Charles Barkley slams Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson match: ‘This is some crappy golf’

NBA legend Charles Barkley, who is known for his outspoken thoughts, was happy to share them again during the highly anticipated matchup between golf stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson – and it wasn’t pretty.

Barkley can be caught most days commentating NBA games but on Friday he joined the broadcast of the match between Woods and Mickelson at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. The winner of the event – dubbed “The Match” – would receive $9 million and bragging rights.

Although the match between Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, was slated to be a clash of the Titans — two of the greatest golfers in the history of the game — Barkley apparently didn’t feel that way.

“Am I allowed to talk?” Barkley was heard saying. “I just wanna know something America, this is some crappy golf, y’all know that.”

 

The comment came when Woods and Mickelson were on the ninth hole, Golf.comreported. Barkley also joked he could beat the two golf legends.

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“Y’all know that. I could beat these two guys today,” Barkley said.

Barkley’s comments prompted a response from MLB pitcher Justin Verlander who challenged the former NBA star.

“Barkley saying it’s not good golf,” Verlander tweeted. “I wanna see Tiger and Phil throw down a challenge bet at him. 100K for double bogey or better on #1. C’mon Charles, I know you got your sticks with you.”

 

Barkley called out the Houston Astros ace on air saying he would take on that bet.

Bob McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, dies at 81

Houston Texans founder and owner Robert McNair died Friday in Houston after battling both leukemia and squamous cell carcinoma. He was 81.

McNair died surrounded by his family, including his wife, Janice, the team announced. Although the team did not release his official cause of death, he was said to have passed “peacefully.”

“He was a very caring, thoughtful and passionate individual,” coach Bill O’Brien said in a statement. “As much as he cared about winning, I think the thing I will remember most about Mr. McNair is the way he cared about the players.”

“He was the reason professional football returned to Houston and he (led) our franchise with a laser focus on honesty, integrity and high character,” team president Jamey Rootes said in a statement. “He was an amazing champion for Houston and worked hard to make sure our city received maximum value from the presence of the Texans and the NFL.”

President Gorge H.W. Bush released a statement on McNair’s passing, calling him one of the “kindest and most generous people anywhere.”

“Nobody cared – or helped people – more, and that’s just one of the reason I will always be proud Bob was my good friend.”

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He continued to attend many games after that pronouncement and was often seen at practice in the shade of a golf cart or talking with various staff members around the facility.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called McNair a “legendary giant” who left the state “better” in the end.

“His leadership and determination brought the NFL back to Houston, built a magnificent stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, and his beloved Texans are in the midst of another successful season and are again contending for a place in the postseason,” Goodell said in a statement.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to Janice, their family, the Texans, and the entire Houston community.”

McNair came under fire in 2017 when he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of the NFL owners about players who protest social and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. McNair issued two apologies after the remarks became public, calling it a “very regretful comment.”

In response, almost all of the Texans kneeled during the anthem before their game against the Seahawks on Oct. 29, 2017, after no one on the team had kneeled before.

McNair is survived by his wife, four children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Your partner may be your biggest dieting enemy, study finds

One in four Americans has failed a diet — because their partner led them astray, according to new research.

A survey examining how and why our attempts to eat healthily and lose weight often fail found a surprisingly high number of diets come undone because of a partner leading us into temptation.

From eating irresistible treats and snacks in front of us to ordering takeout or willing us to have drinks, responses showed 24 percent of people blame their partner for derailing a diet.

The results emerged from a survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Isopure, which looked into the dieting successes and failures of 2,000 Americans.

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With people mindful of their summer bodies, responses showed top reasons people fail diets are lack of time to meal plan, having treats around the holidays, social gatherings, treating themselves, and stress around work.

Also, people don't normally fight for the first bite of salad.

Also, people don’t normally fight for the first bite of salad. (iStock)

Even though many reasons behind diet failures are legitimate, there are some that appear to be simply based on temptation.

Responses showed that 38 percent of survey respondents failed on a diet because they couldn’t resist a delicious treat.

Another 32 percent claim that healthy food is simply too expensive, and so their bank account causes them to reach for a less-than-healthy snack.

Reaching for a feel-good-food seems to be a common way for survey respondents — 42 percent of them — to deal with their stress.

With all these diet fails, what foods are people choosing to indulge in? Pizza tops the list, followed by ice cream, chips and chocolate.

We just can't quit you, pizza.

We just can’t quit you, pizza. (iStock)

Cookies came in at number five followed by cake, burgers, candy, and cheese.

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“A diet plan is only good if you can realistically adhere to it, so it’s key to structure the plan around your specific lifestyle and to build permissive indulgent moments into the plan, like a weekly programmed cheat meal on Saturday night when you know you’ll be around friends and family” says Jonathan Thompson, the general manager of Isopure. (Saturday is the day that a diet is most likely to come to a crashing halt for survey participants, SWNS reported.)

“Having a diet plan that accounts for your particular social, work and exercise cadence turns a potential diet-derailing moment into a positive and programmed part of your diet that you can actually look forward to, and greatly multiplies your chances of staying on plan and achieving your goals.”

After breaking a diet, many also admit to feeling disappointed, frustrated, upset, annoyed and angry. As a result, it’s no wonder that two in five survey respondents get fed up with clothes that no longer fit or look good.

But it’s more than simply sticking to a diet that contributes to a healthy lifestyle — sleep, fitness and hydration are also important.

With sleep being such an integral part of a healthy lifestyle — the average American is struggling to get the proper amount of sleep a night- with six hours being the average.

And it’s not just sleep that continues to halt Americans’ attempts at getting healthy. 34 percent of survey respondents rarely or never even exercise at all.

Poor food choices, lack of sleep, and skipping the gym are one thing, but 27 percent of survey respondents don’t even know how much water they need to consume in a day to stay properly hydrated.

Most survey respondents knew hydration was important, but many said they still failed to drink enough water.

Most survey respondents knew hydration was important, but many said they still failed to drink enough water. (iStock)

And even of the people that are aware, 16 percent report to not being able to meet their daily water intake needs.

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“When you dial in the synergistic pillars of nutrition, exercise, sleep and hydration great things happen. Think of each as the leg of the table. Remove even one leg and things can get out of balance,” said Thompson.

Unfortunately, after failing a diet, two in five survey respondents lack the motivation to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Stolen inflatable colon found in vacant home, Kansas City police say

A giant inflatable colon that was stolen from the University of Kansas Cancer Center nearly two weeks ago has been found, police said.

The “giant, inflatable, pilfered intestine” was recovered from a house in Kansas City, Missouri after investigators followed up on a tip. The Kansas City Police Department tweeted on Monday that nobody has been taken into custody yet, noting their investigation into the theft is ongoing.

The “stolen colon” — weighing 150 pounds and costing more than $4,000 — was poached from the bed of a parked pickup truck in a Kansas City neighborhood on Oct. 18, according to the Colon Cancer Coalition. It was supposed to be displayed at a breast cancer 5K on Oct. 20.

On Saturday, the American Society of Gastroenterology offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who came forward with information regarding the missing colon.

fundraiser organized by the Colon Cancer Coalition to buy a new colon raised over $11,000 of its $4,000 goal by Monday evening. The group said that because of the generosity of Quest Diagnostics and Salix Pharmaceuticals, the coalition will now have two inflatable colons — three, if you count the recovered #StolenColon.

Obesity, low BMI linked to increased risk of death, study reveals

Excessively high or low body mass index measurements have been linked to an increased risk of dying from nearly every major cause except transport accidents, new research says.

The study, published Wednesday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and conducted by scientists at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, revealed that BMI that’s either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases.
Krishnan Bhaskaran, lead author of the study and associate professor of statistical epidemiology, noted that his team found “important associations” between BMI and most causes of death.
“BMI is a key indicator of health. We know that BMI is linked to the risk of dying overall, but surprisingly little research has been conducted on the links to deaths from specific causes,” he said.
“We have filled this knowledge gap to help researchers, patients and doctors better understand how underweight and excess weight might be associated with diseases such as cancer, respiratory disease and liver disease.”
BMI is determined by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters.
The study authors say they discovered that maintaining a BMI in the range of 21 to 25 kg/m2 is linked to the lowest level of morbidity.
BMI outside this range was shown to have a “J-shaped association” with nearly all causes of death, not solely the most prevalent diseases. This means BMIs both lower and higher than the optimal range lead to increased risk of morbidity.
The study, which analyzed data from 3.6 million people and 367,512 deaths, showed that obesity, or BMI of 30 or more, was linked to an increased prevalence of two major causes of death: heart disease and cancer.
“BMI higher than 25, the upper end of healthy, is linked to most cancers, most cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disease, and liver and kidney conditions,” Bhaskaran said.
Obesity was shown to reduce life expectancy by 4.2 years in men and 3.5 years in women, and it can contribute to other chronic conditions including respiratory disease, liver disease and diabetes.
The British Journal of Cancer reported in April that obesity is linked to 7.5% of cancers in UK women.
The charity Cancer Research UK estimated that 23,000 women will deal with obesity-related cancers by 2035. Obesity will also become the most common cause of cancer in women by 2043 if trends continue.
The study also revealed that being underweight is linked to a “surprising wide range of deaths,” including dementia, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and suicide.
However, Bhaskaran noted that links between low BMI and causes of death were more “observative,” as it was less clear whether low weight was the direct cause of illness or rather a marker of poor health more generally.
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He also acknowledged the limitations of the study, which included a lack of information on the diet or level of physical activity of the individuals involved and the impact these factors may have had on morbidity.
He nevertheless noted that the findings reiterated the importance of maintaining a BMI within the 21 to 25 range.
In particular, the results highlighted that the lowest risk of cardiovascular death was linked to a BMI of 25 kg/m2, with every additional 5 kg/m2 associated with a 29% increased risk of morbidity.
The lowest risk of cancer death was shown to be at a BMI of 21 kg/m2, with every additional 5 kg/m2 associated with a 13% increased risk of death.

‘Christian Rabbi’ Who Appeared With Pence Was Defrocked 15 Years Ago

rabbi loren jacobs and vice president mike pence

Rabbi Loren Jacobs, who mentioned Jesus while delivering a prayer for the Pittsburgh synagogue victims, was defrocked 15 years ago by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, the organization that had ordained him, NBC News is reporting.

“Loren Jacobs was stripped of his rabbinic ordination by the UMJC in 2003, after our judicial board found him guilty of libel,” said Monique Brumbach, a spokesman for the Messianic Jewish congregations.

“We don’t even recognize him as a rabbi,” Rabbi Marla Hornsten, past president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis, told NBC News. “Even to call him a rabbi is offensive.”

And the Rabbinical Assembly, an organization that represents the rabbis of the Conservative movement, said in a statement:  “Judaism itself is a multi-denominational religion that encompasses multiple forms of expression and belief. Nonetheless, so-called ‘Messianic Judaism’ is not a Jewish movement, and the phrase ‘Jews for Jesus’ is a contradiction in terms, insofar as Judaism does not recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah.”

Khashoggi’s fiancée says Trump ‘should not pave the way for a cover-up’

Khashoggi’s fiancée says Trump 'should not pave the way for a cover-up'
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The fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi said Monday that she is “disappointed” in President Trump‘s response to the killing of the Washington Post columnist earlier this month inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Speaking in London, Hatice Cengiz called on Trump to “not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values.”

“I am deeply grateful for the solidarity of many people all over the world. I am however disappointed in the actions of the leadership in many countries, particularly in the U.S., President Trump,” Cengiz said, according to media reports.

“President Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served,” she added. “He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiancé’s murder.”

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on Oct. 2, when it is widely believed that he was murdered by Saudis working for the country’s government.

Saudi Arabia’s account of the incident has shifted several times this month, with the government first saying that Khashoggi was killed during a “brawl” and later saying his murder was premeditated.

Trump has faced pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to punish the kingdom over Khashoggi’s death. Trump has not specified what punishment might follow, but has said that canceling a U.S. weapon sales to the country should not be on the table.

Cengiz also said Monday that Khashoggi was “a gentle human being, a loving man, a journalist and a true believer in democracy and freedom in the Arab world.”

“Let’s demand justice for Jamal and stand up for his ideals,” she added.