Casting about for the right word

To the casual reader, the verb triples on the Yahoo! front page seems correct. But to the grammar nerd, it casts doubt on the writer:

The word cast is a collective noun that can take either a plural or a singular verb. If the members of the cast act as individuals, then cast is considered plural and takes a singular verb. If they act as a unit, the word is singular with a singular verb.

If the cast worked together as a unit, then the word triples is correct, but the pronoun their would be incorrect. It refers to cast, and should be its, which is weird, no?

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