The headline below is from an ABC News story about the outcome of this year's National Spelling Bee.

The problem? The winner's name is Arvind Mahankali, not Arvind Mahankal. There's no 'i' in team, but there sure is in Mahankali. (The report has since been corrected.)

It's impossible to overlook the irony of a news report misspelling the name of a spelling bee champion. Frankly it reads like something straight out of The Onion. Or as Ed Norton once described in a similar scenario on The Honeymooners, "I can just see the headline: Safe Award Driver Winner On Way To Receiving Award Has Accident."

But we are not here to mock. We're here to commiserate and empathize. Work in the media long enough, and you're bound to make a goof that inspires the thought of jumping into a rabbit hole.

Snickering is easy. But maybe the better option is to laugh a little with the full understanding that next embarrassing blunder could be yours.

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As seems the only appropriate way for Tim Tebow's story to end, sources privately admitted to ESPN in a magazine story this week that they know his time in the NFL is over.

Luckily for Tebow, there's still a variety of opportunities that have been floated since his career started going down the tubes: A CFL team that has his rights, a baseball career uncovered by the Sporting News that never came to fruition, coaching job with the Lingerie Football League and a spot with arena football.

And of course, broadcasting.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't talked about that," said Jon Chelesnik, the CEO of Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. "I would imagine he's not even thinking about broadcasting yet, he's thinking about someplace that he wants to play football."

(Tebow, for his part, after the ESPN article came out, said he would like to continue playing.)

Chelesnik says he sees Tebow succeeding on the networks in a similar fashion to Michael Strahan or Kurt Warner, both of whom have managed to make careers arguably as big as on television as they did on the field.

"I don't see him playing the role of cut-up," Chelesnik added. "He would be terrific hosting a show about people pursuing their dreams or achieving great things."

He also has a gift for motivational speaking and, could, Chelesnik says, "break the bank" in fees for his speeches.

"There are people out there who make a wonderful living who didn't have a Q rating among the public (that Tebow currently does) that make hundreds of thousands of dollars," he said.

It's also possible that Tebow could just dedicate his full time to his foundation. Throughout his career, he's been known to very quietly fulfill as many charitable requests as he can.

In 2012, a New York Times reporter watched as he redirected a question to talk about the foundation.

"Because ultimately I know that's more important than anything I do on the football field, is the ability to brighten a kid's day or the ability to make someone smile,” he said at the time.

It also might be the most immediately financially stable: In 2011, according to the foundation's IRS filings it had more than $2 million in total revenue.

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A 44-year-old woman who ignored her husband and son's request not to compete at a marathon on Mount Everest claimed her second title in the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon, clocking in at 6 hours, 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Ang Dami Sherpa, a Nepalese woman who is three months pregnant with her fourth child, told Republica that she had run the marathon every year since 2006.

"My husband and son had asked me not to run. But I consulted with a doctor and he suggested that I could run if it did not make me feel difficult," she added. "Actually I wanted to go to the Base Camp, go around and hang out with friends."

According to the report, Ang Dami Sherpa never trained specifically for the race, but got her workouts with travel between Namache Bazaar to her home in Thame, which are about 4 kilometers apart. She told the Republica that she also hopes to one day climb Mount Everest.

Runner's World reports that the race starts at Everest Base Camp (at an altitude of 17,598 feet), and goes around mountain trails to the finish at Namche Bazaar (at an altitude of 11,306 feet). The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon has been held since 2003 and is the world's highest trail running event.

An American resident, Tara Ketner, came in third, finishing in 7:28:10.

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Vinny Del Negro, who had the most successful tenure of any coach in Clipper history, was fired last week by owner Donald Sterling. How does unparalleled success lead to termination? Was it the intervention of star players with the owner that led to his downfall?

The Clippers have had a long and inglorious history filled with losing. Since the 1976-77 season, played in Buffalo, until Del Negro took the reigns in 2010, they had two winning seasons and went to the playoffs four times. The overall winning percentage of the franchise is .375. Their list of high first round draft picks who were unproductive is large -- from Benoit Benjamin (No. 3 in 1985) to Michael Olowokandi (No. 1 in 1998) to Darius Miles (No. 3 in 2000) to Shaun Livingston (No. 4 in 2004). They finally picked a true star in Blake Griffin.

Enter Del Negro. After a tough first season, his last two were the best in franchise history. The team steadily improved. They were ranked 19th in offense and 20th in defense per game in the NBA during the 2010-11 season. In 2012-13 they were ranked eighth in offense and fourth in defense in the NBA. 2011 showed the largest winning percentage increase from one season to the next in team history.

2011-12 and 2012-13 were the first back-to-back winning seasons since 1992-1993. These seasons resulted in Del Negro having the highest winning percentage of any coach in their history. They improved to a team record 56 wins this season after last year's lockout-shortened 40 wins. They swept the archrival Lakers four games straight. They won their first Pacific Division championship ever. They outdrew the Lakers in attendance and sold out every home game.

And this coach was not rehired.

In the 2011 season the team beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs before losing to San Antonio in the second round. This season the Clippers led the Grizzlies 2-0, building up great expectations. And then they were swept. This was the last image that Sterling held in his mind.

Losing dramatically to a team that they had beaten the year before in the playoffs could be viewed as a step back. Did Del Negro fail to adjust to the different approach that the Grizzlies took in the final four games? Did the injury to Blake Griffin which deprived the team of a critical weapon and the underperformance of the players play the larger role?

It became clear in Sterling's remarks this week about the decision that "the players" input was critical in the decision. There were inferences that Blake Griffin and Chris Paul told the owner that they liked Del Negro personally but had doubts whether he was the right person to take them to the next step. Paul is a free agent, his presence has much to do with the performance the last two years, and the team desperately needs to resign him. So as political as Paul is, and as much as he resisted being perceived as a "heavy" in the situation, Sterling was pretty clear that he made the call.

The situation evokes that of fired UCLA Coach Ben Howland, who led the Bruins to their best season in years and was fired after being blown out in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The question rises -- does demonstrable season-long achievement get discounted in judging the performance of a coach whose team suffers post-season losses. What have you done for me lately?

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A former USC football player has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary, "The Business Of Amateurs," which he says will "examine the evolution of the NCAA and the lopsided role of the multi-billion dollar non-profit." Bob DeMars, who played for the Trojans from 1997 to 2001, wrote that playing college football was a dream come true. But, he said, "some of my old injuries have opened my eyes to the fact that my future medical costs will likely outweigh the monetary benefits of my free education by the time I'm a senior citizen."

Through the documentary, DeMars says he hopes to "discover how college sports and the NCAA evolved into the disproportionate model of today.

"However," he adds in his pitch, "we won't just shed light on the problems of the NCAA; we are going to search for solutions that will spark change in the NCAA and work towards moving the focus back to the health of the athlete."

DeMars is asking for $30,000 for bare bones production costs. So far, in addition to receiving $15,000 so far, he's received notice from another one of USC's biggest names: Matt Barkley.


In an interview earlier this week with ThePostGame, DeMars said numerous other former USC athletes had also reached out to him after hearing about his project, including Scott Ross, who played next to Junior Seau during his time in Southern Cal.

"[He] played one year of pro and he's 44 years old and he's unbelievably deep in his stages of dementia," DeMars said. "I took a lot of head shots and had a few concussions and probably a lot that were undiagnosed. So when I have lapses in my memory I wonder if that's just a precursor [to something worse]."

Lack of enough health benefits is a common concern from current and former players and anyone watching the game. DeMars said he thinks his documentary will be different because the illustration of problems and brainstorming of possible solutions will come from the people involved in the NCAA -- former players, coaches and hopefully some NCAA officials. He said he even received a promise months ago from his former coach, Pete Carroll, to talk about his experience as a coach.

"Workers compensation exists in every other job," he said. "There's nothing related to that [for former college athletes] because players aren’t employees and if there was a way to fix the system, I think we should find it."

You can check out DeMars' pitch here:

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee, our favorite sport, began this week with dozens of the smartest young spellers from all around the country competing for the crown. So what's it like to be one of those competitors getting on stage to spell a word most of us have never heard of? The people behind the scenes of the Bee tried to provide a speller's perspective.

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The first round of the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is a 45-minute test of vocabulary and spelling that the 281 competitors complete on computers, took place on Tuesday. The first onstage televised rounds begin Wednesday and the championship rounds will be televised on May 30.

The memories, former competitors told NPR can be life-changing.

Karla Miller, who competed in the national bees of 1984, 1985 and 1986, told NPR that she still has to turn away when she sees the Bee on television. "It was a very intense experience. I had never been through something like that," Miller said. "You're on a stage in front of people, and now you're on TV and the Twitterati, and all these people watching you, waiting for you to make a mistake."

Another former competitor, Srinivas Ayyagari, told NPR that he went on to win thousands on Jeopardy (along with going to Harvard and then Penn for law school). "The lights were incredibly bright and that sort of changed the dynamic about it," Ayyagari told NPR. "Seeing someone from ESPN commenting on your style and strategy was bizarre and weird. But it's the closest I'll ever come to being an athlete."

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The father of a high school track runner in Camden County, New Jersey, is suing his son's former coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent and school board after his son was dropped from the team.

According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ervin Mears Jr. says in his lawsuit that his son, Mawusimensah Mears, was subjected to bullying and harassment by being kicked off the team at Sterling Regional High School.

The defendants, according to court papers, are being accused of violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which, the suit says, "prohibits a student from being excluded from ... any educational program or activity that receives federal assistance."

According to the report, coaches said that Mawusimensah, a sophomore, missed too many practices. His father says his son missed practices because of a death in the family and a leg injury.

The older Mears claims the problems began when his son, who he said was undefeated in middle school in the 200, 400 and 800 meters, wasn't given proper exposure and allowed to run the races he excels at. ""If he doesn't qualify, then the clock will say he's not fast enough," Mears told the Inquirer.

Court papers show he is representing himself and wants $40 million plus the cost of two varsity letters and championship jackets.

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It may have not been as bad as Joba Chamberlin's infamous fight with gnats, but a swarm of bees had the Kansas City Royals on edge Sunday. The bees invaded the Royals dugout at Kauffman Stadium before the squad's game against the Angels.

The Royals' luck didn't improve over the course of the afternoon. They continued a recent downward slide, losing 5-2.

While the bees may have been scary, it could have gotten a lot worse: Take a look at this video of bees invading a soccer pitch in Brazil a few months ago during a Brazilian league game.

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The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon began in 2001. It was created as part of the recovery process after 168 people were killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

This year's run had extra significance. It came just 13 days after the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon. HBO's "Real Sports" profiles several of the inspirational competitors who have survived the tragedies and are taking strides toward healing. The latest edition of the show premieres 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday. Here is a snippet:

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A new health epidemic looms on the horizon like a ticking time bomb. It is the spectre of cumulative brain damage suffered from repetitive sub-concussive hits to the head in football and other sports. A concussion does not necessitate being knocked out cold. It is a blow to the head or body creating a change in brain function. Research is now showing that damage is occurring in regular action to most football athletes on most plays. And none of it is diagnosed or charted.

The simple act of an offensive lineman hitting a defensive lineman to start a play produces sub-concussive damage to both players. I have made the point before that a lineman who plays high school, collegiate and a long career in the NFL could emerge from the sport with 10,000 sub-concussive hits -- none of which are diagnosed. The highest percentage of concussive damage on a football team occurs to the offensive line. Quarterback is actually a safer position.

The enhanced size, speed, and strength of contemporary athletes with modern nutrition and training techniques amplify the physics of every hit. The cumulative damage does not necessarily manifest immediately, some years may pass before impairment becomes evident. But come it will, and the numbers will be staggering. Remember that premature senility, dementia, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, depression and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are some of the results of excessive hits.

What is the responsible position to take in the face of this onslaught? I am forming a new foundation called Athletes Speak to focus attention on the problem and fund research on the solution which will have iconic athletes speaking out. Hall of Fame footballers Earl Campbell and Warren Moon are the first two members of the Board of Directors and more will soon be announced. To make sure we have access to the state of the art research in the field we have assembled the pioneers in the field of head injury. Dr. Robert Cantu, Dr. Julian Bailes, Dr. David Hovda, Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz and Dr. Kristen Willeumier have agreed to serve and they will soon be joined by other experts.

The imperative here is to try and prevent more future pain and suffering. What makes this injury different than any other athletic injury is that it affects the brain. It impacts memory, reasoning, and character -- what it means to be human. The adolescent brain is at risk for more severe, long-lasting damage. There are many groups and researchers who are doing heroic work on this issue, but having athletes speak out is critical.
I sat through a presentation by the creator of a new helmet technology that promises to revolutionize the actual protection provided to athletes. I will write more on that later. Meanwhile we welcome any help or ideas for Athletes Speak.

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