If the thought (and video) of Olympic diver Tom Daley’s life hack series featuring him showering in his birthday suit doesn’t arouse your interest, maybe seeing a massive wave engulfing a surfer will be your cup of tea. In the MLB, as the Mariners are honoring Ken Griffey Jr. by retiring his number, baseball lovers are honoring the memory of Monte Irvin, a Hall of Famer who helped integrate baseball.

And in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns’ hiring of Hue Jackson as head coach probably means Johnny Manziel will be saying goodbye. And Robert Griffin III leaves an interesting note on his locker as he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers at the end of the season. Also saying goodbye are the St. Louis Rams as they return to Los Angeles after 21 years. All this and more this week – enjoy!


Olympic diver Tom Daley strips for new health and fitness life hack series

Tom Daley, Olympic diver and fiancé of Dustin Lance Black, has stripped off and showered in coffee beans in his latest life hack YouTube video, part of his new series of health and fitness tips.

Responding to questions about how to encourage other athletes to be open about their sexuality, he said: “To know that sexuality has nothing to do with an athlete’s performance and the sooner people realise that, the sooner it won’t be an issue. The beauty of diving is that we are judged for how we dive in the pool…not outside the pool. We all start on an equal playing field.”

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Seattle Mariners retiring Griffey’s No. 24

The Seattle Mariners are retiring No. 24 belonging to Ken Griffey Jr. as he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame, AND it will be hanging next to Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 as the only numbers retired at Safeco Field. The organization is retiring the number throughout the organization, including the minor so that no one associated with the Mariners will ever wear No. 24 again.

“Having my number next to him, I don’t think I did half of what he did,” Griffey said. “Baseball-wise, yeah you’re going to look at numbers and things like that, but the way he went about his life and the things he did off the field, nobody can compare to that. He is a trailblazer in more ways than one.”

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Massive wave swallows surfer in terrifying video

Garrett McNamara, a 48-year-old surfing legend, was surfing at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California when waves up to 50 feet, the aftereffects of big storms, tossed him like “a piece of litter in the wind, smacking the water several times as he came off his board. The video of one of the worst wipeouts is just horrifying and, amazingly, McNamara was not seriously injured.” On Friday McNamara underwent surgery for a badly broken arm and shoulder.

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Remembering Monte Irvin, a trailblazer in baseball’s integration

According to Jay Jaffe of SI.com, “On Monday night, the baseball world lost a giant with the passing of Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin at age 96. A key figure in the integration of the major leagues, Irvin nearly beat Jackie Robinson across the color line before going on to star for two New York Giants pennant winners, and later served as baseball’s first black executive and a key figure in the Hall’s recognition of Negro League stars. He had been living in a retirement home in Houston, and prior to his death was the second-oldest living Hall of Famer, behind only Bobby Doerr.”

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Robert Griffin III leaves message on forgiveness after Redskins locker clean out

After clearing out Redskin lockers for the season, Robert Griffin III’s future with the team is doubtful. His time with the team hasn’t been positive and he’s spend time on the bench this season even though the Redskins picked up his $15 million option for 2016.

Refusing to talk to any media, he left a note in the locker room. The top passage is from the Bible; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The bottom part, credited to Mother Teresa reads: “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

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Johnny Manziel probably done in Cleveland

The Browns announced the hiring on Wednesday of former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as head coach, a move that may spell the end for troubled QB Johnny Manziel. Discussed at great length during Jackson’s interview for the head-coaching position, he reportedly said that if he were Cleveland’s head coach he’d prefer to move on and the Browns’ front office reportedly said that wouldn’t be a problem. Whether Maziel will be cut or traded is yet to be determined.

What’s unclear is if the Browns, who finished 3-13 this season and have the second overall pick in the draft, will cut Manziel or try to trade him.  A Texas native, Manziel reportedly wants to play for the Cowboys.

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U.S. Soccer announces new women’s tournament

A new U.S.-based four-team tournament has been announced by U.S. Soccer that will see the U.S. women’s national team competing against England, France and Germany. The newly-named SheBelieves Cup tournament will be held from March 3-9 in Nashville, Tampa and Boca Raton, Florida.

It’s anticipated this tournament will give U.S. women a chance to hone their game in anticipation of the 2016 Olympics in Rio if the U.S. women qualify as expected in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament Feb. 9-21 in Texas. Half of the games will be aired on live TV coverage, including USA v. England on FS1 (Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m. ET).

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FIFA fines five countries for anti-gay chants

The Associated Press reports: FIFA fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay on Wednesday for anti-gay chants by their national team’s fans. The “insulting and discriminatory chants” came during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA said.

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Rams to move to L.A.

The St. Louis Rams are headed back to Los Angeles after a 21-year absence and the San Diego Chargers have the first option to join them there.

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Disgraced Fiesta Bowl head featured In Sports Illustrated interview

John Junker helped the Phoenix area become a destination for big-time college football while serving as the Fiesta Bowl’s executive director. He brought five national championships here but he also went to prison for spending Bowl money for everything from local legislators and their families, to a 50th birthday party to Pebble Beach, to the purchase of an anti-aging clinic.

Released from prison in 2014, he works for St. Vincent de Paul, the Catholic charity that provides almost 4,200 daily meals for those in need. And in the interview, he doesn’t try to hide or lesson his misdeed, calling this his “re-rise” as a public servant.

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All MLB teams required to hire Spanish translators by 2016 season

According to Buzzfeed: “Major League Baseball and its players’ union are implementing the policy, in part, as a way to ease the transition for non-American Latino players.”

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Want to bid on Tom Brady’s underwear?

If you want to bid on a pair of white boxers and t-shirt the Patriots’ star wore in the film Ted 2, the starting bid is set at $1,500.

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FIFA fires secretary general Jerome Valcke amid corruption scandal

According to the HuffingtonPost: “The FIFA Emergency Committee decided, on 9 January 2016, to dismiss Jerome Valcke from the position of FIFA Secretary General with immediate effect.” The Zurich-based FIFA released this in a statement without giving a reason for the dismissal.

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