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Florida man using ‘hydropod’ attempting to reach Bermuda rescued at sea by US Coast Guard

April 27th, 2016

Florida Man Rescue

(US Coast Guard)

Authorities say a Florida man bidding to reach Bermuda in an inflatable bubble has been voluntarily rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said that long-distance runner Reza Baluchi was picked up Sunday off Florida and his “hydropod” was being towed to shore.

Barney says the man set out from Pompano Beach on Saturday despite receiving an April 15 letter from the Coast Guard warning him not to depart. The Coast Guard said it had reviewed Baluchi’s plan and determined it to be unsafe.

The letter was posed by the Coast Guard on Twitter.

Baluchi tried to make a similar attempt to reach Bermuda in 2014 and had to be rescued. He was picked up that time about 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine.

Ikea’s new chainless bike never rusts

April 20th, 2016

The new Ikea bike relies on a rust-free belt instead of chain.

The new Ikea bike relies on a rust-free belt instead of chain. (Ikea)

Dealing with a rusty bicycle chain can be a messy affair, but an innovative new bike from Ikea solves that pesky problem. The furniture retail giant recently introduced its new “Sladda” bike, which uses an oil-free and corrosion-resistant drive belt rather than a metal chain.

The drive belt is designed to last about 9,320 miles, which is about two to three times longer than a typical steel chain, according to Ikea. Moreover, the unisex Sladda bike has a “click system” that lets the rider snap on accessories, such as a basket, a bike bag rack and a towing trailer, the company said.

“Sladda is like tablet apps: You can add endless accessories to enhance ease of use,” Oskar Juhlin, director of industrial design at Veryday, a company that partnered with Ikea to make the bicycle, said in a statement. [Hyperloops, Jetpacks & More: 9 Futuristic Transit Ideas]

The new drive belt may be a boon to riders who take to their bikes even during inclement weather. Over time, steel bike chains tend to rust, particularly when they’re covered with corrosive salt that’s left on the roadways, reported.

Accumulated rust can be difficult to remove, and it can also affect the chain’s flexibility, said. But Ikea’s new bike won’t have those problems, the retailer said.

Moreover, the bike has automatic gears that are hidden in a sealed hub placed in the rear wheel, the website Core77 reported.

This year, the new urban bike won one of three Red Dot Awards, an internationally sought-after prize awarded by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The bike also won the Red Dot “Best of the Best 2016” award, meaning it got the top prize in each category, Ikea reported.

“The team wanted the [bicycle] frame to be gender- and activity-neutral, yet able to transform between semi-active and relaxed riding styles,” according to the Red Dot website.

Sladda’s frame is made from aluminum, meaning it will be easy to lift and carry up and down stairs, Core77 said. The bike, which comes with either 26- or 28-inch wheels, also has two layers of lacquer that will protect the frame from mud, salt and scratches, Core77 reported. But it’s not for little kids — Ikea recommends that only people age 12 or older use it.

The bike is expected to be available beginning in August for $797, although Ikea’s loyalty members will be able to buy it for $569 for a limited time, Core77 said.

But the Sladda isn’t the only chainless bicycle out there. Gates Carbon Drive also makes a belt drive, but out of carbon fiber, according to its site.

No matter the company, though, bikes are a good way to help people get active.

“Sladda is a great alternative to the car,” Juhlin said. “It contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle and a better environment.”

Legendary SF bike path to enforce speed limit with radar guns

April 7th, 2016

Cycling family: Robin Huffman, on a trail outside of Marin County. (Courtesy: Vernon Huffman)

Cycling family: Robin Huffman, on a trail outside of Marin County. (Courtesy: Vernon Huffman)

Cyclists on one of North America’s most legendary bike paths have more to worry about than flat tires and slipped chains: Radar gun-wielding rangers on Northern California’s Mount Tamalpais will soon begin enforcing a strict 15-mile-per-hour speed limit.

The picturesque preserve in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is seen by many as the birthplace of mountain biking, with a maze of winding routes that take cyclists through forests, atop spectacular peaks, and down paths at speeds topping 30 miles per hour. County parks officials say the speeding bikes could put hikers and horseback riders at risk.

“If trail users simply treat each other with mutual respect, we could all get along and have a great time in the woods.”

– Greg Heil, editor-in-chief of

“We don’t have good data about how often speeding is occurring on Open Space Trails and this effort will provide good data about speeding in our preserves,” Max Korten, acting assistant director of Marin County Parks, told

The first step is to gauge the problem by equipping rangers with LiDAR, a laser-style speed-tracking technology, he said. For now, they will only issue written warnings, but ticket-writing could soon follow. A citation would go on the violator’s DMV record, and fines could reach $100.

Cyclists say speed limits on bike paths are silly and unnecessary.

“Marin County Parks has deemed radar necessary to show concerned parties, mainly the ‘foot people’ that safety on the trials is priority,” said Vernon Huffman, president of Access4Bikes, a Marin County non-profit organization whose mission is the “fair and reasonable” access to the local trails. “But Marin County Parks can’t name one single past incident that radar would have prevented.”

Korten acknowledged that the trails are relatively safe, but said a reasonable speed limit could keep it that way.

“We have had a few incidents of collisions between bike riders and pedestrians or equestrians, but those incidents are relatively rare when compared with the high level of use occurring on our trails,” Korten said.

Mount Tamalpais in the late 1970s became known as the cradle of mountain biking, providing the soil and swells for some of the country’s top racers. Yet in recent decades, bikers have lamented the rise of legislation and banning of bikes from the vast majority of single-track trails in Marin County.

“If trail users simply treat each other with mutual respect, we could all get along and have a great time in the woods,” said Greg Heil, editor-in-chief of the website “There are thousands of miles of multi-use trails across the country where mountain bikers peacefully co-exist with others. Less than one percent of these trails have a posted speed limit, much less rangers with radar guns enforcing them.

“What I do see from this unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars is that Marin continues to cement itself as one of the least mountain bike friendly locations in the nation,” he added.

Chris Edwards, editor of and an expert at the public policy-centered Cato Institute, agreed that setting speed traps for cyclists is a classic case of local government overreach.

“Park agencies are always complaining that they have a shortage of funding, but the Marin County effort to prevent mountain bikers from having fun shows that it has money to burn,” he said.

Marin County has implemented speed limit enforcement on paved bike paths since 2015 and claims that “this effort combined with a signage and education initiative lead to a significant reduction” of speed. Sheriff’s deputies in the area reportedly have issued more than 60 citations and warnings. Rangers also patrol popular off-road trails in California’s East Bay and other areas in the state are known for their ranger presence.

“Through our road and trail management plan we are considering proposals to open new trails to mountain bike use and want to have a tool to address safety concerns from hikers and equestrians regarding the potential bike use on these trails,” Korten said. “We hope that bicycle use is not deterred by this effort, but that all of our visitors including those on bicycles will be more likely to visit our preserves knowing that other users will conduct themselves in a safe manner.”

Hawaii’s big wave surf competition called off

February 15th, 2016

In this Jan. 7, 2002 file photo provided by World Surf League, Clyde Aikau, left, brother of Eddie Aikau, drops into a wave as Tony Ray, of Australia, finishes during the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf competition at Waimea Bay, Hawaii. (Ronen Zilbermen/World Surf League via AP, File)

In this Jan. 7, 2002 file photo provided by World Surf League, Clyde Aikau, left, brother of Eddie Aikau, drops into a wave as Tony Ray, of Australia, finishes during the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf competition at Waimea Bay, Hawaii. (Ronen Zilbermen/World Surf League via AP, File)

Hawaii’s big wave surf competition was called off early Wednesday when the 40-foot swells predicted failed to materialize, event spokeswoman Jodi Wilmott said.

The competition was last held six years ago, when swells met organizers’ strict minimums. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event began in 1984, but there have only been eight times conditions have been ripe for the competition.

Aikau is a Native Hawaiian surfer famous for riding monster waves and saving hundreds of lives as Waimea Bay’s first official lifeguard.

The swell approaching the islands this week is being fueled in part by ongoing El Nino conditions.

The promise of the competition had drawn out throngs of spectators Wednesday morning before the event was called off. The two lane road that snakes along Oahu’s North Shore was backed up with traffic as eager spectators rode bikes or walked to the venue. Parking was nearly impossible to come by for miles from the beach.

Event spokeswoman and longtime Aikau family friend Jodi Wilmott told The Associated Press on Tuesday that surfers show up at the event to honor the legacy and generous spirit of Eddie.

“The surfers invited to this event absolutely understand the prestige of being invited,” Wilmott said. “It’s about coming together to honor the most famous big-wave rider there has ever been and to do that basically at the Mecca of surfing.”

As a lifeguard, Aikau is credited with saving hundreds of lives from the dangerous surf of Oahu’s North Shore, and he is said to have never had a fatality while on duty.

He was a guardian of the bay and any other body of water he visited, Wilmott said, and fittingly so as he was a direct descendant of a Hawaiian high priest named Hewahewa, who was given the task of watching over the Waimea Valley long before Eddie arrived.

“He really did share aloha wherever he went,” Wilmott said. “He loved to share his own spirit of what being a Hawaiian was. He played music freely and told stories of Hawaii wherever he travelled.”

Wilmott said when the surf was too big for most in Waimea Bay and the crowds cleared out, Aikau would grab his surfboard and take on the biggest waves around.

“His spirit was very caring, very accommodating, very peaceful, and when he would ride it was just a sight to behold,” she said.

Ultimately, however, Aikau gave his life to the ocean in a final attempt to save others. The 31-year-old Aikau was part of a team that was attempting to trace the route of their Polynesian ancestors from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard the traditional Hokulea canoe in 1978.

The vessel encountered rough seas and eventually capsized. Aikau took his surfboard and paddled away for help. He was never seen again, though the rest of the crew was eventually rescued.

Some of the best big-wave surfers in the world were at Waimea Bay to compete in the event, including Eddie’s brother Clyde Aikau, who is the oldest competitor at 66 years old. He’s also the only surfer to attend all of the competitions.

Another big-wave competition, Mavericks, is expected to be held on Friday in Half Moon Bay, California.

California man in wingsuit dies after jump from Arizona cliff

February 2nd, 2016

This Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 photo provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows an area of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in Marble Canyon, Ariz., a rugged, desolate landscape that is hard to navigate, where a California man died while wingsuit flying among the remote cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border, authorities said.

A California man has died while wingsuit-flying among remote cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border, authorities said.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that it is devising a plan to recover the body of Mathew Kenney, 29, of Santa Cruz. It is trapped in a crevice about 600 feet below where he jumped Tuesday in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness — a rugged, desolate landscape that is hard to navigate, sheriff’s Lt. Bret Axlund said.

Kenney hit a wall after jumping with a wingsuit, but investigators said they’re not sure exactly how it happened. Once they reach his body, they will examine his equipment, Axlund said.

Patches of ice and steep terrain atop the canyon walls kept a helicopter from landing Tuesday to try to reach the body.

Wingsuit flying is one of the most extreme forms of BASE jumping — BASE being an acronym of the different platforms, “building, antenna, span and earth.” Wingsuit fliers glide frighteningly close to cliffs and trees in their suits that resemble flying squirrels. It is illegal in national parks but not in the wilderness area where Kenney jumped.

Kenney’s close friend, Matt Frohlich, said Kenney was an experienced, talented jumper who had traveled around the world. He said he was thankful for the respect and professionalism that authorities have shown Kenney’s friends and family.

“It’s a pretty big hit to the community,” he said. “It is sad.”

In an early 2015 interview with Phoenix television station KPHO, Kenney described the nervousness and anticipation that comes with BASE jumping. He and a fellow skydiving instructor had jumped from the roof of a Tempe apartment complex and spent the night in jail for trespassing, the station reported.

“We get a bad rap from everybody because there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what we do,” Kenney told the station. “They just think we are crazy adrenaline junkies that are jumping off cliffs with primitive parachute technology, when really what we do, if practiced properly, is pretty safe and pretty cool and pretty fun.”

Kenney’s death is the first attributed to BASE jumping in the Bureau of Land Management’s Arizona Strip District, which encompasses much of the far northwestern corner of the state north of the Grand Canyon, BLM spokeswoman Rachel Carnahan said. The area is popular with hikers for its slot canyons and a formation known as The Wave, a geologic formation with swirls of searing reds, oranges and yellows that fold into a bowl.

The agency is not considering any restrictions on BASE jumping as a result of Kenney’s death, Carnahan said.

“We’re constantly monitoring safety in backcountry areas,” she said. “Certainly we would take a look at the regulations and policies again if it looked like it was becoming a trend.”

Authorities in northern Arizona have had to respond to other BASE-jumping fatalities in recent years. A Norwegian man died in 2012 when a gust of wind blew him into a canyon wall and his parachute malfunctioned. The sheriff’s office said he fell about 1,000 feet onto the canyon floor near the Little Colorado River.

More recently in 2014, a Canadian man wearing a wingsuit died after trauma from a fall near the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers. His friends reported seeing him about 2,000 feet below the top of a canyon.

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Chiefs capture first playoff win since 1994

January 12th, 2016

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Houston.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Houston. (AP)

After 22 years without a playoff victory, the Kansas City Chiefs were determined not to give up the lead this time.

The Chiefs had enough points to win after jumping ahead 7-0 in the first 11 seconds, and they used relentless pressure, five turnovers and a ball-control offense to dominate the Houston Texans 30-0 in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday.

They were especially cognizant of not letting up after blowing a 28-point lead in a loss to the Colts in their last playoff appearance in 2013.

“What happened to us a couple years ago, everybody remembers that even the coaches included, so our entire mentality is about finishing,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “The mentality doesn’t change.”

They finished off the Texans early, and they had the hometown fans booing by the second quarter. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer had the worst game of his career with four interceptions and a fumble.

Houston’s defense kept the Texans close in the first half, but J.J. Watt left with an injury in the third quarter, Jadeveon Clowney never even put on his jersey and the Chiefs were able to close the game out in the second half.

The Chiefs extended their NFL-best winning streak to 11 games and will face New England on Saturday.

“We wanted to come in and dominate,” Chiefs safety Eric Berry said. “Right now we are locked in and ready for next week.

On the opening kickoff, Knile Davis got three good blocks around the 10-yard line and then simply outran the rest of the defenders for the 106-yard kickoff return score, the second-longest kickoff return TD in postseason history.

“It was a huge deal, man. It set the tempo,” Davis said. “It quieted everybody, kind of made everybody relax.”

The defense took over after that, forcing Hoyer into a fumble and a three of his career-high four interceptions before halftime to help the Chiefs (12-5) take a 13-0 lead.

“I made some bad decisions that really hurt the team,” Hoyer said.

Houston coach Bill O’Brien said he never considered benching Hoyer, but backup Brandon Weeden told a different story, saying he was warming up late in the game.

“We had talked about me going in there with Brian,” Weeden said. “Brian wanted to finish the thing out. I don’t blame him.”

Smith threw a touchdown pass late in the third and Spencer Ware added a 5-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 27-0.

Travis Kelce, who also had more than 100 yards receiving in the first meeting with the Texans this year, had another big day, finishing with eight receptions for 128 yards.

The victory breaks a streak of eight straight playoff losses by the Chiefs and is their first postseason win since beating the Oilers in Houston on Jan. 16, 1994. That team was led by Joe Montana and Marcus Allen.

“Was it 1994? I didn’t feel it, but I know how important it is, too,” coach Andy Reid said. “You get to the playoffs, and first round, if things don’t go well, that rips your heart out.”

Hoyer was 15 of 34 for 136 yards as Houston (9-8) lost a home playoff game for the first time. Hoyer’s performance cast more doubt on his future as the starter.

Watt missed most of the second half after injuring his groin in the third quarter. Last year’s Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL sack leader didn’t have a sack as Houston’s defense played well but couldn’t hold off an offense that got so many extra chances because of turnovers.

Watt returned a few plays after he was initially hurt, but soon left the game again when he was pushed to the ground by the head by tackle Eric Fisher.

“That’s just a dirty play,” Watt said. “But the injury was before that moment.”

Fisher said he didn’t know the play was over. Kansas City receiver Jeremy Maclin strained his right knee on the same play and didn’t return.

The Chiefs capped that drive when Smith found rookie Chris Conley in the back of the end zone for 9-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 20-0.

Houston defensive end Jared Crick got a personal foul late in the third quarter when he hit Fisher after a play, in an apparent retaliation for the Watt hit.

Down 7-0, the Texans were driving when Hoyer was sacked by Allen Bailey and fumbled. Dontari Poe recovered it at the Kansas City 42 and the Chiefs extended their lead to 10-0 on a 49-yard field goal.

Trailing 13-0, a 49-yard run by Alfred Blue got Houston to the Kansas City 13. The Texans got a first down at the 2 and Watt and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork came in on offense, with Watt lined up as the wildcat quarterback and Wilfork blocking. Watt took the direct snap but had nowhere to go and lost a yard on his first career carry. Hoyer was intercepted on the next play by Josh Mauga.

Hoyer had also struggled against the Chiefs in the season opener, being benched in the fourth quarter of a 27-20 loss.

NOTES: Clowney, the top overall pick in the 2014 draft, was inactive with a foot injury. … Maclin will have an MRI on Sunday. … Kansas City right tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif suffered a concussion in the first half.


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Seahawks-Vikings will be one of the coldest games in NFL history

January 12th, 2016

Dec. 20, 2015: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) celebrates a touchdown by wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Minneapolis.

Dec. 20, 2015: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) celebrates a touchdown by wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Minneapolis. (AP)

Few things are as great as the NFL playoffs, and nothing is as great as football in the snow and freezing cold, so Seahawks-Vikings on Sunday should be awesome.

For every one of us watching in the warm confines of our home, that is.

Seattle and Minnesota are facing sub-zero temperatures in what projects to be one of the coldest games in NFL history. Right now, has a high of 0 degrees and a low of -9 for Minneapolis on Sunday. Of course, that’s before considering wind chill (fortunately, the game will kick off at 12:05 p.m. local time).

As the Star Tribune points out, 0 degrees (or colder) would be the coldest home playoff game in Vikings history, and there have been only nine games in NFL history where the temperature never rose above 0.

The coldest home game ever for the Vikings was Dec. 3, 1972 against Chicago, per the Star Tribune, where temperatures were -2 degrees (the sixth-coldest game ever in league history).

Luckily, the Seahawks and Vikings won’t be making a run at the NFL record for freezing. The coldest game ever, of course, was the 1967 title game at Lambeau Field — the “Ice Bowl” — where the Packers and Cowboys faced -13 degrees and a wind chill of -48.

Something tells me Pete Carroll will still be running around the Seattle sideline like a joyous wildman no matter what the temperature is.

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Steelers win ugly game over Bengals

January 12th, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading to Denver. The Cincinnati Bengals are heading to another long offseason after a meltdown as ugly and ill-timed as it was complete.

Chris Boswell kicked a 35-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining as the Steelers somehow pulled out an 18-16 victory in the AFC wild-card game Saturday night.

Pittsburgh (11-6) moved into field goal position after a pair of 15-yard penalties on the Bengals, one on linebacker Vontaze Burfict and another on Adam Jones after Burfict hit defenseless Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Boswell drilled his fourth field goal of the game to give the Steelers their first playoff win since the 2010 AFC championship game.

The Bengals appeared to be in position for their first postseason win in 25 years before Jeremy Hill’s fumble gave Pittsburgh one last shot.

Roethlisberger left with a right shoulder injury on the final play of the third quarter but returned for Pittsburgh’s last-gasp drive. Unable to throw with any real authority, he still managed to get the Steelers near midfield with 22 seconds to go when he threw high to Brown in Cincinnati territory.

Burfict, whose sack of Roethlisberger sent the quarterback to the locker room, lowered his shoulder as Brown landed. The volatile linebacker earned a personal foul. Jones compounded the problem when he lost his cool, easily putting Boswell within field goal range after Cincinnati’s eighth — and final — flag of an unsightly night.

Roethlisberger finished 18 of 31 for 229 yards and a touchdown in rainy conditions. Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint combined for 123 yards rushing filling in for DeAngelo Williams.

Still, it hardly seemed like it would be enough. AJ McCarron put together a late rally after Martavis Bryant’s somersaulting touchdown grab gave the Steelers a 15-0 lead heading into the final quarter.

Cincinnati (12-5) ripped off 16 straight points, the last six on a 25-yard strike from McCarron to A.J. Green that put the Bengals in front. They missed the 2-point conversion.

When Burfict intercepted Landry Jones on Pittsburgh’s ensuing possession, Cincinnati and coach Marvin Lewis appeared ready to end the sixth-longest postseason drought in NFL history.

Then, the team that said it would keep it together fell completely apart.

Hill saw the ball pop out as Cincinnati tried to run out the clock and the Steelers recovered at the Pittsburgh 9 with 1:23 left. Just enough time for Roethlisberger — with plenty of help from Cincinnati — to send the Steelers to Denver and a rematch with the Broncos, whom Pittsburgh beat 34-27 on Dec. 20.

Another long winter looms in Cincinnati.

The Bengals controlled the AFC North, easily winning their fourth division title under Marvin Lewis even with QB Andy Dalton breaking his right thumb during a loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 13. Yet all a dozen wins did was set them up for a third showdown with their longtime tormentor in an increasingly acidic rivalry.

Pittsburgh survived a bumpy four months that included significant injuries to Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, center Maurkice Pouncey and left tackle Kelvin Beachum. The Steelers needed a win in Cleveland and a Buffalo upset of the Jets on the final Sunday to make the playoffs for a second straight year.

A trip to Cincinnati hardly seemed a problem: The Steelers have lost in Paul Brown Stadium only three times since it opened in 2000, a sea of Terrible Towels turning the Bengals’ home into Heinz Field West. It served as the launching point of a Super Bowl run in 2005.

Both teams pledged to be on their best behavior with so much at stake, and for a while tempers were kept largely in check. There were no pregame fisticuffs this time — unlike Pittsburgh’s previous visit — thanks in part to assistant coaches on both sides creating a black-clad DMZ at midfield.

The first personal foul penalty came from an unlikely source, Pittsburgh Hall of Fame offensive line coach Mike Munchak, flagged for grabbing Reggie Nelson’s hair after the safety found himself mixing it up with a couple of Steelers after pushing Todman out of bounds.

McCarron, so effective while replacing Dalton, could do little. The Bengals managed just 56 yards of total offense yet trailed just 6-0 as the Steelers and the league’s third-ranked offense could muster only a pair of Boswell field goals.

As the game proceeded, it got more contentious, nearly out of control in the fourth quarter. And it cost the Bengals dearly.

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Check out these stunning sequences in GoPro’s high-octane year-in-review video

January 4th, 2016

GoPro’s just released a high-octane compilation video proving that adventurous folks will fix their cameras to just about anything in a bid to get jaw-dropping footage.

In a stunning five-minute piece showcasing not only people’s incredible creativity with GoPro’s Hero4 cameras but also their apparent willingness to risk life and limb to get the shot, we see wingsuit flyers hurtling through terrifyingly tiny gaps in rocks, snowboarders somersaulting spectacularly off jumps, cyclists going down in a mass pile-up, and rally cars flying through the air. And that’s not even the half of it.

In what’s basically an extended ad for the Hero4, you’ll also find tamer stuff aimed at the family market, with baking, gardening, and of course cats, all featuring. And somehow the camera makes even those subjects look good.

But as you’d expect with GoPro, it’s action sports where the diminutive recording device really comes into its own. Featuring an entertaining mix of awesome first-person footage and stunning scenes tracked by drone, the video shows with great effectiveness the kind of content available to anyone equipped with a small video camera and a wild imagination.

Looking to expand its business, the California-based company is gearing up to take on the likes of drone giant DJI with its own remotely controlled copter designed especially for its range of action cameras.

Little is known about the design of the flying machine, though the silky-smooth footage shown off a few months ago suggests that if the price is right, GoPro could well have a hit on its hands.


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Eva Shockey says hunters are ‘the trendiest people on Earth’

December 31st, 2015

NOW PLAYINGEva Shockey: ‘I just wanted to go hunting with my dad’

After Queen Elizabeth, Eva Shockey was the second woman ever to appear on the cover of Field and Stream. Today, the co-host (with her dad) of “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures” is helping to make hunting a lifestyle for women around the country.

FOX411: You’ve changed gender stereotypes for the world of hunting. Did you know that when you started that you were a pioneer?

Eva Shockey: When I started, I just started because I wanted to go hunting with my dad. I didn’t think it would turn into the lifestyle and the career that it’s turned into now, which I’m so grateful for. For us, hunting is all about family, that was a great way to begin and now I’m very excited that I can, kind of little bit, be on the forefront of the women’s movement in the hunting industry, which is absolutely amazing how many women have become involved with hunting since I started.

FOX411: Yeah, why do you think that is? Why are more women into the hunting hobby?

Shockey: There’s a lot of reasons. I would say a very, very large portion of the reason women are involved now is because there’s actually clothing and gear that is available to us as women that is for us. So to kind of paint a picture for you when I first started I would go hunting, and this was only maybe say 10 years ago, and there were no options for what I wanted to wear. I would buy a men’s size small and we both know men’s bodies a size small does not fit, and they kind of fit…

FOX411: They’re very boxy. Very uncomfortable.

Shockey: Exactly. Just use your imagination. It’s not the same body shape, so now companies like Under Armour for example, in 2010 I believe they started their women’s hunting line. So, it was a hunting line for women, only a couple items and now six years later they have over 100 items, apparel and footwear that are incredible for performance and…

FOX411: And you rep them as well, right?

Shockey: I do. I’m officially signed with them as a partner but I wore their clothing and footwear way before I was officially with them.

FOX411: And your dad, Jim, is a noted outdoorsmen when you decided this is going to be my thing, my career was there any resistance from your parents because I did a little Googling on you and you were into dance, and many different things before hunting became your main gig.

Shockey: Yes, well, my dad and I currently host our TV show, ‘Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures,’ on the Outdoor Channel. It’s actually in its 15th season right now.

FOX411: Wow.

Shockey: It’s been amazing. It’s been half my life, over half my life but you’re right. My mom was a dancer, is a dancer, and I grew up dancing part time, and hunting part time, and I was always confused on what…

FOX411: Yeah, it’s an unusual hybrid of things.

Shockey: Exactly. I was never really sure which path I wanted to take and I didn’t really necessarily choose one I think it sort of chose me because there was such potential for women in the outdoors, and I still love dancing but hunting to me is my true passion. My mom was a little wary at first thinking I was just doing it just to show off to my dad, but she realized really quickly I love it just as much as he does. It’s been a really great way to bring our family all together.

FOX411:  And she might have been a little worried…I’m not sure if your familiar with the country singer Craig Strickland who went missing and his friend was found dead during a duck hunting expedition. Is there danger? Is there any kinds of precautions you should take when hunting?

Shockey:  Umm, there’s always dangers when you’re going out, and that particular story I’m not really familiar with,  and obviously I hope they found him. It’s a very sad thing regardless but for us there’s always danger when you’re out in the woods. It’s just part of being… I mean it’s the same as crossing the street. You’re just careful when you do it. For us being in the woods is like people in New York City crossing the street, you just know how to do it. You take care to look both ways and my dad has always said the five rules of hunting are safety, safety, safety, safety and safety. And he literally will say that to all of us growing up and he still says it because you can never take it for granted what you’re doing, and I mean we know what we’re doing has the potential to go wrong if we don’t have respect for what we’re doing so we take that seriously.

FOX411:  Was there ever an incident in your hunting experience where you got scared for your safety?

Shockey: I wouldn’t say that I’ve gotten scared from something. There’s things that you know when you’re in a certain position and you’re pushing yourself it’s something that instead of backing down and saying “I’m too scared to do this” you just have to push through because you know you’re capable of more, and that’s sort of incorporates what I believe a hunter is anyway, because it’s a lifestyle and we prepare for that by being in shape, being athletic, eating right, working out before, getting ready for a hunt before you go on a hunt and that’s just part of the responsibility of being a hunter which I take seriously, which I think is pretty cool thing to have. You have to take the responsibility when you go out there in the woods by yourself.

FOX411: You’re a very responsible hunter but there’s also always the flipside of things where you have critics who say that you are hunting defenseless animals as a hobby. What do you say to those critics?

Shockey:  First of all, it’s not a hobby. Like I said it’s a lifestyle. It’s what we do as a hunters is a good thing because we essentially, the bottom line is we are trying to fill our freezers with meat to feed ourselves or feed our family or whoever it is that the meat is going to, and a lot of these critics I don’t think are necessarily coming from the wrong place, their heart is in the right place, but they don’t quite understand what it is that we do and why we do it.  First of all, conservation. Hunters are the biggest conservationists on the planet, which I mean, is something I’m very proud of because we raise the most money as a single group for wildlife management. That’s an incredible thing when you think about it. We get our meat directly from the source so we know where that comes from and when people go, it’s sort of a new trend these days where people try to get organic meat from the grocery stores. It’s really expensive. They go to the highest grocery store that they can find and go, “I’m eating healthy,” and that’s great, I have no problem with that, but we’re as hunters essentially doing the exactly same thing we’ve been doing it since the beginning of time so we’re kind of like the trendiest people on Earth. So we started the trend as cavemen.

FOX411: That’s a tagline… “Hunters the trendiest people on Earth.”

Shockey: Yeah depending upon how you look at it. And so it’s just something we believe in and were proud of what we do.We know what we do is a good thing and the thing about people who talk badly about it if you let those people sit in a room with us and let us actually explain, inform them about what it is about hunting that they don’t understand I would say that most of them would probably change their minds.

FOX411: And finally what is the experience when you make a kill? Is that hunting terminology?

Shockey: Umm, yeah when you harvest an animal that’s obviously part of it because your freezer is obviously not going to get filled otherwise, but there’s so much more than just harvesting the animal like I was saying earlier it’s about family, that’s a big thing, so you’re out in the outdoors, you’re breathing the fresh air, you’re either with your friends or your family or may be by yourself…

FOX411: What happens when you strike that animal and they’re down? Is there a moment of victory, is there a moment of sadness, is it a combination?

Shockey: I would say it’s…I wouldn’t use the word victory so much. There’s sort of a moment or a long moment of reverence because this animal that was living has given its life and as a hunter you know that you are going to go forward from that moment on and you’re going to butcher it, you’re going to pack it and put it in your freezer, and you will appreciate it.  Every time I cook dinner at my house I’ll cook elk or moose or deer or whatever it is I’m cooking and it’s really incredible meat first of all it tastes great but I appreciate that animal. I remember when I was hunting this. Oh what a cool thing to go right to the source and not be disconnected from what you’re putting into your body.


Diana Falzone is a reporter. You can follow her on Twitter @dianafalzone.

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