Obama’s high school basketball jersey is up for auction

(CNN)A high school basketball jersey once worn by former President Barack Obama is up for auction. The jersey comes with Noble’s yearbook from Obama’s senior year, according to Heritage Auctions. Obama is a well-known basketball fan; he even shared his love for the sport by treating then-British Prime Minister David Cameron to an NCAA game in 2012. He was also fond of shooting hoops at the White House, sometimes joining NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Original …

Jeremy Lin is the first Asian-American player to win an NBA ring. Now he says the league has given up on him

(CNN)Jeremy Lin, who became the first Asian-American player to win an NBA title while playing for the Toronto Raptors last season, says he is struggling as a free agent. View this post on Instagram But Lin’s career has been sidelined by injuries and inconsistency since his breakout. The player just wrapped his ninth season in the NBA, with the Raptors after he was traded from the Atlanta Hawks. The Harvard grad has jumped from team to team throughout his pro …

This OTHER dominant US Women’s National Team just made history

(CNN)The US women’s national soccer team is still riding the wave of their powerful World Cup victory this month, and for good reason. Their championship ways have inspired a new generation of female athletes and given a boost to women’s soccer attendance numbers across the country. Watch the Nike ad starring the US women’s soccer team Oh, they’ve also won three straight World Cups. After the women’s historic win, coach Adam Krikorian said the players hear people mention them in …

This Honda lawnmower is the fastest in the world, hitting 100 mph in 6 seconds

(CNN)Honda’s new lawnmower is faster than some Ferrari modelsand can still proficiently cut grass. The mower is outfitted with the same four-cylinder, 200-horsepower engine as Honda’s Fireblade “superbike,” hidden in the body of a tractor. It achieves a top speed of 150 mph, while the company’s top-rated standard lawnmowers top out at 4 mph. The first Honda Mean Mower held the fastest lawnmower title in 2014, with a top speed of 116 mph, but was dethroned in 2015 by a …

Here’s why California can’t just close the Santa Anita race track

(CNN)Two more horses died over the weekend at Santa Anita Park in California, bringing the total number of horses to be euthanized there since the start of the racing season in late December to 29. But the board doesn’t have the authority under California law to shut down a racetrack without the approval of the track’s operator. CNN has reached out to the racing board for comment but hasn’t yet heard back. The Stronach Group, the entertainment and real estate …

A plane crashed while on a skydiving excursion in Hawaii. All 11 people aboard died

(CNN)Professional parachute demonstrator Larry Lemaster, an Army veteran with more than 3,000 jumps, died doing what he loved, his wife, Anna Elkins, wrote on Facebook Saturday. The Beechcraft BE65twin-engine plane crashed during taking off Friday eveningat Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s North Shore, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The names of the passengers have not been formally released by authorities. Elkins said her “heart also goes out to” the Oahu Parachute Center and the loved ones of friends who perished in …

Spelling bee ‘octo-champs’ describe the night the ‘dictionary lost’

(CNN)Auslaut. Erysipelas. Bougainvillea. Pendeloque. “How do you spell magnanimous?” CNN’s John Berman joked. They told the story of the night the dictionary lost This year’s competition, held in Washington, D.C., was unprecedented. The official pronouncer, Dr. Jacques Bailly, called the group the “most phenomenal assemblage of super-spellers” in the bee’s history. After enduring 17 rounds, Bailly told the competitors there weren’t enough challenging words left in the dictionary, and after three last rounds, all those left standing would be named …