Must be a German thing? 

The Germans are naturally happy to have advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals against France, and the ever-popular and social media-friendly Lukas Podolski posted a rather odd picture on Twitter. 

It's simply Podolski and his German "bros" posing after training in their underwear for no apparent reason.

If that's how Die Mannschaft celebrate reaching the quarter-finals, their next social media offering may not be fit for publishing if they get past the French. 

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Some fans may want Yasiel Puig's autograph, but one female Los Angeles Dodgers fan's special connection with the outfielder is better than any signature.

Puig and the fan were able to perform a pretty cool handshake in front of the sea of other admirers. With the moment thankfully captured on camera, this lucky lady can now show it to all of her friends and family.

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If the Gronk hears music, he’s going to dance.

This is the one cardinal rule Rob Gronkowski lives by, and the New England Patriots tight end stuck to his code again Tuesday night when he danced his giant heart out at a Beyonce and Jay Z concert at Gillette Stadium. 

Gronkowski arrived on the scene early, taking pictures with fans and making the rest of the human race look like children.

Naturally, this was just a warm-up for Gronkowski, who would go on to commandeer the floor with his patented dance spasms.

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Tim Howard was phenomenal in goal for the United States during a record-setting World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday, but he has shown in the past that he can do more than just keep opponents from scoring.

While playing for Everton back in January 2012, the keeper scored on a wind-blown clearance from about 100 yards against Bolton. Howard's clearance took only one bounce before going into the net.

The goal gave Everton a 1-0 lead in the second half, but Bolton rallied for a 2-1 victory. The wild goal made Howard just the fourth goalie to ever score in an English Premier League match.

Which was more impressive, Howard's goal or his incredible performance against Belgium?

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On July 4, 1939, the New York Yankees held "Lou Gehrig Day." That day at Yankee Stadium would turn out to be one that nobody will ever forget thanks to Lou Gehrig's powerful speech.

On June 19, Gehrig's 36th birthday, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka "Lou Gehrig's disease." The Yankees announced his retirement just a couple of days later and made him the first Major League Baseball player to ever have his number retired.

Less than two weeks after he retired, Gehrig gave his "Luckiest Man" speech in front of a large crowd at Yankee Stadium.

Now, New York and MLB will honor the legendary speech's 75th anniversary. 

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"Boys don't tip."

That may be true, but when a former professional athlete doesn't tip on a relatively large bill, it comes off poorly.

Warren Sapp and at least one other person went to a Florida restaurant before the United States-Belgium World Cup match on Tuesday. When it came time to pay the bill, the Pro Football Hall of Famer wasn't in the mood to leave a tip.

ESPN's Darren Rovell managed to get his hands on a picture of the receipt. Rovell's tweet led to a response from Sapp:

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Yasiel Puig is an expert at flipping the bat after he hits the ball, but in case he needed any tips, he should just play MLB 14 The Show.

The video game features an awesome scene that shows the Los Angeles Dodgers phenom getting a lesson on flipping the bat from the home plate umpire.

If gamers want to see this happen while playing, it's pretty simple. The scene occurs if a user holds the ball on the mound—obviously while pitching against Puig—and leaves the game unpaused for more than 30 seconds. The cameras zoom around the ballpark and show a few different scenes. 

This feature should make you want to buy MLB 14 The Show even if you already have a recent version of the game.

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The Houston Rockets are scheduled to meet with free agent Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, and they made sure that the Toyota Center is prepared for his visit.

Putting up the sign is a good way for the Rockets to make a strong first impression with the free agent. However, it doesn't give them an edge on the competition. The Chicago Bulls put up similar signs at the United Center before their meeting with Anthony on Tuesday. 

However, Houston did take one sign to the next level:

With Dwight Howard and James Harden already on the roster, adding Anthony would immediately make the team a championship contender.

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A late goal in extra time by Angel di Maria pushed Argentina past Switzerland in the round of 16, and with the victory, Argentina became one of the final eight teams remaining in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Di Maria's go-ahead goal in the 118th minute set off an extremely loud celebration back in Buenos Aires.

Lionel Messi's strong pass to the Real Madrid man helped give Argentina a 1-0 lead with only a few minutes to play:

Argentina fans had waited all match for a goal. When Di Maria found the back of the net near the end of extra time, the fans were finally able to let out some screams of joy. 

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The Cleveland Indians may have turned the most unusual triple play in MLB history Tuesday night, and they can thank instant replay for making it happen.

The Los Angeles Dodgers had runners on the corners with no outs and Adrian Gonzalez at the plate. Then, their aggressive baserunning came back to hurt them.

Gonzalez hit a shallow fly ball to left field. After catching the ball for the first out, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley nailed Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon at the plate. Yasiel Puig took off for second base at some point during the play, and even after a slight delay, Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes' throw made it close at second. 

Puig was originally ruled safe, but Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the play. After the first replay overturned the call on the field and the triple play was initially awarded to Cleveland, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wanted the play at home plate reviewed. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, both reviews went against them.