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Simone Biles beats out Gabby Douglas, advances to represent Team USA

The U.S. women’s gymnastic team dominated the qualifying round on day 2 of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On Sunday night, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez made their country proud, but it was Biles who truly outshone the competition. She posted top scores in three of the four rotations -- floor exercise, vault and balance beam. Biles scored 62.366 to win by more than 1.7 points.

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This is somewhat sad news for Douglas, whose hope to become the first American woman to win back-to-back golds in the all-around has ended as Biles’ star continues to shine brighter and brighter.

There is a rule in the Olympics that stipulates each country can only send two athletes through to the final round of a sport, even if all of its athletes receive the top scores.

At this year’s games, those two athletes in the women’s all-around gymnastics category representing the United States will be Biles and Raisman, who edged out Douglas by just .476.

But Douglas is taking the news in stride.

"I feel like the two-per-country rule is fine," the London 2012 Olympic gold medalist said. "I'm feeling pretty confident, and I'm rejoicing now. It's been an amazing experience so far. I would have loved to go back and defend my title, but you know what? It's been an amazing ride. I can't complain."

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Biles’ vault set her apart from the competition Sunday night, earning her an outstanding score of 16.050.

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Watch: Boy's epic staredown at NCAA College World Series game

An NCAA College World Series game Saturday night between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Texas Christian University Frogs was a normal game.

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The players worked for a win, fans cheered and booed at appropriate times and the cameramen panned their equipment around, capturing footage to be broadcast on television.

But then one ESPN camera landed on a very interesting subject -- a boy who immediately engaged in a staring contest, looking directly into the camera lens.

The boy's staring contest arguably became more intense and competitive than the baseball game he was attending.

ICYMI: There was an EPIC stare down last night at the CWS!Posted by NCAA Baseball on Sunday, June 26, 2016

He locked eyes with the camera and continued staring at it for nearly 30 seconds. At one point, the boy turned to look at his mother -- who was completely unaware of what was going on -- but then resumed his dedicated staredown with the camera. 

He even wiggled his eyebrows and shoulders to assert his confidence.

Coastal Carolina went on to win the championship. But the real winner is this kid.

Here's what the 2016 Rio Olympic medals look like

Less than two months ahead of opening day for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the gold, silver and bronze medals have been unveiled.

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"To the victors go these spoils," the official Twitter account for the games captioned images of the front and back of each of the three medals.

The medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were revealed Tuesday at an event in Barra Olympic Park.

The new medals were unveiled after days of promoting the new designs on social media. 

"Today marks the start of the final countdown to the first Olympic Games to be staged in South America," International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

The reveal, 52 days before the Opening Ceremony, is the closest date to the ceremony that Olympic medals have been unveiled since the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when the medals were revealed one month before the games began.  

According to Rio 2016, the medals "have been made with sustainability at their heart."

The gold medals are free of mercury, and recycled materials comprise 30 percent of the silver and bronze medals. The ribbons for the medals were made from recycled plastic bottles and other materials. The cases that hold the medals were made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

In total, 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze medals were crafted.

The front of each medal features the Rio 2016 logo with surrounding laurel leaves. The leaves represent the connection between nature and Olympians. The back of the medals features an image of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, with the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Acropolis in the background.

Each winning athlete's event is etched on the edge of the medal.

For Paralympians, visually impaired winners can shake their medals to sound off a noise-maker inside the medal. Gold medals make the loudest noise, while silver and bronze make quieter noises. "Rio 2016" is also etched in braille.

All Olympians and Paralympians who perform well enough to make it to the podium will be awarded with other prizes.

Rio officials also unveiled the design of the podiums to be used at the Olympics and Paralympics Tuesday. The podiums were made from wood and other organic materials to celebrate the tropical nature of Brazil. They can be reused as furniture after the Games.

The slogan for the Rio Olympics is centered on the idea of "a new world," in which all people celebrate difference cultures and come together in unity.

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Parents: Relax! It's just a game; Sign reminds overbearing adults to lighten up

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Lots of parents become sideline coaches and their children's biggest critics when they attend school and extracurricular activities or sports events.

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They scream and shout, offering pieces of advice to the youngsters as they run to the next base, go for the next layup or aim to take the next shot. 

But a sign posted outside a Pleasanton Little League game in Texas serves as a reminder to parents that a game is just a game.

The sign reads:

"Reminders from your child: 

- I'm just a kid.

- It's just a game.

- My coach is a volunteer.

- The officials are humans.

- No college scholarships will be handed out today."

While the sign carries a serious message, it ends with a lighthearted, "Thank you and have fun!" 

A photo of the sign has spread rapidly on social media platforms.

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5 March Madness horror stories

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual men’s basketball tournament kicks off Tuesday. And while betting on brackets and watching the 68 teams whittle down to a Final Four can certainly prove entertaining, it’s not always just fun and games.

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Here are some March Madness nightmares to watch out for:

1. A $24,000 bracket bruising

Bryan Armen Graham entered a March Madness bracket pool run by a friend in his hometown for years. He told The Guardian that in 2008, the total pot reached enormous heights -- 48,800. The winner would take home half of that -- $24,400. 

When Graham and his significant other moved into first place with just the championship game left, another member of the pool called to make him an offer. He told Graham he’d be willing to split the winner’s $24, 000 if he took first (a Kansas victory) if Graham promised to do the same should Memphis take home the championship, cementing his bracket dominance.

But Graham didn’t take the deal and ended up dropping to 24th place, out of the money entirely after Kansas lost.

2. Fake Final Four tickets

One North Carolina woman found herself out $1,480 after purchasing a pair of phony NCAA Final Four tickets on Craigslist, Fox6Now reported in 2015. She wasn’t the only person to fall victim to that particular scammer, who was purportedly posing as a doctor based out of Milwaukee. The physician’s office told the Better Business Bureau it had received dozens of call that week from customers who had bought tickets that never actually surfaced.

Tickets scams, in general, are fairly common at major sporting events. To avoid them, the BBB recommends sticking to reliable sellers registered with the National Association of Ticket Brokers, checking a vendor’s guarantee policy and using a credit card, which offers better fraud protections than cash or debit cards.

3. Office pool leads to legal woes

John Bovery of New Jersey used to run an office pool at the Wall Street firm where he worked. It was the typical football squares, NCAA tourney brackets, etc. But his $837,000 purse with more than 8,000 entrants came crashing down in 2010 when cops started investigating an alleged mafia member with ties to the pool.

Participants in NCAA tournament pools are rarely prosecuted, but there’s a strong argument that these contests violate both federal and state laws, so it’s wise to keep that in mind as you fill out your bracket.

4. Gambling addiction

To some people, betting on brackets may feel like harmless fun. But others may find themselves fueling a gambling addiction. One former New York stockbroker outlined the scope of his March Madness woes to ESPN back in 2013.

His troubles included “tricking his parents into investing $30,000 into his ‘business,’ when the money really was going to bookies,” columnist Rick Reilly reported. The stockbroker ultimately got help after attending Gamblers Anonymous. Those similarly suffering from a gambling addiction can consider looking for a support group online.

5. The health impact

The first time Betsy Fisher filled out an NCAA tournament bracket was her last. She was elated when her teams were advancing, but when they started to lose, she went into a funk, finally deciding the whole experience is just bad for her health.

“Now the weekend. Games on all day long. I can’t watch. I can barely ask my husband about the games,” she wrote on her blog in 2012. “I’m depressed that I’m not going to WIN. By the end of Sunday, I make a pan of brownies. Not only do I lick the bowl. I eat 3 before they have even cooled and eat another for good measure before bed.”

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Your boss knows you're watching games at work.

Many March Madness games happen during the day (it would take quite a while to air the whole tournament if every game was in prime time). For many college hoops fanatics, this leads to a conundrum -- miss a game or watch at work?

Companies aren’t totally clueless that this is happening, as people have reported about company-wide emails warning people about Internet connection issues due to too many people tuning in on their PCs. If you’re going to watch, tread lightly. You don’t want to get fired for watching a first round match-up.

No one is getting anything done. 

As a worker, you might not care about the occasional day where you don’t get much done, but your boss probably does. If you’re a business owner, March Madness can be downright disastrous. For several years, experts have estimated companies lose well over $1 billion to lack of productivity during March Madness, as employees fill out brackets and stream the games. Last year, job-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimated losses would reach $1.9 billion.

A love of basketball could get you hacked. 

Cyber criminals know you’re going to start searching the Internet for bracket-building tools and information about the best teams, so they build malware around popular search terms, according to security site PC World. Just because something comes up in your search results doesn’t mean you should click on it -- don’t open attachments or links from sites or email addresses you don’t recognize, even if they’re related to your favorite team.

A ticket but nowhere to sleep.

There’s nothing more exciting than your team making its way through the tournament, especially if they end up in the Final Four or championship game. Why not celebrate with a spur-of-the-moment trip to the finals? Sure, it’ll be expensive, but you might be able to find a good deal. Be careful, though -- it’s not unheard of for people to lose money to a fake hotel offer during a major sporting event.

The BBB suggests asking for the name, address and phone number of a hotel in any offer you are considering and calling directly to verify that the room exists. You should also “check the hotel’s website or a reputable travel site to be sure that the location is convenient for getting to and from the arena,” it said.

Your ex could use March Madness against you in court.

When you’re in the middle of a divorce, nothing is off the table. As one North Carolina law firm highlighted on its site, excess drinking and gambling during March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day -- which falls in the middle of the tournament this year -- could be used in court to affect alimony payments.

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