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Video shows youth basketball players attacking ref after game

A youth basketball referee was attacked

Police in Georgia are investigating an incident that took place over the weekend in which several youth basketball players attacked a referee.

A video that surfaced on social media showed players punching and kicking a referee following a basketball game at Stronghold Christian Church in Lithonia, Ga., on Sunday. The clip appears to show the referee trying to defend himself before he eventually ends up on the ground with several people beating on him. You can see the video at TMZ.

The pastor of the Stronghold Christian Church released a statement addressing the incident on Monday.

“It is truly unfortunate about the turn of events that took place during the basketball game held at our facility this weekend,” the pastor said, according to WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta. “While we cannot control people, it is our hope and prayer that those who enter our facility will conduct themselves in the best manner.”

Witnesses described the event as an AAU basketball game, but an AAU representative told WSB-TV that the game was not associated with the organization.

A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Police Department told TMZ that officers responded to the scene following reports of an assault. The incident is under investigation. It’s unclear if there were any serious injuries.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen a referee attacked during a youth sporting event.

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Tony Hawk reveals that he recently suffered serious injury

Tony Hawk smiling

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is recovering after suffering a major injury in an apparent skateboarding accident.

Hawk revealed on Instagram this week that he recently broke his femur bone. The 53-year-old acknowledged that recovery would be difficult due to his age and the severity of the injury. But Hawk also said that he was up for the challenge and declared that “I’ll be back.”

X-rays that Hawk shared of the injury appeared to show a complete break.

While Hawk did not mention how he suffered the injury, TMZ reports that it occurred while Hawk was skateboarding.

Hawk, probably the greatest and most well-known skateboarder of all-time, has remained active into his 50s. While he has not competed professionally in nearly two decades, Hawk continued to skate throughout the years and even landed a 720 at age 52 last year.

A broken femur bone, the largest bone in the human body, is obviously no small injury, especially for somebody of Hawk’s age. But Hawk has always been an inspirational athlete, and he sounds determined to conquer the difficult recovery process ahead of him.

Photo: Feb 9, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Tony Hawk arrives at the 92nd Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY

TV host shoots fire out of her hand in perfectly-timed viral video

Fire by Gabby Logan hand

Gabby Logan seemingly showed off her superhuman powers while hosting a show on Saturday.

Logan was hosting a show for BBC Sport for a Six Nations Rugby match on Saturday. While she was talking, she happened to raise her left arm at same time some flames shot out from the sideline.

The perfect timing made it look like Logan was shooting fire out of her hand:

I have watched this video 10 times in a row and can’t get enough of it.

Here is another angle.

That is great. What other superpowers does Logan possess?

Tony Hawk’s funny coffee shop story goes viral

Tony Hawk holds a skateboard

Tony Hawk’s funny story about his encounter at a coffee house on Friday went viral.

Hawk was in the Boone, N.C. area for the graduation of a friend’s daughter from Appalachian State University. He went to a coffee shop on Friday in Lincolnton, N.C. called Grounded Coffeehouse.

The woman who was working told the skateboarding legend that he resembled Tony Hawk. As Hawk was exiting, a girl by the door agreed that he did look like Tony Hawk.

Well, the reason he looked like Tony Hawk is because he is Tony Hawk.

It turns out that the girls realized it was Hawk, or at least that’s what they’re saying now.

And here were some Instagram comments:

You can’t really blame them. Even if they did think it was Hawk, who would ever think he would be going to a local coffee house in little old Lincolnton, N.C.?

Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden dies from heart attack at 46

Shawn Rhoden flexes

Bodybuilder Shawn Rhoden, who won the Mr. Olympia competition in 2018, has died of a heart attack at the age of 46.

Generation Iron reported on Saturday about Rhoden’s death. They say he died of a heart attack and shared that Rhoden’s trainer was confirming to friends that Rhoden had died.

Known as “Flexatron,” Rhoden began bodybuilding in 1992. He unseated Phil Heath as the Mr. Olympia champion in 2018, ending a streak of seven straight wins by Heath.

At 43, Rhoden was the oldest Mr. Olympia champion. The Jamaican-born bodybuilder had numerous first-place finishes in competition, with his Mr. Olympia title standing out as his crowning achievement.

He was the subject of a documentary.

Rhoden overcame alcohol addiction during his life. He was accused of rape in 2018, shortly after his Mr. Olympia win.

Rhoden received tributes upon the news of his death.

Video: Indianapolis Colts mascot completes viral milk crate challenge

Colts Mascot Blue Crate Challenge

There is a viral trend going around social media in which people attempt the “Milk Crate Challenge.” The challenge involves trying to successfully climb over a pyramid of crates without falling. More people fail at it than not, risking serious injury. But the Indianapolis Colts’ mascot has it locked down.

The Colts’ mascot, Blue, shared a video on Twitter promoting its success with the challenge. Take a look:

Well done, Blue. There has to be some extra credit for getting that done in a mascot suit.

So what’s the fascination with the challenge? It seems to be popular for the same reason people love blooper reels. Here’s one:

Lamar Odom canceled guest appearance on show for health reasons

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom had to cancel a recently-scheduled guest appearance due to health reasons.

Odom was set to appear on “Addiction Talk” with Joy Sutton last week on Facebook Live. However, he canceled due to health reasons, saying that he was dealing with dehydration and exhaustion.

“Just moments ago we received information from his team, the agency that works with him, that let us know that he wont be able to join us tonight due to some health concerns,” Sutton said, via Page Six. “We’ve been told that he’s dealing with dehydration and exhaustion, and I can tell you that he did want to be here tonight.”

Odom’s dehydration and exhaustion issues stemmed from working out and basketball camps, according to his representatives.

Odom, 41, had a near-death experience after being discovered unconscious at a Las Vegas brothel in 2015. He miraculously survive that episode. The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year has dealt with drug and alcohol addiction during his life as well.

Aly Raisman reunites with her beloved dog after week-long chase

Aly Raisman dog

There is a happy ending to the case of Aly Raisman’s dog.

Raisman has been posting over the last half-year or so about her new puppy, Mylo. Raisman shared on July 3 that Mylo unfortunately ran off after being scared by some fireworks and was missing.

She spent the next week posting daily about Mylo’s absence, asking for assistance in finding him. She offered a reward for the dog and created a phone line for tips. But all eventually turned out well.

Raisman shared on July 9 that Mylo had been located and reunited with her.

That’s wonderful news for Raisman.

The 27-year-old gymnast won three Olympic gold medals and was part of the United States’ squad that won team gold medals at the Summer Games in 2012 and 2016.

Bettors lost big on Joey Chestnut breaking his hot dog eating record

Joey Chestnut

Joey Chestnut defied the odds on Sunday by breaking his own world record at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest, and very few gamblers had faith in him leading up to the event.

Chestnut ate a total of 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, breaking the record of 75 he set a year ago. Most Sportsbooks set the over/under at somewhere between 73.5 and 75.5 According to Darren Rovell, almost none of the money at DraftKings Sportsbook was on Chestnut tying or breaking his previous record. Just 1 percent of the total handle was wagered on the over.

Apparently, the vast majority of people believed Chestnut peaked in 2020. They were wrong.

Chestnut’s performance was nothing shy of incredible, but unfortunately TV viewers missed a lot of it. ESPN had some serious technical difficulties during the 10-minute event. You can probably guess how Twitter reacted to that.

ESPN trolled over Hot Dog Eating Contest technical difficulties

Joey Chestnut

Joey Chestnut once again broke his own record at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, but unfortunately viewers were unable to watch a significant portion of his incredible performance.

Chestnut ate 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, breaking his world record of 75 from last year. ESPN’s coverage of the event cut out several times, however, including in the final seconds as Chesnut set the new record. Here’s what the technical difficulties looked like:

You can guess how Twitter handled it.

The win was Chestnut’s 14th at the Hot Dog Eating Contest. Obviously, the timing of the technical difficulties could not have been worse with such a short event.

Now, if Chestnut could only convince his biggest rival to make a comeback.