Mauricio Pinilla just misses winning goal off crossbar (Video)

The MVP of the Brazil-Chile World Cup game on Saturday had to have been the crossbar.

In the final few minutes of extra time in the round of 16 match between the two teams, Chile’s Mauricio Pinilla just missed winning the game-winning goal off the crossbar:

Mauricio Pinilla crossbar

That was inches away from winning it! Instead, they ended up going to a shootout and losing to Brazil in penalty kicks on a ball that went off the goalpost:

Crossbars, goalposts … what didn’t Brazil have on their side?

Josh Harrison escapes pickle with incredible moves (Video)

Josh Harrison pickleJosh Harrison pulled out some Houdini-type magic on Friday night when he somehow got out of pickle with some incredible baserunning moves against the Mets.

After singling and stealing second in the bottom of the 10th, Harrison was caught in a rundown after Grigor Polanco grounded into a fielder’s choice. The guy should have been out about five times, but he tumbled, rolled and hustled his way safely into third. And he was in the rundown long enough to allow Polanco to get to second.

Despite having runners on second and third with nobody out and then bases loaded with one out, the Pirates were unable to score. They were able to win it, though, an inning later when Harrison hit a walk-off double.

Not to ruin some truly fantastic Benny The Jet Rodriguez type maneuvers, but Harrison should have been called out for running out of the baseline to avoid the tag in that pickle.

Via the MLB rules:

Any runner is out when —
(a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely

Below is video of Harrison’s walk-off double:

Little kid schools Swaggy P with great move (Video)

Nick Young schooledA camper at Nick Young’s Summer Basketball Camp absolutely schooled Swaggy P. with a great move that even Hakeem Olajuwon would have appreciated.

Young has been hosting his basketball camp at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth all week and posted the video seen above to his Instagram account Friday. Though the free agent guard obviously wasn’t playing his best defense, he quickly buckled down after the kid went behind his back, showing that he meant business. Young recovered quickly and stuck with the young camper, but he got beat the same way so many do — the Dream Shake got him!

Sick moves by that camper! Somebody better offer him a scholarship now!

Isaiah Austin drafted by NBA in touching tribute after Marfan syndrome diagnosis (Video)

The NBA produced a memorable moment Thursday with a touching tribute to former Baylor center Isaiah Austin.

Austin played two seasons at Baylor before declaring for the draft earlier this year. He was expected to be a second-round pick, but that was until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome less than a week ago.

Austin decided to retire because there is too much of a risk of his heart rupturing if he continues to play basketball. Because of the diagnosis, he’ll never be able to realize his dream of playing in the NBA. But that didn’t stop commissioner Adam Silver from recognizing Austin and giving him a special moment during the middle of the first round.

Austin received a standing ovation and many positive tweets from the NBA family.

The young man was beaming when he was called up on stage:

Isaiah Austin draft

“It’s one of the biggest blessings of my life,” Austin said in an interview with ESPN’s Jay Williams. “I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and unfortunately it was taken away, but when God closes one door, he opens up another for you.

“It’s been the toughest week of my life, but I have a great support system behind me. My family has been with me the whole way. And God is really just putting will power in my heart to help me get through this.”

Nik Stauskas and dad have great handshake to celebrate draft pick (Video)

Nik Stauskas’ father is making a strong case to be named coolest dad of the NBA Draft.

Nik and his dad, Paul, celebrated Stauskas being selected No. 9 overall in the draft Thursday by the Sacramento Kings with a great handshake. The coordinated effort ended with both of them throwing up the three goggles:

Nik Stauskas dad handshake

Stauskas made his name as a fantastic outside shooter at Michigan, where he shot 44 percent from 3-point range for his college career, so the three goggles were quite appropriate.

Video via @gifdsports

Ghana’s Jordan Ayew has his junk totally zoomed in on (GIF)

GIF: Ghana junk, they showed something like 11 replays #NSFW on Twitpic

Ghana Jordan AyewESPN gave us this generous replay multiple times late in the Ghana-Portugal Group G game Thursday and it shows Jordan Ayew’s junk front and center after having his shorts pulled by Portugal’s William.

Too bad Ayew wasn’t wearing his superhero underwear during the game. That would have been sweet.

And I guess this is just sort of what happens when you wear Daisy Dukes in a sporting event. Just one thin layer of material between you and the world.

GIF via @cjzero

Cristiano Ronaldo has another new haircut


Cristiano Ronaldo debuted a new haircut before Portugal’s match against the United States last Sunday, which may or may not have been a tribute to a young boy’s scar that resulted from brain surgery. Before Thursday’s match against Ghana, Ronaldo was sporting a new look.

The zig-zag line was no longer visible as Ronaldo went with a more close-cropped look. Remember, kids — how you look is just as important as how you play.

Photo via @bubbaprog