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May 20, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs are a basketball purist's dream team. And despite all the claims that their style of play lacks any modicum of excitement, their crisp ball movement, flawless execution — and yes, even Tim Duncan's fundamental bank shots — are all quietly marvelous, if you know what you're looking for.

But don't take it from me. Take it from this incredible fan-made tribute video about the team that will change how you feel about the boring ol' Spurs. (Spoiler: There are bounce passes a-plenty.) --Jon Terbush

new york city cops
10:48 a.m. ET

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority recently began a campaign to improve etiquette on the subway, plastering signs within carriages encouraging commuters to, for example, give their seats up for the elderly and disabled. One such sign tells man not to "manspread," i.e. sit with their legs spread so far apart that it disturbs other passengers. (It's a problem.)

But it appears a couple of zealous police officers took the MTA's tips a tad too far, arresting a pair of Latino men for manspreading. As Gothamist notes, the men were arrested after midnight, which makes it unlikely their alleged manspreading actually impinged on anyone's space.

Indeed, it's possible that the men were arrested so that the police could meet their quotas, a much criticized aspect of the city's so-called "broken windows" approach to policing, in which even minor crimes are aggressively prosecuted. Ryu Spaeth

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After Wednesday's news that the U.S. has indicted nine FIFA officials on 47 corruption charges, the group's corporate sponsors are threatening to revoke sponsorship if FIFA doesn't implement reforms.

Visa, one of FIFA's main sponsors, threatened to pull its sponsorship if FIFA doesn't "take swift and immediate steps to address these issues within its organization."

"Our sponsorship has always focused on supporting the teams, enabling a great fan experience, and inspiring communities to come together and celebrate the spirit of competition and personal achievement — and it is important that FIFA makes changes now, so that the focus remain on these going forward," Visa said in a statement. "Should FIFA fail to do so, we have informed them that we will reassess our sponsorship."

In a statement released Thursday, Adidas, FIFA's oldest sponsor, said that it encouraged the organization to "continue to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do. Coca-Cola, another FIFA sponsor, meanwhile, said the World Cup's reputation is "tarnished" by the FIFA scandal. Meghan DeMaria

10:42 a.m. ET

In 1996, Bill Clinton turned 50 while running against 73-year-old Bob Dole. Clinton's camp took the opportunity to emphasize his comparative youth with a giant, custom birthday cake:

(via The Weekly Standard)

In 2015, Marco Rubio turned 44, and his campaign released a birthday cake graphic that looks very familiar:


Rubio is 23 years younger than Hillary Clinton, who is 67 — just as Bill Clinton was 23 years younger than Dole. It's a clever knock at Clinton's age, though ironically a reference that only be understood by people who are old enough to remember mid-1990s politics.

Rubio is not the first GOP candidate to address Clinton's age in light of a comparatively young Republican field — though others, like 52-year-old Rand Paul, have been a little more subtle. And speaking of Paul and Rubio, a poll released today finds that these two poll strongest against Clinton in a national matchup. Bonnie Kristian

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Sen. Liz Warren (D-Mass.) is best known for her populist opposition to big banks on Wall Street, often critiquing their role in the 2008 housing crisis and the devastating spike in foreclosures it entailed. And in All Your Worth, a book Warren published in 2006, she says it is a myth that "you can make big money buying houses and flipping them quickly."

These two facts combined make it curious that, as National Review reports, Warren made $240,500 (before deducting unknown remodeling costs) in the mid-1990s by flipping five houses in Oklahoma. Several of the homes were foreclosures, and a lack of permits on file with local government suggests she did not make significant improvements in some of the houses before flipping them.

Warren has also come under fire this week for the $1.6 million advance she earned for her 2014 memoir, A Fighting Chance. In her financial disclosures, Warren split the payment across two years' forms. Bonnie Kristian

some good news for fifa
10:25 a.m. ET

FIFA 16, the upcoming edition of EA Sports' series of soccer simulation video games, will feature women's teams for the first time ever. The announcement comes just before the Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada on June 6.

The lack of women has been a point of contention for years in the games, which have been around since 1993. A petition garnered more than 13,000 supporters in 2012.

There will be 12 women's teams, all international, compared to 30 men's leagues with more than a dozen teams each on FIFA '15, Polygon reports. Team USA players Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe are among those featured.

FIFA 16 will be released Sept. 22.

Julie Kliegman

shop til you drop
9:57 a.m. ET
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In case there weren't already enough easy ways to blow money on the internet, shoppers will soon be able to buy products online without ever leaving a Google search screen, the company's chief business officer announced Wednesday, Re/code reports.

"There’s going to be a buy button," Omid Kordestani said at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California. "It's going to be imminent."

When a user searches for a product, the buy button would appear with product ads that already run alongside search results, BBC reports. The Wall Street Journal reported on Google's buy button earlier this month.

Google faces instant-buying competition from Amazon's one-click ordering, as well as Twitter, which started testing a buy button with select groups last September. Julie Kliegman

9:43 a.m. ET

To any soccer fan who has been following the practices of FIFA throughout the past decade, it's no surprise that the world's governing soccer organization is terribly corrupt. It's a little more surprising, however, that FIFA is finally being held accountable — to the tune of $150 million and charges of bribery, fraud, and racketeering.

"On the surface, it's just another white collar crime story: rich, powerful men making themselves richer and more powerful," says Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post. "But a closer look suggests that there is a lot of real-world suffering happening as a direct result of FIFA's decisions." Ingraham put together a fascinating chart that maps out the estimated human toll of building the stadiums and facilities necessary to hold the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, and the result is startling:

(The Washington Post)

While Ingraham's graphic is an estimate (he explains how he arrived at this comparison here), this rough approximation of the potentially World Cup-related deaths of migrant workers in Qatar is undoubtedly shocking. Even worse, the Post points out that the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that in addition to 1,200 migrant worker deaths so far, up to 4,000 additional workers could die in Qatar in the run up to the 2022 World Cup.

For a full explanation of how Ingraham arrived at these bleak estimates, head over to The Washington Post. Samantha Rollins

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