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Ailsa Craig, island home to curling stones, seeks buyer

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As curling has gained Olympic popularity, so has the tale of the origin of its 44-pound stones.

Every four years, some columnist, somewhere, mentions the uninhabited volcanic Scottish isle of Ailsa Craig and its unique blue hone granite. A majority of the world’s curling stones come from Ailsa Craig.

Well, now that island can be yours for a reported $2.4 million. It’s actually a steal. The original listed price for the 220 acres was $4 million.

Aisla Craig was first put up for sale two years ago, but the news gained steam with New York Times story Sunday.

“It’s going to go out of the family,” the owner, Scottish peer Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, the 8th Marquess of Ailsa, told the newspaper. “But I think of it this way: It’s not going anywhere. It’s always going to be there, and it really doesn’t matter who owns it.”

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Katie Ledecky throws first pitch as Bryce Harper holds medals (video)

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Katie Ledecky‘s first pitch at a Washington Nationals game Wednesday was an easy strike. Taking care of her medals, however, was a bit more time-consuming.

Near the mound before the pitch, it took Ledecky 25 seconds to take off each of her five 2016 Olympic medals from around her neck and hand them to reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper.

“We kind of planned that,” Ledecky said in a TV interview. “When I got to the park today, I proposed that idea. I guess Bryce offered. He wanted to be the one that held them.”

Ledecky, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, previously threw first pitches at Nationals Park after her first Olympic title in 2012, when she was 15 years old, and at the start of the 2014 playoffs.

Ledecky is leaving the D.C. area to begin classes at Stanford. She is expected to swim collegiately this season. The first meet is Sept. 25.

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Michael Phelps co-hosts ‘America’s Got Talent’ (video)

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Michael Phelps co-hosted “America’s Got Talent” with Nick Cannon on NBC on Wednesday, taking a seat between judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, three days after the Rio Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Phelps said he and his fianceé, Nicole, watch the show regularly after dinner.

Cannon asked Phelps to reflect on completing his career with 23 Olympic gold medals.

“At that moment was when all the emotions came out, because I was finally happy with everything that I did in my career, and I was able to retire how I wanted to,” Phelps said. “But, most importantly, I had our first child in the stands there watching the race. He wasn’t always awake, but it’s a completely different experience being able to look up and see your baby boy up there after a race.”

The whole episode is here.

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