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Michael Jordan loved Roger Federer’s tweener shot at US Open (Video)

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Michael Jordan was at Flushing on Tuesday to take in Roger Federer’s first-round match at the US Open and build some hype for the tennis player’s new shoe.

It’s safe to say that MJ was enjoying the show.

At one point in the second set, Federer ran down a lob from Marinko Matosevic which landed out. Matosevic turned his back after the ball landed out, but Federer didn’t stop. He hit a tweener return that actually nailed Matosevic in the back, leaving Jordan and many others laughing.

Federer’s new shoe is the Nike Zoom Vapor x Air Jordan 3, which was released on Tuesday. The shoe marks the collaboration of arguably the two greatest players in the history of their respective sports.

“It’s just amazing having Michael here. Michael was my hero of all sports. Having him here is unbelievably special. The collaboration is unique, so I love it,” said Federer in an interview after his match.

Here’s Jordan giving an interview during the match where he talked about working with Federer on the shoe:

Tennessee uses Beyonce photoshop to recruit Shy Tuttle

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Shy Tuttle is one of the top-ranked defensive tackles in the class of 2015, and Tennessee would really like for the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder to call himself a Volunteer. In an attempt to separate themselves from the rest of the powerhouse schools that are trying to woo Tuttle, Tennessee coaches decided to use Beyonce as a prop.

“They snapped with this one,” Tuttle wrote on Twitter with a bunch of smiley faces along with the photo you see above.

Tennessee even included a bunch of phony headlines like “Beyonce on why she thinks Tuttle belongs at Tennessee.” The Vols coaches pulled out all the stops.

Hey, it’s better than sending someone 53 recruiting letters in a single day. That practice is played out and unoriginal. Tennessee is battling with other major programs like Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Michigan, so they had to do something to make an impression. Tuttle certainly isn’t going to forget the Vols’ pitch to him.

H/T ESPN

Bucknell football team has hilarious roster headshots

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The Bucknell football team absolutely killed the headshot game this season. Apparently the members of the Bison roster decided that they were going to put a ton of effort into photo day, and the results were incredible. It was an absolute frenzy of facial hair and fantastic haircuts.

For starters, we had a group of students who dominated the mustache scene:

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Then, there were those who preferred the goatee:

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Adam Jones robs home run with great catch, turns double play (Video)

Adam Jones came through with a serious web gem on Monday night to ensure the Tampa Bay Rays would not make a comeback on his Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore hit five home runs in a 9-1 win — including back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth — and Jones kept up the momentum on defense. The center fielder went far over the fence to rob Evan Longoria of what would have been a 3-run homer in the sixth.

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As if that weren’t already enough, he alertly threw into second base to get Matt Joyce, who was trying to tag up and advance from first.

It’s amazing what Jones can do in the field when he’s not trying to blow bubbles with his gum.

Mo’ne Davis has sick handles in basketball (Video)

Mo’ne Davis gained fame last week as the star pitcher for the Taney Dragons who became the first girl to win a Little League World Series game.

Representing the Mid Atlantic region, Davis went 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 8.1 innings for Taney. She also was 1-for-8 with two walks.

Despite her success playing baseball through this point of her life, Davis has stated that her goal is to play point guard for UConn’s women’s basketball team, which is the top program in the country. As the video at the top shows, Davis has some pretty serious dribbling skills.

That video is over four years old, meaning the 13-year-old Davis was probably 9 or 10 when it was recorded. We imagine she’s still embarrassing opponents with her superior skills.

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H/T Deadspin

Richard Sherman: Fantasy football is reason for illegal contact emphasis

richard-sherman-cancer-adIf you have watched any NFL preseason action, you know that the league is placing an emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding this year. There have been a ton of defensive holding calls over the past few weeks, sometimes to the point where the games have been painful to watch. Richard Sherman thinks fantasy football is the reason for that.

During a chat with NBC’s Josh Elliott that aired on Sunday Night Football, Sherman was asked for his thoughts on what many have deemed the new NFL.

“You know, when the fantasy football numbers need to be what they need to be, the league needs to do what it needs to do to get it done,” he said. “This is a money-driven league. Whatever sells the tickets is gonna sell the tickets.”

But, of course, Sherman isn’t worried about how it will affect him on a personal level.

“I don’t think it affects our game at all,” he said. “If you look at the statistics, the way the preseason is going, it’s rarely ever affected us in a game.”

There is a common belief that the Seahawks are actually the reason the NFL told officials to start emphasizing illegal contact. Seattle’s dominant, but physical, play on defense resulted in a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl — the third largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. The NFL would have liked a much closer game.

The NFL also wants to see more scoring, and fantasy football is one of the reasons for that. Heck, there’s a fantasy football lounge at the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium. In many ways, Sherman is right. The officials will likely ease up a bit when the regular season starts, but they’re clearly going to favor the receiver more than they have in the past.

Video via The Big Lead

Hunter Mahan broke The Barclays trophy

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Hunter Mahan capped off an exciting final round at The Barclays on Sunday when he rattled off three straight birdies on the back nine en route to a victory. His day ended with a broken trophy.

Mahan may have broken the crystal trophy at some point while celebrating with his wife Kandi and adorable daughter Zoe. When he posed with 21-year-old David Finn — a fan who struggles with muscular dystrophy — after the tournament, Mahan placed the trophy down emphatically and noticed that it was in two separate pieces.

“David did it!” Mahan joked, according to John Munson of The-Star Ledger.

You can see more photos of the broken chalice here.

Mahan later joked that he had “no idea” what people were talking about when he was asked about the mishap in the media tent. While Mahan may be atop the FedEx Cup standings for the time being, he clearly isn’t as smooth as Rory McIlroy. Our boy Rory would have saved the trophy.

H/T Eye on Golf