TIME Football

What’s Next for Michael Sam?

St. Louis Rams cut the openly gay defensive end Saturday, but analysts say he has a future in the NFL

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The NFL may not see its first openly gay player on a regular season roster this year after all.

The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam didn’t make the team’s 53-man roster, but analysts say the rookie defensive end still has a shot at a career in the NFL.

Sam now becomes a free agent, but if another team doesn’t pick him up, he might end up back where he started: with the Rams, as part of their 10-member practice squad, the Washington Post reported. In that case, the player would practice with the team but not play in games.

Watch the video above for more on what analysts say is in store for Sam.

TIME Extreme Sports

Watch These Wingsuit Daredevils Make Risky Jumps for Internet Fame

Videos featuring extreme stunts are more and more common online, but some worry about the consequences as amateurs attempt riskier jumps

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Wingsuit flying – a sport in which people glide through the air while wearing a specialized suit – was first attempted in Switzerland in 2003.

More than 10 years later, the spectacular sport attracts hundreds of aficionados every year: recent estimates put the number of people practicing wingsuiting at about 2,000, AFP reports.

And as the sport becomes more popular, so have the videos shared online featuring daring stunts, turning expert wingsuiters into Internet sensations. Some are seen flying perilously close to mountainsides and approaching the record flying speed of 363 kph.

“Video has a positive side,” Vincent Descols, a wingsuit flier, told AFP. “It allows us to fine-tune the art of flight: the accuracy, the height at which to open the parachute.”

“But other videos are a problem because they give the impression that it’s easy,” Descols added.
Some worry that the online spread of wingsuit videos could be encouraging amateurs to take unprecedented risks. According to the Base Jumping Fatality List, there were 21 wingsuit deaths worldwide in 2013.

 

 

 

TIME Television

See What the Saved By the Bell Actors Have Been Up To

Bayside High has some pretty talented alumni

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Before the Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story premiers on Lifetime and ruins your memories of Bayside High School, let’s take some time to remember the cast.

The six biggest co-stars became household names at a young age in the late 80s and early 90s, but that isn’t always a recipe for later success. From staring in crime dramas to hosting The X-Factor, the Saved by the Bell kids managed to get pretty good jobs out of school . . . except Screech.

Here’s what the Saved by the Bell crew has been up to since they left Bayside.

 

TIME White House

LIVE: Obama Speaks on ISIS and Ukraine Crisis

President expected to address the fight against Sunni militants in Iraq, and the worsening situation in Ukraine

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President Obama is expected to address the nation from the White House press briefing room on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) and worsening violence in Ukraine.

TIME Spain

Go Inside the World’s Biggest Tomato Fight

The La Tomatina festival draws thousands of people to Bunol, Spain, every year

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Getting into a food fight is every school kid’s fantasy, but once a year in the town of Bunol, Spain, it becomes a reality.

The objective of the La Tomatina festival is simple: Throw as many tomatoes at other people as you can (or perhaps just roll around in the puree that covers the streets). This year, according to the Associated Press, there were approximately 125 tons of tomatoes and 22,000 participants.

Both residents and non-residents participate in the festival. This is the second year that Bunol charged out-of-towners 10 Euros (about $13) to help paint their town red.

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TIME celebrities

Go Behind the Scenes of Jessica Chastain’s TIME Photo Shoot

The actress brings out her glamorous side

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Jessica Chastain’s face will be seen in many places this fall — in addition to starring in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (which is not just one, but three films) the actress also has major roles in Interstellar and A Most Violent Year, all of which will be released in the upcoming season.

Chastain is featured in this week’s TIME Fall Arts Preview and was photographed by Peter Hapak at Milk Studios in New York City.

Take a behind-the-scenes teaser in the video above.

TIME celebrities

Behind the Scenes of Tavi Gevinson’s TIME Photo Shoot

The recent high school graduate begins a new phase of her life

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Tavi Gevinson is no stranger to posing for pictures, styling an outfit, or even acting. Though the Rookie editor-in-chief made her Broadway debut in This is Our Youth this month, she’s been acting since she was little, she told New York Magazine.

Gevinson, 18, is featured in this week’s TIME fall arts preview and was photographed by Peter Hapak in New York City.

In the video above, take a glimpse inside the photo studio.

TIME Television

Watch Celebs Say Goodbye to Chelsea Lately With a Farewell Sing-Along

Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Aniston, 50 Cent and others stopped by as Chelsea Handler heads to Netflix

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After seven years of making fun of celebrities on E!’s Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler still has a lot of friends — just look at who showed up to bid the comedian farewell during the final episode of her late-night talk show. Gwen “Colbort Report” Stefani, Jennifer Aniston, Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Tim Gunn, Gerard Butler, Alanis Morissette, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, ex-boyfriend 50 Cent and dozens more joined Handler for one big sing-along.

If you missed the grand finale — or Ellen DeGeneres’ appearance in one very naked skit — don’t worry: Handler is moving to Netflix, where things like gratuitous nudity and time schedules really aren’t matters of concern.

TIME India

Rice, Not Ice: India’s Answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge

The movement's Facebook page describes it as an "Indian version for Indian Needs"

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How does India do the Ice Bucket Challenge? They don’t. Instead of pouring buckets of ice and water over their heads, people in India have been filling a bucket with rice and giving it to local people in need.

According to the Independent, the Rice Bucket Challenge was started by Manju Latha Kalanidhi, a journalist from Hyderabad, India. The first donation was made Sunday Morning and the movement’s Facebook page has more than 35 thousand likes so far.

As explained on the page, there are four steps to the Rice Bucket Challenge:

1) Pick up a bowl of rice from your kitchen

2) Go to the nearest needy person and give it to them

3) Click a picture and post it on Facebook with the hashtag #RiceBucketChallenge

4) Tag all your friends and ask them to take up the challenge

According to the World Bank, 312 million people in India live below the poverty line.

TIME celebrities

WATCH: 2014 Emmys Red Carpet Time Lapse

See them sparkle and shine this Emmys

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Just one night after the VMAs, another red carpet was put to use Tuesday night, this time at the Emmys, with more celebrities decked out in their usual finery.

According to People, Sofia Vergara wore a white Roberto Cavalli dress with silver lining (she later displayed said dress when she was infamously put on a pedestal during the show). Kerry Washington, Uzo Aduba, and Julia Roberts are also shown in the video above and feature dresses by Prada, Christian Siriano and Elie Saab.

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