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Bleacher Report

Dez Bryant is hoping to build on his successful season with the Dallas Cowboys last year and make an impact on a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

Bryant spent some time off the field with Lance Fresh, talking about football, the NBA and Jordan's newest NFL cleats.

Bryant rocked the Air Jordan 6 Retro cleats in his workout on the Nike campus. They will be available to fans and players around the globe on Jordan.com and at select retailers this summer.

 

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Kobe Bryant has yet to make his NBA return after missing most of last season, but the Los Angeles Lakers great looks to be ready for competition if his softball prowess is any indication. 

Competing in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's annual celebrity softball game at Safeco Field, Bryant hit an opposite-field home run as captured by Instagram account LakersWorld16:

He also posed for a photo with Clippers guard Jamal Crawford and former SuperSonics great Gary Payton:

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Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney is known for his "bow and arrow, point to the sky" celebration after completing a save. 

Division rivals Mike Trout and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels might have gotten a little tired of seeing Rodney taunt Angels fans after escaping in the eighth inning. 

So when the Angels rallied to beat the Mariners 6-5 on Sunday afternoon, the power-hitting duo decided to give Rodney a taste of his own medicine. 

The rally began when Trout drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, and Pujols doubled him home to tie the game at five. Grant Green then sent the winning run across the plate with a bases-loaded, walk-off single, denying Rodney what would have been his 200th career save. 

Tyler Skaggs of the Angels chimed in after the game:

You can bet Rodney will celebrate a little extra the next time he saves a game against the Angels. 

[MLB]

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Some NFL rookies may have had high ratings in EA Sports' NCAA Football, but now that they are in the NFL they have to start over and earn their grades.

EA Sports gave rookies Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, among others, a chance to rate themselves for Madden NFL 15. Needless to say, some of them aren't lacking in the confidence department.

When the rookies found out EA Sports' actual assessment of them, they had some hilarious reactions.

[EA Sports, h/t USA Today's FTW]

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Throughout a 162-game season, MLB players are going to make mental mistakes. Fans may not like it, but it happens. Adam Jones happened to be the latest player to have a lapse in concentration.

During Sunday's game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A's, Jones lost track of the number of outs in the bottom of the third inning. With Yoenis Cespedes on third, Oakland's Josh Donaldson hit a fly ball to Jones, who thought he had just recorded the third out. The only problem is that it was just the second out of the inning.

Cespedes likely would have scored on the play even if Jones had thrown the ball to the plate, but he was instead able to trot home with ease to give the A's a 3-0 lead.

Update: July 21 at 1 p.m. ET

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When LeBron James watches his son play basketball, he doesn't act like a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. He acts like a typical dad.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar was in Lexington, Kentucky, to watch LeBron James Jr. play an AAU game. The elder James did his best to support his son from his courtside seat and celebrated with him after the game.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was also in attendance.

[WKYT, h/t Ohio.com]

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The Arizona Diamondbacks held Star Wars Day at Chase Field on Sunday, and the fans weren't the only ones getting in on the action. The Diamondbacks broadcasters had some fun with the theme by dressing up as characters for their opening segment.

Check out Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly's pregame bit:

[MLB.com, h/t Arizona Diamondbacks]

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Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper may have had the most embarrassing moment of his young career on Sunday.

Harper led off the sixth inning of the Nationals' game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a walk. 

After Harper took a decent lead off first base, Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo threw over to first baseman Mark Reynolds. Harper's dive back to the bag came up a bit short.

Harper's dive is reminiscent of one done by Willie Mays Hayes, minus the colorful gesture:

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Snagging a foul ball while holding a kid isn't easy, but nobody made it look easier than a fan at the San Francisco Giants-Miami Marlins game on Sunday.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria hit a foul ball down the third-base line. After it took a hop on the field, the man was able to use his one free hand to snatch it out of the air.

That's a pretty slick grab by the Marlins fan.

[MLB.com]

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach McAllister's rough season may have hit rock bottom on Saturday night.

With Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter on first and Don Kelly up in the second inning, something happened during McAllister's delivery that caused him to not fire the ball to the plate. Instead of just holding on to the ball and taking the balk, the right-hander let go of the ball. That led to a pretty terrible pitch.

Seeing as how McAllister let go of the ball, it was a ruled a ball and Hunter advanced to second base on the wild pitch. The pitcher was at least able to get a laugh out of the blooper.

To make matters worse, McAllister had trouble finding the strike zone the rest of the inning. Hunter wound up scoring after three straight Tigers walked after Kelly flied out. It was the only run that McAllister allowed in 5.1 innings of work.