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Rory McIlroy: Professional golfer and…prophet?

Tiger Woods (R) of the U.S. speaks with playing partner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland as they walk on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open golf championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania (Credit: Reuters/Adam Hunger)In a recent New York Times article titled "Rory McIlroy has the Best Swing in Golf," Charles Siebert details McIlroy's rise from a child prodigy to the number one player in the world. Growing up in Northern Ireland, McIlroy's father, Gerry, was a bar manager at the local golf club in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. Rory's mother, Rosie, worked a night-shift at a nearby 3M plant so Gerry watched young Rory during the day so Rosie could sleep. He would bring the 18-month old to work and then, after his shift was over, go to the driving range where the young boy would sit transfixed, watching his dad hit buckets of golf balls.

Rory's grandfather, Jimmy, was one of the best players at the Holywood Golf Club and that legacy was passed down to the later generations of McIlroy men. Rory grew up playing golf, able to hit a drive 60 yards by the age of 4. He even became the Holywood Golf Club's youngest member when he was only 7 years old. He'd go to bed each night with a club in his hands to help reinforce the proper grip.

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Superfan Judd threatened on Twitter: women and the web

Actress Ashley Judd during the first half of the SEC Conference Championship game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Kentucky Wildcats on March 15.  (Credit: USA TODAY/Jim Brown)Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex."

This was on display last week when Ashley Judd took to Twitter to comment on a basketball game. Not simply a mere fan of the game, Ashley Judd has been dubbed a superfan, attending the vast majority of the University of Kentucky basketball games. Standing tall and cheering loud, Judd was in good spirits when her team was thoroughly beating the University of Arkansas.

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NCAA tournament: every school's a winner

A basketball sits on the NCAA logo at center court of the basaketball floor of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex during the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament, March 16, 2012 (Credit: USA Today/Bob Donnan) Thursday marked the beginning of this year's NCAA Men's Basketball tournament for most teams. March Madness, as it's affectionately called, is the focal point of the year for many college basketball fans. Even those who don't normally follow college basketball throughout the season tend to get excited when tournament time comes around as evidenced by the 60 million plus Americans that fill out a bracket each year. However, in a recent Washington Post article titled "Fund and Games," Will Hobson discusses March Madness from a slightly different perspective. Rather than focusing on the games, Hobson details the financial side of the tournament and how the impact of winning extends well beyond the court.

Each team that is fortunate enough to still be playing once the regular season ends earns their conference $1.67 million with an additional $1.67 million for every round that it advances up to the Final Four. That means the four schools that make it all the way to the semifinals stand to earn around $8.33 million for their conference, who then distributes the money among its constituent schools. And if recent trends continue, that number will only increase in the years ahead.

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