Sports & Leisure

Botched Half-marathon's Organizers Offer T-shirt Apology
November 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

They ran an extra 4 miles on their half-marathon. And for their extra pain, they're getting  T-shirts. Organizers offered runners commemorative T-shirts as part of an apology for inadvertently extending the weekend Standard Chartered Bangkok Half-marathon by almost 7 kilometers (4 miles). The error by race officials along the route meant participants in Sunday's race…

Fake Merchandise Destroyed in UK Raid
November 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Trading Standards officers seized and later destroyed a haul of fake goods, including clothes and perfume, in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, U.K. The haul included a significant number of big-name brands, such as Adidas, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Chanel and Premier League merchandise. It also included mugs, lighters and keyrings. Authorities found most of the…

600 Bobbleheads Mysteriously Left on Doorstep
November 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former San Diego Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego. Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors. The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police Department told Philip Jia it was the…

Washington Nationals Calendar Features Boston's Ballpark
November 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

When the Washington Nationals debuted their 2016 calendar, there was a bit of an elephant in the room about the cover. (Well, in this case it's more of a Green Monster in the room.) The calendar features the Red Sox's Fenway Park. Unfortunately, Fenway's famous ballpark wall…

Counterfeit Soccer Apparel Seized Near Dulles International Airport
November 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 5,382 pieces of counterfeit soccer apparel near Washington Dulles International Airport on Nov. 2, according to a Nov. 10 release from CBP. The estimated manufacturer’s retail price for the haul, had the pieces been genuine, was listed at $16,791. The jersey tops and shorts violated the intellectual property…

LSU Investigating Running Back's Family Over Merchandise
November 11, 2015 at 3:52 pm

LSU is investigating the family of running back Leonard Fournette to see if it violated NCAA rules, according to a USA Today report. The investigation stems from the brief existence of a website that was created to sell Fournette merchandise. The site was launched the week of last year's season opener and was taken down…

Akron RubberDucks Win National Award for Promotions
November 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Despite outstanding seasons from third baseman Yandy Diaz and closer Jeff Johnson, the Akron RubberDucks fell short of the playoffs this year. But the minor league baseball team picked up a different postseason win thanks in part to wacky promotions like “Brian Williams Pants on Fire Night” and a Goonies-themed bobble-belly giveaway. Minor League Baseball…

Homeland Security Investigating Royals Merchandise
November 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents removed boxes of merchandise from a store in Overland Park, Kan., after the owner was accused of violating trademarks held by the Kansas City Royals and MLB. According to KSHB 41, the DHS agents, along with Kansas' Johnson County Sheriff's Department, removed dozens of boxes containing…

China Wants to Get Awesome at Soccer, and that Means Big Bucks for Companies
November 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Despite the fact that China's population currently stands around 1.3 billion (roughly 20 percent of the earth's population), its men's soccer team currently ranks at a measly 81st in the world. On top of that, the men's team has competed in the FIFA World Cup only once—back in 2002. But now, China is on a…