter-of-intent in the Samford press room, and joined his new …

College Basketball

Rajon Rondo: Why would I want out?

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said that he is embracing the challenge of a rebuild and hopes to aid the team in that process.<p>Rondo, speaking …

NBA

What Russell Westbrook injury means to OKC Thunder

The path to an NBA title just got a whole lot harder for the Oklahoma City Thunder — again.<p>More than five months after point guard Russell Westbrook tore the meniscus in his right knee at the start of the Thunder's playoff run, he had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee Tuesday morning and is …

Basketball

Debate Over LeBron James and Michael Jordan Leads to Stabbing

Sports fans often get into heated discussions, but a recent debate over Michael Jordan and LeBron James led to a stabbing in Pittsburgh.<p>All three victims are expected to be fine, according to Harmony Township police chief Jim Essek.<p>Hat tip to For The Win for the find.

IT'S OFFICIAL: The Government Has Shut Down, And Here's The GOP's Next Move

The House of Representatives is expected to vote late Monday night on a motion to go to conference with the Senate on the government-funding bill, a move that Democrats immediately rejected as a cynical political ploy.<p>Republicans decided not vote on the so-called "clean" CR as demanded by House and …

Affordable Care Act

40oz NYC - "Life and Death" Collection

Author:<p>John<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>0<p>0<p>SHARES<p>On the heels of a preview video featuring Fredo Santana, 40oz NYC has released its first ever apparel …

Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

It has been a deadly year for the people who fight wildfires. In total, 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires in 2013; the highest number in nearly 20 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.<p>Just one incident accounts for most of those deaths, the Yarnell Hill fire in …

Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox retrial opens

<b>A new trial of two suspects over the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher has opened in Italy.</b><p>Amanda Knox, from the US, and her Italian then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty in 2009 but acquitted on appeal in 2011.<p>In March, Italy's highest court overturned both their …

Crime