Fit Fix: Here’s What It’s Like to Do Skate Tricks in Zero Gravity

Tony Hawk skateboards in zero gravity. / YouTube

Getting Some Serious Air: Here’s a video of Tony Hawk and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki doing skateboard tricks in zero gravity aboard the ZeroG plane, because why the hell not? Notable highlights: Hawk eats floor (0:49), Homoki crashes into a cameraman (1:11), Hawk pulls off the greatest kick flip of all time (2:46). Led by 900 Films Productions camera ace Jared Prindle, the film crew used a range of Sony cameras—including Sony’s 4K Action Cam, a7S II, FS5 and FS7—to pull off the zero-gravity shoot.

Stop Calling It “Evaporated Cane Juice”: Whenever you see that phrase on the ingredients list of some fancy smoothie or health bar, beware: It’s still just regular old sugar. “Companies can add modifying adjectives, perhaps calling it ‘organic cane sugar,’ but the word ‘sugar’ should be included,” according to an NPR report. And it’s not just mock-healthy food: Huge numbers of everyday food products contain added sugar marketed under different labels, from relatively straightforward terms like “corn sweet” and “molasses” to bizarre ones like “flo malt,” “isomaltulose,” “sorghum syrup,” and “nulomoline,” according to the New York Times.

McGregor–Mayweather?: Professional sports blowhard Colin Cowherd says he has “intel” suggesting that the fight between the now-“retired” boxer and the momentarily exiled MMA champ will actually happen in September. Neither fighter’s rep has confirmed it, so this could easily be a publicity stunt for his radio show, but it might be cool to look at how a matchup like that would even work, and whether they’d be boxing or grappling in an octagon.

Dub Nation Catches a Breather: Steph Curry and company were on the ropes and looking a little woozy, down 3–1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the Warriors rallied Thursday, winning Game 5 of the Western Conference Playoffs 120-111 and closing the series deficit to 3–2.


The Reign of Mourinho Begins: Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been named the boss at Manchester United after the departure of former coach Louis van Gaal, the team announced Friday. [ESPN FC]

Memorial Day Murph: One of the toughest CrossFit WODs around is gaining traction as a Memorial Day tradition—both in boxes around the U.S. and even among regular gym-goers. Still, it’s no walk in the park: With 2 miles of running, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, and 300 squats, it’s a brutal slog for even the fittest people—so here’s what you need to know to survive it.

Nadal Is Out: The Spanish tennis star was forced to withdraw from the French Open because of a “problem with his wrist,” he said at a press conference Friday. It’s the first time Nadal has withdrawn from the tournament, where he’s claimed the title nine times. [USA TODAY]

USA vs. Bolivia: The Yanks will face off against La Verde on Friday night, another crucial test for the American squad ahead of this summer’s Copa America. The U.S. is coming off Wednesday night’s clutch 1–0 victory over Ecuador, secured by a last-minute goal from Portland Timbers star Darlington Nagbe. [NBC Soccer]

Young Gun: Julio Urias is set to start for the Dodgers against the Mets tonight. The notable thing? He’s only 19 years old, making him the youngest starting pitcher for L.A. since 1980.

Tribute to Dez: Nihar Janga, one of the co-champions of last night’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, flashed the Cowboys receiver’s touchdown celebration after he correctly spelled the winning word. Bryant, of course, loved it. (Which raises the question: Do pro football players watch spelling bees in their spare time?)




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