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We have a winner in that wild-sounding Michael Phelps vs. shark race






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Famed 23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps is fast in the water.

But he wasn’t quite fast enough for a great white shark, as viewers found out on Sunday night. The animal and the swimmer competed against each other in a Discovery Channel special aptly named Phelps vs. Shark.

It wasn’t a complete blowout, with the shark beating Phelps by only two seconds.

One thing worth noting is that the shark isn’t actually in the water with him. He’s swimming against the time of the shark, which has been digitally superimposed next to him on screen.

“Well, we’re not in the water at the same exact time. I think that’s the one thing we all wanted everybody to know — I was safe, which is number one,” Phelps told Good Morning America on Thursday. Read more…

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Sports fans finally have a streaming TV bundle (but you’d better like soccer)






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Crawl, walk, run. 

That’s how David Gandler has taken FuboTV, in the span of a few years, from streaming tape-delayed German soccer to offering one of the most complete—and sports-heavy—streaming TV packages available.

It’s particularly impressive considering FuboTV is the only independent service not run by a major media company like YouTube, Hulu, or DirecTV. Or, as one of his angel investors put it, FuboTV is like a kite dancing in the hurricane (yea, it’s a James Bond Skyfall quote).

“You’ve got big media companies that have big egos,” said Gandler, CEO and one of FuboTV’s three cofounders. “In many cases, you have distributors that want to undercut you with every opportunity and have deep pockets, so it just makes for a very complicated business.” Read more…

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Top surfer attacked by shark 2 years ago has a close call in the exact same spot






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They say lightning never strikes twice, but it was certainly a close call for Australian surfer Mick Fanning.

The World Surf League at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa was temporarily placed on hold Wednesday, when a 3 metre great white shark swam near Fanning and Gabriel Medina during the quarter-finals of the competition. 

Both surfers were plucked out of the water by safety teams, as staff tracked the shark until it left the area.

It’s the same place Fanning famously came face-to-face with another great white shark on the same day back in 2015. Read more…

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The MLB apparently thinks the ‘Overwatch’ League logo is too similar to its own






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The Overwatch League logo fits pretty well into the pantheon of traditional sports league logos. Major League Baseball thinks it fits a little too well. 

After Blizzard Entertainment submitted their application to trademark the Overwatch League logo — Blizzard’s premiere Overwatch esports league kicking off later this year — MLB filed a request to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for an extension of 90 days to oppose the trademark, according to a blog post on the Morrison / Lee law firm’s website.

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Subway cars get turned into brain-bending photo illusions






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No, that’s a subway car, not an Olympic swimming pool.

Taipei’s subway is being turned into realistic-looking sporting venues, in celebration of an international sports meet in August.

The city will host the upcoming Summer Universiade, or World University Games, inviting participants from over 170 countries to compete.

In promotion, the subway cars were turned into swimming pools, running tracks, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. 

All set for Instagram.

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