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07.12.13 Marie Calloway

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos and several other champion women cyclists have created an online petition demanding the ability to compete in the prestigious Tour de France. Women are currently barred from competing in it due to rules that limit the distance of women’s road races. “In the late 1960’s, people assumed that women […]

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05.23.13 Andy Cush

Adidas’s Fanatic Premier soccer league pits a host of New York businesses against one other, once a week at Grand and Chrystie streets on the Lower East Side. Teams involved include the Ace Hotel, Miss Lily’s, the Chinatown Soccer Club,  and a bunch of others. Why do you care? Because Mother, our sugar momma, has a team, […]

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05.15.13 Andy Cush

How do you host a mixed martial arts fight in a state where the sport is effectively banned? Don’t pay your competitors, apparently. Laws regulating MMA in New York only ban professional MMA fighting, apparently for its violence, but amateur fights are totally legal. So if you’re dropping $50-100 at Terminal 5 for tickets to the Victory […]

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04.17.13 Andy Cush

“Geeks are definitely the new rock stars,” goes the tagline to Bravo’s goofy new reality show about “startup culture,” and hamfisted a sentiment though it may be, at least one proposed mega-high-dollar business transaction is playing right into it! Reddit cofounder and Brooklyn native Alexis Ohanian told Bloomberg News Tuesday that he’s “absolutely” interested in […]

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02.27.13 Samer Kalaf

New York will be joining Texas, Hawaii, Washington and California when the Public School Athletic League establishes a wrestling league entirely for girls, beginning in March and ending with a tournament in May. The plan is to have 16 teams for around 300 girls, spanning from all five boroughs. There will be 12 weight classes. […]

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01.28.13 Andy Cush

Brooklynite Mike Sorisi created Knicklyn as a way to give a home to people like him: diehard hoops fans from Kings County who’d rather stay true to NYC’s original team than jump ship to the Nets. Within days of setting up shop–selling t-shirts and stickers on Big Cartel–Sorisi received a cease-and-desist letter from none other than […]

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12.18.12 Marina Galperina

You must have seen competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi wolf down hot dog after hot dog after hot dog at inhuman speeds, in superhuman volumes, right? But have you seen it… in slow motion?! ANIMAL had a grand old time at the Art Fag City Wienerfest and Fundraiser and enjoyed Kobayashi’s performance very much, capturing the beauty of […]

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10.19.12 Andy Cush

Liberal New Yorkers can take solace in the fact that, though their beloved Yankees lost the final game in a 4-0 sweep against the Tigers for the American League pennant last night, Barack Obama will probably be re-elected president in November. According to Yankee tradition, whenever the Bronx Bombers make the playoffs in an election […]

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10.16.12 Andy Cush

The Yankees have made it to the playoffs in 9 of the past 15 presidential election years we’ve had since 1952. According to Times columnist Clyde Haberman, their performance in each of those years bears a striking correlation the the results of the corresponding election. With just three exceptions, every time the Bronx Bombers have gone […]

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10.02.12 Aymann Ismail

Over the weekend, ANIMAL had the privilege of witnessing the athletic mastership and gravity-defying feats of grace at the 2012 U.S. Pole Dance Federation Championship at the Upper West Side’s Symphony Space performing arts center. Watch our interview with this year’s winner Michelle Stanek and behold some amazing moves. “I’m not bothered by the provocative tone […]

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