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Ex-NBA lottery pick goes viral for huge dunk fail overseas

Shabazz Muhammad botching a dunk

One former NBA lottery pick appears to have fallen on some rough times.

Ex-Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad went viral this week for embarrassing himself on a dunk attempt in a game. Muhammad, who now plays overseas in the Philippines for the San Miguel Beermen, got a breakaway, went up for the jam, … and went back down just as quickly.

Take a look at the video.

Did he get picked off by an invisible sniper while he was in the air? Or did Foghorn Leghorn drop a banana peel right where Muhammad took off?

On the bright side for Muhammad, he finished with a Chamberlain-esque 33 points, 21 rebounds, and six assists in a 104-100 victory for the Beermen over The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. But this probably isn’t how many envisioned that Muhammad’s professional career would go.

Muhammad, who was one of the most hyped prospects coming out of UCLA, went to the Utah Jazz with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 draft and had his rights traded to Minnesota. He was even drafted one pick ahead of (gulp) Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went to Milwaukee at No. 15. Muhammad was always a decent scorer, but he was a turnstile on defense and passed the ball about three times a month. After the Timberwolves gave up on him in 2018, he briefly latched on with (ironically) Milwaukee but has been out of the league for over three years now.

The Beermen are one of several post-NBA stops that Muhammad has made, as he also previously played for the Shanxi Brave Dragons and the Shenzhen Aviators in China. As for that abhorrent dunk attempt, maybe Muhammad shouldn’t feel too bad. Even some of the NBA’s biggest stars have trouble getting lift overseas.

Watch: Dodgers fan somehow dropped this home run ball

Dodgers fan drop

A Los Angeles Dodgers fan was perfectly positioned to catch a home run ball during Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies but failed to make the grab.

Chris Taylor was leading off the bottom of the fourth against Yency Almonte and drove a pitch to center field for his 10th home run of the season. The fan moved over to the front of the blacked-out section and prepared to make the grab, but there was one problem …

That was rough. That was a one-cent play but at least he gave us a million dollar reaction.

I’m also not one of those people who is going to shame an adult for bringing a glove to a game. If you want to bring a glove, fine, that’s your business. But here’s the thing: if you are an adult and you do bring a glove to the game, you better be making that play. That’s inexcusable!

Just to make you feel better, here’s a Dodger fan making a great catch on a Justin Turner walk-off home run in 2017.

Watch: Southern Illinois hilariously whiffs on touchdown celebration

Southern Illinois touchdown whiff

Southern Illinois got off to a nearly flawless start offensively against Ole Miss on Saturday, but there is one area of their game that could use some work.

Quarterback Sam Straub threw three touchdown passes on the Salukis’ first three possessions. His second TD pass went to tight end Nigel Kilby, who posed in the end zone following his score. One of Kilby’s teammates tried to leap on him in celebration but whiffed:

The Salukis might have to work on their touchdown celebrations in practice just to avoid injury.

Buster Posey totally faceplanted on this slide

Buster Posey slide

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey proved he has enough wheels to go from first to third on a single. What he didn’t show everyone is that he is capable of mastering proper sliding techniques.

Watch as Posey totally faceplanted while going head-first into third base on Monday night:

He ended up with a big scrape on his face as a result:

And he may have hurt his finger:

If you’re sliding like that and the closest comp is to Prince Fielder, you’re not doing so hot. Get it together, Buster.

Michael Jeter? CBS News royally screws up Derek Jeter tweet

Michael Jeter tweet CBS News

Ooph! When it comes to epic screwups, this is up there.

CBS News sent a tweet during Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game linking to a story about Derek Jeter, who just so happened to be the biggest focus of the entire game. The only problem is they screwed up his name. Badly.

What do you think, did the person running the Twitter account mix Jeter and Michael Jordan? Jeter and Michael Jackson?

After an embarrassing mistake like that, you figure CBS News might poke fun at themselves for the blunder. But 10 minutes after leaving the tweet up there for all of mankind to laugh at them, they finally decided to address matters. They disappointingly played it straight:

Carlos Gomez repeatedly tries breaking bat over knee, fails (Video)

Carlos Gomez broken batCarlos Gomez already felt embarrassed enough about striking out with a man in scoring position to end the 5th Saturday, but he managed to embarrass himself even further by failing to take out his frustration.

Gomez punched out against Adam Wainwright and was so upset at fishing for a ball in the dirt that he tried breaking his bat over his knee. He tried once on his left knee, but that didn’t work. So the right-hander moved on to his right knee and tried twice — but that didn’t work either. Realizing that his epic fail would have him on low-light reels, Gomez decided he had to complete the dirty deed.

He slammed the bat to his ground, then his helmet and then he ripped off his batting gloves.

Rather than try to break the bat, Gomez should save it. I mean that piece of lumber is downright indestructible. Think about it — it survived three attempted knee breaks and a slam to the ground. Imagine what it could do against a 95-mph fastball!

Vincenzo Nibali rejected on kiss after winning stage at Tour de France (Video)

Vincenzo Nibali probably felt like he was on top of the world after winning stage 2 of the Tour de France Sunday, but one of the yellow jersey presenting girls quickly put him back in place.

After receiving the yellow jersey for winning the stage, Nibali looked to his right and kissed the girl who presented him with flowers. But when he went to kiss the jacket presenter on his left, he was totally denied.

What was weird was the girl even put her arm on the back of his head/neck as if she were ready for the kiss. Then she quickly turned away.

What happened?

Did he scare her off with some stanking dragon breath? Did she notice a piece of food caught in his teeth? A big pimple on his nose? Why did she do him dirty like that?

You gotta love the way Nibali tried to play it off by going with the collar adjustment.

Vincenzo Nibali neck

“Yeah, I was really just trying to touch my neck there. Nothing to see, people.”

Surrrrre Nibali, like nobody noticed.

As funny as that was and as much as I like to mock Nibali for the embarrassing moment, that’s all on the podium girl. She has to know that’s part of the job. What was she thinking?

H/T For the Win

Yasiel Puig has bat flip fail after walk (Video)

I think we just found out why Yasiel Puig doesn’t like to walk. It totally ruins his bat flip flow.

My words are actually inaccurate, because Puig has been taking his base this season. He already has 33 walks in 63 games, compared to 36 in 104 last season.

Still, swinging the bat is always better than walking, because that way you can at least do a proper bat flip. And check out Puig styling like he was in “The Matrix.”

Yasiel Puig bend

Girl tries pole dancing at Encore Las Vegas, falls on head (Video)

stripper pole failOne seemingly drunk girl decided she would get up on a stripper pole at a pool party at Encore in Las Vegas this weekend, and it was total amateur hour. Girl goes up to the top of the pole, tantalizes everyone but dropping all the way down, but she ends up stopping too late and falls on her head.

Give the girl credit for trying to fight through the injury and waving off her coaches who wanted to come out and check on her. Maybe next time she can find a matching bikini, too.

H/T Busted Coverage

Snowflake fail during Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics Ceremony snowflake

You knew the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi couldn’t go down without a hitch, right? There was one noticeable error during a light show when one of the five snowflakes that were supposed to turn into Olympic rings failed to open.

As our friend Brad Evans joked, somebody just lost a body part over that screwup.

Looks like that snowflake was giving us a wink or something.

Olympic rings fail

I think this should be the new official logo of the Sochi Olympics.