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English Swearing at Its Flippin' Finest

The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish

The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish

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When a French rider last won the bike race named after his country, François Mitterand was in the Elysée Palace, Ronald Reagan had recently been inaugurated for his second term, Saddam Hussein was waging a terrible war on Iran with American support, and a single European currency was barely a gleam in the eye of zealous Eurocrats in Brussels. And yet as Bernard Hinault stood in the Tour de France winner’s yellow jersey on the podium in the Champs-Elysées on July 21, 1985, there were already signs that not all was well for French bike racing—or for France.

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The New York Times’s Brazil bureau chief, Simon Romero, opens his latest dispatch from São Paulo with an anecdote whose symbolism no newspaper reporter could have resisted: While the protests swelled on his city’s streets last week, Mayor Fernando Haddad was not home. He was not even in Brazil. “He had left for Paris to try to land the 2020 World’s Fair—exactly the kind of expensive, international mega-event that demonstrators nationwide have scorned.”

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Why No One Saves Ticket Stubs Any More

(Hint: It's because there are no more ticket stubs.)

Why doesn't anyone save ticket stubs any more? Because there are no more ticket stubs.

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The number of women serving in Congress is at a record high—the 2012 elections brought it up to 20 in the Senate and 81 in the House—but Democratic Representative Linda Sánchez, from California's 38th district, was the only one among the total 58 members of Congress on the Nationals Park field Thursday night for that annual display of partisan bipartisanship: the Congressional Baseball Game. The men wore their shirt of choice, the field a medley of high school, college, and pro-team jerseys. Sánchez's jersey, meanwhile, sported a IX on the back, her annual tribute to that famous law amendment.

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Sweat in Peace

Memorializing the dead at CrossFit

Memorializing the dead at CrossFit.

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Why the New England Patriots Signed Tim Tebow

It's not as crazy as you think

Mike Tannenbaum, as general manager of the New York Jets, once consulted Wall Street management specialists to solve the dilemma every National Football League franchise faces: How do you consistently excel when you're not allowed to outspend other teams? The finance guys’ advice for Tannenbaum was to sign players with what are known as “character issues”: good athletes who are also bad apples.

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The Drain Catcher

Even superstar athletes fall for get-rich-quick schemes. Managing them is Corey Galloway's business.

Even superstar athletes fall for get-rich-quick schemes. Managing them is Corey Galloway's business.

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Gus Johnson Won't Ruin Soccer

Americans aren't yet sold on the sport. The Fox broadcaster is just the salesman it needs.

Soccer fans call the sport, without irony, “The Beautiful Game.” Sportscaster Gus Johnson, by contrast, does not luxuriate in the beauty of any game. The 45-year-old Detroit native is known to American fans of football and basketball for catchphrases and ecstatic calls more befitting a fan than an announcer.

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He Square Roots, He Scores

John Hollinger was an ESPN blogger. Now he's an NBA executive on a playoff run.

John Hollinger went from ESPN blogger to NBA executive. Now his Grizzlies are on a playoff run.

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