An Alabama YouTuber went viral earlier this month when she caught a 30 pound catfish with her bare hand.

Hannah Barron is a popular Internet star with 340K subs on YouTube and nearly 1 million followers on Instagram.

Hannah has been noodling catfish for 4 years. Catfish noodling is a sport that requires skill, nerves of steel, and great teamwork.

A noodler dives underwater to reach a catfish hole and sticks his or her hand in the hole. The catfish latches onto the hand as a defensive maneuver and the noodler reaches through the fish's gill and yanks it out of the hole.

It helps if you can hold your breath underwater for about 60 seconds while noodling the catfish.

Catfish noodling is a sport practiced primarily in warm southern states where catfish the size of dogs are abundant.

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Eight New York Yankees players tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated, NBC News reported. Torres previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason.

The news hit the league like a bombshell.

The Yankees canceled a game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, after three players – Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta -- tested positive.

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Torres, center, is among eight so-called "breakthrough" cases among the Yankees — people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is in quarantine while awaiting the result of his Covid test.

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Judge, pictured left, escorted MLB legend Hank Aaron's wife Billye Aaron to the home plate on Coors Field during the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night. She received a standing ovation.

Hank Aaron died on January 22, 2021, weeks after receiving the Covid-19 mRNA injection.

Three more Yankees players and one staff -- who were not named -- also tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

None of the players reported any Covid-related symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing or coughing.

"Certainly unexpected," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball, that's in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case."

All Major League Baseball teams require their players to be fully vaccinated in order to play.

The Yankees are undergoing additional testing and contact tracing, with the assistance of the baseball commissioner’s office and its medical experts, NBC reports.

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Stephen A. Smith apologized on Monday for making a racist comment about MLB star Shohei Ohtani's use of an interpreter ahead of the All-Star game.

Ohtani speaks some English and Spanish but he has used a Japanese interpreter since 2017. Ohtani leads the major leagues with 33 home runs and is 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 starts.

Smith's remarks were criticized on social media and he hastily backtracked after his own colleagues called for his suspension.

It all started when the outspoken ESPN host criticized the Los Angeles Angels pitching and hitting sensation for using an interpreter to handle questions from the news media.

Smith said during Monday's episode of "First Take" that the interpreter "harmed" the game of baseball.

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Smith was angry that Ohtani, pictured with his interpreter, is the No. 1 superstar attraction in Major League Baseball.

"I don't think it helps that the number one face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he's saying in this country.

"The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn't speak English, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that's your box office appeal."

The public reaction was furious. Smith was accused of being xenophobic in light of the violent anti-Asian attacks in the United States.

Former ESPN host Keith Olbermann tweeted:

"I've supported @stephenasmith when he's been big at @espn and when he hasn't, and when he's been right and when he's been wrong.

But this, about Shohei Ohtani, is straight up racism at a time of dangerous anti-Asian violence.

This requires an apology, and a suspension. Now."

By Monday evening, Smith, 53, wrote a lengthy post in which he apologized profusely for putting his foot in his mouth.

Smith, who earns $12 million per year, said he had screwed up royally.

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Sha'Carri Richardson's name was left off the roster for the 4x100 relay team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The American sprinter received a 30-day suspension for a failed drug test after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

Richardson tested positive for THC, an ingredient found in marijuana. The positive test meant she would lose her spot on Team USA's 100-meter dash.

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The 21-year-old held out hope that she would still be part of the 4x100 relay team since her suspension was up before the start of the relays on Aug. 4.

However, her name was left off the roster USATF released on Tuesday.

Richardson received the bad news over the weekend. She sent out a series of tweets that suggested she didn't take the news well.

Richardson told her followers the Olympic Games will not be the same without her.

"The support [from] my community I thank y'all, the negative [people] forget y'all and enjoy the games because we all know it won't be the same... I'm sorry, I can't be y'all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I'll be your World Champ next year... All these perfect people that know how to live life, I'm glad I'm not one of them!"

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Rachel Nichols has reportedly lost her coveted NBA Finals hosting gig amid ongoing racial drama at ESPN.

Nichols will not be at courtside when the Phoenix Suns face the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Finals tonight in Phoenix.

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The NBA Finals sideline gig will go to ESPN reporter Malika Andrews (pictured). Andrews checks all of the diversity boxes.

"We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals. Rachel will continue to host "The Jump," ESPN said in a statement on Monday.

Nichols has hosted ESPN's daily basketball show "The Jump" since 2016.

The drama ensued when Nichols was caught on a hot mic complaining about Black reporter Maria Taylor getting the 2020 NBA Finals gig.

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Nichols, who is white, sought advice from Adam Mendelsohn in a secretly recorded phone call at a hotel near the NBA Bubble in Orlando in July 2020.

She accused her bosses of giving Maria Taylor the 2020 NBA Finals gig because of the color of her skin and ESPNS's "crappy" history of "diversity."

Unbeknownst to Nichols, a video camera in her hotel room was still on and recording her phone call with Mendelsohn. The recording, which was live-streamed to a server at ESPN's headquarters, soon made the rounds at ESPN.

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Nichols is pictured interviewing actor Michael B. Jordan at the Staples Center on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles.

She struggled to keep her emotions in check on "The Jump" on Monday, as she apologized profusely to Taylor and ESPN's viewers.

"So, the first thing they teach you in journalism school is don't be the story. And I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals," Nichols said.

"But I also don't want to let this moment pass without saying how much I respect, how much I value our colleagues here at ESPN. How deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be part of this outstanding team."

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Stephen Jackson deleted a video saying "F**k ESPN" and blamed the network for creating the racist drama between its top female anchors, Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor.

A leaked phone call between Nichols and Adam Mendelsohn, an adviser to LeBron James, sparked outrage on social media.

Nichols forgot a video camera was still recording in her hotel room when she complained to Mendelsohn about ESPN giving Taylor the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig.

Nichols suggested that ESPN favored Taylor because of the color of Taylor's skin and ESPN's "crappy" history on diversity.

"I just want them to go somewhere else — it's in my contract, by the way; this job is in my contract in writing," Nichols told Mendelsohn.

Jackson, a retired NBA star, defended Nichols on social media after speaking with her by phone.

He initially posted a video saying "F**k ESPN" and called himself "Team Maria."
 

Jackson deleted the video and shared another video in which he defended Nichols. He said ESPN gave Taylor a "sympathy job" due to the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.

"We all ramble and we say things when we're frustrated, and Rachel did deserve that job, it's just plain and simple, I've talked to Rachel and I know a lot of things she was saying out of frustrations because ESPN put her in a bad position and they even put Maria in a bad position by trying to give Maria a sympathy job, they were trying to make themselves look good because of the Black lives Matter and the George Floyd stuff was going on. So ESPN tried to make themselves look good by taking the job from Rachel that she had already had - that they already told her she had... ESPN is behind all this. It's all they fault... ESPN, y'all some suckers!"

 

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A racial firestorm is brewing between ESPN anchors Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor.

Rachel Nichols is a well-known NBA sports reporter, anchor and host of ESPN's daily sports magazine "The Jump."

Her sports IQ and professionalism has earned Nichols the respect of top tier athletes who know her on a first-name basis.

Most sports fans had never heard of Maria Taylor until someone leaked Nichols' private phone conversation from last year.

In the audio clip, obtained by the New York Times, Nichols voiced her disappointment that Taylor was given NBA Finals hosting duties in 2020.

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Nichols, who is white, believed that Taylor, who is Black, got the coveted gig because of the explosive protests following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Taylor is pictured interviewing Grayson Allen of the Duke Blue Devils in 2018.

Nichols made the comments last July in a private phone conversation with Adam Mendelssohn, an adviser to L.A. Lakers star LeBron James and his agent Rich Paul.

At the time, Nichols was in quarantine at a Walt Disney World resort near the NBA bubble in Orlando, as part of the NBA's Covid protocol.

Alone in her room, she used a video camera to host "The Jump" and appear in ESPN's pregame and post-game shows.

Nichols was seeking advice from Mendelssohn on how to handle the tense situation with Taylor.

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She suggested that ESPN favored Taylor because of the color of Taylor's skin and ESPN's "crappy" history on diversity.

"I just want them to go somewhere else — it's in my contract, by the way; this job is in my contract in writing," Nichols told Mendelsohn.

During a pause in their conversation, Mendelsohn, who is white, said, "I don't know. I'm exhausted. Between Me Too and Black Lives Matter, I got nothing left."

Nichols laughed, apparently in agreement.

Unbeknownst to Nichols, the video camera was still on and recording her phone conversation with Mendelssohn. The recording was live-streamed to a server at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., according to the NY Times.

Multiple ESPN staffers had access to the server. Someone used a cellphone to record the audio off the server. The audio clip soon made the rounds at ESPN.

The audio clip was not made public until now.

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The leaked audio clip confirmed the suspicions of several Black ESPN employees who believe their white colleagues support Black Lives Matter in public but act differently behind closed doors.

Nichols has apologized to Taylor via email and text, but Taylor has not responded.

Taylor, who is holding out for "Stephen A. Smith money", will likely part ways with ESPN when her contract expires in three weeks.

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One ESPN source told the Times ESPN's decision not to punish Nichols was an "active source of pain".

The only person to be punished was Kayla Johnson, a Black digital video producer, who confessed to ESPN's human resources that she sent the audio clip to Taylor.

Johnson was suspended for two weeks without pay, and demoted to a less desirable position, according to the Times.

Johnson later quit her job, along with several other Black ESPN staffers who tendered their resignations.

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Celebrities and politicians are calling on Joe Biden to show support for track & field star Sha'Carri Richardson following her suspension for smoking marijuana.

The 30-day suspension means Richardson is out of the Tokyo Olympics where she was the favorite to win a gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted Friday:

"The press who love to bathe in the intersectionality of race-gender-sports should ask @JoeBiden if he believes Sha'carri Richardson should be barred from representing America for using a drug legal in most states that doesn’t impact performance.

I sure as hell don't."

Last week, Biden showed support for disgraced track and field athlete Gwen Berry after she turned her back on the American flag at the U.S. trials.

So far, the 46th president has not responded to Richardson's 30-day suspension.

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Other celebrities and notables who defended Richardson include actress Gabrielle Union who tweeted:

"Weed is great for many a thing but running faster isn't one of them. LET HER RUN!!! #ShacarriRichardson."

And ex-ESPN journo Jemele Hill tweeted:

"Between Sha'Carri Richardson and this, the Olympics really are sending quite the message to black women."

Sponsor Nike is standing by its athlete: "We appreciate Sha'Carri's honesty and accountability and will continue to support her through this time."

Others noted say the suspension is karma for Richardson's anti-Lil Nas X tweet in March.


 

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An Olympic committee is catching flack for banning swim caps designed by a Black-owned company for athletes with natural hairstyles.

The Federation for International Water Sports Competitions (FINA) banned the oversized swim caps due to the cap's unusual size which "does not follow the head's natural form."

SOUL CAP's oversized swimwear are designed for athletes with afros, dreadlocks or braids extensions, which may not fit under traditional swim caps.

Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed, the founders of SOUL CAP, expressed their disappointment and questioned the sport's equality and inclusivity.

The entrepreneurs say they designed the caps after meeting a Black woman who was "struggling with the size of her swim cap."

They claim the Olympic committee's decision may discourage young Black swimmers from seeking a career in swimming.
 

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American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson apologized to her fans for failing a drug test, that resulted in a 30-day suspension.

A source tells NBC that Richardson tested positive for THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, after she won the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon last month.

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The positive test result means Richardson won't be allowed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which kicks off on July 23 in Japan.

The 21-year-old Dallas native issued an apology on NBC's "Today" show on Friday morning. "I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I'm supposed to do. I know what I'm allowed not to do, and I still made that decision."

Richardson blamed her mother's sudden death last month for her lapse in good judgment. She said learning of her mother's death sent her into a state of "emotional panic."

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Richardson, who was raised by her aunt and grandmother, added:

"(I'm) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me ... that definitely was a very heavy topic on me. I greatly apologize if I let you guys down, and I did."

She dismissed rumors that she used performance-enhancing steroids. "It's never been a steroid. It will never be a steroid."

"Don't judge me because I am human. I'm you, I just happen to run a little faster."