Mario Balotelli...well, honestly, it's hard to know where to begin here.

His latest Instagram post comes with the explanation: "#KnowledgeIsPower reading books is cool #StayInSchoolKids"

But while that might explain why he's reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography I Am Zlatan, it doesn't quite answer why he's doing that while ironing and listening to the Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance (Remix)."

And doing some kind of bizarre ironing/reading dance.


The Tour de France is entering its most excruciating stages, and, as you'd expect, riders' nerves are running raw.

After two weeks of warning fans to stop putting themselves in front of the racer, cyclists are beginning to lose their patience with spectators.

Thus, we have Team Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler stopping in the middle of the race Friday to scold a fan who apparently crossed the line with the French cyclist.

For The Win's Nina Mandell (h/t Mike Singer of CBS Sports) spotted video of the incident, which shows Voeckler slowing down, unclipping and screaming at the bewildered spectator.

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If there are no more questions, Cliff Lee would like to end this interview on a wet, crinkly note. 

After two months on the disabled list, the Philadelphia Phillies starter returned to the mound in uninspiring form Monday night, chalking up one of the worst games of his career against the San Francisco Giants (12 hits, six runs in just under six innings).

It was a night to forget for Lee, who could be hopping towns if the Phillies can convince an eligible suitor to take a chance on the 35-year-old lefty and pick up the $12.5 million buyout left on his contract.

Thus, Lee concluded what could have been one of his final interviews in a Phillies uniform with a definitive (ceremonious?) passing of gas. 

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Christian Ponder made a name for himself while playing under Bobby Bowden at Florida State, so the Minnesota Vikings quarterback and his wife felt it would be a good idea to honor the coach by naming their child after him.

Check out what Christian and Sam Ponder named their newborn daughter:

Naming a kid Bowden Sainte-Claire is one way to pay tribute to the former Seminoles coach. 

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. reported that the Ponders brought the baby girl into the world recently:

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Malik Monk is only 16 years old, but he has to be one of the most athletic basketball players in the nation. 

Monk is a 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports, and it's easy to see why after watching this mixtape from his sophomore season.

The 6'3" guard can throw down jaw-dropping dunks, make dazzling passes and use his athleticism to block shots. Watch some of the shots he makes in the video. Even when defenders are all over him, he is able to get a shot off.

Monk still has two more years of high school, so we will have to wait a bit to see him at the next level.


Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were bored Monday night.

After a weekend of painful plunks to their respective left hands, the two Los Angeles Dodgers found themselves confined to the dugout for their away opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Like kids stuck inside on a rainy day, they fussed about restlessly before deciding to invent their own entertainment: annoying SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo.

The two men stuck their hands up and made faces during Rizzo’s live-air segment at the top of the sixth. Puig made a finger mustache, and Ramirez mouthed the lyrics to "Soul Man."

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Major League Baseball players have to find a way to keep busy during rain delays. While some choose to slide around on the tarp, others just sit back and relax. 

The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has come up with a great way to have fun together: bocce.

This video was reportedly taken at Turner Field on July 20, when the Phillies and the Atlanta Braves had to endure a rain delay that lasted an hour and 39 minutes. Philadelphia relievers killed time by playing some bocce.

[YouTube, h/t SB Nation]

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This umpire may be the first to ever yell "2 Chainz" while ringing up a batter.

The batters may not appreciate the umpire making a spectacle out of them striking out, but everyone else is able to get a good laugh out of it.

[YouTube, h/t Barstool Sports]

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A dunk like this takes a lot of athleticism.

It looked like this player was originally just going to throw down a basic dunk, but he wound up throwing down a powerful reverse slam.

It would have been interesting to see if he could've pulled this dunk off had the defender tried to contest the dunk. With the defender conceding the two points, he was able to put a little style in the dunk.

[Vine, h/t SportsNation]

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Parking a Lamborghini on the street can be risky, so it's best to do as much as possible to protect it.

The Lamborghini in the photo above reportedly belongs to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. The man who tweeted out the photo said that Lynch is in Oakland to shoot a film.

Update: July 23 at 11 a.m. ET

It looks like it was indeed Lynch's car: